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 Kindle. Boring. 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!
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.
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
Crisis Text Line, the free, nationwide, 24/7 text message service for people in crisis, is here to support. For support in the United States, text HELLO to 741741 or message at facebook.com/CrisisTextLine.
For support outside the US, find resources at http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html.