Summer Bucket List #8: Visit a New Farmer’s Market

The Soulard Market is the one we prefer. We don’t go every week like we should, but when we can be arsed, that’s where we go.

For this particular adventure, we chose the Schlafly Farmer’s Market at Schlafly’s Bottleworks in Maplewood. It’s nice and small, all outdoors. Everyone was kind, but the prices were way out of our range. We can pay half at Soulard and walk away with way more stuff.

I got some macarons (which I did not like); a cream cheese brownie (which I very much did like); a handful of zinnias (very colorful); some tea bags for my loose leaf tea; and a Schlafly Bottleworks bag.

I did like this market, but I prefer our usual at Soulard. What can I say? I’m very location loyal.


Summer Bucket List #10: Go Swimming

I was starting to thinkĀ  I wouldn’t be able to do this one. Lo and behold, I was wrong.


(Don’t get used to me saying that phrase)


This weekend was TOCO, a family festival held in Jellystone Park. Richie bops around from festival to festival in the summer, and Lauren had been wanting to go with him. (two peas, those two) So Richie decided on TOCO since it’s family friendly. I wasn’t going to go at first- I was just going to let them have their father/daughter time.


“There’s a pool,” Richie offered.


Damn that water was cold.


Maybe if the weather had been ten or twenty degrees hotter it would have been better. I mean, you let any part of your body out of the water for even a minute and it was back to brain numbing temperatures.


We were in the water maybe an hour and a half. At the festival itself for four and a half hours. We checked out vendor row and Lauren and I had some ice cream (of course). It was mostly a music festival with stuff to do for the kids, and it’s for a good cause. It was a nice break from the monotony, and definitely nice to disconnect from everything for a few hours.


Also, Richie caught a skink!


We passed it on to a little girl so she could play with it and then let him go

Summer Bucket List #2, 6, and 11: Barbecue, See Fireworks, Make Lemonade

You can guess where this is going- Fourth of July! Woo!

Mom came over, and we all barbecued.

Fuck yeah, pork steak!


Potato salad and corn on the cob






Holiday reading (my favorite Shakespeare)


Holiday knitting


Holiday food coma face







See that white blob? Beginning of fireworks. Once they got going, nothing could distract me. That’s all you get


Summer Bucket List: #7: JAWS on the Big Screen


Seeing Jaws on the big screen changes your life. I mean, I’d seen it eleventy times before, but on the screen when you’re seeing the shark’s point of view, and then all the blood and guts *sigh*

It’s also extra claustrophobic on the big screen.

How else do you kick off the first day of Summer? Mom and I went together and the theater was packed. It was definitely a treat for the ages. I saw people older than Mom, and the girl next to me was half my age. Mom was fifteen when she saw it for the first time with her brother (my Uncle Rusty) and a girl from church. I had to go with her because she’s the one who got me watching it (and all scary movies) in the first place. Yes, it’s all poignant and sentimental.

All together now: “Awwww.”

Anyways, I’d still like to see it at the outdoor screening in July. Hopefully I’ll make it to that one, too