Staggering Into the Home Stretch or Where Oh Where Has My Summer Gone?


I’ve lost it.

Totally and completely lost it. My motivation. My focus. My purpose! Here it is 20 days till the end of my summer break and I have stalled midway through my Bucket List. It seems like I spent most of the last two months running around like the proverbial headless chicken but I don’t exactly remember what I was actually doing. Have you ever had days (or weeks) like that?

Today, I took stock of the cursed list and the number of items I have checked off of it are about half. “Not too bad,” you might say, but a lot of those items were done during the first few weeks, back when the summer was just a fledgling with so much promise and possibilities. By mid July my motivation was BLAH. I shouldn’t say that completely though because parts of July were fun. We had birthday and graduation parties and the STEAM camp that I worked at was certainly a blast, however, I’m thinking that camp may have been what threw me off course. I was so busy getting ready for it and was so exhausted when it was done that my get-up-and-go just sort of…..went.

Well, the days are short so it’s time to hop back onto that Bucket List train! Let’s get to planning! But where do I start? If you happened to visit my last Coffee Share, you know that items #9 and 10 are off the table. In addition, remember itemย #17? The one about maintaining and using my newly planted herb garden? ย Sadย to say, my herbs have become a casualty of the heat wave. They are now pots of brown crispy things that don’t much resemble herbs anymore. Guess that one is off the table too. (“herbs” off the table…get it?! *snicker*)

Hmm..maybe…Yes, I think my first order of business will be item…

#11. Have at least six lunch dates with friends or family.

I even have one planned already for Wednesday! Ba-zinga! It’s actually sort of a working lunch. A friend, who is a teacher and therefore also has the summer off, is moving in a week. We have been trying to get together all summer but being a single mom with a five year old, trying to pack up one house while fixing up the new one has kept her pretty busy. Finally I decided that the sensible thing to do, instead of us actually going out to lunch, would be for me to take lunch over to her house so we could eat and then pack while we visit. I happen to be a maniac when it comes to packing and organizing! She was thrilled with the idea.

So that’s one lunch date down….I might not get to six but I have a gift card for Red Lobster that I bet I can get my sister to help me with!

The next item I want to work on is…

#7. Visit at least two museums.

This sounds like an excellent thing to do during a heat wave- a nice air conditioned museum! If I take a friend…and we have lunch there….I can kill two birds with one stone!!! Excellent!

Okay. Good. I’m feeling much better. I’ve got this, right? Twenty days is a pretty long time. I’m sure I can squeeze quite a few more items in. This summer is not getting away so quickly!!

Stay tuned….



16 thoughts on “Staggering Into the Home Stretch or Where Oh Where Has My Summer Gone?

  1. Nancy..we went to the museum!!! I posted pics if you’re looking for proof- HAHAHA (ball’s in your court.. ๐Ÿ˜‰)

    • I checked out your post. Very cool museum! I’m still in search of a good one but I’ll keep you posted…of course now I feel the pressure to keep up!๐Ÿ˜‰ In my defense, I did attend a movie and have two lunch dates so I am checking some stuff off my list. Just keep swimming, right!

  2. That first paragraph describes my summer holidays every year. “It seems like I spent most of the last two months running around like the proverbial headless chicken but I donโ€™t exactly remember what I was actually doing.” – Oh, I laughed out loud!

    But I’m impressed with your plan. Double up and conquer wherever possible!

    • Very logical! Museums in the rain can be good too. We have a wonderful outdoor sculpture garden here in NJ called “Grounds for Sculpture” that is a great place to spend a warm sunny day. I am hoping to get there before the summer ends too.

  3. Reminds me of when the kids were little and my husband and I would go on a date. By the time we got out of the house I was exhausted from the effort needed to actually plan & do something fun. It’s always easier to stay home, but it’s always “boring-er” too. I can’t believe we are coming up on ONE year in Charlotte and there is SO much I haven’t “done” yet because we have been fixated on fixing this house…so hey, If you go to a museum, I will too.

    • It’s a deal! I am going to Google some museums nearby and see if there are some obscure little ones that have some cool exhibits. I bet there are some interesting museum in your area too!

      • YUP- USAIR has the “Miracle on the Hudson”plane in a museum here..there’s also a lady in our neighborhood who was ON that flight..haven’t met her yet..but want I’ll go to that week..after the tilers FINALLY do my bathroom!!!!๐Ÿ‘

  4. I say, forget the list and simply enjoy whatever the rest of the summer throws at you … lunch dates however do sound like a great idea ๐Ÿ™‚

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