I'm feeling like a big stress ball this week. No particular reason, at least not that I can pin-point...maybe a million little things. But I don't enjoy feeling like a stress ball. I want the stress ball feeling to go away.
So let's take it back to a simpler time, when life was about nothing other than drinking on the back deck, going to picnics, swimming, and visiting with family and friends.
Like, 3 days ago.
It really was kind of the perfect summer weekend. The weather was stinkin' hot, the drinks were ice cold, and I didn't have much of a care in the world. When I woke up Monday morning, groggy and sleepy and wondering why weekends go so fast, that was my most clear thought: That was the perfect summer weekend. Summer could end now and I would be satisfied.
And then they announced on the radio that it was the first day of summer. So I guess this season isn't quite ready to be put to bed yet, eh?
Friday after work, I picked my mom up and we headed off to Shawville to grab some groceries. I ended up buying a few new pairs of shorts and tank tops too, because, ya know, I'm a behemoth again. ugh.
When I got home, I put the groceries away and headed up to my friend Lolly's for a little visit with her and Sharon. We were brainstorming on a few fundraising ideas we had for next year's Relay for Life. We have big goals for next year, my friends. BIG goals. So we snacked and chatted out on the deck... lovely evening all around.
Saturday was one of those days I was extra-excited to literally do nothing. I had no major housework to do, no grass to cut...no reason to feel guilty about doing nothing. I got up fairly early and went for a big walk around town before having my coffee and watching some PVR'd eps of Jimmy Fallon. I washed my bedding, made my sweet potato/quinoa/bacon salad for the Sunday School picnic, and cleaned the upstairs bathroom, but that was as far as my work went! I spent the rest of the day tanning (aka burning) on the back deck. My friend Brenda came over early afternoon, and then later on Susie and Adam joined us too. We made a few little sojourns away from the deck - once to visit the two artists in town who were taking part in the Pontiac Artists Studio Tour, once to the store for ice cream and more beverages, and once to get supper at the chip wagon after Sue and Adam arrived. But aside from that, the day consisted of sitting, chatting, reading or crocheting (I was reading, B was crocheting), and drinking. That was IT.
Sidenote - my new favourite summer beverage are these giant cans of Seagrams carbonated drinks I found at the store, they were selling them 2 for $5. The berry is delicious, the orange tastes just like Orange Crush. The only one I wasn't a big fan of was the grapefruit - but if you like grapefruit, you'd like it. It's very grapefruity!
We stayed out there on the deck, just drinking and talking and relaxing long into the night, until well after midnight. Shannon popped in for a visit, and we did some visiting with my bro-in-law's family who were having their Father's Day celebration in his parents' backyard down the hill behind my place, and it was just a really great day. I tried hard to be careful about keeping sunscreen on, but still managed to burn my legs. The good part about that was that when the mosquitoes descended after dark and were biting me through my pants, I couldn't even feel it!
Sunday was the Sunday School Picnic, which was a nice distraction on Father's Day for me. I know my ol' man never liked celebrations anyways, but it's hard not feel lonesome for him on that day, especially when my Facebook newsfeed was full of Father's Day wishes and pictures. Anyways, it was another hot and steamy day, so it was perfect for an outdoor church service, potluck picnic, and swimming at Lindsay and Ryan's! I'll let the pictures tell that story...
After the picnic, I settled in on the couch at Mom's for a nice, long nap. I'm so not used to being hung over and sunburnt anymore. I finished the day by watching a movie on my laptop in bed while I snacked on chips instead of eating a real supper. It was just that kind of day.
So yeah. That was my perfect summer weekend. Which happened before summer even started.
I guess I'll enjoy it a little while longer... ;)