FRIENDS! Time for another recap post! I’m just rounding up photos from my phone to share fun summer festivities from the last couple weeks…
But MAN the heat is starting to get to me. It’s that time of year when my fall daydreams start 🙂
Do you start wishing for fall super early? I start loosely plotting blog posts for the following month – at least recipes – so I’m already debating what pumpkin recipes I might make… So I’m not sure if my early fall wishes are because blogging makes me plan so far ahead of time, because it’s my FAVORITE season, or because I’m just crazy. Combo? Yeah, probably a combo.
ANYHOW. Summer has still been super fun.
I love living so close to the river (just a few minutes’ walk.) Friday evening drinks on the river = favorite way to welcome the weekend.
I know I already mentioned a couple times that I used a free week-long trial of the updated BBG app. But I loved it too much to let it go, so I paid for another month. It was so unplanned I honestly worried it would be a waste of money because I haven’t been doing BBG workouts except every now and then. But I’ve been loving it and sticking with it a LOT except when testing some workouts to share here and on YouTube soon. I think quick workouts and power walks are perfect for the hottest part of summer. I’ve been snapping loads of pictures on my walks lately.
I’ve also been walking extra lately because Ned needs some extra love and attention. We had a friend’s sister taking him to the dog park a couple times a week for most of the summer, and now that that’s stopped his energy level is noticeably
The weekend before last, Preston and his parents and I took a tour of Old Sacramento. I’ve kind of always wanted to do it, but when I’m thinking of things to do it never occurs to me to pay take a tour in my hometown.
But this was pretty impressive. Old Sacramento has a really interesting gold rush history. And I knew some of the city’s less-than-stellar history (it was built directly next to the river in a floodplain and flooded a LOT. I also had vague memory of a bad fire sweeping through Sac in its early days but did not remember there were a couple fires because the whole town was built of wood and it took a long time for people to get it straight.)
Eventually the whole city was raised up to prevent future flooding. Yes, whole buildings were hoisted up. And THAT was really interesting to learn more about. But the coolest part is that there are still a few places you can go underground and see where the city used to be. So that was pretty fun.
I had super low expectations and was blown away. Preston had much higher expectations and was disappointed.
I went STRAIGHT from Old Sac to meet up with my sister and her bestie to spend the evening at the zoo. For adults-only game night called Wild Games. It was SO much fun. There were several beer and wine stations, the ICEE counter with pick-your-favorite-booze options to add to your ICEE, and LOADS of games. Giant jenga, giant beer pong, bounce houses, lawn twister. Some of the animals were out and about. Facepainting. Free rides on the carousel and the tiny train that goes around the zoo. Loved it. They better do it again next year. I am so there.
Last Sunday was my dad and his twin’s sixtieth birthday. Preston and I scrambled to do some chores and errands and a last-minute addition to my dad’s birthday present. And then we went to celebrate with the fam.
The only excitement during the workweek is that my mom, sister, and I went to a paint night! It was super fun. It was at a restaurant in Old Sac (spending lots of time there the last couple weeks!) which is just gorgeous and really fun. I had the BEST drink that I already put on my “must replicate” list. Though getting food while painting proved impossible and I wound up never getting anything 🙁 Lamesauce. But I was surprised at how easy they made the directions and how well everyone did. This was our present to our mom for mother’s day (yep, took awhile to actually pick a day and make it happen) so it was a nice way to spend time just the three of us which we almost never do.
This past weekend was a fantastic relaxing one for the books. I need time alone for REAL and don’t get it very often anymore. So I wasn’t that disappointed when Preston decided to go
pretend he knows how to mountain bike up near Tahoe this weekend.
I had big plans: cook. blog. scrapbook. leave the house as little as possible.
It went super well 😉 I actually cooked and photographed the next FOUR recipes for the bloggy. And already remade that yummy cocktail I had at paintnite, though I need another trial before it’s post-ready. Somehow I think I’ll manage 😉
I also spent HOURS on my scrapbook. I’m pretty damn far behind, so it was necessary. And I even organized my monstrous disaster of an office closet, so that felt like a huge triumph.
Lately I’ve felt a little too addicted to TV, so I decided to limit my TV for the month of August. I totally planned that days spent cooking, crafting, and organizing don’t count because that’s when mindlessly streaming TV is perfect. But I wasn’t ready to binge away over the weekend, so I tested out a few podcasts! I listened to all of S-Town which I’ve been meaning to do anyway. I gave My Favorite Murder a few episodes, but I’m not loving it. (And it inspired me to re-watch Making a Murderer so I did give in and watched a few episodes.) Anybody got good podcast recommendations??
Saturday night, Preston and I started watching West World. I know, I know. We’re late to the party. We’ve watched the first three episodes now, and I still don’t feel like I actually like the show, yet I absolutely MUST know what happens next. Every five minutes, I find myself saying either “CREEPY” or “Interesting!”