Saturday, August 21, 2010

Top Ten Picks: Summer Edition

Top Ten Picks is hosted by Jillian of Random Ramblings. A few cooler mornings this week have reminded me that fall is looming, and that it won't be much longer until it's time for me bust out my sweaters and boots. Yet we still have days of oppressive Minnesota humidity, so I wanted to be sure to share my summer essentials with you before the cold weather prevails.

10.) Sundresses
They provide cuteness and ventilation. What's not to love?

9.) Sunglasses
Squinting begone! Definitely a must have to stop one from squinting during a long drive or while admiring pretty scenery. Bonus points if they're cute.

8.) Bubbles
I particularly love bubbles when they come in wand form. They're fun to create, and I love the way they glisten in the sunlight.

7.) A trip to Maine
Obviously, this is a bit more extravagant than some of my other picks. However, my mom grew up in Maine, and her entire family still lives there. I love having the opportunity to see them, plus I get to eat lots of lobster and other delicious sea food!

6.) Music
Growing up, we usually lived at least 10 hours from my paternal grandparents, and during college my parents' house and school were 14 hours apart. Even this summer I go to my local humane society regularly to volunteer, which is about a 20 minute drive. Having tunes to sing along to distracts me from how boring driving can become after a few hours.

5.) A body of water
I realize how vague this one is, and that this is a bit extravagant as well, but it's true. I love to admire the water and make feeble attempts photograph it, but I also love the relief that comes from dunking myself under on a 100 degree day. Luckily for me, Minnesota is the land of 1,000 lakes. Below is a picture of the mighty, muddy, Mississippi. I even get to see the occasional barge pass by.
4.) A stack of DVDs
One of the disadvantages of the midwest is tornado weather. Usually when it gets to be 100 degrees, around lunch time I can be found saying, "It'll storm later." I'm right about 50 percent of the time, if that. When this weather hits and it's unsafe to go outside, I like to have a few 30 Rock DVDs or some favorite movies sitting nearby, so I can remain occupied.

3.) Lemonade
I love just about any cold drink on a summer day, but for me nothing quite hits the spot like a nice, tart glass of lemonade. I'm a fan of Minute Maid lemonade--you know, the kind that's found in the frozen foods section and comes in cannister. One of these days I ought to make it fresh squeezed.

2.) A comfy place to sit
This can vary from a bulging leather armchair to a lawn chair shaded by an over sized umbrella. If it's cozy enough for me sit and zone out with a book, I'm set.

1.) A good book
You guys didn't honestly think I was going to forget this, did you? Having been a student for all of my life and hoping to become one again in the coming years, I've cherished summers as a time when I'm free to read whatever I want, and have ample time to do so. I oftentimes don't get through all the books I'd like to read, but such is life when one has an enormous TBR. I've read 23 books so far this summer (summer being the last 10 days of May and onward) and I'm still going strong.

Those are just a couple of things that have kept me going through this and many other summers. What are your summer essentials?

1 comment:

  1. I have never been to Maine, but would love to visit the place! I do love some seafood and love being surrounded by the water :) And I have to agree with the DVDs.. they're such life savers during lazy days in the Summer!



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