For most of my life as a Chicagoan, July usually marked the end of summer. It was a time when the warm summer breezes transformed into cool, crisp winds. It was time to start breaking out your light jacket for the early morning hours and your cute hoodie once the sun set.Even though I now live in North Texas, almost a thousand miles away from my hometown , I still feel like July’s summer turns into August’s fall, despite the triple digit temps. And as I look back over the activities of summer 2012, I have done and seen quite a lot.
While attending a journalism conference, I was asked to speak on a panel about the digital public relations tools needed to succeed in the industry today. If you know me, you know that public speaking is not my thing. As a matter of fact, speaking in public period is something I have never really been comfortable with. But I did it!
I started on a fitness journey that has helped me to become more physically fit and healthy. I hope to be competing in a fitness competition by the end of fall. Eating all of this fish, spinach, green beans, eggs, berries and protein shakes will hopefull pay off!
I ran my first marathon in New Orleans! It may have only been a 5K, but that does not make the accomplishment any less exciting. I MIGHT just do it again…MIGHT! Next time I’ll remember to wear my headphones.
My youngest son graduated from Pre-K and will be soon attending kindergarten at an International Baccalaureate charter school. He is so excited that he will get to wear his “work clothes” (uniform) everyday!
My oldest son auditioned and made it into our county’s youth orchestra playing the violin. The family attended his first concert over the weekend. Such a proud mommy moment! (He didn’t want to take a photo)
The family and I took a road trip (twice) to Chicago. During our visit, I rediscovered my hometown as if I were a tourist, complete with a tour of the top of Willis Tower (previously known as the Sears Tower). Although we waited in line for two hours, it was great to be able to view my city from atop the tallest building in North America.
The hubs and I celebrated thirteen years of marriage AND we celebrated in St. Louis where we visited the famous restaurant, Sweetie Pie’s. Although the food did not live up to the hype, we still had a great time!
While in St. Louis we visited the famous Arch. We even went all the way to the top!
The hubs and I experienced, for the first time, a Korean bath and sauna spa. It may sound weird, but it was the most relaxed I had been in a long time. It is a place meant for you to spend all or most of your day. The calming and rejuvenating effects of the saunas, the heat of the baths, the calm of the whole atmosphere makes me want to go back right now!
And to top off my summer, I enrolled in summer school to continue my course through my Master’s degree program. Once class concludes this Thursday, I will be halfway there! I’m still holding on to my A average—4.0!
Whew! That was a lot to cram into two months!
What are some highlights of your summer?