I’m alive and blogging, I promise. I got behind again…summer is much busier than I expected. Fortunately, I should be cleared from physical therapy, which will be great, and I can work my way back into running and my usual workout routines. Yay!
Anyway, I missed last week and I’ve got a lot to talk about this week, so let’s get this rolling.
1. World Team Tennis — Last week, my mom and I went to the Philadelphia Freedoms’ WTT match against the Washington Kastles at Villanova. If you need a refresher, I mentioned it in my previous Five on Friday, and I wrote about WTT last summer when I interned with USTA. It was really great to reunite with a lot of my coworkers from USTA (p.s., we missed you, Drew) and hear what they’ve been up to since last summer. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see Alison Riske; she pulled out of WTT to play a warmup tournament for the US Open. In her place, we saw another young American hopeful, Victoria Duval. I feel confident in saying that we will be seeing much more of Victoria in the tennis world. She lost her singles set against Martina Hingis, but she held her own and played some fantastic points. I loved watching Duval play doubles with former Grand Slam doubles champ Liezel Huber. And Martina Hingis…well, enough said.
|She’s the greatest.|
|Australian big-man Sam Groth had a HUGE serve.|
|Huber & Duval played some mean doubles!|
2. Visit from a Friend — Sometimes it’s difficult to visit with my VT friends over the summer, since we’re all from different areas and all have jobs, internships, study abroad, what have you. Last week, the timing was perfect for me to see my friend Danny and his family! They passed through my area on their way up to Boston, and I met them for lunch at a fantastic pizza place down in Wilmington. Good to see you, Danny!
3. Baking, sometimes healthful, sometimes not — I’ll write more on this in a separate post since I’ve done so much of it lately. My best friend Ruth and I love to bake and cook and try new things in the kitchen, so last week we had a “I want to try this” night at her house. She made a delicious Tex-Mex Pizza and incredible peanut butter Nutella chocolate chip cookies, and I made my mom’s hamburger dip and cake balls. And I’ve done a whole lot more on my own, which I will cover later. But for now, here’s the pizza she made. It was divine!
4. David Sedaris — I’ve done a lot of reading this summer (and let me tell you, I haven’t been able to read for pleasure this much in so long, and it feels great), especially a lot of nonfiction and essays in preparation for a course I’m taking this fall. I’ve read a couple of David Sedaris’ essays in other classes, and I stumbled upon another in an essay anthology. I loved it so much that I went out and bought his bestseller, Me Talk Pretty One Day. It is absolutely hilarious and well crafted. I can’t wait to finish it so I can dive into his latest release, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.
5. Weekend in DC — I mentioned visiting friends above…this weekend, I’m heading down to the Nation’s Capital to see my dear friend Jordan. She called me one night this week and said, “Hey, Plain White T’s is playing at the 9:30 Club. Let’s go!” It was super spur-of-the-moment, but that’s the best kind of plan. I can’t wait to spend a couple days exploring DC and experiencing the nightlife in the city, and seeing a great concert! I think I still remember all the words to “Hey There, Delilah!”
Until next week, at which point I will share my and Jordan’s adventures in DC!