Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mini Apartment Tour

It's been almost three weeks since I've moved into my apartment and I'm happy to say that I am completely moved in and settled!

After my last move where I lived with two roommates, I didn't get to spend time decorating or purchasing new pieces. The other girls each had living room furniture, pictures, coffee tables, etc. I just brought a dining room table and my bedroom furniture.

Since I moved with so little this time around, I was able to find my own style which, thanks to my previous roommates, I think I might actually have a little bit of now?

Knowing that I wanted my space to be a place to entertain, I purchased this bar cart from overstock.com and loved it the minute I set it up. It's incredibly sturdy and fits all my bar accessories. Now if someone can just style this cart for me, that would be peachy.

Since I have a dining room, albeit a tad smaller than my last one, I swapped out the old dining room table for a friendlier size table that was up at our cabin. It fits perfectly in my little dining room.

My kitchen is a tad awkward since the fridge is just hanging out on a wall on its own which left for some weird blank wall space. I found this little magnetic chalkboard at Marshall's. My chalk skills need work, but it's been a great addition to an empty white wall.

The living room is one of my favorite places to hang out in for many reasons. The first, and the selling point for me, was all the windows! I've lived in apartments that only had a total of three windows! The natural light makes me so happy and depending on the day I can get a pretty nice sunset view from my couch.

The couch was my big splurge and I'm glad I upped my price point. It's been so comfortable and a perfect place to start my GoT binging. The ottoman/chaise is reversible which I really like and will allow me to change up the space as I please.

One of my favorite pieces is my rug! I purchased it off of Wayfair.com and I feel like it really fits my space and works with the pieces that I'm bringing into the room.

My second favorite place to relax is obviously the bedroom. It's small, so it doesn't allow space for distractions, just sleeping and getting dressed. It helps me fall asleep quickly at night, and gets me moving early in the morning since there are no other temptations. If there was a tv in my room, you can bet that come Sunday I would never get out of bed except to retrieve my delivery food.

Sleep in poster
There you have it! I'm still looking to add some plants, lamps and maybe a bookshelf, but all-in-all she's put together just the way I like. And for the first time in all the times that I've lived alone, I actually look forward to going home and spending time in my home. 

It makes me happy☺

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A post about an article about relationships

I came across this Huffpost article titled I Want Someone To Put In As Much Effort As Me In a Relationship and as I read each line I was able to nod along in agreement and reflect on past relationships or guys that I've met and spent a short amount of time with.

So many times I find myself looking back after a relationship has ended and wonder "why the heck didn't I get out of this earlier?" Sometimes I think it's because I so desperately want to find the one, sometimes I think that maybe they'll change, and sometimes I just chose to ignore it and pretend like their actions or lack there of, didn't bother me.

Truth is, like I'm sure many people out there, we want someone who will put in as much effort as we are putting in to a relationship.  Whenever I talk out loud to myself, because that's what I do when I'm in the car or sitting at home alone, is say that I want to meet someone who loves me as much as I love them, which I can honestly say I had once, but for just the first year of our almost three year relationship.

My last long term relationship was one I definitely stayed in for too long before he called it quits. I would spend many nights at his house helping him with yard work, cooking and watching his shows. Things that benefited him and made him happy.

"I’m not here just to fawn all over someone I adore exclusively; I want someone who will fawn all over me right back. I want someone who is ‘Team Me’, too."

Mean while I would share my dreams and ideas about designing t-shirts and selling them on Etsy. I remember the exact way he scoffed as we walked home from a Timberwolves event that I took him to because he loved basketball (worst.sport.ever.) and mocked my ideas. About a month after we broke up I ordered my first round of inventory, sold a shirt and later my shirts were picked up to be sold in a local boutique at two of their locations.

More recently I met someone where I felt the feelings were mutual but after a week things quickly changed to me doing things for him. Going to his place because he didn't have a car. Bringing pizza because he didn't have any food. Most embarrassingly, bringing him to the liquor store, then to his buddies as he quickly forgot he had just asked to spend the day together.

"What kind of idiot thinks that another person’s sole purpose in life is to serve him or her?"

I'm pretty sure my blinders go up the moment someone says they like me, but it's time those blinders come off and I wait for the person who will put in as much effort as me in a relationship and we can both cheer each other on in good times and in bad.

Now just to remember that when I meet someone who is asking for more than they are giving back.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

5th Annual?!?

Happy Friday!

