Goodbye summer, it was nice knowing you

September 1 rolled around and just like that, summer's sunshine and warm breezes left. It was back to school and fall weather again. This summer wasn't the most exciting as I didn't go anywhere, but it was certainly life-changing.

At the end of May, I gave up my downtown condo living lifestyle to move into my first home with Mr. Artist. Certainly the biggest purchase yet of our lives, we were pretty unprepared for how stressful purchasing a home was, but now after a couple months, I can certainly say how amazing it is to make a home together. Our house happens to be on this really adorable tree-lined street where everyone seems to have a dog and/or 1.5 kids. Our neighbors even have a community watch and host block parties! Nearby there are lots of parks to take Ecko in and he was SUPER excited to be in a new home. The first couple days he ran non-stop around the house and the yard sniffing everywhere and exploring until he would eventually collapse from excitement.




Besides setting up our home (which takes A LOT of work), I managed to fit in a weekend trip to Portland, Oregon. I'd heard a lot of good things about Portland, but mainly how hipster it was and I was not disappointed. It was certainly very hipster as evidenced by the fact that I could talk about our in-house aquaponics set with a random stranger and not be greeted with a "aqua-what?" Everyone in Portland was super nice and with no sales tax, I kinda went to town buying up makeup, beauty products and clothes. I also learned that Cheesecake Factory is not at all like how it's portrayed on Big Bang Theory and that donuts are definitely worth waiting in line for an hour when they are smothered in peanut butter, chocolate and oreos.


Humungous milkshakes at Cheesecake Factory






Lastly, another highlight of my summer was going to the Justin Timberlake/Jay-Z concert! While seeing Jay-Z is definitely must-have, I must admit I was more excited for some sexy-back JT and I was not disappointed. I can summarize JT and Jay-Z's performance with one word: PRO-FESSIONAL. Smooth, always on point and adept at hyping up the crowd, these guys had everyone on their feet, throwing diamonds in the air.




So that was my summer - how was yours?



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6 comments

  1. That sounds like a nice summer--especially the life-changing part. I spent the last part of the summer wishing I lived in an apartment, but that passed (once things stopped breaking).

    PS - They could say Penny worked at a random restaurant. It's strange they say it's the Cheesecake Factory but don't try at all to make it look like one.

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  2. PS2 - One thing that's accurate are Penny's references to how big the menu is!!!

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  3. Yay loves these posts from you, even though I already know everything that happened *shifty eyes in a non-creepy way*

    Good thing this week is supposed to be around 30 degrees again, summer is not yet gone!

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  4. sounds like you had an awesome summer! and congrats on the new home; paying a mortagage blows but so worth it :)

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  5. Oh my gosh I am so jealous you went to that concert! I had tickets, but then realized that I had to be back in Massachusetts for a friend's wedding that day so I had to sell my tix! Looks/sounds like it was a blast!

    I used to live in Portland and definitely became spoiled by their lack of sales tax - what a great city!

    Bailey

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  6. Oh my gosh I am so jealous you went to that concert! I had tickets, but then realized that I had to be back in Massachusetts for a friend's wedding that day so I had to sell my tix! Looks/sounds like it was a blast!

    I used to live in Portland and definitely became spoiled by their lack of sales tax - what a great city!

    Bailey

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