my favorite summer things, part iv

by Holly on September 22, 2011

in life,rambling,Wisconsin

Summer, I bet you thought you had gotten rid of me with it turning September 22nd and all! Well you didn’t, so mother nature’s joke is on you. Because while it may officially be fall today, and I may be suffering from my first sinus infection of the season, I just couldn’t possibly make the leap into chilly October without just one last ode to your sunshiny warmth.

How nothing tastes better than an ice cold beer on a hot August day…

…not needing to wear bronzer…

…brightly-colored flowers that make the world seem just a bit happier…

…my wild trip to New Orleans in August for a bachelorette party that I didn’t blog about…

…being violated on the dance floor of a jazz bar…

…having a drunken man dressed up in a red dress attack my face in an attempt to make-out with me but instead, bite my lower lip, cause it to bleed and later call me a ‘heartless woman’ because I was talking to another guy (ummm, red dress man? I was unaware we were dating)…

…a pirate pub tour…

…being asked to model for a pirate calendar by the lovely people of Pirate’s Alley Cafe

…almost missing my flight on the way to NOLA and spending 28 hours – including an overnight stay in Detroit, run-in with Air Force One and a vow to never fly Delta Airlines again – getting back to WI…


…more weddings…

…more weddings in gorgeous Northern Wisconsin…

…boating on the lake without a cloud in the sky…

…not working out for two whole months (minus a stray yoga class here + there)…

..cheeseburgers right off the grill topped with mustard, sauerkraut, pickles, tomato & onion…

Paul Bunyan’s Cook Shanty

…looking up + seeing millions more sparkling stars than you see in the city…

…breathing in warm, salty lake air…

…breathing in the moment…


…I like breathing…

…and savoring the last moments of summer before pulling out the boots, tights and sweaters in preparation for cooler temperatures, the return of canned Libby’s pumpkin, hot apple cider, cinnamon candles, haunted houses, a trip to Europe and the possibility of stalking Pippa Middleton when I arrive in London in 39 days.

Fall may be my favorite season, but oh summer, how I’ll miss you.

What was YOUR favorite memory of this summer? Mine was either seeing one of my high school friend’s get married, Madeline’s visit to Wisconsin or the bachelorette weekend in New Orleans!

part iii

part ii

part i


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 22, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I wish I could have seen Madeline this summer, too! The last time I saw her was a year ago (last summer) and I adore her!

And of course, would have loved to see you too!

What a great summer recap!

Linda September 22, 2011 at 8:06 pm

LOL!! LOVE your posts!! Thanks for another great start to my day! :)

Hmmm… favorite memory of summer? Oh….so many……Hmmm…..I think playing at the river with friends and family and my trip to Thailand are tied for the number one spot! :)

It is already getting chilly here in the mornings. As much as I love summer, I am SO looking forward to Fall and all of the beautiful colors!

emily (a nutritionist eats) September 22, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Your pictures are awesome. Love them.

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List September 22, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Loved the last pic the best! I like summer..but LOVE I’m not too sad to see it go. Fav. memory?? Beach trip to Destin, FL with my whole family! For FREE!!

dana @ my little celebration September 22, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I don’t know if I could pick just one…

Probably just an August evening spent sitting around our friend’s living room, enjoying a bottle of wine and playing a board game, laughing the whole time and savoring the moment together.

Summer was grand this year, no? I think I’ll miss it, too. BUT, I do love me some fall!

Erica September 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm

So lovely :) and slightly comical! Kaylin’s birth!!!!

Lauren September 22, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Sadly, I did not have a good summer because of health issues but I LOVE all of your adorable photos!!!! I can vicariously live through yours… The only good thing is that I got my dog back from her dad :)

Jecka September 23, 2011 at 6:57 am

Your summer makes me jealous! I haven’t done nearly enough this summer… sigh! The good thing about summers is that they come back every year, so I’ll just have to make the next one TWICE as awesome to make up for this one!

Hillary September 23, 2011 at 9:06 am

1. Let’s talk about that dress you’re wearing. Because it’s adorable and I want it.

2. Favorite summer memory: visiting my friends back at home for the first time in a year, and attending my best friend’s bachelorette party (my first one ever). Taking over 100 pictures that you later realize are so scandalous that they can’t be shared with ANYONE? Priceless.

Katie September 23, 2011 at 10:49 am

Waaah! I don’t want to say goodbye to summer. Also, when is your book coming out? I want more stories like that drunken guy making your lip bleed. That’s just awful. And funny.

Megan (Braise the Roof) September 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Damn, you rode the bull? In a dress?? You are a braver woman than I, my friend. Although, one of my friends did ride the whale in NOLA dressed as Tom Selleck. ;) Good times. I miss summer already…I’m not ready to move on!!

Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland September 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Looks like NOLA was a good time! I haven’t had good luck with Delta either…or American. I think I’m just going to stick with Southwest!

Have a great weekend!!!

Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] September 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm

… and hello Fall!! ;)

Rachel September 23, 2011 at 11:27 pm

I’m so happy to see you back to blogging! My favorite summer memory was rock climbing at devils lake. Unreal how fun it was.

Alisha September 24, 2011 at 4:31 am


Looks like you’ve had such a good summer!

Shannon [Tropical Eats] September 24, 2011 at 10:57 am

wahooo love it!

you rock that mechanical bull.

Tamar September 24, 2011 at 11:08 am

You’re safe- the equinox wasn’t until the 23 this year! It sounds like you had an amazing, crazy summer, and I hope your Fall is just as amazing- if not as crazy. :) Happy Fall!

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