It is safe to say that I REALLY hate the cold. No matter how much people try to argue with me, I would much rather be uncomfortably warm without a way to make it better than cold and wearing 10 layers of clothing. As a matter of fact, I turned on my office space heater yesterday when it was 95 degrees outside because I was a little chilly.
So, it is with extreme pleasure that I announce the arrival of SUMMER! Granted, it has been pretty warm here for about a month (don’t get me started on the freezing early May temperatures), and also granted that I’ve already had my summer beach vacation to Jamaica, but there is something so satisfying about knowing that for the next 3 months, I won’t have to worry about getting cold. I will not be confined to my living room in order to stay warm, and leaving the house won’t involve putting on 10 layers of clothing.
Alas, summer only lasts so long, and I want to make sure that I take full advantage of the sunshine and fresh air. I usually make a season “to-do” list. In fall, I have to make sure I buy insane amounts of gourds to decorate with. In winter, I have to make sure to do last-minute Christmas shopping. Here is what I hope to accomplish this summer:
1) Dine al fresco as much as possible.
I don’t care if it is in my backyard or at a restaurant patio. Food tastes better outdoors. The bugs agree with me.
2) Spend an afternoon on a lake.
This might be easier said then done seeing as how I live in the desert and lakes are hard to come by. And we don’t have a boat. But nothing says summer like enjoying some chips, salsa, and margaritas in the middle of water…even if it is on a floating noodle.
3) New Mexico Wine Festival
Every Labor Day Weekend the winos of New Mexico unite to sample the state’s finest vintages. Since the age of 21, I have happily partaken in the festivities.
I am a sucker for fireworks. I told Aaron I don’t care what we do on the 4th of July as long as I can see a firework show, preferably orchestrated to music while eating a giant funnel cake.
5) Accomplish gardening success
We were waiting to come back from our vacation before we started doing some gardening, but now that we’re back, its time to start getting some flowers in those flower boxes. And I am determined to prove that palm trees can in fact survive in a dry, dry, dry climate.
6) Go on a road trip
Nothing says summer like cruising down the open road with the windows down. I don’t know where we’d go, but I’d settle for a trip to California.
7) Go whitewater rafting
The rivers nearby aren’t exactly brimming with excitement right now because we haven’t had rain in about a year. While this should indicate a nice leisurely float down, in reality this means getting stuck on river rocks.
8) Go to the Zoo
I actually think Albuquerque has a decent zoo. I haven’t been in about 5 years, so I think I am long overdue for a visit. Bring on the Koalas!
9) Practice my golfing skills
Or rather, acquire some golfing skills.
10) Practice my tennis skills
Or rather, acquire some tennis skills
11) Crash a pool party
I don’t have a pool. I don’t have friends who live in apartment complexes. We aren’t quite at the socio-economic level to afford a membership at the country club (trust me, I looked), and the nearest hotel pool party is a couple of hours away (and not really in a town I’d want to go to for a pool party…Google Espanola). We may have to be strategic about how we get our pool fix. It may or may not involve being “guests” at another hotel.
12) Get my puppy potty trained
This needs to happen soon or else I will lose my sanity. I’m definitely looking forward to the day that Giuseppe can indicate his need to go outside rather than me spending half my day out there with him, or cleaning up his little surprises.
So, Happy Summer! May you have 3 months of sunshine, BBQ’s, and pool parties!