how i will remember this summer

happy long weekend friday, friends!

can you believe that we are at the end of summer?! (sorry to break it to you, but summer ends this weekend, and monday is new year’s day, that’s been my philosophy for eons, now).

this weekend is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the past couple of months. here are my top themes for summer 2012…

on a lighter note:

1) big earrings! i have really enjoyed wearing fun earrings:

peacock feathers! (TWO pairs after one earring of the first pair blew away)

madonna feather earrings!)at “magic mike” with bff debbie)

the ones that got away

i may head over to conestoga mall this sunday; if i do, i am going to see if melanie lyne has those feather earrings in the last pic; if so, they will be my final splurge-purchase of the summer (i am putting the hammer down and curtailing my spending on clothes and accessories starting after labour day!).

2) compression socks! these knee socks have been my signature look this summer:

black ones!

pink ones!

[the white seem to have gone un-photographed, somehow…that’s ok, they are my least favourite pair].

i will continue to wear my comp socks into the fall but NOT once i have to start wearing capris. comp socks + shorts = cute look; comp socks + capris = dorky look.

to talk running for just a sec: i am so appreciative of how much i have enjoyed running this summer – it’s been exhilarating. and it’s all thanks to the good karma brought on by the compression socks – haha!

3) country music! i have my friend cass from the store to blame thank for introducing me to this musical genre. i still put the country station on sometimes when i am working alone at the store, in honour of cass! my two favourite songs from this summer:

somethin’ ’bout a truck


[cowboy boots may be goin’ on my xmas list!]

on a deeper note:

1) rediscovering my love of reading: i read more during the daylight hours this summer than i have in years…and it was so enjoyable! whether i lounged on the chairs up on the rooftop, sat with a tea at starbucks, sprawled on the floor in the condo casa, or lay out in the park, it was lovely to relax and immerse myself in a satisfying work of fiction.

2) letting the mantra “let it go” guide me: there are so many ways i can interpret this phrase! [and did you know the dragonette song by the same name is on my ipod, it always seems to come up (i have my songs on constant shuffle mode) at the most auspicious of times]. sometimes i have felt so free-of-heart that i just smile! here are three little examples of *let it go* – –

~ the blogcation put blogging into perspective for me – i do enjoy writing, sharing, being imaginative and creative…when i have the time and inclination! if blogging feels like a burden or a *have to do,* that is not a good thing.

~ ice cream once a week (or even twice, oh the daring!) is way fun!

THE BEST cone of the summer!

~ living in fear of “what if’s” is a waste of mental energy. do your best, be true to your heart, and things will work out.

3) deciding, very recently, in a burst of clarity, to NOT participate in the goofy challenge at disney in january. i have absolutely zero regrets about registering back in april for this trip. at the time, it was a great idea and the right thing to do. however, both the get-away and the race are no longer goals i want to pursue. [ok, i am remorseful that i am out the $309 entry fee – that money could buy a lot of lulu gear!! (disney has a no refund, no transfer policy)]. however, i am remembering what janetha shared on her blog once, about something her momma b said to her: “it’s only money.” yes, it’s unfortunate to lose an *investment,* but when i consider that health, family, time are more important to me, it is only money.

what are some themes that YOU will remember from this summer? i also grin when i recall all my meet-ups with friends and outings with family!

now go enjoy this last weekend of the summer!

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  • Stacie @ Snaps and Bits  On August 31, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    What a nice wrap up post to your fun summer! I hope you get the earrings πŸ˜‰ I am sad summer is ending since I don’t like being cold. But let’s enjoy fall before we think about it too much. And maybe buy some boots!

    • 1970kikiproject  On August 31, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      stacie, i am with you, i really dislike being cold and enduring cold weather! i am putting UGGS on my xmas list YET AGAIN this year!! have a super weekend – if your kids are back to school on monday (our schools start back then), enjoy the last of summer!

  • Lisa  On August 31, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Great reflection on summer! It’s funny as soon as you mentioned being out the $309, my mind went to the same thing—how many things can you buy in lulu for that?! But, at the same time, it really is only money. I’ve wasted my share over things like that—when you have the gut feeling that you need to back out of something, a little wasted money is worth not putting yourself in a situation that you will not want to be in!
    My summer has been really crazy. I went on so many trips (I guess you could say I’m on my ultimate summer trip right now!), and spent so much time with people I care about. I taught yoga at a winery and a dental lab….and decided I don’t enjoy teaching yoga πŸ™‚
    I didn’t do much in the kitchen, and definitely saved money because of that.
    I did do lots of new things, like stand up paddle boarding, TRX, etc.
    So overall, I’d say it was a good summer—I don’t even feel like it went super fast, which is just plain awesome.
    Glad your summer was fulfilling!

    • 1970kikiproject  On August 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      lisa, as long as you are in cali, you will be in summer-mode, imo! i think it is cool that you discovered teaching yoga is not your thing. good for you! thanks for your empathy on the $/trip – flight, hotel, souvenirs and food would add a lot more $ to *only* the lost entry fee! enjoy your weekend!

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On August 31, 2012 at 8:40 am

    You have had a GREAT summer, Cathy! You’ve packed in a lot and made some changes, all for the best I think! I LOVE the picture of you with the girls! The hats are great…where’s yours?!?!

  • strivingcynic  On August 31, 2012 at 7:57 am

    It sounds like you had just an awesome summer, Cathy and I hope the joy continues through the “pre-fall” and into the fall. I agree about after labor day= end of summer, but since my summer of shirts has *not*ended…it’s still summer for me in that regard,
    I don’t think you mentioned your decision on goofy before, so I was surprised to read that you decided not to go, but it sounds like you really thought about it and are content with the decision…and if goofy is what spurred on some of the running you’ve been enjoying so much, that’s great too!
    The earrings are fabulous (peacocks!) and ice cream is always going to make my day, too.
    Have a fantastic weekend!

    • 1970kikiproject  On August 31, 2012 at 8:10 am

      this weekend will include feather earrings and ice cream and running!! (not all at once – haha!). hopefully, we’ll have great weather into september so we can keep wearing our summer items! i hope you get through your entire shirt collection!

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