Well, summertime has come and gone, and like any decent, self-respecting human being, this occasion brings with it feelings of joy in anticipation of Autumn and therefore Christmastime, as well as feelings of sadness and even a little regret, thinking of all the things that I wanted to do but didn’t. Granted, I didn’t really have a whopping summer planned out, so the feelings of disappointment are low, thankfully!
I think my regret though, is that I waited until the END of summer to finally start trying to get involved in my new parish. There were probably many summer activities I would have loved to have gotten involved in. However, the plus side to neither being in school nor having children in school is that activity-wise, summer is fairly identical to the rest of the year!
And no, I did not find that proverbial “Summer Love” that pretty much every young woman dreams about….. admit it! We all enter summer saying “Maybe THIS summer I’ll meet the man of my dreams, and we’ll start off with a blissful summer romance which will lead into a delightful Holiday season meeting families, a New Year’s engagement, and a summer wedding next year!” Wait……am I the only one who’s ever thought about that? (Perhaps it’s important to mention that I have a very active, very vivid imagination, and I tend to play out every possible scenario in my head before they even happen — and most of them don’t actually happen, but in my mind they are fantastic!)
But you will be glad to know, dear reader, that despite the glaring lack of romance, I did have a wonderful, blessed summer! Have a look!
I had an awesome afternoon photo shoot in Houston with my sister during her visit.
I worked a lot. As you can see, I have a very, very difficult job.
I drank cappuccinos at outdoor cafes.
I went to antique stores. Lots and lots of antique stores.
I learned to fly! Well….almost.
I worked some more. I mean seriously, I get to hang out with this little beauty all day long!
I found the love of my life! Too bad he doesn’t even know I exist….. ❤
And, oh, look!! I worked some more. Sometimes we go to the park.
I saved my friend Natalie from being eaten by the giant shark jaw. No joke, it was a gruesome battle. But I came out victorious!
I watched an awesome live piano performance.
I visited some more of Houston, checking some more sights off my list.
Again, I visited Houston.
I found the most amazing pair of cowgirl boots. However, they were almost $300. So I shall simply have to imagine wearing the most amazing pair of cowgirl boots.
We hugged a tree. And then afterwards we got attacked by the fire ants who lived in the tree, and apparently didn’t like us being there. So sorry, dear Ants!!
I found the $38,000 ruby and diamond ring that will one day grace my finger when I have married a millionaire or won the lottery. Whichever comes first.
I hung out with my pal the gorilla.
I was almost eaten by a lion. I was afraid. For my life. I almost died.
And then after the lion ordeal, I was chased by this…….thing……who knew the Houston Museum of Natural Science could be so dangerous!!
I saved another friend from being eaten by this thing. I’m just an awesome friend, I guess.
No explanation necessary (or possible).
I had a conversation with a Woolly Mammoth, although I kind of felt the conversation was very one-sided.
I ate Tex-Mex, because that’s what Texans eat.
And it’s even better if you eat it with friends, if possible!
Oh, and don’t forget the alcohol. Tex-Mex is ten times better with alcohol.
I explored Galveston, and realized that it only made me miss my Virginia Beach so much more.
I tried on a $1200 dress, and wondered what life would be like if I had that much money to spare on a dress…..
And of course Mary had to try on a ridiculously expensive dress as well!
I tried on shoes that would make Lady Gaga proud…
…And and Mary tried on shoes that would make Kate Middleton proud. Because who WOULDN’T want to wear a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes?
I discovered that at Gucci, a woman must pay $3,750.00 for a leather jacket.
I went tubing for the first time, and despite that smile on my face, it hurt like the dickens!!! Those waves are PAINFUL!
I got a speeding ticket in Natalie’s neighborhood for driving at the breakneck speed of 32mph. I know, I’m such a wild child. However, it was from the homeowner’s association, so does it even count? It’s not even a real ticket!
I made cookies!!
And I spent a fantastic day at the lake with Natalie and her family.
And I think I have more pictures, but you’re probably already sick of seeing me, so I’m going to let you get back to your lives (or whatever else it was that you were doing before you stopped by to read my ramblings……). But there you go, my amazingly adventurous summer of no romance.