Summer Plans

June 8, 2015
A question that I've been getting asked a lot lately is, "What are your plans for the summer?" Since I had my last day with the kids this past Friday, it now is officially summer for me--I don't care what the calendar says.  And yes, I DO have some good summer plans.

Here's what's on my my list!

1) Eat at The Pirates House.  This restaurant is one of the most famous in all of Savannah.  It was built in 1753 and started as an inn and restaurant/bar that attracted sailors and pirates alike. Rumor has it that guests of the inn would go in for a drink, end up drugged, and would wake up on a ship headed off to some faraway destination.  Captains had trouble finding enough crew members, so this was one story of how they solved that problem.  I heard this restaurant has a really good lunch buffet, so I think I'll be going earlier in the day instead of making dinner reservations.



2) Read!  Some books on my summer reading list are: FanGirl, Landline, The Smell of Apples, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, and Night Circus.

3) Try out some new bars in Savannah.  I love my guy friends here, but they want to go to the same two bars over and over.  The ones they go to are okay, but they are not really my scene.  I'd like to branch out and find some new bars that are more "me."

4) Visit my baby niece.  I've only seen her when she was a newborn, but now she is 5 months old...Gosh, she has probably already changed SO MUCH.  I've got to get to North Carolina ASAP.

5) Return to Ohio for a week or two.  It has been about a year since I've been back in Ohio.  My parents and little brother still live there, so I'd like to see them as well as catch up with some of my old friends.

6) Show my parents around Savannah.  My parents are coming to Savannah for three days and want me to plan their trip and show them around.  My dad even bought me my own room at the hotel that they'll be staying at in the historic district so that I don't have to drive back and forth.  I'm excited for this, and know that it will be fun, but at the same time, I hope that my mom isn't embarrassing.

7) Fly to NYC for the BlogHer conference!  Rachael really wanted to go and asked me if I'd be interested.  At first I felt like I couldn't go because I'm not a part of BlogHer--I haven't applied since I had trouble posting multiple times a week as a first year teacher.  After I looked into it, I saw that it's really just for anyone who wants to grow their blog.  I think it will be a blast to meet other bloggers and learn some blogging tips.  Plus, the keynote speaker is Gwyneth Paltrow!  (Sliding Doors has got to be up there on my list of favorite movies.)

8) Get caught up on my Netflix DVD queue.  I just finished up Season 4 of Game of Thrones, but have True Blood Season 5 on my list (even though I heard not-so-good things about it.) Also on my list would be: Incendies, The Giver, Girls, and Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom.

9) Go kayaking on Tybee Island.  Here in the Low Country, kayaking is pretty big.  The lady that I rent from actually has kayaks that she says I can use in her backyard out on the marsh.  I'm scared to go alone just because I don't have much experience kayaking and because of the alligators.  I think I want to book a tour or would go if someone else went with me because I'd just feel safer that way.

10) Take a Gullah Geechee tour.  I'm all about regional tours that can help me discover more about the people who live around here.  Gullah refers to the descendants of African American slaves who were brought to the Low Country area of South Carolina and Georgia to work in rice fields.  The language spoken by these people is also called Gullah.

11) ICELAND with Rachael!  I think I'll post a more detailed itinerary of what our plans are on here in the future.

12) Tour Boston.  I've never been before and always wanted to go.  Since our flight home from Iceland is through Boston, Rachael and I decided to stay for a few more days and explore the city.

13) Meet other bloggers! This is something I'm really looking forward to!  Rachael and I already have plans to meet Kaelene and Kate in Iceland and Boston, respectively.  The BlogHer conference will undoubtedly provide us with many more opportunities to meet other bloggers.

14) Go to the beach at least 10 times.  Like I mentioned in a previous post, the cost of living where I'm at is so high.  It's because there are great beaches nearby, including the ones at Hilton Head.  I've never had the luxury of living by the beach when it was warm enough to actually go on it, so I'd be crazy not to take advantage of going as much as possible.  In a way, I'm sort of paying for it so I need to get out there and enjoy it!


15) Go on an New England Coastal Tour.  The tour we were thinking of doing leaves from Boston but would take us up to Maine and New Hampshire.  We would see some lighthouses and stop in some quaint towns for a bit.

16) Prepare a Summer Fun Box for my partner Chelsie.  Both of us have been swamped with work, but now that has died down for both of us, we have more time to get to know each other.

17) See a Broadway show.  My friend who frequents NYC recommended Finding Neverland, so that's what Rachael and I will be seeing!

18) Go to the Birchbox store in NYC!  You have the option to build your own Birchbox and to book an appointment at their braid bar.  Yes, please.

19) Go to Middleton Place in Charleston.  The official website says that Middleton Place is "home to America's oldest landscaped gardens."

20) Take a drive out to Hunting Island State Park.  All of the pictures I've seen of it look beautiful. Also, there's a lighthouse, beaches, and nature trails.

I'd say I have a pretty good summer itinerary lined up!  I cannot wait to enjoy some time off--I've worked so hard all year and now it's time to finally relax.  What are your summer plans?
26 comments on "Summer Plans"
  1. It sounds like it is going to be an amazing summer! Can't wait to meet you girls!

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  2. Sounds like you have a busy three-month ahead of you!

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  3. I've eaten at The Pirates House and loved it! I wanted to go to BlogHer this year, but I'm going to be in the Caribbean. Sounds like a great summer plan!

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  4. I'm jealous of all of your awesome plans! It sounds like you have a busy, but great summer planned!

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  5. Sounds like you are going to have a wonderful summer! So jealous of your plans to hit the beach so many times!

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  6. This seriously sounds like a GREAT summer! I've read Night Circus, it is truly fantastic! I hope you have fun in the City! It's great out here
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  7. This is incredible! I have heard and seen amazing things about Iceland! And I thought of going to BlogHer this year since I'm from the NYC area but won't be able to make it. The pics from last year look fun! I absolutely love Savannah and just put it as #1 as a road trip destination from Atlanta. Have fun!

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  8. You have an awesome summer ahead! Can't wait to hear how all of it turns out! Also, so exciting that you're going to BlogHer - I'll be there too!

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  9. OMG there are so many things I need to get done this summer! Really hoping to be able to go to the beach, but that may not be a possibility :(

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  10. Wow! You have a seriously epic summer planned! Have fun!

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  11. I think I'm trying to make up for all of the hours I worked this year!!

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  12. It wasn't a possibility for me for many years, so I understand. :( Hopefully you can find a way to get there!

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  13. I'm really pumped about going, but also kind of nervous!!

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  14. I have wanted to go to Iceland for over a decade, and it's finally happening! I hope BlogHer is rewarding and as fun as it sounds.

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  15. I bought it to read last summer, but then got slammed with work and when I had a break, I forgot about it!! I can't wait to get started on it.

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  16. Now I just have to hope for lots of sunny days so that I can make it happen!! :)

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  17. I hope that I didn't pack too much in!! It's important for me to be able to relax, too.

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  18. Yay, that's great to hear!! Did you go for dinner or lunch?

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  19. Yes, it will be a busy summer, that's for sure.

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  20. I'm so glad that our meet up is going to work out! :)

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  21. Sounds like you have a great summer planned!

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  22. It was my last day of work today for the next two months and I couldn't be happier! :)

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  23. You've got a good summer planned! I can't wait to read about all your adventures!

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  24. Thats a pretty packed summer girl!! Have a blast doing all of it!

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  25. I most certainly will. I might have to take an extra beach day to relax from everything I'll be doing!

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  26. I'm pretty happy with the plan so far! :)

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