my favorite summer things, part i

by Holly on July 3, 2011

in farmer's market,happiness,holidays,life,meet-up,Wisconsin

Oh summer, how I love thee…

…warm, toasty sunshine dancing happily on my pale forearms…

…outdoor concerts with Hall and Oates…

…pretending to duet with Kanye West on “Touch the Sky” + head-banging my heart out…

…ending up at the Potawotami Casino at 3am on a Wednesday night…

…losing $9 at said casino…

…losing more $$$ on happy hour beer specials…

…waking up at 5am on a Saturday morning to pick up friends from the airport…

…farmer’s markets, asparagus + garlic scapes…

…rhubarb oatmeal scones, spicy cheese empanadas + iced coffee…

…cool breezes off the lake…

…cute, airy summer sundresses…

…Boots + boots of beer…

Madeline + boots of beer…

…me + boots of beer (because obviously I needed in on that too)…

…pool time…

…grill time…

…angel food cake, fresh berries + whipped cream time…

…4th of July fireworks on the water…

…an apartment thermostat that reads 90 degrees {NOT!}…

…three-day holiday weekends (a big thank you to ‘Murica gaining for independence!)…

…spontaneous day trips to New Glarus, WI…

…5-miles of hiking…

…beer sampling…

…more beer sampling…

…realizing, yet again, the New Glarus Brewing Company makes the best beer…

…cool, refreshing salads…

…the discovery of peanut butter + mozzarella pizza…

…blasting Ash, The Arctic Monkeys + Arcade Fire with the windows down…

…falling gas prices…

…hanging with two amazing cool friends…

…the exhaustion brought on only by long summer days in the sun…

to be continued

What are YOUR favorite summer things. Remember, sharing is caring…and go!


Keelie (Sweat Equals Success) July 3, 2011 at 7:07 pm

I LOVE jumping pictures! :)

My favorite summer things are:

-watermelon with mint
-eating outdoors
-sand in my shoes
-not wearing a coat

Lauren July 3, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Ah, these are the days! :)

grace b July 3, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Hell yes to the new Arctic Monkeys cd!

I’m declaring this The Summer of British Music so you might want to include: The Vaccines, The Wombats, Bombay Bicycle Club, and Kasabian. I’m obsessed haha. (p.s. Ash counts too!)

Hmmm I love taking my dogs exploring around area parks (but not picking ticks off my dogs), eating tons of ice cream, and enjoying my two days off from work a week with fun adventures.

Hillary July 3, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Haha I wrote a post on this exact same topic yesterday. Guess we’re all having an affair with summer right about now, huh? ; )

And peanut butter/mozzarella pizza? Oh, no you didn’t.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm

“the discovery of peanut butter + mozzarella pizza…”– ok that actually sounds awesome!

I also used to pour syrup on my eggs when I ate them. So nothing is off limits :)

SO JEALZ that you and Madeline are hanging out. She was my rock for 9 mos when we both lived in Phx. She is the best. So happy you two are hanging out this weekend!

Shannon July 3, 2011 at 8:54 pm

My favorite Summer things are my birthday, going to Lake Tahoe, lots of sunshine, no bratty kids to deal with at the school down the street, bright colors, WATERMELLON, and Strawberries!

sofia July 3, 2011 at 9:02 pm

what a fun post! love the air shot. and i too am intrigued by peanut butter pizza. and eggplant fries. gimme pleaz.

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 3, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Please pass the pizza and a cold boot of beer. Thanks.

Favorite summer things: patriotic jello shots, lake days, fish bowls, early morning races, late night walks, full moons, and MY BIRTHDAY! :)

Erica July 4, 2011 at 1:06 am

whoop! I just love summer to pieces. Best season. I’ve heard such good things about garlic scapes. Love the hiking/jumping picture. Favorite summer things: FRUIT, VEGETABLES, sun dresses, flip flops, the heat, frozen yogurt, grilling, the beach, old bay

Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport July 4, 2011 at 1:58 am

This summer is a brand new experience for me: living in Spain, being engaged, dealing with the sparse usage of air conditioner over here :) I suppose I am loving it all right now. Just don’t talk to me after 8 blocks in the middle of the day. Best to wait until I cool off :) p.s. I’d kill to go to Kanye!

