Weekend Recap: Music, Art & Rain

Monday, May 18th, 2015 | Posted under Minneapolis, The Weekend

I think my crazy busy weekend caught up to me in the worst way: I’m sick! I have the scratchiest throat right now, sucking on Ricola lozenges like they’re candy. But the weekend was definitely worth it!

On Friday evening, Erik and I went to Jax Cafe, which is in our neighborhood of NE Minneapolis, to see the husband of one of my coworker’s play in his band. They were really good! They played just covers but they did a really great job. Most of the songs for the majority of the two hours we were there were all older songs, and most I didn’t recognize. But then as the night progressed, they started playing some contemporary songs, including Uptown Funk!

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One of my other coworkers and her husband were there to watch the band too, and we had a nice time chatting. Jax Cafe had a small prix fixe menu as well, which was Szechuan green beans and a roast beef slider plus two beers or two glasses of wine for $20. I also managed to convince the waitress to let us order of the dessert menu, even though we weren’t supposed to. The chocolate cake I ordered was delicious! Being persistent really paid off!

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We slept in a bit on Saturday and then I had to go to work for a couple of hours, but it was slow so they sent me home early. Erik was out on a long run (he’s training for Grandma’s Marathon which is at the end of June), so I went out for a run of my own. It was so hot and humid, so it was pretty miserable but I managed to get it done!

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After I came home and showered, we met up with my friend Sarah to walk around a bit of Art-A-Whirl. Art-A-Whirl is basically a weekend long open gallery tour around NE Minneapolis, hosted by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association. Basically, NE Minneapolis is like the Williamsburg of Minneapolis. Many of the old warehouses in the neighborhood have been turned into artists lofts and Art-A-Whirl gives locals the opportunity to visit and see their work.

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Brickmania created these images of Minnesota made out of Legos!

Erik and I both had plans to see movies that night, just not with each other! I met up with a local women’s meet-up to see Pitch Perfect 2 and have dinner! I don’t know if the movie is better than the first, but it was still pretty good. Sequels are always a bit tricky, but I think they did a good job at keeping it fresh without being overly hokey.

On Sunday morning we made waffles and then I went to work for a few hours. When I got home, I needed to get my long run in, but the weather was very ominous. I wasn’t sure if I could get all 8 miles done, so I decided to do a two mile loop around my house 4 times, so that if it did start raining, I wouldn’t have too far to go. Well, right at about 5 miles, it started sprinkling, and after another quarter mile, the skies opened and I was soaked! I ran as fast as I could home and was completely drenched when I got there. So I only managed 5.67 miles out of 8, but ya know what? You do what you can do.

Throughout Sunday evening I started feeling really terrible, and I ended up tossing and turning so much during the night that Erik ended up sleeping in the guest bedroom! Poor guy. I called in sick to work and now I’m just hanging low, hoping that this doesn’t turn into anything serious or lingering. I hate being sick!

Hope you’re having a good Monday!

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How To Catch A Cat

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 | Posted under Home Life

It was a totally normal Saturday evening. Erik and I were preparing to enjoy a warm May evening on our deck, with our newly purchased patio set from Pier 1 (note: I work there but personally paid for it using my associate discount). We were almost ready to eat and Erik headed into the house to check on the state of dinner.

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I had left the backdoor open, leaving just the screened door to keep the cat from escaping the house. As Erik opened that screen-door, Natasha came flying out of the house, up and over the deck, and then bolted underneath the deck, where she stayed. This wasn’t the first time that Natasha has been outside, but we don’t make it a habit. In fact, it has been months since she had been outside and it was really difficult to get her inside because she isn’t the easiest to call or respond to signals.

We tried everything we could think of to get Natasha out from under the deck, but I guess we were a little too good because when she finally ran from under the deck, she didn’t run into the house. She just ran. Away.

We have no idea where she went for the ensuing three hours, but it was one of the most horrible experiences of my life. Honestly, Erik and I couldn’t even fathom how parents survive missing children because we were so distraught over our little kitty. Our next-door neighbors saw my post on Facebook about Tasha running away, and helped us scour the neighborhood for her. But to no avail.

Natasha is microchipped, although I was disappointed to find out that it’s not the same as a GPS chip (they really should have this for animals!). Instead, it’s just a chip with basic information about her in case someone were to find her and bring her in to a vet or animal shelter that can scan her. I did call and let the service know that she was missing.

Another thing that we learned is that cats often hide during the daylight hours, so our plan was to look for Tasha once it got darker out and things quieted down. Of course, we live on a pretty busy street so it never gets that quiet, but traffic does start to slow down a bit around nine o’clock.

