Wait. Read.

I’m not literally telling you that you need to wait and read my post. Although thank you for those of you who do read! I haven’t been shy about sharing that the last couple weeks have been rough. But there’s one thing that makes me shake my head and smile more than it makes me mad or sad.

2017 blogging calendar

A couple weeks ago I was at the school bookstore getting ready for my next class. My desk calendar at work will run out sometime in the summer, so while I was shopping I picked up a new calendar, all I had to do was throw away January and February since it was already March……

Take a closer look. Its a 2017 calendar. I threw away January and February of next year. Yeah…….So I still need a calendar for the second half of 2016. And for two months of 2017 I won’t have a desk calendar.

Moral of the story. Wait. Double check things before you buy, before you throw away. Maybe something will jump out at you. Like the date on the darn calendar.

Please tell me you’ve done something equally silly?

Behind the Instagram Filter

Of all the social media options, I love twitter the most. I have met some wonderful friends through random conversations, and almost anything can be live tweeted with hilarious consequences.

running therapy selfie

Facebook is fine. I like it for finding events and catching up with friends via group message.  And then there’s instagram. Some people talk about the “theme” of their page. I am not one of those people. I try to most decent photos, that reflect who I am, or what I’m doing. And generally framed in a positive light.

Framed Photos repeating

Attending Minnstameets and MN Community events inspire me to take more photos, while also showing me just how talented people are. What is interesting is how out of place I feel when attending those events. At Social Media Breakfast I am pretty okay with sitting wherever, chatting with whoever, and seeing what happens.

Lucky Horseshoe

Things aren’t necessarily great right now. Work is stressful. I’m not sleeping very well, and it takes everything in me to keep the apartment clean, healthy food in the fridge, and regular workouts. But instagram photos of the dark times isn’t something I want to be sharing. So instead you’ll be seeing the wins. So I have something to look back on.

What’s your favorite social media platform?

Do you share everything? Or keep it to the good stuff?

Waiting in Life. 1 Year Later.

I use the Timehop app to remind me of how far I’ve come. Its amazing to see the things I used to post on social media, or how long its been since certain events happened. Three years ago a friendship rekindled, and I got to see the Facebook post that resulted in that rekindled friendship. I forwarded it along to my friend, and we got to remember where we had been three years ago.

Wait til Ready

The above quote appeared in my timehop this week. Which resulted in this post. I did move to the cities, I did get a new job. Was I ready for it? Yes. I spent most of the summer unemployed.

But I’m still waiting for different things to happen. And thats okay. There’s another quote “you can have it all, you just can’t have it all at once.” So I’m okay with living in my tiny little studio, alone, working and going to school, fitting everything else in in-between. There is more than now, there is the future, and I look forward to it.

MIA: Third Thursday

I attended MIA’s Third Thursday for the first time in February, and I’m going again on Thursday for March’s edition! Per their website...
CELEBRATE opening night of  “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now.”.
CREATE an artwork inspired by the show.
KICK BACK to live music from Mina Moore.

Minneapolis Institute of ArtI bought a glass of wine (It was National Wine Day actually!) and headed into the free crafts section. The unfortunate part of the event, is that you can’t wander very far with your beverage, so if you’re really into art, see that first.

State of the Art Skull SelfieState of the Art was a really cool exhibition that will still be open during March’s Third Thursday, and I might take another tour through it. I saw this kaleidoscope inspired skull piece at the beginning, and liked it so much I decided to attempt a selfie within it.

Have you ever attended Third Thursday?

Are there other free events that I should know about?

Wait, Sip, Go Slow.

Spring forward gets me every year. You’d think with the blog title “Katie Looking Forward” that I’d be all about it, but you’d be wrong. This morning I woke up to my mom saying “you’re brother has to get up and have his am pills, because its almost time for his noon pills.”….I somehow slept until 10:30 am. Which is really only 9:30, but still is about 2 hours longer than I usually sleep in on the weekend.

Wait Sip Go Slow I don’t have crazy partying from last night to blame. I didn’t even have a drink on Friday. Saturday I did go to a Nisswa brewery, Big Axe. They had posted on Facebook that they had a Pineapple beer, and since I was going to be up north anyways, I figured I had better do some investigating.

The beer was a little sweeter than I might have liked, but as part of a flight it was perfect! What was also great was sitting in the sunshine with one of my best friends. We chatted about life, work, love, all the important stuff. And then joined my family for dinner.

Sun shining, beer sipping, it was exactly what I needed after a long week. Hopefully that feeling can linger as I head into another busy week.

What were you up to this weekend? St. Patrick’s day shenanigans?

Salmon Quesadillas and More Recent Recipes!

Salmon Quesadillas

I made Salmon Quesadillas on Saturday and while they were a gamble, it worked! I spread one tortilla with cream cheese, spread salmon on top, added capers, hot sauce, cheddar cheese, and the other tortilla. I’m a huge caper fan so they were mandatory. The hot sauce added a great element that I might have to also add to my lox bagels in the future!

