Growing up my brother and I were always close (despite the usual sibling spats) and we did a lot of the same activities, had overlapping friend groups, and liked a lot of the same things. We're only a year and a half apart. It's been crazy over the last year to see him step into parenthood with my sister-in-law and take on a totally new role as a loving, energetic, and thoughtful dad. It's hard to describe what it feels like to see that happen from the sibling perspective but it's been one of the most fulfilling/life-affirming experiences I've ever had. He has been such an inspiring big brother and can't wait to see my niece continue to learn and grow with them as her parents. She is so lucky.
After work last week I biked to REI and bought a tent. My family just spent the weekend at my brother's house in Long Island and hotels/AirBnBs are expensive and/or hard to come by, so I figured I would spent less money and simultaneously have a way to explore in the future. Basically I just slept in their backyard for two nights and showered and used the bathroom as normal. But it was kinda cool to have a little space to myself! Looking forward to using it again soon.
After visiting Rotterdam, I decided I'd try to get more into biking my commute instead of taking the train. The train has been so miserable lately and I find it difficult to use that time productively when I'm squashed in there like a sardine. Since mid-April, I've been biking consistently most days (even in the frequent rain!), and I've been tracking everything on Strava. I set an annual goal of 1000 miles to keep myself motivated, with the understanding that I'll probably slow down once it gets cold. We'll see how it goes! Also, I feel like this is a good exercise replacement for me given that my knees aren't what they used to be (I'm only 28! D:) and this is a low-impact activity. At the very least, I'm a lot more comfortable with city biking and hand signaling, which used to be very scary for me.
Summer is finally here! I spent a whole weekend sitting out on the porch reading and planting flowers and it's so refreshing to be outside. When it's winter, a whole part of my personal space closes off because I can't spend time on my porch anymore. Also here is a summery scene that I worked on recently.
PS I'm reading Twilight in French. Never read it in English but I'm having a GREAT time.
Hannah Dunscombe is a painter and portrait artist based out of Mansfield, MA.