Kurt, right before he walked across the stage to accept his diploma
you know what’s funny? I have not been able to think about summer plans for weeks. I know that summer is just around the corner (it is May after all!), but it just hasn’t seem quite real yet.
this weekend changed that. Kurt graduated this weekend from his master’s program – we spent the whole weekend celebrating and enjoying time with his family. one of my favorite things is the tradition and ritual of a graduation ceremony; experiencing this one definitely helped me move on from spring and begin to think about sunnier days!
this will be my fourth summer in Indianapolis, and every year I put together a list of things I want to do. I usually accomplish about half of that list, remembering that its OK to slow down midway through the summer. I’m not planning too ambitiously this year, but here are the top five things on my summer list:
five. partake in the IMA outdoor movie series. this summer, they have some great films in the lineup. and with Kurt’s house being within walking distance of the IMA, there is really no excuse to miss out on this.
four. get out my bike and ride the monon trail a couple of times. if you aren’t familiar, the monon trail is a paved trail running from Carmel, IN to downtown Indianapolis. total mileage is about 36 miles round trip, and Kurt and I have talked about trying to do the entire trail once or twice. it has been a very long time since I’ve been on a bike though, so we will definitely be working our way up to that mileage!
three. head over to Victory Field for an Indianapolis Indians game. the Indians are the minor league baseball team in Indianapolis. baseball isn’t my favorite sport in the world, but the great tradition of being in a ballpark in the summer months is something I really do enjoy.
two. learn German with Kurt. yes, I plan to learn some German this summer in preparation for visiting Kurt in Vienna later this year. he will be packing his bags and leaving for Vienna, Austria on August 3rd and will be there for ten months while he completes research and teaches at a business college as a part of the Fulbright Scholarship he was awarded. I plan to visit at least once, but need to brush up on my German skills before leaving and learning together with him this summer is going to be a lot of fun.
one. rearrange my apartment. something that I really enjoy is rearranging my personal living space with the change of seasons. it helps me feel ready for a fresh start and a fresh season, and when you live in a small space, sometimes things start to feel familiar very quickly. after living in my apartment for a year, there are definitely ways that I could maximize the space better, so be ready for a little apartment feature series once I’m all finished!
what are some of the things you are looking forward to this summer?