School is out and it's sort of a buzz / But back then I didn't really know what it was
But now I see what have of this / The way that people respond to summer madness."
- DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
I don’t know how it happened, but June flew by – it’s officially summer, the kids are out of school, and we’re thisclose to the 4th of July. I love long weekends (who doesn’t?!). They’re one of our most precious commodities! And because they’re so few and far between, it’s totally worth thinking about how you want to spend your (all-too-short!) time over these lazy, hazy, and all-too-often crazy summer holiday weekends.
I hope you find some inspiration in my summertime suggestions below!
Good friends and/or family.
Whether you’re on the beach or in your backyard, surround yourself with people who make you happy. Friends, family members, four-legged furbabies – it’s all good. If your family is not close by (or they drive you crazy!) – I’m quite fond of the saying, “Friends are the family you choose for yourself.” Life is entirely too short to spend it with people who make you feel lousy. The 4th of July in particular is a joyous holiday – our nation’s independence – so if you don’t want to spend time with drama llamas, DON’T. Liberate yourself!
Good food and drink.
Holiday weekends tend to be a food free-for-all, and I bring my eatin’ pants. I love a classic cookout – hamburgers (okay, cheese for this little lady!), ribs, pulled pork, mac and cheese, corn on the cob, potato salad, potato chips, watermelon, fruit salad… aaaand now I’m starving. It could be a clambake on the beach. Or pizzas and beers at the bar. High tea on the lanai. Doesn’t matter what it is – just has to be something you love with the aforementioned people you love, and you’ve got yourself a party.
One rule though: No matter what else you eat, it’s a Federal Law that you have to have ice cream at least once. If you can’t eat it, or don’t like it, just let me know and I’ll eat your share for you.
It wasn’t until I met my husband that I discovered the joy of having music on in the house all the time. Now it feels strange when the Sonos is off! It’s just not a summer weekend without music on in the background. (Or getting hot and sweaty at a concert!)
What are your favorite summer jams? I freely admit an affinity for 80’s and 90’s music, as well as classic rock. I’m a little all over the place!
Easier said than done, but this is the most important one on the list. You can shun everyone else if that’s what you want to do, and lock yourself in your house and eat frozen pizza and drink boxed wine and listen to Billy Ray Cyrus, but you have to promise me that you’re not going to stress about One. Damn. Thing.
Also very important is to allow yourself time to wind down from Long Weekend Mode™ while still savoring that last bit of weekend on Monday afternoon/evening. Have a glass of wine. Read a book. Call a girlfriend. Watch something mindless that’s been saved up on the DVR.
You can mourn reality on Tuesday morning.
I LIED. THERE’S ONE MORE… AND IT’S REALLY THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE!
Sunburns are a total buzzkill. Plus, skin cancer. (Sorry… I can’t help myself!)
What are your plans for the long holiday weekend? What’s your favorite summer jam? Got a recipe to share? Sharing your ice cream with me? Let’s hear it!