made it in america

Sunday, July 8, 2012

How I’ve spent the past few 4th of Julys: 1) on a plane home from Austria, 2) at the US Embassy Independence Day Celebration in Vienna, 3) seeing Jay-Z (and just barely not seeing Beyoncé) at a Hyde Park concert in London, and 4) running around Poland in an American flag shirt, asking people if they wanted to watch The Sandlot.  Needless to say, this year’s Fourth had a lot of living-up to do.
And living up, this year’s Fourth did.  I spent the holiday at a picture-perfect farmhouse in Arcadia, Oklahoma, where the food was plentiful and the fireworks were a little out of control, as they should be.  Let’s just say I kept my sunglasses on throughout the show – in spite of the fact that it was dark – for fear that shrapnel would somehow scratch my corneas.  I’m sure this was a very legitimate concern. 

The fireworks show ended with a grand finale involving our country’s national anthem, during which I asked my friend, Jenny, “Oh, great, am I about to get goosebumps?”.  I spent the remainder of the evening de-littering my hair of cardboard firework bits that had floated down from the still-smoky sky, dancing with sparklers as a playlist full of iconic summer songs blasted through the outdoor speakers, and cuddling with the family’s new puppy Gus (I pretend it's short for 'Gussell Westbrook').

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14 comments:

meg fee said...

i love the sandlot. we're destined to be real-life friends. come to brooklyn, we'd live it up here.

xo.

Alana Christine said...

Ah! If I had known you were in Oklahoma, I would have requested a meet-up! Dangit! Glad you had a good 4th at home : )

Lottie said...

the comment about the sunglasses made me laugh outloud!

jackiek said...

looks like you had a fun fourth!! i love your skirt! xo

Emily said...

Hooray for reliving the Fourth! It certainly was grand.

Now, let's watch The Sandlot.

Aly said...

following via instagram. done and done.

brittany said...

well. you look adorable. and so patriotic. and little puppy friend! also i just instagram found you ;)

Linda said...

I love Instagram and the way it allows you to really get creative with your pics. Half of the photos I post on my blog are taken with Instagram. I'll be following you! Follow me at @citydiva (of course)

Jeneric Generation said...

I love this post so much (do I say that in every comment?), but my favorite part was the first sentence in the second paragraph. I also love that Thunder pup.

Also...are you following me? Jennylizdub. Don't make me remind you again.

Jennifer said...

i love that skirt. question: where it's from?

Jenni Austria Germany said...

the skirt is from shabby apple!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

Digging your patriotic outfit!!! :) Don't all good firework displays showcase the fear of shrapnel in the eye?!? ;)

Erica [pocket full of chuckles] said...

love your patriotic dress :)

Taylor said...

No lie - I got whacked in the face with firework debris!
So your worry was very warranted.