Summer Daze

Can you believe it’s almost summer? I know, technically summer doesn’t begin till the end of June if we’re talking calendar days. But realistically summer is here for many of us. And that means summer plans, like going on trips, taking nice vacations, and relaxing in the summer daze of heat and sun.

I’ve already started a bit of my summer daze with Fernando, actually. I’m still teaching and will be till the middle of June, but we spent our Memorial Day at the local waterpark. It was wonderful to go out and get some sun and enjoy the lazy river and wave pool and then splash through the slides and water coasters.

However, now that I’ve got two extra days free during my week, I’m trying to make some plans for how I’ll spend my June and then my July, which will be whole weeks of free time. I might as well admit that I don’t want to get wrapped up in doing nothing for days on end because that leaves me looking a bit like a slug, complete with fat rolls upon fat rolls.

So in order to make some plans, I figured this would be a good place to announce what I’d like to accomplish in the near future!

End of May/June

This will be a month of teaching twice a week (technically four times but limited to two days), so I’ll be trying to use my off days to get things accomplished around the apartment. Here are the few things I want to get done by the end of June:

  • Figure out how to make a Paleo style diet for myself (and possibly Fernando, too). We’re going to the beach at the end of June, so it would be nice to make a change between now and then. Besides, I haven’t felt very good doing SAD lately and have had some negative side effects from that particular lifestyle, so making a change would be nice.
  • Find a way to budget my groceries that works. This ties in to doing a Paleo style of diet. It’s important that I don’t go overboard. But since it’s summer, it’ll be easier to buy fresh fruits and vegetables to make it work for right now. I’ll just have to adjust once the weather cools off again.
  • Go through my wardrobe and clean it out using the KonMarie method. This is rather terrifying, but I have way too many clothes I don’t wear and just need to donate to a good cause, like our local organization that gives back to homeless people. So my idea is to get this done as soon as possible so Fernando can make use of one of our dressers. (Yes, I’m taking up two dressers with all my clothes right now!)
  • Tackle the stuff (junk, garbage, excess, etc.) that’s filling up our extra bedroom and sort it, get rid of what doesn’t belong, and make sure to tag anything that needs to go back to the school office at the end of the month. This is the one task that terrifies me the most. If you could see my extra bedroom, you’d know why. I probably need a small army to come in and pull everything out of there, but there’s only me. However, since I do have to return a number of things to the school office at the end of the month of June, it’s important I get things sorted and filed in some form of organization prior to the month’s end so I don’t rip my hair out at the last minute.

Those are the top things on my list for June. Is that a lot? Maybe. But if I can accomplish all that this month, it’ll make July so much more pleasant. I won’t feel like I have a monumental task looming over me. And, yes, that monumental task is specific to the extra bedroom at this point.

If Fernando and I decide to move when our lease is up, I have to tackle that space anyway. So I might as well get it done this summer and clean it out while I have time and don’t have to worry about lesson plans clogging up my time and energy. Right? Right. Besides, it’s probably a good idea to go through and get rid of a bunch of the stuff in the apartment before we move. If I do it now, it won’t be as painful as it would be trying to decide what needs to go before we pack things away.

Here’s to spring cleaning in summer and decluttering year-round! What are your plans for the summer?

– RaeNezL

Best Laid Plans

Over the weekend I took Dobby the House Corgi on a trip to a local Pet Fair. It was actually a lot of fun, and we got some exposure to other animals and tons of people. Best of all for Dobby, we came away loaded up with treats, toys, and lots of literature on places, people and things of note that I am now working on reading through.

That was the first experience we’ve had together in a local event for pets and pet owners, and since it went so well, I’m now planning to go to another one in June that will be bigger, last longer, and hopefully give us more delicious freebies for the pup to enjoy.

I decided this would be my year to explore things in my city, and since I’m no longer working crazy long hours with a screwed up weight loss company and I’ll actually have a summer vacation this year, I’ve searched out some fun and fairly cheap options of things to do.

Have you ever searched for local events just to see what your city has to offer?

It’s kind of crazy, actually. I know people who live in a small town might not have as many events on offer as those in big cities, but even in my moderately sized city, I was pleasantly surprised by all the options available. I’ve made plans to go to a few different festivals happening this spring, the next one in mid-May!

In fact, the one in mid-May is probably one of my favorites because it’s the most delicious festival we have. Yes, I live in the South. Yes, we make delicious food. Yes, we celebrate our amazing food. And, yes, I’m going to a festival celebrating one of our Southern specialties: the biscuit.

I’ll likely make a post about that festival as it comes time for me to attend, but suffice it to say, it’s a big festival and there are many delicious options of food.

Then there is the second dog festival we’re attending in June. That one is, as I mentioned, bigger. But it happens to be in downtown and on the same day as a chicken wing festival located in the same area. This means the festivals will celebrate dogs and their people! Can you say excited? I am super excited about this and can’t wait to see what all I can indulge. Of course, that all depends on whether I am allowed to attend the wing festival with a dog in tow. We shall see.

And the last event on my list for this spring? A little thing called Slide the City. It’s something that moves from place to place, so you may or may not have it in a location close to you. Basically this group comes in and sets up a 1000-foot slip-n-slide in the middle of a downtown city street for people to grab floats and slide down.

Can you imagine kids and grown adults screaming, shouting, and laughing their way through a downtown street on their bellies in a torrent of running water? Yeah. It’s exactly why I’m going. I’d like to get my dad’s GoPro and slap a waterproof cover on it to video the experience. We’ll see how well that works, though.

These are the few events I’ve decided to do just to see what my city has available. Is there anything you’ve got planned for the spring or summer? Share with me in the comments.

– RaeNezL