I will join pretty much everyone in saying, where did this summer go? It hasn’t been the warmest in Chicago, but it’s the end of August, and our window of nice weather is coming to an end. Here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to this summer.
Brunch (and coffee): Keith said last weekend that this is the summer of brunch, and I have to agree with him. Most weekends we’ll head out in the morning and not come back to our condo until late afternoon. We have discovered some great brunch places, and Beatrix is our current favorite. I also just started drinking coffee this year, and with the cooler temps, we often start our weekend mornings at a coffee shop.
Reading: My book club gets together once a month on Sunday evenings, and while it’s fun to read the books, it’s mostly nice to have a standing date with my girlfriends. I really ramped up my reading three years ago, and last year I read over 30 books! Some of my favorites this year have been The Goldfinch, American Icon, and The Son.
Farmer’s market: I know I’ve written enough about this, but it really is one of my favorite summer activities. We are getting great use out of our vitamix blender!
Beach time: Granted, we got a lot of beach time during our trip to Cape Cod, but we have also spent a few days at the beach in Chicago. We rented chairs one day with our friends, and went out early one morning to go paddle boarding. I have never lived so far from the lake (we’re about a mile west right now), and I keep telling Keith I would love for our next place to be closer.
Availability: Keith and I had been in school for the last three summers. This is our first summer of freedom! It has been so nice to have more time and to just be available. Last minute invitation to grab dinner with friends? Sure, why not? Friends in from out of town? We would love to hang out! I am very much a planner, but I have enjoyed being more spontaneous and not feeling overscheduled.
We’ve had a great summer, but there are still a few things I’d like to do before the cold weather sets in. I want to go to Big Star again. We would go almost every weekend last summer, and we’ve only been a handful of times this year. That place is so much better on the patio. I’d also like to spend a day on the pool deck at our gym. It’s such a nice, large space and we rarely utilize it.
How has your summer been?