What Kind of Summer Person Are You?

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I vaguely recall the lazy days of summer when I would contemplate whether to lay out and get a tan, watch a movie, hang out at the mall for a few hours, or read a book. Alas, with adulthood and responsibilities come the hazy days of summer, when the lack of schedule creates a mental fog with me often asking “What day of the week is it?” yet the ongoing demands of writing and parenting require me to get the same amount of work done in half the time.

For today’s Deep-Fried Friday, I would like to know how it’s going for you! Here’s my quiz to see how you are approaching summer. What kind of summer person are you?

1. It’s Monday again. Do you:

a.  Run out the door to work just like you do in November with a cup of caffeine in hand. Who the heck are these people who get to sleep late in July?
b.  Set your alarm clock for an hour later than usual, then pop up out of bed and get crackin’. You have a little more flexibility, but there are still things to be done.
c.  Sleep until your cell phone rings at almost noon, grumpily answer and hear your friend asking if you fell off the face of the earth…again.

2. Your vacation plans this summer include:

a.  A day off each for Independence Day and Labor Day, during which you’ll probably work a little at home.
b.  A trip to a camping site and amusement park where the family can relax and have fun.
c.  A two-week excursion to a Caribbean resort where you’ll turn off your phone, sip margaritas, and work on your tan. If your editor can’t find you, too bad.

3. In preparation for summer, which supplies did you purchase?

a.  A lighter weight bra, ponytail holders, and a desk fan.
b.  A new bikini, beach towels, a pool pass, bug spray, sunscreen, and flip-flops.
c.  Three new swimsuits, a surfboard, several cases of beer, and a new pair of Ray Bans.

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4. The outside thermometer tops 95 degrees. You:

a.  Had no idea it was that hot until you got into your car at the end of the workday and got your hand burned by touching the steering wheel.
b.  Scoop up your friends or children and head to the local ice cream parlor or snow cone hut to cool off.
c.  Pull out your inflatable pool float and relax in your back yard pool with an iced tea. What better time to take a swim?

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5. This summer, you’ve mostly been outdoors to:

a.  Pump gas into the car. It needs to be filled every week.
b.  Visit the neighborhood pool or do a little shopping at a nearby center.
c.  It would be easier to state the times you’ve been indoors–mainly to use the bathroom, eat, and sleep.

6. There are a lot of blockbuster movies released over the summer. So far, you’ve seen:

a.  The Avengers. You found one free weekend, and this was the movie showing at the nearest theater at a time you could watch.
b.  The Avengers, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Brave. You have a few more on your list to check off before the summer is over.
c.  All of those plus several others. When it rains and you can’t go outside, you take a nap or go see a movie.

7. Your daily fashion for summer consists of:

a.  A sheath dress, pumps, and a jacket in case the air conditioning is running too cold.
b.  Capri pants or shorts, a blouse, and decorative flip-flops.
c.  A string bikini and a sarong.

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Now it’s time for results.

Summer Scrooge. All or mostly a’s. Lighten up. It’s summertime! Call your boss and tell them you’re taking a day off. Then grab your friends or family and get yourself to the nearest beach, pool, or water park. Don’t leave until you’ve forgotten your work phone number and turned some shade of pink. Finish off the day with cooking on the grill and lying on a hammock. In thirty to sixty days, repeat.

Summer Sweetie. All or mostly b’s. You’re striking a good balance of enjoying your summer. Don’t forget your to-do list entirely, but keep finding ways to amuse yourself and your family during these hot summer months. Cherish the summer fun, make some memories, and be sure to take photos. You’ll want to remember “that summer we went to the children’s museum and built that Lego sculpture” or “that shopping trip on the coast where I bought the oversized straw hat and espradilles.”

Summer Slacker. All or mostly c’s. Unless you are a trust fund child or just waiting for the filming on your movie to begin next month, you have gone too far. If you have nothing more to do than sleep late and catch some rays, you need to find a nearby charity and volunteer. The world does keep turning during this season, and you might want to complete at least one project or task over the summer.

So how did you score? What kind of summer person are you? And how is your summer going?

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25 thoughts on “What Kind of Summer Person Are You?

  1. Bah humbug, LOL! Yep, totally type A, though much of that is necessitated by having a day job. If I can’t hide out in the AC, I run for shade – gotta maintain my healthy pallor! Oddly enough, I hate really cold weather too. Fun post!

