City life is fun--there are always a ton of parties in the summer. Here I am at the opening of the restaurant Covet with my friends Erin (left) and Kristine (right). Ramona Singer from The Real Housewives of NYC was there, but I missed her! Bummer. Yes, I love the city. But for the Fourth of July, some friends rented a farmhouse we'd been to in the summer of 2008, and I fell in love with the country all over again... Not to be all Miley Cyrus, but it does feel like the best of both worlds. On the drive up, Dave posed with Jacob at Burger King. This makes me laugh: Reading on the front porch (in a swing that rocks. Seriously, like back-and-forth rocks): Playing badminton: Walking to the swimming hole: The swimming hole itself, where I sat on that log and read an ARC of Robin Benway's The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June, though you can't see that I'm trying to hold it up here: On the porch, there was a little baby swallow gearing up to leave its nest and we all watched it throughout the weekend. It felt symbolic or something, and I know it's flown by now! There may have been some fireworks... And perhaps a little light beer pong before bed... Of course, there were also s'mores around the fire pit. I heart summer! What are you guys up to this month? Happy July!