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Refreshing: Start of Summer

May means the end of the school year, which for us happened last week…that’s right, Austin schools have already been out a full week. Suck it, education.

But before they let us out, we did all the customary end-of-year school things, including Harry’s first poetry reading. This was his piece. I love it, and I too want to walk with a meteor rock. I swear, we do not give this kid drugs…I think it’s his Kindergarten attempt to “Keep Austin Weird.” Whatever it is, he doesn’t get this aptitude from me, as almost all of my poetry skills involve the word “Nantucket.”

Because school is now out, this also means that we have no reason to go into town every day any more, and really, little to nothing to do all day. As a result, my Instagram feed is already looking like the middle of summer. Check it.

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  • Summertime equals pooltime. 1 of 12
    Summertime equals pooltime.
    We're sort of living at the pool when at all possible. We started the first weekend of summer at the Westin Keirland resort, which I'm writing about quite a lot here at Hitting Refresh. This shot was of Harry at the pool at 4:30 am in Phoenix. I wish I were kidding.
  • Now That School’s Over, We Don’t Have to Drive Into Town. 2 of 12
    Now That School's Over, We Don't Have to Drive Into Town.
    This isn't the way we drive in to Austin. That's on a gross highway. This is the drive from our house to pretty much anywhere else.
  • Harry Was Out of School About 5 Minutes, and He Was Already Sporting a Summer Buzz Cut and a Weapon. 3 of 12
    Harry Was Out of School About 5 Minutes, and He Was Already Sporting a Summer Buzz Cut and a Weapon.
    God Bless Central Texas.
  • We Have 5 Restaurants In Our Little Town. 4 of 12
    We Have 5 Restaurants In Our Little Town.
    One of them is a Sno-Cone Hut.
  • $1 is the Going Rate for Happiness Around Here. 5 of 12
    $1 is the Going Rate for Happiness Around Here.
    His poison: Bubble Gum. Mine: Margarita.
  • ‘Tis the Season for Tomato Pie. 6 of 12
    'Tis the Season for Tomato Pie.
    I'm totally biased, but I sort of love my Tomato Pie recipe. Pro Tip: It's better on the second day, if it's still around.
  • Good Thing My Windowsills Are Full. 7 of 12
    Good Thing My Windowsills Are Full.
    We can't eat these tomatos fast enough. My neighbors have started coming over and helping me. Open door policy on the garden.
  • Okay, Back to Swimming. 8 of 12
    Okay, Back to Swimming.
    This is my parents' back yard. It's 10 minutes from our house. We go there a lot.
  • Rope Swing. 9 of 12
    Rope Swing.
    This is also in my parents' backyard. Not a bad place to grow up, I must say.
  • Country Kids Can Survive. 10 of 12
    Country Kids Can Survive.
    Country kids also learn how to drive when they're about six.
  • Rangers Baseball on a Summer Night. 11 of 12
    Rangers Baseball on a Summer Night.
    There's not much that sounds more like summer to me than the sound of a Rangers game in the background.
  • Hello Summer, We Are Really So Happy To See You. 12 of 12
    Hello Summer, We Are Really So Happy To See You.
    And we're off! Let's do this, Summer.

You see, things are getting summer country around here, y’all.

In other news, my garden is overflowing…so much so that Harry is going to make a squash stand in front of the house instead of a lemonade stand, and I’m in Day 3 of the 8-Day Pickle Making Process. It’s a whole thing; I never knew. Also, I don’t even like pickles. But I’m making them, because I have a shit ton of cucumbers growing in the yard, and I think this is what you’re supposed to do when you live in the country. I have no idea. I’m figuring this out as I go.

Happy Summer!

Soundtrack: Bob Schneider, Moon Song

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