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School’s out for the summer, and I could not be happier. My summer vacation has officially started and will last until the end of July. Since COVID restrictions have lessened, summer break this year will look remarkably different than last year. Therefore, I have created a Summer Fun List for the next two months.

SUMMER 2021 FUN LIST

JUNE

  • Anubis Improv: Level Three Classes on Tuesday evenings (in-person)
  • Anubis Improv Showcase at the end of the month
  • The Acadian Croppers (TAC) Scrapbooking Event with my scrapbooking gal pals
  • Weekly lunch with a friend
  • Celebrate Father’s Day with my Daddy
  • Drink Night/Game Night with Hubby and Friends
  • Go to the Movies (A Quiet Place: Part II, Cruella)
  • READ

JULY

  • Slasher Movie Marathon with Kelsi
  • Trip to Utah (visit Aunt Carolyn and my cousins)
  • 4th of July BBQ
  • Weekly lunch with a friend
  • Drink Night/Game Night with Hubby and Friends
  • Go to the Movies (Black Widow)
  • READ

I have listed the highlights of my summer plans. However, I am definitely open to other activities that may crop up throughout the summer, such as visiting the beautiful animals at the Audubon Zoo, working on my tan at the beach, or taking a road trip to Bainbridge, Georgia to see my Uncle Robert and Aunt Mary’s new home. In addition to my fun list, I will also be chipping away at a few of the items on my 21 for 2021 list. What will your summer look like this year, dear reader? Hopefully, it will include some fun and relaxing activities. Happiness!

“In the summer, the days were long, stretching into each other. Out of school, everything was on pause and yet happening at the same time, this collection of weeks when anything was possible.” ~ Sarah Dessen

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Autumn officially commenced on Tuesday and brought cooler temperatures with it. While the summer of 2020 was not how I originally envisioned spending my break, thanks to COVID-19, it turned out to be fairly pleasant. Back in June, I created a list of acceptable activities I could participate in while following the constraints mandated as a result of the pandemic. With the exception of planting new flowers in my garden (still weeded and watered existing plants), I participated in all of the activities on my list and added some additional ones. 

Bushwacker

Bushwacker

Social distancing limits socializing with people “in person” which is difficult for me because I greatly enjoy socializing with people in person; however, I did get to spend some “in person” time with my parents and a few friends. My hubby and I had a couple of drink nights with Shelly, her hubby, and additional guests (her mom, Mr. Mike, and our friend Karen). In June, we drank bushwackers (not a new cocktail for me, but new for my hubby) which are super yummy because they contain ice cream.

Jaguar Juice

Jaguar Juice

In August, we had two drink nights which featured two new cocktails, a Strawberry Cream Martini and Jaguar Juice. In addition to in person hangouts, I attended quite a few virtual improv hangouts this summer. And, thanks to my friend Brian, our improv group recently had two celebrity guests attend our hangout for Q and A sessions. One Tuesday night, Greg Proops hung out with us. The next evening, Jonathan Mangum joined us. Both have appeared on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and shared so much terrific information and encouragement with us.  

I scrapbooked a fair amount this summer on Andrew’s Ireland scrapbook. I have some journaling to complete on a few of his Ireland pages as well as his Wales pages, and then I can move on to his adventures in London.

Rock of Cashel

As I wrote in my last post, I enjoyed my “Summer of Poe.” Even though I didn’t get to read Poe’s entire body of work this summer, I plan to read the remainder of it in the near future. 

Chicken TaquitosChicken QuesidillasI did try my hand at some cooking this summer. I made chicken quesadillas, baked chicken bacon ranch taquitos, cranberry pecan chicken salad, crispy air fryer chicken tenders, and meatloaf with brown gravy. Yes, I know…lots of chicken. The recipes that I tried are basic (not many ingredients) because I don’t really enjoy cooking. Also, whatever I cook needs to also appeal to Andrew’s taste buds. Thankfully, he is not as picky as he used to be as a youngling. Out of everything I tried, he did not like the chicken salad which Barry and I absolutely loved. Since the summer is over, I have no desire to try any new recipes for the remainder of the year. 

