#4 Summer Haircuts

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One sure sign that summer has arrived is the freshly chopped locks on boys.  Excess hair makes you hot and I imagine that losing a ton of it during the summer months makes your head happy.  I can only imagine as I have always had long hair.  Though each spring I imagine chopping off my long red hair and donning a pink spiky do.  I’ll actually never do this as I’m scared of hair cutter’s remorse.  Perhaps if I were to be given a large sum of money, on a dare, I could do this.  Hey, Someone start a go-fund-me account and when it hits ten grand I’ll go under the shears.

Until then, I’ll just enjoy the fresh buzz cuts on cute little kids and dream about what hair freedom feels like.  Happy short hair season everybody!

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#3. No Homework

  
I never really liked summer for the lacknof school.  School never bothered me (exception, 8th grade.  The only year I ever experienced really cruel mean girls).

Melissa what’s-her-face aside, I liked school.  Didn’t always love the homework though.  So on this day of loving things about summer I’m gonna celebrate no homework.  I’m thinking about having no homework because I have about no time remaining to finish this and get to sleep for work tomorrow.

Toodles.  May your next few months be assignment free!

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#2 Window A/C

I live in a log home with no central air (or heat).  You want to get hot in the winter or cold in the summer you do not have the option of using the thermostat.  I grew up in a climate where the temps got very very very cold and also rather hot with added creepy humidity.  I only knew how to change the temp in the house with the dial thermostat in the living room. 

 
I thought every home was wired with one of these puppies.  Then I moved into my first apartment and learned that you don’t always get to pick a magic comfort number and the home obliges.  Sometimes you have to turn the heat up and down and same with the loud blowing box in your window to cool the house.  While luxury and status may favor the home with vents and quiet, I have come to rely on the whir of my window a/c to sing me to sleep a few months each year.  When I wake up after a night of such bliss I’m greeted in the morning with a chill.   It doesn’t last as I then turn my electronic cooling devices off until the steamy air resumes to save cash. 

 
Those chilly comfortable nights because of you, dear a/c, make my life complete.  Thank you.   

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#1 Lavender Lemonade

Its still hotter than Hades, and shall be for awhile.  So for day one let’s celebrate a  beautiful Summer drink, lavender lemonade.  A few weeks ago I added this to the menu at my work and the response has been phenomenal.  At first I was hesitant to even try it for myself.  Lavender and lemonade sounded better suited to be the scents of my laundry soap than something I’d consume.  Thankfully I got over my fear and tested the beverage for myself.  But I mixed it up a bit and made it adult therefore it really is a winner.  Here’s the recipe

 

Buy a bottle of Monin lavender syrup.  You will have to visit a cash and carry style store that caters to restaurants and coffee shops, get the pump that matches it as well.  Then get some lemonade (the real fresh squeezed variety, Country Time will not do), club soda, and vodka if you’re in the mood.

Get a glass that holds about 12 ounces.  Add two pumps of lavender syrup, a shot of vodka, three ounces lemonade and three ounces club soda.  Top with ice and BAM!  Summer in a glass.  I call it Purple Rain and I sing it when I’m drinking. 

If anyone wants to share other great summer drinks, alcoholic or not, please do!

 

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90 Days of Summer

As of tomorrow there are ninety days remaining until Labor Day, the unofficial end of the worst season, summer.  I hate summer.   I unfairly hate people simply named Summer.   I loathe being hot, can’t stand relying on an A/C for comfort and while we do have Independence Day, the season is seriously lacking in the strings of holidays other seasons boast.  I also live where it’s often too hot.  Today it was 102 degrees.  Barf.  I don’t want it to be summer, but I also don’t like to be a glass half empty sad sack.  So let’s celebrate this blistery time and search for something each day the season is with us to enjoy. 

