Sunday, August 26, 2018

What I've Been Doing This Summer (Besides not updating the Blog)

Sometimes when I haven't updated the blog very often, I start my new blog post by saying, "Sorry it's been slow around here," or something to that effect. But then recently I read a meme that went something like this: "Dear blogger, you don't have to start a post with 'sorry I haven't written in a while.' Nobody explitive cares!" Awesome. Because while I was wasting away summer, and not writing blog posts, I was wondering to myself whether anyone was wondering about my blog. And apparently they are not. So yes, I haven't updated very frequently this summer, but hopefully no one cares and we'll just pick up where we left off back when I was on a roll with writing posts all the time.

So here we are, skidding into September. We have attended open houses at both boys' schools, met their teachers, dropped off supplies, and picked out awesome lunch stuff for the first week of school. And now, we just relax away our last weekend and reminisce about summers past.

I told you in my last post about how lazy a summer it's been, so you get the point.  I'm going to use this post to seek a little redemption by sharing what things I (we) DID accomplish this summer.

1.) New recipes. I have practically memorized the cookbook section of our local library. Not that I have checked out every book or anything, but I probably opened every single book and either checked it out, or deliberately not checked it out for one reason or another. As a result, I have found some great books and some great recipes.

One of our absolute favorites was this blueberry cream pie. We made it four times this summer and will continue making it forever. It is seriously one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten.

Another favorite were these cheeseburger pretzel bombs where the recipe wasn't nearly as mind -blowing as the fact that I learned how to pretzelize anything... and now I will. And they were really yummy. A great comfort snack and one that would pack nicely in school lunches.

Another new recipe that I didn't photograph because we ate them up too quickly was lemon glazed cookies, courtesy of Martha Stewart (via Pinterest). If you like lemon, and seriously who doesn't, then you will loooooove these. There's grated lemon peel, fresh lemon juice, and a yummy lemon glaze. I made a quadruple batch and Jeremy and I both took some to work, gave a few to a neighbor, and devoured the rest. Definitely making this one again.

We are definitely ready for some fall soups and flavors if the weather would just cool down a bit!

2.) Netflix binge watching. This is something I just can't do during the school year. I love it during the summer when I can just get through entire series of shows that I've been wanting to watch. My top three series of the summer by far are as follows:

The Crown - I could not stop watching this drama. It chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth starting with the death of King George and Queen Elizabeth's subsequent coronation. I couldn't stop googling which plot lines were fact and which were fiction. And do you know what? Almost all are based on true stories (with creative liberties taken of course). Also, I couldn't stop speaking in a British accent by the time I got to the end of the series (I was watching 3-4 episodes a day, and may as well have been living at Buckingham Palace with how into it I was). I'm a little nervous that the entire cast is being replaced for season 3, but I'm just hoping that Netflix gets it right and it continues to be awesome.

Orange is the New Black - Season 6. I look forward to the release of the new season every summer (although it came a little late this summer, didn't it?). I loved season 6. My rankings of the seasons so far, best to worst are as follows: 1, 2, 6, 5, 4, 3. My prediction is that next season is the last.

Kim's Convenience - I just started this one a few weeks ago, then finished it a few days ago. This one is a Canadian sitcom about a Korean family running a convenience store. I love every single one of the main characters. The episodes are short, and the whole family can watch it.

Aside from these series, I've also rewatched some of The Office and Parenthood, and some documentaries. So see? Totally productive in the Netflix department.

3.) Yoga with Adriene - You guys. How have I not heard of this before this summer? It was actually last spring when it was recommended to me and I started trying out videos here and there. Adriene is an incredible yoga instructor with a mission to make yoga accessible to everyone by posting free yoga videos on Youtube. She is funny, easy to follow, and there are loads of videos to choose from. I completed the 30 day Yoga Camp series, as well as other videos and have recently started on the 30 Days of Yoga series. By the third video, I didn't even have to watch her because she does such a great job of explaining each move and encouraging you to just "find what feels good."  Just look her up on Youtube. I promise you won't be disappointed. Summer exercise... check. 

4.) Pool - Ah, the pool. This has been our number one favorite summer activity this summer. We have never really been a pool family. It's just not my thing, probably because I didn't grow up going to the pool. I grew up with a pond in my backyard where we went swimming whenever we wanted. We spent summers jumping off the boat at the lake in Kentucky. Occasionally we would go to the city pool (usually because we were invited to go with someone else). So I caught myself by surprise this summer when I found myself LOVING lounging by the pool while the boys played for hours in the water. When it's 100 degrees out, or even 90 or 85, I can't think of a better way to spend the afternoon than to be in cool water. We did not get passes this year, but probably will next year. And honestly, I'm going to have a hard time choosing which pool to buy passes from because we found more than one that we loved. Both boys chose to go to a water park for their birthdays, and the entire family loved it (I'm purposefully leaving out the part of the story where I almost got knocked out on one of the most mild water slides in the park - whatevs.) So now we are a pool family and I totally did not see that one coming.

So see. We've done some things this summer! I don't regret our lazy summer full of cooking, Netflix, yoga, and pools for one second. Goodbye, summer. Hello fall!

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