Monday, August 20, 2012

cruel summer

Ah, summer!  So beautiful, and yet,  And sticky.  And slow.  Summers are always slow for us.  Not the good slow as in, take a breath, enjoy life, go on vacation.  Slow as in, retail sales seem to grind to a halt.  Usually, Andy takes on other extra work in the summer to help make up for this.  But this summer, he has been working his tail off to launch his new career in real estate.

This has meant we've stuck pretty close to home.  Our long overdue visit to friends in NYC?  On hold.  Trips up north, and a visit to my parents in Colorado?  No can do.

But it hasn't been all bad.  Though most of this summer has been hotter than usual, August has given us a bit of a break.  We've been able to turn off the air conditioning and even use the oven once in awhile.  So I made this tower of smitten kitchen salted chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.

Backyard badminton has been excellent.

Hydrating with pink gin and tonics.

Enjoying beautiful late afternoon sunlight.

Naps with a snuggly old terrier.

And reading and drinking beer in a bubble bath.

I mean, seriously.  I really can't complain.  It's a very good life.  I hope your summer--whether jet-setting or staycationing (ugh)--has been delightful!



  1. Yum, those cookies look so delicious. Naps with a cuddly old terrier are on our list as well!

  2. Karen, I can't tell you how much I wish you could share those cookies over the internet! salt & chocolate together make for a pretty awesome treat, every time. I love that you and A play badminton. best summer game! I hope you don't have to postpone your trips for *too* long. x

  3. Oh summer. I do not like it one bit but there are some things I like about it. Iced drinks for one!
    And those cookies look super yum. :)


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