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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?