The official start of summer may be a few weeks away, however, the telltale signs that my favorite season is approaching are in place. The sun is setting later. The catalogs in the mailbox are peddling bikinis and sun hats. There’s no denying that lazy days lie ahead.
This time of year makes me giddy. I look forward to picking/buying fresh strawberries from the farmers' market and making smoothies for everyone to enjoy, or gathering basil from our garden to make pesto. Nothing feels more summery to me than making lemonade out of lemons and sipping and sighing my way through a beautiful sunset. This is what summer is all about.
This weekend my husband (Brant) and I did a little exploring in New York City and celebrated a dear friend's admission to medical school! Saturday morning we woke up early and drove into Manhattan with our friends Dana and Derek. We spent the morning walking around Brookfield Place and the 9/11 Memorial. Around lunchtime we sat at the beautiful PJ Clarkes on the Hudson and watched the sun reflect off the Statute of Liberty. I enjoyed a lobster roll and frose (frozen rose mixed cocktail) and basked in the sunshine-- this girl got her much needed Vitamin D exposure! Afterwards we carried on at Chelsea Market and concluded our trip with a walk through Central Park. The park is one of my favorite spots in all of New York. It is an oasis to the concrete and chaos that reigns the rest of the city. On Saturday the park was buzzing, there was something at every bend. We walked by Sheep Meadow and watched families picnicking, groups of camp kids playing volleyball, and couples rowing boats under the Bow Bridge. There were many street performers and local artisans selling their crafts on the main mall which is lined with large elm trees. We walked along admiring the scenery which then lead to Bethesda Terrace. I so love Central Park in the summer as there is much to see and do! I know I'm biased, but there is no place like it!
We finally retired home later that evening and celebrated the remainder of the day watching the Belmont race and eating at our favorite local Italian restaurant. Sunday was a bit more relaxed as Brant had to work and I attended a Baby Shower. Overall, it was a great day, followed by a home cooked meal and a marathon of Law and Order SVU. Could it get any better?
How about you? What did your weekend look like? Comment below and let me know!