SUMMER IS IN FULL SWING Chez Soup. The school-age boys are sleeping till noon and don't go to bed until never late.  They've occupied themselves this first week of summer break by doing a whole lot of nothin'.  Well, that's not true – Seth did some chores, but only because he is a Young Capitalist. The Boss? Other than the occasional dog walk, he avoided the excessive heat by retreating to the air-conditioned comfort of the basement, playing shoot-'em-up computer and XBox games.

It is parenting by the path of least resistance up in here.

Meanwhile, we've been heading to the pool after work so Peezer can have a quick dip after his long days at daycare / camp. (You should see him swim – the child is a fish!) This has the effect pushing dinnertime back to, well, when bedtime normally is.  I was freaking out about the late dinners, but my Facebook friends told me to chill, it's summer. They're right.

But the real fun comes on Sunday, when we pack up three boys and all their stuff and drive them two hours north, into Pennsyltucky. We will rendezvous with my award-winning in-laws, trade car keys (picture "Trading Spaces", only in a McDonalds parking lot). Then Soup Husband Curt and I will run in the other direction drive their car south while they drive ours – and its contents, human and otherwise! – back to their home. For a whole week.

Oh, happy happy day of days! Oh, most joyous of occasions! I am dancing a happy jig right now!

Ahem. Sorry.

Anyway – it's not like we have anything planned for our kidless week.  We will work like normal. We still have to feed the pets. (Does anyone want to take our pets next week? Text me.) We might eat out. We probably won't go to the pool.

Actually, there is one project.  The older boys, who have been sharing a bedroom all these years (except for our six month exile in PA), have decided it's time for The Boss to move downstairs, into whichever room we can convert into a bedroom for him. This is more easily said than done… but it's on the agenda. (Stay tuned.)

Speaking of summer – and we were, weren't we? – my pal Foolery posted today about the songs that most remind her of summer. And I have a variation on this theme.  I Seeburg%20C-TT-1-W have been thinking recently about my home town's municipal swimming pool and the fun hours I used to while away there each summer. There are certain songs that were on the jukebox there (and here I provide a helpful reference link for anyone born before Methusaleh 1980) that I swear never got removed. This being the turn of the century late '70s and early '80s, the coin-operated record machine (kids, that's a Context Clue) (go Google "record" and "coin") (shut up) featured hits from the Rolling Stones, the Cars, and lots and lots of Elton John.

In particular, I remember Life's Been Good by Joe Walsh and the B-52s' Rock Lobster… Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street, Dire Straits' Sultans of Swing…  all links go to the video on YouTube.

Those are some of the songs that scream SUMMER!!! to me. Please, tell me – what are some that you remember from when you were a carefree teenager, or make up the soundtrack of your summer memories?

5 thoughts on “Sum-sum-summertime

  1. I love all four of those songs! And I have to laugh, because at least five of my songs were from places I went a lot where I couldn’t control the music being piped in: “Rock the Boat” and “I’m Not in Love” were from the city pool! HA! We have lead bi-coastal connected lives. ; )
    Lots of fun on your kid-free week!

  2. I was a Jumpin Jack Flash girl! And then you can never tire of the Motown hits! Yes I’m that old =)

  3. Twilight Zone
    But for me, it’s the concessions much more so than the music that bring me back to The
    Pool. Chico Stick, anyone? No? well then how about a Zero Bar?

  4. Bets – I always got a 25-cent bag of Middleswarth and a cup of Coke. I think the pool is where I learned to love Slim Jims. (Foolery! Slim Jims!) And yes, I remember the Zero Bars too… and also the hot dogs that would sit on the burner all day and turn green. Fun times.

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