Is it me, or does summer seem to be flying by? I mean, at a faster rate than usual. I’d like to be optimistic here and say that we still have a couple more good months to go, but there is something about when the calendar hits mid-July that always makes me feel like my favorite season is slipping away.
In the interest of living up the rest of this summer to the fullest, here’s what I have on my agenda this month.
Go: If you’re a regular reader, you may know that I love nothing more than a good old day trip to the east end of Long Island. In summers past, I’ve spent a lot of time staying out in Montauk, but this summer, I’m making my first trip of the season out there to attend a wellness event at Hero Beach Club. You may also recall that Hero Beach Club was where I spent my birthday in the off-season a few years back, and it’s a great spot to spend a day or enjoy a stay. While this will just be a day trip, you can’t beat Hero for the oceanfront location, amenities, and overall beach vibe.
Listen: I’m so grateful to one of my Instagram followers for alerting me to the fact that Johnny Mathis is performing at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury later this month. Up until the final days with my grandmother, we sang along to Johnny’s most famous hits. Songs like “Wonderful, Wonderful,” “Misty,” “It’s Not for Me to Say,” and “The Twelfth of Never,” were all on our nightly repertoire. While I hope some of these are among the songs he performs, I know it will be an emotional evening for me as I think about my grandmother and the memories we made together through listening to his music.
Do: I know it might sound crazy to say this given that I’ve been an equestrian for decades, but I’m excited to be taking my first lesson this month after my long break out of the saddle. If you’re wondering why someone who has been riding as long as I have needs a trainer, the answer is that you can always improve. It’s important to have someone take a look at your seat, how you’re using aids like your hands and legs, and for keeping both horse and rider in check from a training perspective. I am also interested in getting back to jumping, which is something I have yet to do with the two horses I’ve been riding, so I’m looking forward to having a trainer guide me as I take this next step in my adult riding career.
Learn: Well, it’s finally happening—I’m planning a trip to Europe in the fall. I haven’t taken an international trip since the pandemic, so I am looking forward to spending some time out of the States. While things like dates and the itinerary are still a work in progress, one of the things on my to-do list is to brush up on my foreign language skills. I know I’ve mentioned this goal before, but now that there is a trip looming on the horizon, I’m feeling slightly more motivated to spend some time with my Duolingo app.
What’s on your agenda this month?