Following a busy weekend of friends and dancing, food and beaching, I wanted July 4th to be a relaxing one. It was. I got back to my apartment and took a rare but necessary nap. I woke up again, mid-afternoon, and left only to visit the specialty food store so that I could purchase a few ingredients for this incredible salad (pictures to come). Then I read for a bit before packing a picnic to watch the Hudson River fireworks at Riverside Park with my roommates.It was a magical evening; he kind of evening where you feel like you're exactly where you're supposed to be, and still you're impressed with your surroundings. Sure, I have doubts. I hardly have anything figured out, and I'm struggling with the stresses of "adult" life, but I also have faith in the fact that I'm living the lifeI want to live. And that is something to be forever thankful for. Wine spritzers, cheese, fireworks, and all. God bless America, and the rest of the world too.