Happy Wednesday! How has your day been?
I started mine off with some cross training at the gym before work (discussion for another post, but why yes- I’m still training for the Nike Women’s half marathon, despite my uncertainty), and just got home from a fun little happy hour that allowed me to enjoy a few drops of the gorgeous weather we’ve been experiencing lately.
I’m a BIG fan of enjoying the great outdoors when it’s so nice outside, and I especially love being outside when it involves yummy food or drinks. It’s one of my very favorite things to do in the summertime.
Obviously when my friends suggested meeting at this German style beer garden after work today for happy hour, I couldn’t refuse.
I don’t about you, but I think there’s something about those two words together that just sounds magical: beer + garden…. right? What does that even mean?
Now, considering I spend 9+ hours of my day in
a cave an office with zero windows, I’ll take basically any excuse to soak up some sunshine. (We won’t even talk about how upset I am that the tan I got in Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend is already starting to fade.)
After pushing past an army of 10 year olds trying to solicit me with boxes of cookies on every street corner – awkward – I eventually found myself at this new-to-me Belgium beer bar on U Street, called the Standard.
Apparently – despite knowing nothing at all about Belgium beers besides the fact that they taste delicious – I picked the one that came in a beer larger than my head. No big deal. I may have been still drinking this as my friends were about ready for their thirds. Yeah.
This place was great though! Totally no frills – just good beer and bench-style, community tables to sit outside with friends, that’s it. And really, isn’t that all you need?
Sadly I didn’t try any of the food… my super-sized beer was demanding too much of my attention.
I also sort of love the little pig at the top of the menu, which is reason enough for me to return here another day.
You know what I also love?
That I was able to walk home at nearly 9pm and it was still bright outside!
Summer is my absolute favorite time of year… nothing can be too terrible when it’s bright and sunny out :-D, and I choose to walk home whenever humanely possible here in D.C. I know a lot of people love the subway system in the district (the metro), but I find it extremely unreliable and frustrating to stand around waiting for a train…
If I walk, I get to set my own pace and can control how soon I get home (depending on the distance of course).
Control issues? Yes.
Plus it’s just nice to know I have the option to walk home – when I lived in Los Angeles for college, that was definitely not an option 99.9% of the time.
Now it’s time to get my booty into bed… I’m on a continual mission to get to sleep earlier on work days. I’m usually unsuccessful, despite a very early 6am wake-up call.
What’s one of your favorite ways to enjoy summer??