Wednesday, May 18, 2011

One Year

Yesterday marked a big day in my life. I have been living in Minnesota and single for one year to the day and it feels great! In the year I've really been able to figure out who I am and what I want out of a relationship and life in general. I found a great job that I enjoy going to every day. I have a charming apartment that is perfect for me and Miley. I've reconnected with old friends who understand me like no one else does. I've been able to be a part of every little family event. There is so much to be grateful for living back in Minnesota.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Dad's, gotta love'em

I started this blog as a way for me to share my experience of exploring Loring Park and re-exploring Minneapolis; but my Dad is just too funny sometimes that I have to share what he did yesterday.

My older sister got married two weeks ago and with a marriage comes a new last name, with a new last name comes a new email address. She sent everyone an email with her new address and this is my Dad's response (read the disclaimer):
Kayla, being Kayla, did not think his response was too funny. My Dad simply replies:
He has always been able to push our buttons :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

It's gonna be a hot one

Last night I had every intention of going to the grocery store, and purchasing all the necessary ingredients to make my first gluten-free carrot cake, have a glass of wine and finish the third disc of Vampire Diaries. Nikki called and asked if Miley and I wanted to go for a walk. It was just too nice out to pass up this opportunity. Miley and I met Nikki at Peevey Plaza which is the half way point between our places. Miley gets so much attention when we are out and about, she is just too cute! I'm happy that she is getting used to people being around so whenever someone comes up to her and wants to pet her, she will just sniff their hand and let them pet away. When Nikki got to Peevey we decided to head towards the Stone Arch Bridge. Along the way the patios on Nicollet were packed with Twins fans and business people soaking in the hot weather. As we crossed over the Stone Arch Bridge the mist and breeze blowing off the water felt so amazing (TCF building said it was 91 degrees out at 6:00 PM), there were so many people out running, walking, biking and blading along the river and you could hear peoples sighs of joy when there would be a gust of chilled air being blown off the water. Miley was such a trooper, we were walking for about two hours during the hottest part of the day. When we got home, she was pooped.

You would think that having a 90 degree day in May would bring everyone outside. The one thing that can top an unusually hot day, is storms. Right after Miley and I got home from our walk, huge black ominous clouds starting rolling in. Since I currently don't have TV or Internet I really don't have a way of knowing if we are in any kind of warning. I plopped myself down on the couch with a big salad and Miley sitting next to me and all of a sudden the sirens start going off. Kari was kind enough to text me and tell me we are in a tornado warning. I HATE sirens with a passion. They make me feel so sick. So when I heard the sirens and got the message from Kari, I was a little freaked out, so was Miss Miley. I found her in my bed trying to get away from the noise which just got worse as the rain started pounding down, the thunder roared through the air and the large hail poured down on the cars outside my window setting off a few car alarms and breaking a couple of windshields. I've never seen so many people outside during such a storm! The balconies and stoops on my block were full of people taking in the clouds, the tenants across the street all had their windows open, there was even a guy dancing in the alley in the rain! It's fun to see my neighborhood come alive when you expect everyone to be hidden in a basement.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Home sweet Home

A week ago I moved into my first one bedroom apartment! I've either lived in studios alone or in two bedrooms with roommates. This is the first time it's just been me and my dog. My apartment is in the Loring Park neighborhood of Minneapolis between Downtown and UpTown. One of the best spots in the city. I'm only 1 mile, or approximately 11 city blocks, from my office, so I can walk to work every day, stop at Target for groceries on my way home and in 30 minutes I'm back out the door with Miley on her leash exploring our new neighborhood. One of the best things about this location is how close I am to my closest friends! Kari is just a few blocks from me, on the other side of Loring Park. Nikki is a few blocks the other direction (she actually lives across the street from my office, but will be moving in a couple months). Annie, who manages the salon I go to lives right around the corner from my apartment. My unit is quite charming. I have huge windows that face downtown, although I can't see the skyline since there are buildings in my way, it's fun to know it's there. My most favorite part of my apartment is my bathroom, small, yes; BUT it has a claw foot tub. Something I have always wanted! Calhoun Square is about a mile and a half from my apartment. I realized last night that I could probably walk there faster than it takes to drive to UpTown at 5:00 PM on any given day.

I've started a cute little collection of flats, sadly I'm turning in my sky high stilettos for something a little more comfortable and a little more walker friendly.

I'm not getting cable this time around. I feel there really is no need to be stuck inside watching old re-runs on TV. I've wasted plenty of time doing that. I am getting Internet though, can't live without it. Comcast is coming on Friday to hook it up. Since I don't have TV or Internet at the moment I am going to attempt to make gluten-free carrot cake tonight! One of my new goals is to try and bake or cook one new recipe every week. Depending on how it turns out I may have to bring the cake into the office so I don't eat it all! Maybe I'll just do that if its bad. It's girls night tomorrow at Nikki's to discuss our Miami trip, they might like some gluten-free carrot cake!