A Shot

Sometimes you need a shot in the arm.  Or shots.  Plural.

1.  Someone once told me, “Beauty is short lived.  We need to be developing our charming personalities.”  They were right.

2.  A red frisbee has many uses.

3.  My son is finally — finally, after 15 years of coercion by moi — watching THE GODFATHER movies.  The best motion pictures ever made.  Period.  No really.  Period!!

4.  At 3 and 4 in the morning, the stars shine bright as hell over my house.  I don’t remember ever seeing them before.  If I’m up, I’m either writing, reading, or watching a trashy movie for the 47th time.  With JoJo’s arrival, I’m outside at all hours.  Outside is exquisite.

5.  I am covered in dog hair and puppy slobber.  I rarely shower.  I feel pretty.

6.  *** redacted****  I don’t want to spoil the surprise for the person getting these champagne flutes! (pictured above)

7.  On July 19, I beat 3 men at golf.  On a tough course.  By a lot.  🙂

8.  I love history and an art gallery.  This summer I went through Churchill’s War Rooms.  To London’s National Gallery twice.  To the British Library.  It wasn’t even close to enough.

9.  In Napa, I learned how wine is made.  How nature —- owls, blue birds, mice, mosquitoes, flies, bats — work.  Way cool.

10.  I bought dinner napkins, nose-strips, and potato chips at Walgreen’s.  More than once.  That’s how much I hate the “experience” of Target.

10.  Recapping summer 2011:  I traveled way too much, ate way too much, drank too much, played and played, and gained what must be a million pounds.  London, Seattle, Napa, Hawaii, Newport Beach, Indiana.  I met AmyG, Averil, Downith!  I’m exhausted.  I’m content.  When my last flight landed this past Sunday (hard and bouncing in high winds all over the damned place) I thought, That’s It!  I’m Done!

This is/was the best summer in recent memory.  Tell me your highlights.

23 thoughts on “A Shot

  1. Oma

    I have been induldging my self in reading this summer. I haven’t traveled for ages, (taking care of an elderly mother) I know, poor me. I read and read and read, for hours starting around 2:00am till dawn breaks some days. I’m reading 2, maybe 3 books a week. Not much sleep, but I love the books. My real induldgement is visiting with the grand kids. Harley thinks I’m the funniest thing around and we laugh and laugh, (she has the best laugh, it starts way down below her diaphragm and then she giggles and giggles) and Norman is talking is these long serious sentences. It’s great. I have so much fun with them. They are my summer highlights. The Godfathers movies-awesome. The first one is the best, but Robert DeNiro in the flashbacks in Godfather II, he is simply beautiful.

    1. Teri Post author

      Great to see you, Oma. Reading at all hours and enjoying your grandchildren this much definitely put you in Summer Satisfaction Mode.

      Oh The Godfather movies. Michael’s transition from innocent “I’ll never be like my father” to being as feared as Vito ever was. And those flashbacks in II that make up 1/2 the movie — shear brilliance. Every time I see these movies, I see something smart and new, and don’t even get me started on the lighting, the music, the script….

  2. macdougalstreetbaby

    Great summer, indeed.

    I am covered in dog hair and puppy slobber. I rarely shower. I feel pretty. Great. Just great, T.

    This summer my children developed into Uber humans. They are tone, tan, and tough. I’m only hoping they don’t realize the power they have and topple the authority.

  3. Jess

    The gardens look great and tomatoes are starting to ripen. Potatoes did really well but onions not so much. Hornworm caterpillars are here and I hate them.

    It’s my town’s 250th and it was old-timey New Hampshire perfection.

    Skinny dipping.

    Lots of writing got done, but not much of the stuff for my day job.

    My 12 y.o. has become funnier and more open with me. That’s probably the best part of this summer.

  4. girl in the hat

    I am so curious about this meeting-friends-you-met-via-blogs thing. It would be so interesting to put a face to the people I “talk” with so often. When I think about it, it is downright bizarre that I don’t know what they look like. But it would be so scary, too! I wonder if you’d share just a bit more about that– how you decided to do it, what your feelings were, how it worked out. (And I loved your list!)

    1. Teri Post author

      Downith is right. Not stressful or weird at all. I should add that we all “talked” off-line plenty through email before any meeting thoughts even came up, so there was already a more personal familiarity than just blogging.

      1. Averil Dean

        You already know the highlight of my summer–Oregon, and the meet-up with you and Lea. I keep looking through my pictures, thinking, One last summer in Vegas, and we are gone for good.

  5. Jennifer Sanford

    …well, I’m not buying mustard anymore! 🙂 Definite highlight… Chicago over the 4th to see U2!

  6. Downith

    Love the flutes.

    Highlights so far (I must stress so far – summer is not over – we still have most of August!) – my time at the cottage back in Canada (as always), dinner and mojitos with my posse back in Toronto and meeting you!

    1. Teri Post author

      Aw shucks … We should have had a mojito! I even loved my train rides to visit you. I can’t remember the last time I did that. We did run out of time though.

      As for Canada, it’s a shame it’s not closer and easier, but maybe that will create even more of a making-memories factor for your children. It all sounds divine.

  7. lisahgolden

    The trip to Chicago last weekend was definitely a highlight. We saw family and friends and I got to meet both Lyra and Amyg. And the last couple of days I’ve been hitting the WIP hard. Sent it to my reader who wrote back that she loves it and that it’s a page turner. I don’t care if she’s just being kind, I’m very over the moon about it.

    I’m glad you’ve had a wonderful summer, Teri. I’ve enjoyed tagging along via blog!

    1. Teri Post author

      You met up with AmyG AND Lyra —- a two-fer! And your description of the car ride was fabulous, though I expected no less. In honor of your son: boo.

  8. Les

    A pal and I just literally got home from a trip to Cambria/Paso Robles. She’d never been to Hearst Castle, so we did the tour and basked in the vast ostentation of America’s premier yellow journalist. There was actually a wedding–a wedding, at Hearst Freakin’ Castle!–setting up for last night. Did some outstanding wine tasting, and ate dinner both nights in our room with various cured pork products and the day’s take of Paso’s finest fermented grape juice, all while gazing over our balcony at the gray-green undulation of the Pacific and the white froth of waves crashing on craggy rock. Not a bad way to spend a long weekend…

  9. amyg

    you’re a good friend.

    in the book about your friend who could, “…live without his fucking mustard.” I’d have to edit the line to read: “…live without the fucking bastard and his mustard.”

    i want your summer for my next one!

  10. Bobbi

    Hard to say. So far it’s all one big vacation but I’d have to say finally setting up a little house here in France is the winner so far.

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