Wednesday, June 29, 2011


This summer would usually be all about a big trip with my family off sailing somewhere fabulously exotic. But life doesn't always turn out as planned (newsflash! sponsored by me), so we're rolling with it. We've been pouring our pennies into other adventures equally exciting and scary but not nearly as scenic or relaxing. Even though we're sticking close to home I haven't given up on summer fun completely. My bucket list is growing fast; time to put the Go/Make/Try/Learn/Do of summerness into action.* It already feels like the warm days are fleeting, doesn't it? I figure if I check off even 1/4 of these things come September it will have been the most fantastic summer ever. 
Summerness 2011
  • Try a new flavor of shaved ice/beyond coconut/really, you can do it!
  • Take a day off of work, and do nothing
  • Make homemade strawberry ice cream
  • Sit and relax by the pool at least three times/don't be intimidated by bikini bodies
  • Enjoy a campfire up the canyon
  • Roast marshmallows and of course make s'mores
  • Play bocce ball/win
  • H-Rock walks every mornin
  • Take a day trip to Eden, visit the Trappist Monastery
  • Host a Sunday Brunch
  • Take a cooking class
  • Spend an entire weekend in Park City
  • Try a new restaurant, or five
  • Eat outside as much as possible
  • Make homemade salsa/eat the whole bowl
  • Paint the bedrooms/or hire someone to do it for you
  • Eat squeaky cheese
  • Get a little tiny bit tan/but never sun burned
  • Try wearing hats more?
  • Learn two new pieces on the piano/practice the piano
  • Perfect the Swiss-meringue buttercream
  • Write postcards from Salt Lake to friends who live elsewhere
  • Take a drive to Oakley and stop for onion rings at the Road Island Diner
  • Jump in a mountain lake/clothing optional
  • Go on a long bike ride with BD
  • Have a Sunday picnic in the park
  • Wear skirts to work
  • Read/listen to Water for Elephants 
  • Splurge on good sushi
  • Drive out to the Spiral Jetty
  • Walk to church
  • Throw a frisbee 
  • Go to an outdoor concert or play
  • Make 600 mini wedding cupcakes with Brook
  • Play tennis/make Coach proud!
  • See the movie "Super 8" in a theater
  • Shop at the farmers market
  • Go camping or backpacking/don't forget Advil PM
  • Go hiking in Big Cottonwood Canyon
  • Bake chocolate chip cookies/eat cookie dough
  • Organize your recipe collection into three-ringed binders
  • Sleep with the windows open
  • Always have berries in your fridge
  • Or watermelon
  • Host a BBQ on the patio/eat a cheeseburger without guilt
  • Find the most comfy pair of flip-flops and buy them
  • Watch "Friday Night Lights" on Saturday mornings
 *I'm happy to report that since I started this list several weeks ago I've nibbled off at least eight chunks of summerness already. Life is beautiful. Especially when bullet-pointed.


    C*K*J said...

    I heart this list so much!!

    j e s s i e said...

    Love your list! I've already got a head start on mine and # 1 made me laugh because the same one is on mine... only my preferred flavor is Tigersblood, and I said I will try every single flavor! ;) I worked that to my advantage that's for sure.

    Two Wheeler said...

    Great list babe! I'm looking forward to it :-)

    Lisa P. said...

    May I please be invited to your Sunday brunch??

    Lacy said...

    Can you add coming to our ghetto backyard for a BBQ?
    FYI..we finally made it not so ghetto!!

    Marriott + Ali said...

    Im with Lacy, I have a few things I want to add to your list... and they have to do with hanging out with me! :)

    Elizabeth Madsen said...

    Wow, that list really does add up to the perfect summer. Glad I get to do a few of them with you! xo

    wjcr said...

    This looks absolutely great. I am with you 100% G. :)

    tjneumann said...

    Oh my gosh- I haven't been to your blog forever- and it is just as fun and witty as ever. I love it! I must confess I came looking to see if you have been doing any baking these days!! I think your summer list should consist of baking a birthday cake for a 6 year old you haven't seen in 3 years! If you are interested in creating an owl-themed birthday cake- by all means- let me know! It's only 6 days away- that's plenty of notice! :) Right.