day 37: impromptu movie night

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day 37: impromptu movie night

tonight, i’m sick.
tonight, i got to spend time with some of my favorite people.
tonight, we watched Pitch Perfect.
tonight, i laughed.
tonight, i’m feeling thankful for these impromptu movie nights.

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Adventures with Miss Karsjens’ Kindergartners

Today, I made my way to Brooklyn Center to help my dear friend, Laura, get her classroom disassembled before she leaves for Uganda in less than 2 weeks. I was excited for this adventure because of all the funny stories that she has told me about her kindergarten class.

For those of you wondering-Yes, her kids are as cute/funny/a little crazy as she says they are. And yes, Laura is probably the most fabulous teacher ever.

I had some fun conversations and interactions with some students myself while I was there helping.

#1: Little Girl: Wow, your necklace looks like candy.

#2: Little Boy: (while I was labeling water bottles) Are we going on a field trip?
Me: Yes, I believe you are going on one next week.
Little Boy: *fist pump*

#3: Little Boy: (hands me a picture of himself that he was suppose to take home to his family) Here you go, you can keep it forever and ever.

And my most favorite interaction of the day….a little girl comes up to me, hands me a drawing, and says “here, this is for you.”

Isn’t it beautiful?

Seriously, little girl, you made my heart melt in less than .2 seconds.

Thanks for letting me come in to meet your kiddos and help disassemble your classroom, Laura. It was so much fun that I think I’ll be back on Wednesday!

Small town girl, once again.

A few weeks back, my friend Whitney and I decided to take a bit of a Minneapolis adventure. We saw a sign for a small Catholic festival called St. Helena’s Autumn Daze. I grew up Catholic and have semi-fond memories of my Catholic picnics and festivals, so we decided to check it out. But before that, we wanted to do a little garage-sailing (I’m actually not sure if that’s the correct spelling of sailing in this context, bear with me). We decided to go to the Minnehaha Academy Garage Arena Sale. It. Was. Huge. and Epic. There were some definite treasures.

BUT, even before we got to the arena sale, we were pleasantly surprised to find the St. Helena’s Autumn Daze PARADE. Fun fact: parades are one of my most favorite things to watch (not necessarily participate in-I had my fill from marching band in middle school and high school). Seriously, we got to see marching bands, Knights of Columbus (in their feather hats), girl scout and boy scout troops, and an awesome drumming troupe. I felt like I was a small town girl again. It was wonderful.

While we were at the St. Helena’s Autumn Festival, we heard that there was a Quilt Bingo. Let me tell you the epic-ness of this. Basically, it felt like we were in the twilight zone. We had a hard time figuring out if we were still in Minneapolis or not. People are serious about their quilt bingo. You had to have your own bingo dabber, official bingo sheets were used, they had bingo patrol men, and there was even a few moments that the number caller had to ask the room to quiet down. We did meet a wonderful woman who told us how this showdown was to be run. Without her guidance, we would have been lost and scared. I think I will participate in Quilt Bingo again next year, so if you would like to join me, please let me know. It’s appropriate to save seats about 2 hours prior to the start of the game, so plan accordingly.

One super awesome thing that I forgot to mentioned about that weekend is that it was the first weekend of FALL WEATHER. Fall is my favorite. But now that the temperatures have risen back to summertime digits, I am simply reminiscing about the day the first crunchy leaf fell.

Here are some photos from this day of awesome.

My beautiful co-pilot for the day, Whitney McIntosh
They inspired me to possibly join a community band this winter.
Shout out to all my friends from Southwest!

I bought this Bunny Candle for Shannon at the Minnehaha Academy Arena Sale. I think she loved it.

The Awesome of: 4th of July weekend

4th of July weekend was more than spectacular. I had the opportunity to go back to Oshkosh, Wisconsin and visit my parents. While their house is close to being a disaster zone due to their moving preparations, it was still the same cozy space that I grew up knowing. While my bed wasn’t assembled, I still had a place to rest my head in the corner of my parent’s bedroom on my old twin mattress. After sleeping on there for 4 nights, I realized why I asked for a new bed when I moved into my apartment this year. My days were filled with cleaning out boxes and tubs of old childhood memorabilia and laying poolside, trying to not be the palest individual in Minnesota. I think I’ve accomplished this goal. Needless to say, my weekend at home was pretty great. Here’s a recap of the awesome:

1.) Farmers Market on Main Street. Farmer’s markets are one of my very favorite things in life. I just love walking around and seeing all of the awesome stuff that people have grown and support local farmers. I am a wishful thinker and one of my dreams is to have my own garden one day, without killing it. Since I sometimes forget to feed myself, I don’t know if I’m in the right stage of life to have to care for something else, even if it is a garden. The Oshkosh Farmers Market has grown over the past year as they are now shutting down a section of Main Street in downtown Oshkosh to run this show. I came away with some delicious strawberries, yellow zucchini, and freshly baked bread, and of course we got our fair share of spring rolls. Some of the best are from Oshkosh. If all of these tasty finds weren’t enough, I also ran into some old friends and softball teammates. This was quite the surprise since I never see anyone in Oshkosh because I pretty much only have time to spend with my parents when I am home for a weekend. This was nice because I was able to make some plans with old high school friends to reunite and reminisce about our past and begin to partake in each others futures once again.

