Snow Day Reading.

Uff da my friends. If you’re reading this from somewhere that isn’t Minnesota, I am insanely jealous. Yesterday I attempted to visit a friend, couldn’t drive and turned around. This morning, same story, with the added bonus of my car getting stuck, breaking a shovel, and getting restuck in pretty much the same spot… I’m a little down but thankful that I live in a neighborhood that I can walk to almost anything. Except a movie, but thats what netflix is for (currently watching season 2 of fuller house).

She Reads Truth: “The internet is not for the faint of heart. Maybe you’ve noticed this, too. Behind the protection of a computer screen and social media, people lose their inhibitions and speak with a recklessness they wouldn’t otherwise.”

Vodka and Cupcakes: Truth telling about cuffing season and boy types.

Yes and Yes: Here where the inspiration for the day comes. Writing down what I want to leave in 2016, writing what I want to grow in 2017 (I don’t have a plant but I’ll figure that out later), and sending some futureme emails, possibly one for each season.

What are you up to this weekend? What do you like to do when you’re snowed in?

Glensheen Christmas

Duluth is a beautiful city to visit anytime of the year. Trust me, I used to live there. Depending on the season I’d send you different places, but the Glensheen Mansion is proving to be a great spot any time of year. Even if you went years ago as a field trip, go again.

Through MNCommunity I was able to visit Glensheen on Saturday morning. I snuck down to the water and got a quick sunrise photo of Lake Superior (or an attempt at sunrise, it was pretty cloudy). The grounds and rooms are decorated for the holidays, with hidden elves to entertain visitors.

I would highly recommend adding Glensheen to your Duluth plans. Of course they also have Bentleyville as a way to celebrate. The crowds at Bentleyville can get a little crazy, so I would do a Glensheen tour in the early afternoon, and then Bentleyville right away at 5 when they open.

What are your favorite spots in Duluth? What types of decorations are your favorite?

Don’t Wait: Find the light

Brr. What pictures don’t tell you, is the temperature. Its early in Minnesota winter, which means my body hasn’t adjusted yet. I’m cold and not ready to brave these conditions.

Yet I found myself in Duluth this weekend. I got new fleece leggings and knew they were best used exploring outside, although they are fabulous while watching Netflix. MN Community was exploring the Glensheen’s Christmas decorations and while the 7 am start time was a little painful for Saturday morning, it meant that I was able to see a Lake Superior sunrise.

Visiting Duluth is so much different than living there. Its strange to think that when I lived in Duluth I had a blackberry, facebook and twitter apps existed but were nothing like they are now, instagram just started, and snapchat wasn’t a thing. I never felt like I met my people when I lived there, but I feel like if I tried it again, I could.

I’m slowly starting to think about where else I could be, what else I could be doing. Whatever it is, I want it to be in the light.

Don’t Wait, Let it Snow!

While I don’t quite have time for a walk in a winter wonderland today, I am so glad the twin cities finally got some snow!! Today I have church, chili lunch with the family, and then we are traveling to Gustavus for Christmas in Christ Chapel. The snow really helps it feel like December.

Let it Snow

I am a big lover of winter, and remember buying my fitbit last December and immediately going on lots of night time walks to get my steps, no matter how cold it was. I haven’t been as good about that lately, but Christmas lights are mostly up, so I need to see what decorating my neighbors have done! My christmas shopping is mostly done thanks to online thanksgiving deals, now it all needs to be delivered so I can wrap.

What are your thoughts on Christmas lights? Do you walk outside in the winter? Or prefer to treadmill indoors?

 

Thank you Rory Gilmore…1 week recap.

I’m drinking champagne as if it’s Thanksgiving Eve all over again friends. The last few weeks have been rough. Lots of overtime, minimal free time, and all I could do was focus on Thanksgiving.

I traveled to Florida to see my family, go on a few boat rides, morning walks on the beach with my mom, and even paddle boarded twice. But last Wednesday I had tears in my eyes at church, overwhelmed. Completely exhausted. I came back to work yesterday (tuesday) and was afraid I was going straight back to that path. But today the fog is starting to lift. And guess what…I have Rory Gilmore to thank.

thank you rory gilmore

Spoilers: Rory has no job, no apartment, and while she has a boyfriend, he’s not that great and she’s fooling around with an ex-boyfriend. Aka, she’s a mess. And I have a job, and an apartment, and while I don’t have a boyfriend, my relationships are all fairly healthy.

I loved the revival. There were some things I didn’t care for, but overall I think they did a wonderful job. I’d love for there to be a second season/year/edition, but we need everyone back in order for me to be fully on board.

I’m not up to date on the Gilmore Guys podcast, so its pretty fun to be listening to old episodes where they speculate about the reunion, knowing that it has happened, and they were in a scene!

So cheers to a better week. To taking things one day at a time, and knowing that the hard times don’t last forever. Rory will get things under control, and so will I.

