Monthly Archives: June 2012

weekly iPhone pic drop

Someone made an upgrade while walking thru the grocery store yesterday.

From now on, I’m determined to leave tip money in the form of dollar bills folded into origami. It takes my $5 and makes it seem more like $10 with the thought I put into it.  (jk!)

This is one of my close guy friends, he got away with this license pic at the DMV – what a great expression!

Always have been a lake girl, always will be.  I keep a swimsuit in my car for late night dips, and usually wear one underneath my clothes at all times.  You can never be unprepared during MN summers!

Sunsets are one of mother nature’s greatest gifts.  She also whips up a mean storm now and again.  Don’t get me wrong, I love downpours and green, ominous clouds, but perfectly painted backdrops are nice, too.

Little Oliver, or Robér (if you’re feeling native) loves these tiny tennis balls.  He chases them until his tongue hangs out and he demands a timeout from the action.

A wheeler, a dealer, a coupon clipper.  I use the FuelPerks from the grocery store and save at the pump.  Here we are with $2.879 a gallon, I’ll take it.

Whenever the Apple website displays this page, we know something fun’s about to happen. Turns out there’s a beautiful new Retina Macbook Pro in town and she is SEXY!

We had guests from out of town for an evening of chaos and debauchery – I made naughty brownies.  Some people call them slutty brownies, but that makes no sense whatsoever – so I’ve renamed them naughty brownies.  It’s a layer of cookie dough, a layer of Oreo, a layer of brownie.  Insane sugar high ensues.

It’s hot out there Minnesota, jump in a lake and cool off.  We only have 15,405 to choose from!

xo

Listening to.  Sipping on.  Added to the wishlist.

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dark side

The radio played this song on my way home after an evening of confusion.

It has been on repeat ever since.

What an unbelievably spot-on song.

It’s amazing how music jumps into my life at the most appropriate times.

 

xo

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timeline creative

Drum roll… here’s my new Facebook timeline.  I really like to customize my messenger bags and iPhone cases when I can.  This particular photo is a mug of the house coffee brew at St. Francis in Phoenix, AZ. We enjoyed a relaxing brunch there on a Sunday morning.  Our second annual girls trip took us away for a weekend to Arizona where K is living.  (side note : we have a standing trip each year – girls vacation – and 2011 took us to the beautiful Monte Lucia Resort & Spa nestled on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale.)

 

We gather from all over the nation (MN, KS, FL, AZ) for a weekend of debauchery, drinking, laughing, delicious meals, pool time, spas, and lots of sun worshipping.  These are a few of my closest and dearest friends on the planet.

M, R, me, C, K and M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The backdrop was a beautiful mountain, and one morning it rained – causing large puddles in the grass.  I choose the morning activity of dance-stomping in the rain puddles, at the base of a mountain, with all of my best friends as witnesses.

Native.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It didn’t matter what time of day – we cheers’ed to friendship, life, love, the pursuit of happiness – every chance we got.  I’m a big fan of cheers’ing, toasting, acknowledging togetherness.  Starting with Iced Soy Caramel Macchiatos at the airport, and finishing with bloody marys and mimosas.

Tradition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s true when they say the greatest part about life are your experiences and interactions with people : your relationships.  I would be nothing without my friends.

 

Sleep tight,

xo

 

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weekly iPhone pic drop

Tis the season for bonfires.  Large ones that emit so much heat you feel like a rotisserie chicken!

How easy.  Rainbow Fruit Kabobs bring healthy color to any summer shindig.  I recommend soaking the skewers in water first to avoid splintering.

Creepy baby.  Who would buy this?  If I had him laying in a future child’s room it would wig me out to no end – I’m sticking to Polly Pockets, American Girl Dolls, and GI Joes.

Paying Hallmark $4 for a card just kills me.  I prefer to create my own.  Grab a few pieces of colorful cardstock – some rub-on words – double stick tape and BAM – thoughtful, creative, cheap!

Who uses a GoPro these days?  I see them everywhere.  They are the smallest, most jam-packed little action camera.  I cannot wait to capture underwater footage, motion footage, and I’ve pondered how to strap it onto Oliver for a little Yorkie-level lifestyle footage as well.  #stillfiguring.that.out

Makes me sad to see dead animals.  I do eat meat, but who likes to see beautiful creatures like this on the side of the road?  RIP gilded butterfly.

We found the summer patio location of choice.  Sweeney’s Saloon has a tree-fort style patio out back, great happy hour specials, and uses Jameson extensively.  All huge features in my book.

