Only a few more days until summer officially ends and fall begins. This summer seemed so long yet short at the same time. I’m realizing that’s probably because so! Much! Happened! Here are some of my summer highlights:
I signed up to run my first half marathon and started training for it. I signed up with Team In Training, so not only am I training to run a half marathon, I’m fundraising for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to raise money for blood cancer research and patient services. This program has been a lot of work, but it’s also been very rewarding: I’m seeing myself improve more and more during my runs, and I’m also raising money for a good cause that means a lot to me.
This was also the month I accomplished something I had been putting off for years: getting my wisdom teeth pulled. It sucked paying $350 to be in pain for a few days, but it turned out to not be as bad as I thought it would be. I was also very happy to finally get it all over with.
Chris and I had been participating in a 12-week season of trivia at a local sushi restaurant with some of our other married friends, and we won! We already loved going to trivia night because it was a fun social gathering to look forward to every week, so to win the whole season was an added bonus. Our prize? A bottle of sake and a $100 gift card to the restaurant!
Fourth of July was super fun. We ate, we drank, and we looked pretty cute in our patriotic outfits if you ask me.
We carried on a family summer tradition by attending the California State Fair with my dad and siblings. I’ve been to the CA State Fair every year since I was born (except the summer I lived in South Korea), and it never gets old. OK, maybe it gets a little old because of the crowds, the heat, and the expense of it all, but I still think it’s a good summer-in-Sacramento activity and I look forward to it every year.
Chris and I started an 8-week season of kickball. Playing on a co-ed sports team this summer was on my summer to-do list, so I’m glad we made it happen. Not to mention it was another fun social outing to look forward to every week. I can’t wait to play again next summer.
My baby sister turned 21! My family and I had a fun time taking her out and getting her inebriated. Also, can I just say how old I feel now that my baby sister is all grown up?
I planned a 65th birthday celebration for my old man. It can be stressful and expensive planning a celebration for someone else, but judging from the look on my dad’s face in this picture, it was worth it.
I crossed something off my Life List: go camping in Yosemite! Yosemite is absolutely stunning and I can’t believe it took me 29 years to see it. It makes me sad to hear there are still fires going on there.
I held a weekend-long, garage sale fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help me with my fundraising for Team In Training, and I ended up raising over $400! Garage sales are a lot of work, but they make good fundraisers.
I have to say, this summer was a blast, way better than the last two summers I’ve had. For one, I feel like I could somewhat afford to do more than I could the last two years. Last year I was working a job that paid very little and the summer before that, Chris was unemployed, so I was supporting both of us. Second, I felt really busy and like I constantly had something going on, which is probably why it passed by so fast. Overall, this summer was rad and I’m sad to see it go, but at least I have some fun events to look forward to in the fall, like going to New York, completing my half marathon, and possibly moving into a new house. Bring it, Autumn!
How was your summer? What were some of the highlights?