One memory that always sticks out is cookies around Christmas time. Anytime I have the desire to bake I think about Christmas cookies. I am looking forward to Christmas and a break from the heat. I rarely welcome winter. Thank goodness summer is almost over. 6ish more weeks.
August means the last full month of summer and two full weeks of state fair celebration. Ever since we moved to Missouri, my family and I would attend the state fair each year building a tradition. About a decade ago when my sister graduated from high school (geez, I feel old now) the tradition faded into a rare appearance at the fair.
I’m travelling home for a few weeks next month and would love to fit in a visit to the fair. Besides the must haves of funnel cake, corn dogs, and weird things deep fried, I like visiting the state fair to reminisce the good old days.
I finished the first five seasons on Netflix this past weekend and now I’m caught up with the newest season on abcFamily. I’m hooked on this show and now I get to wait it out each week until the new episode airs. Talk about torture. The summer finale is coming up so I will get to return to my “regular scheduled programming” again. 🙂
What show are you hooked on?
My weekend has been full of Netflix during downtime. I have been in between shows and full of boredom (summer woes). I just started PLL and am surprised how fast I am in to it. The show has been on my radar I just haven’t been in the mood to watch it. I guess that is what summer is all about.
what’s on your to be watched list or a new show you can’t get enough of?
When I think of summer I imagine adventures and time spent outdoors. This summer I have no grand plans but my adventures will be found in either books or outside soaking up the rays by the pool. I love the water so you will find me near it in one way or another. This is my least favorite season but I’ll make the most of it. My one summer goal is to get out more.
What are your thoughts on summer?
Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer
A beach read should be a page turner that leaves you feeling satisfied by the end of the book. Also a book with the word summer in the title is a popular choice as a beach read, or perhaps a book that has been on your TBR pile for ages. The following are books (in no particular order) I hope to read during free time, and possibly outside soaking up some sun.
- The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. This is one that’s been patiently waiting to be read. I hope to get that accomplished soon.
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. There is a lot of buzz about this book so I want to read it to see what all the fuss is about.
- Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares. I had no idea this series had a fifth book, so this is on my list because years ago I read the first book during summer break and closure is a good thing.
- Burnt Devotion by Rebecca Ethington. Another series continuation that is perfect for summer reading. I picked up this series on a whim and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
- Something by Sarah Dessen like That Summer or Someone Like You. I have yet to read a S. Dessen novel and I’ve heard that I’m missing out. Going to rectify that this summer. Got a suggestion of which to read first?
- Mosquitoland by David Arnold. Because the cover has me interested and I have been in a YA mood lately.
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I finished E&P recently and quickly, so I figure another R. Rowell book is perfect as a summer page turner.
- I am finally getting around to Marie Lu’s Legend. I will read this. It will not sit on my TBR pile any longer.
- This next book makes the list due to popularity and a renewed interest of reading fantasy books. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.
- Jodi Picoult has been recommended to me so I thought I’d start with House Rules.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week is a new bookish topic for a new list. Go check them out and find out more about participating.
What makes a book a beach read for you? What will be in your bag?
Halfway through spring which means summer will soon be here. Summer is my least favorite season; I am not sure why I dislike it so much. The only good thing about summer is going swimming and visiting the state fair–a yearly tradition.
My first concert was a state fair concert, some country music artist (I lived in Missouri after all). Most of the time I would check out the fair two or three times during the two weeks of the celebration. There wasn’t that much to see but it was something to do.
The other part of the fair that you always looked forward to was the food. The corn dogs made your mouth water. Sugar highs were common due to the funnel cakes and cotton candy. It was a good time to indulge.
I haven’t been to the fair in awhile. I hope to remedy that by visiting home during the summer when the fair is in full swing.
What is your favorite summer activity?
This was taken a few years ago near Warsaw, Missouri where I used to live. I spent many days at the beach swimming with friends or having a barbecue. Summer days at the lake were mandatory. Some of my best memories are from time spent on the lake.
Where did you spend your summers?
Train Trip day one:
Tonight starts the beginning of my summer adventure. Busy, her sister, and I leave Missouri tonight and head west. After spending some time visiting with friends in the city we are dropped at the first station. The first leg of the trip is going well thus far. The more we get in and out of our packs the easier it gets to find stuff.
We have already had a few run ins with the staff (just being unfriendly). All our meals were planned out the night before. It was cheaper for three people to split a grocery bill than for one person to eat at the snack bar or dining room. Bring your own food on the train.
Also do not count on the times that the train is supposed to run. We arrived late to our first city. The little bit of rain tonight is putting me to sleep. Stay tuned for more.