Monday, March 27, 2017

An Up Down Weekend

Friday night after work I ran some errands and finally picked up a car mount for my phone when I'm Ubering. I thought I'd give it a test run so I did a couple rides until I heard from one of the roommates that wanted to go out later.

Her HH was going longer than I thought it was and there were two new Datelines on. By the time I got home I threw on some comfy clothes, popped in a Lotza Motza and called it a night. That is, until I was bundled up on the couch with a steaming hot pizza on my lap and cheese dangling from my mouth that the door busted open with three pretty buzzed people. They quickly convinced me to change and go out with them.

We went to my two new favorite bars in the area, Up Down and The Country Bar. Up Down is any video/arcade loving adults dream bar that has old arcade games, skee ball, Mario Cart, giant jenga, etc. and only serves frozen pizza for food. After Up Down we moved next door to The Country Bar that we've discovered has karaoke on Friday nights! It wasn't long after the girls sang a song or two that they were starting to crash so we called it an early night.

Saturday morning  I hit the road around 8:00 to spend the rest of the weekend at the cabin. The day before we had a tree taken down and with it finally being Spring I knew we would have plenty of brush to burn and it wouldn't be too cold to be outside.

It's great to see that it's officially ice off! The ice this year destroyed our beach and yard so we'll have some work to do before we can get any of the dock in. We lost several feet so a lot of what was done will have to be pushed back in to the lake. Since I didn't take a Spring Break trip this year, I'm itching to get out in the water and play in the sun.

Per usual, Sunday was a struggle and I just couldn't wake my self up. I really need to figure out how to teleport, or find someone with a plane. I love the drive up to the cabin at the beginning of a weekend, it's that darn drive home that I just dread.

By the end of the week I will know the fate of my living situation come June 1. Nothing seems to be going in our favor as far as getting our land lord to let us extend our lease through August, or offers on houses, which could mean last minute struggles to find a decent apartment near my current location.

I dread the idea of moving again and really just need to find a forever place one of these years.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Beauty and the Beast + You Tube video

Tuesday evening a few girlfriends and I went to dinner at Punch Bowl Social at the West End. None of us had been yet since it has always been busy so we figured an early dinner on a Tuesday would allow us to get a table. The space is absolutely amazing and I'm excited to go back with a group for a fun night out. They have everything from bowling and darts to karaoke and giant jenga, or you can hang out around one of the three, yes, three bars.

After dinner we walked over to the movie theater to see Beauty and the Beast in 3D. This movie theater has a bar and they will let you get drinks to-go and bring them in to the theater with you! We all grabbed our double pours of sauv blanc and headed to our seats. I absolutely loved everything about Beauty and the Beast and I'm so glad they didn't change much from the original. It brought me back to my childhood and I had the silliest grin on my face the whole time. We all agreed that we weren't super stoked that Dan Stevens played the beast. I for one think that Alexander Skarsgard should have played the beast, and any role that calls for a controlling, sexy, growling actor (cough*50 shades*cough).

After dinner we went back to The AmyWineHouse to watch the original and freely sing all. the. songs!

A few months back we took a family trip to Hawaii for a wedding and I finally got around to putting together the GoPro video. Take a look if you have 10 minutes to spare. Putting this together has me itching to go back to HI and check out more islands.

Random comment for the day: The gym that I go to is below Target center where the Timberwolves play. Their practice facility is between my office and my gym. As I was walking to the gym this morning there's Ricky Rubio just pacing like a normal in the skyway talking on his phone. I find it refreshing when professionals act just like us.
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Let's Give This Another Try

It's been quite some time since I've come here to dump my thoughts and what's been going on in my little life. I've been doing a lot of writing on the side, taking actual ink to real paper and it's been wonderful. But I have the itch to come back to this space and just type.

Let's play catch up, shall we?

A couple weeks ago I was offered tickets to the Minneapolis Food and Wine show at Target Field from the Minnesota Beef Council. I was so excited to be able to attend and had a great time trying food from different local restaurants and different wines from around the country.

