Summertime and the livin’s easy

I’ve been a little blue lately because my favorite season is already halfway over! It seems like I wait all year for nice weather, flowers, and sunshine then before I know it— it’s already August. Since Memorial Day I’ve been trying to get out as much as I can, especially getaway trips.

My friend Stephanie and I unofficially started our own Sunday Funday which involved exploring Boston or somewhere new then enjoying some cold beverage on a patio. The first weekend we went to the Boston University neighborhood, eager to take advantage of the cheap bars/restaurants without students! A few weekends ago we went to the SoWa Market in Boston’s trendy South End.  The market is pretty expansive with separate parking lots for foodie treats (gourmet jellies, smoked meats, artisan cheeses), food trucks, crafts/fine gifts, and a sprawling warehouse full of vintage finds. I stupidly forgot my camera and it was so hot that my brain didn’t even think about taking photos on my iPhone. But I’ll be back, and I’ll be sure to bring my camera.

Two weekends ago, Stephanie and I spontaneously decided to do our Sunday Funday in Portland, Maine. The little city is only about an hour and half from Boston so we shot up the highway and made it to the city just in time for an early lunch of fresh seafood (lobster roll for her and grilled shrimp skewers for me). We had a cool table in the shade at Portland Lobster Company. A duo was playing some tunes, the local craft beers were flowing and Stephanie and I were happy as clams as we noshed on our fresh seafood. We did some tipsy exploring around the city and then boarded a late afternoon ferry to see some of the Casco Bay islands. The trip turned into quite an adventure on the water as a rainstorm rolled in as the ferry was meandering its way back to Portland. After a sizzling hot day, the rain was a welcome refreshment. Next weekend Steph and I are taking our summer tradition to Ithaca, NY. We both went to college there and have a few friends that haven’t yet left. It should be another fun weekend—gorges, margaritas and hippieland.

Maine beer and a “Maine” lobster pager

Sometimes I like to take photos of my outfits. This is my “Daytripping to Maine” look.

Last update! Last week I went back to my hometown to celebrate the 4th with the family. It’s a super busy time of year for Cape May locals so I didn’t get to spend quite enough time with my friends and family there. Unfortunately, the best time of year in Cape May is when everyone is working nonstop! It was still a nice trip though. I got to watch the fireworks on the beach on a perfect warm evening, had a fun family BBQ, and did the laid-back things Cape May people do like—going to a beach bar for tropical drinks, ending up chatting it up with a couple who decided to bring their horses out with them and then driving around in a pickup truck listening to country music, salty air breezing in through the rolled down windows.  Oh and I was at the beach every second I could be.

Gorgeous sunset on the 4th in Cape May, and fireworks over the Atlantic Ocean.

Being silly and trying on my friend’s boyfriend’s firefighter helmet.

Only a month and a half until Labor Day—summer you go too quickly! At least in the fall I have visits from hometown friends (*wink*wink*) and family. As well as my birthday!

Scenes of summer

What is your favorite way to spend a summer day? I bet you can guess mine… a beach day.

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