Wednesday, July 31, 2013

June/July Wrap-Up

Oops, I guess I missed wrapping up June properly, what with my hiatus and all. So I guess we'll cram a whole bunch of stuff into one post. June and July!

Summer Bucket List
I finished 15 things on my Summer Bucket List during June and July. I played mini golf, saw the fireworks on the Fourth of July, dangled my feet in the water, and read something fluffy and summery — "Messy" by the Fug Girls!

Matt and I also went to see the Round Rock Express (triple A minor league team for the Texas Rangers) play the Nashville Sounds with his sister and her husband.

There were several others as well, but I either didn't get pictures or they were typical summer things that weren't worth mentioning. (Like, um, I wore flip-flops?)

Other Adventures
Technically it was in May, but I didn't write about our stay at 7F Lodge until June, so I'll count that here. We also went salsa dancing for the first time in years! We traveled to St. Louis, Chicago and Madison, Wis., with a few side detours thrown in (I haven't posted about all of these places yet, though). I got a new-to-me truck, and left my little Honda to be donated. I started learning piano again. Oh, and I turned 26.

Reading Challenge: Read Through the Bible in a Year
I made an effort to get a little bit ahead in June because we were planning to go on vacation end of June/beginning of July, and I didn't want to get behind because of that. So far, I've managed to stay about a week ahead of schedule. I hate to say it, but I'm ready for this challenge to be over. I'm slogging through 2 Chronicles right now.

Completed: Day 214 of 362

Food Challenge: Sample Every Flavor of Bluebell Ice Cream
The first one I tried in June was Black Walnut — I really like walnuts, but for some reason the walnuts tasted really bitter in this ice cream, which kind of put me off. I also tried Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream. After our last foray into cheesecake ice cream flavors (Caramel Turtle Cheesecake), I didn't have high expectations for this one, but it was surprisingly very good! Light and summery and sweet, with strawberry and cheesecake chunks, and lots of swirls.

Since the start of summer, Bluebell has also introduced two other flavors that weren't on my list — Mango and Rockslide Brownie (which I tried and enjoyed, but is there really a way to mess up chocolate and marshmallows?).

Completed: 48 out of 68 flavors.

Working Out
On Ayesha's suggestion, I got Jillian Michaels' Yoga Meltdown DVD from Netflix to give it a try. Man, even level one was tough! I was doing it in the living room when Matt got home one night, and he started teasing me about it, but then he couldn't even do one of the easy moves.

I also had a new tap instructor for part of the summer, since our regular teacher was on maternity leave, and tap was a lot more cardio with the interim instructor.

I did a lot of walking while on vacation. And at the end of July, I helped out with the recreation activities at my church's Vacation Bible School again, which involved a lot of running around with the kids.

But otherwise, I was pretty terrible about a) working out, and b) keeping track of the workouts I did do in June and July. I want to do better in August, because both my exercise and eating habits have taken a turn for the worse this month.

What goals are you working towards? Anyone else have a hard time keeping track of them over the summer months?


  1. I feel like I've completed lots of little 25 Before 25 goals, but I stink at taking pictures!I'll have to do a cumulative post like you did! I'm finally tackling working out again. Man, I did that yoga video a couple of times last week, too. It's a workout! But, this morning, I went to my first Barre and cardio mix type class. It was tough! But I like it, so I think I'm going to stick with it.

    1. Someday I want to try a barre workout class! I did ballet when I was younger, but it's been yeeeears - is it anything like that?