If you know anything about my dear friend Valerie it is that she loves summer. Like, love-loves it. When you read her blog (and you should) you will find yourself saying, "You know, summer isn't really the sweat inducing season of Satan's Fiery Breath that I've always thought it was. It's quite nice. Let's go have a popsicle." She wrote an ode to summer recently that made me nostalgic for it - even though it was 95 degrees today, and we still have a good two months worth of warm weather ahead of us round these parts.
This summer has been lovely. Despite some rather annoying business (which I didn't write about because, well, I just didn't. I was busy eating Otter Pops.) It has been filled with adventure and shaved ice. A lot of shaved ice. Just tonight I went in and got a free shaved ice because I filled up a punch card. Not my first punch card. Probably my 4th. I'm not ashamed of my love for shaved ice, people.
In my nostalgia I have compiled a list of Glorious Summertime Moments in no particular order because they were all supreme:
1.) Filling my first punch card at the shaved ice place (OKAY! So I'm addicted. If you come and visit me I'll take you there and then you can stop being so judgy.)
2.) Walking through Union Station with my luggage about to board a train.
3.) That first night of beach camping, after our tents were set up and we strolled down to the beach. Suddenly it was like every summer of my youth.
4.) Getting on the jumbo-tron for the second time that night at the Dodger game.
5.) The point during my birthday party when I looked around and said, "I have really lovely friends," and several people said, "I know."
6.) The architecture river cruise where it was 10 degrees cooler than the rest of Chicago (Fact: It was named the Windy City because in the summer it actually is Satan's Fiery Breath blowing down on you.)
7.) Watching my nephews eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at the beach
8.) Les Miserables with my sisters, all dolled up and sitting in the box seats (as the Queen does), eating contraband peanut M&Ms.
9.) My cactus blooming not once but three times.
10.) West Side Story under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl
11.) The dance party at girls camp
12.) Singing "Living on a Prayer" at the Music Center sing-along
Oh, it's been good.
What was your favorite part of the summer?