Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Summer in Review

   First of all, I always thought the seasons changed on the 21st of each month.  However, the autumnal equinox arrived at 5:05 a.m. on Friday, September 23.  So now I know.  I treasure the seasons' transition in Indiana -- probably my favorite thing about this state. The mild temperatures and changing landscape draw me outdoors to blare music in the car with the sunroof open, take long walks with the dogs, and lead way to thoughtful reflections.
This past summer brought good times, good work, good friends, good food, and just general goodness.  Here is a pictorial review of my Summer 2011:
I got paid to write stuff about stuff that goes on these machines.  I have a writing partner for one project and it makes writing about obscure things more enjoyable.  My old and dear friend, Celeste, keeps me on track with this fun stuff.  Riveting work we are producing - riveting!
I had the honor of standing up in one of my dearest friend's, Sarah Owen Bigler, wedding.  This was the first wedding where all of the bride's maids were my dearest friends.  Sarah took everything leading up to wedding in stride and was such a generous and gracious bride.  Congratulations!!!
As I mentioned in my last post, I vacationed with the whole Barich family in Union Pier, MI.  Lake Michigan's salt-free waters helped to create many amazing memories for the 20-something of us.  It was one of the best vacations I have ever had.  Pretty lucky to enjoy my family's company for a whole week.

Oh...and I ran into my old Angie's List boss, Craig Boas, and his family on the beach one night at sunset...so random.  

I enjoyed the fruits of Indiana summers at our Sunday night family dinners at Mom and Dad's. I came to a truth about corn on the cob.  I don't like it.  There, I said it and I do not believe that makes me a bad Hoosier either.
The Indiana State Fair filled one summer day of fun, food, and stinky animals.  My favorite part of the fair is the big mama sow and her little piglets.  Mom and Dad were at the tragic stage collapse at the Sugarland concert and the non-profit that Beth works for set up the charitable fund for the victims and their families. 

And of course I spent several loving moments with Moose and Lilli.  Since Moose got kicked out of daycare and Lilli got word from the vet that she needs to lose 10 lbs., we have been walking...a lot.  They are a pair.  I will never understand how people do not like dogs.  Sure, they drag in all kinds of dirt, tear up stuff (sometimes,) and have less than favorable behaviors from time to time.  
But, the unconditional love they give is gold.