Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Summer 2011...Trying some things...

This is the first time in a while I've had a chance to catch my breath and post something other than photos for the BWD posts every other Monday.  I've been doing a lot of thinking about the things I'd like to accomplish from my list this summer---some of which I'll be able to enjoy with my parents, others on my own or with other friends---and wanted to share a few of these adventures!  It seems as though I discover something every day that I haven't yet tried, and am excited to start the experience!

A few of the items are going to be summer-long endeavors:
  • Reading and watching the Harry Potter series (I've completed the first)
  • Reading Jane Austen (I'm going to guess this will take me from today's date, 5/24/2011 through the end of the year!)
  • Reading three books I read during high school
Some are crafty:
  • Create five sewing projects for myself (and I just fell upon a website for a store in SPOKANE of all places that sells both the patterns AND the fabric for a particular designer)
  • Learn to crochet
  • Finish a knitting project...more specifically, I'll root for a scarf to be completed
  • Use scrapbooking supplies---for cards, frames, etc
  • Make homemade soap
  • Make homemade candles
And finally, some are for the culinary artist:
  • Make doughnuts at home
  • Make candy at home---something that challenges me, using a food thermometer
  • Try eating a new ethnic cuisine
  • Eat at one of Austin's famous trailers
  • Eat at Magnolia Cafe without buyer's remorse (or guilt)
  • Make homemade s'mores---marshmallows AND graham crackers
  • Make homemade preserves (with my brand-new pressure cooker)
And some are just plain fun:
  • Visit the Alamo
  • Go swimming in Barton Springs
  • Have a themed party---I'm thinking something like 80s aerobic?
  • Take self-defense
  • Go on a roadtrip
  • Try bikram 
  • Take a trapeze lesson
  • Swim in an ocean
  • Go to gospel brunch
  • Buy cowboy boots
  • Visit Schlitterbahn---look it up!
I'll track my progress more diligently---with five classes last semester, and four of them being labs, I barely had time to sleep if it wasn't in my schedule.

The summer night is like a perfection of thought.  ~Wallace Stevens


  1. I like your list! We have a few similar to-do's - my #1 I think, being making homemade marshmallows and graham crackers. My daughter has been asking about the marshmallows for the past 6 months.

    Love your Wallace Stevens quote too.

  2. Hi, Rebecca! I was thinking about using the recipes from Joanne Chang's "Flour." She has a marshmallow recipe with graham wafers. I baked her Potato Bread recipe for my FIL and he said it's the closest thing to the potato bread he used to eat in Germany when he was younger. Very fun cookbook...with some very tempting pictures!