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A dozen first days of summer

On the internet for the first time in more than a week, whew! (I'm on vacation at a lovely Airbnb apartment in the Bay Area that unfortunately doesn't have internet.) And of course, first thing I notice is a work-related deadline that needs to be met today. *sigh* Post first, then work.

Summer's my favorite season, and every year I love marking its first-times. The last day of class (and the first day I don't actually need to be anywhere), the day grades are due (the real first day of summer), the first time I pull out my summer tee shirts, the first time I spend all day in the library writing, the first time I wear shorts (inflicting my hairy legs on the world--I'm still a bit self-conscious about that, after all these years), the first time I have ice cream (for some reason, a summer thing for me), the first time I take a cold shower after a walk because I'm just TOO DARN HOT. The longest day of the year. The day the outdoor public pool opens.

And the day I realize summer's going to be over all too fast.

I had that realization last night, checking my calendar. How did it get to be the last day of June already? How I can I make time slow down? I wish it could be June forever.

How are you all doing, flist? As excited about summer as I am?

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shadowycat
Jun. 30th, 2015 06:21 pm (UTC)
I have sort of a love/hate relationship with summer, myself. I love the long days and the mild nights. I love the smells and the colors and feeling of warm sunshine on my skin, not to mention the fact that I can go for a walk without bundling up. Unfortunately, I hate heat and humidity, and it hates me with a passion. Too much can make me feel rather ill, and I turn so red in the face when it's really hot that even total strangers will ask me if I'm okay and do I need to sit down. LOL!

I must admit that I'm enjoying summer a lot more since I left the south and moved north again, though, and rediscovered warm days in the 70s F versus hot, sticky days in the 90s F. :D Autumn is my favorite season.

I'm with you on the passage of time, though. June has seemed to vanish in the blink of an eye!
magnetic_pole
Jun. 30th, 2015 07:30 pm (UTC)
I'd wondered whether the weather was much different where you are now! I'm so glad to hear it's less humid. (I'm with you on the humidity--I'd forgotten until I came out to California how different 80-and-dry is from 80-and-humid! It will be hard to go back to DC.)

February is officially the shortest month, but my vote is for June as the quickest experientially. :) Maybe along with December, which always goes in the blink of an eye.

I've appreciated all your flower pics, SC! M.



shadowycat
Jun. 30th, 2015 07:57 pm (UTC)
I find the weather much more to my liking here. It's a bit too gray, and this June has been awfully wet, but I still prefer it to the unrelentingly hot and sticky summer we had in Tennessee. The older I get the more difficult it is for me to tolerate temperatures in the humid 90s F.

As I recall, the DC area has pretty hot and sticky summers, too. I'm glad you're enjoying some respite from that!

I'm glad you've enjoyed the flower pictures. I do think I go a bit overboard with them sometimes, but I love the color and the delicate beauty of the blossoms, and it's such fun to share them with everyone. :D
magnetic_pole
Jul. 1st, 2015 05:23 pm (UTC)
I used to think that DC summers were miserable, but they haven't been so bad lately. Or I'm adjusting.

I've noticed among friends and family that folks are tolerating weather differently over the years. (In both directions, actually--getting better and worse about extremes.)

The flower pictures are lovely! (Just putting in my vote for them....) I'm a wordy person generally, but I love skimming through the flist and seeing something quiet and beautiful there. M.
splix
Jun. 30th, 2015 08:19 pm (UTC)
I love summer. I run cold, so the heat is a tonic to me. I'm glad you're enjoying it, fleeting as it is!
magnetic_pole
Jul. 1st, 2015 05:19 pm (UTC)
I tend to be cold, too, which is one of the reasons I love summer so much. Though the academic calendar is probably the big one--nothing better than spending work hours in an over-air-conditioned library. Well, the summer break plus the pool. Plus putting away the jackets. (I hate jackets.) Plus...well, not need to repeat the list! Summer is awesome all around. Hope your schedule's slowed down and you're enjoying it, too! M.

kellychambliss
Jun. 30th, 2015 10:27 pm (UTC)
I love summer (though I confess to eating ice cream all year long). But I don't love heat. Contradictory, I know, but there it is.