Betty Crocker over here – just tried a new recipe I’m calling the PB Choc Pretzel Cookie.  Very easy, everyone loves them.  Pinterest is a constant source of new ideas.

We spent all of Friday on the boat, floating in the middle, jumping in to cool off as necessary.  Here is the start of our collection of empties.  It went from Corona-time to margartia-slingin in a hot second.

Cheers to summer, to laughter, to the windows rolled down and music turned up,

xo

Sipping on.  Munching on.  Listening to.  Dreaming of.

A big shout out to the fitness Gods for researching the idea of chocolate milk being an efficient post-workout recovery drink.  Holla!

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to ring or not to ring?

I’m not getting married anytime soon, nor am I even remotely close to engaged.  But, I’ve had slightly strong opinions on jewelry from square one.  I’m a simple lady.  I don’t prefer diamonds, baubles, dangling earrings, and such.  I need functional pieces that work whether I’m running a half marathon, cooking a quiche, or jumping in a lake.

For some reason, I’ve never been impressed with diamonds and the whole engagement ring process that soon-to-be-wed couples go through.  Putting that money to use in other ways is what I’m more interested in.  A 16-day backpacking trip through Europe or a downpayment on a house.  DailyWorth recommends putting that $5,000 towards 100 nights of paying a babysitter $50 so you can get some alone time out on the town.  I would much rather have a modest, super simple, less-expensive ring (or a tattoo?…) in exchange for a handful of super memorable adventures.

For example, let’s go to the airport, take the next international flight out and spend a week wherever we end up.  Complete spontaneity.

In my world, the price of a tiny mineral is not directly proportional to how much a guy loves his woman…

Just my thoughts,

xo

 

Cool video.  Sipping on.  Listening to.

 

 

 

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weekly iPhone pic drop

Ladies and gentleman, they have arrived!  I found Rise Bars thru another site.  I clicked thru, fell in love with their marketing, and decided I needed them in my life.  I settled on the Sampler Pack because I couldn’t settle on just one flavor.  Stay tuned for a blog post about those later.

My girlfriends and I had a sushi date at Fuji-Ya yesterday.  With $3.5 Sapporo beer, $5 rolls, and Yellowtail Nigiri ringing in at $3.5 – we cleaned that place out.  Molly decided to splurge on a glass of $18 Sake with a name that escapes me, bless her heart for sharing.

I love the new window displays Target has in the summer, it really makes the outside look put together.  Funny because their entire store layout has twisted, turned, flipped and rotated to the point where I don’t know in what aisle to get a lip chap because it’s been replaced with a display of avocados.

Under the Dome has been on my bookshelf for exactly 18 months.  I cannot, for the life of me, finish this book.  It weighs a whopping 5 lbs. with 1,074 pages.  I’m nearly 4/5 of the way done and to the point where I’m craving completion.  The next book on my list is the oh-so-very controversial 50 Shades of Gray.  Erotic fiction?  I’m in!

See those three beings under the overhang?  Father, mother, and Oliver.  Three of the most irreplaceable people in my life.  I would crawl over broken glass, butt naked for these three.

MDW2012 : Memorial Day Weekend 2012 : boating on the lake : sunsets : Corona : fluffy white clouds : relaxation : family : thankful

Once upon a time, I stepped foot into a Trader Joe’s.  Best step I ever took.  Their product line has the most interesting offerings – like this Corn & Chile Tomato-Less Salsa.  Olé!

Shopping is something I really try to avoid at all costs.  I’m a buyer, not a shopper.  There were no three-way mirrors at the new DryGoods store.  The reverse camera on my iPhone saved the day.  What do you think – cute top?  Reminds me of a butterfly : I ended up splurging.  Throw on a pair of jean shorts and brown heeled boots – we’ve got ourselves an outfit, people!

A busy week at home forced me to take the reins and steal mama away for a mother-daughter pedicure.  A simple indulgence that gives us more than 2 minutes to catch up and laugh.  Every.single.time we get pedis we feel like this girl.  Out of place and the talk of the entire salon.  Sorry, I’m a runner, and yeah, sometimes my toe nail will turn blue ladies.

On a regular basis, I’m waking up feeling more blessed than I’ve ever felt before.

Soak up some sun, laugh until your abs hurt, we only have one shot at this thing called life, you know!

xo

Listening to.  New wishlist item.  Sipping on.

 

 

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