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!

Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer

Ha! Bet I got that song stuck in your head now!

Unless you live somewhere near the North Pole, I imagine you know that it has been crazy hot these last few days. 100-106 was the average temperature around here. And don’t forget to add 100% humidity on top of that, this being the South and all. Everywhere I turn all I hear is how hot it is. Every person who comes into the cafe says something about the heat. Every talkshow host, weather man, and DJ have been talking about it on the radio. Sure, it’s record-setting temperatures but people….it’s summer!

On Sunday, a large part of Mark’s family came over to the house for Sunday lunch and some combined birthday celebrating. We ate tons of food, sang happy birthday, gorged ourselves on cake and ice cream and spent the whole day lounging around the house (in the AC) together. I love being outside in the summer, but there’s something nice about being stuck inside when you’re stuck inside with some fun people. To me, it’s kind of like when you were a kid and a snowstorm would keep you housebound for a few days. After a two or three days it gets old hat and you’d give anything to get out of that house, but there was always something exciting and fun about that first day.

You all probably have no idea I’m talking about.

Anyway, that’s what Sunday felt like to me.

Do any of you guys prefer crazy hot summer weather to winter? I will take these 100 degree days over winter ANY day. Growing up in the South, you start to get used to the heat after awhile. AND we grew up in a house that had no AC until we were teenagers. (Shocked gasp!) So I like to think I’m a bit more familiar with summer in the South than the majority of people.

None of this is to say that you’ll never hear me complaining about the heat. Ha! You probably will. But, may I just say, that I am glad to be complaining about heat these days and not cold or snow.

I’m glad and thankful to live in the South where 95 degrees is a chilly day.

Photo from tumblr

Goodbye, June

This month FLEW by!

It always does though. I think June is the perfect month. School has been out for a month by the time it gets here, so you’re fully in summer mode. And there’s still July, acting like the buffer month on the other side of June, protecting you from the upcoming semester.

We had some really fun times, even if they did fly by too fast.

Until next year….

Athfest

Last Saturday, Mark and I both miraculously had a day off work. Coordinating our day’s off has been almost impossible lately. We drove to Athens to spend the day with my sister and a friend. It was HOT! As in hot HOT.  The heat has taken a little while to get here. June has been surprisingly mild. But it hit with full force on Saturday.

Despite the heat, we mosey’d around downtown Athens, checked out the vendors and Wuxtry and Helix too (of course). Listened to some music, ate some food, and drank lots of water. The day finished with a game of frisbee in the back yard. By that time, we were so used to the feeling of being hot, sticky, and sweaty that it was no big deal to run around in the grass for a few more hours.

It was a fun day. I always like visiting Athens. There’s something about it that reminds me  a little bit of home.