Beyond NY Megan Irving Summer 2014

Summer Lovin’ (Or Lack There Of)

Dear Reader,

We made it to June! Can you believe finals were over a month ago? Summer is shooting by, and who can blame it? When your biggest obligations are a campGrease_-_Swoon counselor job and a math class at the local community college, summer's possibilities feel practically endless. Perhaps I'll take a spontaneous road trip. Cross the border into Indiana and buy a bunch of illegal fireworks! What? You don't like that idea? Then what do you suggest I do? Embark on a summer romance? Ummm...

Dear reader, you and I may have different priorities when it comes to summer adventure, but, I don't blame you. With the release of The Fault in Our Stars in theaters, and the fact that Dirty Dancing seems to constantly be on cable, it's perfectly natural to want to be caught up in a whirlwind summer romance. But before you find yourself under the boardwalk- let's discuss some of the do's and don'ts of summer flings.


Now, I know what you're thinking. "Megan, why on earth should I discuss my personal life with you? You're just a blogger." First of all reader, you don't know my life. But.. the majority of my summer fling knowledge does come from the song "Summer Nights," from the musical Grease. So let's consult some experts.

DO- "Genuinely like the person you're actively pursuing. Just because your romance might have an expiration date doesn't mean you should settle." - Megan

DON'T- "Don't date where you work. There's a very solid chance that you have become infatuated with this person based on their close proximity and constant interaction. Plus, how awkward would it be to have to see them if things go sour, like this milk." - Starbucks Barista

DO- "Date Lifeguards. They're in shape, you get to see them in swimwear, and they can save your life" - Kate (Friend and Former Lifeguard)

DON'T- "Don't date your ex. Too many feels." -Teenage Starbucks Patron

DO- "Hit it and quit it." -Random Dude on Street Corner

DON'T- "Don't hit it at all" -My Mom

I don't know if I was much help in this department dear reader. What can I say, I'm in a committed relationship with my ongoing young adult novel. At least that's what I tell myself. Plus, who else is gonna befriend my local Starbucks baristas. Whatever your goals are this summer, this advice makes sense. Whether it's finishing your novel or charming the cashier at your local movie theater, don't let it interfere with your work and genuinely like it.

Love your summer dear reader, especially those summer nights.

DO: Have the time of your life.


"Always carry tissues and a sweater"

"Nothing good happens in parks after dark."

"Don't be Juno."

"Don't go out on full moons."

"Don't go out on Friday the 13th."

"Just don't go out, Megan!"

"Always wear clean underwear- in case you get in an accident." (I hope all my readers wear clean underwear)

"Don't wear socks with sandals."

"Always wear sunscreen."

"Walk the dog." (That might have just been for me.)

"Stop writing down everything I say!"