August Matchbook (and 5 Summer To-Do’s)

matchbook magazine august 2013 issue, jen darling

Somehow it is already August. When Matchbook Magazine released their August issue yesterday, I knew it was exactly what I needed: a reminder that summer isn’t over. For so many magazines, bloggers, and families, it’s time to pack up the beach balls and put away the bug spray. Fall comes too early (and seriously – pre-fall isn’t a real season!) when really it’s still 6 weeks away.

Luckily we still have our vacation coming up, so canoeing and spending time at the beach are things we can check off this summer. Here are a few other summer to-dos before the leaves start to turn:

1. Take Daphne to the Park.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but we have been so busy that I don’t have any tan lines. Which also means Daphne hasn’t had enough playtime and hasn’t had time to meet new puppy friends in our new neighborhood. A trip to the park is at the top of our list.

2. Go Dining Under the Stars

Every Wednesday, our town shuts down State Street for an event called Dining Under the Stars. All the restaurants pull their tables outside and the whole town eats together. It’s really an incredible sight, next time we go I’ll take photos.

meryl streep the devil wears prada 2006, jen darling, revenge wears prada, Lauren Weisberger3. Read at least one good book

I just picked up Revenge Wears Prada from the library (Yes – people still use libraries!) and I have 13 days to get it finished. Then, I have to pick out something to bring on vacation with us. Something tells me that I’ll be forced to disconnect while we’re in the Adirondacks, so I had better be prepared!

4. Sit outside and listen to music

There are tons of free music events in Philadelphia, in our town, and everywhere in between. We want to find one we can bring Daphne along and enjoy a night off. While it may not be Ed Helms, Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Will Forte portraying Mumford & Sons, it will still be good to get out and enjoy our new hometown.

5. Organize my to-do list — and then check something off

I have a massive to-do list that’s been piling up for months full of silly things like fix the hemline of that skirt, add a better ‘About Me’ page to the blog, make some DIY abstract art… you get the idea.

On top of that, Adam and I can’t seem to get our projects around the house from 90% to complete. Instead of painting the kitchen cabinets last night, we went to Macy’s and Home Goods to look at furniture. It was definitely more fun than painting and very productive, but we’re still coming home to a house full of projects. Getting organized will help us knock those off the list and get ready for our housewarming party!

What’s on your rest-of-summer to-do list?

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