Weekends like this past one are the reason we moved to San Francisco – everything was perfectly sunny and sparkling all weekend long, and you can’t ask for much more than that come mid-January. A swell coming in across the Pacific drew my dude to the ocean, and Milo and I (with my visiting cousin – this city has proven excellent for bringing us visitors thus far) put in some time strolling along Ocean Beach. Everyone says the beach here is perpetually cloaked in fog, but there was certainly no sign of that this weekend – remind me of that when I’m whining about the lack of sun come June.
Happy Friday lovelies! I’m not heading to the coast this weekend, but given that temperatures are projected to reach 106 around here in the next couple of days, I probably should be. Instead I’ll likely be spending lots of time indoors, working on my summer to-do list items of homemade ice cream and weekly sangria. And listening to this jam on repeat (Thanks Caitlin!):
I’ve been inspired by all the summer to-do lists I’ve been reading on various blogs, and decided to put one of my own together. This most glorious of seasons always seems to fly by a bit too quickly, so it makes sense to apply my list-making tendencies to summer enjoyment, and with Midsummer coming up, there’s not a moment to spare.
Try to become a better surfer – As comfortable as I am in the ocean, I’m not nearly as comfortable as I’d like to be on a surfboard and end up eating a fair amount of sand and seawater on a regular basis. Plus, my husband’s one of those people that’s annoyingly good at things like that, and I’d really like to be able to at least give the appearance of being able to keep up with him.
Visit a beach I’ve never been to – As someone who loves the beach as much as I do, I sure don’t venture much outside of my regular coastal haunts very often. North Carolina has some pretty sweet coastline, and I’d like to explore more of it.
Make a different type of sangria weekly – Self-explanatory
Experiment with homemade ice cream – Again, self-explanatory
Cook an entire meal made solely of items from our garden – We’ve got a pretty sweet garden growing in our backyard and it’s pretty satisfying to supplement our meals with stuff we’ve grown ourselves. A full dinner from our yard would be that much more satisfying.
Host an outdoor party – I love entertaining, and I love dining outside, so this one’s a no-brainer. Weekends tend to get especially busy in the summertime, so it’s important to make a point to get simple time with friends scheduled somewhere in the crowded calendar.
Go on a camping trip – My parents used to drag me on camping trips when I was little, and I pretty much hated it. Fast-forward to my early twenties when I headed off on a month-long NOLS trip to Baja California, and I fell in love with the wilderness and the awesome feeling that comes with being a place where there’s not a soul in sight. I haven’t slept outdoors in far too long, and I’m happy to say that I’ll be checking this one off the list this weekend with a little trip to the Carolina mountains.
Headed down to Bald Head Island (at North Carolina’s Cape Fear) for another lovely (long) weekend on the coast. My work schedule doesn’t allow for me to take Monday holidays off (yes, lame), so I took Friday off instead so I could still enjoy a three-day weekend, and I definitely did lots of enjoying. The water’s really starting to warm up here so I spent a ton of time in the ocean and am pretty sure I still haven’t rinsed off all the salt yet.
How was your weekend? I’m guessing the weekend still hasn’t ended for most of y’all, so I hope you’re soaking up some serious summer right about now.