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Family Time

It’s what summer is all about, swimming, eating ice cream, laughing until you can’t breath and lounging around with family.  Which is exactly what I had a chance to do this past Labor Day weekend.  My sweet quirky Auntie had a birthday this week and we (all 18 of us) decided to surprise her with a family reunion out on a secluded lake house.  The lake which turned out to be more of a pond was the perfect birding territory for Aunt Geri’s bird watching.  The house which turned out bigger than I’d expected was able to squeeze all 18 of us + three birds + two dogs.  The pool with its sidekick hot tub was sort of our favorite activity besides a late night game of Cranium (or was that my favorite activity).  And the family time I had been longing sure did fill up my heart.

I would take moments and step back to look around at everyone and notice every single one of us was either in a deep conversation, snuggling and giggling in a corner, or doing a simple chore that cared for each other so deeply.  It felt so good to do the simple tasks of paper mache a pinata or baking scones with some chatter in the near by room and a deep discussions at the kitchen table.

So here, I will go on, flopping around and missing them all so deeply.  Missing the water gun fight that someone had to break up. Missing the ping pong ball bounce between the boys so effortlessly.  Missing everyone yell for Ruby, my mom’s lab-pit mix, who can no longer hear.  Missing the kids play monster all through the house.

Good work family, good work. annnnnd here are a very few photos to prove it.

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27 by 28

This is the task: complete 27 goals before turning 28 years young.  Seems simple enough.  I’ve always wanted to create a bucket list that was more of an ongoing list and less of an ‘end of life’ list.  A set of goals that can be completed now, not in 5 years, or maybe someday.. but right here, right now! I was also drawn to the fact that it wasn’t measured by the new year and all the new year hopes and dreams but rather my own birthday timeline.  Which, lucky for me, started mid summer.  Whit & Whistle is where I found it first.  Her list really set the tone for a fun carefree agenda.

Here it goes:

  1. Learn to screen print – done
  2. Bake three cakes
  3. Have my wisdom teeth removed – done
  4. Run for 30 minutes straight – done – but didn’t keep up
  5. Travel to a place I’ve never been – Austin
  6. Touch my toes – Work in progress
  7. Go down the Castro Slide – done
  8. Have a sunset picnic – done
  9. Visit family more – done – done – done – and done
  10. Start using this here blog to show progress – done
  11. Be debt free! – Oops
  12. Organize the living room the way I want – done
  13. Go on the Santa Cruz boardwalk rides
  14. Create a closet I love and purge the rest – mostly there
  15. Read more – done
  16. Be more positive 🙂  – always
  17. Find the perfect clock for our room – we decided we don’t want a clock in our room – so, done!
  18. Wear more jewelry – done
  19. Discover a new part of the city – Polk street
  20. Make progress with cards and stamps – Does letterpress count?
  21. Learn to curl my hair – done
  22. Six acts of kindness – 4 down, 2 to go
  23. Make a new friend – done
  24. Go to a pumpkin patch and carve a pumpkin – done and done
  25. Get my CPA and celebrate it – done
  26. Pick (only a few) wild flowers on the side of the road – done
  27. Go to the farmers market 5 times – 3 out of 5