Amanda Cade

Worth It! (Things to try, read, watch, hear, and discuss)

When I decided to take a break on Sunday, I promised I’d get to this post within a week, and I am a woman of my word. June wasn’t nearly as crazy or exciting as May, but it did have its highlights, so cue the theme song…

Episode One: Socializing

I attended three graduation parties last month (the inspiration for my Dear Graduate post). A few highlights from my inner monologue:

  • When did I get so old?
  • Remember, you promised no “I used to babysit you” stories.
  • Do people not open presents at parties anymore?
  • Oh, look, cookies!
  • I have already forgotten half of these people’s names.
  • Seriously, I have never felt so old.
  • Ok, maybe it’s time to stop talking to the teenagers. Go find a grown up conversation.
  • Oh, no, here come THE QUESTIONS. Time to talk to the teenagers again.

Ok, context. First of all, a slight tangent. All joking aside, I like talking to teenagers. As my friends’ kids have grown up, they’ve become fun, interesting people with a perspective on life that I find endlessly fascinating. I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with the younger crowd at the parties. I also mostly enjoyed talking with the other adults. However, at all three parties I spent some time conversing with people I don’t see often (every few years at most), which meant I was asked THE QUESTIONS:

  • “So, you still aren’t married?”
  • “Are you seeing anyone?”
  • “Any thoughts about having kids one day?”

Mouth ZipI was also asked these questions by a few people I had just met for the first time. My feelings on these questions could fill an entire post by themselves, so let me just say this (for now, at least): I am single, not currently seeing anyone, childless, and perfectly happy with my life. However, I am open to any changes the future holds, as long as those changes are the right thing for me. That is, unfortunately, sometimes difficult for people to accept. *sigh* So I amused myself by thinking of snarky responses that I didn’t actually say out loud (for example: “Unfortunately my species is incompatible with Earthlings”), and then changing the subject.

Then I went back to the teens and traded high school stories. Way more fun.

Episode Two: Staycation

Out of OfficeThe most common response to “I’m on vacation next week” is “Where are you going?” At least 75% of the time, my answer is “nowhere”. I go on a trip…maybe every three or four years. For the most part, my ideal vacation is being able to have a series of totally unstructured days. Having nothing on my calendar is my idea of the ultimate luxury. To misquote Newton’s First Law, an Amanda in motion tends to remain in motion, and an Amanda at rest tends to remain at rest. Over the course of a week, I only left my house a handful of times (during which I rediscovered the fact that breakfast restaurants get busy after 7:00, and there’s a lot more traffic), read eleven books, watched half a dozen movies, and slept in every morning.

It. Was. Awesome.

Episode Three: Father’s Day (Part One)

My Dad, who is amazing (see this post for the proof of that statement) always suggests that we skip Father’s Day, because the attention embarrasses him. He also HATES it when we spend money on him. This year, he had a more compelling argument than usual, because Audrey was going to be out of town on Father’s Day, Mom and Dad were going out of town the following week, then Audrey was going out of town again. Plus, my nieces had dance recitals, my brother in law had some work obligations…to make a long story shorter, we were having trouble with scheduling. Of course, we weren’t going to let him get away with that. We will be having a belated family celebration soon, and Dad and I got together on our own on Father’s Day itself.

Take My MoneyWhen I spoke to Dad, I specifically said that I was going to take him out for Father’s Day, and he agreed to this. Way too easily. I should have known he was up to something. When I arrived at his house, he said he wanted to drive, which was fine with me. However, once we were on the road I quickly realized that he was going the wrong way. Ignoring my protests, he drove us to my favorite restaurant instead of his. Then he handed the waitress his credit card before we even sat down at our table, and smugly announced that he had bought tickets in advance for a movie I wanted to see. Then he told me that I can’t argue with him on Father’s Day. Well played, Dad, but this isn’t over yet. You have thrown down the gauntlet, and I will rise to the occasion for Father’s Day Part Two.

Incidentally, we had a great time.

Episode Four: Girls’ Night

bestiesThis month, Katie and I decided to try a cooking class (more about that in this post). We met up for coffee a few hours early, and also stopped by a comic book store. Katie and I have a lot in common, but my comic and game hobbies aren’t on that list, so this was a new experience for her. It was really cool to see her reaction to what was, for me, a familiar setting.

The cooking class itself was super fun. We met some nice people, had great food, and, despite giggling our way through 90% of the class, we learned a lot. We’re planning to go again soon.

Roll credits.

Let Me Know

How did June treat you?

