15 in 5

Because I love a list. Especially a random list.

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15 in 5

1. I did jinx myself last week. Everything was still great in Augusta, but when we left Chicago, there were cancellations, oversold flights and a 24-hour delay. At the time, it seemed stressful, but if that’s the worst thing that happens all summer, I’ll consider us pretty fortunate.

2. Hey, US Airways? If you don’t give meal vouchers, why did the girl next to me in line receive three, with instructions on how to combine them to get a nicer meal? Your employees in Augusta are top-notch. There seem to be some consistency issues at O’Hare.

3. We got to stay in a hotel. As you’d guess, The Kids didn’t mind. Apparently, they’d never used a key card before? I let them hold the key and open the door. It was better than pushing the elevator buttons. I aim to please.

4. Hey, Other Travelers? Let’s remember that, although Miguel didn’t give me any meal vouchers, he wasn’t responsible for the flight delay. Unless your specialty is aviation computers, sit tight and wait. I don’t know about you, but I’m totally fine with grounding a broken plane. I’d rather be delayed than be part of a corpse count in a debris field.

5. Every summer seems to pass more quickly than the last. We are days away from routine and chaos. As much as I like a routine, I like lazy better.

6. If you don’t like the word lazy, try “relaxed,” or “laid back.”

7. “The whole family slept until 10 a.m. and didn’t get dressed until right before dinner. They’re so laid back.” See? Totally different.

8. As much as I think Augusta is a great place to raise a family, The Kids had better energy in Chicago. There’s a never ending list of things to do and see. We have a good, long list here, but the Chicago scale is much, much larger. If you’ve never been, you should go. After living there, I thought part of my heart belonged to NYC. Chicago, with its kind people, clean flower-lined streets, and a beachfront with city views, wins by a narrow margin.

9. Unfortunately, Chicago comes with months and months of brutal winters. I’ll take our heat over being stuck in a snowstorm for half the year.

10. Truth be told, it hasn’t been all that hot this summer. Surely I’m ruining August for y’all, but we haven’t had a day over 100 yet.

11. Our screened porch construction project is finally complete. It may have taken much (much, much) longer than anticipated (read: promised), but it was well worth the wait. Just as the heat has finally shown up, so have the mosquitoes.

12. Cocktails taste better on a screened porch. Try it.

13. I’m looking for inspiration. What’s been your go-to drink this summer? If you see me out and about, give me the recipe. I don’t do diet Coke (or any of its cousins). I only do really fruity things if I’m on a boat or a beach. I’m not interested in sweet wines. It doesn’t have to be alcoholic, but, well, you know.

14. Sometimes, when life seems too chaotic and crazy, it’s okay to cancel plans. Downtime is good for the soul. I had to take my own advice last weekend. Saying no isn’t always easy, but my sanity is priceless. Just ask my husband.

15. Here’s to the last bit of summer. May your drinks be cold, your porches screened and your schedule relaxed. Or lazy. Either way. Cheers!