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Sunday, July 10, 2011

7 Things: Summer

Y'all remember Miley Cyrus? Well, I was listening to one of MileyBird's amazing singles the other day and it inspired me.

You know how in "7 Things," Ms. Cyrus lists the seven things she hates in her beau, then, in the final chorus, lists the seven things she likes? Well I've decided to copy that format and list seven things I like and hate about different subjects! Up first, summer.

The 7 Things I Hate About Summer

1. Heat
This one doesn't need much explanation, right? Especially after last week! I was so hot in my house (with no a/c) that I spent much of the heatwave weekend hiding in the library. Being hot is so uncomfortable and I just keep looking out the window hoping for snow.

2. Fleas
Living with six five cats can be great at times. But all the cats are outdoor cats so they bring fleas in with them. Fleas are tiny, annoying, and extremely elusive, and apparently they only come out in the summer. At one point, I had to vacuum my room every day to make sure they weren't in my floorboards. Everything's under control now, but I can't let the cats in my room, and that's sad.

3. Weeds
I spent a few days earlier this summer planting a garden with my roommate Shawn. Now, the garden is filled with tomatoes, cucumbers, kale, peppers, zucchini, beans, chard, basil, lettuce and weeds. The weeds came out of nowhere and tried to strangle all our vegetables. It's tough work weeding the garden (in the heat!), making weeds one of the seven things I hate about summer.

4. Other People's Vacations
I'm poor! Other people keep going on vacation, making me sad that I can't take off work and can't afford to travel.

5. The Air Conditioning In My Office
OK, I know I just talked about hating heat, but the a/c in my office is O.O.C. I have to wear a hoodie AND wrap a blanket around myself at work because it's freezing in the office! It's true that I'd rather freeze than be hot, but I don't know why someone in the office can't just adjust the temperature so I could remove my blanket. It's so awkward going into the bathroom and using a urinal with a blanket wrapped around me...

6. Not Getting New Syllabi
Call me a nerd if you want, but I usually like the end of summer because I begin to get new syllabi for the upcoming fall semester of college. But I graduated in May, so now I don't get any new syllabi :(

7. Dress Codes
This mostly applies to work, but when it's unbearable outside, I just want to wear shorts and a white t-shirt. But since I work all week, I have to leave the house each morning with long pants since I can't wear shorts at work. Today, it was so hot that I actually wore shorts there and changed in the car!

The 7 Things I Like About Summer

1. Prolonged Daylight
I sometimes don't get out of work until 7 or later, and it's so nice to leave and see that it's still light outside. Not only does that mean I get to drive home in daylight (I don't drive in the dark), but I get to read outside for a bit when I get home.

2. True Blood
I didn't much like seasons 2 or 3 of True Blood, but the new season is so good! I love the storylines (especially the way they ended the boring ones I didn't like from last season), the writing is funny ("Shut up or make up a new chant already!"), and I think they are doing a much better job at pacing. I don't mind when shows move a little slower and calm down with the drama.

3. Concerts
My summer concert schedule began with Katy Perry (amazing!) and is really picking up steam next week, as I'm seeing Ellie Goulding, Lykke Li, and Britney Spears all within a week!

4. Pool Olympics
Invented a few years ago, Pool Olympics is an amazing competition where teams battle in various events in order to win the competition. I'm the creator of the PO and this summer I've already played twice, bringing new games into the mix (recreate a famous movie scene involving water, dive for change) to make this summer a great summer for Pool Olympics!

5. Summer Reading
Since I usually spend most of the fall/winter/spring reading books for school, summer is always a great opportunity to read for fun! This summer I've read a bunch of great books, like Kafka on the Shore, Wide Sargasso Sea, Freedom, all three books in The Hunger Games trilogy, and I'm almost done with The Magus. I guess that's not that many books, but three of them were over 500 pages, so I've done a lot of reading!

6. Summer Driving
Barefoot, windows down, screaming Adele.

7. Fridays
The day that Rebecca Black and Katy Perry celebrate in song is really a great day for me this summer. Not only do I get to participate in JET Fridays with my good friends (Jenna, Enrico, Todd), but I also don't have to work on Fridays! It's the best!


Tam said...

Yes, heat and no a/c is definitely a bad thing. My office is also freezing cold. I often have myself wrapped up in a shawl and go to the bathroom to run the hot water over my hands to warm them up. Why can't they control that?

We will try to see Lykkie Lee when we are at Lollapalooza in Chicago in a few weeks. We saw Katy Perry too. We are almost concert twins. :-) Of course we'll see Eminem in Chicago as well. Ooops, ignore that reference to vacation. When you're as old as I am you'll be able to go on vacations too.

Delisa said...

I love the heat but I hate heat waves! I also hate other people's vacations but you should couch surf with me so we could visit all our tumblr friends in different states.

I really want to go to the Ellie Goulding concert but I need to conserve my money since I'm unemployed. I'll see you on Monday for Lykke Li though! And I need to catch up on my shows since I wasn't able to stream at camp.

Mikey said...

hmm....I agree with most of your reasons to hate summer...and very few of your reasons to love summer. That is why I'm moving to Alaska or Nova Scotia...hmmm...Canada

Anonymous said...

Heatwaves are definitely the worst part of the summer. It feels like the heat is trying to submit you and the only thing you can do to counter the heat is turn on your air conditioner, but that's only until you receive your electric bill at the end of the month.

Michelle M. said...

One of the things I hate about summer is that it doesn't mean freedom (from work). It's the same old business, but now with heat.

I love reading in summer and singing and driving with the radio on too. Especially with a slurpee.

Pool Olympics sounds fun.

Sorry you're not going on vacation this year - if it helps, we're staying put, too : (.

john said...

My hates of summer:
The Beach
Salt water
People who talk about the above and love it so much they look at me like I am insane when I say I hate all of them and like it when it is 40 degrees.
Neighborhood fireworks.

My likes
Skimpier clothing (on the right people)
Cook outs
Yard work: I know it sounds insane, but I kind of dig it.
Less traffic with all the kids out of school.
Driving with my sun roof open, especially at night.
Summer music.

Kristen said...

Love what you said about the concerts! :)

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