Well it looks like I have jinxed myself believing that we could get through a summer without humidity. Mother Nature is probably laughing and thinking “as if”. I’m talking it is SO HUMID. I have beads of sweat dripping down my forehead the minute I walk outside and those spur of the moment thunderstorms make for a lovely walk home. Nothing like an east coast summer, right?
My plans of late have been organized anywhere from 2 to 24 hours before hand, which is quite different than growing up where we had everything planned out to the hour. Each method has its positives and negatives but I’ve had to rely on more “fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants” schedules here in the city. I figure there are so many people coming and going, so many people asking each other plans so they can figure out what best suits their interests and schedules, and hey, if no one else wants to go somewhere I can do it on my own. #independence.
^^ Hometown BBQ with some friends. We arrived to the Brooklyn joint around 4pm, which was perfect since I needed all those hours following the meal to digest. Surprisingly there were quite a few parties already eating so they must have had the three day weekend BBQ plan in mind as well. Looking back, I definitely give the cornbread, brisket, and potato salad two thumbs up. The mac and cheese was solid but nothing seems to beat the Whole Foods spread.
^^ Fast forward to Saturday morning after consuming a whole lot of water and TUMS, I met up with some November Project friends to go hiking. I plan on doing a photo dump later this week since it was a neat experience. But the soup to nuts version is that we took a train up to Tuxedo, finagled our way to a lake somehow, logged over 8 miles, and were back in the city by 5:30. To think that I usually sit at my desk for that long…
^^ Another foodie adventure to Lil Frankies where an empty stomach and wallet of cash is necessary. It’s actually not too pricey but it is cash only. You MUST get the burrata and lemon pasta.
When I’m home in a few weeks, I am thinking that some ice cream will be in order (when is it not?) I would love to check off one or two of the top places to get ice cream in Los Angeles and having already been to Milk, it’s looking like Salt & Straw or Paradis in Montrose. I’m 99% sure this location is actually related to the Paradis in Copenhagen!
November Project ~ “You’re more than what you do, you’re how you treat people” >> Another transition in leadership in the SF tribe with a so-long post, definitely worth shedding tears over. To those thinking that they need to find some meaning in their job, their day to day, or whatever it may be – read this. It’s just yet another reminder that we are multi-faceted human beings and are defined by so much more than our jobs.
Great Big Story ~ How cool would it be to work for something that produces this content? Anyways, there was a short about Bodie, “The Ghost Town that Time Forgot“. My parents took us on a short visit one time because it’s located right near our favorite mountain spot – Mammoth Mountain, snug in the Sierra Nevadas. It also happens to be the namesake of our dog Bodie! Take a look – the clip is less than 2 minutes long.
Currently Watching >> Whatever I can find on television that catches my attention. Once I worked my way through ‘Grace and Frankie‘, it was onto ‘Orange is the New Black‘ (OMG…this season), and then … crickets. Similarly to reading, it takes me awhile to find a show or novel that catches hold. Once I do find something that I love, I’m hooked and terribly disappointed when it is over. Other shows and documentaries include:
- ‘Fed Up’
- ‘Forks over Knives’
- CNN’s ‘The Sixties’
- ‘Uncle Buck’
I’ve tried to get into older series like ‘The Twilight Zone’, the original ‘Star Trek’, Hulu’s 11.22.63, and even ‘Scandal’ but those are still sitting in my queue.
^^ Last Sunday’s bRUNch! After five or so miles in the heat, I was ready for some ice cream or rather three full lemonades and then ice cream.
On the actual fourth of July, I took a slow jog over the Brooklyn Bridge to meet my friend Jackie for a strength class of epic proportion. It kicked our a$$ that’s for sure.
After a brunch at Le Pain, I made my way to the west side to hang out with friends, play the game Codenames, and earn a nice little sports bra tan-line. That will be oh so attractive in my bridesmaid dress later this summer. Although who knows how bad it’ll be by the end of the summer, so I’ll probably have to find some good spray tanner.
^^ That evening I got together with a couple of different friends and we had a summer salad soiree. Between Annelise’s adult fruit salad, Melissa’s divine deviled eggs and my Greek salad, we were set! Of course there were a few other items to make for quite a potluck spread for the three of us. Our thought was to snack until the fireworks went off around 9:30 but of course we had consumed everything by 7:45 and the rain started to pour down around 8:45.
^^ This is the FDR, which is NEVER this clear. Not even at 11pm when I’m in an uber back from the airport. Nope.
^^ Despite the semi-surprise rain shower (it was supposed to rain at 11pm, not 9pm), we hopped back into Annelise’s apartment and then back out in time to see the Macy’s spectacular. Successful check off the bucket list!