Ugh. I'm not going to lie, the period between the beginning of the New Year and Spring is always dull. Whether I'm in class or just sitting at home, I can't seem to stop daydreaming about warmer weather and sunny skies. Here in North Carolina, we just got a bit of a warm spell, so the 50 and 60 degree days are giving me a taste of spring. Also, I just finished finals, so this little break has reminded me of the sweet freedom of summer. On Tuesday I decided to venture out on a little adventure in the name of summer nostalgia: my boyfriend and I went on a picnic! I remember being a little girl and my mother packing the most elaborate platters, complete with fried chicken, potato salad, and even homemade strawberry cakes. My family and I would pack up our little car (and sometimes out boat, too!) and drive up to the Blue Ridge Parkway (or Lake Jocassee) to enjoy the sun-drenched day out in nature. Unfortunately, I can't live up to my mother's southern cooking (and I can't drive a boat!) so we drove over to a local park and had our little picnic by a river. It was so lovely to get outside and munch on some blackberries, sandwiches, and (my absolute favorite) blood oranges! I can't wait until the sky is forever sunlit again and I can have more blissful days like this.