45 thoughts on “June in Review

  1. Thank you Amanda, for sharing your June with us.
    I thoroughly enjoyed your observations.
    I love your concept of a vacation in the comfort of home. Although I love to travel too but given the option I am a homeboy.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Thanks for reading. ☺
      I’m so busy most of the time that I rarely want to run around during a vacation.

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      1. I know the feeling 😍

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  2. Word to the wise- don’t mess with parent folks intent on having their joy at your expense, well in this case at their own expense. No matter, next time just trick him. He’ll love it but for god sake don’t let him drive. The game begins with the drive and if its a restaurant, be the first one in. Drive, but maybe get him to park it. Have a great July.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I was definitely off my game on Father’s Day, and I was on my own. Next time I’ll have reinforcements. Lol

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  3. Thanks for lightening my morning reading, Amanda. Your staycation sounds amazing! I’ve just got into the habit of telling people who ask where we’re going in the holidays (nowhere in particular) about all the interesting stuff we’re going to do At Home instead (it makes it sound better to the kids too – I hope), in a really animated and excited voice – Yey!
    Have an amazing July! xx

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Sometimes I say that I’m going to my happy place. 🙂

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  4. Angela Jelf says:

    Love your June review Amanda, very entertaining!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Thank you so much!

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  5. happytonic says:

    Awesome 🤣👏 Love your Newton’s First law😀

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I have more than two gears, but I rarely use use them. Lol. It tends to be full throttle or full stop.

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  6. Sheree says:

    Sounds like you had a fun June. I did too.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      So glad to hear it!

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  7. Gunjan Arora says:

    haha… I would say lovely June. Thanks for bringing in smile this morning 🙂 Wishing you more exciting July (in your own way) 🙂

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      June was a good month. There’s definitely excitement brewing for July…lots of interesting things coming up.

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  8. Your June sounds awesome!
    Nooks, Movies and lie ins… absolutely perfect staycation.
    My June was hectic but great thank you.
    Have a fantastic July! Xx

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      1. Amanda Cade says:

        July is off to a great start over here. I hope yours is, too.

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  9. J Balconi says:

    I laughed about THE QUESTIONS. I figured out that happily-married people (and the children of happily-married people) were more apt to ask. Dear neighbors – an old Polish couple – used to be puzzled, “Why you no marry?” and decided something was wrong with young men. Ha ha!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Maybe that’s why I’m not married. Lol

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  10. kagould17 says:

    That is quite the June. I have nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award. Here is the link to my post. https://blographytoo.photo.blog/2019/07/04/blogger-recognition-award/
    Please feel free to take part or not as your time and inclination permits. I do enjoy your posts. Allan

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  11. Amanda, I hope you enjoy writing these posts as much as I enjoy reading them. I have always been a fan of Dave Barry, and your writing has that Barryesque wryness to it. Great job.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I love Dave Barry! That’s the best compliment I’ve gotten in quite a while. Thank you. 💖

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      1. Your welcome. Write more if time allows.

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      2. Amanda Cade says:

        Time is always the issue. I am thinking about adding a second weekly post to my blogging schedule (probably a lot shorter than the Sunday posts), but I want to make sure I’ll be able to keep up with it.

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  12. What a wonderful and thoughtful father!

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  13. Jyoti says:

    Awesome!! You had a wonderful June!!.

    Your Newton’s first law😂😄

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      It was a great month.:)

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      1. Jyoti says:

        🌸🌸💞

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  14. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    I certainly understand awkward questions… and people not staying in their lanes… 🤦‍♂️

    However, you’re hilarious! And humor is a side effect of intelligence.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Humor is my favorite way to approach the world. 🙂

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  15. Simon says:

    Has June gone? Wow that was quick! lol

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  16. Kirsty says:

    I’m with you on the staycation thing. We usually do it too and I get tired of the “where are you flying off to” every single time we get a week off work! Staycations are cool!

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  17. alexraphael says:

    Some people really are nosy and judgemental. Cooking class sounds fun. What’s your favourite dish?

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Oh, that’s a tough one. I have a ragu recipe that my friends love, so that’s probably my favorite thing to make because it always makes everyone happy.

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      1. alexraphael says:

        That’s such a lovely answer 🙂

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  18. Shell Vera says:

    Reading this made me realize how far behind on posts I am!!! Sounds like a full June for you! I love staycations. They are our favorites!!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I always feel great after a week at home. 😀

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  19. Very entertaining post! 💙

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  20. BeckieWrites says:

    Ugh. I really don’t like the “when are you going to have kids?” Conversation. You’re a trooper for doing it! I’m also feeling old lately.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I just assume that they mean well…and think of snarky responses that I don’t actually say. Lol

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