Back in early June, I posted a Summer Manifesto – a list of things I wanted to be sure not to miss this summer. Somehow, we’re almost through July, and the warm, golden days are flying by. So, here’s an update on the manifesto (with photos).
Visit the farmers’ market at Harvard – every week if possible. Buy loads of fresh produce, especially berries and tomatoes.I’m walking over to the market every Tuesday, and I have spent an obscene amount of money on raspberries and tomatoes (even for me).
- Go to Shakespeare on the Common – they’re doing Twelfth Night this year. (It starts this weekend!)
Visit Prince Edward Island and go see Green Gables.It was a blissful trip. We toured Green Gables, spent time on the beach, went to two rockin’ concerts, and ate so many delicious meals. Host my parents for a visit, and take them up to Cape Ann, north of Boston.That photo is a family selfie, taken in Rockport, where we had a wonderful time (details forthcoming). Dig into some summer reading. (Maybe I’ll make a syllabus like Anne.)The syllabus did not happen, but the reading is definitely happening. Favorite summer reads so far include Mambo in Chinatown, All the Light We Cannot See, The Alpine Path, Parnassus on Wheels, Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone trilogy, and my third reread of To Kill a Mockingbird. Drink fruity summer teas, eat Ben & Jerry’s Greek frozen yogurt, and balance it all with salads.Check, check, check (though I could use some more salads).
- Go to an outdoor movie. (Not yet, but soon!)
- Tour the Longfellow House, which is right down the street from my office. (Ditto.)
Spend lots of time outside – reading, lounging, walking, relaxing. Every lunch break, every evening, all the extra time I can. Summer is so short in New England, and the only thing to do is soak it up.
How are you savoring summer?