Summer Plans, and All that Jazz


I got my toes in the pool, ass on the land,

Not a worry in the world, a red wine in my hand.

Life is good today, life is good today.

Inspired by Zac Brown Band’s song, “Toes” (and the red wine)

I may not be dancing in my flip flops this beautiful almost-summer day, but I’m enjoying time with my kids in the backyard. How about you? Do you relax? You deserve a break once in awhile. Life is precious; enjoy it.

But you know that, don’t you, because you stopped by for a laugh and a smile. Smart cookie!

Thanks to you wonderful margarita lovers, our Margarita Moments Playlist has some fine additions, and I’ve linked most titles so you can take a listen whenever you have a chance. That was my husband’s idea. Thanks, honey! Anyway, I’m especially excited to have discovered an incredible version of Margaritaville–you know, the song that started a revolution–by Alan Jackson, featuring who else but Jimmy Buffet. Feel free to add some of your own. Remember, it’s never too late to comment on a particular post here. We’re pretty laidback about those kind of things at Margarita Moments.

Here in the Conch Republic,

You know we’re doing just fine,

We’re not gonna worry

We know the sun’s gonna shine.

The rest of the world,

A million miles away,

Here in the Conch Republic,

We’re doing okay.

Yeah, we’re doing okay.

Here on the Conch Republic by Howard Livingston & the Mile Marker 24 Band

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a little homesick for my second home. As much as I embrace the roller coaster, I’m ready for the summer calm I always feel while lying by my pool or when in Florida. The packing has begun for our annnual family trip to Orlando (Later than usual, but better late than never, right?) and three weeks later is our couple’s only getaway to Old Town.

I’m giddy thinking about both. I love my children dearly, and they’re lots of fun. My sister and her husband will join us at Disney and Universal (Harry Potter world, yay!) and we’ll get a chance to visit my in-law’s new Florida home (Me, jealous? Of course not.) In Key West, we’ll renew old acquaintances and form new friendships, fish, paddle, admire the turquoise waters, and bike through Old Town looking for new adventures.

Other than our Florida vacays, I hope to fill my summer days (in between work) with:

  • pool parties

    Broadway, NYC

  • beach jaunts
  • sorbet and ice cream runs
  • afternoon frozen concoctions
  • barbeques with great friends
  • Broadway plays
  • action movies
  • romance novels
  • writing at my local coffee shop

How do you hope to spend these precious days of summer?

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Stacy Green
    Jun 11, 2012 @ 08:44:54

    So far summer has been spent struggling to finish the WIP with a bored little girl around. We gone to the movies and the pool, and played with friends. Friday we’ll be leaving for a 10 day vacation to Minnesota where she’ll run wild and I’ll be free to relax, lol.

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Jun 12, 2012 @ 17:07:02

      Hi Stacy. I hope you have better luck getting some writing done, once little girl settles into vacation mode. I’ve heard how beautiful summer is in Minnesota. Enjoy!

  2. Marcia
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 17:17:46

    Your upcoming summer plans sound wonderful! We’ll be going back and forth between Syracuse and home working on yards and houses. We’re hoping to be able to move back to Syracuse next year to a smaller home with a little more yard and a pool. Besides that, I’ll be getting my novella published and marketed. We’ll make time to play with the grandkids and visit with friends. Travels will have to wait for another year or so. Have a great summer!

  3. Catie Rhodes
    Jun 13, 2012 @ 12:00:06

    It is already in the upper 90s most days here in Texas. The 100s are coming soon. It’s very hot and humid. I’m planning to stay out of the heat as much as possible. We will get back to doing things when fall comes. Isn’t that terrible?

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Jun 14, 2012 @ 17:14:33

      Hi Catie! A hundred degrees is plenty hot. I don’t blame you for hiding out in the shade or AC. Do you get more writing done in the summer, since you’re forced indoors?

  4. Donna Coe-Velleman
    Jun 13, 2012 @ 22:14:14

    Your summer sounds like a blast. Enjoy!!!!

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Jun 14, 2012 @ 17:16:56

      I always have big dreams for my summer, so we’ll see how much I actually accomplish. We’re definitely ready for the family vacation though, and my KW trip is a life saver. :)

      I’m determined to accomplish my writing goals, however, even if that means cutting out a few other things or adapting my schedule to write when I’m out and about. Gotta get this next WIP done!

      Do you have any plans?

  5. Julie Glover
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 09:37:08

    Besides the usual staying-busy stuff, I’d like to take my boys on a few nearby getaways–to San Antonio, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, and Austin. We’ll see if I can get them all in somehow (or at least a couple). Since the beach is about a half hour away, we’d better make it there too! Have a great summer.

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Jun 16, 2012 @ 13:12:11

      What fun summer plans, Julie. I’ve never been to Texas, but it’s definitely on my list of must-dos.We’re about 20 minutes from Long Island Sound beaches (calm water) and 20 from the ocean beaches (surf). We always seem to be too busy earlier in the summer–and satisfied with our pool–that we end up waiting until August to do the beaches. They never disappoint. My kids especially like the concession stands and the boardwalks, of course.

      Enjoy!

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