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Jillian Burns | Saying Goodbye For The Summer

Tonight is the season finale of one of my favorite TV shows, THE MEDIUM. In fact, this week a lot of my fave shows have season finales. So, I sadly bid farewell until the new season—which nowadays starts not in September or even October, but January! It’s depressing to think about all our favorite shows ending for the summer, but there is a positive side. Think of all the free time I’ll have in the evenings! I’ve made a list of all the things I can do this summer. Medium

  1. Write. Since there’ll be nothing to watch on TV, this is a good time to work. Especially since, beginning June 5th, my kids will be home all day, every day, for an entire three months (Ack!) and I certainly won’t get any writing done during the day.
  2. Catch up on my reading. My To Be Read pile—ok, PILES--are getting so ridiculously high I’m afraid they might topple over and give me a concussion while I sleep. If I don’t start reading some of them, I might be forced to cull through the stacks and pare them down to only the ones I actually think I might someday read. And how could I do that? It would be easier to choose which child I’d like to send to a relative to raise for the rest of their lives.
  3. Have meaningful conversations with my kids. Without new episodes of Medium or Lie To Me to watch, I might—stress might—talk to my kids. That is, about something other than homework, school projects, upcoming band concerts, volleyball schedules, PTA meetings, or their bad grades. Instead, we can talk about boyfriends, girlfriends, clothes, makeup, driver’s ed, video games, movies, malls, relationships—um, when does the New Fall Season start again?
  4. Ditto for my husband. Hmm, a conversation that is NOT about the kids. What does that leave? I’m not sure I remember how to talk about anything else with the man I’ve been living with for more than twenty years. This may require a date night and alcohol. Who knows? Maybe he’ll get lucky.
  5. Take a long soak in a Bubble Bath. Which leads to…
  6. Paint my nails. I haven’t painted my nails since before I was pregnant with the last kid. How sad is that?
  7. Go out to dinner with my girlfriends. Ahhh, more alcohol
  8. Have long phone conversation with a friend who lives far away
  9. Cook a magnificent gourmet meal. There are a few new things I’ve been dying to try.
  10. Clean out my office closet—Yeah, right. I’ll NEVER be that desperate!

So, what will YOU do with your lazy, hazy summer evenings?

Leave a comment below and one lucky person will get a copy of LET IT RIDE from Jillian!




29 comments posted.

Re: Jillian Burns | Saying Goodbye For The Summer

My kids do not live at home anymore (all in their 20s and out of college). My hubby and I
will either go to baseball games or watch them on tv. So, baseball or reading - two of
my favorite past times. I'm looking forward to summer!
(Mary Hundley 3:01pm May 11, 2009)

I will be reading or surfing the net. Also plan to particiapate in more outdoor activities - fishing, hiking, and camping.
(Vikki Parman 3:35pm May 11, 2009)

Reading and knitting, enjoying the outdoors with my kids.
(Debra Czarnogursky 3:40pm May 11, 2009)

I would love to have a lazy summer, but writing assignments don't allow for that this year. However, I do plan to take some day and weekend trips just to get away. Other than that, I hope to get a lot of reading done.
(LuAnn Morgan 3:49pm May 11, 2009)

Ha Jillian! Cute post! I don't watch much TV as it is read, read and more read with me! Our daughter has a home of her own and our son is off at Airforce basic training. I will be swimming more though as my DH put in a pool for me! YEAH. Now if I could only figure out how to read or listen to Audibles while swimming!
(Martha Eskuchen 3:52pm May 11, 2009)

Nice list, Jill :) Btw, I'm looking forward to the finale, too *bg*
*I'm hoping to catch up on reading :)
*I'll be taking some weekend trip to Colorado.
*My mom and sister will be coming down to stay for a month.
*I'm hoping to get some work done around my house :)
(Ali Flores 3:58pm May 11, 2009)

You can always catch up on another series if you have on-demand!
(Shannon Scott 4:05pm May 11, 2009)

Plan to cruise through Ireland and the British Isles during July. A time to re-group and spend with the hubby :)
(Yvonne Cruz 4:13pm May 11, 2009)

