Hanson love forever.

My 10 year old self is so impressed with me. I dreamed of meeting the Hanson brothers. They were probably my first crush (no I did not pick a favorite, I was open to whatever opportunity became available).

hanson first ave minneapolis minnesota

I wasn’t lucky enough to meet them last week, but I was able to be in the same room as them, and that is more than enough! Hearing them sing live the songs that have gotten me through so many difficult times in my life was so comforting (throw back to my post from Sunday).

Sitting on the side
Waiting for a sign
Hoping that my luck will change
Reaching for a hand that can understand someone who feels the same
When you live in a cookie cutter world if you’re different you can’t win
So you don’t stand out and you don’t fit in

After buying a t-shirt (obviously, and yes I wore it to work the next day) my friend Emily and I found a random table that had a great view of the side of the stage. Since all women were attending (and a few men, but overwhelmingly a female crowd) we could see all three of the guys.

hanson middle of everywhere first ave

They played everything I could have wanted. And there were a few songs that I didn’t recognize since I am so devoted to their first album. Hearing On and On was very cool, while I may seem like a super fan, I’m not an actual fan club member, so I hadn’t heard this song before. The same was true for “I Was Born”

Don’t need a map, I can’t be directed
I’ve got a madness, don’t need the method
My heart is a weapon and my mind’s electric
I’ll shock the world when you least expect it
Everybody’s betting on the big guy
But don’t underestimate the sting of the butterfly

10 year old me and no idea what my 29 year old life would look like, and seeing Hanson in concert proves that life is pretty darn good.

What are your thoughts about Hanson? Did you know they had songs other than Mmmbop?

Joy: Comfort

October has been good to me. Tuesday night I not only attended the Hanson concert, but also had dinner at Bar La Grassa. I strayed from my typical order and tried the smoked spaghetti all chitarra with brown butter and lobster (it is quite the name, and quite the dish) it was flavorful and delicious. You can’t ask for much more. Other than maybe the wine I had in my glass.

I am so glad that I have friends who can just be. Who can enjoy an awesome dinner, chat, catch up, and not need to take shots or be distracted by something else in order to hang out together.

Friendships are valuable, so is time. I may not be able to devote as much time to each of my friends as I would like, but I am glad that when the time is available, we can make the most of it. It is okay to admit when something isn’t right. It is okay to share when you are struggling. And everyone deserves to find some comfort.

Comfort might mean going out for a night, or it might mean staying in. What you need to be comfortable may change, and that is okay.

What brings you comfort?

48 Hours in Denver

I went to a workout class on Friday morning, and a yoga class Sunday afternoon, and in between that time I flew to Denver and back. I definitely need more time in Denver, but if you’re looking for a quick trip with maximum enjoyment, Denver is definitely the place to go.

herman gultch trail

I started my trip flying into Denver and taking the train from Union Station. I could have spent all weekend exploring downtown. Definitely no car rental needed if you don’t want to hike mountains.

I headed straight to Denver Brew Company and got a flight and tacos from a food truck. The beers were delicious, and the taco hit the spot, but the crowd was noisy and not my vibe. So I walked to Prost Brewery, with traditional German beers, and enjoyed the rest of my afternoon. After meeting up with my friends near their work we stopped at Ratio, which had great beers and great atmosphere.

Saturday brought hiking, another brewery (Westbound & Down) a dive bar visit (Don’s) and oysters/pizza for dinner. I realized during my hike that i’ve never actually officially hiked before. My mom and I like a good long walk, but it doesn’t usually include altitude, and it usually includes a paved sidewalk so we can push Johnny in the wheelchair. I can see more hiking in my future. And I’ve already had oysters and pizza since my trip.

This week has been crazy busy post-trip. I am attending the Minnesota Blogger’s Conference on Saturday and can’t wait to meet new people, learn new things, and spend a little time writing posts.

What are your favorite spots in Denver?

What types of food do you eat when you go on vacation?

Joy: Plans

Greetings from Denver! ….err…Once again I had a post scheduled but it didn’t actually post? Oh well. I have got October completely booked in the best way. When I was struggling this summer I made fun plans for the fall and they are finally here!


October 1: TC 10 Mile!

October 6: Denver Weekend!

October 14: Minnesota Blogger’s Conference

October 21: Hocus Pocus Drag Brunch

I didn’t plan anything for the last weekend in October thinking I’d go up north…but now thats a little questionable. So I’m letting a few more weeks play out before I make that decision.

What fun things are you looking forward to?

TC 10 Mile Recap 2017

I swore this post was scheduled to post, and then I thought it was weird that no one commented on Facebook…until I started writing Sunday’s post and realized this was still in “draft” mode. Oops! I was super sore Monday/Tuesday, and finally starting to use my legs Wednesday. I made it to Alchemy Thursday AND Friday morning. And now I’m typing quick before I head to Denver!

twin cities 10 mile start line

Race morning went smooth. I left my apartment at 5 am and after picking up my friends and riding the light rail, got to U.S. Bank Stadium about 5:50 am. More than plenty of time before the race started, but thats better than feeling rushed. There was some slight drizzle before the race started, and just as the first groups were released, the real rain came. The first two miles were all rain and the entire race is basically an uphill battle.

twin cities ten mile race

Now that I live in the twin cities I have a better understanding of the route although I’ll never know it as well as I know the Grandma’s Half course. It felt so good to be crossing the river from Minneapolis into St. Paul, however I will always prefer lakes to rivers. The Grandma’s Marathon/Half Marathon course along Lake Superior really cannot be beat. However the races are equally well organized.

summit avenue twin cities marathon

It was very hard to run past the turn for my apartment. i thought of all my comfy clothes, shoes that didn’t give me blisters, and most importantly a hot shower. I kept going though and made it to the finish. Even better, once I was done I hurried to Muccis and got my fix of a doughscuit and piece of pizza.

