How to Capture the Essence of Summer
Alternatively, how to enjoy summer when it seems impossible.
Either you are hanging out for summer to come round again, or it is here and you are stuck inside at your desk cubical with not even a view to the window. Those at the window complain of the glare from the cars parked outside it. The shades remain drawn most of the day. It is depressing and everyone having a good time, with stories of sun, surf and sand, you’re jealous and you live so far away from surf it isn’t funny. Every weekend seems to mock you by being horrid weather or you are otherwise engaged as some other function on an amazing beach day.
NEVER FEAR: here are some fail proof tips to Celebrate summer with every breath*
*Well nearly fail proof.
Experience Summer with your five sense.
Ok you lost me.
There are lots of foods you identify as being a summer food. For me this is chips and a can of coke.
Cocktails, another one particularly Pina-Colada’s, Sex on the Beach, any other exotic fruity flavours.
Best to be eaten in the summer as hopefully they are riper and locally grown!
Blueberries, any berry really.
Pineapple- add it to absolutely everything! It is great with savoury or sweet.
Go exotic if you can’t get the taste of summer from the above try, Papaya, Lichee, Kiwi Fruit, or Honeydew Melon.
If all that isn’t doing it for you, Sunscreen, you know what you might accidently taste in your haste to slip, slop and slap.
Summer smells, cut grass, wild fires, smoke, Bbq, chlorine, cocktails, or icecream. Well some of those things we can live without. Bring the feeling of Summer on with the smells of summer.
Wear it the fragrance of summer.
Fresh and fun
Yes and slightly young!
Sex on the beach cocktail flavor:
Yeah you might be old enough to realise it is way too much effort than its worth, but hey you can always love the idea.
Pina Colada, yes I love walks in the rain, pineapple highs this is the epitome of summer smells!
Mango, traditionally summer, and vibrant orange it all but screams summer.
Tropical flavours, of somebody else’s idea of summer, but they might be on to your summer scent.
Ocean Breeze, love the smells of the ocean. Just hope they didn’t capture the seaweed rotting smell.
Aeroguard, that classic smell to keep the flies and mozzies away, hey maybe it will keep away the annoying co-worker or two.
Cranberry crush, such a lovely vibrant red, with sweet smell.
Cherry Blossoms, such a sweet smell
You can also get most these flavours in bath/shower gels, hand moisturizes, candles and detergents.
To help the ambience in the office, you can always grill sausages in the lunch room – this would be preferable to those seafood lunches!
Get an oil burner with some two stroke oil in it, to relive your summer boating aspirations (this is really only funny in theory… don’t actually do it.)
Feel the texture of summer
Right now, you are just getting smart with me.
No, you can feel summer the suns glow, the warmth, and the balmy breeze.
Walk to get lunch, eat outside if time allows.
Spend at least 5 minutes outside if possible
If practicable move meetings outside.
If none of this works:
Get a bottle of sand to add to your clothes straight after the shower.
Break the air conditioner, so you at least feel the stifling heat.
Drive the car with the windows down, reliving the summer of ’69.
I don’t mean just the sound the sunscreen bottle makes as it empties, although that is a classic summer sound, or the sizzle of BBQ, the solid thwack, thunk, and thud of the cricket ball and bat meeting over and over again. These too are the sound of summer.
The sounds of the dolphins call on CD, or the crash of the waves against the ocean, or the sounds of the neighbours pool party with giggles, shouts and the cracking of a can.
You could always get a six string, you know a guitar, apparently it is the sound of the summer of ‘69
Music is a great way to experience a feeling for a long time.
A list of all time favourite summer songs:
1. The Summer of ’69 - Bryan Adams
2. Californication - Red Hot Chilli Peppers
3. All summer long – Beach Boys
4. Island in the Sun – Weezer
5. Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
6. High Voltage – AC/DC
7. Staring at the Sun – Offspring
8. In the summertime – the mixtures
9. Sunny Afternoon – the Kinks
10. Summer Lovin’ (as performed by Olivia Newton John and John Travolta)
11. Eye of the Storm – Bliss n Eso
12. Drunk – Ed Sheeran
13. I don’t care – Iconica
14. Surfing U.S.A. – Beach Boys
15. Summer Long – Killing Heidi
16. Summertime – Eddie Cochran
17. Summer in the city – Lavin Spoonful
18. Lovely day – Lit
19. Hot fun in the summertime – Sly and the Family Stone
20. Angel – Shaggy
21. Summertime – Billie Holiday
22. In the Summertime Mungo Jerry
23. Those lazy crazy days of summer – Nat “King” Cole
24. What a swell party this is – Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby (To remember the earth has been ending for a very long time!)
25. Summer Wind – Frank “Blue Eyes” Sinatra
26. The Boys of summer – Don Henley
27. Teenage dream – Katy Perry
28. Nosebleed Section – Hilltop Hoods
29. A big hunk O’ Love – Elvis Presley
30. Sunset – Powderfinger
31. Staring at the Sun – The Offspring
32. Freestyler – Bomfunk MC’s
33. Roll On – Living End
34. Paradise City – Gun’s and Roses
35. I love Rock and Roll – Joan Jett
36. Chase the Feeling – Hilltop Hoods
If you don’t want to create your own playlist, you can always buy one pre-made!
Get an eyeful of Summer
Grass skirt and coconut bra, not really your look? How about an Hawaiin Shirt? You’d rather sit on a pineapple?
To get the sunburned look you can always utilize the red blush, just make sure you act like it is itchy.
Put up summer scenes around your office or home, change the wallpaper on your computer a summery one.
If it is cold, wear dress or a summer outfit over your winter long johns.
Put up a big umbrella at your cubical or in your lounge room, keep a beach ball nearby.
Wear zinc, get that summer look glowing, add a hat and some sunnies to authenticate it.
Get a desk fan to authenticate the summer feeling.
If you really want to look summery, the best way is casual and carefree found in this link. It is less satirical and actually has some useful advice.
This possibly reminded you of that whiny friend or colleague who is too busy to experience summer properly, you can always give them an injection of summer from the ideas here. Maybe you are in the middle of minus temperatures dreaming of summertime, you can capture summer now for yourself!
However you do it, devour every moment.