I plan on relaxing (haha). My little sister is getting married in June and me and my husband are taking a cruise to Eastern Carribean. I want to make time for writing and just take a break and enjoy life before I start the nursing program @ college in the fall.
(Kristy Herron 4:41pm May 11, 2009)

I plan on finishing projects around the house and catching up on reading piles of books.
(Alyson Widen 4:55pm May 11, 2009)

I plan on getting a lot reading done this summer. There are so many new books out right now to read.
(Judy Anderson 7:36pm May 11, 2009)

The evenings are a great time to go out for ice cream with the kiddos, sometimes we go outside and they play two square or basketball while I read. Sometimes we go to the park and play tennis or swim. It's finally getting warm enough to go outside and that is a START!!
(Renee Concolino 7:37pm May 11, 2009)

Try to deplete my TBR pile and I will also enjoy some concerts this summer!
(Teresa Warner 8:00pm May 11, 2009)

I try to catch up on yard work
Do some major cleaning in house and outside.
Catch up on some reading.
Do some quilting. My list can go on and on, because I always have a lot to do, just making myself do it is the problem.
(Gail Hurt 8:51pm May 11, 2009)

I will spend more time catching up on all the books that are pilled up all over my room and time on the [email protected]
(Stacey Smith 9:48pm May 11, 2009)

1. Catching up on books on my TBR pile
2. Clean and weed the garden
3. Finish the book I am trying to write!
(Mari M. 10:27pm May 11, 2009)

This summer will be a little busier than others because of 2 reunions--1 family, 1 celebrating the 50th anniversary of my class' graduation from nursing school. That doesn't seem possible, because I usually don't feel as old as the calendar tells me I am!
(Carol Gowett 11:31pm May 11, 2009)

Things to do this summer...Read outside, go out with friends, Deep clean my house...and hopefully walk my dog EVERY night instead only only 2 or 3 times a week.

Doesn't sound like much but it is kind of hard!!
(Rachael Grime 11:55pm May 11, 2009)

Watched the two Medium shows
tonight. Was afraid it wasn't coming
back when they took so long to start it
up again. I'll read a bit more and do
yard work. I'll also catch up on the
shows I didn't watch because they
were on opposite my favorite shows.
(Patricia Barraclough 12:03pm May 12, 2009)

We just got home after an 11 day trip and have so many 'final' shows to watch that it will probably take all summer!
(Karin Tillotson 5:37am May 12, 2009)

Read out on the screen porch - wishing we didn't have daylight savings time so I could light candles... but now it gets dark so late - I'm ready for bedtime..
(Cate Sparks 10:08am May 12, 2009)

Read outside in the backyard and relax in the sunshine.Plant flowers. Walk. Hopefully a summer trip.
(Sharon Berger 10:10am May 12, 2009)

You know, I'd love to do all the same. But all my favorite shows START in the summer. (True Blood e.g.) Arrgghhh
Eileen Andrews
(Heather Rosman 12:56pm May 12, 2009)

While a lot of great shows are having their season finale, there are a few that begin their season in June/July [like The Closer] that I love too.
(Robin McKay 3:27pm May 12, 2009)

I will be reading like crazy:) But I do that
all the time, not just summer.
(Bridget Hopper 6:28pm May 12, 2009)

No matter where I am, I love to read!
(Kathy Iverson 9:30pm May 12, 2009)

I love all your ideas, I can make them mine right?! :)
As to this week, I can't wait to see Lost's final show, love that one! Medium, House and Hell's Kitchen (I am pulling for Danny) too.
Great Blog! Have a Terrific week!
(Chris Jones 4:41am May 13, 2009)

My time this summer will be reading, gardening, and just being lazy. Have a great day.
(Roberta Harwell 4:18pm May 13, 2009)

Jillian, a girl afer my own heart - I love baseball and will try to find time to do more reading, see a movie or two, get together with friends, family and have some nice meals out.
(Pat Lieberman 1:42pm May 16, 2009)

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