Chicken Salad

As for exercising, I stuck with walking all summer. Rain or shine, I have not missed one day since I started back in March and hope to continue my streak. As for my weight loss journey, I wound up not taking it, even after all the preparation to start on June 1st and attempting to recommit in July. I also haven’t done much running. I dropped the ball, and I have had to reconcile myself with the fact that it may not happen this year. I’ve felt fragmented since all this COVID stuff has started, and I haven’t been able to focus on any one area for any length of time. I have too many irons in the fire, and I know I need to schedule my time better in order to get to everything I want to accomplish both personally and professionally. But, we all know, dear reader, that time management is my kryptonite. In fact, instead of taking items off of my plate and putting them on the back burner for a little bit, I have added more items which requires more time.  In addition, I’m not doing so hot on my 20 for 2020 list. Although, I still have a glimmer of hope that I can knock a few items off of my list in the remaining quarter of this year. We’ll see what the next three months have to offer. 

Despite not seeing friends I usually see, not doing activities I normally do, or not meeting goals I generally meet, I am grateful that I still had a summer break. My summer was different, dear reader, but much of it was also restorative, relaxed, and simple. And, sometimes, that is the blessing. Happiness!

“When summer gathers up her robes of glory, and, like a dream, glides away.”     ~ Sarah Helen Whitman

Kentucky

at my Uncle Manuel’s home in Nicholasville, Kentucky

 

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Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, plans for this summer will definitely look a bit different than past summers. Shelly and I will NOT be attending Elton John’s concert or participating in our annual scrapbook convention with Heather and Donna this month. My family and I will not being going on any vacations in the near future. And, I now have to wait until December to see my friend’s daughter get married to her sweetheart. Although having plans upended stinks, I refuse to be glum. My cancelled plans pale in comparison to the cancelled graduations, cancelled trips to Italy or Costa Rica, or postponed weddings. Life is too short to sulk; therefore, I plan to make the most of my summer break.

Naturally, since I work in education, I will have to deal with school-related tasks or report to school occasionally for meetings. Fortunately, I will not be working all summer long. In addition, I have various self-care appointments scheduled throughout the next several weeks. This leaves oodles of time to engage in all sorts of creative and enjoyable activities.

Kat’s Summertime Fun List

  • Spending time with friends and family
  • Reading and rereading all the works of Edgar Allan Poe, as in the “Summer of Poe”
  • Performing Improv (virtual hangouts/classes)
  • Scrapbooking
  • Gardening, as in flowers and plants
  • Exercising
  • Cooking, as in trying new recipes
  • Tackling tasks on my 20 for 2020 list
  • Discovering new cocktails

Of course, my summertime fun list is flexible and more activities can be added to it. There is always the possibility that new ideas, projects, or events will pop up throughout the summer. What will you be doing differently this summer? I am always open to suggestions from you, dear reader. Happiness!

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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Sesame StreetGood morning! Today is a most terrific day. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the air conditioner is running, and I got Sesame Street stamps from the post office yesterday.  Happiness boost! It is also the birthday of one of my dearest friends on the planet…the fabulous Michelle. How fitting that I bought Sesame Street stamps the day before the celebration of her birth! Sesame Street is one of the many popular shows that airs on PBS.

WYES crew

Kat, Michelle, & Tiffany @ WYES-TV

Michelle and I met at WYES-TV (PBS) many, many moons ago, and we have been friends ever since. I’m grateful that she is a part of my life. Happy Birthday, my friend!

I am immensely enjoying my SUMMER! This summer has been about learning, growing, healing, committing, recharging, and loving life. It is not lost on me that I am blessed to have this time off. Having this time to myself has allowed me to invest in myself and set goals for my future. I was diagnosed with tennis elbow in June. I’ve been able to go to occupational therapy twice a week to try and fix this issue. My big toe is completely healed from the fall I had last month. My acting goals are falling into place, and my singing is improving. I hired a handyman this week to paint the utility room and the office in my house. I’m in the process of purging each room and closet in our house of all the unnecessary stuff. For me, a cluttered house equals a cluttered mind. Without sounding too dramatic, it is holding me back from living my best life.

Since I will be hanging around the house this week while the rooms are being painted, I plan to get some scrapbooking done. I’m still working on Andrew’s Ireland trip. My summer break is slowly coming to an end, so I want to make the most of the last couple of weeks before I have to report back to school. What have you been up to this summer, dear reader? I hope you have had the chance to invest in yourself. Happiness!