2.) Reconnecting with old friends. I had the opportunity to chat over a glass of wine with one of my good friends from high school, Brad. He’s amazing. Seriously, watch out for this kid because he’s doing his thing and won’t stop until he sees the world and makes a difference. He hasn’t lost his drive since high school, on the contrary, it’s probably deeper than it ever has been. Then on Monday evening, I had the chance to grab dinner with another good friend, Jenny. Since last time I’ve seen her, she’s moved twice and has gotten engaged. And probably by the time I see her next, she will be married, graduated from college, and moved to Madison. She’s flying-it’s amazing to see her building such an awesome life for herself and hubby-to-be. The one thing that I have realized is that no matter how long it’s been since I’ve spoken or see some of my high school friends, we can still get together and have a laugh about the past and look forward. While we’ve all built our separate lives from each other, we were all once apart of each others story and I’m thankful that they’ve helped me become who I am today.

3.) Poolside day and night. One of my favorite things about my parent’s house is the deck [built with the labor, love, and sweat of my very own Pops] and the pool. Our house doesn’t have air conditioning so as a trade-off, my parents decided to put a pool in the backyard. Awesome trade-off, if I say myself. This pool has gotten loads of use over the years with softball parties, graduation parties, cookouts, etc, so it was nice to be able to use it everyday while I was home. Like I mentioned before, I got some color. I’m no bronzed model, but I’m not the color of a polar bear any more! This is good.

4.) Grilling out. A summer favorite of mine is grilling out. On the menus for the weekend: ribs, barbecue chicken, potatoes and onions, grilled peaches with olive oil, Oktoberfest brats, and yellow zucchini. Yum. Yum. Yum. Of course there was pasta salad, [lettuce] salad from the garden, fruit salad…it seems to me that we are a salad family.

5.) Spending time with the best. I was enamored with the time I was able to spend with friends and family. Of course I hung out with Moms and Pops, Melissa, Megan, Holly, and Vicki, and a handful of others who make my life so sweet. We braved Dirtball Sawdust Days together, my parents danced to whatever bluegrass was playing, and sat and watched the fireworks show. Sweet memories with sweet people.

6.) Last, but certainly not least: Fireworks. I have decided [this weekend] that fireworks are another of my most favorite things in life. They are so loud you can feel it in your chest, so bright they make your eyes sparkle, and so awesome for a moment you lose yourself in the sight. The fireworks show in Oshkosh was fantastic. 45 minutes of booms, ahhhs, claps, and smiles. Pure awesome.

Do not let this picture fool you. I was actually not in New York this weekend, I was in Oshkosh, Wisconsin-or better known as "OshVegas".

So that was my recap of all things awesome over the 4th of July weekend. I hope that you had a blessed weekend filled with fun, friends, family, and food…oh and you can’t forget fireworks because you can never forget sparkly things.

Laughing-until-our-stomachs-hurt Moment

tonight. i adored tonight. i didn’t realize how much i needed a night out with three beautiful women to laugh and share stories of our past, present, and future. we will be laughing about tonight for a really long time.

after a rough start to the evening (read: keeping my phone on silent, falling asleep, and 40 minute after I was supposed to be awake to meet Kelsi for dinner, I wake up to six missed text messages, a few phone calls and some worried friends-sorry about that again, Kelsi), Kelsi and I went to The Bulldog for dinner. You can never go wrong with truffle tater-tots and that delicious sauce that they just have to serve. We then headed downtown to the Hennepin Stages Theater to meet up with Hilary and Whitney. We got inside, seated ourselves and waited for a show called Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women. I don’t really want to give anything away because I want all women to go see this (men-note I said women). There was talking about how beautiful we are, insecurities we all have, and mention of all things girly, packaged nicely in a hilarious, laugh-inducing presentation. Nothing is sweeter than to share these moments with three dear friends.

Big thanks to the Hennepin Theater Trust for giving me these tickets. All I did was post a fun picture of my mom and I on the contest Facebook page, and voila, I won four tickets! Thank you to Hilary, Kelsi, and Whitney for always being willing to take me up offers to laugh-so-hard-we-cry-and-make-our-stomachs-hurt moments. They are ones I will never forget, especially since I know exactly what you are all getting for christmas-Kari’s opening up her own craft corner!

Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women

Sneak Peak-Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women-Craft Corner

Now friends, go see Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women and laugh alongside me.