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What’s on your summer bucket list?

On the cover of the recent Conde Nast magazine Traveler, there was this:

We Live for Summer

That caught my eye because it is so true.

Winter is finally over. The snow is gone. The temperatures are hot and delightfully dry; and in Utah, evenings are refreshingly cool and comfortable.

Oh, there are the occasional temperature extremes, some rain, and wind.

But, still, it’s summer, and it’s time to plan some fun.

Many years ago, we gathered with some friends and brainstormed what we wanted to do for the summer.

We made a list — outdoor concerts, road trips, theme parks, festivals, fairs, celebrations, and cookouts.

Oh, how I love a good list.

list-2389219_1280.pngThen, we narrowed it down to the things we wanted to do most, and worked to make it all happen.

We bought tickets, divided up responsibilities, and wah-lah. We had a summer to live for.

We still look back and say, “Remember that one summer?”

We remember it as the summer we didn’t let slip away; the summer we actually did all the things we loved.

Since we’re newbies here in the Great State of Utah, Doug and I have made a very long summer bucket list; and we’re quite busy checking things off of it.

We’ve already experienced the exhilaration of riding in and driving a Razor RV with my niece and her dirt bike racing husband, who did his best to give us a “tame” or beginners mountain experience.

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IMG_6386I may have looked like Pig Pen from the Peanuts cartoons, but boy, we had fun.

We checked off a local baseball game — not the Washington Nationals — but a summer baseball game nonetheless…

We attended an outdoor theater where the best seats in the house were lawn chairs that cost $14; and we smiled through an impressive, high-energy production of Hairspray.

We discovered a few new hiking trails with spectacular views.

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IMG_7910Next up is to explore some hikes with waterfalls and wildflowers, eat at some new outdoor restaurants, attend a Shakespeare festival, volunteer at an arts festival, and, of course, squeeze in a trip to the Outer Banks, among other things.

 

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Summer officially starts tomorrow, Wednesday, June 21.

So you better get planning if you want to have an unforgettable summer — you know, the one you always remember as “that one summer.”

It will be over before know it.

So, get busy.

Make a List.

Then, share it with me.

It might help us make our Summer 2017 bucket list a little longer and a lot more fun.

Happy summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finding Perspective

I’m not sure whether this blog is about the power of perspective or the need for remembering.

Maybe it’s both.

I stumbled upon a blog entry I wrote May 28, 2007 that reminded me of some lessons I thought I’d never forget.

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The result is a refreshed attitude with a heavy dose of gratitude.

2007 was the year I was recovering from cancer — the year I swore I’d never forget what I learned.

Among some of my lessons:

  • Don’t complain about bad hair days because, HELLO, I have hair.
  • Don’t complain about wrinkles, freckles and sunburns. They are all better than thick, jaundiced, tender-to-the-touch skin.
  • Oh, and the weight. Don’t complain about that either because at least I’m not puffed up on steroids, looking like the Good Year Blimp ready to soar over Yankee Stadium.
  • And, aging. Really, I’m complaining about aging? Aging means I’m alive! I’m getting older. I’m living. Living is a glorious thing.
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This was taken when my hair had grown enough for me to lose the wig! What a great day.

 

So, here’s the journal entry that brought me to my senses:

 

“The most important thing to write is that I feel good! I am so happy to be a healthy person again. I love my hair — even though there isn’t much of it. It feels soft and luxurious on my head. I am thrilled every morning to shampoo it and feel it’s soft growth under my fingers. My eyebrows and eyelashes are equally as beautiful.

“I have so much energy I am wearing myself out. I have missed being me! I am thoroughly enjoying stepping back into my go-go-do-do life.”

This whole moving-to-Utah experience has left me feeling a little unorganized — so many boxes to unload, so many drawers and closets to fill. Sometimes it feels draining and I just want to feel settled. This little gem helped:

“I have felt a strong need to organize my house — room by room and drawer by drawer. I started small with my linen closet. Then, moved on to my jewelry box, then the bedrooms and bathrooms. I think I need to feel some control again. I’ve hated having no control over my life. Cancer took that away. So being able to clean and organize my house is such a gift.

“I’ve gone nuts reorganizing my house, and I love it. I am enjoying living again. The further away I get from chemo, the better and happier I feel. I’m amazed at how truly sick I’ve been, and how deeply I was entrenched in the chemo fog. It is so liberating to be done with it all.”

How is it that we forget these poignant life lessons?

I had to reminded of the pure joy of feeling like myself again, reorganizing my jewelry box, and feeling hair on my head. Such small things, but so full of meaning for me.

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What life lessons do you need to remember?