Summer is officially here! For many that means vacations, beach time and plenty of outdoor gatherings from BBQs to picnics to simply enjoying a family meal on your deck or patio. And I love all of the summer festivities. Okay, maybe not so much if it is sweltering hot, but I will always — always — love the food. To help you look like a foodie rockstar, I compiled a few of my favorite summer recipes from my sister blog, Eat Laugh Purr.
Confession time: I woke up Sunday morning in a panic because I had no post prepared for Monday and just realized it. Yes, I typically write 2-3 days in advance because my posts need plenty of polishing. My brain goes faster than my fingers can type, which means I miss words and write clunky sentences. They are not good posts (yet) and I am insanely envious of those who can write an awesome, error-free post in 30 minutes. I am also not 100% convinced you exist. You might be a unicorn. Or Emperor Baby Fists making wise, nuanced decisions. So in other words, imaginary.
I debated whether or not to participate this go-round. Not because I haven’t enjoyed the challenges, I have and always enjoy connecting with fellow book lovers. But I find that sometimes when I “have to” read a book, even a book of my own choosing, I lose interest and no longer want to read it. And pout and whine about it. So yeah, I’m basically a toddler. But when I saw everyone picking their books, I found myself wanting to join the fun. So I did.
I never set goals around the number of books read because I read a lot. A lot. A lot. A lot. On average, I power through 10 books per month but not in May. Last month I fell off the wagon with zero new books opened the first couple of weeks of May. Nothing appealed to me and I hate forced reading because I read for enjoyment and entertainment. But I also felt guilty. Like I should read, which is kind of silly. But then again, I am silly. 😀
As I mentioned earlier this month, I am experiencing a bit of blogger burnout, which is why my posting has been so infrequent. Normally I take the last week of May off to recharge, but this year I’m extending my break until June 13. I need a little extra time to recharge those batteries, plus I am also going back to Minnesota. One of my nephews is graduating from high school and I am excited to celebrate this momentous achievement with him!
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and I never really paid much attention to it in the past. But now, I am aware of mental health every day and how it affects our well-being. Our sense of purpose. How we view the world. Ourselves. I have experienced mind-numbing depression and crippling anxiety firsthand. The ugliness that seeps into every bone and every crevice in your body. It robs you of your smile, your laughter and your light. It’s horrible and it’s not my fault.