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White-Knuckling the Heck Out of Summer

dan-noah-pearce-sarah-jensenAs you read this, I’m sitting inside of a condo in southern California with my kiddo, my girlfriend, and my family. Or maybe we’re already at the beach. I don’t know. I just know that we are gone, gone, gone, white-knuckling the heck out of summer while we still can. You know, squeezing it so hard that our knuckles turn white so that we can get every drop of fun out of it that we can.

It’s how summers go.

Winters drag on forever. Especially this past winter. I think we even saw some snowflakes the first week of June. Or maybe it was the last week of May, I can’t remember. I just know that somehow spring never came around this year. We went from ski parkas to tank tops overnight.

And summers, if you sneeze wrong, they’re over. If you blink, they’re over. If you so much as look at a calendar, you’re toast. Bye bye summer.

In the past four weeks alone, the Farmer’s Daughter and I went to Seattle for the good part of a week. And we took Noah to Hershey, Pennsylvania. And I went to Las Vegas with some buddies. And we went camping. Twice. And we attended no fewer than three summer parties. And no fewer than three birthday parties. And we moved to our new house (I published that post yesterday, but we actually moved last week). And my brother came in from England with his family. And yesterday we all drove down here to Southern California to spend a week playing in waves, dancing with Mickey, and trying to survive the last great week of summer.

On top of that, I’ve somehow had to keep working. Keep writing. Keep this blog going. It is, after all, my job. And if I want money to actually do fun things during the summer, I still have to go to work (which entails slumping out of bed and grumbling my way to the computer each morning).

Yes, this is summer. Sunshine. Vitamin D galore. Farting hippo videos. Color in the world outside.

And this summer has been one for the scrapbooks, that’s for sure. I’m convinced that by the time we’re home this Sunday, we will have white-knuckled this summer so dry that we will seriously need a vacation from our summer vacation.

Anyway, off to catch crabs, find seashells, and let Noah bury his dad in the sand.

And since this is short, on the next page I shall give you ten excellent facts about summer. Some you may know, others I bet you didn’t!

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42 comments
WilbraMom
WilbraMom

Camped twice with one more on the horizon, Maine beach weekend, Rhode Island beaches twice, tons of play dates with friends and cousins, outdoor family concerts, Boston Common and city walks, lakes, pools, splash pads, boating, tubing, boogie boarding, bikes, scooters, skateboards, fresh lobster right off the boat, aquarium, Pow Wow, arcades, drive in movies, mining, Camp Mom and Kid Rock!  It's been an awesome summer!!

JuliaWood1
JuliaWood1

Unfortunately the store I work for is closing next month, so I've been working as much as I can to save money and also because we are getting shorthanded and a lot busier. I did get to take my 3 year old to the St Louis Zoo (which we love!!) and am getting a much needed day out with friends to Six Flags this weekend. 

AmericaYamaguchi
AmericaYamaguchi

Killed a Speech class this Summer, which seriously was a massive accomplishment. Got an A.
In a 5.5 week class of Calculus, I got a B, which though the perfectionist in me WANTS to cringe, was also a massive accomplishment, given that we had exams every 5 class-days.
Went on a four hour hike that resulted in me climbing and scaling rocks and steep regions that I would have never guessed (and being incredibly sore the next two days; such that I doubted standing was a possibility at times!)
Drove to Portland and back for the 4th of July weekend (in the middle of my Summer school!), and went to a Steampunk Convention, and enjoyed illegal fireworks.
Had multiple get-togethers and parties and barbeques.
Went on a 2 hour walk just to get Jamba Juice, because it was too nice out to drive.
Went to a Pirate Festival and danced the night away to sea shanties.
Brought my five year old nephew to the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and watched him in all of his kind-heartedness share his new toy with a little boy, and have endless patience to retrieve it without getting upset.
Went to an Anime convention, and a Steampunk convention, under one ticket.
Attended a free Swing concert and danced terribly.
Made new friends.
Purchased a corset. Ooh-lala!
Watched beautiful spiders eat their dinner while my dad and I waited to get ours.
Finally found some treats that my rat will eat outside of her cage! (woohoo!)

