Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Seasonal Goals: Summer 2016

Instead of my usual Tasty Tuesday post, I'm linking up with Steph and Sara to share my summer goals.
Life According to Steph
If you've already seen my spring goals results, you know that I didn't do a great job sticking with them. So, in an effort to actually complete more than 30% of my list, I'm only listing 5 goals for summer.

I'm also not going to try to force myself to do anything I really don't want to do. Yes, there are some things that need to be done around the apartment that aren't my idea of a good time, but I'm not going to add them to my list this time around.

To be perfectly honest, summer is my least favorite season. I don't like the heat, I don't like feeling like I have to wear less clothing because of the heat (give me sweaters and hoodies and boots any day!), I don't like bugs, and humidity can go to hell. I'm sure I sound like a total buzzkill, but when I can't leave my apartment for 5 minutes without immediately getting drenched in sweat and feasted upon by mosquitos, I can't exactly enjoy myself.

It's fine, though. Over the years I've come to terms with the fact that I'm going to be mostly miserable for a few hot months. I'm always rewarded at the end with lovely, cool autumn weather, changing leaves, and plenty of opportunities to snuggle with a warm blanket and great book in front of a fire.

That being said, I do want to try to enjoy myself this summer. That doesn't mean I'm going to start hopping in the pool every day or anything, though. (I've lived at my apartment complex for a little over 5 years now, and I've been to the pool a grand total of zero times.) What it does mean is that I'm going to try to make the most of the next few months ... And I'm starting here, with a list of fun things I'd like to accomplish this summer.

Summer 2016 Goals

1. Finish the Semi-Charmed Summer 2016 Book Challenge.

I know book challenges aren't everyone's thing, but I love them. My reading has kind of slowed down a bit, but I'm determined to pick things back up and finish this challenge. I was so frustrated when I didn't finish the last Semi-Charmed challenge because I only had one book to go. I just ran out of time. Not this season! (My picks for this challenge can be found here.)

2. Get Bloody Marys at Krug Park and try the Localmotive food truck in Benson.

Benson has become a pretty cool area over the past few years, but I don't go there that much because parking can be a fucking nightmare. (At least in my opinion.) I've been dying to try the Bloody Marys at Krug Park for at least a year, though, so this is the perfect excuse to do it. I just recently heard about the Localmotive food truck, and, since they do an "express" version of their menu in Benson, I figured I could just tack that on to this goal. Oh, and I'm definitely taking an Uber there and back because 1.) I clearly hate parking in Benson and 2.) I fully intend to try at least three of the Bloody Mary varieties offered at the bar.

3. Go to the zoo at least once.

I haven't been to the zoo in several years, and that's kind of crazy. Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo is really awesome, and it's just a short drive away. I know it will require a day out in the heat, but I can always wait until it cools down a bit in September.

4. Get ice cream, a sundae, and/or a milkshake at Zesto.

I've lived in Omaha since 2009 and I've never been to Zesto. It's supposedly an Omaha staple, so I'm surprised that Eric has never taken me there. As I was writing this, I asked him about it, and his response was, "Oh yeah, it was like tradition to go there during the College World Series!" I definitely need this in my life.

5. Finalize planning and booking our 3 year wedding anniversary trip for November.

Yes, I know this was one of my spring goals, but, like the majority of the things on that list, it didn't get done. I'd ideally like to get this figured out by August.

I'm giving myself until the official start of autumn (September 22) to complete all of these things. I think I can do it, especially since two of these goals involve food.


  1. i also need to get planning for our big family trip in September!

  2. Hurrah for finalizing trips! I'm working on that today!

  3. Finally, someone else who understands. Summer sucks. It's my least favorite season too. Stopped being fun the minute I stopped being a student with 3 months off.
    I laughed at Zesto. I've been there, never lived in Omaha though so I don't know how you haven't been! My college roommate was from Council Bluffs.

  4. I have a really hard time making summer goals because I get so hot and lazy. I feel like these 5 are pretty fun and achievable...can't wait to hear what you come up with for the anniversary trip!

  5. It's been forever since I've been to the zoo, but I always like to get frozen lemonades if we go during the summer. So good. I think your goals are totally accomplishable.

  6. Good list! Anything with ice cream is a definite must do!

  7. i made less goals for summer as well. hoping that helps get 'er done. i love summer though, i love the heat and all the other things people hate haha. but that doesn't mean i am productive in the summer, not at all. yay for planning your anniversary trip, how fun!