Summer List 2012

13 July 2012

[Bay Bridge, July 2012.]

Nearly mid-summer. How is that even possible? We had thought to have a party at the end of the month to celebrate such, but I called uncle because I am worn. out. and while I dearly love to host a party – especially with berry-infused cocktails and farmers’ market-inspired nibblies – I found myself trying to drum up enthusiasm with little success. And that’s no way to throw a party. So. Maybe in the fall, for Indian Summer.

Change looms on the horizon. I am hoisting my sails. In the meantime, I thought I should throw myself as fully as possible into summer for we’re almost a month in and I don’t want to waste it. Henceforth, a list of things in which I’d like to indulge before October, with a few pie-in-the-sky ideas just for fun.

– Run. A lot.
– Swim in Tomales Bay a few times. Also, the San Francisco Bay (eep. Finally.). Maybe also the annual Inverness Community Swim?
– Canoe on the Russian River
– (Maybe kayak somewhere, too.)
– Yosemite. Backpacking. It’s on.
– Eat lots of soft-serve ice cream.
– Work on my tan.
– Bake a cherry pie.
– Make strawberry gin fizzes (note: tonight!).
– Sit in my parents’ backyard with the neighbors’ cats and a big stack of books.
– Swim in the Atlantic Ocean.
– Drink wine with my cousin in Vermont and hike the green hills.
– Don’t let work get me too down.
– Learn to surf.
– Cold-brew coffee.
– Make sun tea!
– Eat raw for one week (ps: ha!).
– Run out to Wildcat Beach and back, about 13 miles (see also: ha! But it’s a long-held ambition of mine.).
– Happy hour at the Cliff House for old times’ sake.
– Recipe test like it’s my job (and, perhaps, it should be).
– Have a few dinner parties.

To that end, one will occur tonight.


Strawberry gin fizzes (+ nonalcoholic iteration)
Basil lemonade (with gin and without)

White bean dip

Roast chicken with tomatoes and lemon
Couscous with vegetables and chickpeas

Caramel cake + raspberries
Moroccan mint tea

Happy Friday + Bastille Day tomorrow.

  • helen 13 July 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Nice list….I know that you will do many if not all of those ideas. Happy summer!

  • Pam 13 July 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Change looming on the horizon? Now that does arouse curiosity! Thanks for all your inspiring words, good eats and lovely pictures–always a highlight of my week!