Today is the summer solstice. , the first day of summer. The summer solstice occurs when planet’s semi-axis is most inclined toward the sun and therefore the day we experience the longest period of daylight. I especially love the word solstice – how it looks and sounds. It’s derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still). Even conjugating it to have a more urban feel – solsteezy – sounds cool.
I live in Portland so evidence of summertime is severely lacking (some days its warm and sunny, others it’s cloudy and gloomy). But nonetheless, I am super excited that summer is upon us! I’m really looking forward to taking advantage of much of the beauty the Pacific Northwest has to offer – like tubing down the river, paddle boarding, hiking near the falls and mountains, wine tasting tours (soooo many wineries in this area! yummmm).
Summer is also the time for cookouts – and boyyyyy do I LOVE cookouts!! Cookouts are one of my favorite summer pastimes. And I’m not talking hamburger and hot dog type cookouts – I mean cookouts with perfectly marinated chicken (shoutout to Grillmaster Tunde), ribs, steak, grilled veggie skewers, potato salad, baked beans, mac n cheese, etc. If it didn’t require preparation or taste testing beforehand, then I’m not here for it. I mean, I’ll go to the bare bones cookout just to go, if the company is right. But those types of cookouts just don’t make me happy or fulfilled.
Also, my birthday is in the summer! And yes, cookouts have been my favorite way to celebrate my birthday. I remember in 2010 my Pittsburgh friends planned a semi-surprise cookout for me (and I say semi-surprised because I knew about it, but they tried to act secretive about it lol smh). We ate some amazing food and played kick ball. It was so low key and full of win. My dear friend Damon aka The Champ even came up with the most awesome of names for the event – “[Gem]’s Big Gay Kickball Cookout Bash” LOL!
All in all I’m looking forward to another summer, especially now that I’m living in a different quadrant of the country. And of course, as I’ve mentioned before, this is the year of 30. So I’m just going to have to take over this summer and celebrate like a mad woman (on a budget doe lol).
What do you like most about the summer? Do you have big any big plans? Is there anything you want to take advantage of in the summer that you can’t do other times of the year?