I always have a list of things I can't wait to do when summer rolls around. But this year, it seems even more imperative due to the fact that this is my last summer without children. I've already done a few of these, but I want to do them again.
So here are my top ten things to do this summer:
1. Bake a Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
This is one of my favorite pies ever. I love Rhubarb anything. MMMMM my tastebuds are already salivating, thinking of the last one I made two summers ago...It's definitely time to bake one of these again.
2. Swim in the Ocean (as often a possible)
I love the ocean, I love being near it and in it as much as I can. It makes me feel so alive and free. I love diving under waves and wading in the tide. The ocean is such a massive, gorgeous, natural force - I find it incredibly inspiring to be at her mercy.
3. Tacos and Margarita (virgin of course)
I love me some tacos. I eat them already at least once a week. But I haven't enjoyed a cocktail, let alone a margarita in ages, because I'm pregnant of course. I want to make sure I enjoy a nice virgin margarita so I can feel like I am letting my hair down a bit.
4. Check Some Books Off My List (...that I have been meaning to read)
I read a lot, but I'd like to make a nice dent in my never ending book list. These are just a handful of books on my list. Nabokov and Vonnegut are two of my all time favorite authors - it's my goal in life to read all of their novels.
5. Sit on the Beach and Watch the Sunset
It's such a calming and beautiful time, when the day and night meet for a brief moment. I love to watch the sun dip into the sea, out on the horizon, and reflect on life and appreciate the beautiful moments. It reminds me of how fleeting our lives are and how I want to make the most of every moment.
6. BBQ Some Burgers
Summer is the time for BBQs, and burgers are my favorite. I have already grilled up some tasty burgers but I want to do it a few more times at least.
I love going to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for movie screenings. It's such a great time to hangout with friends. I saw Jaws already this year, but I want to get in a couple more films.
8. Mini Road Trip
Daniel and I did a little 48 hour trip from LA to Monterey at the beginning of June for our anniversary and it was so much fun I want to do another little getaway. I'm going to start researching some fun day trips and places to explore.
9. Attend an Outdoor Concert
I love being outdoors and I love live music. The Greek Theatre is one my favorite venues. I love how trees surround the place and make me forget I am smack dab in the middle of Los Angeles. I definitely hope to make it there at least once this year.
10. Make S'mores
Roasting marshmallows over a bonfire is what summer is all about. I love burning my marshmallows so the outside in black and the inside is melted and gooey. I tend to leave it on fire - and smother the flames with the graham cracker and chocolate. It makes the chocolate melt a bit too. I have also been reading some fun s'mores inspired cookie and brownie recipes.