Five Things on Friday is a weekly list of five things. Subject to be determined by me, but feel free to make suggestions in the comments. I will list my five things and then open the comments up to you, my loyal followers, readers, fans, groupies, what have you. Please respond. Or else, I'll feel all alone in the Earth. It'll be bad. Really.
So, my friend Tess is new to blogging, but she's already learning the first rule of blogging. Don't talk about blogging. Um, sorry, no, the first rule of blogging is that if people like something you did, they will steal it. I'm stealing her Summer Lovin' list.
Actually, when I first read her list, I thought, "There is no way I could come up with ten reasons I love summer, since I hate summer." Then my mom posted her Summer Lovin' list and I realized that maybe I had a few reasons to love summer.
And, since I've got this Friday Five thing going on, I don't have to come up with ten. Instead, I decided to do five reasons to love summer and five reasons to hate summer. Because I can't let ya'll think that I'm actually happy in June. That would be horrible.
Five Things I Love About Summer:
1. No School - I really didn't think this affected me much until Mom pointed out that it meant my kids could stay over whenever they wanted, instead of waiting until the weekend. And yep. Love that. For one thing, it's nice to be able to arrange things according to my schedule, but also, it's a relief to once again give in to the whining. "Please, mommy, please, please, please. Can I stay the the night with NiNi and Papaw?" "Um, yeah, ask NiNi." Wow. How much better that feels.
2. My Grandma's Yard - I could just sit out there all day. And really, even when it's so Hell meltingly hot, there's so much shade and breeze there that it's hardly ever unbearable.
3. The Kids' Clothes - I don't know why, but there is something so magical to me about sundresses and tank tops. Tiny toes tucked in flip-flops. Halter tops. Bathing suits. Shorts. I spend three seasons looking at kids' clothes and marvelling at who would let their kid wear this "slutty" stuff and then buy them dresses that have less fabric than hankies in the summer. I can't explain this madness I have. But, oh my, is that a backless sundress! We must have it!
4. Sandals - Have I mentioned here that I like shoes? Well, I particularly like sandals. High heeled ones, flat ones, flip flops, wedges, espadrilles, skimmers. I broke one of my favorite pairs of flip flops and made a joke about being down to four pairs of flip flops. I went home, later and counted. Nope, I still have five. I'm an addict, but they are so cute and so cheap.
5. Music - I love summer music. You know what I mean, the songs that make you want to crank up the radio and roll down the windows. I should do five summer songs next week. Help me remember, kay?
Five Things I Hate About Summer:
1. Heat - I'm just not built for this. Heat indexes over 100 and humidity in the 90's. Uh-uh. No thank you. You can have it. Bring on the snow, baby.
2. Schedule - It seems like the only time more hectic than summer for us is Christmas. This week, we've had VBS, the fair, 2 doctor's appointments and a baseball game and I am almost positive that there is something I should be doing tonight that I have forgotten.
3. My Clothes - Since I have too little self-esteem and too much self-awareness to walk around in hankie dresses and tank tops, I struggle with summer clothes. It's hard to not be miserable hot when you feel that you absolutely MUST cover every inch of skin. I only own one pair of shorts. I'm serious. And tank tops are reserved for wearing under things. I long for sweater weather. Anyone can look cute in a nice pair of slacks and a pretty sweater.
4. Sand - Okay, so this probably isn't fair since I haven't bee to the beach in at least a decade, but I hate sand. I hate how it gets everywhere and how it seems to make everything hotter. I see pictures from other peoples' beach vacations and I get all jealous and then I remember that I (1) hate to swim where living things, um, live and (2) hate the sand. What's there for me, really. Oh, I'll go again eventually, basically because I think there becomes a point where it's a shame for a kid to have to say they've never been to the beach. But that's the only reason.
5. Bugs - Bugs, bugs, bugs. Fleas come into our basement every stinkin' summer. I can't even figure out why. There's no one down there to eat. Mosquitoes, bees, spiders, moths. It's like they come out of the woodwork. (Well, the bees are wood bees, so maybe they do.) I am not a girly girl who can't stand the sight of an insect, but still, there comes a point where I can just do without them, thank you very much.
So, what about you. I understand that I am in the vast minority preferring winter, but sure I'm not completely alone. What do you love about summer and what do you hate about summer. Be balanced, fair, or not. Just chime in. You know how I get.