A Very Long Recap

It’s been what, 2- 3 weeks since the last recap?  It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but I definitely haven’t been short on activities…they’re the reason I haven’t. Time management this summer has definitely been a struggle.

I mentioned before that I was moving and looking for an apartment…it was a challenge to find one to say the least, but that’s just because I’m picky and wanted a nice sized kitchen and to not feel like I was living in a shoe box πŸ˜› Wellllll….I found one! My roommate and I just signed our lease last week for a place and we couldn’t be more excited! She’s moving in this weekend and I’m moving in sometime in late August or early September…basically just before I start work πŸ™‚

I’m so excited to decorate it’s unbelievable…or maybe it is believable if you know my mom. She started her own interior design and upcycle furniture business several years ago, so we’ve been itching to know what my apartment was going to look like for a long time so that we could know what furniture we could paint and fit in the space!

I’m so so so excited to live in my first real person apartment, but I’m enjoying the time at home with my family for sure, so that’s been nice too πŸ™‚

My friend (aka my forever roommate but not the roommate I’m living with next year) is off work on Fridays so some friends and I decided it would be a great idea to go to the National Zoo in DC…it totally was. We took the metro downtown and got to see tons of different animals. The Zoo always seems different to me every time I go even though they haven’t changed anything in ages, so it’s always exciting for me.

We were sharing the space with about a million summer camps, but that was fine as long as the kiddos weren’t too obnoxious πŸ˜›

This is a horrible quality picture through the glass, but they had this place called Amazonian where they had animals in open spaces. These turtles were obviously enclosed, but they had so much space to move around…and I love turtles more than any other animal minus dogs so I was pumped!

Zoo Turtles

Danny requested we see all of the lions and tigers, so we sought them out…It’s always so cool to see lions up close. They’re huge! Zoo Lion

More turtles! These guys were somewhere between 75 and 100 years old…watching them walk back inside was super cool! The zookeeper had to bang on a bucket to get them to move and when they would walk a few steps closer to him and hit their nose on a large red panel he was holding they would get some lettuce…they were attempting to train them to come inside at the sound of something being hit against the bucket. Zoo Giant turtlesZoo Giant turtle

Flamingos are also some of my favorites. I love watching them stand on one leg and they’re really just interesting birds. Did you know that they’re not naturally pink? Apparently it comes from what they eat…it kind of reminds me of how my mom used to say you are what you eat.

And there’s that book where a girl eats so much chocolate that she turns into chocolate…I think people try to eat her? It’s a kids book for sure but now that I’m thinking of it, it’s really quite creepy…Zoo Flamingos

These cool sculptures were all over the Zoo! They’re made out of beach toys, which I thought was an awesome and creative use of old stuff! Zoo Fish

I forget what this guy is called…some kind of desert cat, but he was cute and sleeping the whole time we watched him! Zoo cat

when I looked at them, I thought they were Tucans, but they’re not…however I cannot remember what they actually are πŸ˜› Zoo birds

This is another pretty terrible quality photo…like most of the ones above, but they had a new baby monkey. We were walking into what they call the “Think Tank” and one of the employees told us we had to check out the new baby and that she was being very active.

She was jumping and swinging around all over the place which was so fun to watch! We must have stayed there for at least a half hour! She kept coming over to Danny and Kara and we were convinced it was because she’d never seen redheads before πŸ˜› Zoo baby monkey

Naturally while we were there it started pouring down rain. Ever single time I’m with Kara, Danny, and Chewy on a Friday afternoon it pours rain…first was graduation, then when we went hiking in Harpers Ferry and then again at the Zoo. I should really start bringing a rain coat or umbrella when I’m around them!

The next day, Saturday, my mom really wanted ice cream so we went out to the Gainesville area for Pickle Bob’s. If you live in the area it’s a pretty great place to go for ice cream. It’s a tiny little trailer type structure behind a Sheetz and they have some amazing stuff.

I got a Twisted Tornado (so both chocolate and vanilla soft serve) with cookie dough chunks and Reese’s Peanut Butter sauce swirl…out of this world! You NEED to try it!

Pickle Bobs

The rest of the weekend was low key…we were just trying to figure out vacations and all sorts of other plans.

