Rain and rain and raaaiiin. All last week has been utterly soaked to the bone, and this one is starting out the same way. My bike has only been ridden once since the snow melted, the local outdoor pool has not been visited, and my summer tan has barely been started. Still, we managed the first bonfire of the year over the weekend--we fit it neatly during a calm between two storms--and it has made me feel like I have accomplished something. It may be strange to take something like this so seriously, but having as many bonfires as possible is one of my goals for the summer. I found last year to be very lacking in this regard, which was a bit of a let-down for me because I think bonfires are highly important for the structural integrity of a successful summer. There is nothing more summer-oriented, socially inclusive, and utterly enjoyable than building and having beer around a bonfire. I am excited for more to come.
Oh, and while we're at the subject of goals, have the rest of my summer to-do's; for my own accountability if nothing else...
train weekly for August triathlon - 2 swims, 2 bikes, 2 runs
successfully mount a butterfly (third time's the charm!)
read Kurt Vonnegut, Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury
track swamp tadpoles during transition into frogs
go see The Room at the Garneau Theatre
go on three camping trips (minimum)
hold a garden party per month
sew a garment per month
achieve epic tan