Better Late Than Never: The 2020 Summer Fun List

July 13, 2020

Photo by Vicko Mozara on Unsplash

I’ve had a hard time coming up with a Summer Fun List this summer. Nothing much seems like fun, to be honest. It’s doubtful that the places that I would normally seek out for fun this summer will be open, and if they are, I may not feel comfortable visiting them. I won’t be traveling to California to see my mom(s), I won’t be seeing any museum exhibitions or going to any baseball games, and I probably won’t even be wandering the aisles of my local library.

[insert crying emoji]

But summer isn’t cancelled, and neither is fun. Without being too ambitious, I want my remembering self to have something to look back on from this summer, aside from avoiding people and wearing a mask. 

When trying to come up with simple pleasures and everyday adventures to add to my summer fun list, I thought about what types of things would be fun without being too much like chores. I want my fun list to include:

  • Something to look forward to
  • Time to spend doing activities I love
  • Connecting with people I love
  • Doing something new or going someplace new—exploring
  • Eating and/or drinking something seasonal and delicious
  • Enjoying nostalgia
  • Learning something

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

  • Rewatch some favorite movies, starting with Romancing the Stone
  • Dust off our ice cream maker and make homemade ice cream
  • Institute an occasional aperitif ritual with my husband
  • Return to my sketchbook from France, and do more sketching and art journaling
  • Plan a staycation
  • Watch the sunset on the beach
  • Read from my summer reading list, heavy on books from my own shelves
  • Take part in a travel photo challenge on Facebook (almost complete)
  • Reconnect with friends and family via phone calls, emails, letters

Note: While many people rejoice in the chance to go outside during the summer months, the weather where I live is oppressively hot, humid, and unpleasant, so my list has very few outdoor activities on it. If you live in a kinder climate, Ingrid Fetell Lee’s “How to Find Joy in an Unconventional Summer” contains a multitude of outdoorsy summer fun ideas.

And that’s about all I can think of. And since summer is a typically low energy time for me (and it’s already mid-July!), I’m going to call that good for now.

What about you? Do you have any fun plans this summer? Do share in the comments!

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  1. Kathy your list holds wonderful things to do. For years I have enjoyed a staycation. Sitting on the deck reading and painting is one of the best vacations for me. Thought maybe your library was open. That is one of the things I missed in this year. Hopefully you can pick up books curbside. Take care and stay safe friend. Hugs!

    1. Debbie--I'm still missing wandering the stacks in my library, but at least they're offering curbside pickup. We've done a couple of staycations and enjoyed them, as long as my husband doesn't try to do too many home projects! We are very lucky to live in a beautiful place, even if we never leave our neighborhood.

      Hope you're having a lovely summer!

  2. I will think about this...right now I am a little stuck and wanting to do things I can't do, like travel. There is a lot I do at home, but I think an official staycation might be in order...somehow to take a short break from some routines that are feeling draggy, even though, they are routines I enjoy...That may have not made sense, but thank you for this post...

    1. Rita--same here! I really want and need to visit my mom in California, but I don't feel it's prudent to do so right now, especially since my mom has health issues. Maybe I need to write a round-up post of ways to enjoy a staycation, or even just how to change up routines since most of us are staying close to home. Feel free to send me your ideas!