The next week was where I was busiest. I had tons of doctors appointments and things going on that are just never that fun, but necessary, so I went to those. I also went rock climbing for the first time in years…I really don’t think I’ve been since I was probably 10 years old.

It was so much fun! My boyfriend convinced me to go, so we headed out to Sportrock in Sterling, VA and decided to go bouldering…I had never tried it before so I was a little nervous. I’m not afraid of heights, but something about climbing up and only relying on yourself to keep you there…not going to lie, I was really quite freaked out. It was fine in the end (once I eventually got over it and stopped saying I couldn’t go any higher πŸ˜› )

Rock climbing

I had a great time and it wasn’t that expensive either! it was $19 for climbing and shoes with the student discount. Not very many places have a student discount so I was pretty excited about that! But it was also a new experience so that was fun too…and my arms and forearms were sore for days πŸ™‚

I also ended up cleaning out and officially moving out of my apartment in Harrisonburg. It wasn’t really sad because I’d already said my goodbyes, but it was nice to have Kara there with me cleaning and getting rid of all the rest of our stuff…we really didn’t have much left because we had moved out all of our things, but there were some leftover cleaning supplies and trash that needed to be thrown out.

We said goodbye to apt. 403 and now we both get to move on to different places.

The next day we had tickets to the Florida Georgia Line concert at Jiffy Lube Live. They’re on their Dig Your Roots tour and Kara and I both love country music, so we really wanted to go. We procrastinated on getting our tickets for a while and ended up having to buy tickets for seats under the pavilion. It definitely worked out in our favor because it rained for a while on Saturday night.

The concert was so much fun though! We didn’t tailgate because of the rain, but I’m so glad we got to go. Kane Brown, The Cadillac Three, and Cole Swindell were all openers and they were all so great! Out of the three of them Cole Swindell was probably my favorite…his new song Flatliner is just too good and hearing it live…loved it πŸ™‚

I think the best part of the whole concert was when Florida Georgia Line did a mixtape–they showed photographs from when they were younger and sang a bunch of different songs, including some from the Backstreet Boys at one point.

They also did something that they called a writer’s circle and brought Cole Swindell and the main singer from The Cadillac Three up on stage to sing songs they’d written for other people. It was really cool because the songwriters don’t get a whole lot of credit most of the time and these guys have all written huge hits for some other artists!

This is the only picture I took and it’s pretty bad, but hey…I was just there to enjoy the music and I definitely did that πŸ™‚

Florida Georgia Line

Sunday was another fun-filled day! The MetroDukes alumni association reserved a section at the Nationals game against the Pirates, so early this summer I asked a bunch of my friends if they wanted to go and gathered about 8 of us to get together.

We all met up at the metro and rode into DC, which was super easy and then hung out at the game. The tickets were a great deal and came with a $15 food credit that we made use of immediately because we were starving!

Our seats were right under the scoreboard so we had a great view from the outfield!

Nationals Park

It was soooooo hot though…it was probably close to 100 degrees and we were in the sun the whole time. We were all so sweaty and tired. Towards the end of the 4th or 5th inning we moved to the shade to grab some water and stand in front of a huge mist fan that was blowing the whole game. It was glorious…I wish we had found it sooner because I never wanted to move after that! It kept us nice and cool!

We did end up walking around a little bit because a few of us wanted some ice cream and to see the stadium. Walking was a nice break from the sun as well! We ended up walking around towards the 9th inning right around when things got interesting and the Nationals tied up the game and wouldn’t you know it, on one of the hottest days of the summer we got ourselves some bonus baseball! πŸ˜›

We stayed until the 11th inning and then decided it was time to head out. It took us probably an hour or so to get back home and believe it or not, the game was still going when I got home! It actually went 18 innings…the Nationals lost so I was bummed, but can you believe it?! It was the longest game in National’s history…and I saw a home run in person for the first time! It was a great game for sure!

The weekend was a blast and now I’m getting back into the swing of a normal routine for a couple of days before I head to the beach!

I hope everyone had a great last couple weeks!

————————————————————————–Have you tried any new activities recently?

-Just rock climbing! So fun!

Have you ever been to a baseball game/any games with extra innings?

-Up until now, the longest game I’d seen was 12 innings at Twins Stadium in MN

 

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