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Friday Roundup #13

It's been soooo long since the last Friday Roundup! I've had a few in draft form from throughout this summer, but evidently, they all got pushed aside for one reason or another. Today's post will be a little more than just a weekly update, think more of what's been going on with me throughout the second half of this summer.

1. Leading Ladies

I know I mentioned it in the last roundup, but this summer I've been recording a weekly podcast with my best friends. It's been so much fun planning, recording, and editing content and seeing the response from listeners! If you'd like to check it out, you can find it on Spotify here or search "Leading Ladies" wherever you get your podcasts.

2. My Apple Watch + Solidcore

After 6+ months of debating, I finally bit the bullet and purchased an apple watch.

Cue a lengthy story about this rather inconsequential purchase haha:

I knew I wanted to keep the total price under $200 (around the price of comparable smartwatch models that had the features I wanted), which meant going for the basic GPS model from the older Apple watch series 3.  I also wanted the rose gold color; it's not that the metal matters that much to me, but my thinking was that if I was going to drop so much money on something I wanted it to be absolutely perfect, and silver/space gray just isn't my thing! Since the rose gold series 3 has effectively been phased out, my only option seemed to be to wait until the model I wanted became available as a refurbished model. To my utter surprise, after several months a refurbished rose gold series 4 watch (a newer version than what I had initially wanted) popped up for the same price as the brand new silver series 3. At that point, I knew it was fate, so I went out on a limb and hit "checkout".

Nearly two weeks later, I feel like I can safely say that I love my Apple watch. One of my favorite features has been the activity app. I love tracking my steps, heart rate, and active minutes throughout the day. Speaking of, I tried out a new workout through Classpass - Solidcore. I'd heard good things and know a few people who've been, but I wasn't expecting it to be such a hard but amazing workout. I love the reformer pilates style they use, and can definitely see myself continuing classes when I move back to Philly.

3. Gettysburg Adventure

A few weeks ago I took a day trip up to visit my lovely friend Emma Fee. She lives just outside Gettsyburg, Pennsylvania, so we went into the town and walked around. I loved seeing all the unique places in the town (which is absolutely charming) and meeting Emma's family and friends. I also had the most delicious homemade vegan ice cream I've ever tried - chocolate almondmilk ice cream with real peanut butter swirled throughout. I just about died! It was one of the best days of my summer from start to finish, and I only wish I could have stayed longer.

4.  Reading 

So far this summer I've finished a grand total of 3 books: this might not seem like a lot to the voracious readers out there, but as someone who reads slowly like I do, this is a lot! I plowed through Becoming by Michelle Obama, Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (loved this), and reread You are a Badass. I've just started Memoirs of a Geisha and I'm excited to pull it out on the beach next week.

5. "Baby's First Delaware Trip"

Mary has been going to the Delaware beaches (specifically Rehobeth) since she was little, and we decided to drive up there and spend a day on the beach. We left at sunrise and got back that night, and had an amazing time. It was so fun to get to see the places she's loved since childhood, just as I got to show her around my childhood summer home on Block Island last year. We ate lots of delicious food and managed to avoid getting sunburned, sang in the car and swam in the ocean. It was definitely the stuff of summer memories!



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