I should warn you that I will be writing about how much I hate summer for the next few months. For those of you who love summer, my deepest apologies. I am glad that you like summer. I am relieved that not everybody else shares this crappy feeling.
There are a few things that help me get through the summer. Things that make it much more tolerable. Here are my MUST-HAVES FOR SUMMER SURVIVAL.
#1. PORTABLE EMBROIDERY OR CRAFT PROJECT
I have a tendency to be anti-social. I am very social when I can write to people instead of talk to people. I know a lot of people deplore Facebook, but it keeps me much more connected to the world than I would be if I didn't have daily access to the news of my friends' lives.
But despite my hikikomori tendencies, I do leave my house quite often. I have found that having a project that I can do with my hands helps me interface with the peoplez. It keeps me occupied and allows me to still carry on conversations with those around me. Somehow it calms down my stress levels. Crocheting is good. Embroidery is good. Cutting up celebrity magazines into teeny tiny pieces is also good.
If you see a weird lady around Utah County sitting under the shade at a park somewhere, stop and say hi. Or just wave at me if you are anti-social, too. You'll know it's me, because I will be stitching something weird.
Shut up. These are cool.
Plus, they keep you cool, thwart thigh rub, make your skirt not see-through, and prevent you from exposing your granny underwear (that you are wearing under the granny pettipants) should you fall down.
#3 THE IKEA BLUE BAG
There is so much crap to haul around in the summertime if you have kids. These are great for holding beach towels, goggles, sewing projects, and rubber mallets.
If you prefer shade, having an umbrella is a must. And to be able to easily hammer an umbrella into the ground, you need a rubber mallet. But I should warn you that not every establishment will allow you to bring a rubber mallet onto their premises. For example, I went to the water park the other day and they confiscated my rubber mallet, in case, and I quote, 'somebody decided to go on a mallet spree.'
Also, it is handy in case you suddenly find yourself in a Warner Bros. cartoon.
#5 AN UMBRELLA
What I said in #4. Don't forget your mallet.
#6 BLACKOUT CURTAINS
I find the sun to be oppressive. Too much of it makes me cranky. I like keeping my room dark and dungeony by using blackout curtains. Plus, it will save you money by reducing your electricity bill.
#7 LADY ANTI-MONKEY BUTT POWDER
My friend Steph introduced me to this miracle product. It absorbs sweat and prevents chafing. Keep a travel-size bottle in your IKEA blue bag next to your rubber mallet.
Use these fine products and it will make your summer less hideously loathsome gawdawful!
What are some of the things that help you get through summer?