So you’re a Sexy Spinster over 40, single and child free. What are your options for fun summer things to do? You want to be social, active, have fun and maybe find a summer romance (or two, or three). I’m going to throw out my ideas for things to do and I need your suggestions too. There’s a theme to all the list entries, and that theme is big crowds of similar aged like minded people. You’ll probably see good looking men you didn’t realize lived in your city
Top 5 Summer To Do List
1. Summer Festivals
Here in Madison, WI we have Summer Festival Season, and it starts this weekend! Your area probably has ethnic festivals like Italian or Greek. Check out neighborhood festivals too. The benefit of festivals is the sheer volume of people. There’s more eye candy than any bars or your friend’s house parties. Your odds of meeting a like minded person go way up. Go to a festival during the day with your nieces and nephews, go to festivals at night to meet and mingle with people your age.
2. Baseball Game
No I’m not a baseball fan, but I suck it up and go because there are always men of all ages (and sizes) to look at. If you’re sitting close enough you can ogle the baseball players. Some of them are even good looking. If you’re not close to a MLB Team go to your local non-professional team games.
3. Roadtrip to Chicago
The best summer city in America period. Go to a Cubs or White Sox game, go to the Art Institute, hang out at Oak Street Beach, see a Second City improv show, Navy Pier boat cruise, dinner and drinks in The Viagra Triangle. Time your trip for Taste of Chicago around Fourth of July. The Viagra Triangle is on Division Street and Rush Street; Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse is probably the main attraction in that area. Plus : shopping shopping shopping.
If you don’t have a boat, find a friend with a boat, make new friends with someone who has a boat. Find a place that will rent a boat to you. There’s a whole alternate reality/universe Boat Society going on during the summer that you’re not a part of. You need to get in there and check it out. Bonus: you can act out the “I’M ON A BOAT” video!
5. Day Drinking
Start with a Bloody Mary during brunch and don’t stop. Play a board game or card game outside all day, go shopping, or people watching. You could play volleyball I guess. Here’s the best advice: combine #5 with Summer To Do List items #1-#4.
There will be crappy weather days even in the summer. There will be days and nights when you don’t have anything better to do. You know it, I know it. That is why you binge watch shows and movies on Netflix. I am only recently getting around to watching PBS Mysteries. “Antiques Roadshow” and “Downton Abbey” were the gateway drug, now I have to binge all the PBS Mysteries too. The show I’m going to recommend to you stars an actual SEXY SPINSTER character. Then there’s a summer comedy set in the 80’s you need to watch again if you’ve watched it before, or watch it for the first time.
1) Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – 26 episodes
Essie Davis stars as Phryne Fisher living in 1920’s Melbourne Australia. Phryne (pronounced FRY-nee) is your second favorite Sexy Spinster. She’s never been married, never had children, she’s independently wealthy and has lots of affairs and sex and solves murder mysteries. She’s assertive and is the master of her own destiny at a time when women didn’t do that. Of course she has the luxury of choosing that life because she has the money to do it. More power to her. In addition to various lovers, there’s a ‘will they or won’t they’ story line with the local detective in charge. I feel like she has more chemistry with her fly-by-night lovers.
2) Wet Hot American Summer (2001) – Comedy
See if you recognize any of these names: Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, David Hyde Pierce, Elizabeth Banks. All of them appear in this hilarious comedy set in 1981, the year I think I went to sleepaway Girl Scout Camp. In the movie its the last day before everyone goes home and there’s unfinished business. Love triangles, unrequited love, daring rescues, broke down vans, runaways, a mentally ill mess hall cook, and The Big Talent Show. On July 31, 2015 you can binge watch new episodes of the new Netflix series “Wet Hot American Summer”, all the same people from the movie are back.
Honorable Mention : JUNE 12 “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” SEASON 3 NETFLIX PREMIERE
It’s Memorial Day Weekend the official beginning of summer. If you’re single and childless that means you are probably going to get your drink on a little or a lot no matter how old you are. I live in Wisconsin and that means we don’t need much of a reason to gather and drink.
Best Memorial Day Weekend Ever
My all time favorite Memorial Day Weekend was about 10 years ago. There were 5 of us at a house Up North Wisconsin. We woke up Saturday morning and ate seafood omelettes. Then everyone proceeded to drink while playing Scrabble outside in 90 degree heat for the next 10 hours. I personally drank cranberry + vodka all day (or maybe it was pomegranate juice + vodka?). No shower no breaks. If you don’t know, 90 degrees on Memorial Day Weekend in Northern WI is unheard of, the usual high temp is 64. Best weekend ever.
Disclaimer before the list starts : I am partial to Vodka and avoid whiskey and bourbon.
Top 5 Summer Drinks
1. Greyhound – Grey Goose Vodka + Grapefruit juice
2. Beer – Cold
3. Moscow Mule – Vodka, Ginger Beer, Lime Juice
4. Mojito – Rum, Mint, Lime, Sugar, Soda Water
5. Margarita – Tequila & mixer on the rocks!
There you go, try one or try them all. Time to share your opinion and tell the world what the best Summer Drinks are!