It’s a Wrap, July!

Before I begin rounding up things that we had going on this month, I’d like to echo a friend’s recent comment about how summer days seem to pass quickly. I couldn’t agree more, and I’m sure no one else would argue that in spite the longer days, it feels like we don’t have enough time in a day.

Fourth of July Weekend and Summer Break Feels

As I’ve mentioned in my Instagram post, Roan and I couldn’t remember where we were on Fourth of July weekend last year. I think we spent it somewhere with my brother-in-law and his girlfriend, but we’re not entirely sure. To make up for our less-than-eventful weekend last year, we made sure that we spent this year doing what we do best—outdoor adventures!

Roan and I are both out of college, but it doesn’t mean that we couldn’t live life as if we were still on summer break. We live in San Diego after all, so that’s pretty impossible. I decided to take a breather from my certification program as well, and it’s proving to be the best decision I’ve made lately.

We go to the beach often, but I haven’t been into the ocean since we tried surfing in 2015. I know, what a shame! If you’d seen me at the beach last year, you’d find me tucked under a beach tent, reading on my KindleBoring. This year, I made it a point to go into the open waters (in spite of my irrational fear of chancing upon sharks), and have fun. Roan and I recently got into bodyboarding, and we’ve been going to our favorite beach place to practice almost every weekend since!

Fletcher Cove Beach Park, San Diego, California

Covert Affairs

I don’t think I ever mentioned that Roan and I binge-watched Homeland weeks ago. We got really sucked into its storyline until the first season ended. When we started watching the first few episodes of Season 2, I’ve become so annoyed with Carrie Mathison’s role (portrayed by Claire Danes) that I wanted to watch something else.

Roan recently discovered Covert Affairs, another spy television show, which starred Piper Perabo (remember Coyote Ugly?). To my surprise, I liked her role as a CIA operative more than Claire Danes’ did. Although the show ran a while ago (2010–2014), Roan and I are already halfway through Season 2 because the storyline only gets better.

Source: @LinkinPark on Instagram

The Shock that is Chester Bennington’s Death

Roan and I were on our way to lunch on July 20th when I saw a friend’s post on Instagram—that Chester Bennington, LinkinPark‘s frontman, had committed suicide. I did what most people would do—I googled “Chester Bennington death,” and there it was, plastered on my screen, “Died: July 20, 2017, Palos Verdes Estates, CA.”

I really wanted it to be one of those celebrity death hoaxes because I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of Chester being dead, especially in a manner that is neither natural nor expected. I didn’t think it was a coincidence that he committed suicide on the same day as his late friend, Chris Cornell’s birthday either. Roan and I were supposed to see them perform live for the first time this October, but their North American tour has since been cancelled. What is Linkin Park without Chester after all?

In case you or someone you know needs support, here are some resources:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK

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  • I was really gutted when I heard about Chester. Linkin Park had a huge impact on my teenage years and they really got me through some hard times.

    A lot happens in a year so I am not surprised that you forgot the exact details of what you did last 4th of July! Glad you made the most of this one. I love that you and Roan are always up for an adventure together!

    The last time I was in the ocean was probably 2015 too… I am not a huge fan of the ocean, and in summer in Australia it gets uncomfortably hot outside so going into the ocean doesn’t cool you off much. Not to mention most beaches or places where you can access ocean are packed!

    • I still can’t believe he’s gone…and that we won’t be seeing Linkin Park perform live in October. Roan and I have been both bummed about it, and it got even more depressing when we received the refund for the tickets. 🙁

      We did! Just taking advantage and making the most out of our life together before kids become part of the picture. We’re still making up for the lost times (from being in a long distance relationship). 🙂

      Yes, I understand. Even when we hang out at the beach, it gets too hot by noon. It’s usually when we decide to go into the water to cool down. Hahaha!

  • I couldn’t agree with you more. Work days during the summer fly past but in the winter they drag so much for me – when I get home, I found that in the winter I had the time to do loads of different things but in the summer it just flies by and I suddenly don’t have time to do anything I wanted to!

    I usually just lay around when I go to a beach, and read too! There’s not many nice beaches in the UK where you can actually relax like that (because there’s hardly any sun here) but when I do go, I do exactly that! I am going on another beach holiday next week so I might try doing so more water activities although I am scared of the open ocean T_T

    I still can’t believe that Chester has died. It’s a huge shock and really shows the importance of open communication and acceptance of mental health. <3

    • Winter makes me feel depressed, especially that daylight’s shorter than nighttime. It makes me feel lazy! Hahaha!

      I’m scared of the open ocean, too, because sharks. Hahaha! I even have an app that tracks where the tagged sharks are hanging out. Hahaha! Ohh, have a nice trip to the ocean this week! Enjoy tropical weather while you can!

      I know, I know. I still can’t wrap my head around it either. I’m a big fan of his vocals, so it’s really something I’ll miss.

  • I love it that you guys are so close to the beach! And you’re such cool cats bodyboarding too, that looks like a really fun activity. I’m sad that summer is slowly but surely coming to an end but I do like fall too, so I guess it’s not all bad. It’s funny, Alex and I didn’t even do anything last year for July 4th. We literally walked around the city and then watched the fireworks on TV. Lame!

    • There’s just no sitting around when you’re with Roan! He’s always on the move! We look like idiots the very first time we tried it, but we think we’re getting the hang of bodyboarding. I like fall and winter, too, especially here in California where it’s not so bad. I actually look forward to the colder months!

  • I’m so devastated about Chester and the fact that I’ll never see Linkin Park. I think it’d be even worse if I was a ticket holder…
    Despite that, it sounds like July was good to you guys! I’m glad you wandered back into the ocean and had some fun!

    • You and me both, Louise. I couldn’t finish my lunch that day. I sought solace in my brothers because we listened to Linkin Park since “In The End.” :'(
      I may or may not have a lot of scrapes and bruises from bodyboarding, plus uneven skin tone due to sun (over)exposure. Hahaha!

    • August is upon us! I’m getting the hang of being in the waters more, but I still remain cautious when I get too far from the shore. I can swim, but the thought of possible sharks looming gives me major anxiety.