Summer Bucket List


Yesterday was the first day of summer and I am ready to dive right into amazing weather, beach days and reading outside. The reality is I’ll probably be hiding in air-conditioned libraries, sleeping with a wet facecloth on my face and scratching mosquito bites for months. Whatever. I am hopeful. So I made a list of things I would like to do / learn / see etc before the leaves turn colors and pumpkin spice is back in season.

Learn to parallel park – we never had to learn this for our drivers test and therefore I really can’t park unless I’m pulling (or backing) straight into a space.

Climb the Pilgrim Tower in Provincetown. It’s only 116 steps but I feel like that’s a sensible fitness goal for summer

Finish the first draft of my novel. I’ve been working on it for three years. It’s about time.

Have five go-to recipes that taste amazing and are easy/ simple to make and eat.

Learn to paddle board

Take a beach yoga class, or tai chi or qi gong

This list isn’t set in stone, I may update it as the summer passes and I hope to update you as well!

What’s on your summer bucket list?



Dying To Be Alive


Are you living a life worth writing about?

For many years I’ve contemplated the term “dying to be alive” as coined by a song I played on repeat over and over and over from the time it was released in 2000 until I graduated high school and still sometimes after that. Let’s not go through our lives without dying to be alive. I got it and I didn’t understand it. I forgot it and the song. I let it fester. I allowed it to breathe.

And here we are, thirteen years later and what? It’s still so relevant to me. More relevant at times because I wake up from seemingly comatose state where I realize: I am here. And where do I go from here?

In order to live a life worth writing about, you must be dying to be alive. You must search deep into yourself and pull out experiences that are meaningful along with be able to find meaning in the mundane aspects of life. You must be able to appreciate the beauty in folding laundry fresh out of the dryer while also being willing to do something outside of your house, your comfort zone, your ordinary life. Assuming content is a seven letter word to you.

If you are a blogger or a writer or a reader or a breather I tend to assume you want more out of life than falling into sync with the mundane.

I struggle with making routines for myself because I don’t want to fall into that ordinary daily grind. What I forget is that routines can be useful – and necessary – and yet they’re meant to be broken to the outside life.

It’s hard sometimes not to fall into the complacent trap but I’ll tell you right now that you’ll have a lot less to write about if you’re complacent. I know I do. It’s hard to get into the outside world, to break free and be.

Some things I do or have been doing that break me out of the daily grind are:
going to live shows, travelling to see friends for an extended weekend, trying new restaurants and new cuisines, taking dance classes and attending graduate school to earn a masters degree.

Sometimes this doesn’t seem like enough, and yet other times it really feels like too much. But it’s good to stop and take inventory occasionally along the way.

It’s summer right now and I feel like I’m not living to my summer potential. It’s the second week in July and I’ve swam once in a pool, on Saturday. I watched fire works once and dug my feet into the sand. I don’t have nearly enough bug bites (this isn’t true. I have too many. One is too many).

But I haven’t made a routine out of bike riding, mastered the art of perfect iced tea, bought an ice cream maker and made ice cream, gone strawberry picking, attended enough concerts, had enough laughs, spent the night in an air conditioned house marathoning movies, gone swimming in a pond, been sun burned (though that isn’t ideal either) or spent the time I want to on my novel (perhaps outside in the shade with some amazing iced tea).

Honestly, it’s been in the mid-late nineties or raining lately. It’s hard to do anything with that weather, especially since most houses – mine especially – don’t have central air. Time to hunker down in cinemas and claim corners of libraries and jump into the ocean no matter how cold.

How are you spending your summer?

July 2013 Goals


Do you guys set goals for your month? Day? Life? I feel like I’m constantly setting them and breaking them. It’s said that goals must be clear and attainable and you mustn’t have too many. This seems like too many rules! Anyway here is my short clear attainable list of goals for this upcoming month.

Write 25k words of new novel ala Camp NaNoWriMo (if you are participating, you can find me by the user name

Lose 5 pounds. Totally attainable

Ride my bike 6 times

Take a yoga class

Don’t spend time on my phone in the AM

blow bubbles

A mix of fun and seriously, small doable tasks. I got this, July.

What are your July goals?


13 Things to do in Summer 2013


Ah, it’s finally here. The bugs are out, the sun is burning and we are where we always are on June 21st, the longest day of the year. We have the facade of a fresh start, juicy fruit to snack on and lively animal noises. Everyone is enjoying it, most of the time. But at the same time, we still have those days we’re stuck in our jobs wishing summer vacation still existed for everyone, everywhere. To avoid getting into a rut this year, try thinking up some awesome things to try out and make your summer tasty! Here are 13 suggestions to get you going.

Go to a food truck festival

Seek out a water slide and use it frequently

Master the art of iced tea, particularly sun tea. Drink it daily

Take a day trip somewhere you haven’t spent a lot of time at before

Go to a faire/ carnival and take lots of black and white photos

Rent (or buy??) a bicycle and ride around new towns

Have a picnic. Bring lots of cheese, sun tea and Kentucky Derby style hats

Watch meteor showers and/or the sun set/ rise

Make your own sorbet/ ice cream/ popsicles

Have a television show or movie marathon party and serve food related to what you’re watching

Escape to the library to cool off, check out more books than you can carry and learn something new.

Go berry picking

Host a Christmas in July Yankee Swap with regifted items or things found around the house. Don’t forget to drink frozen hot chocolate and make apple pie ice cream

What are your ideas for summer?


Reclaim The End of Summer!

Summer is coming to an end! Though we still have over a month left of technical summer, back to school commercials are out, cranberries are starting to turn red and we are seeing more and more overcast days in New England. This time of year always makes me long for Autumn. It also reminds me of back to school time, which I haven’t been a part of for three years now. After spending seventeen years of my life going “back to school” it’s still hard to believe I don’t have to do so again this year. (That does not stop me from eyeing pens and notebooks in the office supply of Target, however).

My point, however, is that we still have a month of summer left to enjoy! It’s not to late to get that tan (or acquire a few more freckles and burns as it goes with my skin). Take a day off and go to the beach and plan a last minute camping trip. Here’s a list of things you can do to make the best of the remaining days of summer so that by the time fall comes you know that you lived your summer to the fullest.

* Catch fireflies in a jar (but don’t forget to let them go soon after!)
* Plan a beach day
* Go clam digging
* Call up a friend and spend a day at her pool (or invite one over to yours)
* Take a vacation day and just enjoy the sun
* Make homemade popsicles
* Lay outside at night and look at the stars
* Blow bubbles
* Use sidewalk chalk to express your inner artist
* Look up concerts playing in your area
* Make lemonade or sun tea
* Wear sunglasses everywhere
* Buy new bright colours for your bedroom
* Go on some sort of harbour cruise
* Take advantage of sales to go clothes shopping for next summer

What are your plans to reclaim summer?

<3. Melanie.Kristy