Happy 4th! Do you have any plans for the holiday weekend (or regular weekend if you aren’t American/ don’t get a day off work)? I actually have no idea what we’re doing for the 4th. Last year it was super hot and our friend Mary came over and we cooked all day in our air conditioned kitchen and occasionally stepped onto the terrace and sipped Pimms Cups. We were planning to do more of the same this year (along with Mary’s husband, Steve, who was out of town last year), but we haven’t solidified anything yet. Regardless, I will probably bake something — maybe some chocolate chip cookies and a key lime pie — and I have some skirt steak in the freezer I can defrost if we need it.
Saturday morning we are getting a zipcar and I’m driving us to New Jersey, which I’ve only done once (and not with Drew and Jackson), and I’m a wee bit nervous because I don’t like driving through Manhattan (or most of Brooklyn, for that matter). But almost two years ago my friend Taigi moved with her daughter (who’s Jackson’s age) to Montclair, a suburb in NJ where lots of Brooklynites move after they have kids, and I still have not been out to visit them even though she comes to Brooklyn all the time to see us. So I felt like it was time to do it, driving anxiety be damned. So, that’s what we’re doing Saturday. And Taigi has a YARD! as Jackson calls it — it’s never “yard,” for this urban toddler, it’s always YARD! — with one of those inflatable wading pools like my parents had when we visited last month, so it should be a good time.
The rest of the weekend will probably be usual weekend stuff: playgrounds and a farmers’ market and a train ride or two and maybe some running and biking. Last month I set a goal for myself to run 50 miles in 30 days, and I did it! It was fucking hard, but I did it. I’m so bored of running though now that this month I’ve made a biking goal. I dusted off my bike this week for the first time in a long time, and we’ll see how it goes.
Anyhoo, happy weekend to all!