What I'm Doing This SummerTuesday, May 28, 2013
So you know how at the beginning of the school year, some teachers want you to write a "What I Did This Summer" paper? Well, I thought I'd get a head start on that and tell you before I actually do anything (it's a good thing I actually have things to do this summer, eh?). And yes, summer technically doesn't start for a few more weeks, but my summer started last week, so I'm living it NOW!
-Start an herb garden
When we took our special no-complaining birthday trip to Home Depot last week, I picked up some seeds and some soil, and I can't wait to start growing my own fresh herbs (and a couple of other plants as well)! I'm growing organic basil, organic cilantro, organic garlic chives, rosemary, oregano, and lavender. I'll also be getting some mint cuttings from my friend Christy, which I'm really excited about! In addition to the herbs, I'm also going to try my hand at growing foxglove (it's pretty!) and Jack Be Little pumpkins (so I can grow my own autumn decorations!).
-Explore my backyard a little more
My BFF Dominique and I already have a few day trips planned for the summer. We went to Fair Oak Farms last week, and we plan to go back for more ice cream, to buy some cheese, and to see the pigs!
There's also a winery in town, Wildcat Creek Winery, that we're definitely checking out this summer! I really want to try the Aunt Minnie's Cherry Tree wine! We're also thinking about checking out other nearby wineries, like Whyte Horse Winery and Coal Creek Cellars Winery.
And she doesn't know it yet, but I'd LOVE if we could all go down to Metamora sometime this summer. The only issue is finding a day when she, her husband, Tom, and I are all off work! We used to go to Metamora when I was a kid, and it's such a fun place! It's a little old canal town that has many of the historic buildings preserved. It's full of cute little shops, and you can ride in a horse-drawn canal boat, or even take a train into the town! It's adorable, and I love it, and it's even better at Christmas. I'm getting ridiculously sentimental right now.
And though it's not in Indiana, I'd really love to go to Jungle Jim's :)
-Go to the farmers' market often
There's a weekly farmers' market here (well, technically, there are three -- they're different days in different spots of the Greater Lafayette area), and last week was the first time I went. I got locally-raised grass-fed hamburger, challah rolls, fresh lettuce, a cherry chocolate scone, and some awesome Cherries & Hooch jam from Two Cookin' Sisters (it's cherries and amaretto, and it's DEE-LISH!).
All the food was really tasty, and I loved knowing I was buying local products! I can't wait to visit the downtown farmers' market, because it looks even bigger than the one I went to!
-Road trippin' with my girl Hannah
Before I got married, my friend Hannah and I used to go on a lot of road trips together. Sadly, we've only had one (to Chicago) in the past two years. That's changing at the end of June, when we go back to our beloved Houston, then to Dallas, and then Oklahoma City. Confession: we're going to Big Time Rush concerts. And I'm okay with admitting that. I'm really excited though, because A.) we always have a blast together B.) it's been SO long since I've had anything resembling a vacation C.) we're going back to Texas! We went to Houston three years ago and fell in love with it, and I can't wait to go back! D.) I'll be checking off at least four more states that I've never been to :)
-Some exciting new blog things But you'll find out about those soon enough :)
What are you doing this summer?