My apologies for Thursday’s post showing up on Sunday. It’s been a pretty hectic past two weeks, which shows no sign of letting up soon.
July is typically not a good month for me, mental health-wise. It never has been. And while some years are better than others and nearly all years have come with wonderful things happening in July, I always seem to be in varying stages of exhaustion and general dysfunction. Thankfully, this has been a mild one thus far, despite being quite challenging.
The prompt I chose for this week’s Mama Kat’s Pretty Much World Famous Writer’s Workshop is “Share a photo that best represents your July.”
July has been ALL about self-care for me, so it’ll be hard to summarize in only one photograph.
I got to go for a long, peaceful drive on my way home from visiting my parents, whom I hadn’t seen in seven or so months:
There were lots of margaritas:
I got my hair cut, purchased a pretty new purse, and started getting my nails done again:
I met my “50 by 50” goal, but have no photographic proof of that yet.
I replaced my slowly dying iPad Mini 2 (from six years ago) with an Amazon Fire 7 (much cheaper, and does everything I did on the iPad), and upgraded my Macbook. The Macbook Pro that I have is a total BEAST, and I’ve enjoyed having it for the past three years. BUT…it’s now eleven years old, there is no way to upgrade to a newer iOS, and it’s started giving me a bit of trouble. Not much, but enough that I went ahead and upgraded before it dies on me completely.
Since I got a new (to me) laptop and a new tablet with which to read, I went on a small shopping spree (actually two small shopping sprees):
(Top to bottom; left to right) The first pair of sunglasses are great, except the metal detail on one of the arms pulls my hair out at the temple. (Edit: fixed!) The second pair of sunglasses are GORGEOUS, but they’re heavy and constantly slide down my nose. (Edit: fixed!) I’m not crazy about the silver color of the laptop I just bought and it needed a bit of protection, so I got a decal skin for it. I love the photo used for it! I had to get a case for the Fire tablet. I thought this city-themed one was intriguing, but I am pretty bummed that I couldn’t find one like this cover I have for the iPad Mini. I noticed they did have a Macbook skin just like it, so I may need to look into that further. And since I made two separate orders, I needed to buy something small and cheap with each one to get Amazon’s free shipping. I got the phone case pictured, and I am REALLY excited about the Lion’s head door knocker phone kickstand! I have an actual vintage brass Lion’s head door knocker that I still haven’t attached to my front door. I’m holding out till I paint the door, so it’s probably going to still be a while yet before I get to use that!
And July brought a little bit of my favorite weather. I wish this (weird panoramic) photo did these fiery thunderheads justice:
What has YOUR July been like? Can you summarize it with one photo?