Reflections on Summer

The weather has a feeling of fall to it. The nights and mornings are cool, and it’s dark by 8pm. Traffic is back with a vengeance. As we transition into fall it’s hard not to reflect on the summer.

This summer felt long, much longer than previous summers. Maybe because we weren’t planning our wedding? This summer was packed with fun, and plenty of time with good friends. The summer was relaxing. The summer made my heart full.

Reflections on Summer

Memorial Day weekend really set the tone for the summer. Then there was the fun day discovering bonsai trees and botanical gardens with my parents, a needed girl’s weekend with one my best friends, a day trip to Maine to spend a beach day with friends. We spent 4th of July at a summer BBQ and saw the Boston fireworks. We had an awesome weekend at my family’s summer camp with my parents, brother and his girlfriend. It was hot, sunny and so fun to float in tubes on the river, eat dinner at the picnic table, and devour strawberry rhubarb pie by the fire. There was golfing, and mountain biking, and a trip to Halibut Point State Park with Michael. A fun overnight at the Casino gave us a chance to just get away together. There was trips to Saratoga to see the horses race. Stand Up Paddling Board, snacks on the beach, and a fun dinner with friends. There was a few cloudy weekends at home to accomplish projects. We went to a good old-fashioned pool party. And spent more days than we can count at our favorite beach. We grilled almost every dinner and went for ice cream almost every week. We even went to Richardson’s more than once. There was weeks of vacation time, plenty of afternoon naps on hot summer days, and I read more books this summer than I could have hoped. This summer was awesome, and better than I could have hoped.

As I think back on summer, I think about how many memories I have. My mind is filled with beautiful snippets of summer days, and fun with friends. Each and every memory is like a beautiful photograph. My iPhone is not filled with photos documenting every moment. In fact,  my phone spent more time in my bag, or in the glove box of the car as we headed out on an adventure. I don’t even mind one bit that my summer lacks photos, and good social media posts. To me, it was a summer of being present and enjoying the ones I love.

As we head into fall I feel refreshed and ready. I’m looking forward to all things apple and pumpkin. I’m dying to head to Wilson Farms, to go apple picking, to enjoy an apple cider donut, and soak in the cool days. I’m excited for a trip to see friends, time with family, and all that this fall will bring us. I think it’s a sign of a good summer when you’re okay it’s over.

How was your summer?

Summer Book List

As a kid I loved to read. My mom says she could put me in my crib with a stack of books and I’d entertain myself for hours. I have fond memories of spending entire days laying in the screen porch of our summer house devouring books as a young adult. Sharon Creech (Walk Two Moons anyone?)was my favorite author. I’d read her books in one sitting and beg my mom to take me to the local bookstore to get the newest release.  As I got older I read less and less. I was distracted by AIM, the internet, and eventually blogs. About a year ago I made an effort to re-kindle my romance with reading and we have been hot and heavy since then.

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This summer my book list is full and will likely take me through the fall. It seems like there are so many good reads to get my hands on.  Here’s a look at what I’ve read, what I’m reading, and what’s on my list.


Six Weeks in Saratoga: How Three-Year-Old Filly Rachel Alexandra Beat the Boys and Became Horse of the Year

I read this one mostly so I can relate to my husband and have conversations about one of his favorite horses, Rachel Alexandra. It’s also been on our bookshelf for a few years and always makes me wonder. We head to Saratoga every summer with his family. We spend our mornings watching the horses train, and we spend our days watching them race. It was neat to read this and get a look behind the scenes. If horse racing isn’t your thing, this probably isn’t for you.

The Husband’s Secret

I could.not.put.this.down. I literally read the whole thing start to finish in just a few days and most of it in one beach day. I love how Lianne Moriarity developed the characters and their inner dialogue. I felt like I knew each one of them intimately. It wasn’t predictable and the twists and turns kept my attention. She wraps it up nicely and makes you think a little bit about life in the epilogue. I highly recommend it.


The Girl on the train

I’m literally one chapter into this book and hooked. My mom recommended it. She says it’s a little different than my normal reads but I’d enjoy it. Anyone finish this?

To Read

Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith

Michael went to a talk and book signing for this and got to meet Joe Perry. He then proceeded to read the book in about 2 days on our honeymoon. Michael’s not a big reader, I can’t tell you how many books he starts and leaves sitting on the nightstand for months. The fact that he finished this and was hooked makes me want to read it. And based on what he’s told me, it will be a good read.

Big Little Lies

This is by Lianne Moriarity who wrote The Husband’s Secret. I may have to read this next because I’m so excited about it. Actually I’ll probably read all her books, it’s just how I do.

Go Set a Watchman

To Kill a Mockingbird was one of my favorite books in high school. We didn’t have to read the whole thing but I did. I’m curious to see how this one is, especially given the controversy.

Royal Wedding

Meg Cabot’s first installment in the adult series of Princess Mia is a must read. My inner teenager is dying to know what happened. This will be a good guilty pleasure read.


Haven’t picked up a book in awhile? These were some of my favorites from the last 6 months or so:

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

I loved Eat, Pray, Love. I think I read it at least 5 times. It spoke to me and a tough time in life. I feel like this is very similar. Her loss is heartbreaking but her journey and self-reflection are incredible. I read this in a couple days and loved it.

Yes Please

Amy Poehler is awesome. I really appreciate some of her thoughts she put into this book. They are empowering, and every woman should read them. She’s also hysterical. I read this one in days. I loved it. I also read Bossypants by Tina Fey but liked Amy’s book so much more.

Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson told a good story. I was fascinated by the life of Steve Jobs, and more so his vision for technology and business. I learned a lot and it definitely made me consider a few things in my own professional role. I don’t think you need to be a fan of Apple to find the value in this book.

What is on your summer book list?

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