I was just thinking today about how fast summer is going -- but then I thought, why am I looking at the half-empty glass? There are at least six weeks left. It's half-full!
magnetic_pole
Jul. 1st, 2015 05:16 pm (UTC)
SIX? I count seven at least--eight until the first week of classes. (Or maybe you start earlier? We're starting on August 31 this year, which feels like a bit of a loss. School should never start until September.) But, yes, still weeks and weeks left. And heaven knows all the deep relaxing and good work gets done in the second half of the summer anyway, right?

I think the day I met you (or one of the first times I met up with you?) was one of the hottest I've ever experienced--it was in Chinatown and it wasn't even that hot, exactly, just simmering and humid and unpleasant. And I remember seeing you and realizing you were even more uncomfortable than I was. But you rallied with such grace! M.
kellychambliss
Jul. 1st, 2015 05:21 pm (UTC)
Not only do we start early, but we have an entire week of "pre-opening" activities (meetings, workshops) that faculty are required to attend. So I need to be on campus by August 17. Sadly.
magnetic_pole
Jul. 1st, 2015 05:27 pm (UTC)
Ergh. My sympathies. I need to be back the week of the 24th for various activities, but I'm trying to compartmentalize on that front.

On a related note, I'm going to be in your part of the world briefly the weekend of July 25 and 26. Perhaps if you're still there we could meet briefly for coffee? I haven't made plans yet (I'm waiting on my aunts, who are coming to town), but it would likely be as I arrive or leave from the bus terminal that Monday or Friday? M.
kellychambliss
Jul. 2nd, 2015 05:07 pm (UTC)
Sounds good! As far as I know, we will be in town then.
magnetic_pole
Jul. 9th, 2015 03:17 am (UTC)
Good! I'll be in touch. M.

Sorry for the delayed response--still not quite back in the land of internet yet.
write_out
Jun. 30th, 2015 10:39 pm (UTC)
Fall is my favorite, but I do love all of those summer firsts after surviving a long, hard winter!

I hope you're having a great vacation and don't have to spend too much of it on work.
magnetic_pole
Jul. 1st, 2015 05:09 pm (UTC)
Ha! I think I knew you were a fall fan. I'll look for leaf-and-crispness-loving posts in a few months, then. I need to work on my cool weather attitude. (I always feel like everything is dying off by about November, and I'll never get warm again.)

Perhaps the camp will boost summer in your seasonal evaluations? :) M.
write_out
Jul. 3rd, 2015 11:58 pm (UTC)
I'm done with the cool weather by November too. :) If I could go straight to May from October, I'd be very happy. I love September and Fall and maybe the very beginning of November but then I am done because I do not like winter.

As long as the humidity is in check, summer is all right with with me.
magnetic_pole
Jul. 9th, 2015 03:09 am (UTC)
I love the idea of going from October to May! I suppose that's technically living in San Diego, but we should implement it more widely. :) M.
brighty18
Jul. 1st, 2015 12:30 am (UTC)
Ah, as much as I HATE being hot, I do love summer, too. Of course, as I read this I realized how much I measure summer agriculturally/ecologically: first hummingbird returns, first cosmo (the flower not the cocktail), first lettuce, first beans, first day I'm too hot to exercise (LOL). It does go so fast, though.

You should live in Taos, leg-shaving is fairly rare here.
magnetic_pole
Jul. 1st, 2015 05:06 pm (UTC)
Ha! The fact that I didn't have a list of ecological sign of summer suggests I'd be terrible in Taos. :) But I'm happy to hear there's a part of the country that's more relaxed about shaving.