What is your favorite race course? What is your preferred post-race food?

Joy: Fuel

Supposedly I’m running 10 miles today. Here’s hoping the rain holds off until I’m done. However I did run my only marathon in the rain, so I suppose I can do it if I have to. I know what proper race fuel is…but I’m pretty much breaking all those rules.

bread and chocolate st paul mn

Saturday morning I considered heading to Mucci’s for a doughscuit and coffee when a friend suggested meeting up closer to our apartment instead. So I got my second favorite pastry, a cream cheese filled croissant and delicious swedish latte. (a reminder to myself, I can always use more cardamon in my life.)

Saturday afternoon a friend suggested visiting Dangerous Man Brewing, and I’ve been wanting to go for weeks, so I couldn’t turn down that suggestion. Not the best pre-race choices. But choices I am making anyways.

Life is for living. So instead of thinking about tomorrow, I’m just going to enjoy today. (or rather yesterday, since this is being scheduled for Sunday).

Do you do what feels best in the moment? or do you prioritize for what will pay off in the future?

Twin Cities 10 Mile: The Plan

Ohh Friends. I am a crazy person. This summer I signed for the TC 10 Mile lottery, and was accepted! I assumed with finishing the MBA program I would have plenty of time and energy on my hands to devote to training….and that has not been the case.

Instead? I have attended plenty of Alchemy classes (a post on that coming soon) and still go to Restore at Corepower on Tuesday nights. It hasn’t been the best, but its what I’ve been in the mood to do. However I’m also stubborn. So I can’t just not run. I paid to run, I’m going to run….or run/walk.

So here’s hoping for decent weather, legs that can propel me forward, and a commitment to following the course.

Joy: Impact

Weekends can be stressful, at least for me. I want to see friends, spend time with family, workout, rest, and prepare for another week. I managed to cram almost all of that into this weekend, but there were still things I didn’t do that I wanted to do. 

A family friend mentioned last night that meeting Johnny impacted her life. And that is so sweet. But it also made me think of the people who have impacted my life. Not just my family and friends, but the people who come and go. I have a bad habit of not letting go and not forgetting and reliving conversations in my head. Or more accurately, rewriting conversations in my head. I say the things I wish I would have said, or what I wish I could say now long after the situation is over.

This week I thought back to a high school memory, then time hop gave me a not-so-great college memory, and now I wonder how I will remember this post-MBA time. My life has been impacted by so many people, and I hope that my impact on people has been positive. No one is perfect, but we can all be thoughtful of our impact on others.

P.S. I like writing my one “joy” post a week, but I’d like to write more…if you have a blog post request please let me know! Lately I’ve had writers block and haven’t had ideas on what else to post.

Joy: Walking

I almost didn’t post today. I had no energy Friday evening, I was feeling better on Saturday, and then today was not feeling 100%. But I went on two walks this weekend that were just what I needed.

fall leaves blue sky

Saturday afternoon I walked with my brother and grandma. We have a 2 mile loop in her neighborhood with plenty of hills which makes it quite a workout for whoever pushes Johnny’s wheelchair. Initially there were a few raindrops, and it was fairly chilly. But we pressed on and were rewarded with some perfect fall weather.

All weekend I debated various activities. I wanted to visit Saint Dinette as twitter told me they were putting a lobster poutine on their menu, and I since I still haven’t been there, a fancy french fry/gravy/cheese curd/lobster dish sounded like a good reason. However I didn’t have a buddy, and I wasn’t in quite the mood to venture alone. I also have been seriously craving a Dangerous Man Peanut Butter Porter. However I definitely didn’t want to deal with crazy crowds, and there was no way to know what the vibe was before arriving.

Tonight (Sunday evening) a friend reached out to go for a walk, and it was what I needed. Again I didn’t quite have the ambition to go alone (aka the trend of the weekend). So I am very thankful he reached out. During the walk I discussed how I have felt like I am in a rut. His response was that I’ll be out of my rut in the next 8 weeks. All I could do was chuckle. 8 weeks is November 12. And while I would love to think that major things can happen in 8 weeks, and I know they do for other people, I do not think I am one of those people.

What changes have you made in 8 weeks or less?

Do you make ideas/plans in your head but rarely enact them?

Joy: Small Town Saturday

Time flies when you are having fun! Friday night I went for a walk afterwork with a friend and then we finally stopped at Bald Man Brewing which is near our office. I will definitely be going again as the beers were good and the seating was plentiful. Saturday morning I went to my first Alchemy workout, which will get its own post eventually. Afterwards I drove north for the weekend.

busch light with olives

The Harvest Moon Brew Fest was wonderful once again! (Click the link to read my experience from 2015). I originally planned on going with two friends and my dad ended up joining as well. Our small town never has a line going around the block, but it did to get into the event, and while the parking lot was crowded, it was fun to see so many people outside enjoying the good weather.

In other family news…We can’t stop watching Irma coverage to see how Fort Myers Beach is doing. Originally my parents were flying down on Thursday to spend a long weekend away, that will not be happening. My dad may drive down with a truck loaded with gas, generators, water, and beef jerky to help start/fuel the clean up. However we won’t know more until the storm has ceased. For now we think of those who are in the storms and hope for safety.