Summer has officially ended. *sad face* For the first time in years, I didn’t have any summer vacation plans, but that’s ok because it was still a pretty good one. Back in early June, I made a commitment to spend the summer exploring my city and jotted down a few things that I thought would be fun. Here’s the original list and a quick recap of what actually happened.
Note: I was supposed to add pics but I’m lazy. Most of them were already blogged, tweeted, or on FB.
- Watch a movie and have a cocktail at an over 21 theater – this was first on my list, but I still didn’t make it. The closest theater shows indie movies so I really want to check it out.
- Visit one of the water parks – I’m bummed this didn’t happen; maybe next summer.
- Visit one of the trampoline parks – this was on my “big kid” bucket list for a long time and I was so excited. My family and I arrived at the facility as soon as it opened. For 2.5 hours, we jumped, played dodge ball and basketball, and tumbled in the ball pit. By lunchtime, we were all exhausted and starving. I think I had more fun than the kids. LOL!
- Pig out at a Food Truck Festival – this was one of the first things I did this summer. I love the DC food truck scene. My favorite grub is vegetable samosas from an Indian truck, bulgogi from a Korean truck, beef empanadas from a Spanish truck, and red velvet cupcakes from the pink cupcake truck. My
innerouter fat girl was a happy camper.
- Watch a movie outdoors at the National Harbor - I’ve done this many times. It’s nice to sit near the water, catch a cool breeze, and watch a classic movie on a jumbo screen.
- Attend an outdoors concert at the Capitol Riverfront – I forgot about this one. Oops.
- Tour the White House – I submitted the request early, but the date they approved conflicted with other plans so we couldn’t do the full tour. I took my family to the White House visitor’s center and other DC monuments, so it wasn’t a complete bust.
- Go to an Asian Spa and get naked in the bade pool – I did this a few years ago and it was different but not as awkward as expected, so my friends and I decided to go for a Girl’s Day Out. But after seeing this, we canceled our reservations and I will never go again.
- Go to Jazz in the Garden on Friday night - we were lucky enough to choose a Friday that was not too hot. A cool evening, decent spot on the lawn, snacks and drizzanks, great friends, and a free concert. Can’t beat that with a bat.
- Explore DC on a sightseeing bus tour – I bought tickets but couldn’t coordinate with my mom’s schedule. We’ll probably do it when she visits next month.
- Shop at the Eastern Market and Union Market - EM is very eclectic, both indoors and outdoors, has a variety of local farmers/small business vendors, and a large selection from fresh produce to jewelry and art. We casually strolled the entire area, bought a few items, sampled everything, and I OD’d on wallamelon…of course. UM is smaller, indoors only, a few local farmers, vendor booths from DC restaurants, and a wine bar where we had an impromptu wine tasting. UM has more of a yuppy vibe, but I prefer the variety at EM.
- Dinner and private karaoke at Korean restaurant – this was my first time doing private karaoke (noraebang?) and I had a ball with a few local friends and twitter buddies that were visiting for the weekend. We sang and laughed ’til it hurt. You couldn’t tell me I wasn’t Diana Ross or Beyonce. Hmph. A good time was had by all.
- Dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant – tried it, never again. Did. Not. Like. The memory makes me think of pureed Puppy Chow. Yuck!
- Attend the DC Jazz Festival – I forgot all about this one, too. Dang!
- Attend a Food & Wine Festival – this has become an annual tradition for me. I can never go a full summer without attending at least one wine festival. Unfortunately, I was disappointed this year. The wine was great, food was ok, but the crowd and entertainment left something to be desired. I need to find a new
- Visit the Newseum and Interactive Spy Museums – I love museums and could probably spend all day exploring this one. Unfortunately, we didn’t arrive until almost 2pm and they closed at 5pm. *sad face* With only a few hours, we explored the 9/11, Civil Rights, and Pulitzer exhibits, watched tribute videos and a 4D movie. We barely scratched the surface though. There’s so much more to see and I
want towill go back again.
- Go to the Beyonce/Jay-Z concert – YAAAASSSSSSSSS!! :-D
- See the Lion King stage play at the Kennedy Center – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is my favorite-EST Disney movie and I loved seeing the stage play again. The visual recreation of each scene was on point and the performances were phenomenal. I was singing along for the entire 3+ hour show. It was worth every penny.
- Visit one of the state parks with a mini beach – we had a mini reunion/family fun day at Gunpowder State Park in MD. I didn’t even know this park existed until we started searching for a location and it was perfect. It had a covered pavilion, gas grills, play area for the kids, and a beach. Best of all, it was FREE! My family came in from NY, NJ, CA, NC, MD, and VA, and we had fun at the park from 8am until sunset. Then the party continued at my cousin’s house until 2am. But once the spades hit the table, it was a wrap. My people + liquor + spades = DANGER. I can confirm that no one suffered bodily harm, but I can’t say the same for bruised egos. Good times man, good times. Ha!
- Step out of my comfort zone and get an edgy hair cut and color – I haven’t bit the bullet yet, but I’m definitely going to do it before this year is out. Maybe for my birthday.
- Read 2 books: Anxious for Nothing: God’s Cure for the Cares of Your Soul by John MacArthur and Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges – both of these books were great supplements to my regular bible reading. I began reading them and taking notes in my journal around June. A month or so later, I began to experience an unfortunate series of events and understood their purpose. He’s always on time.
- Binge watch Orange is the New Black Season 2 - I finished season 2 in about a week and thought it was ok. The story line for the main characters, Piper and Alex, is boring and I’d quit watching if it were just them. But I enjoyed getting to know the other characters and learning more about their background, especially Taystee and Crazy Eyes. Love them! I did not like Ms. Vee at all and she got what she deserved at the end. Witch! I usually lose interest in a show after season 3, so we’ll see what happens next.
BONUS: I went sky diving and it was the highlight of my entire summer. I’ve watched my video over and over in pure shock because I still can’t believe I jumped out of an airplane while laughing. Aaaaack! The experience was scary AND fun…at the same dang time! My adrenaline was on 1,000+ from beginning to end. I was so hype! Once my feet were back on solid ground and my brain returned to normal, I kept saying to myself “I can’t believe you did that!” Then I went home, crashed, and slept for the rest of the day. Ha!
How was your summer?