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Merry Solstice!

It’s officially summer, folks! While that doesn’t change things much in my neck of the woods, I know for many of you it’s the official sign to bust out the shorts and pack away the last of the winter sweaters. Even though it’s been a long time since I had the luxury of a summer break, I always feel a little nostalgic this time of year, thinking of hours spent in the water, the ever present scent of sunscreen, and going to sleep with a fine dusting of beach sand still clinging to your feet. Looking back through that hazy warm filter that makes everything seem idyllic, it also, inexplicably, makes me want to listen to Lana Del Rey. On this longest day of the year, I find myself contemplating a departure from the normal bustle of the week and considering indulging in something maybe a little childish like a trip to the ice cream parlor or late night trip to the movies complete with over salted popcorn and a shockingly refreshing slushie.

So tell me, am I alone in this or are you as unwillingly captivated by summer nostalgia as I am?


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Happy Solstice!

In a lovely bit of irony, thing are wet and dreary here in the Sunshine state on what is supposed to be the longest day of the year. Those of us who have lived in the state more than a few years are just rolling our eyes and shaking our heads. This is so apropos for our capricious little state, but in the spirit of the solstice, I wanted to share my summer bucket list with you guys. There is quite a bit to do as the days start to shorten once again.

  1. Go to the beach
  2. Swim in the ocean
  3. Look for seashells
  4. Buy a watermelon
  5. Have a cookout
  6. Make strawberry short cake
  7. Buy a summer hat
  8. Have a picnic
  9. Wear a sundress
  10. Build a sandcastle
  11. Wear flash tattoos
  12. Take a day trip somewhere new
  13. Eat as much summer produce as possible
  14. Have a summer movie day
  15. Eat a snow cone
  16. Dance in the rain
  17. Make friendship bracelets
  18. Play in a puddle
  19. Buy some over the top sunglasses
  20. Get ice cream from a local shop
  21. Watch fireworks
  22. Build a blanket fort and take a nap in it
  23. Watch the sunset

What’s on your summer bucket list?

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Merry Solstice!

Merry Summer Solstice! Here in the Northern Hemisphere this is the first official day of summer, also the longest day and consequently the shortest night of the year. Traditionally, this day was celebrated with dancing, bonfires and the wearing of protection wreaths made of herbs and flowers to guard against the influence of the Folk and other spirits that are said to roam the earth on this special night. Also called Midsummer, the lore surrounding this holiday inspired Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is honestly the only play of his that I really like.

Alas, since this day unfortunately falls on a Wednesday, I don’t think there will be any bonfires or dancing this year. There may be a flower wreath though, strictly for protection purposes of course. I may even make on for Andy, he’d be so very pretty.

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