What’s Up: June 2023

Hi friends, welcome back! Hard to believe we’re halfway through the year already… The month started off feeling like I was living in some creepy sci-fi movie with all of the wildfire smoke. Luckily that went away in time for the Ed Sheeran concert that we loved. The following weekend we flew to Michigan to see our families and attend Jon’s sister’s bridal shower. We finished the month celebrating Jon’s birthday and are looking forward to a relaxing, nature filled holiday weekend in the Catskills.

On to my post 🙂 I’ve been linking up with the first blogger I ever read, Shay Shull, for my What’s Up posts. Each month I’m answering the following questions:

What I’m eating: I’ll be sharing my foodie Friday post this Friday. We had a little dinner party with our friends and we brought an antipasto salad and they made beef short ribs in a red wine sauce and margaritas. It was a delicious and fun night!

What I’m reminiscing about: I always reminisce about spending the Fourth of July at my cottage. We always had the best time tubing, boating, playing volleyball, and watching the fireworks.

What I’m loving: reliving our Italy memories while I make my way through my thousands of pictures.

Favorite post of the month: the Ed Sheeran concert, it was such an amazing show!

What I’m Up to: we’re going to Switzerland in August and I’m very behind on our planning.

What I’m working on: my Italy series! It’s slowly but surely coming along, mostly because I have a. hard time narrowing down pictures… but I’m excited to share our trip! I’m starting the series next week 🙂

What I’m excited about: is it too early to be excited for the fall? Now that I see college football commercials I want the cooler weather, pumpkins, and coziness.

What I’m watching/reading: we finished Queen Charlotte, Working Moms, Ted Lasso, and are watching the last season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Books I read this month: I enjoy reading lighter, beach reads in the summer

  • Things We Hide from the Light by Lucy Score
  • Pineapple Street by Jenny Jackson
  • Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey
  • All the Days of Summer by Nancy Thayer – this was a good beach read

What I’m doing this weekend: Jon and I are heading to the Catskills for the Fourth of July weekend. We rented a house and we’re looking forward to hiking, relaxing, grilling, and roasting some marshmallows. We also booked a pedal powered rail bike that goes on a scenic railroad through the Catskills. Hopefully it’s as fun as it looks!

What I’m looking forward to next month: next month is BUSY! Jon and I are both only in NYC for one weekend. We’ve got our Catskills trip, a trip to Atlanta for Jon’s mom’s birthday, and Jon has a bachelor party in Charleston and I have a bachelorette in Rosemary Beach, Florida.

What are you looking forward to in July?

27 thoughts on “What’s Up: June 2023

  1. That’s awesome that you went to Ed Sherran – probably an awesome concert! Sounds like a great month aside from the wild fire smoke. Have an amazing summer & trip to Switzerland!

    1. Thank you! It was such an incredible concert. Hope you have an amazing summer too 🙂

  2. Such a busy life, I think I need a nap. That pedal powered rail trip does look like a lot of fun. Can’t wait to see how that turns out. Looking forward to your Italy series Lyssy. Happy Wednesday. Allan

    1. If only our families lived closer, then we wouldn’t seem so busy. I’ve always seen those rail bikes and thought they looked fun, hopefully the weather holds out.

  3. My friend lives in New York and she send me a few photos of what the city looks like filled with a thick haze of wildfire smoke. Given that air quality reached unhealthy levels, it was very eerie and scary. I am so glad that it is gone now. I look forward to reading all about your Italian adventures. Cheers, and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

    1. The smoke was so crazy, I’d never seen anything like it. Jon was in Montreal that week and surprisingly the air was totally fine there. Thanks for reading and have a great week 🙂

  4. You too are insanely busy! I’m looking forward to my OH going on a cycling trip with the club giving me 3 days of peace and quiet. Meanwhile we have plenty of visitors and are going to see Tom Jones and The Weeknd in concert.

    1. Yes, we didn’t plan on that, but Jon’s sister is getting married in September and all the related events took over our summer. That peace and quiet sounds wonderful! Sounds very fun, I enjoy The Weeknd.

  5. You sure have a packed summer! I can’t wait to hear about Italy. I hope the rail bike is lots of fun.

    1. A more packed summer than expected, but we are trying to do as much as we can before we settle down. I’m hoping the weather is ok for the rail bikes!

    1. After the pandemic we said we wanted to do as much as we can before kids, and the universe really answered ha!

  6. Certainly a busy summer ahead! Super excited you’re going to Switzerland, as it’s truly beautiful in the summer…enjoy all of the bachelor/bachelorette parties (but don’t get too carried away, haha)! Have a wonderful summer. 🙂

    1. Switzerland has been at the top of my list for so long, I’m excited to see it! Haha I think the bachelorette will be a relaxing one, I went to a more partying one two years ago and I feel like I’m still recovering ha! Hope you have a great summer too!

    1. I just do not enjoy the heat of summer. I loved the ending too, I thought it was the perfect way to end the show.

    1. It sure was surreal with the smoke! I’ll try to wait for autumn, I just don’t like the heat.

  7. That pedaled power rail bike sounds like fun. And, it looks like you two did the “Path of Gods.” Such incredible views from there. What a great concert to go to (Ed Sheeran).

    1. We loved the Path of Gods! I can’t wait to go through all my pictures from it. Ed Sheeran was so great!

  8. As soon as you said “Switzerland” everything else faded to grey. We spent a couple of days in Lucerne at the tail end of a Viking cruise a few years ago. Magical. Like Ireland, Switzerland is one of those places that looks exactly as imagined. Alpine mountains, picturesque meadows and lakes, quaint villages, excellent food – what more do you need, right?

    1. We starting in Lucerne and then heading into the mountains so I can go paragliding. I can’t wait for the beautiful scenery. Germany/Austria had the similar feeling and we loved that trip!

  9. The wildfire smoke has been insane! It looks very similar in Philly to the photo of New York that you posted. I am excited to read about your Catskill adventures, and the rail bike sounds very cool!

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