Really, it's been a great Summer. =]

Owlette1
Owlette1

We have been very blessed in Alaska this year - probably one of the nicest summers we've had in 20 years. This year, 2013, thus far - Hawaii, Seattle for a surprise bday for my now 9 year old, multiple races, triathlons, this weekend is the marathon. Oct is Caribbean and Dec is Vegas (to which I've never been). We live in a beautiful state - we do A LOT right here in our own "backyard" of a state. School starts next week....... my lil miss is not happy about it, at all. More vacation days coming!


Chad16
Chad16

Sadly I have been working most of the summer, but did make time to do a Tough Mudder, take my boys to fourth of July fireworks and this Friday we leave for Florida for a week.

bjean
bjean

Actually, the first day of summer can be anywhere from June 20-23. It depends on when the sun reaches its northern-most point, not a date on the calendar.

Kath Fisher
Kath Fisher

Australia got no winter at all in Queensland, maybe a few days ...Summer is gunna be a BUMMER like last year HOT HOT HOT!!!

Kath Fisher
Kath Fisher

We in Queensland Aussie land missed out on Winter ........dunno where it went!!!Summer gunna be a Bummer!!!

Kerri Kerr
Kerri Kerr

I live in N.Ireland, kids here get 9 weeks for 'summer'

Jasmine
Jasmine

Glad you're getting the most out of your summer! Hope you are having a great time! 

KatarinaDobrick
KatarinaDobrick

Summer? What summer? In Canada where I am its like its gone from spring to fall with virtually no summer in between. I have had no time to myself....I have been looking for a job with no luck, I have been working out at the gym almost every day, I have been looking after my grandmother who is in a long term care facility, I have been cleaning out my storage locker trashing most things so I can start over - minimalistic lifestyle, I have been looking for a new place to live, etc, etc, etc...Oh and I have attended three funerals in a matter of weeks. I wouldnt call that any kind of summer at all....Ive been pretty miserable. Looking forward to my vacation in November when I get to fly out to California to visit my bff and her family for Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Channukah all rolled into one, lol.

DebSanders
DebSanders

went tandem paragliding last Saturday for my 50th b-day--white knuckle for SURE!!!

Karen in Texas
Karen in Texas

Drove from Texas to S.Carolina to see 8 month old grandson, went to beach near Charleston (way cleaner than the Gulf, thanks BP), drove onto No. Carolina to visit more friends, drove back, stopping in New Orleans at Cafe Du Monde for beiginets , and back to Texas, northwest of Houston all with a 10 year old and a 19 year old.  Tired, but still planning one more short trip to Austin to see daughter's new place.

stampinhappy
stampinhappy

I belong to the 3%.  I have three teen aged children and we have NEVER had a BBQ.  


lindseyagilbertrn
lindseyagilbertrn

Got Married June 22nd, The longest, and hottest day of the summer (at least in Iowa). So we've been in wedding hangover most of the summer =)

KaraDokos
KaraDokos

I wish I had white knuckled more of summer! We have been busy moving and fixing up the new place.  I have had summer classes and work as well.  My kids have been all over though, to visit grandparents in Idaho, to visit my parents just an hour away, summer camp, riding bikes, etc.  I ran in the Cascade Lakes Relay.  I'm hoping we can end the summer by going camping or at least to the coast to do some crabbing! 

Psymonkee
Psymonkee

Whiteknuckled the hell out of my summer by hitting up a heavy metal music festival!

Met awesome people, drank too much but had so much fun! :D

Airen Evans
Airen Evans

I hear ya I am really sad to see it ending soon. I will miss my kids!

