- I read some awesome books. And I won a prize drawing from the Adult SummerReading Program at our library -- a $25 gift certificate to the mall!
- Found a new home for the cat. When we were away on our first trip, she was very insulted to be left behind, and did some very naughty things. When it was time for usto go away again, I looked into having her kenneled. Cost: $100 to have her shots up-do-date and $150 for the kennel fee. Let's see, $250 for a cat that poops on my carpet and claws my furniture. The kids won't feed her because the food smells "yucky." (I reminded them, I attended to them for years and they smelled pretty "yucky" at times.) OR. . . $50 relinquishment fee at the Humane Society. Gee. . . . . tough decision.
- Gained back 8 of the 12 lbs. I lost (ouch).
- Got a terrific tan. Yeah, I know it's vain, but it looks great and helps camoflauge the 8 lbs. (I hope).
- Re-newed my love of cooking, because I hardly cooked all summer. Great for my family. (Not-so-great for my resolution to lose those 8 lbs. again.)
- Traveled 2,900 miles in a car with my family of five and we all arrived home in one piece. No broken ribs, swimmers ear and I didn't throw any crayons out the window this time. (Someday, I'll write about that trip).
All-in-all it was a pretty darn good summer. Granted I didn't get my scrapbooks caught up. I didn't get the powder room painted. In fact, I pretty much forgot my list of to-do's that I made back in June -- I should look at it again. But, I think it was what summer should be -- lots of ice cream with the kids, get-togethers with family and friends, time in the water and reading. That is how I spent my summer vacation.