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Music Mix #6: Summertime Jams 2 (+ a weekend to-do list).

It has been a LONG time since I posted a mixtape! I’ve had this one in the works for a while now as a follow-up to 2011’s original Summertime Jams mix, but between the too-hot-to-think weather we had in July and all movies I’ve been going to see, I just hadn’t been feeling it. Something happened last week, though — we started having the best summer weather here in New York, the kind you fantasize about during the winter. Cool breezes in the evenings, great sunsets, people out and about at night, hanging out on their stoops and eating late dinners at sidewalk cafés…perfect.

Anyway, I’m in love with this mix, and I hope you like it too. If the Bar-Kays alone don’t make you feel like summertime, then your funky might be broken. Enjoy!! And if you need more music…
Here are all of my previous music mixes!

I guess it’s a little silly to make a weekend to-do list on a Saturday afternoon, but I’m feeling a bit panicked at the moment about not getting done everything that needs to get done. We have guests coming to stay at our house for a long visit, and I want to make sure everything is comfortable for them. Hail the productivity a good to-do list can inspire!

Do this stuff before tomorrow afternoon:
Laundry, including hand-washables
Clean bathrooms
Fresh linens in guest bedroom
✚ Set up closet in guest bedroom; empty drawers/install hanging rack
Clean exterior dryer lint trap
✚ Move stuff in the basement so the plumber doesn’t hate us
Bring excess recyclables to Mommy’s house
Make list of local restaurants/shops for guests
WEED FRONT GARDEN, trim plants
Finish installing butcherblock in kitchen
Oil treatments for butcherblock x3
Make iced coffee

I’m cutting myself off there. I can think of a dozen other things I wish I could get done this weekend, but this is what absolutely HAS to happen.

p.s. GOOD NEWS: We finally got a quote from plumber #3 for removing and re-piping/moving our kitchen radiators at the house. Now we just have to schedule him in here for a day, and then I can FINALLY finish tiling the last two kitchen walls…and we can rip up the carpenter-ant-ravaged subfloor and see what’s going on underneath. I am very anxious to get back to work on the kitchen, so YAYYYY.

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  • Reply littlemose August 3, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    If you were a boy and you played this mixtape, whilst serving up many many moscow mules of a balmy summer evening, I would end up sleeping with you and probably not regretting it. Good work!

    • Anna @ D16 August 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Wow! The power of music, haha.

  • Reply Heather August 3, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    I saw your “at home” post over on I loved it! Your home looks amazing. I can not believe you guys did it all yourselves!!! Well done!!!

    Good luck on the rest of the renos!!!


    • Anna @ D16 August 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks, Heather!

  • Reply Paul August 4, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Are you having guests?

    • Anna @ D16 August 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Yes…that’s in the post. 😉

  • Reply PhillyLass August 5, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I’m always amazed by your efficiency, Anna. If that were my to-do list, I’d have the two easiest items crossed off. And they’d be ridiculously silly things like, “wake up” and “eat breakfast” that I added after waking up and eating breakfast just so I’d have something to cross off. I don’t know where you find your energy.

  • Reply Malissa August 7, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I keep poaching picks from your awesome playlist for my own summer mix. Really captures a certain flavor of summer that gives me relief from all the Daft Punk and Robin Thicke out there! Which I love but have had my fill of. Well, Stephen Colbert dancing to “Get Lucky” was pretty hilarious and I recommend. Thanks for sharing!

    • Anna @ D16 August 7, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Haha, I had to REALLY struggle to not put any Daft Punk or Robin Thicke on this mix!! R Kelly is kind of the Robin Thicke of 2003, though, right? And I’ve put Daft Punk on other mixes…

      The Stephen Colbert thing is AMAZING!!!!!! I watched it three times in a row this morning. So good to wake up to!

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