Random Acts of Summer

By Christina Katz

  1. Put ten bucks in your pocket on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Go garage sale hoppin’! (Give the kids a buck each.)
  2. Visit a state park in your area that you’ve never been to before (just type “[Name-of-your-state] State Parks” into GOOGLE). Stop at the grocery store deli for sandwiches and drinks to bring along.
  3. Read. Profusely. In the shade. In a lawn chair or on a blanket. In a hammock, if you have one! Teach your kids how to do it. Maybe they’ll fall asleep.
  4. Visit Etsy. Spend hours surfing the handmade things you can buy for cheap. So much fun to search by color!
  5. If your home office is a mess or the laundry is piled up. Ignore it. You can deal with it later. Go play. 🙂
  6. Stockpile how-to writing books that suit what you need most in your career at this juncture. If you want to write for newspapers, don’t miss Sue Lick’s just released Freelancing for Newspapers. Blogroll her blog on the subject too. Maybe read them in August when it’s too dang hot to do anything else!
  7. Go out by yourself, find some water, and float. On an inner tube. On a lounger. Don’t forget the sunglasses, sunscreen, and maybe even People magazine.
  8. Go to Paris. I mean pretend to go at the theater while you catch a matinee of Ratatouille on a sweltering, white-hot day with kids in tow.
  9. No time for scrapbooking? Collect your digital photos and make a book that tells the story of the first half of your year. iPhoto 6 has amazing ones that start as cheap as $3.99 each!
  10. If you need something fun to watch on DVD, after the kids are in bed, try The Prizewinner of Defiance Ohio. This is definitely an inspirational choice for writer mamas.
  11. How about a date night movie? You’ll both laugh (and possibly cry) if you can get a sitter and slip out to catch Knocked Up before it leaves theaters. I’m still quoting Paul Rudd and it’s been over a month since we saw it.

Happy summer, mamas!

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4 Responses to “Random Acts of Summer”


  1. 1 Kathy June 28, 2007 at 3:45 am

    What a great list! As a busy writer mama, I find that I have to really focus on being in the moment with my kids to prevent workaholicism! Here are some other suggestions:
    – plant a butterfly bush and watch it every day for a few moments to see if it get’s any visiting butterflys (this also works with a small humming bird feeder!; – have a popcycle (or 2); – designate your least favorite day of the week “Doughnut Day” — how bad can a day be when it begins with a doughnut?; – let the kids chalk the side of your house (they’ll be busy for hours!) Be sure to rinse before Dad get’s home!

    My two cents! Happy Summer!

  2. 2 Sylvia C. June 28, 2007 at 4:31 am

    Love the list.

    I especially like the floating idea.
    I love the water, and I could make a whole day of floating…
    😉

    Sylvia C.

  3. 3 robin June 28, 2007 at 8:25 pm

    Wonderful List!
    And, by nature, I am a list person.
    Kathy…I love-love-love your doughnut day philosophy!!

  4. 4 Mary Whitsell June 29, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    I like all of these suggestions, but have a hard time with number 5. I just can’t do it! This is one of the worst things about working at home as far as I am concerned. When my husband worked at home in the past, he could sit and work surrounded by piles of dirty laundry and acres of filthy carpet. I need to work on this…


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