What I’m Into: July

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General Highlights:

In July, two of my best friends threw me a wonderful housewarming party. We had a great turnout, great food, and great sangria. I felt happy and loved!

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The Fourth is my favorite holiday. This year I was excited to go to the “parade” in my new neighborhood, since I’ve never lived in a neighborhood that had one. In the evening, I watched fireworks from a downtown rooftop with a great group of friends.

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On the 3rd, I ran the Stars & Stripes 5K for the first time. It started and ended at Tiger Lane, so I couldn’t say no. It’s been almost a year now since I ran my first entire 5K, and although I still wish I was faster, I’ve shaved four minutes off my time without working very hard at it. Very encouraging!!

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My sister and nieces visited for a week. Fifoo, Debra, and I had a sleepover at my place, and we and our mom took both girls to the Children’s Museum and to a friend’s pool. Baby E also met my friend Caroline’s son, who was born in the same month. (We had previously introduced them over Skype.) Aunthood is the best.

Reading:

Unsurprisingly, my book count goes way up when I stick to fun fiction and memoirs instead of trying to enrich myself with heavy stuff. I figured summer is a good enough excuse to imbibe all the YA I want. My favorite book of July was Erin Bow’s The Scorpion Rules.

Music:

From the first listen, I’ve been obsessed with San Fermin’s “Jackrabbit”:

Also, Paper Towns is the best soundtrack since Garden State. Yeah, that’s a bold statement and I stand behind it.

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Travel:

I went to Miami and the Keys for my family’s annual lobster pilgrimage. More on that later.

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Around Town:

One Sunday afternoon, I locked myself out of my house while hanging up some outdoor lights. My mom came over with the spare key, and we ended up walking to Cooper-Young and watching the US women win the World Cup at Young Avenue Deli with a huge crowd of people. It was exactly the kind of evening I used to imagine when I thought about moving to Midtown. I still feel so lucky every day to live where I do.

Another Sunday, I biked all through and around Overton Park. Sadly, it was my last neighborhood ride for a while – as you know if you follow me on any social media, my bike was stolen off my patio last weekend while I was in Florida. I loved that bike, have made many happy memories with it over the last five years, and was looking forward to many more. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a new one before the Midnight Bike Classic at the end of the month, but I’m still grieving my old bike.

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My partners in crime and I attended a Paint Nite at Fox & Hound. I’ve been to several painting places over the years, but I think this was more relaxing and fun than an actual painting studio!

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At Home:

On the rare evening the temperature’s dipped below 90 degrees, I’ve enjoyed my new outdoor patio lights. Inside, I had an original print I bought in Wynwood in Miami custom framed at Art Center. It was worth the trouble and expense!

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Cooking/Eating:

When it’s this hot, the seared ahi tuna salad from Local rocks my world.

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Random Happiness:

At my housewarming party, Alanna had everyone write notes for me on paint chips and hide them around the house. I think I’ve found most of them. My two favorite notes: meaningful Counting Crows lyrics, and Kelsey and Claudia’s two-parter with the theme song to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Because you never need a reason for Will Smith.

Oh and: I BOOKED A TRIP TO ICELAND!!!! Much more to come in time.

Pinterest Quote of the Month:

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On The Blog:

I posted about my garden and my copycat recipe for Babalu’s veggie tacos. Don’t give up on me… someday I will write something of substance again. There are several posts bouncing around in my head, but I can never focus and quiet myself long enough to sit down and write them. Is it possible to develop ADD suddenly at almost-36?

Posts I Loved:

♥ Best post I read in July: Hannah Brencher (as usual), Drop The Mic and Go Find Sarah.

♥ The Washington Post launched Solo-ish about a month ago, and I’m loving it! It’s a fresh take on all kinds of topics affecting singles.

♥ Ed Cyzewski: If There’s a Slippery Slope, Jesus May Be Leading Us Down It

♥ Angie at My So-Called Chaos: My Heart’s Too Big For My Own Body

♥ Loved this charming story from Amy Peterson: A Love Note From Juanita’s

♥ Mandy Hale aka The Single Woman: Why I’m Still Single: The Ugly Truth. Preach.

♥ Added to my Year of Enough board: Oh Heck Yeah, You ARE Worth a Lot!!!! by Kerry Smith. (PS: Kerry was one of my campus ministers in college and is a wonderful person.)

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About Brenda W.

Christian. Memphian. Reader. Writer. True blue Tiger fan. Lover of shoes, the ocean, adventure, and McAlister’s iced tea.

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8 Responses to What I’m Into: July

  1. I’ve added myself to the waitlist at the library to read The Scorpion Rules, thanks to you! Looking forward to it.

  2. Liz W. says:

    I would love to visit the Keys – truly. Interesting that in summer you go further south. For me, here in Ontario, I’m always seeking to go further north.

    • Brenda W. says:

      I have Southern bones and almost never seek to go further north. ;) However, it’s actually more pleasant in South Florida this time of year than it is in Memphis. It’s like an oven here.

  3. Milissa says:

    I love these posts. And I think they are “substantial.” It’s a peak into your world at the moment…I really enjoy it…especially the blogs…you help me discover new (to me) and interesting writers. Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. It sounds like you’ve been doing things right in your new neighborhood. I’m SO sorry about your bike! That’s terrible!

  5. Tanya Marlow says:

    Coming to you via Leigh Kramer’s – your nieces look so cute! It’s fab that you’re an aunt. I’m in the UK, so I always forget about the Fourth of July, and loved looking at your cake. (We in Britain don’t really celebrate the fact that you left us…)

    Hi – I’m Tanya and I blog on the Bible, suffering, and the messy edges of life. More cheerful than it sounds. Honest.

    Lovely to see you!

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