God I love Seattle in the summer-time! I know I’m biased, but is there any other big city in the U.S. as beautiful as Seattle is right now? And it doesn’t just look good, with its abundant mountain and water views, it feels good. It usually doesn’t get too hot, so we don’t need air-conditioning, and the cool nights mean good sleeping. I have to admit though, I miss the hot summer nights of New Jersey, with the lightening bugs and the sound of cicadas singing in the dark. Although I don’t miss stuffing my bra with ice cubes to stay cool during a heat wave. But I digress. (Digress from what though? I’m not even sure what this blog post is about.)
School got out last Thursday and oh boy have we (especially me) been whooping it up, celebrating the arrival of summer. First we went to a concert at the Zoo and listened to Medeski Martin Scofield and Wood while lounging on blankets with friends, drinking wine, eating picnic food, dancing and doing cartwheels on the lawn with Nadine. The next afternoon we whooped it up in my friend’s back yard with a big slip-and-slide, water guns, and far too many margaritas for me. (I paid dearly the next morning, which hasn’t happened in a while. Ugh.) Then it was off to a neighborhood potluck the next night with more friends, delicious food and drink (sparkling water for me,) and my favorite game, Giant Jenga. And we ended our streak of summer kickoff parties with the Fremont Solstice Parade on Saturday afternoon, followed by a delicious back-yard barbeque at another friend’s house.
I also think probably no other city celebrates the summer solstice as well as we do, with the likes of the Fremont Solstice Parade. The parade kicks off with a hundreds of naked bikers covered in cleverly applied body paint, then continues with floats, music, dancers, and more practically naked people. We try to go every year, and three years ago we were even in it (not naked – but I’ll save that story for another time.) And this year’s parade was exceptional, with great weather, outstanding costumes, music, and mind-blowing creativity. I love it so much and I think we need to be in it again next year.
Whew! What a whirlwind of fun. Let’s just say that when Sunday night rolled around, I was pretty darn happy to sit in my living room and watch Project Runway with Nadine.
Kicking off summer also coincides with the anniversary of me quitting my job two years ago. It’s been a crazy ride since then, and even though I wish I was making more money, and still haven’t quite found “my calling”, I’m having the time of my life – exploring, learning, growing, and spending time with friends and family – which is really what summer is all about, isn’t it? So on that note I will stop rambling. I am so excited for what this summer may bring. Whatever it is, I’m sure it will be tons o’ fun.
SO LET THE SUMMER BEGIN!