Summer is here!

This summer I will be vacationing with my family in Colorado. I have been there three times in my life, all of which occurred over twenty-four years ago. When I was a freshman in high school, my family drove an RV through southern Colorado, visiting Pike’s Peak, Colorado Springs, Cripple Creek and others. The remaining two trips were band trips, one as a freshman and one as a junior. I think our band performed in some contest, but I was more interested in the skiing. Out of all three trips, this is one of the only pictures I have:

Age 15

Me in Colorado at age 15

Where do I start? First, how disappointing that there are no pictures of mountains in my collection? That will be remedied on this trip. Second, my hair is big and frizzy, but not much has changed there. I think that is about all that is wrong with this picture.

Oh, the butt on the wall? I would like to inform you that I have pictures of two other girls cupping the butt, so it wasn’t just me. I think the question you should really be asking is why was the butt there to begin with?

I am looking forward to the downtime of my vacation. I am going to read, I am going to hike, I am going to manage my kids, and I might have a drink or two.   Here is my ambitious reading list:

  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler – I am almost done reading this and am hoping to finish.
  • Summer Sisters by Judy Blume – I heard this was a quick, light read, which is perfect for vacation.
  • Funny Girl by Nick Hornby – I probably won’t get to this one, like I said this is an ambitious list for a week long vacation.

The rest of my summer is going to be filled with spending quality time with the kids while they are on break, blogging, and finishing the last revisions on my novel. I will be attending the Writers Digest Annual Conference in NYC at the end of July, where I will get the opportunity to pitch my book to a bunch of agents, speed-dating style. My expectation for the event is not to get published, but to network, get insight on the publishing industry, and learn a plethora of new things at the educational sessions.

If you have any additional summer books to suggest, please comment below. I am always working on my to-read list. Have a wonderful summer!

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  1. Janey Letter says:

    Have a great summer!!
    Haley (Keisler) got me onto looking for reads that will hit the screen that year.
    Last summer I read Wild. (Reese Witherspoon). Year before one good quick read was War Horse (that happened to be a junior reader in my kids library). Enjoyed both movies. Most of the books I started got returned to the library before I even got very far into them. No sense in wasting my time. You can imagine, I avoided those movies! Reading is never easy for me. I am very hyper and find it hard to sit still. I’m working on that!
    Going outside my box this summer and reading A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker. If you like Historical fiction, it is a must read. Thanks for sharing! Aunt Janey

    • Julie M. Mulligan says:

      I read Wild and watched the movie, both were good. Thanks for the other suggestions! I hope you have a great summer, too.

  2. Aunt Mo says:

    The butt cupping is hilarious!

    Recent, good historical read,
    Black Mass, story of Whitey Bulger. Currently in Boston visiting Matt who lives on Telegraph Hill, three doors down from one of the main characters former much history!

    Other good reads, The Happiness Project…and The Art of Tidying. Both positive, uplifting, and clutter (both mind and house) reducing! Have fun this summer, Matt and I are headed to Cape Cod and Nantucket. Uncle Ron and I are headed to Balize and Mahogony Bayin July..then summer is over. :(

    • Julie M. Mulligan says:

      I actually have The Art of Tidying on hold and follow The Happiness Project blog. Thanks for the other suggestion. Sounds like you have an awesome summer planned! I hope you have a great time on your trips!!!

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