Friday, June 20, 2014

The Start of Summer

Summer officially starts tomorrow, and this post is about the start of my summer, so I thought the title was appropriate :)

When I got home at the beginning of the summer, I was profoundly tired. A busy semester, perhaps my most challenging finals period so far, and immediately going to New York for a week all added up. In some ways I still feel like I'm recovering, and I have spent many afternoons doing little other than sitting on the couch watching tv or reading. I've had barely any free time for several months, so it feels wonderful to have the freedom to do nothing if I want.

So far, my summer has been pretty laid back. Last week I started volunteer tutoring, which I'm enjoying. As much as I enjoy doing nothing, I also enjoy having a reason to get out of bed in the morning. (I've always wished I was a morning person, but if I don't have a reason to get up in the morning invariably I sleep later than I would like). This week I took my first (long overdue!) trip to the library this summer, and also my first picnic and trip to Dairy Queen of the summer. My mom and I couldn't resist going down to see Minnehaha Falls after all the rain we've gotten recently.

For those of you not from Minneapolis,
the falls are rarely this large.

One of my favorite things to do make crafts and work with my hands. I think I get that partly from my dad, who is a carpenter, and also from my grandma, who spent a lot of time knitting and sewing and doing other crafts. During the school year I rarely have the time, so this summer I have been getting back into crafts and loving it. I'm nearly done knitting a scarf I have been working on for an embarrassingly long time. I almost forgot how nice it feels, the satisfaction of making something with my own hands. I already made a trip to the craft store for supplies, and I have more projects in mind!

You can probably tell I don't have much energy right now to put into writing anything profound. I'm looking forward to much more relaxing and many more summer adventures these next couple months!