Tuesday, August 30, 2011

picnicking is the new black

What on earth is better than summer?  Um... let me answer that for you.  Nothing.  I might even go as far as to say that I would give up Christmas to have summer all year long; especially living in Utah where for some reason it snows until June.  Not only is summer the best season, but it is also the best part about school because there is none!  Unfortunately, yesterday was the start of the new semester which means that summer is coming to a close, and seeing as how UT doesn't really have a decent Fall, the cold is coming.  So say goodbye to seersucker and linen, adios to leisurely bike rides in late afternoon, and auf wiedersehen to sun-kissed skin (so hot, will melt your Popsicle).

You know that feeling you get right before finals... realizing that the easy life is gone done past and the worst is still to come... that now is crunch time?  That's how I feel right now.  Anything summery must be done within the next month, but in reality, it's pretty much over since school has now begun.  Well with that realization in hand, some friends and I decided that picnicking was really the only way to spend the last few afternoons of summer vacation.  I honestly think that Picnicking is one of the most underrated social activities ever.  Really though... just sitting back soaking up the sun at a park with a basket of food and great friends... what could top it!?  This realization came last summer when I invested in a picnic basket ($4 at DI thank you very much!).  Here in Provo, there's always a search for new and/or exciting things to do (as a San Diego native moving to a land-locked state, the realization that the traditional fallback of the beach being nowhere in sight is rather grim).  We try to be on top of things and trying the latest and greatest, but I guess sometimes you have to go vintage if you're going to find what the hot new thing is, and that's exactly what happened with picnicking.  Well, I realized that my picnic basket hadn't been put to much use this season, what with all the shenanigans I've been up to, so I took it out of retirement.  I can now say that the little basket's life is once again with purpose and it shan't be left alone again!

Picnic number 1 of the weekend was really spur of the moment... Wallis ended up getting her morning shift covered and Tara and I didn't have to be anywhere til 2, so we figured let's have a nice lunch at Kiwanis Park.  Wallis busted out the blanket (TN Orange and White! Go Vols!) and we grabbed the makings for PB&J (yup, we went elementary school for this one) and some salt and vinegar chips and we couldn't have been happier!

After a swell time picnicking with Wallis and Tara, I couldn't resist doing it again.  Most people would probably wait at least a couple days, but nay! I scheduled another one for the next afternoon.  So for picnic number 2,  I recruited some other friends, Rachel, Sian-Amy, and Morgan.  Kylie was going to come, but she was lame and backed out last minute, thus missing the main highlight of our Saturday.  Well, it may actually be neck and neck with us sneaking into the freshman dance (yup... BYU rebellion at its finest) and getting eyed by all the barely legal (that is if they actually were) freshmen.  But I digress; this time around, we went all out with the more traditional picnic of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, and lemon cake... ok, so we cheated... it was KFC (but it was a really good deal!  Either way, we were satisfied in our tummies.

needless to say, it was a great weekend of good food, good atmosphere, and good friends.
Thanks guys for making summer great!

Looking forward to a good semester (and what sunshine is left!)

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