So I probably shouldn’t call myself a blogger anymore. I’m bothered that my May post (which wasn’t posted until almost July) was the last time I had time to write. The intention of this blog is NOT to be a diary nor a place to only store monthly recaps. I am setting the intention for the rest of July (and on) to attempt to write more substantial posts more often.
Like May, June was a blur. I blinked at it was over. June was satisfying and dizzying and over before it began. It was constant activities and happenings. It was having zero time to blog or catch up on life.
June started off with a day spent with the girls at the Virginia Wine Festival. It was so hot we couldn’t even drink that much wine. It was a highlight of my summer though, spending a day in the sun with good friends, good music and wine. It was having dinner at Cara’s for our monthly Shabbat Cluster. It was attending networking events after work. It was renting my first zip car and remembering how it feels to get behind the wheel. It was feeling the freedom of driving on the open highways. It was zoo visits on long runs. It was my first Nationals game.
June was being a tourist in my own city and showing my new life to my parents when they came to visit. It was having my parents visit! It was finally being able to introduce my parents to my friends. It was full of good food, lots of walking and spending fathers day actually with my father. It was seeing him happier than a kid in candy store on Father’s Day while at the Air & Space Museum as he had waited nearly 20 years to see it again. It was being goofy with my dad and being happy I got to spend the weekend with them.
June was full of friends. Doni visited DC. Lauren celebrated her birthday and a lot of BiScuits gathered for the Pinterest themed party. June was the start of Wednesday Wine Night with the girls. June was BiSC brunch at Boundary Stone. June was hosting a pool party/BBQ for friends on my rooftop. It was homemade mojitos, grilling burgers and peaches and enjoying delicious food and sunshine and eating ourselves into a coma.
June was making friends with the cutest, most awesome squirrel that ever did exist. Frank the Friendly Squirrel is clearly not afraid of humans. I wanted to stand there for ever or take him home with me. This made me the happiest even though you can hear my mom in the background, “Don’t let him eat your toes!” before he scurries off.
June was pushing myself to new limits and signing up for my first ever running race – an 8K in Richmond, Va. It was pushing myself to new limits and attempting to continue to increase my endurance. June was full of torrential rain and flooding. It was surrendering to the humidity and wearing my hair curly. It was roommate’s birthday celebrations and deciding I was ready to give Jdate a chance. June was making homemade delicious scallops. It was rooftop work happy hours. It was falling (sober) on the sidewalk with coworkers and scraping my knee so rough that it still hurts to crawl on it.
June was seeing the money I had pledged for my 28th birthday for Charity:Water become a reality. It was discovering $1,057.00 was sent to Ethiopia where 56% of the population doesn’t have access to clean water, and that percentage is even higher in the rural areas where we work. It was knowing that with your help, we helped to bring clean, safe water to more than 82,000 people. Again, I am extremely grateful to those of you that contributed and helped me pledge my birthday to this wonderful cause.
June was a historic month. June 26 was a landmark day for equality and gay rights. The Supreme Court overturned Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in a historic win for same-sex marriage. June was going to the White House with coworkers to celebrate, to see people happy and in love but instead we watched people protest torture in Guantanamo Bay and a woman jump the White House fence. It was learning that the guards are quick, the dogs are vicious, there actually are watchmen at the top towers of the White House and that apparently the very top of the fence is not electric.
On a side note – I look forward to the day that we look back on gay marriage and see it as absurd that this was ever a discussion, much like we do now about slavery. I look forward to the day that our children can grow up in a society where no matter what they look like or who they love, they are accepted and allowed to love freely and are backed by laws.
June was discovering that the government is spying on and tapping into public communications, thanks to Edward Snowden of the NSA. It was not being surprised that this is a thing. In fact, I thought this was a known thing for years?
Yeah, June was a blur.