How is it already the end of July? This summer is flying by! I’ve been doing everything in my power to slow it down as much as possible.
I’m sharing these moments, not to make anyone feel less than, but to inspire others to explore these places, too! Let me know if you need any tips or recommendations. I’d love to help you out.
Here are my favorite highlights from July in order to remember everything and savor each one of these precious memories:
I’m so grateful for my great grandparents who purchased property in Lake Tahoe before it got super pricey. Our family cabin is my home away from home and I grew up going there during the winters to ski and during the summers to boat and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. It’s truly the most gorgeous place.
I drove to California by myself because Tony was on a two-week tour in California. A long drive alone is amazingly therapeutic. I was so excited to see my family since I hadn’t seen Tony for 2 weeks and my family for over a month.
It was so nice to finally have a significant break from the craziness of life, to just slow down, and enjoy loved ones and nature. We spent lots of time sitting, napping, walking, boating, hiking, and skiing… yes, skiing!
There was still snow in the Sierras because it was such a heavy winter. We spent the 4th of July on the mountain at Squaw Valley. I skied on the 4th of July in a bikini 6 years ago and I had to do it again. The only bummer was my Oregon skin couldn’t handle that intense sun! Helloooo sunburn.
I wasn’t ready to come home after that trip.
A few days after getting back from Tahoe, we packed up our car and headed to Bend where Tony was playing music at a wedding. I had Friday evening to myself, so I took myself on a date and went shopping, ate at Chipotle and took an evening stroll while eating Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. It was the best. I need to take myself on more dates.
It’s become tradition for Tony and I to go camping together at least once a summer. A few weeks after Tony and I were married 2 years ago, we went camping on the Oregon coast and it was a lot of fun. It was also the first time we had camped together and let’s just say we ran into a lot of bumps… we each had a lot of differing opinions on how to do certain things. It was challenging. Hellooooo, marriage! When we went camping on Crater Lake the next year everything was so smooth. It was a great reminder of how far we’d come in a year. I now look forward to our camping trips together every year.
Smith Rock has been on my bucket list since I moved to Oregon. We didn’t end up pulling into the campsite until around midnight because Tony was playing a gig until late. It was a blessing in disguise because Smith Rock lit up by full moonlight is a sight not to be missed. I literally had chills driving into the park and I couldn’t stop smiling. Nature is so freaking cool.
We barely slept that night because the moon was so bright. At 6am we packed up and headed out to go hike around the park all morning. It was a hot day, so again, blessing in disguise.
Misery Ridge was no joke. We were both huffing and puffing as we reached the top, but it wasn’t too bad after that. There were so many rock climbers doing crazy things. I’ve never rock climbed outside of a controlled space, but I’d love to do it someday. Any rock climbers out there want to show me the ropes?? (Pun-intended 😉
Rafting the Deschutes
The next weekend we hit the road again to Maupin, Oregon— AKA the middle of nowhere. It’s the smallest, funniest little town. The whole Glausi family got together to go rafting on the Deschutes river and it was so much fun! Half of our raft fell in the water. I was on the winning half. Tony tried to drag me in the water and it was hilarious.
I took a phone break on this trip and didn’t take any pictures. The rafting company took this one while out on the water.
Summer Concert in the Park
The next weekend was Eugene Symphony’s Summer Concert in the Park at Cuthbert Ampitheater. It was our new Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong’s debut performance. He conducted Throne Room from Star Wars with a light saber baton— a childhood dream come true. I can’t wait for the rest of the season with Francesco!
Good music and a beautiful, balmy summer evening. It can’t get much better than that.
My Birthday Weekend
This past weekend was by birthday weekend. And yes, my birthday is dedicated to the whole weekend! Turning 23 feels really different. It’s the first time in 23 years that I haven’t spent the day with my family or in California… This is what being in your 20s brings: change, change, and more change. I’m not used to it.
Thankfully I have some really awesome friends here in Eugene who took me out to tacos on Friday night! We ended up staying at the restaurant for over 3 hours, chatting and laughing so much we got headaches. I need more nights like these.
I got to spend a rare Saturday morning and afternoon alone because Tony was out of town. The stay started with a 2-hour solo walk while listening to podcasts, then I baked cupcakes and muffins (recipes are in my last recipe roundup). My kind of day!
I babysat two little boys at night, wrote this post, and read a big chunk of Intuitive Eating.
PSA: this book is changing my life. For any of you who feel like food/body image/dieting/exercise controls your life and your thoughts, read this. It’s so, so, so good I can’t recommend it enough.
I’ve been a compulsive planner my whole life. All I wanted for my birthday was to NOT have a plan. I knew we’d start the day at church, but then I wanted the day to just unfold however it felt right.
We did a group video chat with my family, ate cake, and opened presents when we got home from church.
Then we spent some time in downtown Eugene. A large portion of downtown was blocked off for the day for the big Sunday Streets street fair. We walked around and sat at a table for few hours and it was very peaceful and fun.
Then we headed over to Sabai, our go-to restaurant in Eugene. We sat outside and I got to pick everything we ate (a rare treat!).
The night finished with an evening stroll and my favorite ice cream (mint chip!) from Red Wagon. We watched The Office while I painted my nails and finished this post.
It was a beautiful day and the perfect end to a wonderful month. I’m so grateful for everyone in my life, especially my wonderful husband. 23 is off to a great start. I’m looking forward to another year of adventure, growth, and joy.
What’s been the most fun thing you’ve done this summer?
Have you ever taken yourself on a date?