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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wistful Wednesday

What Are You Doing This Summer?

Record heat. Oil spills. The recession. Whichever way you turn these days, you will find a roadblock to summer fun this year. Not to mention stress-inducing events that require some down time to get over them. So how do you do it?

Like most people throughout the country, I am not in the position of taking an actual vacation this year, so I have to find creative ways to decompress and "get away from it all." In fact, the closest I came to having fun was a couple of trips into Boston, but those were centered around my daughter's hospitalization, so they don't count.

Still, it would be nice to be able to do something that didn't require a lot of money, a lot of planning or traveling, but is still fun. What would you do?

For me, it always comes down to books. When I can't go to the actual places I want to, I "travel" to them via books. I love books because I'm not limited by money, availability, or the practicality of doing it. I'm not even limited by time or space. This week, for instance, I am visiting the mills of Northern England in the 1850's via the book North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. A few weeks ago, I visited the modern day mid-west with Adriana Trigiani's Viola in Reel Life. And the prospects for next week are wide open. I could visit medieval England or the Highlands of Scotland, or maybe spend some time with Louisa May Alcott in 1800's New England. I could delve into the world of geishas or members of a harem, or just meet the girls Friday Mornings at Nine, courtesy of Marilyn Brant. The choices - and the possibilities - are truly endless.

So that is how I will spend the hazy, lazy days of summer in my humid little corner of the world. How about you? Any fun plans for the summer?

4 Moonbeams (comments):

Molly Daniels said...

I have a fun weekend coming up in two weeks: Celebrating my Mom's birthday; going to a bar to hear a friend's hubby sing with his band; and moving my oldest into his college dorm:)

Maybe kicking the first fledgling out of the nest doesn't sound like fun, but his sister needs his room, as she currently sleeps in the former dining room which is now my office and the youngling's toy room. Youngling take over her twin bed and will finally have 'his own room' for the first time in four years:)

Margay Leah Justice said...

Celebrating Mom's birthday is always the best, isn't it? And going to hear a friend sing is fun, too!

Carrie said...

Talk about maximizing space Molly!:)

Margay - If it weren't for my ankle pain, I would have read more books. I had planned July as my "how many books can I read this month" challenge, put the pain distracted me too much.

Sometimes, you have to take escape where you can find it! I like camping because it can be cheaper - of course as we get older we need cots and padding so that means a car top carrier, lol!

Margay Leah Justice said...

Well, Carrie, I hope August is a better month for you. It's pretty bad when you're in too much pain to read! And I'm not much of a camper myself, but my older daughter likes it - she's going camping with some friends this week, as a matter of fact!