Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Summertime and the Livin’ is Good? Top 8 reasons Summer is toooo long

Let's thank whatever deity you believe in that Melissa over at The Literal Mom joined the blogging world this year. A veteran of "top" lists like this, The Literal Mom is also an awesome supporter of other bloggers, featuring guest posts by other mommy bloggers on various topics, both important and funny. Please run to her blog now and offer her thanks for all she shares, especially right here.

1. Summer becomes winter. In other words, you reach a point where you can’t go outside. Why? Too hot to go out, too sweaty to have fun, too many mosquitoes.


2. Pool food makes you fat. “Hi, I’ll take fried with a side of fried. And ice cream for dessert.” Abandon the pool for the state fair? Makes you even fatter. We now have deep fried Snickers at our state fair. Delicious – even IF it’s heart attack on a Styrofoam plate.

3. No matter how much stamina you start with in June, there’s a tipping point, about now, where entertaining your children for 13-14 hours a day is impossible and listening to them entertain themselves with “I’M BORED,” arguing and fighting is even worse.

4. 1000 calories of ice cream per week guarantee a 3 pound weight gain by week 9. That’s math my 4th grader can do. But it’s self-control I apparently can’t do.

5. GOOD LORD, where did the routine go?

6. Back to School shoe shopping is more painful than a root canal. Or maybe more painful than being drawn and quartered. Tarred and feathered. Sliding down a razor into a vat of alcohol.

7. Too much TV starts feeling like child abuse. Like watching their brains turn to goo before your eyes. See #1 for why too much TV starts happening. What do YOU define as too much TV? I define it as when the breaks in between TV watching become shorter than the TV watching itself.

8. No matter how much you’re DONE with summer, the end means a new chapter in your lives. A new milestone reached. And my friends, watching your kids grow up is hard. Gratifying, but hard. Excuse me, I need to go have a good cry now.

What surprises you every summer? What makes you look forward to fall?

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21 comments:

Missy said...

Thanks, Stephanie, for having me! I'm happy to have helped you out. I hope you are having some lovely time off.

blueviolet said...

It's ironic that during the time of year when we're wearing the least amount of clothes, we shovel the most amount of food in our bodies and therefore show the most amount of weight gain publicly. Sheesh! Thank goodness for winter when we can shamefully hide ourselves under big oversized sweatshirts!

Emily Suess said...

I've never been a huge fan of summer. Bring on fall! :)

Rach (DonutsMama) said...

I love summer, but yes, the heat is getting to be so ridiculous here. I was looking forward to walks with my baby, but there's no way we can go out in this heat. It does make for some very long days.

Helene said...

Melissa, I sooooo get you!!!! The visual of sliding down a razor blade into a vat of alcohol made me shudder but it's SO true.

You have summarized EXACTLY why I'm glad summer vacation is over!

It is hard to see your kids grow up and move on to a higher grade each year but, at the same time, I pat myself on the back every summer that I've kept them alive long enough to move on to that next grade!! We had a fun summer but a very busy one and I pride myself on the fact that not one child got lost while on a public outing!

I'm soooooo ready for the school year it's not even funny.

Missy said...

@blueviolet - I know! Stephanie and I talked about that - how you THINK you're going to stay thin in summer, but it's the time we (at least me) gain the MOST weight!

@Rach - I'm sure it still IS super how where you are. Unless you're out at 7am, which is no fun, right?

@Emily - I know. And agree. Spring and Fall are my faves - moderation.

@Helene - great perspective! I should TOTALLY be patting myself on the back for all of my hard work this summer - I agree!

Kristen @ Motherese said...

Hi, Missy! Nice to see you over here at Stephanie's place.

This is a great list, although it did make me think - with a shudder - of a delicacy available at our state fair this summer: deep-fried butter. I don't think I even understand the logistics of that, but I don't think it could possibly be good for you. A deep-fried Snickers on the other hand? Hmm...

:)

Mads said...

I realize I live in California now, but I can't take the heat. We don't have AC, so I just lay on the floor and whine to Jonathan.
Fall also means wearing scarves, which I'm SO a fan of.

Aleta said...

*sigh* New Orleans has 2 seasons... summer and summer lite. I'm looking forward to the lite, because my electricity bill just came in and it was down right scary.

I like the end of summer, because it means that my hubby and I can go on a fall vacation - where there is actually FALL weather and maybe.. just maybe... we might see some pretty fall colors. Lol.

Amanda @ It's Blogworthy said...

I'm to that point where I complain mercilessly about the heat. I can'td eal anymore. I cant' even walk to my car without feeling like I've run a marathon. It's suffocating heat. I'm not to this spot quite yet with the baby, but i'll be there soon!

Missy@Wonder, Friend said...

Are you in my brain? I just had a conversation with my husband and we covered every item on your list. We cannot wait for school to start and the routine to become more normal (whatever that is). And yet, we were teary by the end of our talk, thinking about sending our firstborn off to kindergarten.

Overall, though, yes - I am done with summer. Over it.

Missy said...

@Kristin - seriously, you have to be kidding about the deep fried butter. I'm ill.

@Mads - ooohhhh, right - I can't wait to break my scarves back out!

@Aleta - where do you go for fall vacay? We've actually done a New Orleans trip in October and loved it!

@Amanda - so right there with you. And if I find one more mosquito landing on my body, I'm going to go crazy!

@Missy - clearly, we are kindred spirits in more than just name.

:)

Kat said...

I think what surprises me the most every summer is how very excited I get about fall, once we get into August. Since we live in MN, we should be trying to hold on as long as possible, you know?

ChiMomWriter said...

Missy - You consider this your darker side of summer? Good lord, I live here! And with DQ walking distance from our house, that's just about the ONLY walk outside my kids are getting these days!

The Woven Moments said...

Summer became winter 'round these parts when the temps hit 105 degrees in the shade. At 7pm. Ridiculous.

Gratefully, it's cooled down a bit so it feels like summer is back in full swing. For at least another week or two. Woo hoo!

Missy said...

@Kat - my husband's family is from MN and those winters are fierce!

@ChiMom - maybe it was what I was REALLY saying in my head that day that is the dark side. I wasn't sure if a guest post was suitable for THAT kind of talk. :)

@Woven - I am agog. And should obviously stop complaining about our measly ol'95 degree temps!

Amy said...

Yes! This sounds about how my summer started getting at the end. I was so happy when school started.

Ameena said...

I am SO ready for summer to be over. So. Ready.

Love your guest post! It's nice to know that other moms share my pain.

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