Is it just me or have the days been running together?
No, the weeks, actually.
Well, wait. Is it just me or have entire months been running together?…
I was shocked by the realization that it was already July.
Especially worse because I came to this realization two days into August.
August! I am having trouble with the concept of “August.” In fact, I’m still mentally trying to process June. I feel disoriented, trapped in a weird time warp where januaryfebruarymarchaprilmay are so far in the past that I can’t remember a thing I did in the first half this year, and yet New Year’s Day feels like ever-so-cliché…yesterday.
Is it just me?!
The daysweeksmonths. The seasons. Time. It’s all clipping by at pace that is leaving me in the dusty past, breathless and bewildered, wondering if what just happened meant anything at all, wondering if
he’s time’s going to, you know, call me maybe?
The thing is, it shouldn’t feel like this. It shouldn’t feel like “omg it’s already August” or that summer is “coming to a close.” The first week of August is actually the height of summer, technically 47 days into the 94 days of summer, seasonally exactly halfway between the two equinoxes, technically 47 more days of the 97 days of summer left.
It should feel like “August is finally here!” Summer is nowhere near almost over.
Instead, let’s sit on the back patio eating blackberries and grilling corn and drinking rosé just because it’s 4 o’clock on a Tuesday afternoon in the middle of summer. Let’s stain our white eyelet sundresses with the darkest, reddest, ripest cherries we’ve ever seen. Let’s sip on a steaming hot bowl of refreshing soupe au pistou. Let’s eat and drink 31 summery things before summer fades…
But don’t worry about summer actually fading.
You have plenty of time.
Especially if you’re still in June like me.
31 Things to Eat and Drink Before Summer Fades
- black-, blue, rasp-, and strawberries
- peaches and nectarines
- green goddess dressing
- fresh garden herb pesto
- soupe au pistou
- cold soba
- summer rolls
- backyard BBQ ribs
- paht bing soo (shaved ice or sno-cones)
- funnel cake + deep fried fair foods
- ice cream made in two coffee cans
- campfire s’mores (bacon optional)
- lobster roll (mini!)
- crab boil
- grilled salmon
- fish tacos
- rosé wine
- wine spritzer
- home cold brew iced coffee
- lemonade from a stand
an end note: I actually intended to make a “99″ list, but in the end, only got as far as 78. Even then, I was reaching for foods and drinks that were quintessentially summer. Fresh fava beans? Green garbanzo beans? Strawberries even? I see those more as “Spring” things that just extend past their introductory season. And here in southern California, you could argue almost any food into our endless summer.
Strange, that even with a season that lasts until next February, we still feel the urgency of “the end.”
I edited the original list down to a number that had more of a ring to it than an awkward “78 Things to Eat and Drink…” There are 31 days in August so it works, but this in no way means I accept that summer is over once the earlier of either September or Labor Day hits.
Editing 78 things down to less than half is a wordy bitch’s worst nightmare, but I got there. These are a few of the “things” that didn’t make the cut, but they are in every way still summer to me (even if I don’t plan to actually eat a ballpark hot dog). If I left any off, please fill me in on the comments.
avocado. backyard burger. ballpark hot dogs. campari and soda. ceviche. fava beans. figs. green garbanzo beans. grilled shrimp. ice cream from an old school truck. Korean melon ice bars. margaritas. mojitos. mulberries. picnic potato salad. popsicles. sangria. shelling beans. zucchini blossoms.