Summer Time … Almost

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It’s Memorial Day Weekend. Which means people are opening up their freezing cold pools, gardening, hiking, hitting the beach, drinking and eats lots, and seeing friends and family and BBQs. 

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DO we remember what Memorial Day is all about? Thanks, Wikipedia.
Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

So, hug a military man or woman this weekend, donate to the Wounded Warrior Project, buy flowers for a homeless vet. Do something. You get a three-day weekend. Many gave their lives, limbs, and sanity. (That’s not supposed to sound as crass as it does). 

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Anyway. Summer. Memorial Day. Pools are open! Bring on the sunburn and the bathing suit shame.

This summer is going to look / feel a tad different for me. After working for a school for eight years, and having four-day weeks in the summer, quieter / slower workload, and the ability to take all of my three weeks of vacay throughout the summer months, should I choose… now I work for a company that speeds up over the summer. It’s our busy season and we cannot take time off August-September. 

Not a huge deal, the benefits totally outweigh, but I worry that I’ll stare longingly out the window at the sunshine and daydream about beach days, BBQs, croquet on the lawn, snoozing on a blanket in the shade, camping weekends, beach trips, and endless hiking.

Yes I can still do some of this over the weekend, but the BF is now working every Saturday, 9a-8p. Sigh. Bringing in the dough, but still, I miss my buddy. 

So, I have decided that Bella and I will go for a different hike around Maryland every Saturday over the summer. At least have a planned outing. Today we hit up Rocks State Park. It was loverly. Well-marked trails, up a “mountain” and down, an then back up, to the King’s and Queen’s Seat (cliff overlook), and back down. Bella is such a good hiker. She clambers over rocks like it’s her job.

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Besides that, bring on the frozen bevs, sunscreen, bug spray, BBQs, CRABS, and last but certainly not least – HELL OR HIGH WATERMELON BEER. If you have not tasted this refreshing summer brew, get on this. 21st Amendment Brewery. Yes. 

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So, see you at the beach, under an umbrella, reading my book. Until then, stay refreshed.

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