Coming at you with some ramblings today, because writing is my therapy and my hand gets tired after writing a page in my journal.

It's Friday. I'm sitting at my desk at work, eating Funyuns, drinking a Mt. Dew and I have a sugar free Red Bull on deck. This is not a typical breakfast number two, oh yes, I said breakfast number two. My first breakfast was left over Noodles, Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, and it was heaven.  I'm listening to a country playlist on Spotify, currently one of my favorite songs is playing, Come A Little Closer by Dierks Bently, and I found a smile come across my face.

Want to know why?


I'm picking up my cousin Pat in about three hours. Coolers are packed and ready to go, I know Flink is resting up in the pole barn just waiting to feel the water under his plastic belly, the Dorothy Gee is most likely full of gas and ready for some sunset cruises, and the grill is anxiously awaiting Pat to do his grilling magic.

Leading up to this weekend, I didn't want to participate. I'm overwhelmed with life and everything happening in the next month, moving, my trip to Europe, turning 33, etc.

Today I woke up, said 'fuck the fuck knows', our line for the weekend, threw my fist in the air and told myself, 'you got this'.

My cube mate walked in and asked if I was ready for this weekend and I couldn't stop talking about how happy and excited I am to see some of my favorite people.

My favorite people, not because we are cousins, but because they are the most real people I've ever met. A rarity these days.

These are people that tell you when you are being a drunk fool, but don't judge you. They just write a joke about it on a jenga piece.

The people that offer to bring all the meats, because they like to cook for people.

The people that drive for hours from a different state because they know how important family is.

The people that, outside of being family, would never cross paths, but damn, we love each other.

These are the people that, when I undoubtedly start crying or bitching about a guy, will tell me that I'm too good for him and I'll believe them.

Speaking of bitching about guys. Do you want to know what also puts a smile on your face?

Finally realizing for yourself that you are too good for someone. Delete their number. Don't reply to messages and just go have fun with your favorite people!

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

39 Years? What?!?

Friday was my parents 39th wedding anniversary! Can you believe that?

At the rate I'm going, I'll be lucky to get half of those years with one person who also decides that we can live under one roof with each other and not kill the other one. Fingers crossed!

To celebrate they asked that me, my sisters and niece join them at the cabin for family time. It's been a while since just the five of us have spent time together, and this year Sylvie got to join in on the fun too.

A couple of years ago my dad found a restaurant near Spooner, WI that is a renovated farm house called Pine Brook Farm. He wanted to take the whole family there to celebrate their anniversary and I'm so glad he did.

Pine Brook Farm is an old farm that was owned by the Gillette family from Gillette Children's Hospital in St. Paul until it was sold in 2012 and turned into a restaurant.

They have the main farm house which is the restaurant and gift shop, an old shed that is call the Wood Tick Bar and another out building that had seating for BBQ's and live music.

It's definitely a restaurant I hope to return to some day and enjoy a cocktail while listening to some live music.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Basilica Block Party 2017

Minnesota Summers are exactly why we put up with our unpredictable yet always below freezing winters.

Since the 4th of July came and went in the blink of an eye, I'm feeling like I have to cram in all the outdoor festivals, block parties, park visits, walks around the lakes and rooftop happy hours as I can.

This past weekend was the Basilica Block Party and my second year attending.

There were really only two artists that we were interested in seeing so we met for drinks and dinner downtown after work to fuel up and get some happy hour priced beverages before heading to the show.

When we got to the Basilica (Note: The Basilica Block Party began in 1995 as a fundraiser to help pay for the structural restoration of the Basilica of St. Mary, a landmark church in Minneapolis) Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness was just taking the stage so we headed over to catch most of their set.

I'll be honest and admit that I had never heard of them before, but they put on such a fun show and their music was really good and now I'm hooked. Plus he crowd surfed in a rubber duck 👍

After Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, we headed over to another stage and caught the end of NEEDTOBREATH before Brandi Carlile took the stage to close out night one of the Basilica Block Party.

As if Minneapolis didn't already have my heart, being able to watch top artists perform with my favorite city as the backdrop just put the cherry on top of a great night.
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

4th of July 2017

And just like that, it's July 5th and another 4th of July is in the books.

Celebrating the 4th is second on my list of favorite holidays to celebrate, Christmas Eve is of course the first. I'm still waiting for that oh-so-epic fourth that I'll never forget, but each year gets a little bit closer as I'm able to celebrate with more family and friends.