Lent Dinner Idea

As for other meals I’ve made lately…. I edited this White Chicken Chili recipe…I didn’t love it, but I managed to finish it all by adding cheese ravioli to the last of the leftovers.

My absolute favorite recipe is One Pan Mexican Sweet Potato Bake. I can easily add chicken, eggs, or wrap the veggies in a tortilla.

The meal I eat so often I don’t even follow a recipe is Trader Joe’s pot stickers/goyza, mixed with whatever veggies I have on. One time I found frozen riced cauliflower at Trader Joe’s, and the next time I see it, I’ll be buying at least 3 bags!

What meals have you been loving lately?

Any good recipes I need to add to my collection?

Don’t Wait: Rock

On Leap day I attended a Bruce Springsteen concert. As I mentioned last week it was a spur of the moment decision, that I don’t regret at all.

Bruce rocked it. He’s so talented and so fit! Other musicians with a large catalogue of songs would have created edited versions of the songs to maximize time.

Don't wait, rock

Not Bruce. He played each song, the whole way through, there were no short cuts, unless you count body surfing over the crowd instead of walking around the stage.

Of course anytime you’re at a concert now you realize how far technology has come. Everyone (myself included) was taking photos and video. The need for documentation and publication of events seems to have risen. Obviously I am a part of that rise.

As my life and schedule has changed I’m sharing less. Not intentionally, I just don’t make the time. I rocked on Monday, but spent Saturday doing homework, cleaning my apartment, and generally sitting quietly (other than a run). It was a good day. I balanced the alone time with attending the Gilmore Guys live show Saturday evening.

So moral of the week… Don’t Wait, Rock! But also, no shame in having some quiet time.

Was your weekend about Rocking? Or was it about the quiet?

Did you like whichever version you had?

February 2015 Recap

Well, this month I barely posted. I had my “wait” posts on Sundays, but other than that it was pretty much a month of getting through the weather. So…similar to January’s recap, I’m not going to link to previous posts, but rather talk about the highlights.

I started the month with a delicious dinner at 4 Bells with some oyster loving friends.

Oysters at 4 Bells MPLS

The highlight for me was the Oyster Shot, which I will definitely be returning for! The ceviche was also memorable as it wasn’t served with standard chips or boring saltines, but rather baked in house seasoned crackers.

Dog's Birthday Party Hat

I also attended a dog’s birthday party one weekend. You can’t tell, but he was thrilled all his friends came to visit.
Typical Florida lunch

I visited my family in Florida at the end of the month, and it was so good to see them! The photo above was what I ate for most of my meals there, strawberries, peppers dipped in jalopeno hummus, and spicy italian salami washed down with a diet coke. Dinners were always seafood/fish based. Selfie at Bruce Springsteen

I finished the month at a Bruce Springsteen concert! I hoped to have a great leap day, and while a 5 am wake up to catch at 7 am plane isn’t the best, Bruce was worth it, he played for almost 3 straight hours!

What was the longest concert you’ve ever been to?

Did you do anything fun for leap day, or are you looking forward to something in March?

Don’t Wait, Leap!

I love leap day. Always have. In second grade (the first leap day I could remember) my school had some kind of fun day. I can remember laying on a towel to read and mini golfing in the classroom.

Don't wait leap

4 years ago there was a crazy snowstorm on leap day that necessitated working from home. I even blogged about, which you can read, here.

This year I’ll be waking up early to fly back to Minnesota. I spent the weekend in Florida visiting my family, but wanted to be sure I got back with plenty of time to unpack and get ready for the week.

Until I got a text on Friday….from a friend asking me if I wanted to go to Bruce Springsteen!! I probably won’t get the food prep done that I wanted, but I think its more important to make a good memory on the extra day that only comes every 4 years.

Are you doing anything special for leap day?

Is there any small thing that you can add to our extra day?

Need, Need, Need.

I have been trying to figure out a way to communicate how I’ve been feeling this winter. And She Reads Truth wrote it better than I ever could.

We need. It’s what we do all day long.

We need to sleep, we need to get up.
We need to get dressed and out the door.
We need to be on time. We need to do excellent work.
We need to eat well, treat others well, be patient, be kind, beware of dog.
We need gas to keep the car running, caffeine to keep the day running.
We even need air.

I’m thankful that I got a chance to visit my parents and brother and take a little break from Minnesota. On Sunday I took the time to start packing, do laundry, do dishes, and cook a few meals to get me through the beginning of the week.

Fort Myers Beach Florida

The last few weeks I’ve made a point of going to church, I don’t know that I will while in Florida, but I know the days away will help me recharge so I can do the final push through winter.

What do you “need”?

How do you recharge if you aren’t able to get away?