Ode to a small-town vacation

Well, somehow spring is gone and it’s basically summer. It’s 90 degrees outside, the strawberries are here, and it’s two weeks until graduation (because when you work in Higher Ed, you never stop judging the passing of time by the academic calendar).

So, naturally, this means I’m dreaming of summer vacation! For us this year, vacation will be long weekends spent backpacking in the mountains or floating around at the lake with a margarita in hand. No big trips for us this summer—partly because we’re working on plans for a really big trip in the near future (more on that later…), and partly because we just took a big vacation in March up to visit friends in New England.

I’ve already written about a couple parts of this trip: our adventurous Mount Cardigan hike and our day trip to Burlington, VT. But, with vacation on my mind, I wanted to share one more thing about this trip. Specifically, a small revelation it gave me—how FUN it is to vacation in a small town!!

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Strawberry-Balsamic Bruschetta



Praise the lord and run to the grocery store nearest you—strawberry season is officially upon us!

When Chris and I walked into the produce department yesterday, we were both IMMEDIATELY drawn—like moths to a flame—to a cart piled high with baskets and baskets of strawberries. Plump, juicy berries that looked decidedly different from the pale, sour impostors that have been filling the shelves since September. These beauties, from McLeod Farms right down the road, were shiny and deep red, with a delicately sweet scent that you could smell from practically across the whole store.

The season’s first batch of strawberries is HERE, and it is glorious.

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Friday favorites: 6 short stories to read this weekend

Like most of us, I never feel like I have enough time to read. When I was a kid, and even into high school, I used to devour books like it was my JOB. These days, I add titles to my Kindle wishlist about 10 times faster than I can cross them off.

(I also like to collect old, pretty books that I will probably never read.)

But here’s the thing. When I stop and think about it, I actually do spend a lot of time reading….just not as much time reading books.

So what DO I read then? Random stories on the internet.

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