Summer 2013: One Of The Best

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged here. About 17 months to be exact. I’m hoping to blog a little more often now.

I’m still working for Buzz Internet Marketing Group as a Project Manager. I definitely love what I do and have experienced a lot of career growth while working for Buzz. I’ve learned a ton about web development, marketing, WordPress and project management. Very valuable experience and getting to telecommute (work from a home office) has been awesome.

Despite a busy work schedule, I’ve made time to have a bit of fun over the past 3-4 months. Really, since April, the time has just flown by. With all of the things I’ve gotten to do and all of the fun I’ve had, this has definitely been one of the best summers in memory.

What I’ve Been Up To

It all started in April with a trip to Chicago. My niece and I–both being big fans of the the TV show the Vampire Diaries–decided to go there for a convention for the show so that my niece could meet her idol, Ian Somerhalder. It was a blast. We enjoyed staying at the Westin O’Hare, swimming, sight-seeing in downtown Chicago, walking along the Navy Pier and navigating through the busy Chicago traffic (NOT!). All in all, an excellent trip.

The view of Chicago from the Navy Pier

The view of Chicago from the Navy Pier

 

The convention is apparently a yearly thing, and we plan to attend next year’s. Here’s hoping more stars are added to it and that we have a little more time to see the city.

Then came May. May is generally a busy month for us anyway with lots of birthdays in the family; however, it was even busier this year with a good friend’s wedding in Texas. We traveled down to Austin, TX and enjoyed 5 days of warm weather, wedding festivities and getting to see some dear friends who now live in TX. The most interesting part of the trip was actually the return home. We flew into Flint in the middle of a severe storm.

Yes, that flash of light is lightning.

Yes, that flash of light is lightning.

Luckily, we made it home just fine. And luckily, the flight into Texas was much nicer.

Ideal flight conditions

Ideal flight conditions

We also were able to do a little bit of sight-seeing in downtown Austin. Austin’s definitely one of those cities I really like…not just for its tech-friendly atmosphere but for all of the activities there.

 

One of many stars in Texas

One of many stars in Texas

Another thing that I did this summer and greatly enjoyed was spending time up in northern Michigan. We’re lucky enough to have a place that is a mere 5-10 minutes away from Lake Huron. Full of beautiful views, like this one:

Beautiful day on July 4th

Beautiful day on July 4th

I also was able to do some golfing up north.

 

Hole #2 at Greenbush golf course.

Hole #2 at Greenbush golf course.

I also enjoyed spending some time in the Ann Arbor-area and saw the U of M campus. Although I’m a passionate Spartans fan, I gotta admit that U of M has a very nice campus and a vibrant area around Campus. It was lots of fun walking around on campus.

Finally, there were trips to Cedar Point and the west side of Michigan. Lots of fun as always.

Summer 2013 was, simply put, an excellent summer. That said, as much as I enjoyed this summer, I am looking forward to the fall and all of the holidays coming up.

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