It happens to me every year. Summer is by far my favorite season, and every year as it approaches I get increasingly more excited, make lists of all the summery things I want to do, and look forward to all the fun activities I can cram into the longer daylight hours.
And then summer comes and before I know it, it’s gone. How I wish all adults got summer vacation like we did as kids in school! Summer never felt long enough as a kid, but I always took advantage of it. I played outside, I went to the beach, I had slumber parties, I read hundreds of books. I know that if I could get two whole months of summer vacation now, I could accomplish all of my summer bucket list activities.
But alas, I’ve grown up and live in the real world know, and most employers aren’t really cool with an 8 week hiatus from work. So summer flies by and I never seem to get to all the fun things.
Luckily, though, I’m coming up for air now, with 7 whole weeks left before summer officially ends. So I’ve come up with my pared-down summer bucket list–14 things I still have time to do before the end of September, when fall begins.
- Dine al fresco. As much as possible. Sidewalk dining might just be my most favorite thing about NYC.
2. Have a glass of rose. I’m not a big fan of rose, ever since I was 21 and didn’t like any alcohol except sweet pink wine, but it’s the summer drink of the masses, so I might as well join in just once.
3. Go on a long evening walk just around. I walk a lot, but usually only with purpose. I’ve been meaning to just take a meander around for a while.
4. Go for ice cream. Earlier this summer, I did try Ample Hill Creamery in Brooklyn, and sitting on the roof deck was supremely enjoyable.
5. Eat crabs. I’ve only eaten crab in any form once this summer! As a Maryland girl, this is pretty much unacceptable.
6. See an outdoor concert. It doesn’t really matter what kind, performing arts are always better under the stars!
7. Sit on a rooftop. Rooftops in NYC are the best. They’re either crazy expensive bars or slightly sketchy apartment building rooftops with no furniture, sure, but you can’t beat the views.
8. Lounge by a pool. I’ve never been a big pool person for swimming (I prefer the ocean) but lounging by a pool with a book is top-notch. I don’t get much pool time these days, but I’d like to try to squeeze in a bit before cold weather rolls around.
9. Buy some wedge sandals. I don’t buy many shoes, which normally isn’t a problem, until I had to wear sky-high fancy heels to a recent baby shower due to lack of any other option. It’s time I invested in a nice adult summer sandal.
10. Clean out my closet. Summer always seems like one of those times when you can catch up on all the stuff you don’t do throughout the rest of the year. I don’t know why, because summer always ends up being so busy, but I’ve always seen it as the random task catchall. After my recent move I’ve realized the time has definitely come to purge my closet.
11. See one more ball game. I love being at baseball games. I’ve been to two so far this summer, but definitely need at least one more under my belt before the playoff season starts.
12. Do a financial check in. Somehow, with all the busyness of summer, it can be easy to slip on keeping to a budget. Beach trips, ball games, cocktails–it all adds up and it’s easy to let it get away from you. Doing a midsummer check in can help me keep tabs on the rest of the summer and make sure I keep my money goals top of mind.
13. Go on a hike. I pretty much excel at walking (yes, I really do). I’d love to do some nice nature walking while the weather is still nice!
14. Picnic at a vineyard. The reasoning here should be obvious. BYO food + wine + outdoors.
Two per week sounds manageable, right? What’s left on your summer to-do list?