Is it just me or is summer really flying by? I can’t believe July has nearly passed us already! It’s more than halfway over and I wish it would never end. The only thing I’m happy to see out of my sight is summer school! We’ve had some very humid and hot weather here in Florida, but we’ve also had a lot of rain which helps to cool things down. My sweeti and I spent all of last weekend enjoying the beach and having our own little “staycation”. We headed down to Longboat Key, for an ocean swim and relaxation.
I can’t even begin to tell you how good it felt to wiggle my toes in the sand and soak in the ocean. I live a mere 20 minutes from the closest Florida beach, and I hardly take advantage of it! I think I’m going to have to work on changing that.
Longboat was covered with sea turtle nesting sites. Each nesting season local volunteers walk the beaches looking for nests, and they are staked off so that people are aware of the location. There are extremely strict laws about tampering with sea turtle nests (we’re talking imprisonment folks!) and the local community is very protective of the sea turtles and their nests. During hatching season there are strict rules about turning off the outdoor lighting, so it doesn’t distract the baby sea turtles. Their natural instinct is to head towards the shimmery ocean with the moon light reflecting off the water, and if people leave their porch lights on the baby sea turtles may head the wrong way. They wouldn’t last long on the exposed beach with all of the possible predators.
Longboat Key is a more isolated beach, and isn’t usually overcrowded with tourists like the other local beaches. The sand is more shell-based instead of the preferable white powder, and the shores are usually strewn with seaweed. Lots of wildlife though! Honesty I prefer the remote beaches to the super crowded ones. But that’s just me :)
I packed a cooler full of healthy snacks. I’m pretty much obsessed with this hummus from Whole Foods, and garlic lovers is my absolute fav. Also had to slather on lots of sunscreen!
We stuck around and watched the sunset. You may call it cliche, but I call it romantic. ;)
I have to admit, I’m kind of obsessed with where I live. I actually grew up in Sarasota, and even though I’ve traveled all over the world I can’t seem to get enough of this place. I’ll probably venture up to Tampa next year to finish grad school, but I’ll always love this place.
You know it is summer when…
The juicy melons come out to play! I stopped by the Farmer’s Market and couldn’t resist grabbing one of these seedless lil suckers. Yummm.
I may have gotten a lil goofy with it at home. In my defense I was mid cram-session for accounting finals, and I think I was starting to go a lil crazy. But I digress…
I also tackled some of these…
Might I add, this was my first ever attempt at cracking open a young Thai coconut. I felt inspired by some of Amber’s (from Almost Vegan) instagram posts. She buys these by the case at an Asian market and says she gets a great deal. Btw if you have never checked out her blog, please do! It’s one of my absolute favs. Lots of raw recipes!! I bought two of these from Whole Foods (they were 2 for $6) and after a brief youtube video showing me how… gave it a few whacks, and voila!!
Obviously you can tell from my hacking marks that I’m not terribly experienced with this. LOL. But I’m sure with practice I’ll get better! Let me just say the coconut water is probably the best drink I’ve ever tasted. It doesn’t even compare to the packaged coconut water. It’s so much more fresh, and lightly sweet, and even a little thick. It’s amazing stuff! I also got almost a cup full from just one coconut, plus the tender sweet young coconut meat that is absolutely ah-mazing! I used a spoon to scrape out the meat and ate a little on the spot then stored the rest in the freezer for smoothies.
I’ve also been doing lots and lots of juicing!! I definitely gained some summer school pounds these past few months, so I’m trying to get back into really clean eating, with lots of raw vegan food and juicing, which makes me feel my absolute best. Summer school and working like a mad women have kept me out of the gym more than I’d like, so it’s time to get back on track! I still have trouble with running since my surgery, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be getting my ass into the yoga studio or the gym. I guess we all have our ruts once and awhile, but time to snap out of mine!
It probably doesn’t help that I love to bake to de-stress, and I’ve got homemade vegan baked goods sitting around! I’ve come up with a solution: give them away! Ha! My friends and boyfriend certainly don’t mind.
This weekend I’ll be heading up to Ocala to see my mom’s new place for the first time. She’s told me so much about it and I’m beyond excited to see how she has dolled up her cute lil “retro house” as she calls it. The boyfriend is coming with me, so it will be a mini weekend getaway for both of us.
It’s easy to write a blog post and say all the quirky and fun things going on in my life this summer, but the truth is there is also a tragedy that has befell my family. Just this past weekend my Uncle Dan was killed in an airplane accident up in northern Minnesota. He was flying his single engine plane over the Whitefish Chain when something malfunctioned, and the airplane crashed into the waters. My family is beyond devastated. Each day all I can do is think about the people I love hurting so much, and the very young family that Dan left behind including a 16-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son. Dan is not my blood uncle, but he’s my step-mom’s brother, and I have grown very close to him and the rest of her family over these past few years. It’s a little strange to share something so personal over the internet, but I feel like I’ve grown close to my blog friends and readers these past few years, and I am opening up to you for your prayers. Please pray for my family. They are hurting terribly right now. I will be up in Minnesota in two weeks to be with everyone during this time of grieving.
Life is very very fragile. I feel like I am discovering this a little more each and every day. Hug the people you love, and never leave a conversation angry. You never know when you will see that person again. Don’t take anything for granted.
~ Peace, Love & Veggies xo