Week Four of Summer

A slow week in regards to crossing things off my list, but life is more than lists. This past weekend I hosted a murder mystery dinner at my place and if that isn’t a fun thing to do in the summer (or any time really) then I don’t know what is. Originally scheduled for the beginning of March it was delayed by a blizzard (only I would think the weather would be favorable that time of year in Iowa). I was excited that we were able to make it work this time around. Granted it didn’t work for everyone’s schedules but I’m inclined to guess this will be a repeat event.

My friend really embraced the fact she was the guilty party.

My friend really embraced the fact she was the guilty party.

The premise of this particular game (‘Til Death Do Us Part) was we were all in the Cayman Island’s celebrating the marriage of Blaine and Bitzy Barnacle. Nope, I’m not making those names up, they were all pretty great. Tragedy strikes and someone is murdered right before the reception. I wont give the actual solution away (which would just be rude) but through the twists and subplots we all arrived at our various theories. In the end I think only one person accused the right person. That matters little (although massive kudos to him) because in the end it was just a blast to sit around and have fun with my friends. Especially since this isn’t something we normally do.

SangriaOh! In preparation for the dinner I did accomplish one of my to-dos. I decided, it being summer and we were in the Caymans, I’d make Sangria. I have my art teacher’s recipe and seeing as how it’s so good, I’ve never tried another. Beside that though, not a lot of new stuff. Another wonderful week just relaxing and enjoying the longer days. Just last night I realized the sun was STILL out at 9 so I decided to go out on the porch to do my daily sketching. Week 4 SketchesI swear, I forget how the sun works because I don’t remember it being light this much. Part of the joys of living outside the Tropics I guess, large variation of hours of daylight. I can’t imagine how it is for Canadians (or really anyone that far away from the equator). I think I’ll add it to my bucket list to experience the Summer Solstice in a northern country…or contrarily the Winter Solstice in a southern country. Either will work. The Winter has the added benefit of breaking the winter tedium of the Midwest.

Until next time

Summer Series: Intro | Week One | Week Two | Week Three

Summer 2014

  1. Nap in a Hammock
  2. Have a Bonfire
  3. Play Sand Volleyball
  4. Visit an Iowa Winery
  5. Go to the Zoo
  6. Eat Sushi
  7. Go Stargazing
  8. Christmas in June
  9. Rainy Day Picnic
  10. Make a Summer Soundtrack
  11. Visit a Bed & Breakfast
  12. Ride a Carousel
  13. Go Camping
  14. Watch a Baseball Game
  15. Harry Potter Non-Stop Movie Marathon
  16. Radio Silence (no music, tv, computer or phone for 24 hours)
  17. Watch a Movie Outside
  18. Go Roller Blading
  19. Go to a Concert
  20. Go Wading
  21. Go Bowling
  22. Make Caramel Apples
  23. Meal Over a Fire
  24. Launch a Firecracker
  25. Urban Exploration
  26. Have a BBQ
  27. Make a Quilt
  28. Blow Bubbles on the Porch
  29. Play Bocce Ball
  30. Go People Watching
  31. Fill the Tank & Drive
  32. Make Wind Chimes
  33. Draw a Landscape
  34. Go Berry Picking
  35. Take a Weekend Trip Alone
  36. Paint a Canvas
  37. Do Yoga
  38. Make a Meal using only Farmer’s Market Food
  39. Spend the Afternoon on a Riverbank
  40. Watch a Sunrise
  41. Attend a Street Market
  42. Listen to Rock Music (from a different country)
  43. Picnic in the Park
  44. Start a Wish Tree
  45. See a Drive-In Movie
  46. Make Sangria
  47. Go for a Hike
  48. Go to a Fair
  49. Make a Banana Split
  50. Sketch Everyday
  51. Give to Others (donate old clothes to charity)

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