sweet summertime

Summer is upon us, and I am ecstatic. Something about this season, especially this year, breathes new life into me. Sure, with this sudden heatwave I’m having flashbacks of the unbearable, unsleepable heat in our apartment last year. But even though the heat drains and exhausts you, it makes you feel like you are really living, you know? The good kind of draining. The good kind of exhaustion. Where you feel like you’ve done everything and can do anything. We got a taste of it on our trip back to Texas last weekend – 95 degree temps and 5000% humidity. Being so hot all you need is water – on your skin, in your hair, at your lips. Jumping off of boats and sliding off of paddle boards into the water for some relief. Oh glorious, glorious summer.

And no summer would be complete without my seasonal bucket list. Because with the sunshine and long days, I’m ready to party like it’s 1999 (side note, can you BELIEVE that was 17 years ago?!).


I never make it to everything on the list, but in an ideal world I’d be…

  • buying fresh fruits and veggies at the farmer’s market
  • enjoying twilight concerts at the pier
  • seeing an outdoor movie
  • rollerskating on the boardwalk
  • riding bikes along the beach
  • having picnics at the park
  • drinking happy hour cocktails
  • making homemade popsicles
  • wine tasting at a vineyard
  • reading reading reading
  • barbecuing with friends
  • baking a strawberry shortcake
  • flying a kite
  • spending Sundays at the flea market
  • visiting a theme park
  • making homemade ice cream
  • eating nachos at a baseball game
  • driving to San Diego
  • learning how to make iced coffee
  • paddle boarding in the marina
  • cooking homemade pizza
  • tending to our garden
  • taking photobooth pictures
  • snorkeling
  • trying a new brunch spot
  • listening to a concert at the Hollywood Bowl
  • finding the animals at the zoo
  • walking in the evenings
  • practicing weekly yoga
  • playing sand volleyball
  • watching the sunset at the beach


This time of year also lends itself to a lot of traveling. We’ll be heading up the coast for a kayaking/camping trip 4th of July weekend. I’m hoping to visit my sister in Seattle. My husband has plans to catch a football game in San Francisco and (hopefully) make it to Sonoma. I’ve been saying it every year, but summer in Southern California can’t be beat – really gives Christmas season a run for its money.

I’ll try to update here, but you can always follow along on my Instagram (@wonderlandsam) and hashtag (#samssummerbucketlist).

P.S. We finally have an AC window unit for our bedroom, and it is already our SAVING GRACE.

-wonderland sam


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actress/texan kickin' it in los angeles. always searching for my next pizza. cia agent in another life.

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