Speaking of wine, some girlfriends and I will be taking a 'wine country/everyone-turns-30', girls trip this Fall. I've never been to Sonoma/Napa, but I'm excited to check it out and I'm already dreaming about wearing a large floppy hat while sipping wine and strolling through vineyards. If you've been and have any lodging or vineyard suggestions please pass them along!

I'm driving for Uber...when I remember that I am driving for them. I haven't given anyone a ride in a month or so, but need to get that going again since I have some trips I need to save for. Along with wine country in the Fall, I'll be heading out to Bainbridge in June for a family wedding and I'm doing a big solo Scotland/Ireland trip in September. Pretty stoked about that one.

The dating game has been a bunch of the same. Now that the big holidays are over, people are actively looking to actually meet, but the struggle is to find out who's out there just to have someone to date when it's convenient for them or rebounding, and who's out there actually looking for something that will get us off all. the. dating. apps!

Oddly, these past two/three weeks a couple people from my past have popped up out of no where. It had my head going all sorts of directions because one in particular was a tough one to let go of so when he texted out of the blue to apologize for disappearing it lifted a lot of weight off of me. I get too in my own head when a relationship ends and wonder what I did wrong. I certainly know I'm not perfect and have my crazy girl moments,but this gave a real sense of closure, especially since it ended so abruptly.

He doesn't live here any more, but checks in to make sure I'm staying true to my self and that I'm happy, not dating just to see what could work, but actually finding the right one. Strangely refreshing, yet really great knowing I wasn't the one to screw that one up.

Let's see, what else? It's officially Spring! To celebrate I bought myself some tulips and grilled a big juicy steak. Spring also means we are just a couple weeks away from putting the dock in at the lake! It should just be a matter of days before it's ice off. I'm already day dreaming of hot afternoons floating off the shore or meeting friends and family at the sand bar for some fris-beer and cold drinks.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Oahu, Hawaii November 2016 Part 7

On our last day in Oahu Kari and I once again beat the sun to get in our final hike of the trip. This one was a doozy! Koko Crater Stairs. I was secretly hoping that we wouldn't do this hike because the more I researched it, the more intimidated I got. The incline is seriously terrifying, especially when you arrive and can barely make out the 'stairs' at the top of the crater. Now that its been done, I'm really glad I did it and it was a serious test of endurance and strength!

Koko Crater Stairs are hardly stairs at all, in fact they are old railway ties that would take supplies up to the military lookouts at the top! Some of ties were missing and replaced with boards, some were replaced with rock, and there was a section of probably 30 ties that they called a bridge because if you didn't get your footing right, there was about a 10 foot drop to the ground before you rolled 1,000 feet to the base of the crater.

When we got back to the house the Vikings game had just kicked off. Unfortunately we couldn't get it to come in on the tv, but we were able to listen to it thanks to KFAN and bluetooth speakers.

Since we were poor planners, we lucked into getting in on a four wheeling adventure at Kualoa Ranch. Go-pro video coming on that one. There were three or four groups of six and I was the first in line in our group. Our leader was awesome and took us a little faster then we were probably supposed to go, but who wants to putter around at 10 mph?

Since Kualoa Ranch is where a lot of films and tv shows are filmed, we toured around and stopped at the location where Godzilla's footprints were (sadly had to be filled in because the ranch cows kept falling in and getting stuck 😂!!), we drove through a structure that will be in the new Jumanji movie, swung by the scene from Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates where they were four wheeling (I was way too excited about that one) and then the biggest surprise of all came when we went to the spot where Jurassic Park was filmed and we almost got attacked by a Dinosaur!

We survived!

To wrap up the tour we stopped at a WWII bunker in the side of the mountain that had been used as a lookout when one of the military bases was near by. Now it's used for shows such as Hawaii 5-0, Lost, Jurassic World, etc.

Between the hike up Koko Crater and a dusty ride on the four wheelers, I'm still cleaning dirt out of the clothes I wore that day. No lie. I it were...

To wrap up this vacation recap, let me leave you with some airplane shots.
Goodbye Hawaii 
Hello Mt. Rainier
Hello Home (and you wonder why it's the land of 10,000 lakes!)

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