The ABCs of Summer 2014

This is a special post to wrap up my summer of 2014, alphabet style! And since it just happens to be Thursday as well, I thought, might as well join Amanda‘s Thinking Out Loud link up and let me more people join in the fun!




The ABCs of Summer 2014

Artists in Residence

My friend Hannah and I had a great time sipping wine and channeling our inner Van Goghs at a Paint Nite event last month. No ears were harmed in the making of these masterpieces.

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Brew Fest

We sampled everything from hard ginger beer to Chinese style lager and so much hoppy goodness in between at Milwaukee Brew Fest in July.



Chill on the Hill

Music, beer, friends and lounging on the wet grass happened many a Tuesday night at Humboldt Park’s Chill on the Hill. It’s a great way to unwind on a summer’s eve, and it’s practically right across the street from our house!



Dressed for Success

I took full advantage of summer being sundress season and filled my Project 333 summer capsule wardrobe with breezy dresses. Getting dressed has been a snap this summer!



One Saturday night, we braved a hot summer downpour to go out for dinner at the Ethiopian Cottage. Ethiopian food is delicious!


Family Matters

Both mine and Kevin’s families came to visit us in Milwaukee this summer! My mom and aunt came up in August and Kevin’s brother, sister in law, and nieces and nephews came in July. We love showing off our city ๐Ÿ™‚



Group Love

I got to know my running group a lot better this summer. They sure do make great company for long runs and races! Can’t wait to share my first marathon experience with many of these folks!

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Hair today, gone tomorrow!

I chopped 6 inches off my hair and have never looked back. Goodbye thick frizzy long hair, hello short manageable ‘do!



Into the Woods

Kevin and I went camping and hiking at Devil’s Lake State Park over 4th of July weekend. I just love camping ๐Ÿ™‚

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J‘ai couru la Bastille!

More fun with Hannah-with-an-H when we “stormed the Bastille” this July at the kickoff of Bastille Days, Milwaukee’s popular annual French festival.

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I got my unofficial (race wasn’t chip timed) PR on this course!

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Kitty City

Not a day went by this summer that Kevin and I weren’t gushing (and sometimes cursing) over the never-ending antics of Geno (bottom right) and Bernie (top left), our little tykes:


Our boys will each turn TWO at the end of this month!!


Long May You Run

Training for my first marathon was in full swing this summer. I tackled greater and greater distances on my weekend long runs (which meant earlier and earlier wake up times), peaking at 20 miles. My weekly mileage totals hit between 30 and 40 every week!

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M2 Challenge

This summer I ran the two half marathons that make up the “M2 Challenge”- the Summerfest Rock n Sole Half Marathon in June and the Madision Mini Marathon in August. Total time: 3:51:13



Natural Hues

Bursts of color in a beautiful cloud after a downpour



Oak Leaf Trail

The pride and joy of Milwaukee County Parks and where I do most of my running

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Page Turners

I didn’t read as much as I would have liked this summer (when do I ever?) but my literary journey took me on a hike up the Pacific Crest Trail and with a ghost detective as he tried to solve his own murder and back in time to the Roarin’ 20s. I even got to catch up with my book club!




I took the month of July off of Facebook as part of my Year of Living Without. It was easily the best month of my year of living without and my life without Facebook was so peaceful. I felt like I lived twice as much during July.



Ridin’ Dirty

I kicked off the summer with the annual UPAF Ride for the Arts – 40 miles on two wheels! How’s that for cross training?



Sunrise Run

It wasn’t often that I could drag my butt out of bed early enough to get my run in before work, but when I did, nature rewarded me.

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Take me out to the ballgame

It was a close call, but I did manage to not let this summer go by without seeing a Milwaukee Brewers game. They won, too!



USA Gymnastics

I got caught up on my absolute favorite sport to follow (sorry running) this summer. They even broadcast nationals on NBC this year so I got to watch live as Simone Biles defended her title. She is such a beast. It’s just amazing.



Vintage Wedding

Our dear friends Justin and Molly got married at the end of June in a charming, vintage-themed backyard ceremony with the reception at the Urban Ecology Center. I think Kevin and I pretty much nailed the vintage theme, would you agree?



World Cup

We caught World Cup fever this summer! One of Milwaukee’s popular soccer bars is right in our neighborhood, so we watched a few matches here. Have you ever seen a bar so packed in the middle of the day? It was so fun!



eX Fabula Marketing Mania

As we gear up for Season 6, I’ve been hard at work with my marketing committee comrades in developing an awesome new marketing plan for Ex Fabula!



Yasso 800s

Track, meet feet. I did my first ever track speed work this summer. I actually really like running on the track, and doing speed work. Doing intervals makes miles go by a lot faster!


Zach Braff

We got together with a couple of friends andย I crossed an item off my bucket list: we went to Milwaukee’s gorgeous Oriental Theatre and saw Zach Braff’s new film Wish I Was Here. It was really good ๐Ÿ™‚




What was your favorite thing you did this summer?










7 thoughts on “The ABCs of Summer 2014

  1. This was such a fun post to read! Geno and Bernie are so cute ๐Ÿ™‚

    Isn’t it funny that we choose a fall marathon to run because the weather will be cool on race day, but in the mean time we have to put in 3 months of training during the hottest months of the year? It seems like it would be less torture to train during the winter and run for one hot day during the spring/summer! haha

    1. Oh I’m the opposite, I think a cool race day makes all the summer sludge worth it! As Shalane Flanagan said: “Train hard, race easy.” ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Love this ABCs!!! So awesome. It’s funny, we don’t have summer weather in SF until September/October, so I don’t really feel like we had a proper summer. We’re going to Tahoe for a week starting Monday, and I have a feeling that that will be my favorite activity this summer!

    1. But then how come on Full House they always had fall weather when they went back to school.

      Hahaha jk. Enjoy Tahoe AGAIN. Take beautiful pictures!

  3. Loved the style of this post! You looked like you had a really fun filled summer! I still can’t get over the fact that it’s almost over. At least autumn temperatures are better for running.
    My favourite thing I did this summer was going to Istanbul ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. In that case, I think your summer officially trumps mine! Totally jealous!

      I’m still in denial that it’s over. I think it will take a few more football Sundays before it sinks in. But the high today is in the 50s here so maybe that will help….

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