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{Painting nails with friends}

It’s almost impossible to believe that August has arrived. I remember years before this one, my summer holiday felt so short, however I feel like I’ve done so much during these three months that I’m completely accepting (almost embracing) the ending. I worked at a chem lab, a band camp, visited Morocco, saw old friends, met new people… Today has been very laid back so far. I’ve never been a fan of early Monday mornings so I enjoyed today by rolling out at 9:30am and..er….not going to work. Woops. Maybe I’ll stop by later today (or tomorrow hehe). Here’s to another great week of summer break! Do you have any idea of how you want to spend the rest of your holiday?

—joy

 

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There’s something about summer foods that tastes so fresh, cool, and delicious. When else can you bite into delicious barbecue, enjoy fruit tart on the patio, or simply nibble on grilled cheese sandwiches and watermelon at a picnic with loved ones? One thing I’ve always enjoyed about our house, is the small garden in the backyard. Every year, we grow a variety of fruits, vegetables, and spices we use in a few recipes. One of the simplest is a tomato, basil, mozzarella salad. You can definitely taste the freshness of the tomato and the basil, and with one trip to the farmer’s market, we had quality mozzarella for the finishing touch. With just a sprinkle of salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and a drizzle of quality extra virgin olive oil, this salad is ready to accompany any summer dinner or stand alone as a healthy, midday snack.

—joy

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{Last summer’s vacation: Me jumping on the Mediterranean coast}

Now that school has finally 100% ended and my days feel significantly longer, I can stop being MIA from blogging and finally enjoy lot more free time for doing the things I love. The next few weeks are looking pretty laid back. I work at a chem lab and the hours are super flexible, I’ll be visiting a few schools, hanging out with friends, and possibly meeting up with my sister in Morocco for a bit of exotic vacation. With the smells of summer creeping back into our lives in the form of sweet scented lilacs and fresh cut grass, it’s hard to focus on anything other than planning out a few trips to the beach, strolls in the parks, and (hopefully) an exciting week in Vegas with the girls (more on that later). Now that all my winter attire is finally stored deep in one of my drawers and I’ve taken out all my shorts, skirts, and floral dresses, I can finally say I actually look the part. One thing I don’t have however, is a pair of quality flip flops. I’m not too sure how many rubber ones I have, but seeing as they scuffed and ripped since their last walk in the sand, it wouldn’t matter anyways. Ever since, I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect pair of (somewhat dressy) flip flops.  Let me know if there are any good ones you know about!

—joy

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Overview

Despite my recent displays of severe mia, I’ve still been thinking a lot about this blog. Though I’ve been busy with school work (naturally, the end is the busiest time of year), many exams, flute, attending music concerts, seeing friends, and enjoying the city, all the hype and fun make me long more than ever for the much awaited summer holiday. I already have a mental list of all the things I wish to get done (hopefully I’ll jot it down on some paper soon). With only about a week and a half left of studies it’s hard not to already believe school is over and give up on all the busy work teachers keep throwing at us. Even with the last taste of end-of-year angst, I know I must continue and (as my teachers put it) “race to the finish line”. Hope you’ve been well!

—joy

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