Is there a sadder phrase than ‘the last day of summer’? Perhaps ‘the last day of fall’. Or maybe just the term ‘winter’. At any rate, we’ve reached the technical end of the sunny season, but before delving totally into cashmere and corduroy, let’s take one final dip in the pool – a last remembrance of the highlights that the summer of 2013 provided. It was, after all, a Summer of Love.
It began with a return to a family tradition: a trip to Broadway with my Mom to see the season’s best shows. In this case, it was the spectacular Tony-winning production of ‘Kinky Boots’ and the equally-spectacular (and equally-Tony-winning) revival of ‘Pippin’. If forced to pick a favorite, I’d go with the Boots. Somewhere in that weekend was a birthday dinner with Suzie too.
It was the summer of Gatsby too, as JoAnn joined us for a Gatsby-themed party, and some summer dishes.
Cocktails are always called for, especially in the heat and sun of the season. A few notables were this cherry muddler (which effectively got me over my aversion to muddling) and the vesper, but also some Bloody Marys, a piña colada, this lychee concoction, the tequila cranberry cooler, a gloriously chilly limoncello delight, and a classic lavender drink.
The twins continued their quick growth – both physically and mentally – just beginning to talk up a storm, and entering their ‘Why?’ phase.
I finally got to meet my #1 stalker (and trust me, it takes a stalker to love one).
Hard to believe, but this also marked the year of my 20th high school reunion. Again, don’t do the math.
This year marked my premiere on Instagram. (So far only one of my pictures was banned…)
Summer is also the season of shirtlessness, and the many Hunks that paraded through the hot days included the likes of the following:
- Nick Adams
- Ryan Bertroche
- Tomas Brand
- Allen Clippinger
- Justin Deeley
- James Deen
- Godfrey Gao
- Matt Harvey
- Ben Hunt
- Choi Ho Jin
- Elijah Johnston
- Matthew Kirk
- Garrett Neff
- Ryan Paevey
- Tom Rodriquez
- Brandon Rubendall
- Ian Somerhalder
- Leighton Stultz
- Marty Westmoore
It was also the summer I started to cook, in earnest, and just in time for a kitchen renovation this fall (good timing as always). It was all about the FRV (fish, rice, vegetable) trio, much of which was done on the grill. Favorites included a quinoa salad, these super grilled scallops, a raspberry-based summer salad, some figs, a lemon dijon vinaigrette salad, bitch-slap brownies, and the simplicity of a poached egg.
In July this website hit a major milestone, at least for a personal blog.
Finally, there was always magic to be found on summer weekends in Boston. The college kids were away, the air was warm, and the tree-lined streets of the South End offered shade and romance. It was a time of Freedom, sunsets, and quiet mornings (and evenings) in the condo.Back to Blog