JenB
JenB

I've been pregnant lol. Swimming a few times, but mainly working on getting ready for my new baby. :) 

Sparrowchild
Sparrowchild

I take my younger sisters to a ranch to ride horses in June as a super early Christmas present. I went to the beach with family in late July for two days. We ran around in the sand, took a ton of pictures and went kayaking. I am gonna take my younger sisters to the beach again this next week to hopefully play in the water and ride the rental horses. I don't really white knuckle summer cause my job keeps me homebound almost 24/7. But that works fine for me. I ride my horse during my few hours off each day and go on an occasional trail ride with friends. That's about it. :)

I'm glad you are having fun!

Kristi H
Kristi H

my inlaws and my little family went from Kansas to Ohio to stay at Hotel Breakers and visit the Cedar Point Amusement park for 3 days... man were we sore and tired after lol and the 13 hr drive each way was a pain... but it was a blast we really had a lot of fun and our son had his very first theme park experience (he is 2 1/2) and rode his first roller coaster!!! we have had a few bbqs and mostly just did normal stuff work clean hang with friends...

Gearheads369
Gearheads369

I know this probably sounds stupid but how do u make money from a blog?

RashelleDeJean
RashelleDeJean

Here in South Louisiana, summer's are far too hot and last WAAAAAY TOOOOOOO LOOOOOOOONG! I probably won't feel Fall weather until well into Oct or November!

P.S., when are you gonna make that trip to NOLA?!?! You should shoot for Mardi Gras next year!!

Carol Blunden
Carol Blunden

Hope you are enjoying your time at the beach out here!

Bj Byrd
Bj Byrd

Dan Pearce- enjoy your summer but don't build a sand tunnel. They are k ow for collapsing while you are inside. Just let Noah bury you!

Deb Young
Deb Young

I've embraced summer! I love fall and spring here, and this summer has been hotter than normal. So I get up at 4am to watch the sun come up and the wildlife wake up as I row on the lake.

RyanBailey1
RyanBailey1

No apostrophe in Ocean's, Dan.  geez! lol

Bob Keith
Bob Keith

Hell yeah, its been a long summer..

cmt123
cmt123

Wow, too bad summer is over so soon for you...On the east coast we don't go back to school until September, which for this year, is still too soon, since we did not get out until the very last possible day in June...Enjoy, because I've heard of snow in Colorado in August, so I imagine Utah's not far behind!

ChelaGans
ChelaGans

Then end to the sentence "Anyway, off to catch crabs..." stopped me in my track. That probably wasn't the best wording. That or I'm just  a bit paranoid. 


Oh, and did you know that only female mosquitos bite?

laine
laine

Hope you are enjoying your vacation!!

Roseanna
Roseanna

" 97% of Americans have and use barbecue grills each summer" - I grill year-round. Sun, rain, lightening, snow.....doesn't matter.  My neighbors, who all  put their grills in the garage for the winter,  must  think I'm nuts.

RoxanneFlores
RoxanneFlores

@Kerri Kerr the kids here get just over 3 months i think LOL

Savannah0109
Savannah0109

In Canada we grill all year round too--- just have to clear the snow off before you fire it up! :)

RyanBailey1
RyanBailey1

@Roseanna I live in Canada, I've been known to BBQ in the dead of winter, with temperatures dipping as low as -40 (I chose this particular number because it's where Fahrenheit and Celcius meet!) Absolutely nothing wrong with that!

KatarinaDobrick
KatarinaDobrick

@Savannah0109 

Aint that the truth, lol....rain, sleet, snow, hail, scorching temperatures, subzero temperatures, tornadoes, floods, us Canadians are resilient and bbq whenever, lol.

pingersgal
pingersgal

@crusherbevdr @Roseanna Make that three nuts! My husband does our Christmas Turkey on the grill every year....and our Thanksgiving Turkey....and whatever else we can think of through the winter! Love grilled food! :)

Owlette1
Owlette1

@pingersgal @crusherbevdr @Roseanna We live in Alaska, we grilll any time - snow, sun, rain - we love to grill! who wouldn't enjoy wearing a parka, shorts and flipflps all the while winter is breaking yet another snow fall record! :)