What I've Been Up To, Part I: Summer Activities

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Hey everyone! As you may have noticed, I haven't been around much lately with updating or commenting on your blogs. It's not for lack of interest, but a variety of factors! Here's what has been keeping me busy this summer:

The heat

It's been abnormally hot this summer, and living on an island, we get a looot of humidity. There have been several 30°C days (86°F) with the humidity making it feel like close to 40°C (104°F) some days. I know this is normal for some of you, but not really for Atlantic Canada, though it's been getting hotter the last few summers. 

I find it difficult to do much of anything on days like that, aside from hang out in my room where the air conditioner is. Living in an apartment building there isn't much relief otherwise!

Summer fun

I've been embracing the "staycation" (vacation in your hometown/province/state) because traveling is so expensive. PEI is at its best during the summer (aside from the heat), so I haven't had a lack of things to do. I've been going downtown, had picnics, went to the beach, gone and strawberry-picking so far. During these outings, I've been taking pictures to improve my skill and capture the beauty of my surroundings. It really makes things that much more enjoyable!

An absolutely perfect day for the beach!

On a picnic, I spotted these baby pinecones and thought they looked like little black roses.

The place I went strawberry-picking is also a llama ranch! There are a few baby llamas.

Llamas eating

Happy goat!

Fresh, hand-picked strawberries!

Flowers in my mom's garden.

Tigerlilies in my mom's garden. They've been growing every summer since I was a kid!

Animal Crossing: New Leaf


I've been addicted to Animal Crossing: New Leaf since it was released last month. I was a fan of Wild World (DS) and City Folk (Wii), but this one is by far the best (in my opinion!) If you haven't played any Animal Crossing games, describing New Leaf doesn't make it sound pretty exciting -- you are a small town's mayor and you get to develop the town, expand and decorate your house, fish and catch bugs for money, plant flowers and harvest fruit from trees, go shopping, etc. But there's lots to do every day and multiplayer (through local connection or Wi-Fi) aspects and it's just soo gooood and hard to put down!

80s/90s YA snark

I go through phases where I don't really read any books but rather prefer to read things online. Lately, I've been loving blogs that recap and snark young adult books and series from the 80s and 90s. I've read all the V.C. Andrews snark on ...in the Attic and I hope Megan updates soon!

While I didn't read the Sweet Valley High series when I was a kid (I might have read or tried to read some of it, as well as maybe some of the Twins books, as my sister owned a few), I read every recap post on The Dairi Burger with relish (bad pun). I've also started reading the recaps of the Sweet Valley Twins books on Shannon's Sweet Valley High Blog, and I can't wait to read her take on the SVH books as well.

I've been considering recapping The Baby-Sitter's Club books -- it was my favourite series as a child, and I think I still have some of the books at my parents' house. Thoughts? I'd make a new blog for it if I can find my old copies and/or buy them cheaply!

What have you been up to this summer (or winter if you're in the southern hemisphere)? Let me know!

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  1. I love Animal Crossing! I haven't had time for games in ages, but if I had a 3DS, I'd be all over it! It looks like you're having a great time getting out and about this summer - good for you!


      It's quite an addictive game though so you might find any free time you have slipping by!

  2. OMG, I love Animal Crossing! I started playing it because of my obsession with Harvest Moon.
    PEI looks absolutely beautiful! I really have to visit Atlantic Canada! I've always wanted to go!

    1. I love Harvest Moon too!

      Definitely visit between July-September if you can! It's beautiful those times of year (sometimes October if it isn't too rainy/cold)!