    1. If you really can’t get out much, take 10 minutes to throw on your swimsuit, sit on your porch, and drink a tall cold one. It’s a mini-vacation. For greater effect, throw a little play sand at your feet. 🙂 Thanks, Jennette. I’m a rather white chick myself, so my sun time is limited. Happy summer!

  2. 1 – b
    2 – in between b and c – I’ll take 2 weeks off, visiting friends in Ohio and Indiana, but I’m sure my laptop and my cell phone will be under my arm all the time!
    3 – nothing. I do nothing.
    4 – I turn on the A/C and keep working 😉
    5 – a
    6 – a
    7 – a

    Hahahaha, I knew I hate summer even before I took this test. I’m just too weak. Low blood pressure and Orthostatic Intolerance make me faint all the time during summer. I can’t be out in the sun or I’m already fainting =(

    1. Personally, my favorite season is spring. Around here, we get some heat and pretty weather without the sweltering. Keep that A/C running, Juliana.

      Oh, and my laptop goes with me everywhere I travel. It’s like a third arm now. 🙂

  3. Im a scrooge! So not fair! I blame the heat wave. I’ve been working for sure but even with days off it’s way too hot and humid to enjoy either my hammock or the beach. Bah humbug!

    1. Well, Jess, the remedy is for you to pack your bags, come down to the Texas gulf coast immediately, and let me drag you to the beach. Sure, it’s hotter than that asphalt the dead armadillos bake on, but It’s TEXAS–that’s all we know. 🙂

      Bah humbug for sure. Here’s hoping you can find a little time to relax soon!

  4. I’m type B, although this last week I’ve been more type A, staying indoors. We’ve been stuck in an awful heatwave that’s suppose to break today. It’s been too hot to enjoy the new deck or even head to the pool. Fun post, Julie!

    1. In Arizona, you should have lots of possible weekend trips if the weather would cooperate. One of my best friends lives there, and I keep swearing I’ll visit someday. So much to see and do in that state! Thanks, Alica.

  5. I feel guilty,scoring somewhere between a Sweetie and a Slacker. I guess you’d call me a Sweet Slacker?

    I’m like you, though, Julie, with my laptop everywhere I go. Right now, I’m by my pool in the backyard. Our work schedules only permit travel during the summer months, so we squeeze in all our getaways and family vacation into the season. Besides, my husband spends so much time (and money) keeping up with the pool I’d feel guilty if I didn’t use it all the time. 😉

    Instead of using the tread mill for exercise, I do laps from June – September. Remember, too, we northeasterners have a colder, more miserable fall and winter than you lucky southerners, so we take advantage of the gorgeous weather.

    Have I made a case for us almost-summer-slackers??

    Fun post, Julie! Time for tanning (20 whole minutes, that’s all my skin can take) and then laps/exercise before cranking out more new words for the day. Enjoy!

      1. If we had year-round gorgeous weather, perhaps I wouldn’t be so Sunshine State and summer crazy, but as it is…I ABSOLUTELY AM! Thanks, btw, for easing some of my slacker guilt. It is exercise. Works off all those Skinny Margaritas I sucked down at our Independence Day barbeque. 😉

  6. Fun, fun post!

    With the caveat of desert = bah humbug for outdoor activities, I’m mostly falling in the B group with some dips into C…of course, I’m a SAHM so most of A doesn’t even apply.

    1. As a SAHM, I’m sure your summer is interesting! My kids are home too, but they’re older and mostly self-sufficient. Still, we’ve managed a water park visit, a trip to the beach, and there is talk of an amusement park. Enjoy your summer, Raelyn!

    1. Bless your heart, Rhonda! The ones I called “Scrooge” are often not that way by choice. They’d LOVE to join the Slackers. Maybe I should have designated them the Daydreamers. Hope you find a little time to relax.

    1. No hate here, Ginger! I’m pretty much B, but I’d really like to do a little more C. I recall living summers like that in high school, and they were awesome. Enjoy your lazy days of summer!

  7. If summer temps would stay right around 80 during the day, and 50 at night, I would love it. But it doesn’t (far too many 90 and 100 degree days). So I don’t like it. I fall somewhere between the A’s and B’s…but honestly…I’m with Jennette (except I probably like winter more than she does). I’m either in the a/c, or seeking shade. 🙂

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