Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Summer Syllabus 2014

I love living in Massachusetts because the seasons are RIDICULOUS in the best possible way.  It's been pretty chilly and cloudy for months, and now that summer weather is creeping in, everyone appreciates it so much and you look outside and basically see the population twirling with their arms reaching to the sky.  As a teacher, I have about 8 weeks off this summer, and I'm going to live. it. up.  We have plans for tons of day trips, two weekend getaways, meeting my nephew, some weddings, a 5K, beach time, family time, and ice cream as often as possible.

The list below represents what I hope to read, watch, and listen to, as well as some misc. summery things.  I really want to make friendship bracelets.  I left off work reading, even though there are a few books I'd like to flip through, because my mind is just focused on fun right now.  I asked for recommendations on Facebook, and also took suggestions from reading lists here and here.   I have so much good material that I'm probably going to make a back-to-school list in the fall.  Thank you for pointing me towards great stuff!

You can follow my reading progress on my Goodreads account, as long as I remember to load stuff.  The kids books are based on the fact that we're headed to Story Land this summer, and I want Milo and Elliott to hear lots of fairy tales and nursery rhymes before we get there.  I'm really looking forward to Creativity, Inc., which is about Pixar, and What Alice Forgot, which is about being a middle aged mom and and wife.  I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (about local eating) and Fortune's Rocks (about a teenage girl and her love affair with her father's friend) every summer.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Fortune's Rocks by Anita Shreve
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Jemima J. by Jane Green
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty 
Listening for Madeleine by Leonard S. Marcus
How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran
Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott

Kids Books:
Five Minute Fairy Tales

Ben and I will be working on the Watch list together, and it's heavily influenced by my wimpy tendencies.  I can't watch torture, violence, rape, any excess of tension, families being hurt/separated, people dying, overly sad or difficult themes...it basically eliminates any of the popular series right now, and anything Ben has interest in.  My Netflix profile recently watched is Super Why, Sister Wives, New Girl, and Parks and Rec.  So this list is a little bit of a stretch and also will help us with the hour-long lethargic "What should we put on?" conversation nightly.

Curb Your Enthusiasm (Series)
House of Cards (Finish Series)
Parks and Recreation (Rewatch series with Ben)
Call the Midwife (Series)
Pointe Break
Birth of the Dead (documentary)
Jurassic Park 1 & 2
Terminator 1 & 2
Ever After
Moonrise Kingdom
Grand Budapest Hotel
Godzilla (Theater)
Wet Hot American Summer

I don't listen to music.  Ever.  NPR or audiobooks unless Ben is in the car with his iPod or CD collection.  But the boys really like music, especially Yo Gabba Gabba and our Disney pandora station.  I'm going to make a few mixed CDs we can turn to when we're traveling around this summer.  And listen to new podcasts when I run and clean (I can't go cold-turkey).

Yo Gabba Gabba
The Weepies
Pop Music Everyone Liked Last Year

Make friendship bracelets
Have a campfire and cook something on it
Contact at least 3 publications to freelance for them
Go strawberry picking
Canoe or Kayak with Ben
Go to the drive in for a family night

OKAY!  How about you?  What are you going to read and watch and radly consume in the summer months?  Let's make the most of the season that makes us sweat, shall we? <3 


At June 3, 2014 at 7:56 AM , Blogger Becky Goerend said...

Love this! I'm on Goodreads, too. I'll look ya up! I posted my summer goals yesterday.


At June 3, 2014 at 8:04 AM , Blogger Becky Goerend said...

I can't find ya, but if you search my name you can find me!

At June 4, 2014 at 5:54 AM , Blogger ashlie said...

Hi! I'm Ashlie Elizabeth on Goodreads, I'm going to friend you right now!


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