The lake was alive from day one through day four when I left to go back to the cities. Most mornings the water would look like glass and there would be a dozen paddle boarders and kayakers enjoying the morning quiet. As the lake would wake up out came the jet skis, speed boats with tubers and the sand bar filled with pontoons, rafts, music and people playing water games.

We lucked out with incredible weather, minus the first night while we were enjoying a bon fire and watching lightning in the distance that soon turned in to not so distant lightning and hail.

I walked away from the weekend with a mysteriously burned back and a few more bug bites than I would have liked, but all in all, it was another successful Fourth of July!


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Seattle/Bainbridge Island 2017 Pt. 2

As promised, less words, more pictures.

Day two in Seattle brought me down to the waterside to meet my cousin Jill for breakfast at the Edgewater Hotel. Kari and Jason eventually joined us and we headed to the Space Needle and ventured around Pikes Place Market before heading to the ferry to go to Bainbridge Island where the rest of our festivities would take place.

I like to call this photo series #50shadesofblue

View from Edgewater Hotel

Once we arrived on Bainbridge we cleaned up and headed over to my Aunts house for pre-dinner beverages and to see her home. It was beautiful and right on the water. After our drinks, we loaded in to our cars and drove to the North end of the island for a little welcome dinner for out of town family.

My cousin and his family rented an amazing home right on the water that was able to accommodate all 50+ of us for dinner.

On our third day in the PNW we explored the town of Winslow on Bainbridge and let me tell you something, I've never wished to be a 65 year old retiree more in my life. Half way there...

This town was like something out of a Hallmark movie, and it didn't hurt that every where you turned was family you hadn't seen in several months so you were always greeted with a happy hello and a hug.

That evening was the wedding reception at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Arts that my Aunt works at. Sadly I kept my phone in my purse and tried to focus on spending time with family, but the space is absolutely beautiful and they had a really cool under water glass exhibit, think glass crabs and glass jelly fish hanging from the ceiling.

And that wraps up my three days in the PNW.

Next up - Fourth of July 2017!!
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Seattle/Bainbridge Island 2017 Pt. 1

I've been home for a couple of days now, but my lack of sleep would make you assume I flew home on the red eye this morning. I'll chalk up my exhaustion to having a great trip to the PNW exploring and catching up with family.

The purpose of my trip to Seattle was for my second cousins wedding reception. Since I hadn't taken a vacation since her sister got married in Hawaii last November, I thought what better time to take a long weekend and get out of the Minnesota heat?

Just like Christmas morning as a child, the anticipation of a trip kept me up late and had me springing out of bed hours before my alarm was to go off. I took my time getting ready since I didn't need to call for an Uber until 8:00 AM, but since I was up bright and early with an extra hour to spare, I decided to add a little airport adventure to the mix. I wheeled my suitcase down the street to my bus stop, took the bus downtown to the light rail and hopped on the train to the airport. It might have taken close to an hour, but it was free, no traffic and it brought me right to my terminals security check point.

When I landed in Seattle I was dropped off at my hotel downtown where I dropped my bags and took off walking. I was meeting Kari and Jason for an underground walking tour so I found a nearby bar to pop in to, ordered up some lunch and tried some of Seattle's finest ciders.

Our bartender at The Collin's Pub was so friendly and attentive I wanted to go back every day just to say 'hey!' and grab a drink.

After lunch we walked to Bill Speidel's Underground Tour. Depending on how much you like group tours and how much time you have, I would probably suggest skipping this tour, but it was interesting non-the-less.

Halfway through the tour while we were above ground, we walked past a barber shop, Jason went for a haircut and Kari and I continued on...until we came back above ground and we decided we'd rather have a coffee and watch Jason get his hair cut than finish the tour. So that's what we did.

We walked with coffees in hand and a fresh cut to the Smith Tower. It was the tallest building West of the Mississippi in the 1930's and has an observatory on the 35th floor that you can walk around and take in some stunning views of Seattle and Mt. Rainier. Unfortunately for us it was a typical Seattle day, rainy and overcast so no views of Mt. Rainier for us.

For dinner we decided on The Brooklyn Seafood, Steak and Oyster House. I was in heaven with my steak oscar with scalloped potatoes. If I were to find myself in Seattle looking for a yummy steak, this is the place I would go.

I'll be back with a less wordy, more picture heavy follow up on the rest of the trip. In the mean time, start looking for airfare to Seattle.
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