I made a few stops into DC: eastern market, newseum, dinner with Katherine
Saw a movie with the family: One Day (oh how it made me ache for Europe)
Ate at some of my favorite restaurants: The Counter, Nandos and Rio Grande
Had a pleasant pool day
Experienced an earthquake
Hugged friends goodbye
Packed up cars
Packed up my life
Made a final Cafe Rio stop in Maryland and flew to Utah.
As I was sitting on the plane, I was thinking about this year so far.
It started with a BANG in Europe and then I was in Virginia.
Honestly, I was feeling really conflicted about being home for the summer. I had friends in Provo and home is just never quite the same as all my college co-eds can attest but, I'm oh so glad I did.
It was nice to spend some quality time with my parents and I think I helped ease them into their current state as empty nesters. It was so homey to have an established routine with my dog. When I went to bed every night I would leave my door open a crack so that Nikki could come wandering in the next morning to cuddle with me. I loved getting to spend some time doing things with people that I rarely see and even with people I see all the time. And I really love my trips downtown.
So as I mourn the loss of summer and the warmth, at least I can feel good about how I spent those hot summer days.
so long sweet summer, I stumbled upon you and gratefully basked in your rays