July is shaping up to be my favorite month so far this year, and it's on track to remain so. I've crammed a lot into 10 days -- I got to celebrate a 30th birthday (not mine, obvs) with two of my closest friends who I don't get to see nearly enough. I've done a lot of deck lounging, rose drinking, and baby-niece squeezing. I went to the beach for the 4th of July, and I went to Portland this past weekend to visit Kate-the-Author. I have two more trips coming up; one is this coming weekend, and one is the last week of July/first week of August. I'm pretty pleased with all of this.
My trip to Portland was perfectly timed with the week's prompt - "Colors." Maine has lots and lots of color. I had an amazing weekend. Portland is an incredible city, and it was so great to see my friends. Further, it was hot while I was there, but the city did not smell like garbage. I can't even remember the last time I lived in a place that didn't smell like a steaming pile of filth in warm temperatures. Yesterday, I sadly got in my car and headed back to Boston. When I got back home, JC called me as he drove through Arizona. This is not a verbatim transcript of our conversation, but it went basically like this:
JC: Hey! How was your weekend in Portland?
Me: I LOVE PORTLAND WE'RE MOVING TO PORTLAND!
JC: Okay! I'm interested. Did you have a timeline in mind?
JC (in his head): Good plan you psycho.
JC (out loud to me): Okay! When I see you this weekend let's put some plans on the books. We can come up with a timeline and plan a trip to Portland to view the city through a "should we move here" lens.
Me: I'M SO EXCITED TO MOVE TO PORTLAND
JC: I see this!
Anyway. Like I said, "Colors" was a perfect prompt, and here's what I came up with.
I got to Portland on Friday night. Kate-the-Author and I sat on the deck drinking wine for hours, and then we went to bed. When I woke up in the morning, she wasn't awake yet, but her husband made me some coffee. (Later, Kate-the-Author shook her head at the fact that he put my coffee in the "K" mug when my name does not start with a K, but I liked this mug and immediately started searching online for the same one with an "M"). I happily sat on her deck and drank it. I love the colors here - the turquoise table with the red chairs just makes it.
When she woke up, she took me on a tour of the city, which I was instantly obsessed with. (Sidebar: For those of you wondering - yes, we were supposed to run a half-marathon this weekend. After a lack of training and actual interest in doing it, we decided not to run it, and to go for a walk and get donuts instead. We're happy with this decision. We still picked up our shirts though). Popping sunglasses in this picture!
Later that day, we left Portland, and drove up to Phippsburg. Phippsburg is a peninsula on the coast of Maine, and Kate-the-Author's family rents a house there every year. They checked into the house on Saturday, so I went up there with them for the night. They brought their golden retriever, Nellie. Nellie is awesome and I wanted to keep her as my own. I don't know the name of this other dog - but he was super cute. He belongs to the neighbors, who share the dock with Kate's family.
My suggestion to everyone would be to befriend Kate-the-Author and get invited on her family vacation. I hadn't seen her parents in years and it was so wonderful to do so. Basically, her family will treat you like royalty the whole time you're there, and give you a bedroom in the house with an ocean view. I took this picture on Sunday morning, sitting in my bed.
We drank coffee on the dock, and then Kate-the-Author and I went for a walk with her husband. We passed these lobster traps, and I love lobster traps. Nothing makes me more nostalgic than lobster traps. They're also incredibly colorful.
Then, I went home to Boston. Womp womp.
Now, whether I move out of Boston or not, I still hold a begrudging love for it in my heart, and it will forever and always be the city I most closely associate with my own personal identity. So, I didn't want to leave it out of this post. Especially since the city is filled with its own colors.
This is the Latin Culture building on Northeastern's campus. If you're looking for color, this is it!
And obviously, I can't leave out the Adirondack chairs on the lawn of the MFA. They're beautiful and they scream - SUMMER!
And of course, Bananas. He's a multi-colored cat sitting on a multi-colored rug, pissed off at me for leaving him for the weekend.
That's all I've got! I'm tagging along for a few days this weekend on JC's road-trip, and I'm psyched. Ironically - while I just spent the weekend in Maine, on the ocean, the prompt for this week is "Water." I fly to the Mojave Desert on Thursday.
"Colors" would have been a good prompt for my upcoming adventure, but it's fine. I will produce water from a stone, and take a picture of it to put on this blog.
Enjoy your week!