Did you watch the A Year in the Life? What were your thoughts?

Wait: Plan

A day late, but its still the weekend for me. I’m writing from Florida and will be flying into Minnesota this afternoon. Just enough time tonight to finish homework, cook dinner, and maybe do laundry. I had hoped to do some big thinking while I was gone. That didn’t necessarily happen, but I did relax. Got some great online shopping deals, and finished all but one Christmas present.

wait plan

Its been a while since I’ve worked on something new. I’m not the type of person to find something random and jump in with both feet, but I do enjoy mapping out a plan and working my way through it. So I’m on the search.

Are you a planner? Or a jump-in-and-do-er?

 

Thanksgiving 2016

Hello from the Sunshine State! I’m applying lots of sunscreen and taking it easy. Instead of running each morning I’ve been going for walks on the beach with my mom. The last few weeks have been pretty stressful, so I’m going with the flow and trying to rest up.

champagne We watched the Vikings do what they do best (lose) before cleaning up for dinner. Since there are 4 of us we don’t do the big meal at home and instead went to our favorite restaurant.
lobster mac and cheese

Johnny and I both had lobster mac and cheese. He has done the research and Fresh Catch Bistro has the absolute best on Fort Myers Beach. Friday we went for a boat ride and today (Saturday) we have friends coming over for a visit. I’m glad I still have all day Sunday to be here, and maybe get my homework done before flying back to real life.

Is your Thanksgiving the same every year? Or do you mix it up and try new things/places/foods?

Don’t Wait, Live.

I didn’t write this week. I was out and about, and didn’t find time to finish a post. I also didn’t read other blogs. With the holiday weekend coming up I’m hoping for some quiet time to get caught up and maybe even a few posts drafted.

don't wait live

Sometimes friends tell me to “say no to things” of course they usually say that when I’m trying to say no to them. Truthfully there aren’t many things I want to give up right now. I’d like someone to do cooking/dishes/laundry, but in reality it doesn’t take that much time for me to do it.

I like to focus on what I can say “yes” to. So my blog posts may become more and more sporadic. I’d like to spend more time on Linked In and professional development. I love this space, but I don’t see myself becoming a famous blogger, I don’t actually know if those exist anymore.

If you could hire someone to help you out with a chore or activity, what would it be?

Don’t Wait, speak up.

I know everyone is pissed off about the election for one reason or another. All of your opinions are valid, and I think people on all sides of the issue can agree that there are problems. Friday night I met a woman who is part of the problem. My dad was telling her  about my brother, who loves the restaurant we were at. Johnny has his preferred spot to sit, and his favorite items on the menu. We also told her about the different activities he enjoys, especially driving around with Daddy.

katie johnny painting

Her response was… “Normal kids don’t live with their parents.” EXCUSE ME!?!? What the heck is that supposed to mean? Johnny is extraordinary, he may not be able to move out of the house, but that doesn’t make him less of a person. And he might not live at home forever, but why can’t he for now?

He may require 24 hour care, but that doesn’t mean he can’t love and be loved. Granted, he wasn’t with us at the time, so maybe she felt it wasn’t disrespectful because it wasn’t to his face. But it was. Completely disrespectful.

I wrote a guest post for Yesandyes.org and maintained so much positivity during that post. But there’s a dark side to adults with disabilities. Johnny isn’t 5 years old, he’s 25, and people are rude. I mostly kept my cool (at least on the outside) and managed to not upset others in the restaurant, but the woman’s words hurt, and she has no idea what life is truly like. She claimed to have some kind of experience with disabled adults, but clearly by her words that experience does not equal understanding.

To be fair, I wrote this right away on Friday night because I needed to get it out of my system. But I’m still mad at this lady, and I hope my shutting down the conversation reminded her.. If you can’t say anything nice, maybe don’t say anything at all?

No question this week, instead, tell me something GOOD!

US Bank Stadium, know before you go.

Game day is stressful. Sure for the players, coaches, cheerleaders, and others involved with the team. But also for the fans. You want to have fun, get there safe, see your friends, find your seats, eat good food.

us bank stadium

Every stadium has its own tips and tricks, the more you go, the more you learn what works best for you. I’m still figuring out U.S. Bank Stadium, but for now here are my top tips.

  1. Get there early! Not just an hour before the game, 2 would be best/bare minimum.
    1. I brunched before the game this week with a 9:30 reservation, even with that we were seated around 10, and our food took it sweet time coming. We parked early and walked to brunch so that we could just walk into the stadium.
  2. Leave early, or be VERY patient. Traffic sucks. I stayed for overtime and wish I hadn’t. Thankfully the friends I rode to the game with are fun, so we just sat and chatted since we didn’t talk much during the game.
  3. Walk around! The different food options are spread out, so take the time to wander around the stadium and see the different views. So far it has been warm enough for “the gates” to be open, but I’m assuming it will eventually get too cold for them.