Monday, May 27, 2013

How to Enjoy Summer as an Introvert

Have you ever tried to google "fun things to do in summer", and ALL OF THEM REQUIRE OTHER PEOPLE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY? I figure I must be the one to write a summer list for people who prefer to stay in the general vicinity of plumbing and away from the general vicinity of people.


  1. Experiment with your teas. Personally, I always enjoy Earl Grey with a dash of cream and swimming in sugar. But lately, I have decided to branch off, and now find myself warming to Oriental teas with honey and lemon. And Irish Breakfast is delightfully overpowering sans the cream or sugar (never both; drinking Irish Breakfast black is too hardcore for me). And, if you've never been into tea, this summer may just be the time to dip your toe in again (I only mean this metaphorically; please do not put your toe into your cup of tea!)
  2. Re-watch your favourite television shows.  I missed Sherlock, and since that rat Moffat refuses to tell about the third series, I decided to watch them all over again. Never have I made a better decision. I have watched the series over before, but there is just something about doing it in the summer, with all the time in the world, that makes your appreciate it. You get to relive the jokes; see clues you missed before; and get to drool over Benedict Cumberbatch all over again. (For my favourite shows, go to the bottom of this post!).
  3. Read all the books your studies had prevented you from in the school year. I had always wanted to read some classics I had picked up on a sale this past November, but with my classes, I had been to busy to totally focus with the kind of single-minded dedication a classic work deserves as requires. (For my Summer Read List, go to the bottom where all my lists are, dear). Now, I have endless days to read Jane Eyre underneath the shade of oaks.
  4. Become more involved into your favourite music genre. As a steadfast Celtic fan, I had always enjoyed the  music of Altan, Celtic Woman, Loreena McKennitt, etc. and branched out into the related distant cousins of Wicca music and ancient chant music. Also, I have long been a fan of the love child music of Celtic/Wicca/drinking songs, which encompasses S. J. Tucker and Tricky Pixie, as well as the more hardcore Celtic rock of Flogging Molly/Dropkick Murphys. My point? Whatever your genre, there are a thousand sub-genres just waiting to be discovered by your appreciative ears. (To see some of my favorite artists, go to bottom).
  5. Get into crafts (I use this term loosely). Please, do not feel as though you need to buy a Martha Stewart book. By crafts, I mean things you will actually use and make from scratch, such as knitting. There is nothing better than wearing a scarf you made with your own hands and two sticks. It is terribly satisfying to the soul. Other delightful crafts to get into include: planting, jewellery-making, weaving, sewing, book-binding, etc.
  6. Become more aware of other customs and religions. This is something we need to make room for any time of the year, but in summer, it's easiest to start. Doing something like reading flipping through Sabbat's Almanac or reading up on Persian mythology, the few people you DO interact with this summer with be amazed at your vast knowledge of the cultures outside your own, and you will find yourself more aware at the diversities in the world, and perhaps become a better person (little self improvement this summer, anyone?)
  7. Learn something totally new. Why not do something a bit crazy? Learn a new language (Learn Old English with me! Twinsies!), learn how to play the harp, study ball dancing, take a class on hat-making, whatever floats your boat! Hey, learn how to make a boat float. Why not? Just make sure that whatever you learn is totally useless to anyone but you. Because no one can tell you you're doing it wrong.
  8. Become more active on YouTube. Make more awesome comments (never negative; no one likes a Negative Ned/Nelly), post your own awesome videos, or, my favorite approach, find new YouTubers to become obsessed with. (For my Favorite YouTubers list, go to the lists at the bottom). Listening to them talking about their lives, and doing things, and listening to their How-Tos, is the most fun thing to do since yelling at your needy Tamagotchi.
  9. Rain-bathe. Why conform to society and sunbathe? Throw on a bathing suit when it's pouring down rain, lay out on your deck, and let the water slush over you. Yes, I actually do that. BUT! Do not do it when it's ominous out, or then it's storming; go for a nice summer downpour. Haven't you ever heard of the health benefits to bathing in pure rain water? Yeah.
  10. Give to those less fortunate! Finally, what better way to become a better person? Go to your local animal shelter; typically, all shelters could use more bleach, paper towels, Germ-X, an washable rubber toys. Volunteer if you want to be even more help! Donate to your local homeless shelter; go onto their website (they usually have one) and check on their list to see what they want, or just give money. 
“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men and women. That is what love looks like.”
—St. Augustine






LISTS



Book To-Read List:


Books I Have Read, and So Should You:

Favourite Youtubers List:

  • Alex Day
  • Charlie McDonnell
  • S. J. Tucker
  • Flogging Molly
  • The Dubliners
  • The Irish Rovers
  • Heather Dale
  • Blackmore's Night
  • Hank Green
  • Florence + the Machine
  • Kellianna
Favourite Shows:

  • Sherlock
  • My Little Pony
  • Sherlock
  • Psych
  • Sherlock
  • Twilight Zone
  • Sherlock
  • Whose Line is it Anyway?
  • Sherlock
  • Adventure Time
  • Sherlock
  • Archer
  • Sherlock 
  • Sherlock
  • Sherlock