went to cannon beach and hug point with two other babes. how had it been over 6 months since I last saw the ocean? I need to make sure I get there a few more times before this year is through, for sure.
all photos by jfancy
I just had a glorious 4 day staycation between sessions of summer term. 4 days full of getting shit done, working hard in the garden, playing bingo (and winning $66!), warming my home, laughing with friends, cooking, baking, ice cream making, canning, and relaxing. It finally felt like a real summer. Some highlights:
Kicking off Thursday evening with celebratory nachos for finishing my classes:
Making basil ice cream (the ice cream totally matched the stove perfectly):
House warming party: (photos by jf)
brown butter sea salt crispies
pickled deviled eggs made by nicoletta
sausage!! the theme was Sausage Fest (cause we’re just that gay).
Marionberries in simple syrup:
And today I started the second half of the term with a new class. But I think it will be way less stressful than the first half of summer, and I will have four day weekends to go on adventures and get up to all sorts of fun things. Today I pickled radishes and greenbeans, made a quiche full of veggies and leftover sausage, and am about to make a peach and marionberry crisp. And then take a late walk with the tiny dog. Can’t complain really.
Green bean and radish pickles:
and sometimes self-care looks like getting off skype just before you start full-on sobbing. and letting the sobbing happen, no matter how bad you want it to stop.
I haven’t written here in weeks.I even missed the half way point milestone (day 183) that I swore I’d post about. I started my summer term and it has felt like my life has gotten away from me a bit. I have been basically living in a world of homework and deadlines and so much reading for the past three weeks. It’s kind of unreal. Plus the lack of reliable internet has made things extra difficult. But the internet sitch has been fixed, my term is done in a week (and then I start another a few days later, but only one class instead of two), and I feel like I can start getting back to updating more regularly.
All that said, I have been practicing self-care on the regular. Especially with summer finally here, I have been treating myself really well and prioritizing certain activities to help me get through the term at school and make the most of the limited “me” time I have right now. Also, since school is a major priority and going to grad school has been such an act of self-love for me, I feel like pouring myself into it and giving it my all is some of the best self-care I can do. But trips to the river, playing in the park, and epic days of berry picking and jam making certainly don’t hurt either.
strawberries and lavender picked on Sauvie Island
lavender farm on Sauvie Island
strawberry lavender jam
little dog in a big park