Happy Friday!

{Happy Friday: a few things I’ve enjoyed this week}

– I joined Elizabeth’s pen pal project and am excitedly waiting for my first letter. I haven’t hand-written a letter in years! When I was a kid (back before I had any inkling of what the Internet was) my sisters and I would write letters to our friends in other states all the time. We were serious letter writers. We each had our own American Girl stationary sets. (Remember those?) I’m also excited about actually getting to hand-write something. I’m always typing these days and I miss writing by hand.

By the way, did you know it costs $9 for a tiny book of stamps?! I bought some the other day and felt like a true grown-up. It’s the small things, you know…like getting a library card, buying stamps, registering to vote….

– Speaking of handwriting things, this orange bag would make a perfect pen case. I’ve also fallen in love with this Garrison Bag from the same shop.

– A tube wringer: kinda weird, but kinda helpful.

Polaroid frames

– And since I’ve been reading everything there is about blogging lately, here’s a pretty helpful post from Social TriggersHow to Write the Perfect Blog Post

I will be in Florida with the boyfriend and family this weekend. I am looking forward to laying on the beach all day and not doing anything! Except eat a lot of Cuban food, of course. This will be the second beach trip for me this summer and, most likely, the last. Summer weekends fill up so fast!

Happy Fourth of July

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Life has been a blur lately. I have been working more hours at the cafe and the days seem to run together.  I will be working the morning of the Fourth, but I plan on making up for it by getting as much pool time as possible in the afternoon. My sister and some friends will be meeting Mark and I tonight for some fireworks and Fourth of July celebrating! I always judge how good the fireworks are by how much the ground vibrates beneath me. I love laying on a blanket outside, watching fireworks explode above me and feeling the earth shake beneath. Hopefully, they won’t disappoint this year.

This weekend will be more Fourth of July celebrating and relaxing. (I actually have a weekend off!) Mark and I will be visiting his Florida family, which means lots and lots of beach time. It also means a whole lot of yummy Cuban food! I’m not sure which of these I’m more excited for.

I’m still getting used to this whole working during the summer thing. I miss all my free time, but I’m learning to really enjoy the days I do have off and to make the most of them.

I hope you all have a fantastic Fourth with lots of good food, lots of relaxation, and some ground-shaking fireworks!