Summer is just too crazy to try and keep up with a public personal blog…especially one that (for me) doesn’t have any real direction. I am currently pouring all of my energy after working hours into making freelance remote work my full time gig. In Minnesota, summer is too short and too beautiful to keep spending 45+ hours a week indoors.
Plus, the world is too large, and I’ve only seen a small fraction of it in my 30 years. I know it is a dream that many of us have, to travel the world and still make ends meet to pay the bills (pesky student loans that will follow me to the grave, no doubt…) while experiencing new places and having lots of adventures. It is a dream that calls to me ever more frequently when the weather is nice, and I feel like I have got to try, whether I fail or succeed. That way, at least I can say I tried, instead of standing still where I am, comfortable with my existence, and wondering, “What if…?”
What if I lived in Paris for a year?
What if I taught English in Japan for a semester?
What if I island-hopped in the Philippines for six months?
What if I lived in a shack on the beach in Central America?
What if…what if, indeed.
Long story short, I may not be around on jesspants.com much in the coming weeks. Keep a tight leash on the internets for me, kids.
Massage days are seriously the best. Especially since I just came back from not one, but two long weekends in a row. In the last four weeks, I’ve had five normal working days off, and it’s been rad. This week is going to be rough. :)
Sundays are my favorite days in the summer. They are very chill, and usually involve time spent with friends, alternating between laying in the sun or drinking summer cocktails in the kiddie pool while the boyf grills tasty treats for one and all. He’s such a good host. I’ll have to write about a particularly awesome pool time one of these days.
Today was particularly eventful, but all in all, it was good. We got to see lots of people, eat lots of tasty food, and even set up our meals for the week ahead.
Tomorrow, provided all crockpot steps are followed (cover and plug in), this will turn into meat for chicken tacos, complete with our favorite Newman’s Own salsa, and fresh cilantro from our very own herb garden! It’s so satisfying eating food that we grew. Our first pea pods came out of the garden today, and I am eagerly anticipating tomatoes so we can make salsa.
Erin and I got an early start to our day. Originally, we anticipated getting on the road between 11am-1pm, putting us back in Minneapolis by 5pm at the latest. Turns out, check out by 9am was mandated under threat of being billed an additional day, so we were in the car and ready to roll by 8:30am. This put us home early enough that I had time to run errands and tidy the house with the boyf. He took me to get lunch (Leeann Chin’s has fab green beans), then to Target for our weekly run, the pet store for kitten food, and finally, the grocery for grill-worthy items.
We had a fair bit to do in preparation for hosting a friend’s birthday party, so the extra time at home was really nice. The food we picked up was awesome, and we learned a valuable lesson that a small amount of fruit and veg goes a looooong was toward making kebabs. One each of yellow squash, zucchini, red pepper, and a small amount of pineapple yielded eight fully loaded kebabs, and the mixture of savoury and sweet rally hit the spot.
All in all, the event was a success. Christina’s friends were all very personable, respectful, and fun. The whole shindig was wrapped up (Minnesota goodbyes said, food cleaned up, and kitchen wiped down) before 11pm, and me in bed by midnight.
Even after a pretty eventful day, I still love throwing a good party. I’ve really got to sort out a way to fit more event planning and execution into my professional life.