We also let several neighbors know that our cat was on the loose, because there’s a good chance that she would have just gone to hide in a neighboring yard. Some cats are more adventurous and can travel several blocks to even a couple miles, but the vast majority of them stay within a few houses because cats are very territorial, yet pretty skittish and cautious.

Once it got dark, we started looking for her again. After about three hours missing, I got a phone call from Erik saying he had spotted her underneath our other neighbors Buick. I quickly ran over and saw her underneath the car. But as I approached her, Natasha quickly vanished again.

We were so relieved to see her again, but so frustrated because we had no idea how to catch her. How do you catch a cat who will just run away the second you try to get near her?!

We had read and heard from others that food is a good way to lure cats, and we had tried that initially but it didn’t work. Since that was our last can of food, Erik went out to get more food and when he came back, he opened up a can of food since she often comes running when she hears the can open. We stood very still and quiet in the backyard, listening for any sounds. We could hear her hacking under the deck! Since we have seen her eat flower petals and leaves before, we think she had probably eaten some plants and was getting sick from it. But we couldn’t see her under the deck at all, even though we knew that’s where she was.

Finally we decided to just leave the back door open with her food right by the front door so she could see and smell it. We knew we weren’t going to get any sleep anyway so we figured we would just wait up for her.

It only took about twenty minutes before I heard Natasha slurping up her cat food, and a few minutes after that, she came trotting into the kitchen! We were so relieved and happy to see her!

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I swooped her up and gave her a big hug, which she of course hated because she hates to be held. Of course, we are going to be much more careful when it comes to coming in and out of the house to make sure that we don’t have to deal with that again!

 

Have you ever dealt with a missing pet? Isn’t it horrible?! 

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This Week

Friday, May 8th, 2015 | Posted under This Week

The high of my week was finding out that one of my best friends from Oregon will be staying with us for a month in June! She’s doing a rotation for medical school here in Minneapolis, so she’s going to stay in our guest room. Wheeee! So excited!

The low of my week was the stupid hail storm that trashed and thrashed our beautiful blooming trees in our front yard. The hail were the size of freaking marbles! Also finding out that trimming those trees, as well as the maple and birch in our backyard, will run us upwards of $1000. Yay homeownership… ::eye roll::

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Our front walk after the storm.

I’m currently reading Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand (need to hurry up and finish it as I have to mail it out next week!), and I also checked out a couple other books from the library for some book club meet-ups that I’m supposedly a part of. I’ve never gone to any of them because I never read the book! So my goal is to read the book, and then decide if I want to go to the book club.

My workouts of the week were three runs and an Orangetheory workout. Whew!

The best thing I ate was cookies from Insomnia Cookies over in Dinkeytown! My friend Chelsea and her husband came over to hang by the fire pit after our dinner out last weekend, and they bought dessert on their way over. They have a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie that is heaven! Insomnia Cookies are located over by the University of Minnesota, and the best part is you can get hot, freshly baked cookies with ice cream. It’s divine!

My plans this weekend include working mostly, doing some reading, and then having lunch with my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day.

 

What’s your favorite kind of cookie? 

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Exploring the Midwest: Lanesboro, MN and Decorah, IA

Monday, May 4th, 2015 | Posted under Travel

Last week, Erik and I went on a little overnight adventure in southeastern Minnesota to get away from the craziness of work and school. Even though it was a weeknight, Erik had an extra day off from working overtime and I wasn’t scheduled for work, so we were able to take advantage of the lower price for a bed and breakfast. It was also, coincidentally, the 5th anniversary of us getting engaged! I can’t believe it’s been that long!

On Thursday afternoon, Erik and I drove down to Lanesboro, which we had briefly visited last summer. We arrived at the Scandinavian Inn, which was a few blocks away from the downtown business district. The house was cute and charming, but it wasn’t overly decorated with doilies and grandmotherly decor. We felt like we were staying at a B&B but without being overly inundated with CUTE. We were the only ones staying at the inn that night, so we had our choice of rooms but we went with the room that I originally liked when I saw it online.



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We went to the Old Village Hall for dinner. It was Dining Out For Life night in Minnesota, so restaurants all over the state were donating a portion of the proceeds to the Aliveness Project, which helps support people living with HIV and AIDS. It was nice to know our dinner was going to a good cause! The restaurant was sort of an interesting experience, because it was a very casual atmosphere with very good (and expensive) food. The tables were green laminate and the walls had quilts hanging up, but our dinner was one of the more expensive meals that we’ve had in Minnesota. It was definitely a study in contrast. But the food was delicious so we didn’t too much.

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When we got back to the inn, we spent the evening in the living room reading magazines. I regretted forgetting the book I’m reading at home, but between reading and chatting with the innkeeper’s wife, we were able to pass by two hours pretty quickly.

