Musings & Miscellany

Summer Bucket List Debrief

The Good. The Bad. And the Dead.

Happy day, dear reader!

If this is your first visit, Welcome! If you are returning, Welcome Back! It’s lovely to have you all. If you’ve been following for a while, you’ll know that I started this seasonal bucket list adventure because my friend and blogger Juhli who writes boomergirlsguide was doing it (Peer pressure?), and I thought “Why not?” Seasonal resolutions/bucket items seemed a much better and more achievable choice than the once a year midwinter frenzy. Now that the season is changing, it’s time for me fill you in on Summer’s Bucket List items, and how they went… Or didn’t.

1. Try New Restaurants

We were in a restaurant rut. We resolved to try a new restaurant each month for the next three. How did we do? Success! A work trip (that we turned into an extra night getaway) to Savannah certainly helped. We tried three new restaurants on that trip, but even at home, we made an effort, and found a few new places (now a few new favorites)! Best of all, we’ve gotten into the habit of asking, “Where new do we want to try?”

2. Schedule Off-Days Twice Weekly

In the interest of full disclosure, this has been a struggle. My goal was (AND STILL IS!) to take off Thursdays and Sundays. Clients who work M-F need care on Saturdays, and I have no problem with that! It was working beautifully in July and August, but since then, travel and other commitments have had me trading off days left and right, and feeling like I’m always chasing that elusive day off! Verdict? Making progress, but still work to be done.

3. Summer Break

SUCCESS! Not only did I take a week off from work completely, I took a blogging break for the month of August. The time off from writing gave me a chance to recharge and work on an online style program that Beta launched on September 1st. Whew. It was an adventure, and I can’t wait to do it again! It should go live again on January 1st… New Year, New Style?

4. Keep Plants Alive

My track record with plants is poor, so when mid-summer my herbs and the pepper looked like this, I rejoiced.

But by summer’s end, this is the sad state of affairs. Sigh. I’ll try again.

At least my husband got to eat the pepper. And we did have lots of basil and parsley for about two months. If you haven’t yet tried pineapple sage, you should. It’s amazing!

5. Eat More Fruits and Veggies

I’m still no better at remembering to take pictures of yummy food… I just want to eat by then! This summer, cauliflower rice has become a staple in our house. They have it at Lidl for a song. Curtis makes a great couscous with it that has fresh mint and apricots, so it makes it a snap to get in more veggies! I love a bowl of the leftovers for lunch!

On the down side, between the travel in July, August, and September, and all the new restaurants, my overall eating habits have taken a turn for the worse. Hence, I have managed to put on a few pounds… It’s time to get back a more mindful eating wagon! If you haven’t read What the Fork? Put That Diet Down! by Jennifer Beverage, you might want to check it out. Her writing style sounds like a best friend having a heart to heart with you. I have an extra copy… Maybe I need to run a contest!

So what do you think? Are you ready to try a seasonal bucket list? What season are you heading into? What might you like to accomplish this coming season? Do let me know in the comments below… I love to hear from you!

Stylishly yours,

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