Well, as Cleveland is wont to do, the majority of May was spent in the mid-40s, cloudy and rainy. I took a business trip to Dallas, where it was clear, sunny and hot, and I did not want to come back. …Well, both because of the weather and because I hate flying, but whatever…
The unofficial start to summer was last weekend on Memorial Day, and the weather certainly did not disappoint – sunny and sweltering. Though I try not to bitch about the weather, I was so happy for sunshine I nearly ran outside and rolled in the grass.
And since I’m in such high spirits, I thought I’d do the oft-forgot Friday 5.
- What was your best summer vacation like?
My best summer vacation was the summer of 1998. I was 13 and had a few very good friends in the neighborhood. That summer, my bike was my car and I rode it back and forth everyday to the pool and to my friends’ houses. I spent every day with those girls. The relationship was fleeting, and I went on to high school the next year while they stayed in elementary school. But I think of that fabulous summer, and that’s my idyllic summer.
- What was your worst summer vacation like?
I remember spending an entire summer indoors because I was working on an anxiety problem that has followed me in some iteration or another to this day. That summer spent inside and worrying the day away definitely sucked.
- What food or drink reminds you of a particular summer?
I think anything eaten outside reminds me of summer. This is especially poignant when I spend Sunday Night Dinner with my in-laws eating dinner on the porch.
- What summer-only activity do you now look most forward to every year?
The trip out to Charlie’s family’s summer cabin, and spending the afternoon there. I’ve enjoyed my time out on the lake and in the sunshine, and the nights around the campfire, drinking beer.
- What summer movie or summer reading are you most looking forward to this year?
I’m hoping to get through a few of the books off my reading list, but right now, I’m most looking forward to The Help and to the Millennium series by Steig Larsson.