July Wrap-Up

July was a long month…and somehow it passed by very quickly.

And now summer is half over. Or…more than half? I guess back-to-school sales are starting. Yikes. Let’s jump into July goals.

  • Go on a salsa canning spree. 12 pints, canned and stored!
  • I want to get out paddleboarding this month! It’s just too hot. It’s not too hot to paddleboard, but it’s too hot to inflate the paddleboards, which is a surprising amount of effort.
  • 4th of July! Some camping and fireworks! We even got some bonus hiking in.
  • I’ve got a wine kit that needs to get started. Done and done! I forget how easy wine kits are, so great!
  • Maybe find a good day for pool or beach. It’s really too hot to do anything else. We went for a couple harbor tours, which is pretty much the same thing, right?

And what will August bring?

  • Girls night! Some friends and I have been planning a mini vacay. I’m excited. 
  • Get a library card. For real, we’ve been here for 3 years and I don’t have a library card yet. The library is less than two miles away.
  • Kyle constantly talks about downsizing and getting rid of stuff, so I better take a trip to the thriftstore with a car-load of stuff and see if that shuts him up (kidding – we really do have a pretty big “donate” pile right now though).
  • Upgrade my meal planning. We tried out Hello Fresh this month (details below) and realized that – confession time – my cooking has been terribly uninspired lately. Time to step it up.
  • Go through 12 years worth of digital photos and delete most of them. This is a massive project, but I don’t have the hard drive space to keep these backed up, and I don’t want to back them up on the cloud until they’ve been pared down. 

Photos from the month – lets start with salsa. My garden is nearly useless, so we had to buy salsa ingredients, with the exception of jalapenos. There’s just no salsa like homemade!

Then we headed out for some 4th of July activities. Our friend’s fireworks budget was legit. I mean, LEGIT. The best part was that the store proprietor recognized our friends from previous years – some of his best customers!

We pregamed on the 4th by climbing a mountain. We live in a very flat area, so the views from the top were absolutely amazing.

After an epic fireworks show (in which only one tipped over but no fingers were lost), we headed back to the campsite for an epic campfire. Everyone still has all their eyebrows, too. 

Is it just me, or is camp food always so much better than regular food? We had a seven course breakfast, including some freshly made biscuits for sausage biscuits and gravy.

We really didn’t do much else for the rest of the month. It was so hot that we stayed inside for a couple weeks, until I snapped a little bit and declared that we were doing something outside regardless of the temps! The best option seemed to be a harbor tour, which would be outside, in the shade, and on the water. The tour takes us right by Fort Sumter, which is where the opening shots of the Civil War were fired.

It was a really windy day so there was lots of traffic on the water. It was a lot of fun to watch all the sailboats take advantage of the weather.

We tried out Hello Fresh this month. It was okay. The meals were pretty good, but I was expecting them to be great, and I was a little disappointed. So the food didn’t wow me, but the meals really inspired more varied cooking. We only tried it for a week, but I perused a bunch of the recipes and wrote down some ideas. We tried out a homemade version of their chorizo sweet potato patties last night and they were really amazing. While I wasn’t too impressed by the meal service, it forced Kyle and I to talk a lot more about what we’re eating and how we’d like to do things differently. All in all, a good experiment. Here’s a referral link that will get you $40 off your first box, if you’d like to try it (a box of 3 meals for 2 people is just under $60).

Other than that, a quiet month. We spent a lot of time working on to-do lists. Kyle made huge progress on some bus upgrades, we both started a solid workout regimen, and we’ve both been working on some side projects. It feels like we’ve been running errands a lot lately. So while it was a quiet month, we got a lot done and made a lot of good progress.

One last photo of Kyle on top of a mountain, because I like this one.

Onward and upward! Cada dia es mejor.

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