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The Summer Bright Side

I don’t like hot weather.  Given the highs we’ve had in Oklahoma for the past few days and the projected forecast for the next week?  I’m screwed. 

There are, however, some perks to summertime.  And, since I’m trying to do the find-the-silver-lining thing today, I figured I’d share some of my favorites.

Favorite #1


Yes, I love my flip-flops.  Not the cheap $1.50 pair from Walmart, but the cute sandal kind.  They’re usually inexpensive enough that I can have several new pairs each summer and I can splurge on fun toe designs at my bi-weekly pedicure.  (Yes, it’s in an indulgence.  One I refuse to apologize for.)

Maybe this harkens back to some prehistoric need to walk about barefoot.  Maybe it’s because, despite how pretty they are, my feet and high heels do NOT get along.  Whatever the case, being footloose and fancy free with footwear for summer definitely falls in the plus column.


Favorite #2


Work slows down because everyone’s on vacation. 

It’s not as delectable of a slow down as what’s experienced between Thanksgiving and the New Year, but it doesn’t suck.  Anything that slows down the large order desk at work deserves a healthy nod of appreciation in my book.


Favorite #3


No morning WWE routine with the kids. 

Have you seen that Staples commercial with the Christmas song, “The Most Wonderful Time of The Year”?


Well, in my house, it’s the other way around.  I do the happy dance the minute thelast school bell rings.

Yes, childcare for the girls in the summer is an ab-so-lute-BI-ATCH, but the price tag is almost worth it:

  • The laundry is done by the time I get home
  • The current sitter loves to cook
  • I don’t have any “I-don’t-want-to-wear-that” or “I’m-having-a-very-bad-morning” melodrama to deal with.  (See aforementioned high-cost childcare reference.  This is why they get to extort charge the big bucks.)

So, there!  I’ve looked on the bright side of things and documented my top three. 

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling  a whole lot of emotional feng shui right about now.

Are you a warm weather worshiper?  Or do you prefer the cold?  Maybe you’re a Goldilocks like me and prefer the temperature to be, “Just right.” 

What do you LOVE, LOVE, LOVE about summer?

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  • Reply
    CJ Burright
    June 12, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Give me a hammock, a beach, a book, my iPod and a cold drink…heaven.

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    Christine Ashworth
    June 12, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I don’t like hot, either. I prefer San Diego weather (which is where I was born, but don’t live anymore) – roughly around 72 degrees, year ’round. Well, that’s not true either, but it’s very moderate. I don’t ever remember frost on the plants, though it would get up into the 90s a couple of days or so each summer.

    Give me an ocean breeze and I’m good to go! Can you tell I’m a Cali girl? LOL!

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      June 13, 2013 at 5:17 am

      I’ve been to San Diego and I think I’d be a perpetual state of bliss if I lived there.

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        Suzanne Vince
        June 17, 2013 at 8:17 pm

        Hoping I’m replying to the right blog (doing this on my Blackberry). My husband shares your affinity for flip flops. He has a pair for every outfit 🙂

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    Karen McFarland
    June 12, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Hey there Rhenna! HAPPY SUMMER to you! I love the flip flops girl. And I hear ya on the kids encampment around the house. Iy, yi, yi, those were the days. Been there, done that. Hang in there. It does get better. Although I didn’t have a sitter who cooked and did laundry. That’s pretty awesome! Anywho, yep, I’m hearing ya Christine. I’m a Cali girl too, so I cannot complain about the weather. Sorry, but I do have an ocean breeze. I hope you don’t hate me too much. Maybe a little? lol. I’ll try to send some your way Rhenna! I’m really not a selfish person. I like to share. Really I do! 🙂

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      June 13, 2013 at 5:17 am

      Ugh. Ocean breeze? Really? Around here in the summer it’s either still enough you think the end of the world is coming OR the wind can lay you flat. Not much in between. (There’s a reason they put the, “where the wind comes sweeping down the plains,” bit in the song. LOL)

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    June 12, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Cool weather for me, please. Not too hot. Not too cold. Not too busy. Not too boring.
    I like it juuuuust right. 🙂

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    Marianna Heusler
    June 13, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I don’t mind the cold. I think it’s invigorating. And you can always bundle up, and sit beside a roaring fire. The heat, on the other hand, can be brutal – my hair frizzes, my make-up melts and there is no relief. When you go inside, thanks to air conditioning, you are freezing.

    But then again – I’m a teacher, so summer rocks!

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    Marianna Heusler
    June 13, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I don’t mind the cold – it’s invigorating and you can always set beside a roaring fire. On the other hand, the heat can be brutal. My hair frizzes, my make-up melts and there is no relief – you go inside and freeze because of air conditioning.

    But I’m a teacher – so summer rocks.

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    Gretchen WIng
    June 13, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    When I was teaching, I would have said, “What DON’T I love about Summer???” But you know what? I still feel that way. People are in better moods. The sky stays light (in my latitude) till nearly 10. And I can put away my woolly socks.

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    Kim Richard
    July 15, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Give me the heat, the lake and the beach any day.
    But I do hate how every restaurant or store you walk into is freezing, so I just make sure to have a cute cover up!

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