“Friend something better than chocolate ice cream… Maybe friend somebody you give up last cookie for.” ~ Cookie Monster

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Thankful I am definitely headed toward one of the busiest weeks of the summer. The week will consist of health/wellness appointments, work meetings, voice/acting classes, a concert, and my annual scrapbook convention with my girlfriends. What is a girl to do? Celebrate with gratitude! I am so very thankful to have the opportunities to take care of myself, stretch myself (classes), and rejuvenate myself. I am so very thankful for moments to be creative and explore my potential.

While my summer break seems to be passing by rather quickly, it has been wonderful. Andrew had Orientation this past week at SLU and is officially registered for fall classes. I have spent a fair amount of time preparing for my scrapbook convention by organizing layouts, ordering pictures, and buying supplies. I have also been prepping scenes weekly for my Saturday audition class and regularly practicing my song for my weekly voice lesson. Sprinkle in some reading, tv/movies, and other enjoyable events and I’d say I am blessed.

The only activity that would make my summer perfect is exercise which I should be able to incorporate starting the week of June 24th. I had a little accident this past Monday. I slipped on the step getting out of the tub, fell hard on the floor (ceramic tile), and bruised my big toe (right foot) really badly. At first, I thought I broke it along with my knee. I could barely walk. I consulted with Dr. Shelly (my BFF) and opted to ice it and take some Aleve. Thankfully, it was just bruised. I am so very thankful that I did not break any bones.

Before signing off, let’s not forget that today is Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day Blessings to my sweet Daddy, my hubby, my godfather, my uncles, my cousins, my brother-in-laws, my friends who are fathers, my friends’ fathers, new fathers, priests, all the fathers who have earned their angel wings, and all the men that have stepped up to fulfill the role of father. Hats off to YOU!

It’s time to bid you adieu for today, dear reader. I hope you are having an equally wonderful summer. If you seem to be having some unusually busy days or weeks, try stepping back and appreciating the opportunity to be involved in the tasks or events that you have scheduled. It may help approaching those moments seem a little less daunting. Happiness!

“The thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Michelle & Kat

Michelle’s Birthday Lunch @ Gogi Korean

Ah, the last day of July and what I consider, the last day of summer break. July has been another fabulous month this summer which has been super good to me, so I will not lament that it has come to an end. I’ve enjoyed plenty of awesome experiences this month which included a Kagan Coaching Conference in Orlando, Florida. Attending this conference allowed me to bring my boys to Disney World, and we spent some time at the Disney parks. Animal Kingdom was our favorite.

I also celebrated good times with my fabulous friend Michelle who happens to be a July baby. Korean FoodWe enjoyed Korean food for her birthday lunch followed by rolled ice cream from Roulé for dessert. Other highlights of July were going to the movies (The Incredibles 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, The Equalizer 2), a museum visit, a concert, a scrapbooking evening with my BFF Shelly, and a lunch date with my friend Kelly Parker LeGrand. This was the first time Kelly and I had seen each other in over 20 years. We talked for hours. My only regret was that we didn’t take any pictures together. Hopefully, it won’t be another 20 years before we have lunch together again.

IMG_1561While I enjoyed much happiness this month, there was also some sadness. My extended family in Utah said good-bye to my sweet Uncle Charles. I feel blessed to have known him and grateful for plenty of fond memories of times spent with him. I can bet he is well established in heaven telling stories and jokes. Rest in peace, Uncle Charles!

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Tower of Terror

I am semi-officially back at work this week meeting with teachers in my new role as an Instructional/Curriculum Coach. I had my first PLC meeting today with the lovely fourth grade teachers. I felt it was successful. Tomorrow is August 1st and Andrew’s 17th birthday, so he and I will celebrate his birth in the evening with dinner at Chili’s. We will officially celebrate him as a family later in the month of August. Until next time, dear reader, stay positive, focused on your dreams, and grateful for all of your blessings. Happiness!

 

“Get your dance on today…move some energy around…visualize everything as you want it to be…Fullness, Completeness…You!”  ~ Sereda Aleta Dailey, The Oracle of Poetic Wisdom

 

 

 

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