July Flew By


Hello, everyone! I’m just checking in today to let you know that I did indeed emerge from the second day of the New York Bar Exam at the Javits Center, alive and relatively well. I wrote most of this recap of the past month over the weekend, because let’s face it, the only plans I have today are to go for a nice easy run now that I’m safely back in Connecticut, eat lots of delicious food, and pop over to the doctor’s office later to get that little stitch taken out. I refuse to let my brain do anything that requires mental acuity, and all I’m thinking about how this July flew by for me. I’m pretty sure the reason is the exam-which-shall-thenceforth-not-be-named, which is now blessedly over (fingers crossed I passed!)


Bye bye, bar bracelet



Usually, July is one of my favorite months of the year, because it is bookended by the Fourth of July, one of my favorite holidays replete with fireworks and ice cream, and my birthday on July 26, which is generally also celebrated with plenty of ice cream. This year, however, my birthday was pretty quiet for obvious reasons, and although I still got to enjoy a lot of the things I love about summer, from nature’s gifts to running to warm weather eats, my mind was always filled with random legal facts I can now forget. But let’s take a look at the brighter parts…






I never stopped running, with the exception of five days off for that pesky stitch, which combined with the humidity early in the month brought my monthly mileage down to just under 100 miles, a bit lower than in May or June. Luckily, I’m an early bird, but even so it was HOT! I also shared my running habits, and thoughts on running off the beaten path


Ridgefield, CT



I celebrated my everyday achievements with favorite frozen treats, mostly ice cream – from Cherry Vanilla to Moose Tracks and beyond. All covered in sprinkles, of course, especially on my birthday! And, I discovered an amazing gluten free Cookie Dough ice cream.


Gluten Free Cookie Dough Sundae



I ate a lot of breakfast foods all day long, comforting and easy to whip up when the summer heat drains your cooking inclinations – though I did bake my gluten free corn muffins for the Fourth! Baking is definitely one of my alternative ways to shake off study stress. It was just too hot to do often. Luckily, summer heat means grilling season, and I definitely had my fair share of those meals.



Gluten free pancakes

Wild sockeye salmon



I spent as much time out-of-doors as possible, whether enjoying an early morning run, picking wild raspberries in the sun, or walking Sasha at dusk and savoring the sunset.


Wild raspberries

Summer sunrise



And I got to celebrate my birthday in a low-key way, with ice cream and gluten free cupcakes and family and friends, which is just the way it should be.


Swoon Gluten Free Bakery



And now, as July draws to a close and the arrival of August is at hand, I plan to relax, starting right now. I have some big travel plans lined up – stay tuned for tomorrow’s post! And with that, I hope you all have a wonderful day πŸ™‚


How was your July?
Any exciting events? 
What are your August plans?





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17 thoughts on “July Flew By

  1. “I refuse to let my brain do anything that requires mental acuity, and all I’m thinking about how this July flew by for me. I’m pretty sure the reason is the exam-which-shall-thenceforth-not-be-named, which is now blessedly over (fingers crossed I passed!)” <— I couldn't have said it any better. THIS WILL BE ME TOMORROW! ❀ ❀ ❀

    I'm glad that you've emerged and are safely back in Connecticut! πŸ˜€ Celebrate with lots and lots of delicious food! I will likely be doing much of the same thing tomorrow! πŸ˜› SO CLOSE TO AUGUST (I'm starting my first audition rotation then!). *-*


  2. Congrats on having the exam over and done with! I’m sure you rocked its socks off, but sending tonnes of good vibes nonetheless πŸ™‚ And I totally agree that July flew by. But I’m okay with this because it just means that fall is that much closer #happydance.


  3. Congratulations on being done! Now it’s time to celebrate!!! After I took the MCAT I remember sitting down on my sofa and just staring at a wall….my brain was total mush! I can’t believe July is over already and am so looking forward to soaking in all the sun I can in August. I’m heading to Nantucket for 11 of the 31 days in August and I could not be more excited πŸ™‚ Hope you have a fabulous day !!!


  4. Wow you did it – it’s finally over with!! You must feel so relieved. Fingers crossed for great results!

    I need July to be over. When the calendar strikes August 1 on Saturday, we are promptly leaving for a week long vacation and I think it will be the “reset button” that I desperately need…if for no other reason than I just need the stress of vacation planning to be over with! Haha. I love the timing of our vacation – what a way to kick off a new month! August is usually uneventful so I’m hoping to change that this year in a good way – hoping that the rest of the month after vacay is similarly awesome!


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