Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tennessee Sucks (in the Summer)

(That's a reference to a Ryan Adams song, by the way. It's hot here, but I love Tennessee, even in the summer.)

School definitely is in session. How do I know? Because my morning commute now involves being extra careful not to run over the influx of Vandy students walking about carelessly as I'm practically sleep-driving at 7:45 8:05 am. Kiddos, if Reese Witherspoon can get hit by a car while out jogging, you certainly can. So be careful, ya hear?

With last Monday's Day of Labor celebrations (which in my area meant not leaving your couch for fear of being waterlogged outside), summer is officially over. No more linen, no more white shoes, back to school, and back to work for my teacher friends (hate them from May until September). So what did I do with my summer? Well, thanks to Netflix...

I watched and fell in love with Friday Night Lights, which I'll tell you is absolutely one of the best shows I have ever seen in my life. It was an experience. And I know that sounds crazy, but I think I cried (happy and sad tears) at some point in every episode of the five seasons. It's truly a moving portrayal of family, of friends, of faith, and of life in the South. And football. And it had a GREAT soundtrack, with everything from the Avetts to Ryan to even some Bright Eyes on there. Here's a little preview for you (the ending of the Pilot):

Next, to ease my post-FNL depression, I watched Greek (thank you, Netflix)!

Greek is nothing like FNL... it is not to be taken too seriously. But it made me laugh, made me cry, made me wish to be in college again, and wish that my college Greek experience had been more serious/ridiculous. Sure, it taught me a few lessons, but it mostly left me with a substantial crush on one of the lead characters, Cappie.

And I read several books, of course (reviews to come). But no, I did not spend my entire summer watching TV and lounging, but when I did, it was for physical, emotional (and financial) recovery from one of the biggest events I've been honored to be a part of: My Best Friend's Wedding. (You may remember me referencing that there was a lot going on around me back in this post from earlier this year.) Over the course of 6 months, I took off nearly 40 hours of work and traveled out of town at least once each month for a party, shower, or event. And sure, it was exhausting, and I got VERY sick of being in the car... but there is nothing like being there and being a huge part of such a special day in someone's life who means the world to you. She was a gorgeous bride, and it was a perfect day.

Liz and Lauren

"The Group"

It was a family affair. Something I DIDN'T do this summer was successfully
diet like my sister, who has lost 30 pounds or so. That B.

Just Married

I also got to throw a baby shower for one of my best friends' first child (my first unofficial nephew), who was born last week.

Baby Hank

And in between, I did a lot of pooling/tanning, a lot of tennis playing (my definition of "a lot" is probably different from most there), some lakeing, and a whole lot of karaoking. I'm exhausted from just writing that out and reliving it in my mind. No wonder I slept through most of Labor Day weekend.

How was your summer?

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