Summer may have the reputation of being lazy and relaxing, but between kids, beach parties, and vacations, everyone knows that summer is a crazy time! As fall arrives, we at ACET wanted to share a few highlights from our sunny and warm-filled summer.
Kirsten: Like most summers, my husband (Zack) and I were very busy! We had another family wedding this summer up on the North Shore (near Gooseberry Falls). We started driving in the heat of a lazy August afternoon (after visiting two more of Minnesota’s excellent vineyards!) but by the time we got to Duluth, we were driving through fog. Zack thought it was excellent – the cool fog reminded him of Britain! In July, we adopted a dog from a local rescue group. Casey is a one-year-old Siberian Husky/Border Collie mix. Casey’s been a great addition to the family – he loves the other dogs in the family and adores going up to the cabin to swim in the lake. And, if that weren’t enough, we’ve recently started some painting projects at home!
Joseph: My summer was spent catching up on some projects I have been dying to complete, as well as enjoying the outdoors. I was able to polish off a few books I was reading (I’m always in the middle of several books!) as well as spend some time listening to podcast lectures from UC-Berkeley to supplement some of my more challenging reading material. I also worked on some writing projects: a screenplay, a bit of a standup routine, and some film character analysis. And, as always, my dog Zelda demanded my attention; luckily Minnesota has a plethora of dog-friendly trails. We discovered a brand new one where dogs and horses can cross paths – that was an adventure!
Cassie: I work two jobs, so I spent a good portion of my summer indoors, unfortunately. However, I did give myself a few necessary diversions! In May, my partner, Doug, and I went on vacation in California. Although it was unseasonably cool, we spent a week enjoying the ocean, visiting old friends, and experiencing the culture of the San Francisco bay area. In July, I also spent a long weekend with Doug in Winona, MN. If you’ve ever in town, definitely check out Bloedow’s Bakery for some tasty (and addictive!) treats. Lastly, I picked up a new summer pastime – tossing Frisbee!
Stella: My husband, Jason, and I like to spend our summers on Lake Minnetonka. Our favorite places to frequent on the lake are Maynards and Lord Fletchers. We also spent a lot of time this summer working on our lawn and going to Home Depot – we’ve been having difficulty getting grass to grow in certain spots in our front yard! Although I’m sad that summer ended so quickly, I’m looking forward to catching up on my reading over the fall and winter.
How did you spend your “lazy” summer days? We’d love to hear all about it!