Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Summer into Fall

As I sit here in the passenger seat of Sal's car headed to a pumpkin patch, I'm reflecting on my first summer as an adult with a full time job. I honestly thought I wouldn't have been able to do half of the things I did, because of time constraints and working 40 hours a week with a 10 hour commute a week, but thankfully I did, plus I had the money to do it!

I was able to complete three 5ks (June, July, and August), running more than I ever have, and also working out quite a bit even without a gym membership. 

I spent days down the shore with my friend, although no matter how many days spent on the beach, it's never enough! We packed our bags full of towels, books, and sunscreen & had a cooler full of cold drinks and fresh fruit. The sand was hotter than I've ever felt before, so we actually went into the ocean multiple times, and anyone who actually saw us must've thought we were hysterical trying to inch our way in, because no matter how hot it is outside, the ocean is always way too cold to go into right away. We also saw someone get arrested, which is always a sight to see. We called it! 

During another beach trip, another friend joined Amanda & I, and it was too funny. All I can say is, the lifeguards know things they shouldn't and I will never go to a Dairy Queen ever again. 

Fireworks and nights out by the bonfire with smores were among my favorite summer nights. 

My brother turned 21, an age that you never think your baby brother will turn! He was extremely stressed out all month leading up to his birthday due to the MCAT test that he had to take, but we ended up going out the weekend of his 21st with friends and family to celebrate. We raised our glasses to him and I couldn't believe that he was actually able to drink legally. Even though I had work the next day, that didn't stop me from celebrating. I remember the days when we were younger and we'd always try and stay up late even after we were sent to bed. We knew we weren't allowed to leave our rooms, but we'd still sneak out and cross the hall to slip notes underneath each others doors. Yes, this was before cell phones. He's my best friend, and I don't know what I'd do without him as my brother. 

Dinners with friends, a country concert, trips for ice cream late at night, and traveling near and far - these are the days I will remember; these are the days that will make me wish it's summer, but I'm excited for pumpkin picking, the leaves changing colors, and the brisk air of fall. 

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