Since I’ve had to lifeguard on the holiday every year on July 4th since I was 14, this was kind of my “first” fourth of July. Which, in case you’re wondering, is the absolute worst day of the year for any lifeguard. So anything we did would be a vast improvement over what I’m used to.
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I got out of work early on Thursday night but I didn’t go to DC. I’m not going to lie- I was disappointed. All week I kept telling myself I just had to make it to Thursday night. While I’m better than I used to be at rolling with the punches, I still have my moments. I had to cancel breakfast with my friend and would have to wait another 24+ hours to see my boyfriend. I wasn’t thrilled.
I went to Pasta Mista straight from work and picked up takeout, bought myself rainbow cake from Teeter, and called my mom while I was walking home. We caught up on life a bit and started finalizing plans for next week. It made me miss home for the first time in awhile. I was tempted to book a flight and fly home to enjoy the weekend with family since I was so bummed about missing the annual BBQ. But that would have been ridiculous considering I’m driving home on FRIDAY.
I woke up Friday morning still in a funk after a long week at work but I made the best of it. I don’t enjoy having nothing to do. I ended up sleeping in, going for a 12-mile run, walking to THB for a bagel, catching up on blogs, and driving to DC to sit by the pool with my friend. I got hungry while I was waiting for her to get out of work and have been dying to try Good Stuff Eatery’s toasted marshmallow milkshake for years. Best milkshake I’ve ever had (not exaggerating). After the pool I joined her and her friend for happy hour at a sushi restaurant but wasn’t hungry (and don’t like sushi) so I just got a lemonade.
I left around 8 and was off to dogsit with Tim. He had dinner waiting for me (burgers and corn) and we split a red velvet cupcake for dessert. No pictures but I have one of Caleb. He has a rash and has to wear a cone around his head.
We went for a 30 mile bike ride Saturday morning before enjoying our usual weekend “breakfast” which didn’t happen until 1pm. When we started there was only a 40% chance of rain but about 10 minutes in the sky opened up and we looked like drowned rats by the end of the 2 hour ride. It was kind of refreshing at first but I was cold and hungry by the end. Pancakes and fruit (and hot chocolate) for me, pancakes, eggs, bacon for him.
His boss was having a party in NoVa so we made the drive down for it. We thought it was just going to be people he works with but it ended up being more like a neighborhood block party. When we got there, people were doing flips off the rock wall into the pool and there was tons of food. I ate 1/2 a burger, a few handfuls of chips, and approximately 19 servings of dessert. No shame. I chatted with his friend that works for the same company and met some of his other coworkers. The house was absolutely insane. We stayed for a few hours before heading out.
At the end of the day though, fourth of July is all about the fireworks. Although nothing will compare to the fireworks I grew up watching up on my boat, I found a close alternative. Annapolis. The only town in the mid-Atlantic that can compete with Newport. Annapolis isn’t far from the dogs’ house so we drove out there watch the fireworks from the docks. I love that town. It was the closest thing to home. Yes, I needed Kilwins even though I’d eaten enough sugar for two weeks.
Sunday morning we met one of our friends for another 30-mile bike ride. They’re both a lot faster than me but I did my best to hold my own. We finished out the weekend with 60 miles on the bike- our most yet. I was still in a sugar coma from the day before so instead of making pancakes again, I picked up bagels on the way back.
Sunday afternoon Tim had to work for a few hours so I watched Scandal and Revenge. I don’t think I left the couch until we ate dinner (more burgers and corn) and then we walked to get ice cream from the grocery store to make root beer floats while we watched the World Cup.
There was nothing particularly special about this weekend but it ended up being pretty great. I didn’t think I would miss being home for the 4th but it was hard knowing my entire extended family was at the Beach without me. Holidays are meant to be with family. I got over it pretty quickly though because we did just about everything I’d be doing if I was home- grilling, eating ice cream, being by the water. In a few years, hopefully I’ll be back partaking in those traditions in New England, but for now, this is home and I can’t complain.
And now it’s back to reality. When you’re reading this, only 3 1/2 MORE WORK DAYS until I’m on vacation. We’ve got this.
How did you celebrate fourth of July?
Did you watch the soccer game?