Summertime can be very revealing, especially at the beach (ba-dum-ching!). But seriously, you can learn a lot about yourself during the hot, sticky, school-free months of summer. Without a rigorous schedule to keep your body and brain in shape, it's up to you to find ways to stretch those muscles and exercise those brain cells. Some people do, and some people don't.
So what about you? Are you an overachiever or a lazy bum?
Maybe you're not sure which category you fall into (if you've already forgotten the original question, we're guessing your brain muscles have atrophied). Well, we're here to help you figure it out:
The overachiever spent the summer training for her first triathalon, 5 days a week, 6 am to 10 am, rain or shine.
The lazy bum spent the summer training for her first walk around the block. She made it to the end of the driveway, got bored and sweaty, and came back.
The overachiever made his way through the entire summer reading list and then created one of his own, which he's almost completed. When he's done with that, he plans to read all the back issues of National Geographic stashed in his parents' basement.
The lazy bum read the scrolling entries on the TV guide channel.
The overachiever spent the summer months perfecting her portraiture skills by painting the family pets in different mediums: watercolor, oil, and acrylic.
The lazy bum opted for the performance art route, lying on the floor for hours at a time while the family pet licks his face.
Health and wellness
The overachiever kept her nails manicured and freshly polished. Summer is no excuse to let yourself fall apart.
The lazy bum used her teeth to pull off hangnails when they start to get caught in the sofa upholstery. Summer means you don't have to care.
The overachiever used his free evenings to develop his culinary skills by assisting with dinner and table setting. He even polished the glasses to remove any lingering water stains that might compromise the overall gustatory effect.
The lazy bum perfected the heating process for Hot Pockets, determining that 2 minutes and 37 seconds on the defrost setting provides the optimal conditions for a hot-but-not-scorching interior and a dry and crispy exterior.
The overachiever took advantage of the stellar summer programing available on such serious networks as the History Channel, C-SPAN, and HBO.
The lazy bum ended up watching four hours of the Home Shopping Network after she misplaced the remote control. She did, however, get a great deal on the Concierge Collection Double Wrap Body Pillow, a set of Sorelle Fruit Trio Enamel Keepsake Boxes, and a Terry Lewis Chinchilla Faux Fur Coat with Beaded Trim (a versatile item that can be both "lady-like" or "ruggedly casual"!)
The overachiever catalogued his DVD collection by genre, year, title, and director.
The lazy bum couldn't find his copy of "Dumb and Dumber" in the pile of DVDs under the bed. Oh well, "Dumb and Dumberer" is almost as good.
The overachiever volunteered twice a week at the local retirement home because he likes to hear the residents' stories and learn from their wisdom.
The lazy bum forgot to call his grandma on her birthday.
The overachiever spent Saturday mornings mowing the neighbors' lawns for free, just to get out and enjoy the sun.
The lazy bum is unable to distinguish between the different days of the week and is not really sure what "morning" is.
The overachiever learned to play the violin and the harmonica . . . simultaneously.
The lazy bum discovered the joy of making noises with her fingers in her mouth.
So, Sparklers, what about it? Are you an overachiever or a lazy bum? And how do you know?