This is my first summer as a real adult, working four 10-hour days (though we do get Friday’s off). But, even after that, I have to say that this summer is still very different from all the others. So, my life has mainly consisted of writing press releases, fielding media calls, planning, scheduling, organizing, taking pictures, and working on articles for our local magazine in my spare time.
I’m going to be very honest and just say that I’m tired. I’m also emotionally exhausted. I’ve been on the go for the past…Well, I can’t even remember how long. There were a ton of events at the end of the school year that I had to work, and weekends (while a ton of fun) usually meant trips or plans with friends and family. This was the first weekend I didn’t have any set plans, which I was looking forward to, and yet I found myself bored and restless.
Here are a few highlights from the past few weeks (aside from our drive in The Canyon):
- Disneyland – The Happiest Place on Earth // Such a magical day of getting walked on rides, eating Mickey pretzels, watching the parade from the VIP section and catching some of the fireworks show. I was also super ecstatic when I got this sweatshirt (below) I’d been wanting. There’s no place like Disneyland.
- Bible Study // I started going to a Bible study with one of my best friend’s, and it’s been such a game-changer. I’ve met so many incredible young women who are on fire and passionate for God and living out His word. THOSE are the kind of people I want to be around.
- Meeting Josh Turner // A friend of mine had a friend that won tickets to the Josh Turner concert in town and asked if I wanted to go. I WAS SO THERE! I’d been wanting to go, but didn’t really have the money to go. And then this happened, and it was incredible. The night gets better from there. So, my friend and I are getting snacks and return to her friend and aunt, when we see someone just walk up to them with two stickers in their hand. “We get to go backstage and meet them,” they told us. We were like, “WHAT? That’s awesome!” After that, we kind of made it our mission to find the lady to see if she had more passes. We spotted her awhile later, but we’d just missed her. We sat near the entrance for the meet and greet and happened to see one of our local deejays heading back. We said hi, then my friend asked if he needed a couple more people to go backstage. He said he didn’t, and then not even a second later, he said, “Actually, you know what? Come on back with me?” Mandy and I looked at each other and freaked out, then hurried to follow him backstage. It was such a great show! Josh played hit after hit and Mandy and I were having so much fun dancing and singing at the top of our lungs. It was almost midnight when the show ended, and we weren’t ready to call it a night just yet, so we went to Target (which was practically empty) and stopped at McDonald’s for cheeseburgers. Such an incredible, and unexpected night!
- Huntington Beach and Long Beach// Last Saturday, my parents and I decided to take a day trip to Huntington Beach. My mom had been wanting to go to the beach, and I thought it would be fun to visit one that we’d never been to before. We walked along the pier and around the street fair with vendors set up. The weather was beautiful and the sun was shining right. The beach was PACKED and we didn’t exactly just lounge at the beach, but at least I can say I’ve been there now! After we visited Huntington, we were hungry and ended up in Long Beach, one of my favorite places. We ate at Tequila Jack’s, which is right along the pier and I KNEW they’d have tacos. After searching for parking, we found a spot and were seated at the restaurant right away. It was right around sunset, and the sky was lit up in orange and red colors. We ate, we talked, and after dinner, we walked around the pier and I had to stop in the candy store to get some candy. Long Beach is such a darling little place. We didn’t stay long, but it was just enough for some relaxation.
After Long Beach, we drove into LA and stopped at a dessert place I’d been wanting to try, MILK. They sell ice cream sandwiches, shakes and just about every other major dessert you can think of. I decided to get a toffee coffee shake, dad got a chocolate milkshake and my mom got the fruity pebble macaroon ice cream sandwich. I only had one bite of hers and was HOOKED – I wish I had gotten that instead, but the milkshake was good, too. It’s a bit pricey, but good for a treat every now and then.
- Father’s Day// This Father’s Day was a bit different than most. This was the first year without my grandpa (my dad’s dad), who passed away in March. We went to church, had lunch at Tahoe Joe’s, then went to the Veteran’s Cemetery to “visit” grandpa. It’s such a beautiful and peaceful site. It’s out in the country, and all you can hear are the cars passing by on the highway in the distance. It’s like it’s own little safe haven. We left the cemetery and made our way back into town and as we made our way down the hill, we saw a cross on top of a mountain. I freaked out, because I’d seen/heard about the cross, but had never made a trip out to see it. It seemed to come at just the perfect moment. It’s been a tough past couple months, and seeing the cross was just another reminder of the hope that we have in Christ. It’s easy to get jaded by the world and to get caught up in our circumstances, but when we set our eyes on Him, our perspective shifts and so do our problems.
Today was a weird kind of day. We didn’t have any set plans – we went to lunch, then to the mall and home again. I read for awhile, then we decided to go to the outlets for some shopping (part of my gift to my mom for her birthday). I was very dramatic today and felt annoyed, but after our little excursion, I felt better. We got Mexican food and brought it home and we are now ending the evening with a little marathon of “The Wonder Years.”
So, maybe this isn’t exactly the “dream summer” I had in mind, but is that any reason to not enjoy the sweet moments I get to have on the weekend? Absolutely not. Well, I’m getting tired and my eyes are starting to hurt from staring at the computer screen too long.
That’s all for now,