Thursday, June 27, 2013

Dude, where have you been?

Yeah, I suck. But, I'm not sorry... We have officially been in the house a year and last summer, Nate and I were in such a high gear panic to get things working/homey that we basically missed the whole summer.

In Michigan, you HAVE to have summer so you can survive the winter. Seriously, our 2-3 months of sunshine is the only thing that will get you to live here. It's totally a trap, because Michigan summers are so nice that when there's five feet of snow on the ground and you haven't left your house in three days you can say, "but oh, wasn't the state park so nice this summer?"


So, we've been acting very...lazy and summery over here. Which feels really odd- I do feel bad that the most I've done for the house is keep food in the house (sometimes...) and toilet paper in the bathroom. Oh wait. I did finally split the shower curtains in the living room so we can open them like real curtains (watch out, we got a badass over here).

We've been taking day trips to the lake, the dogs for walks through the river trails, having BBQs with Brenna and Nate's mom, going camping, and laying mostly naked in front of our window air conditioner (You can get that HVAC certification whenever you're ready Nate...)

We decided our big project for the summer is to enjoy our summer together. We realized that while we've been married for 3 years, we haven't actually done that much together. We've maybe spent a few weeks outside of our house in the three years and we were almost never alone (crashing with family, camping with family, you know....never alone) so we want to be gross married people that go off and do stuff together this summer.

Nate loves Michigan. I love sunshine. This is really the only few months that neither of us are miserable. I get sad when the sun dies, Nate gets sad when he's trapped in the house. We're so compatible.

Now, don't get me wrong, stuff is still gunna be happening around here (oh boy, are things gunna be happening) but right now, my focus is on sticking my fat ass in a bathing suit and eating brats and floating on an innertube down a river (P:S did you know that "tubing" in Michigan is literally when you just float down a river in a tube? In Chicago, tubing was like...power tubing, where you stick the innertube to a speed boat. Nate and I had some major confusion the first time he told me we were going tubing)

If you start missing us because we aren't posting a lot, make sure to check us out on facebook and instagram (@ourbrokeasshome) because we'll still be posting there. Besides, everyone needs some scruffybutts in their life and S, B & T are often stars on the instagrams.


What are you guys hoping to get done this summer that isn't working on your house? Do you have a summer bucket list?

18 comments:

  1. good for you! werk that bathing suit girl... and tubing in your neck of the woods sounds lovely. it's incredibly intense here, too. haha

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    1. Right? Hold on to your bathing top girls, we going tubin!

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  2. I love Michigan summers. I have great vacation/honeymoon/newlywed memories of Michigan! And last summer we (very spur of the moment) went and picked peaches at the end of the summer(one day trip to SW Michigan) That was our one great last hurrah of the summer before school started!! Which brings me to our summer plans, since we are both teachers, during the school year there is little (read NO) time for projects around the house. Our time is consumed with all the reading, grading, creating and recording of 'data' that teaching has become.SOOOO, our summers are 'catch up' time! I have a long ambitious list which I make every spring (and in reviewing past years' lists there are some items that make repeat appearances, ie I haven't gotten it done yet). As you know, in the Midwest, the weather will sometimes dictate the day's activities, "oh it's too hot to work outside...I guess I'll work in the basement" OR "it's been raining, so now's a good time to pull weeds in the garden" or "it's cool enough to paint/bake/do whatever" or "it's too hot I just have to lay here and read a book". So we swing from frenzied work to relaxing (cause we have to take time to do that too!! otherwise there'd be no energy for the students when August rolls around!) We have luckily been able to spend time with our children and grandson, so we make time for that. And I know we have to make our summertime trek into 'the city' (Chicago), add to that some 'beach' time (usually spur of the moment to Michigan......when we are tired of projects, and 'to do' lists)You asked about stuff to do that isn't the house and I had to laugh, cause if we don't get 'house' stuff done in the summer, it just doesn't get done! :)

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    1. Well come on, your situation is a little different! :) My list is always dictated by the weather too.

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  3. In Cincinnati our version of tubing is very much the same as Michigan's. I went last weekend it was a fabulous 4 hours of relaxation and drunken goodness. (Always rent another tube to hold your cooler, otherwise what's the point of tubing at all?!)

    Enjoy your summer! :)

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  4. Ahhhh --- tubin' on the Au Sable River!!! Those were good times!!!

    Enjoy your summer - there will be plenty of time to stare at the glowing screen of zombiedom in the cold Michigan winter.

    :-)

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    1. You understand me :) We go tubing up by the Sleeping Bear Dunes- so beautiful!

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  5. I spent 9 months in Ohio, and sadly completely missed summer. Summer in Georgia is when we hide inside in the air conditioning for 4 months.

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    1. That just seems rude! You put in the time and didn't get the perks!?

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  6. We were in Mackinac last summer and everyone was freaking out about the 90 degree weather- we all chuckled because it was a heat index of 110 at home- it felt like heaven!

    Where in the world do you get all your cute dresses you are always wearing??

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    1. Oh, I love Mackinac, but you know, they call us trolls since we're under the bridge. I love dresses! In the summer I hardly wear anything else! I got the one in that particular picture at JCP, but the blue one from our family photo that everyone loved was from goodwill :)

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  7. You deserve to have the most fun summer ever :) Maybe write some posts about your guys' adventures.

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  8. Aww, I have been missing you, but totally understand that you need time as a couple, and time to recharge your batteries. How is Brenna's apartments coming along? Has she done anything else since you got her moved in?

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  9. I am with you! We missed our summer last year, too. Except for the part where we were miserable and hot and sweaty. We're realizing that negotiating the summer is something we're likely always going to have to do. We both work in schools, so we're both off. Cane wants to tear it up with house projects. I want to have fun. This is what we're trying to do this year to make it work: http://www.thissortaoldlife.com/2013/06/24/making-a-summer-project-plan/. I MUCH prefer the idea of lying mostly naked in front of an AC unit. :-)

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  10. FINE I DIDN'T LIKE READING WHAT YOU HAD TO SAY ANYWAY

    Actually, it's fine.

    My summer to do list includes finding a job with my new fancy pants degree, getting school stuff under control (check as of an hour ago!!) and making it to the pool just once.... my husband hates the pool (he says that he's a "fat white guy who can't swim" and "they don't like pools")

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  11. Enjoy the summer y'all! Our summers are just too dang hot to do anything, so I'm glad most of my blog content is coming from someone else's work. Ha I can only enjoy this once but when you are huge and pregnant is probably a good time to enjoy it! Relax and revel in the sun. We will all be here when you redress and step away from the AC! ;)

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  12. I'll trade you the Michigan summer for our Sacramento one...We hit 110 this weekend and looking at another weeks worth too. Luckily we are the city of trees and can head to the rivers when we need to. However glad you both are enjoying the summer and relaxing! How are the dogs holding up by the way?

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