Yin July 4, 2011 at 9:46 am

Eggplant fries? Peanut butter + mozzarella pizza? Drooling right here :) I love outdoor concerts the most during the summer! I used to abhor this season but I’m learning to embrace it.

Evan July 4, 2011 at 10:27 am

Every time I read your posts like this one, I love you more. If we met, I think the world would be in danger…

Favorite summer things….

Late night swims/waking up with mysterious pool hair.
Beach days.
Beers and margaritas, drank al fresco.
Slight sun burns (nbd).
Fun afternoons that turn into 2 AM before you know it.
BBQ’s of all sorts.
Ice cream, all day, erryday.
Sundresses (to camouflage the consequences of said BBQs, beer, and ice cream).
Fruits + veg that taste amazing.
Driving with the windows down, music loud.

I could go on and on…summer needs to be year round! Happy 4th, Holly! :)

Special K July 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I go see Arcade Fire and Mumford IN SOUTH OF SPAIN IN 2 WEEKS! And your life…the fullness of it, all 7 pounds, is love. it is what we are meant to experience and share. Thank you for helping inspire us to go with gusto

Angharad July 4, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Yay! Sounds so wonderful, Holly. Glad you’re having such a great week. Love the pictures. Also, I got to drink New Glarus (spotted cow, duh) this weekend too since I was at the cabin in WI. Win. xx

dana @ my little celebration July 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Summer is my favorite. I love the laziness of the season, the sunshine, the ability to jump spontaneously into swimming pools, the abundance of ice cream, and the wicked tan lines.

Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 4, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Love that photo of the asparagus — a beauty!

Katie July 4, 2011 at 9:05 pm

You are so much fun I can hardly stand it.

Summer loves: mosquito bites (yes, really), sun tanned skin, the smell of chlorine, driving with the windows down, watermelon, ice water, evening walks.

Jessica July 4, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Looks like you had a fantastic weekend!! My favorite things this summer are – laying in the pool, cucumbers in my water, s’mores, bike rides, and Wisconsin microbrews (obviously).

Julia H. (The Petite Spiel) July 5, 2011 at 12:23 am

Wait wait wait… what is this about peanut butter & mozzarella pizza?? I NEED to hear more!

Sarah@The Flying ONION July 5, 2011 at 6:38 am

I LOVE summer. I LOVE this post! :D

I love hiking and sweaty morning runs and cooking dinner over the fire pit. And that feeling that summer will go on forever and ever and ever. What does “snow and ice” mean again?

Pure2raw twins July 5, 2011 at 7:21 am

oh yes love summer – never ending drinks, good food and hanging with friends. :)

lynn @ the actor's diet July 5, 2011 at 9:45 am

fave summer things – ice cream for dinner

Claire July 5, 2011 at 10:45 am

That an acceptable amount of makeup is chapstick and a swipe of mascara. Plus ice cream, beer, and corn are more delicious.

Lauren July 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Long lazy days, 100+ degree weather (I’m a glutton for punishment), black bikini’s that double as napping attire, frozen margaritas and swimming with my “black seal” aka. my dog :)

Glad you had a great 4th of July weekend!

Claire July 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm

OK also, please explain the peanut butter and mozzarella pizza. Three of my favorite things combined. My taste buds are literally exploding.

Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby July 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm


Jess July 5, 2011 at 8:50 pm

PB mozz PIZZA!!?!?? Yessssss.

i love: sleeping, tanning, more time for gym time, the FOOD, dancing, and catching up on tv…and spending more time with my boyfriend!!

Cassie July 6, 2011 at 5:22 am

I can’t even think after I read pb and motz pizza!!!

I love fresh fruit, beach trips, the sun on my face, fun nights with friends, ice cream, sand on my feet.

Carrie S. July 6, 2011 at 10:38 am

I want to go to the New Glarus brewery so bad this summer. Spotted Cow rocks my socks!

EmilyK July 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Oh how I miss Spotted Cow! Sigh. Looks like you had a great weekend!!! My favorite summer things: grilled veggies and fish, campfires, walks at dusk, runs at sunrise, and reading FUN books

Katie July 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Um. Did you say peanut butter AND mozzarella?!

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