Is it me or is July flying by? We seemed to just celebrate July 4th and...bam, off to San Antonio next week for the Romance Writers of America conference!
Summer is always a time filled with so many activities or family vacations that the months blur into fast moving days. I’m not complaining. I love hanging out with my family. I love the warm lazy days and the sun setting later in the night. Any excuse to go out for ice cream works for me. As the heat presses on sometimes the days are endless as we try to find ways to keep cool.
So what are some ways to beat the dog-days of summer? Here are a couple of ideas.
Read a book. I’m an author, so that is always my first choice. Days spent at the beach or around the pool are perfect opportunities to get engrossed in a great summer read. Catch up on the work of your favorite authors or better yet, try a new author. You might get hooked.
Rent a movie. If you’re anything like me, you have a list of movies you meant to see during the year and never made it to the theater. Since there are mostly reruns on television right now, take a break from network and cable tv, pop up a big bag of popcorn and rent the movies you missed. And if it’s really hot, try a weekend long marathon!
How about a short road trip? If time and finances are available, plan a weekend away. Travel to a destination you’ve always talked about going to, but have put it off. There might be interesting places right around the corner from where you live that you’ve never visited before. Now is your time.
Go to the movies for a summer blockbuster. Plenty of good movies are still playing, so if you love the big screen experience and the ice-cold air, hit your local theater.
Cook out. What is it about summer that makes anything cooked on the grill so much better? Hot dogs, hamburgers, steak, even vegetables taste yummy. Make a special point to get together with neighbors you haven’t visited with in a while and catch up.
Spend the day at the beach or lake. Kids and adults alike love a new adventure. Not close? How about a city recreation pool? Or buy a kiddie pool and soak your feet out in the back yard. Imagination goes a long way.
Museums, libraries, cultural arts centers. All worth a day trip.
Did I mention reading a book? Oh, yeah, I did.
Soon, the kids will be back to school and we’ll be back to the same old grind. So enjoy the weeks until Labor Day. Do something completely different for a change. And if you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them.