I always have a song running through my head. Today’s lyrics were “after the boys of summer have gone.” Really creative, oh brain of mine! Tomorrow I return to my job at my wonderful school, and while I am so excited, part of me always feels melancholy about leaving summer behind.
This summer was one of extreme periods of busyness followed by extreme periods of laziness. Hubby and I took vacations to Mexico and then a few weeks later to London and Paris. After that I visited family in Illinois for a week, and Hubby is currently on business in Atlanta. Preparing for trips takes a lot of energy, as does recouping afterwards. Between vacations, I facilitated the remodel of our house by Arizona State University where our college-aged children lived for the last seven years (and then sold that house). I’m not sure how I had time to be lazy. But I did.
I had goals this summer to go the gym daily, yet with my youngest son home from college for the summer, I found myself wanting to stay home to hang out with him, eating grilled cheese sandwiches while watching Games of Thrones, New Girl, and The Ranch. Isn’t it so much more fun to watch tv with friends?? I hope to find my way back to the gym once William and his girlfriend, Katherine, return to Flagstaff in a few weeks, and I don’t regret the five additional pounds around my waist from couch potato-ing with them while eating pizza and french fries. William is my youngest, and I’m keenly aware of the fact this may be my last summer having one of our kids living at home.
Here are some of the other shows I loved this summer:
Indian Summers is a great drama set in the Himalayas in 1932. The show focuses on the social politics of the British Empire and the birth of modern India. If you loved Downton Abbey, you will likely appreciate this PBS mini series which has great acting, dramatic scenery, and beautiful costumes. Watch it on Amazon Prime.
You can watch Versailles on Netflix. If you loved The Tudors, this is right up your alley. I was fortunate to visit the Palace at Versailles a few years ago and found this historically- accurate series to be very interesting, not to mention quite titillating with all of the sexual conquests. Again, very beautifully filmed and wonderful acting.
I love New Girl. I rewatched the whole show on Netflix with my kids this summer. It’s clever and hilarious and awkward, and I love it so much.
Rectify. OMG. I can’t seem to talk any of my friends into watching it. I had no idea there was a fourth season on Netflix, and since it had been so long since I watched the first seasons, I started over from the beginning. The acting is amazing. The pacing and tension reminds me of Six Feet Under, but I love Rectify so much more.
I re-watched old favorite movies like The Right Stuff, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, 13 Going on 30, Millers Crossing, and The English Patient. Okay, I’ll admit I like many different genres, but I love revisiting an old favorite.
This summer may be one of the best I’ve ever had. The angsty words from the Eagle’s Boys of Summer are still playing on repeat in my head, but I’m feeling so hopeful and excited for a fabulous new school year ahead!