I haven’t blogged in so very long, it seems, and it isn’t for lack of love or interest or topics. Rather, my brain has gone to a lovely, shimmery, foggy land called Summertime. Every day we get up and toddle about in our PJs and lazily read magazines in the sunshine and wonder what lovely thing we should do today. I sometimes get it together to do a day trip or take the kids to the park, but mostly there’s a lot of surfing and reading and biking and video gaming and saying “yes” every time the kids ask for ice cream.
Ah, summer. Bliss.
So! I find myself in the situation where I’m so far behind on talking about everything that there’s no way I’ll ever catch up, and to tell the truth, even focusing long enough to put a single coherent sentence together is very, very hard, when I can HEAR the ice cream calling me from the kitchen. Instead, I think I’ll just toss out some quick updates and then drift slowly, barefoot, back to the patio with my reading. (The Emperor of Paris, if you want to know, alternating with this week’s copy of Entertainment Weekly.)
Summer of Awesome update: We are seeing a lot and doing a lot and going a lot of places. But I have, somewhere in the back of my brain, a weepy post about how the kids are aging and our summers are changing accordingly. With the Captain being 10 years old now, he’s just not as interested in things like parks and museums and simple trips to the beach. He wants to go to superhero movies and play video games and swim in the pool all by himself, now that he can pass the swim test. It’s been tough finding activities we call can enjoy and there’s a lot of, “You will suck this up for your sisters and there will be ice cream in it later for you.” He’s not too whiny about it, but I can see that the next few years are going to be tough, with the Little Miss still wanting to explore the city and him being too young to leave at home. Next year may be the Summer of Day Camp for us.
Dance Show update: Oh, so much to say here. Unfortunately we are going to be without internet access for most of August, due to events that I will talk about later on, which means my weekly Dance Show dissections that usually start at the top 10 mark will be intermittent, if not altogether absent. What say you readers – want some occasional and incomplete rants, or skip this season altogether?
Other TV updates: It seems I have become totally addicted to reality TV this summer, as in addition to Dance Show, I could write reams and reams about MasterChef and The Amazing Race Canada. Short versions – MasterChef makes me hungry and wish I were a better cook; also I just realized in writing this sentence that there’s no finalist in particular that I actually like or would want to buy the cookbook of. Hm. As for The Amazing Race Canada, I am totally on team Brett and Holly (I stand alone in Canada, I’m sure), and have written in my head a 1000-word manifesto defending them, which I may post someday. Also, Jet and Dave should have their own show, because I absolutely cannot hear the words “we grab a nug all the time” without snickering. Did you know that Jet’s full name is “Jet Black”? Crazy obnoxious and yet, SO FABULOUS. Would watch them eat cereal.
Travel updates: We hit up African Lion Safari and the Toronto Zoo last week. Let me know if you need any tips on that. We also went to my friend Lee Ann’s cottage and I did not get eaten by a bear, nor did any of the children drown in the lake, and I invented a new kind of dessert which is like a sandwich made of two brownies with a toasted marshmallow in between, so all in all, success.
Fashion updates: The Little Miss has a new sparkly purple cowboy had with a rainbow tiara attached that is the very definition of her. Gal Smiley has a new denim hat that is kind of like a fedora – it’s like a Perry the Platypus hat, but made of denim – that makes her look like the coolest secret agent in the world. Conclusion: I need a new hat.
And now, I’m off to eat ice cream, and read, and not wear shoes, and embrace the glittery mental fog of summertime.