It’s the beginning of July, which means I can crack my

I mentioned earlier this week that I was going to make this corn-rice salad from BHG. I just whipped

Just settling in for a morning of work with a post-run smoothie, a big bottle of cold water, and iced coffee. The temperature is supposed to be triple digits today, so hydrating is uber-important. I know coffee isn’t hydrating, but I’m trying to combat that with my other drinks :) You know it’s hot when your window unit is set at 81 degrees and it feels like an icebox in comparison to outside!

I thought I’d share a super simple summer tip- brew coffee, let cool, then pour into ice cube trays. When you’re ready to have your iced coffee, just drop in a few coffee cubes to make it cold without watering it down. And I just realized another perk this morning: when I leave the gym in the morning, my leftover coffee cubes have partially melted, leaving me with a delicious post-work out “coffee shot.” Refreshing :)

Remember how I wrote this morning about creative salad mixes? Immediately afterward, I was browsing Martha Stewart Living (at 5:45am before my 6:00am Pilates class, eek!) and was inspired by the spread on zucchini, which featured a zucchini dill salad. I decided to make an adjustment and use cucumber instead!

I’m currently sitting at Weaver Street in Carrboro, enjoying the dregs of my salad marinade.

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Coarsely chop cherry or grape tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion if you’d like. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Sprinkle on sea salt, pepper, and plenty of dill. Let sit for several hours before eating so that vegetables fully absorb the juices. Enjoy chilled or at room temperature.

So refreshing! And fantastic enjoyed with an almond iced coffee, mango peach applesauce, half of a hummus London broil sandwich, and baby carrots. Or you know, whatever… :)

So it’s Wednesday morning(ish), but I’m still rehashing the amazing Memorial Day weekend I had- out in Raleigh, Durham Bulls game, and the best part- boating all day Monday. For $20, I spent the entire day relaxing, floating, tanning, playing games, and having fun with 9 other awesome people! We already have our next boat trip planned…plus another one during my birthday weekend!

I also looked at my calendar and realized how crazy the rest of the summer will be. We literally do not have a free weekend until the end of July.

In order: my brother’s wedding weekend at The Tides Inn in Virginia, Susan B Komen 5K run, Jordan Lake clean up event (RSVP here!), Rascal Flatts concert, boating, DC for 4th of July, Toby Keith concert, my birthday weekend (packed with events already!), and the Tim McGraw concert. Whew! Definitely NOT a boring summer!

So after several months on hiatus from blogging, I have decided to give it a shot again! There’s no particular reason that prompted me to begin again, but I’m excited to keep documenting my endeavors!

In just over 2 weeks, I will be back in North Carolina for the summer. My sister and I just signed the lease on our (her?) amazing townhouse, which is close to both downtown Raleigh and Glenwood. Most importantly, the cost of the whole place is less than a studio in DC!

Things I’m looking forward to this summer (in no particular order): Watching Friends every day. My brother’s wedding in VA. My 21st birthday. Country concerts- with cowboy boots and cowgirl hats. Babysitting for my amazing family (I love those girls!). Continuing to intern with Social Enterprise Associates. Spontaneous beach road trip. Sunday morning recaps of Saturday nights.

And mostly- spending every waking minute with my sister. We haven’t lived together in 7 years, but I am bubbling with the excitement at the thought of being reunited! As we like to say “Watch out, Raleigh. The Roman sisters are reunited!” When we’re together, the most mundane activities are suddenly fun- even just going to Target. And there is no one else in the world I laugh with as much as her!!

We’ve developed a new technique for when we get in little fights- we simply say “Let’s start over,” and then literally reenact the situation in a healthy, non-argumentative way. Genius, isn’t it? I’m pretty sure it will solve most, if not all, of our problems MUCH quicker than usual.

But before I head back to NC, I’ve been thinking about the past semester and how much has happened. I met Thomas Friedman, saw Bill Drayton, attended Ashoka events, came up with three business plans, interned….and that’s only on the professional side of life! Although I’ve absolutely loved all of those experiences, I’m really looking to taking a break from DC life to pursue other interests- like having fun :) I’ve been thinking a lot about the necessity of having balance in life lately, and I think having a chill summer will restore some balance to my life.

Those are all the deep thoughts I have at the moment :)

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