Thursday, August 21, 2014

August Ramblings

    As this summer comes to an end, there are a lot of things on my summer wishlist that have yet to be done. And I complain about that. About the lack of personal time and the running from one thing to the next. That's how every summer has ever been and how every summer will be. I remind myself that there have been some really wonderful and beautiful moments in these last few months that I cannot take for granted. I also remind myself that summer isn't over and even when it is, autumn will be there to welcome us with open and cozy arms.

Things left undone on my list:
  • Camping trip with Tanner
  • A day at Lake Calhoun
  • Ride my bike (thanks to my husband for breaking my bike this spring..)

There are indeed other things that I had wanted to do, but typing out my undone list makes me realize that I actually have done quite a bit of good things as well. It's funny how easy it is to complain that we want more. More time. More things. More memories. In reality I have it pretty good. Life is a balancing act and I feel that I'm finally gaining that balance as this season comes to an end. Beginning next week my balance will be off yet again as school will be thrown into the game. I'll be working on my Bachelor's of Nursing through a part-time online program. I didn't necessarily want to go back to school but due to societal pressure and the hopes of new opportunities I am continuing my education. Secretly, a little part of me is excited for school. A large part of me is not looking forward to papers and projects and the like, but I really love learning. 

Things done this summer:
  • Celebrated my Great-Grandmother's 99th birthday
  • Was a part of one of my best friend's proposal/engagement
  • Planted a garden
  • Harvested scarce but alive produce from said garden
  • Solitary walks around the St. Paul U of M campus gardens
  • Non-solitary walks around the St. Paul U of M campus gardens
  • Cabin day with our bests
  • Como zoo with my mom and sisters and niece
  • Painted our bedroom
  • Celebrated my niece's first birthday
  • Celebrated our two year wedding anniversary
  • Grilled with my parents and grandparents
  • Sat on many a porch with delicious food/drink 
  • Settler's (of Catan) nights on our own porch
  • Breakfast and lazy mornings with Tanner 
  • Got a new cat, Eli
  • Played foot golf (The game of golf but with a soccer ball)
  • Attended many family dinners and get-togethers between our families
  • Lunch date down-town Minneapolis with my mother in law
  • Went on our annual cousin camping trip
  • Started a new job on a cardiovascular floor at a hospital
  • Attended a bachelorette party at a cabin
  • Loudly sang along to the Beach Boys, Lana Del Rey and First Aid Kit with my husband
  • Shopped a few farmer's markets
  • Laid in the grass with sun on my face
  • Swayed in a hammock on my sister's farm
  • Swam in a few lakes
  • Shot photos in a field of flowers at sunset
  • Ran through warm summer rain

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