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Summer Hopes

If there’s one thing I hate, it’s the feeling of missing out on fun. Tragically, I’ve always been good at coming up with Very Good Reasons to miss out on fun events. When I was a child and teenager, my parents were pretty strict. Often I was Not-Allowed. When working my way through university, I always Had-To-Work-That-Day. Now that I’m the Have-To-Get-Up-For-Work-In-The-Morning age, I can see that I-Have-Small-Children is not that far in the future.


In the spirit of what will most likely be my last summer as a single girl, I present to you:


My Summer Bucket List


1. Snorkeling in the ocean.


2. Music festival/concert. Update: Rifflandia achieved!



3. Go camping with Mike’s family. Go fishing this year (I still need a fishing license)




4. Pride Parade




5. Go to the cottage with Jaime and Kathy. Enjoy Mojitos and trashy reading material with Kathy. Make solar s’mores with Lara and Rowyn. Spearhead a fun art project for everyone to get involved with. Forget phone at home.





6. Drag my stepdaughter, Zoe, along for one of these events for some Quality Time(TM). Maybe snorkeling.




7. Go to Sorrento to visit Auntie Pooky and Uncle Jim. Sleep in. Wear pyjamas until 1 PM. Drink wine. Laugh and talk a lot. Read. Swim. Enjoy Shuswap (August 11 – 19)




8. Do the Fringe with a friend. A 5-show pass would be nice, but even making it to one show would be an improvement over last year.


The talented Johnnie Walker in "Red Headed Stepchild." Photo by Greg Wong

The talented Johnnie Walker in “Red Headed Stepchild.” Photo by Greg Wong


9. Swim in a lake more than once. Swim in the ocean when at all possible.



10. Go to an outdoor concert at Beacon Hill Park. Enjoy being among people.



11. Go to a Free-B movie show in Beacon Hill Park (August)




12. Visit Tash, Ted, and Tazio.


13. Make homemade ice cream




14. Go to the beach. Enjoy exploring tide pools and engaging in some summer reading.




15. Organize a potluck picnic with several friends


Potluck Picnic


16. Read 5 books off my summer reading list. Make a point of reading in summery places (ie: the park, the beach, the cottage, even someone’s backyard)




17. Borrow somebody’s barbecue and back yard and try a new grilling recipe. Try to move beyond burgers and hot dogs.



18. Attempt to spend a good chunk of time outside. Walk all over Victoria.




19. Go see Michael Glover tear it up in The Merry Wives of Windsor as performed by the Victoria Shakespeare Society at Camosun College.


michael glover


20. Hike



7 Responses so far.

  1. Wendy says:

    Great list! I want to do a few of those things! I’ve already hiked and made some vegan ice cream in June so I’m off to a good start!

  2. Kathy says:

    I could probably help out with 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 17.

    Happy Summer!

  3. Karen C says:

    I’m in for Fringe-ing with you! The five show pass is a great option. Did that last year and even managed to win an extra pair of tickets with their Three Word Review contest.

  4. Tara Saracuse says:

    Okay, I can help with #1, 17 and 20.

    1 – Did you know that Steve and I are scuba divers? We own all our own snorkel gear and I can show you a) where to get snorkel gear and how much you should pay, and b) the best snorkel spots in Victoria!

    2 – Also, we have a back yard and a BBQ. This is officially my invitation to you and Mike to join us here for dinner one night.

    3 – And we hike. We have a large dog. The dog likes to hike. Thus, we hike often. I will text the next time we go.


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