show: happening. me: hurting. feeling old. bad. so that's that.
work: back to it. tired. almost, but not quite ready for the school year to start for real.
crafting: hit a major goal, but nothing's finished. i have literally no finished products to share.
this sounds like life sucks, but this summer has been wonderful. the perfect blend of mini vacations and alone time and reading and work (yes, even work was welcome) and time with j and the bear... i don't want it to end. but life does go on and the next adventure starts soon.
i do have some small victories to share though!
one: i grew something! and it didn't die! and i may actually be able to eat it! behold - my very first peppers:
two: i bought a lawn mower! i was so terrified of the big yellow monster (no offense roni!) that i wouldn't get on it. so... i bought myself a lovely little push mower, and have taken quite a fancy to it.
three: reading so very many books this summer! because life is too short not to read as many books as possible. here's a little sampler of some of the books i've read since school let out in april:
four: crafting. i know i said i didn't have any finished projects to share, but i did hit a major milestone with that giant cross stitch project i've been working on (spoiler alert - i am about to include a photo of a gift - sister, sister in law, if you don't want to see, avert your eyes!) i got to the end of the bottom row of pages! so now i just have the three pages of the top row to do and i'll be done. well... that's a slight lie. there is a tiny little strip of cobblestones left to do (4 stitches deep across the width of the bottom) but it won't take long at all... and the top has no cobblestones, so hopefully they'll go faster - blocks of color are much easier to stitch!
and finally: vacations! i went loads of places this summer! i already told you about our family trip to the gorge... and after that, my bff and i went to hocking hills:
we rented a charming little cottage and basically just disconnected from the world for a few days. we sat and read on our back deck...
and grilled and ate delicious food...
and spent a lot of time in craft central, working on projects, and watching ALL the harry potter movies!
leaving this place was very sad.
but i had to come back to the real world... but only long enough to get ready for my next adventure: boston!
my friends moved there about six months ago, so i took advantage of the time off to go visit them :)
and then we acted all touristy and took one of those trolley tours, seeing, among other things:
a bridge that was yarn bombed, the old firehouse, fenway park, a pretty church, the boston tea party museum, MIT, the frog pond in boston common, and the boston public library!!!
these danes are two of my favorite dogs in the world, and i was so happy to just snuggle with them for a minute!
then i came home, and before i knew it i was on my way to cedar point for the annual girls' day out riding roller coasters. it is one of my favorite days every summer, and this year was no exception. the weather held out for us until the very end, we got to ride almost everything we wanted to, and most of the lines were manageable. the best part happened about midway through the day. the gemini had been closed, which made us very sad.
overall i guess the summer was pretty awesome, and life is really good, and the new school year starts a week from monday, and i feel like i may actually be ready for it. maybe. i wouldn't mind another week or two of course...
happy friday everyone!