Monday, August 08, 2011


I had a lot of stuff to write about but, as per usual, I ended up getting a bit backed up, so I’m just going to sum up. While the rest of the country has been roasting, summer barely got off the ground until the 4th of July, so we’ve had to pack in quite a bit in a short time. 

Now that I’ve had a few weeks to recover, I can unequivocally say that Warrior Dash was a ragingly good time and I can’t wait to do it again in six weeks. My finish time was terrible and my body hated me afterwards, but I had a ridiculous amount of fun. I think there are so few opportunities for grown adults to do ridiculous things like slosh through the mud, so I find it important to take those opportunities when they arise. 

There's also been quite a bit of camping. A small family trip to Deception Pass and some orca watching on Lime Kiln Point started the month, then we ended it with a big camping bash at Rasar State Park. We got a big group site for Elena’s annual birthday campout this year and it was so plush it almost felt like cheating at camping. The site featured a big grassy area with a huge covered annex featuring tables, electrical outlets, and a fireplace (though we kept to the firepit just outside of it.) Individual tent sites radiated out from the center like a child‘s drawing of the sun, giving a nice balance between having one’s own space and having a central place to flock. 

In all, it was two days of sock knitting, beer-drinking, s’more-making, frisbee-throwing goodness. 

Lastly, I made a dress, just in time for the summer's first camping trip. I pulled some random aqua jersey that had been bumming around my fabric stash for about ten years, and in my mom's stash for who knows how long before that, and decided it was time to finally make something out of it. Using the Camisole Dress pattern from Alabama Studio Style, I sewed myself up my new favorite item of summer clothing. I also airbrushed some darker blue swirls halfway up, added some decorative seam stitching, then stenciled and reverse-appliqued some leaves along the bottom. It's still a work in progress, but I'm wearing it in the meantime.

There was probably more, but I think that just about catches me up. Now onto the rest of summer!