Summer of Kim 2011 Update

I realized today that summer is almost over.  Tomorrow classes will start here at work/school and at that point I think I’ll be done with the Summer of Kim 2011.  As you may remember, the Summer of Kim 2011 was an attempt to make the most out of this downtime before things started getting crazy again.  And while I may not have accomplished everything on my list, I think I definitely met the spirit of the mission.

Let’s see what I had planned:

An engaging and even humorous read about the genderization of life at every stage.

1.  Reading (at least) the following books: Cindarella Ate My Daughter, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, License to Pawn, A People’s History of the United States, and Love is a Mix Tape.

Well, other than spelling Cinderella wrong, that was an ambitious list.  I did meet some of the goals, though. I read (and enjoyed the hell out of) Cinderella Ate My Daughter.  I also read Inside of a Dog, It’s a Cat’s World…You Just Live In It (don’t bother reading this book), Inside Scientololgy and Bossypants.  I’ve been on a big non-fiction clip lately.  I did pick up Love is a Mix Tape, but I couldn’t get into it.  It seemed to lack an overarching emotional theme.

A movie that surprised me

2.  See (at least) the following movies:  Thor, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, Bridesmaids, Super 8, One Day.

Again, not bad, but not completely realized.  I saw Thor, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, Bridesmaids, Captain America, Friends With Benefits, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Something Borrowed.  I still really want to see Super 8, but that’ll have to wait until the DVD comes out at this point. I was really surprised how much I liked Bridesmaids.  Sure, I had issues with parts of it, but it was a really good movie and it was hilarious at times.

For realz...

3.  Accomplish (at least) the following things around The House:  plant flowers and a garden of something edible (even if it’s just one thing), clean up the basement and make it livable

Yes! And not quite.   I did plant flowers and a garden.  And although our garden has only yielded one cucumber that hasn’t been stolen by the neighborhood animals, I’d say that was a victory.  Plus, it was a really good cucumber.  And some of my flowers are really flourishing up front.

The basement is an ongoing saga.  Every time we make a few steps in the right direction, something else happens.  Last night I had to come to the understanding that it was not going to be done in time for my party.  It sucks, but there’s just not enough time between now and then.  But the goal is to have it habitable again by mid October.

I think I took the path right down the middle, to be honest.

4.  Continue/start (at least) the following good habits:  walking Brooklyn in the morning, get pedicures more often, eating a decent breakfast (preferably at home)

I have been pretty damn good about walking Brooklyn in the morning.  I say on weekdays we stick to our routine at least 75% of the time, if not more.  There are some mornings I’d rather just skip it, but a big black dog dancing back and forth in front of you is kind of hard to ignore.

I got one pedicure and although it was totally worth it, it hurt because my feet were in such rough shape.  I’m never going to let them get that bad again.

Breakfast has been doing fairly well, though I still don’t have enough time or energy to do it at home.  But I haven’t been totally going off the reservation when it comes to breakfast for the most part.

Always puts on a great show

5.  See (at least) the following concerts: Bob Seger, Robyn, U2

COMPLETED! Also saw J. Geils Band (wsg The Chris Robinson Brotherhood), George Thorogood (wsg Kenny Wayne Shepherd), Buddy Guy (wsg Johnny Lang) and Britney Spears (wsg Nicki Minaj and others).

This summer has been difficult but liberating.  It’s difficult because I never expected to have this time free–I was supposed to be pregnant with twins, remember?  But it wasn’t meant to be.  So the summer was spent living life and enjoying it as much as possible.  I haven’t done everything I set out to do, but in some ways I’ve far exceeded my expectations.

In other words, I’ve learned to live again.

We’re planning on starting fertility treatments back up next month.  It’s not an easy road, by any means.  But I feel like having this time to breathe was exactly what I needed to tackle it head on, instead of just going through the motions.  I had been doing that at the beginning of the summer, and it wasn’t working.

The summer technically has a few more weeks.  But the end of August always signals something in me that it’s time to turn the page.  At least now I feel that this book is less of a drain on my energy and more of a page turner.

What have you done this summer?

9 comments for “Summer of Kim 2011 Update

  1. August 30, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Even if you didn’t accomplish everything you set out to do, I would still consider this Summer of Kim a win. You did a lot, as this post clearly demonstrates and you made a list of goals and set out to accomplish them. So what if not every single goal got a check mark? That fact that you tried means more – most people don’t even do that.

    • kim
      August 30, 2011 at 4:41 pm


  2. Lisa
    August 30, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    What I did this summer
    – Went on a road trip w/The Man to PA and visited family for a week. Also part of this was going to Hershey PA on my actual birthday.

    – Moved to a new apartment that we’re still unpacking. Difficult, yes but very worth it.

    -Hung out with friends a ton, got some really good girl talk time in with my best friend.

    -Got my car fixed 3 times and spent more money than I want to admit even to myself to get it all done. It better stay fixed since I’m broke now thanks to it.

    I wish I had visited my birthdaughter and her mom more this summer. I also wish I had seen Bridesmaids, Crazy Stupid Love, and Friends With Benefits with girlfriends (since I know The Man won’t see them with me). Kim – See Super 8 when it comes out. I liked it a lot!

    • kim
      August 30, 2011 at 4:41 pm

      That’s a full summer!

      Moving is the worst. It really is. Packing and all that nonsense. BOOOOOO.

  3. August 30, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    oh, don’t give up on love is a mix tape! the reason it’s so good is because there’s not so much one theme, but there’s a very surprising turn of events. my process in reading it felt very much like the process of entering and going through a relationship. the book in toto was seriously one of the more powerful reads i’ve ever experienced.

  4. August 31, 2011 at 12:36 am

    I didn’t do much this summer, but that’s what I was in the mood for, so I’m content. :)

    • kim
      September 1, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      Then it sounds like it was the Summer of Anna 2011 as well!

  5. September 1, 2011 at 1:22 am

    For one, I have not blogged enough. My energy levels to do so are so low right now and I think it’s mostly a product of adjustment to a new way of life. I’ve had plenty to say, I just haven’t been saying it. Hopefully, things will turn around.

    Of course, it doesn’t help that I never have access to a computer while at work. So when I get home, I check email, facebook and reader, but I certainly don’t always do something about anything that happens to show up in any of these places.

    • kim
      September 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      It’s hard to get used to a new schedule and fit in all the old things you used to do. Same thing happened to me when I started lawyering. I felt so torn in a million directions. It gets better.

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