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Monday, June 18, 2007

"To my hot forehead..." ~ Jane Eyre

Summertime means listening to Latin jazz and pursing your lips as the tartness of the lime juice of a mojito rushes over your tongue until the sweetness of the rum and sugar ease your lips back to a faint smile, because no one frowns when drinking a mojito. Summertime means mojiotos on the rooftops of New York City bars and restaurants, cooling down as the smell of crushed mint permeates the hot and humid city air that you love to hate. Summertime means enjoying that moment when you enter a cold subway car after perspiring on a subway platform that might as well be a Turkish bath. Summertime means reading Gourmet magazine outside in the yard, anxious to try another Middle Eastern lamb recipe where grill marks on your meal are essential. Summertime means sipping cold beer with your boyfriend as you watch baseball together and argue the entire time about which New York team is better as you make bets on every inning. Summertime means an entire day at Nickerson Beach inhaling the unique sent of salt and sunblock as you nap on the shore. Summertime means fishing off the shore line and catching blue fish despite feelings of guilt. Summertime means Lobster Night Tuesdays at Louie's in Port Washington where you get a pound and a half of lobster served with clam chowder, corn, and dessert included and eat at one of the tables set up on the dock.

Summertime means a thin New York Times on Sundays, iced americanos from Starbucks (no water, just ice) , two showers a day, sprays from Bath and Body Works carried at all times (like Tropical Colada and Peach), pedicures every week and a half at Willis Nails, getting your nephew into shark swimmy trunks and playing in his kiddie pool, making homemade sangria, tying your hair back in ponytails by noontime, a constant stock of wheat beers in the fridge, avoiding the bees in your backyard despite the fact that you are so grateful to them because you love honey, making the curried chicken salad recipe that your best friend made you two summers ago when you were down and now eating it in bliss, wearing sundresses and long cotton skirts to keep cool, having way to many flip flops but buying them constantly because they are so cheap, going to see Shakespeare in Central Park, visits to Coney Island in Brooklyn, carrying cloth-based handbags during the day, reading at the beach, in the yard, or on the subway after visits to a frigid Barnes and Noble where there are so many good bargain books on sale, sleeping next to your boyfriend covered by one sheet that gets tossed away in the middle of the night, wearing no foundation but wearing bronzer, throwing away the pits of peaches and plums, making homemade mango lassis in your blender, tending to the flowers you planted in your backyard.



Blogger foam said...

yeah, summertime..
the pool, the squeal of children's laughter, the faint smell of chorine, sunblock, looking for those sunglasses, working out, having time to do art....
watermelons, canteloupes, the anticipation of an upcoming beach trip, driving 30 miles west into the mountains to cool off, beer, lots of water..
and those herbs of mine of are thriving..
time to make a big batch of tabouli..
sounds like your enjoying your summer.... good..
and don't we deserve it too.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Yeah, I remember.

2:02 PM  
Blogger emily said...

summer is wearing skirts! i never wear skirts the rest of the year. i feel all girly.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Yay for summer--it sounds so fun where you are. For me it just means heat & humidity, sleeping in & well, currently, a new romance. And ponytails, of course.

4:10 PM  
Blogger ThoughtsGalore said...

I'll share my yummy yummy sangria mixture and you share your mojito recipe! I'm sure ours are nothing like what we'd find in a cocktail book!

7:12 PM  
Blogger Charlie Mc said...


the MLB all star game (which falls on my birthday often, but not this year).....Bob Marley......Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain......80 degree nights and 9pm sunsets, the hypnotic humming of the a/c at night.....Long Beach coming alive...and so much more! I think this summer is going to be a great one for all of us!

9:18 PM  
Blogger Jen R. said...

Hot town, summer in the city. I love it but...if they could just find a way to air condition those darn subway platforms. :)

10:08 PM  
Anonymous Neil said...

Summertime in NY -- perfect when it isn't muggy. Just reading up on all the things happening in your life!

12:30 AM  
Blogger PeeJ said...


Cursing pollen granules that look like microscopic sea mines.

Long lounging afternoons playing sleeping lions in the long grass at the arboretum, admiring the pornographic shapes that the rhododendron bushes twist themselves into

The sharp citrusy tang of Fuller's summer ales or cider with ice in it

tangle twisters and the tartness of lime suffused with the sweetness of strawberry

Punting on the Cherwell, shivering as the water from the pole goes straight down your arms and is always cold, even on the hottest day


4:36 AM  
Blogger Frumteacher said...

The smell of anti mosquito plants and sprays, sticky fingers from yummy popsicles on little wooden sticks

6:34 AM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Foam ~ Indeed, we deserve an amazing summer. :) I have like three pairs of sunglasses because they are always finding a way to lose themselves!

Paul ~ Where are you, the arctic? Remember? Feh...go sip some lemonade!

Emily ~ I am wearing a white cotton skirt at the moment. Yes, it feels quite girly!

Amy ~ Oooo. Both Amys have new romances this summer? Lovely!

TG ~ I will leave it as a comment on your blog! Lets hear the sangria recipe! I made some for J. Sarah's shower last month and added some triple sec...oooo it was yummy.

CMac ~ Agreed, we are all going to have a great summer. :) Especially now that the Yanks are rocking and Mets are sucking! Woohoo!

Jen R. ~ I give you credit for being on that subway platform each day in the summertime! xoxo

Neil ~ Can't wait for the pidgeon post! Glad to hear that Sophia is doing better - my thoughts are with you. It will be a beautiful summer for you both.

Peej ~ Summer in England sounds absolutely delicious, pollen granules excluded, of course!

7:42 AM  
Blogger ThoughtsGalore said...

I'll sip cool drinks during my non working days and watch the water. LOL. Ok Ok..I don't mention the screaming kids and dogs barking in the background, with dinner cooking at 5 and the call for Mommy Mommy every 10 minutes. However, that's why they have the beach...to keep themselves busy.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Vixen said...

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10:33 PM  
Blogger LADY LUXIE said...

What a delightful way of describing your summer....

My country enjoys almost an all around all year bask in sunshine interspersed with rainy moments...and that mojito you described would be perfect for here too!..I shall have to have a taste of that!

Do have a pleasant day Miss Amy..I think of you with fondness and your writing such sweet delight!

7:13 AM  
Blogger Bird said...

love your summer.

i'm having a mojito tonight - and will think of your summer while i do.

5:41 PM  

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