  
This was near the hottest time of the day.  Today was a sweaty mess, but I’m starting early with a bonus thing to love, as the sun is down and the outdoor oven is turned off.  Our bonus day is; Cooler Nights.  It may still be 83 degrees outdoors, but it feels like heaven after today.  I’m sitting on the porch right now, as the air is still thick inside.  As bad as the heat gets the reward of a cool night feels amazing.  They’re like a neatly wrapped present, all crispy folded and a simple bow. 

Hip hip hurray for cool nights.  You’re fabulous.  Here’s to ninety more times of the sun setting on the heat!

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Finally.

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Crap, I failed. And Band-Aid.

I didn’t make it far into the month.  Everyone got sick and then I forgot I made a pact with myself to write daily for a month.  And now that I have remembered I have nothing to say for today’s entry.  I can tell you about my day.  You can be my diary…

Today I worked far earlier than the crack of dawn.  After work I cleaned my house.  After cleaning my house I joined a gym, that was fun.  It’s been awhile since I did the workout thing.  So I feel silly amongst fit persons, but that will fade as I shape-up.

Then I came home, did my duties around the house and remembered that I hadn’t written.  I also realize I’ve been home from vacation nearly a month and have not done any posts on what I did.  And the holidays are in full swing.  I have no excuse.  Blog entries are coming again soon.

Total change of subject: How ’bout that band-aid song?  I liked the first one, it’s cheesy, but a classic.

The second seems weird.  The song is no better or worse.  But it feels like it’s trying to force a classic song on us.  Also, I don’t know who these whipper snappers are.  Except, is that Sinead?

And of course, there’s Bono.  I have had a undying crush on the Irishman since I was twelve years old.  Don’t bash him, I defend my men to the end.

I just hope the soft rock radio stations that fill us with Christmas music throughout the season don’t replace the classic with the new version.

Nobody wants that.

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Sick Girl Day 2

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My Best Girl is Sick

My soon to be three year old girl has a fever and a sour attitude.  One of the cutest things she says is when she’s extra sleepy and she tells me, “Momma, you’re my best friend.”  I always let her know that she is my best girl in response.

I’ve been doing absolutely nothing other than holding my best girl since I got off work today and I have no time for a real post.  So tomorrow I’ll be back with something fancier.

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Fifty Days Until Christmas!

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That’s right.  Only fifty more days of memories to make for the best season of the year.  It’s time to carpe diem the pants off Christmas.  I do recall quite some years back when I gave you 100 Things to do Before Christmas.  It was a great list, I revisit it each year and try to make sure and knock off a few.  The tree will make its way into my living room on my next day off.  And I’m listening to this right now.  I haven’t made a single plan yet this year, but here are a few things I need to do before the 26th of December.

Go to the theater

I rarely go to the movies these days.  This is very different from my life when I lived in cities.  I’d go to the theater every week or two.  I never missed a movie I wanted to see.  I always loved the theater best in he winter when there are large cardboard displays of Christmas movies that I may not be seeing, but are nice to walk past.  And leaving the building when it’s bitterly cold and you know it’s going to take half the ride home to heat the car up is always a great way to jolt yourself awake after being in a comfy dark theater for two hours.

Buy Presents

I’m an adult and I have many kids in my life.  So the gifts are all about them, and the look on their faces when they open something I so badly hope they enjoy.

Thanksgiving and THE Parade

It’s when the rest of the US decides to embrace the holiday.  They’re not like us, the don’t have Christmas on the brain and in their blood all year.  They have a rule that we must wait for Turkey Day to pass before we get our jingle bells on.  But I am so grateful for when they join me in the season of red and green.  Welcome.

Buy Some Candles

I only have one pumpkin candle remaining and then it’s onward and upward to spruce and snowflake smelling wax.  Not sure how they decide to flavor a snowflake candle, but if they make them I will purchase.

25 Days of Christmas on ABC Family

HERE IT IS!!  The only time of the year to watch ABC Family channel is almost here.  They hit a home run with December 1st, and I may have to stay up past my bedtime to watch it all.

I guess it’s likely I’m the first person to tell you this in 2014, Merry Christmas!  Fifty days is not that long, let’s start celebrating.

 

 

 

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