The first day you're too hot to exercise! :) I forgot that one. (Haven't encountered it yet, but I'm sure it's on its way.) You're not actually super hot in the summers, though, are you? I always think of NM being like AZ, and it's really not. M.
gentlespirit
Jul. 1st, 2015 03:36 am (UTC)
Glad you are having a good trip! And wear those shorts! No need to shave if you don't want to!
magnetic_pole
Jul. 1st, 2015 05:03 pm (UTC)
Oh my word, I haven't shaved in almost two decades now and I'm *still* self-conscious for the first few days of summer. Never as free of social pressures as I think I am. :)

Have a lovely trip yourself! I saw the post briefly last night, and it sounds wonderful! M.
whymzycal
Jul. 1st, 2015 04:37 am (UTC)
Ooh, I hope the Bay Area is treating you well, my friend. Depending on where you are, it shouldn't be too hot. (It was 108 today where I live, but I know that closer to the water, it was much more bearable. And at least it is, as you say, a dry heat!) If you have time and are so inclined, I'd be happy to meet up and say hi in person. Otherwise, have an amazing time while you're out here!
magnetic_pole
Jul. 1st, 2015 05:01 pm (UTC)
It's really not too hot here--as I was saying to TRS below, I grew up on the edge of the desert in LA, and nothing's been quite that hot since...apart from days at 90% humidity back in DC.

Sending you a PM on the other! M.
therealsnape
Jul. 1st, 2015 08:54 am (UTC)
I'm so with you on First Day of T-shirts - this year, that only happened properly when I arrived in the US. Mind, we're having a heat-wave now (Dutch heat wave - just about 85F-90F) so I'm not complaining. Enjoy the rest of the summer!
magnetic_pole
Jul. 1st, 2015 05:00 pm (UTC)
I like the idea of a "Dutch heat wave." We're in the midst of heat wave here which is pretty serious inland (as Whymsycal says above, well over 100 F inland), but I'm close to the coast, so folks are staggering around complaining about temps over 80. Speaking as someone who grew up on the edge of the desert in LA, it's hot but not really *hot.*

Meanwhile, are you home again already? You sound like you had such a good time! M.
islandsmoke
Jul. 1st, 2015 03:55 pm (UTC)
I don't like hot and humid, but I love the overwhelming green of summer. Right now, the world smells of roses. All those nasty, invasive multi-flora roses are flooding us with the most amazing scent, and due to their ability to grow anywhere, everywhere smells wonderful.
magnetic_pole
Jul. 1st, 2015 04:57 pm (UTC)
Oh my word, it's so green in your part of the world--so, so lovely. (One of the few things I really loved about my time in small town New England.) And while it's terrible to think of those roses as invasive, the intense greens plus the smell of roses must be heavenly... M.
huldrejenta
Jul. 1st, 2015 10:04 pm (UTC)
the first time I wear shorts (inflicting my hairy legs on the world
Oh, you made me glad by writing this - go you!

My favourite part of the summer is the endless evenings that never seem to become night. I love the special atmosphere of those evenings <3
magnetic_pole
Jul. 9th, 2015 03:11 am (UTC)
The endless evenings must be lovely where you are!

And I'm always so glad to get some support on the leg-shaving front. I can't figure out why I'm always the only one! M.

Sorry for the delayed response--still not quite back in the land of internet yet.
secretsolitaire
Jul. 3rd, 2015 03:51 am (UTC)
I love summer too! Until it gets to 98 degrees and humid, that is. :)
magnetic_pole
Jul. 9th, 2015 03:12 am (UTC)
98 and humid, urgh. :( Hope you haven't been suffering too much so far this summer! M.

Sorry for the delayed response--still not quite back in the land of internet yet.
semielliptical
Jul. 3rd, 2015 08:27 pm (UTC)
I love summer because I love the change in routine. I am very glad I work at a university; even during the part of the summer that I work there is such a different feeling on campus. So much more space and quiet.

I also love the absence of snow and ice, but I'm not that fond of excessive heat, and loathe the way mosquitos keep me indoors at times!

I hope you don't have too many work deadlines interfering with your vacation!
magnetic_pole
Jul. 9th, 2015 03:16 am (UTC)
The change of routine! I should have mentioned that, too--developing a new routine in the summer months. Like you, I really appreciate the change of pace that comes with the academic calendar. Even if you still have serious work to do over the summer (and we all always do), there's something refreshing about a new routine. I'm not on campus this summer (I'm teaching in the next city north, not close enough for daily commuting), but I also love the feeling of a quiet campus, without the students.

Hope your summer's off to a good start! M.

Sorry for the delayed response--still not quite back in the land of internet yet.
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