So, I decided to mark September 1st with a little review of the summer -- from DIY to life more generally. It's been a busy one!
On the DIY front, I had 19 posts between June 1 and September 1. That's the same exact number as last summer when I was totally unemployed (this summer I had a full-time job), so not too shabby! In terms of projects, I took on the following things:
Homemade bath crystals, lip shine, and lotion Painted the mantle and the trim in the living room and study Jazzed up the bathroom medicine cabinet
Painted the bathroom Robin's Egg Blue DIY art for the bathroom Magnets featuring art by my brother-in-law
I also shot some before-and-afters of a few of the rooms in the apartment.
On the personal front, I traveled to Philly, Vermont, and upstate New York:
Braves-Phillies game with my brother, Sam, and Sam's dad, brother, and sister (Philadelphia)
Soft serve ice cream (aka creemees) at my hometown creemee stand (Middlebury, VT)
A visit to the waterfall where a year ago Sam and I got engaged (Mountain View, NY)
I also spent a week sailing with my mom and stepdad aboard their new home, SV Aviva ("Sailing Vessel Aviva"). While with them, I adopted my mom's new mantra, from Eleanor Roosevelt: Do one thing every day that scares you. The day we spent hours in dense fog without sight of land probably tops the list, and the entire trip was full of very special moments and learning opportunities about sailing, myself, and my relationships with those I love.
I ran a Tough Mudder with Sam and our friend Shannon, pushing myself to some new physical limits and having a lot of fun in the process:
One of 20+ obstacles, the wounded warrior carry
The final obstacle, navigating through a pit of lives wires and mud. I think I developed a better strategy than the guy getting electrocuted behind me....
In preparation for my first full marathon this November, I ran over 200 miles between June 1 and September 1. And I have the tan lines to prove it:
I also worked full-time for Harvard Business School (where I'm also a student), working for three departments and getting the chance to meet some awesome and dedicated people who are responsible for my wonderful student experience and also a very fulfilling summer.
(photocredit to my friend and sectionmate Mitchell Ji)
So that's a little recap of the summer, now it's time to throw myself headlong into the semester!