I cannot believe that it is already July. I am firmly in the camp of people who have no idea where June went. Seriously, no idea. June felt like a blur to me, but there was a lot going on. Here are a few things that I liked in June:
Summertime: It finally began to feel like summer in Chicago. April and May were pretty miserable months, temperature wise, but June got things back to “normal.” The weather has been so lovely and sunshiny. It’s warm, people are finally out walking around, and I’ve taken full advantage. I love hanging out downtown in the summer, grabbing an iced coffee, and just stopping to watch all the performers who come out.
Froyo Fever: I may have gone a little frozen yogurt crazy this month. A Red Mango just opened up less than a 5-minute walk away. I’ve been
too many several times and am loving having a refreshing, sweet treat that is moderately healthful right in my backyard.
Reading Rainbow: At the beginning of the month, I made a list of the ten books I wanted to read this summer. I’ve already checked two off the list, Peggy Shinner’s You Feel So Mortal and Megan Abbott’s The Fever. It’s been so relaxing to grab my Kindle, curl up on the couch with a blanket and my dog and just lose myself in the story. I made a teeny tiny change in my list. I started Mindy Kaling’s memoir, but I just couldn’t get into it for some reason. So instead I added a whole new pick to my list, Emma Straub’s The Vacationers. I’m 100 pages in and loving it!
Unintentional Staycation: Any vacation I was going to have this summer was going to be a staycation, but then I got sick. Now, I won’t say I liked being sick, but I liked that it gave me an excuse to lay on the couch for a couple of days, play video games, watch Netflix (I’m currently marathoning House), and nap. Never underestimate the power of a good nap.
OITNB: Speaking of Netflix marathons, I barreled through the second season of the Netflix show Orange is the New Black. I love this show. The cast is amazing, the characters are equal parts relatable, hilarious, heart-breaking, and psychotic. It just feels so fresh and unformulaic to me. It also inspired me to add the memoir that inspired the show to my summer reading list. I’m looking forward to season three next June!
100 Happy Days: I finished the 100 Happy Days challenge this month. 100 days felt really long and really short, and I’m not gonna lie – I kind of miss doing the challenge. It was a fun experience and one that I think was really important for me, and I’m so glad I did it. You can look back on my 100 days here.
People Watching: Because of the warmer weather, most cafes and restaurants are putting out patio seating on the sidewalks. This month, I loved stopping to hang out at coffee shops and people watching in new neighborhoods. My travel writing class wrapped up this month, and it definitely taught me that there is travel everywhere. Just sitting outside a Starbucks in a new neighborhood can be a travel experience. I foresee many L rides to new ‘hoods this summer.
Those are just a handful of things I liked in June. What did you like?