Three Things is a new occasional series where I’m planning to write about – gasp! – things that aren’t actually books. It’s based on a blog I’m a big fan of right now, 27 Good Things, where interesting people share three things to read, watch and use. I’m hoping it’ll be another way of sharing the stuff that currently has my attention.
As I’ve mentioned (several times) already, this weekend the boyfriend and I are going with some friends to my parent’s lake cabin. We’ve owned the cabin since I was about five, and I spent a lot of summer weekends there growing up. I had a period in my teens when I hated going – how could I possibly live without the Internet for the weekend?? – but I’ve obviously come around. Since we don’t get there every weekend anymore, long weekends like this one feel more like an event than they did as a kid, and events warrant careful preparation. Here are three things (in addition to good company) I think are vital for a long weekend at the lake.
Clearly, this is a recommendation for the over 21 crowd. One of the gals coming to the lake with us made a stop at a discount liquor store in the Twin Cities last weekend and picked up quite a selection of wine and hard ciders (I’m not a beer girl, #sorrynotsorry). I’ll be adding one of my favorite summer drinks, Mike’s Hard Blood Orange, and a new-to-me selection, Cayman Jack Margaritas, to our liquor supply. My other favorite drink, a good old gin and tonic, is also quite refreshing in the summer. We’ll be well liquored, I’m sure.
Most of the people in the group we’re traveling with love to play games – that’s part of how we all became friends. If the weather is nice, I’m sure we’ll be outside, but since there’s a chance of rain one afternoon we need some inside activities too. I’ve packed some easy standbys like Apples to Apples and Cards Against Humanity. If we’re feeling ambitious, I also grabbed some more current favorites The Resistance and Phase 10.
This is, of course, my favorite and least favorite thing to pack. I always spend a lot of time thinking about which books to bring… and very little time actually reading them. At the time this post is being scheduled, my pile includes a couple of books from my summer reading list, Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen and This Is The Story Of A Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett, and one book from the library, In the Woods by Tana French. And if those aren’t enough, I also have my Nook and my tablet with different ebook options. I should be all set. I also reserve the right to change my mind before I get in the car.
So there you have it, three of the things I think are important for a long weekend at the lake. What are some of your cabin essentials?
P.S. The happiest of birthdays to my sister, Jenny, who is turning 27 today. I love you, little sister!