August already... This last month of summer is the time to take advantage of the warm weather and the outdoors with gusto. Although my summer vacation is officially over, I won't let the clock keep me from enjoying those last sweet days of summer.
1. Watch the sunset. If you haven't done so already, now is the time. As the days grow shorter (hard to believe) the sunset seems to sneak up on you. Find a favorite spot and enjoy a late night supper or simply sit back and enjoy the show.
2. Go night swimming. The waters have warmed up enough that enjoying a dip after twilight feels so good. Believe it or not, as the temperature drops the water actually feels warmer. Just have a towel and dry clothes ready when you get out!
3. Challenge yourself. This month is full of all kinds of sporting events from sprint or Olympic triathlons to bike races, and for my nephew... an iron man!
4. Enjoy a movie night. Summer storms can put a damper on nighttime plans, but you can always watch a movie. Better yet, watch one outdoors when the weather does cooperate. Set up your porch or patio with a big screen (a big white sheet will do) and rent a projector. Pop some popcorn, pull out the sleeping bags, comfy chairs, and lots of pillows and enjoy. (Learn how to build your own movie screen.)
5. Transition your wardrobe. Warm days and cools nights mean pulling out a sweater and a pair of jeans. Dressing in between seasons can be a challenge, but take a good look at your wardrobe and see what you can stretch into the fall before you spend a dime. Sleeveless tops looks great under cardigans, shorts skirts can look equally flirty on top of a pair of tights or leggings... and don't forget to stock up on next year's essentials like tanks and tees while they're on sale.
6. Supper on the beach. When spending the day at the beach is no longer an option, pack a picnic supper and enjoy the water a while longer. My girls and I do this even in the height of summer. Most of the beaches on the Cape require a sticker, but if you wait until 5:00, anyone can go. We pile chairs, drinks, and other essentials into the car then pick up sandwiches at a local shop. It's become a tradition. No beach? A park will do just fine.
7. Pamper yourself. Summer sun can leave skin and hair dry and brittle. Treat yourself to a few moisturizing treatments to extend your summer tan and tame your hair. Here is a link to some great homemade body recipes and information about what makes homemade safe. Try this hair moisturizer.
8. Go to a concert, an art exhibit, or a game. This week, the girls are headed back to Gillette for a concert, we're trying to squeeze in a Red Sox game before school starts, and my youngest daughter, and future scientist, is planning to attend the Body World exhibit at Faneuil Hall.
9. Develop vacation photos. I'm terrible at this. I just downloaded over 300 vacation photos from two cameras yesterday and that's where they'll probably sit. Although I use a lot of photos on the web, family photos are forever locked in my computer. I have several years of catch up! Don't be like me. Download them now and bring them to your local camera shop to get them printed and into albums. (Enjoy the process regardless. We all sat down to view the photos and videos and laughed out loud. It was a great way to reminisce while it was all still fresh in our minds.)
10. Get organized. As the month rolls along, cross off one more thing on your bucket list. (Eat one more s'more.) Go through your wardrobe and pack or give away things that you no longer wear. Make a list of the things you'll need for school and calmly cross them off your list. My youngest daughter and I are doing this today in fact. She's applying to colleges early so we've got a lot to get done in a short amount of time. My remedy to avoid chaos...to-do lists clearly prioritized. Then take a trip to the beach!
Photo: Orleans, MA