Friday Favorites

I’m doing things a little different today and decided to join my fellow Tri Talk Tuesday co-host Cynthia from You Signed Up For What and her fellow DC blogger buddies for their Friday Five series.


Their theme for today is Friday Favorites. So in honor of summer, a season I have mixed feelings about, I thought I’d share my favorite things about summer!

1. The Living’s Easy- Summa’ tiiimmmeeee, and the livin’s easy! Because who doesn’t like to serenade themselves with a little Sublime when the weather is just that. It’s that time of year where life feels like life slows down don’t look at my race schedule, it’s a lie and it’s just easier to kick your feet up and relax.


2. Swimming- Yes, it’s true I swim year round, sort of. But doing laps in the pool for race training is far from what I mean. But I mean lounging in the water to just enjoy the water. It used to be swimming in the lake at camp for 13 years for me, but now that I’m not at camp anymore we get into Seneca Lake quite a bit in the summer to just relax in the cool, clear, natural waters. So nice.

Griswold knows what’s up. He gets it!

3. Adventuring- Rob and I like to take adventures. We’ve just about driven across country twice now, took a mostly spur of the moment weekend trip to Florida, and even spent our honeymoon driving up the west coast. It’s no secret we love to just take off and explore. And in the summer when extra time is easier to come by, we often times take weekend escape type trips. Whether it’s camping out for Rat Snake weekend, or hitting up the Herkimer Diamond Mines and the Baseball Hall of Fame, we love to just go out be adventurous!

Don’t mine me, just mining for diamonds, totally normal!

4. The Weather (sometimes)- I think this is where my sometimes mixed feelings on summer come from. But so far this year I’ve been enjoying the mild weather. I don’t like when it’s super hot and humid to pea soup level, both of which are pretty normal for Central New York. But this summer has been primarily mid-70’s and sunny with little to no humidity. That’s pretty perfect as far as I’m concerned, so I’ll take it! But what I really love about summer weather is running in it! There is nothing nicer than going out in the morning when the light is soft and the day’s not hot yet and getting a good run in while enjoying the summer scenery. It’s pure joy!

Griswold loves the summer weather too because he gets to splash violently in his pool. He does not understand just laying in the water. Also, two hammock pictures. We know what I love, clearly.

5. Race Season- If you’ve seen my race line up for this year then you know. Summer here in CNY means race season and since we have a short time frame before winter comes roaring back, they cram in as many as they can. I love racing, obviously, so I’m doing as much as I can this year after the nasty winter we endured.


Summer and I may have a love hate relationship, but overall I’m very happy the nice weather is here and here to stay for a bit longer still!

What’s your favorite thing about summer?

16 Replies to “Friday Favorites”

  1. Living in the south, we have mild winters (maybe 5 days of freeze each winter) and hot and humid summers. I don’t mind the summers as much as I used to, but I still prefer spring or fall over our summers. I think my favorite thing about summer is my tan, haha! I also like gardening in the spring for all the goodies I get to enjoy during the summer. Fresh off the vine tomatoes, fresh picked green beans, pickling cucumbers, it doesn’t get much better than that.
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    1. Mmm, fresh veggies! I want to start gardening next year I think. I know basically zero things about gardening though, lol

  2. Fall is my favorite time of year since summer typically brings very hot and humid weather here in NC. However, I love the care free feeling that summer brings. People headed to the beach, hanging out at the pool, etc. With my crazy training, I have not had time to “enjoy” summer yet. However, the weekend after my race I will be spending it at the beach! Can’t wait!!!
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    1. You’ll definitely earn that beach time! Jealous of your ocean access down in NC!

  3. I have a love/hate relationship with summer too, but I’m the opposite- I like fall better! Here in Florida it’s always super hot and mostly too humid to really enjoy being outside. Up until about 8 pm it’s brutal. And runs are not fun in this heat. That being said, I do love lazy beach days, which happen wayyyy more often in the summer. And I love all the deals we get shopping because it’s so slow down here when all the tourists head back up north!!
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    1. Fall is definitely my favorite season! Up here it means boots and hoodies, which is my favorite thing to wear! Jealous of your closeness to a real beach! We only have lakes up here, no ocean access.

  4. Griswold is adorable. My yellow lab loves to swim. Guess it’s a lab thing. Congrats on completing an Ironman. That is quite an accomplishment. I love being adventurous and traveling to new places as well. Wish I had more time to do it.

    1. Yeah, we definitely had more time back in college. Real life makes traveling a bit more difficult.

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