Bittens, Monday is Labor Day, which means that summer is coming to an end. We've had a wonderful summer -- mostly just staying in D.C., but we did get to spend some time in Provincetown, Mass., at the very tip of Cape Cod.
For whatever reason, we're taking the end of summer especially hard this year. Sure, fall is going to be great, and we know we're going to get excited. But we're definitely still in mourning mode over here.
We wanted to share some snapshots of our summer. You may have seen some of these if you follow us on Instagram.
We had some nice pool time. DC public pools are free to residents, and we go whenever we can.
For Zach's sister Cassidy's birthday, we spent the day with her and her husband at their house in Annapolis. She cooked a wonderful dinner, and we supplied a yummy chocolate birthday cake. Before dinner, though, we shucked a couple dozen oysters from Rappahannock Oysters. It was our first time shucking oysters -- we had to watch a how-to video on YouTube -- but we figured it out pretty well. Especially Clay, who, it turns out, is a shucking master. By the end, we got every last one open!
We were in New York for Pride weekend, which was a lot of fun. Even better: That Friday, June 26, was the day the Supreme Court handed down its marriage equality ruling. It just so happened that the Airbnb where we were staying was half a block from the Stonewall Inn, the site of the 1969 demonstrations that helped ignite the gay rights movement. On the day the Court announced its marriage decision, this impromtu group of citizens and politicians gathered in front of the Stonewall. It was so moving to be there at such a historic moment.
We saw Taylor Swift in concert in D.C.! It was so much fun. (Yes, we are 14-year-old girls at heart.) She was fantastic, but we also really loved the glowing wristbands that each concert attendee was given. They were all synced together and would pulsate (in different colors!) to the beat of the song. It was amazing.
This is what Taylor's concert looked like -- you can see all the wristbands in the crowd. That's the Washington Monument in the background.
We spent two weeks (!) in Provincetown. We love it there; we've gone for the past several summers, but getting to spend two full weeks there this year was heaven.
We ate plenty of lobster rolls while in Ptown. This one is from The Canteen, a great eatery in town.
Our summer diet fell off the wagon in other ways, as well...
One night, we had a beach bonfire with a bunch of friends who were in Ptown with us. It was a beautiful experience. We watched the sunset, tracked seals in the water (we lost count around 40), and then spent the whole evening sitting around the fire, roasting hot dogs and s'mores and telling stories and singing songs. It was like summer camp, but with lots of rosé.
It was a magical trip. Here's us in the dunes. (Clay is sporting some serious beach hair!)
We had a great summer overall. We loved every second of it.
Now we need your help, Bittens: Help us get excited for fall! What are you looking forward to about autumn?