Monday, July 15, 2013

1/24: festival weekend & a bikini

As much as I love writing my yearly life lists, sometimes actual life gets in the way & more things are left unchecked than I'd like. Even though I'm still a solid month away from my schedule cooling down a bit, I've solidly decided that's not gonna happen this year, baby. 

So I checked off two things this weekend and planned three more for the coming month. #overachiever 

First things first: I bought... and finally wore, a bikini. Seriously. WHO AM I. This is something I've been wanting to do for a while, and is technically a carryover from last year's list. I was sick and tired of feeling that I had to 'earn' the right to wear a certain type of swimsuit based on my body, and that it was off-limits unless I was 'perfect'. Who needs that, man? Life's too short, I decided. A few months ago, I decided to finally pull the trigger & ordered a bikini from the internet (because heaven forbid girls with boobs want to try swimsuits on at the store, amirite?) and loved it. And then it took me like, six weeks to brave it out in public. I wore it when I took the little munchkin I nanny for the to pool, and it was such a non-issue I could hardly believe it. I felt great the whole day, and was reminded of the age-old lesson that no one is paying attention to you, they're paying attention to themselves. Brilliant. 


Second things second: Festivals! We were all about them this weekend. I've waxed poetic before about how much I love this little city of mine, but Milwaukee is truly spectacular in the summer. There is so much--literally, SO much good stuff to do once the weather warms up, a plethora of festivals being at the top of that list. We spent Friday night on the... erm, townie side of town, drinking adult beverages to the tune of one ridiculous 70s cover band, watching an insane fireworks display blow up a mere city block from our faces. It was glorious. Saturday night was spent at the Bastille day festival, eating all manner of delish French-ish goodies, watching a particularly hokey parade and basking in the glittering lights of one beautifully to-scale Eiffel Tower replica. Oh, Milwaukee. You are my favorite. 

A fairly solid start to my 24/24 list, I think! 2 down, 22 to go :) 


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