a final taste of summer
My blog has been notably quiet the last few weeks, and with good reason.
I finished my independent study and promptly took up the Harry Potter series. I’ve never read it before. I am attempting to finish it before classes start on Monday. Truthfully, I will probably finish it in the next two days because I’ve been DEVOURING them. (And it looks as though Nicole did, too, as she’s giving away the entire series over here.) I borrowed the books from Erin, who, upon my request, told me she is looking forward to a feminist analysis of the series. So, look forward to that, blogosphere.
Aside from burying my nose in Hogwarts, Joe and I have taken the last two weeks to drink up summer. We celebrated our second anniversary (August 8 ) in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin at a “bed and breakfast” which was really just a lakeside motel that served continental breakfast (color us disappointed). But, we wandered the shops and I fell in love with this piece of ridiculous antique-ness:
Really, all I want in life is $600 of fun money to purchase this to hang in my living room. A part of me died a little when I had to leave it hanging in the shop.
This past weekend, we took a last minute hiking trip to Starved Rock State Park and hiked about six miles along the Illinois River, through canyons and and bluffs. We picnicked at the top of a canyon we climbed and watched pelicans (pelicans!) from an overlook. It rained on the last couple minutes of our hike, but at the point it felt awesome. We drove up to Shabbona Lake State Park to camp for the evening, which is exactly what I needed this summer.
Also, if you’re going to the 20sb Summit this weekend, let me know! I’ll be there helping out in sessions so please tackle hug me ASAP.
Oh, and remember that time Allie gave away a photo session on Facebook and I won it? We met up with her in Chicago last week and, since we never had engagement photos done, we made up for it! Thank you, Allie, we love them.