summer slowdown…awesome

June 29, 2010 |  Category:   life

Mark’s been anxiously awaiting the summer slowdown for the biz…and it looks like it might finally be here. Who knows, maybe he’ll even have time to post a recipe or two on here! Mia’s officially done with school and we picked her up yesterday and went straight to the East Village for some celebratory soba noodles and sea urchin at Soba-ya. I have to admit, I was never a fan of summer (too hot! summer clothing conundrums – what do I wear?! the heat and humidity make me wilt and unmotivated!), but ever since the kids have come along, I’ve been enjoying it very much and I remember now why I loved summers as a kid. Do you remember that feeling on the very last day of school, the moment you step out of the building, of relief mixed with excitement mixed with the intense anticipation of carefree days? It’s a feeling you can never forget.

My summer will be a little less carefree than I had originally thought. I’ll be starting a new project this week that will take me up until we leave for Seattle in mid-August with another new project to start in September when we return. I should never get too comfortable in a new routine – the freelance life is never predictable, but I am so glad to have had the 2 weeks off from a previously intense work schedule. Sometimes life is too much, too overwhelming, too many emotions, too many deadlines and responsibilities, but then sometimes it’s like the universe listens and gives you a gift. A break that was not expected or planned, but badly needed. Sometimes you need to trust that the world/life/karma/god/family/friends will take care of you when you need it the most.

I know that many of my friends and online acquaintances have also been going through a bad patch in the spring and early summer. Something was clearly in the air. I hope you are able to find some peace and resolution in your lives. We all deserve a carefree summer like those of our childhood past.

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  • theresa DeMyers June 29, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    i gotta say, i find it so strange that your blog brings me so much joy. after a long hot stressful day, i find myself wondering what beautiful pictures you may have posted or what little life lesson or New York story you have written about.

    anyway… yeah, childhood summers are the best. for me, like most, it was all about freedom, a bit of innocense, a whole lot of ice cream and running through sprinklers, wet grass and/or jumping in a pool and/or lake. i am doing my best to give my kids a carefree fun summer even though i have been stressed out of my mind but you know what… summer is all about them… it is all about family so i am doing my best.

    hope you guys have a great one!!

  • Renita June 29, 2010 at 5:31 pm


  • Jasmine June 30, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Beautiful entry. Such a familiar feeling you speak of… I feel it when I’ve finished my last art school critique for the semester and it just feels like the world has been lifted from my shoulders. I hope your summer goes well, and that the project goes as planned.

  • Lois June 30, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Jenna, I was admiring your curtains and then today my friend emails me a link to this exact post, saying she loved the curtains too! So here I am writing to ask where you got those lovely curtains from, or if you made them?

  • Jenna June 30, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Lois, the curtains are from Pottery Barn. I don’t know if they still have it as they are about 5 years old now.

  • mardtha July 5, 2010 at 7:45 am

    I am also not a summer lover, and lately it has been growing on me. I didn’t realize until I read your post that it’s probably because of the kids. We get out and do more in the summer because of them.
    I still don’t know what to wear though….

  • martha July 5, 2010 at 7:46 am

    ha -you’d think after all this time I could spell my own name…

  • Jenna July 5, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Martha, I misspell my name half the time because I’m typing so fast. Sadly, that is not an exaggeration.