Summer is officially underway and while it is a very different kind of summer, I hope you’ve been able to make the most of it so far. I don’t know how the weather has been where you are, but on Long Island it has been hot and humid, feeling more like August weather than June or July. The warm summer days have made it difficult to stay inside when in years past I would certainly have been soaking up the sun at the beach. This summer, I’m taking it day by day and trying to create new memories.
Here’s what’s on my agenda this month:
Go: I’m not sure what the upcoming July 4th weekend will hold since a lot of fireworks shows have been canceled, but I’m planning on having my own celebration this year with a light picnic down by the water. If nothing else, it will get me out of the house and be a tranquil evening…and perhaps I’ll even catch a stray fireworks show.
Do: Since it’s almost next to impossible to relax at my local beach these days without tons of people crowding my space, I’ve taken up the next best thing and started to stand up paddle board again. I went last week and had forgotten how much I enjoyed being out on the water and what a workout it was. I’ve been vacillating between buying my own stand up paddle board this summer so I can go out whenever I want or renting, but for now, heading down to the marina and renting is easier.
Visit: I have to admit, returning to real life after a few days away at the Breakers was depressing (I may have even shed a few tears). But the good news is that Montauk is close enough to book another stay this month, which will certainly give me something to look forward to. If you missed my recap post about my time at the Breakers, you can catch it, here.
Read: If nothing else, this quiet summer has left me with plenty of time on my hands to dig into a few books. Before I left for Montauk, I found out that my local public library (which is still not open to the public) had an app called Libby that allowed me to use my library card and download e-books to my iPad. So, before I hit the road, that’s just what I did. I checked out a few books from the app, just in case one of them was a flop, and decided to start Do You Mind If I Cancel by Gary Janetti. If you’re a fan of David Sedaris, you’ll love this book, too. It was an easy read and certainly made me laugh. Additionally, the author went to college on Long Island and referenced many places that I’ve actually been to, which only further connected me with the book. If you’re looking for a humorous summer read, I highly recommend this one.
Buy: I’m probably the last person on the planet using an iPhone 6. But since my five-year-old phone was still working (despite running many operating systems behind), I saw no reason to upgrade. That was until the touchscreen decided to stop working while I was away last week. After fearing I was going to break the glass with my finger while trying to send text messages out, I took the plunge and upgraded to the iPhone 11 Pro. I had spent many months on and off researching which phone I would eventually upgrade to when the time came, and just a few days ago, I ordered my new phone in gold. While I’m still getting used to all of the features that my iPhone 6 could only dream of, I’m loving the larger screen and know that I will also enjoy the camera (when I finally get it all set up and start taking photos).
What’s on your agenda this month?