25 Things I Learned This Summer

31 Aug

Where does the time go?

It feels like just yesterday it was Memorial Day, and we were making all kinds of plans. Now here we are at Labor Day weekend and summer is over.

Sure, I know. Summer doesn’t technically end till September 21 — or, if you really have a hard time letting go, when the weather actually cools down sometime in October. But mentally, I think we all consider the end of summer to be on Labor Day. Right?

The last three months were great for me; I hope you can say the same for yourself. They were relaxing, fun, and productive, and while I didn’t get to everything on my to-do list, I was plenty busy and I enjoyed myself.

I also learned quite a bit. So here, before the sun sets on summer, are just 25 of the many things I learned over the past three months.

1. Olivia Munn makes everything better (Exhibit A and Exhibit B).

2. So does Mary J. Blige.

3. It is possible to care less about the Red Sox.

4. Midday, midweek shopping at the supermarket and Target is one of the best “perks” of not having a full-time job.

5. It’s impossible to resist the power of a good, catchy pop song, no matter how hard you try.

6. Likewise, it’s impossible to resist something as heavily hyped as the Olympics.

7. Boston’s a great city to walk around, but it’s even better to walk around after dark.

8. Portsmouth, N.H., is worth the drive.

9. I prefer being in an office with other people over working by myself at home every day.

10. I have some very good friends.

11. If you want the free cupcake of the day at Georgetown Cupcake, you have to get there early.

12. I don’t live close enough to the beach — or any beach, for that matter.

13. One night can make an entire summer.

14. There are, like, 101 Boloco locations within a half-mile radius of Copley Square.

15. The Real World is still oddly compelling, even after all these years.

16. Rodriguez’s music is better discovered late than never at all.

17. It’s possible to improve on an original (Exhibit A and Exhibit B).

18. It’s not as easy to make spur-of-the-moment plans with other people as it used to be.

19. I need a thunder buddy.

20. Gatorade works just as well in the morning as coffee does.

21. Sleeping till after 9 a.m. and staying up till 2 a.m. are still within the realm of possibility when you’re 38 years old.

22. The half-and-half — or, if you prefer, the Arnold Palmer — is the perfect summertime drink.

23. People with a pool in their backyard are the luckiest people.

24. Redbones makes the best barbecue in the Boston area.

25. Summer is waaaaay too short.

Those are just some of the lessons I learned. As I said, it was a very good summer.

What did you learn this summer? Share your lessons in the comments section below.

6 Responses to “25 Things I Learned This Summer”

  1. Deborah August 31, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    1. A day at the beach passes way faster than one in the office.
    2. It IS hard to make time to be with all of your favorite people.
    3. Sun is like MiracleGro for 2 year olds. They grow right before your eyes in the summer.


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