I live in upstate New York, where it is literally Winter 300 out of 365 days a year. During the month of April most parts of the country are experiencing warm, colorful, sunny spring time. Not where I live though. Here in gloomy upstate New York the temperature is mid forties, and the weather is dark, windy, and rainy. Since we have been experiencing winter since mid October, everyone around here, me included, is experiencing some serious cases of Cabin Fever. In honor of my frustration with the dreary and depressing weather, I have compiled a list of the six things that remind me most of summer-time.
Macaroni Salad & Cheeseburgers
I love cooking out! My family cooks dinner on the grill literally every day of the summer. Whenever I’m missing summer, I throw together a little indoor cook-out and whip up some cheeseburgers in a frying pan and macaroni salad.
I’m not a big fan of the taste of coconut, but I love the scent. It always brings back memories of summer. I think my brain associates it with the scent of suntan lotion and the beach.
During the summer, regardless of where I am going, every time I get in my car I go though the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru and get an iced coffee. I’ve tried to order an iced coffee during the winter and it is just not the same. There’s something refreshing about cruising down the highway with the windows down, your shades on, blaring music, and sipping an iced coffee. Sometimes during the summer, even if I have nowhere to go, I make a special trip just to get an iced coffee and take the long route home so I can enjoy it.
Air conditioners aren’t just about blowing cold air. I love the way the summer smells seep in through the conditioner into your room at night, like the smell of cookouts, flowers, and aroma of freshly mowed grass. There’s also something mesmerizing about the humming noise. It’s soothing when you walk down the street on a calm summer night, and all you hear is the humming of multiple air conditioners.
Yes, I mean those cheap, two dollar, foam sandals. I purchase probably twenty pairs throughout a summer; they are my go-to shoe. And they’re so cheap you can afford to buy one in every color, to match every outfit you own! They’ve also come a long way since I was younger; they’re much more durable and comfortable, opposed to the hard plastic ones my mother used to put on me.
I love sunglasses, and for me I prefer quantity over quality. Instead of spending fifty dollars on one pair, I like to spend five dollars on ten pairs. There are so many shapes, colors, styles, and brands to choose from it’s a shame to limit yourself to one pair. Also, if I sit on a pair or leave a pair behind somewhere I always have a back-up pair stashed in my car or purse.