Have a cool summer & K.I.T.!

June 23, 2004

Just because I don’t get a summer vacation anymore doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the season all the same. Jen has the right idea, so I’m following suit. Here’s what I’m going to do this summer:

I will swim in at least three different bodies of water.

I will buy my fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings.

I will barbecue in the back yard.

I will keep the porch garden alive.

I will make halo-halo, fresh ice cream sandwiches and juicy fruit popsicles.

I will maintain a vigorous routine of reading, writing, doodling and napping.

I will take long walks, with and without my camera.

I will go on little road trips, even if it’s across the city and up the coast, and sing out the open car window.

I will host crafternoons (and crafternights) and make beautiful messes with the girls.

I will stop asking myself, “What am I doing with my life?” and start paying attention to the wonderful people, activities and blessings already surrounding me.

I will look up.

I will write more love letters and send sweet care packages for no good reason at all.

I will pamper myself with pedicures, long baths and maybe even a massage.

I will find many reasons to celebrate and make up my own holidays.

I will hide out when I need to.

I will take my sweet time and, if I forget or miss something on the list, I will forgive myself.


  1. Stephanie says:

    This is a beautiful list, Christine. :)

  2. Cheep says:

    “I will hide out when I need to…”

    Oh, thank you for that! I so need to give myself permission to do that.

    Hmmm… the first thing on my list is:

    Make Official “Summer of Fun{tm)” list

  3. Jane says:

    Hi Christine! I love your site. I finally figured out what Maganda means – I work with an ESl student from the Philippines and I have been learning a few new words. I can’t spell them however! Kumosta? How are you? and Mabutey? Well and Maganda – very pretty. Is that correct? Also what is halo-halo? I’m going to ask my student as well. Thanks for the summer inspiration!

  4. kat says:

    hi christine! you’re doing a great job with your site! :)

    nice list! hope you can do most (if not all) of the things on your list. :)

  5. jenny says:

    sounds like a plan. sounds like a lovely plan.

  6. bella says:

    It makes me wish I wasn’t smack bang in the middle of winter! In about the only place in Australia that actually HAS cold winters – Melbourne! :(

  7. lisaann says:

    i will build a white picket fence AND get knocked up. hahah! truth! xoxo miss you.

  8. Anne says:

    that sounds like a good summer to me, I wish I had some weeks off too to do such things.

  9. Poppy says:

    Awesome list… my fiance just found out yesterday that his job will be gone by the end of the summer… I needed a reminder like this to stay cheerful.

  10. stef says:

    Oh, how I love your list.

    I want to take more baths, get more mani/pedi’s.

    take drives up the coast!

    doodle and scribble more…


  11. christine says:

    Poppy: I’m sorry to hear it. I wish you two the best of luck. Maybe by the summer’s end, something else even better will come your way.

    Anne: I wish I did, too!

  12. lucia says:

    hello christine! as SARK would say “what a wonderFULL list!” i’m sure you’ll be able to all of these and much more. take out your supergirl cape and start soaring…weeeeeee!!! maybe i’ll try to make a list of my own too. thanks for sharing!

  13. Katie says:

    What a wonderful idea. It’s hard for a college girl like me to be stuck on the edge of remembering summer vacation and not [exactly but still sort of] getting it to find ways to make summer special, and you had some lovely ideas.

  14. Sarah R says:

    Ah–what a lovely list! It’s prompted me to scribble a little list in my notebook this morning. Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Rubber-Sol says:

    It always feels so good and refreshing to read your site. I wish I could carry it around in my pocket for moment-to-moment inspiration.

  16. Wei says:

    You are beautiful.

  17. Bex says:

    It’s a great idea to keep a to-do list for summer – makes one motivated to really experience this season, which is my favorite. You’ve inspired me to drum up a list for my own blog (http://bexgirl.blogspot.com).

  18. Junicus says:

    Halo-halo is the best!

  19. marie says:

    halo-halo is indeed the best!

  20. Marita Paige says:

    What a wonderful way of looking at life. Keep lovin’, keep livin’.

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