Summer Love

Life Ramblings

Having free time this summer has been fabulous. I’m doing a lot of lounging and just taking time for myself. Here are some of the things I’m enjoying:


TJ’s coconut water popsicle’s – they’re sweet and tropical and make me feel like I’m hydrating (even though there’s prob not enough water in them to do a thing!)


My new gym! This is the first time I’ve ever joined a gym! I’ve always just gone to my school’s gym (Davidson, Northeastern, and now Duke), so it’s fun to be in a nicer gym with other working people. It’s too hot to do much outside and I like being able to watch cable since I’m missing it this summer.

Southern summer & sounds – when we moved from Boston last summer, I went straight to work and didn’t get to experience a southern summer. Oh, how I’ve missed the cicadas (maybe they have cicadas in the north, but I never heard them living in the city)! Matt and I aren’t getting to enjoy many dinners together because of his work schedule, but we are taking lots of late evening walks! Speaking of southern summer, it’s pretty sweet living in a sublet because I can put on the AC and not stress about the bill!

Arugula – I’ve been making lots of salads with honey, evoo, and arugula – makes for a sweet and peppery base for lots of good toppings!


Gel polish! I got my first gel manicure and love it! I hate how regular nail polish feels and I’ve never been one to spend money on polish when they just chip in a few days. I also get tired of the colors really quickly, so I love that I can get the gel french tips and have them last!

And lastly, I’m loving Atlanta (obviously). I always heard mixed reviews about it being spread out and just feeling different than the northern cities. And while it’s definitely big and spread out, my neighborhood is adorable and the food is just as good as all the other big cities I’ve visited (ok, maybe not San Francisco)… And it’s cheap.
What are you loving this summer?
  • Aleksandra
    June 27, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    OK, so I am seeing these gel nail polishes everywhere. Is it like fake nails? Or just a tip they put on? Or do your nails really look that nice and long on their own? And do you have to go back to the salon to have them taken off?

    I have a wedding coming up and I can’t grow my own nails to save my life!

    • Laura
      June 28, 2012 at 7:10 pm

      Nope – its just a differnt kind of polish that hardens and stays put. They did the French tips with clear and white, so my nails def don’t look that good normally:-)

  • Nikki
    June 27, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I love love love Atlanta. I’m from the A, but I’m in Chattanooga (about an hour and a half north) right now working on my masters. Can’t wait to go baaaaack. It’s adorable, cheap livings, and amazing food. Enjoy!

  • Sandy
    June 28, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Loving the long days, summer mornings watering my flowers, enjoying a breeze on my front porch, floating in the pool, having friends over to swim, fresh peaches, blackberries, corn on the cob and green beans and grilling out every night . What is not to love about summer?

  • Nancy
    June 29, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Lots of cicadas here in NJ!!!!
    Not so many that the noise makes you crazy, but enough to know they’re out there and it’s summer!!

  • Susan Mc
    July 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I love reading your Atlanta reviews! If we don’t have a chance to meet for lunch, let me know if you’d like an inside tour of CNN, I can show you the good stuff for free (I’m a writer there!)

    • Laura
      July 8, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Very cool! I start work tomorrow and I’m out of town for the next three weekends, but perhaps we could do a Saturday or weekday in August?