While Winter 2016 isn’t as unbearable as some in recent memory (I’m looking at you 2015), it’s still not sunny and 80°. I’m still not in shorts and a flowy tank top or sun dress or a bikini-although the actual thought of being in a bikini right now in my pale, post holiday body makes me physically ill (note to self: PUT DOWN THE CHEEZ-ITS). Getting dressed in the morning in the summer vs the winter is a completely different situation. In the summer, for work, I throw a dress over my head and run out the door. My hair is naturally wavy and somehow looks less homeless, more surfer girl in the summer. Winter…I don’t leave the house without wearing at least 3 layers. And this is before I add on my giant amorphous coat. My hair is always in a ponytail or a bun because let’s be real: given 15 extra minutes in the morning I will choose sleep over hair every.single.time. Or scroll through Instagram until I get back to the last post I saw before I went to sleep. It’s a toss up, really.

I recently went through pictures from Summer 2015 and thought I’d post as a reminder that vast gray, bleak wasteland that is winter does have an expiration date. And it’s in exactly 154 days. In no particular order, here are the things I miss most about the summer:

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Long lazy bike rides to empty beaches

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How tan I was (disclaimer: I haaaate hot dog leg pics, particularly pics of my hot dog legs, but you guys I WAS SO TAN)


Wearing a sleeveless dress without hating life


Maxi.Firepit.Sandals.Pedicure.Come back to me.


Frozen cocktails without immediately feeling like I needed mittens


Sweet, buttery lobster rolls ::insert Homer Simpson drool here::


Seasonal Restaurants. Beer just doesn’t taste as good unless you’re on the water.


Some of the best sunsets ever


Taking pictures in the water without feeling like my toes will fall off

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Everything about summer storms (that smell of rain right before though…)


Rainbows after the aforementioned summer storm


That holy-crap-the-sky-just-exploded way summer days end

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