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what i loved in july

have i been maybe having TOO much fun lately? do I need to take it down a notch?

This was the month of books. And Slovakians. And beach days and music festivals and swimming pools and BBQs and sweaty nights at the playground. July was trips to State College and down the shore and engagements and weddings and big moves. July was sweaty and hot and sunny and fun.

July was everything I needed it to be – July was summer. And here’s what I’ve been jamming out to throughout all the fun:

podcasts

Sounds of the Trail – I discovered this podcast after reviving my love of the book/movie Wild, and after declaring that I too would someday hike the PCT. (Hold me to this, pals. 2018, anyone?) The hosts of this podcast talk about their experiences thru-hiking, chat with past and current thru-hikers about various thru-hike topics, and share tips, stories, & wisdom from the trail. I have found it ENDLESSLY entertaining.

tv shows

Orange is the New Black – I had a busy June, so I didn’t get to catch up on all the prison tomfoolery with everyone else, but when I did… I WAS DEVASTATED. WHY, OITNB, WHYYYYYY. Who else shares this sentiment???

Rock the Park – OMG. One night while I was perusing Netflix, I was feeling like watching something Colorado-centric, because obviously. I discovered this little gem of a documentary series and was instantly hooked. The guys who host the show are so cheesy, but I LOVE cheesy, and they’re not bad to look at either. They take you around to different national parks around the country, from Alaska to Hawaii to Montana to Virginia, and hike the best trails, drive the best roads, and get into some other really unique, cool adventures. I watched like 6 episodes that night.

Dawson’s Creek – Because I haven’t finished the series yet and my love for cheesiness has no end. Dawson & Joey forever.

The Bachelorette – #TeamNoOneBecauseAllTheGuysSuck #ExceptJamesTaylor #WhatWasSheThinking

books

This month, I read FIVE books, which has been a record for 2016! I’m a little behind though on my reading challenge though… damn. Gotta hit the books.

Susan Sontag: a Biography by Daniel Schreiber – What a badass bitch. What a feminist hero. What an exceptional writer.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Housseini – There are no words for the way this story moved me. Khaled Housseini is truly a talented storyteller. I thought The Kite Runner was amazing when I read it 2 years ago – I HAD NO IDEA what was coming for me when I turned to the first page of A Thousand Splendid Suns. Wow. Wow. Wow. I am still thinking about the characters weeks after finishing the book.

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso – Highly recommend for anyone who needs a kick in the ass in any aspect of life.

Off the Road by Jack Hitt – Not only have I vowed to hike the PCT someday, I’ve made it a goal to walk El Camino de Santiago! This month has been a month of declarations and goal setting. I feel like I have more purpose, more drive, more motivation. And part of that has come from my decision to walk El Camino! This decision has not come completely out of the blue, but…. more on that later.

My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit – *checks flights to Israel every time I close my book for the night*

music

XPN Festival!!!! – Aside from hours of sitting in 100 degree heat/blistering sun, getting caught in a hour-long torrential downpour/monsoon, and worrying about potentially passing out from dehydration/heat exhaustion the entire time, the XPoNential Music Festival in Camden was one of the highlights of my entire summer. The music was insanely good – Alabama Shakes, Kurt Vile, The Suffers, Ryan Adams, and Billy Hector were some of my faves – and I got to spend the weekend with some of my best friends. If only the rain didn’t mess up the schedule and make us miss Josh Ritter. Sigh.

RYAN ADAMS – I’ve been digging Ryan Adams since discovering him on the Elizabethtown soundtrack, but my love for him grew expontentially (see what I did there) since seeing him live at XPN Fest. So gritty. So real. So soulful. So good.

Anything from the late ’90s/early ’00s – I’m fully embracing my Dawson’s Creek obsession.

movies

The Way – The story of a son who sets out to walk El Camino de Santiago, dies in a storm while hiking, and his father who finishes the pilgrimage in his honor. Played by real life father & son Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez, this movie moved. me. to. tears. on more than one occasion. EL CAMINOOOO. SPAIN. ugh.

The English Patient – One of my faves of all time. It’s just too beautiful.

The Secret Life of Pets – Took the Slovakians to see this movie on their first week in the USA to make 4-year-old Timo happy, and it was HILARIOUS.

10 Cloverfield Lane – My thoughts on this movie: “Um. What did I just watch?”

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How was your July?

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3 Comments

  • Reply Margie

    You have had such a busy, fun-filled summer. I am going to miss you so much! I can’t even begin… And what was I thinking with 10 Cloverfield Lane!??

    August 4, 2016 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Hannah Myer

    Yay July!!!! Also, SO SADDDDD you didn’t see Josh Ritter!! Of all the performers to miss. Sigh.

    August 4, 2016 at 2:53 pm
    • Reply kristenhopf@gmail.com

      Sigh. Tell me about it. I was so so so upset. Still am.

      August 8, 2016 at 4:58 pm

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