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.
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
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.