I cannot believe that it is the end of July, and summer is very quickly coming to a close. Even though it has been HOT HOT HOT here in SAV for some time, Summer isn’t about the weather to me. It’s about slower days and more time spent outside.
Even though, I’ve watched sunrise at the beach more this summer than any other summer in my life, I still wish I could have done it more. Lucky for me, as summer comes to a close by the calendar, we’ve still got a lot more months of weather that can be savored- and, as a bonus, sunrise time gets later.
I thought I’d pop in and give a little bit of a life update. On my birthday (the first day of summer!), I shared a Solo Summer Bucket List. I was determined to spend this deployment not throwing a pity party for myself and getting out there!
Savannah Bananas Baseball Game
The Savannah Bananas will forever be one of my favorite talking points. Their rival team is the Macon Bacon. Their cheerleading squad- you can see them in white towards the left of that picture- is a bunch of older women known as the Nanas. The DJ, who rides around on a Segway the whole game, is DJ Naner.
Tickets are $12 and comes with ball park food. It is a fun experience that I’d strongly recommend. My friend Eugenia and her boyfriend and I savored the game. It was a blast!
Catching up on Picture-related things
When we went to Bora Bora, I took a disposable waterproof camera. Since the wedding (where I had disposables on every table!), I’ve loved disposables. This is a thing where the anticipating self must remember to put in the extra work and the experiencing self has fun (though everyone rolls their eyes a bit), but the remembering self enjoys it the most. You get a surprise set of pictures some period of time after you get home AND you have them in your hands.
These are two shots from one of our snorkeling adventures. We snorkled with clown fish and manta rays, plus in two different coral gardens! I will probably frame these.
I also finally got around to ordering out wedding album! I ordered just one (my in-laws + parents have also asked for them) to see how it came out. I got it yesterday and it is perfect! I can’t wait for Casey to see when he comes home.
Cooking Class at the Mansion
If you’re looking for a great way to spend a day or night, look no further than The Cooking School at 700 Drayton! I took the French cooking class there earlier this month, and it was a blast. I have previously taken their Taste of 700 Drayton class, their Italian (pasta making) class, and their Farmer’s Market class (twice!). Chef Shahin is great, and it’s always a fun experience.
In the Farmer’s Market class, you actually go to the Farmer’s Market at Forsyth park and buy the ingredients for your meal! swoon
We made steak tartare, salmon papillote, and pain perdu. It was all delicious! I eat a lot of salmon, but I had never made it like that before. It is definitely something I will do again.
I have learned a lot from the classes I’ve taken with Chef Shahin. We’ve gotten our knives sharpened on a regular cadence since learning about their importance (I’ve used Precision Knife Sharpening), and we now use an oil blend when cooking instead of olive oil.
Sunrises just being sunrises
I went to an Escape Room and all I got was a picture of this drink.
My FRG hosted an event at The Escape Company, and it was a blast! We were in an Azkaban themed room. I was with mostly strangers. Got to know some cool new people. It was a lot of fun!
The Lion King with Dad
My Dad came to visit. Among the things we did (Live Music at Jazz’d! Making a gazillion waffles!), we went and watched the new Lion King movie. Unpopular opinion: it was just okay. They’re animals talking. It’s weird.
We went at 2 PM on a Thursday, and we were the only folks in the theater!
Bucket List Update
- Go on a Savannah ghost tour
Attend a Savannah Banana game
- Watch a summer concert from a lawn
- Visit the prohibition museum
- Do yoga every day for a month
- Have a no-eating-out month
Take another cooking class at The Mansion
- Spend a weekend totally unplugged
- Buy the meal of the person behind me in a drive thru
- Buy fresh flowers once a week for a month
- Try a new hiking trail
I was up in DC last weekend, and that was a blast. Will write about it soon!
Emilie is an Army Wife, Data Engineer, and CrossFitter with a love for working through her thoughts in this space on the internet. She lives with her husband Casey and their pup Bo in Savannah, GA.