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The breakfast is really the reason that one stays at a bed and breakfast instead of a hotel, and our breakfast was delicious! We had puffed apple pancakes, sausage, poached eggs, and the most delicious chocolate muffins (we even got some to go!). The breakfast was entirely filling so we didn’t end up eating again until mid-afternoon.

 

We did head into town for a bit to look at some of the shops, but Lanesboro was still pretty quiet because we were out pretty early in the morning and it was still technically off-peak season so there wasn’t as much to do. We only walked around for a couple of hours before we decided to take off for greener pastures. Originally we thought we would go hiking, but most of the trees were still not blooming and we didn’t think hiking around barren trees would be very fun. Then we thought about going to Forestville and the Mystery Cave, which is a park not too far from Lanesboro, but you need tickets to see the cave and they were already sold out! So our last option was driving to Decorah, Iowa, which is about 45 minutes south of of Lanesboro. It’s home to Vesterheim, the Norweigian-American museum, and being that Erik is Norwegian, we’ve been talking about going for awhile.

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The museum is actually the largest ethnic museum in the country and it was definitely worth the 10 bucks a person! We were there for a couple of hours, and there was still a bit more to see. But I was getting a bit hangry, so we strolled down the mainstream, grabbed some Mexican food (with super yummy margaritas) and continued window shopping. We also stopped by a taproom, the Toppling Goliath, so that Erik could get his beer fix.

The drive back wasn’t too bad. We made a quick pit stop at Four Daughters winery, but they didn’t have the same baked brie that we had last summer which was disappointing. Our waitress said they are always rotating the menu and just to keep an eye on it. We definitely will — that baked brie is the best! Totally worth the two hour drive!

 

Have you ever stayed at a bed & breakfast? Where’s your favorite place to go on an overnight vacation?

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Currently

Friday, May 1st, 2015 | Posted under Currently

(Apparently this is my 25th Currently post!) 

Reading… Mr. Pettigrew’s Last Stand for the postal book club, which thus far is the only reason I’ve read anything other than textbooks this year. I’m so glad I’m in it! I finally decided to give up the last book I started reading, and I’m so glad I got the support from all of you to ditch books that aren’t working for me. I feel much better now!

Needing… new running shoes. Now that my 10K is over, I can definitely tell that my running shoes are doing me no favors. I have another pair of running shoes that don’t have many miles on them, but I think they are a half size too big. I tried running yesterday and I felt like I was wearing clown shoes! I need to make a plan to visit the local running store to get some new kicks.

Leaving… for a little overnight getaway with the Hubster (as he is known in my iPhone — he put it in himself!). We’re going to a B & B in Lanesboro, which is a couple hours south of here just for the night. I’ll report back on our little adventure next week.

Worrying… about our poor little kitty, Natasha. Last week Erik noticed that she had a bump in her left ear, but she seemed unfazed by it so I left it alone. A few days later it had gotten noticeably bigger, so I made an appointment with a vet up the road to get it looked at. Turns out, Natasha has an ear infection and a hematoma, which is when the inner and outer layer of the ear separate from trauma and fill with fluid. She’s on a 5 day ear spray treatment for the infection, and a course of steroids for the hematoma. The vet is giving it two or three weeks to see if the steroids work, otherwise we’ll have to do surgery! The vet says that this steroid treatment has really only been done in dogs, but with really good success and apparently steroids are tolerated better in animals than in humans. I hope she comes out of it okay. I would hate to do surgery, both because of how traumatic that would be and also because it’s really expensive!

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Preparing… for summer semester to start! Next week, I start Couples and Family Policy and Multicultural Studies. My policy class is only every other Tuesday for two months, but the Multicultural Studies class is every week through July. Then in June, I’ll take Intro to Trauma, Observational Practicum, Systemic Interviewing and a weekend seminar on Eating Disorders. It’s going to be one busy month!

Running… a heck of a lot more lately now that I’m training for all of my races. I’m starting to get more aches and pains in my quads and knee, so I’m going to try some electro-accupuncture to see if that helps. It’s a service that my chiropractor provides, and since I’m already seeing him for my back and neck, we’ll be able to keep an eye on any problems that might arise from training.

 

What’s new with you? 

 

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Race Recap: Get In Gear 10K 2015

Monday, April 27th, 2015 | Posted under Health + Fitness

I’m a terrible picture taker so I have no proof that I actually ran a 10K, but I promise I did!

It was my first 10K since my utter failure to run the disgustingly humid Victory 10K last August, and this time, I did much much better. In fact, I snagged a 5 minute PR! Woohoo!

Unfortunately, the race wasn’t without its mishaps. Everything seemed like it was going to go well. My blood sugar was in a good spot. The weather was cloudy but not freezing or humid. I had on comfortable clothes and had all my gear. But I think I was feeling a little too good because when I started the race, my pace was way too fast for me to hold on. My pace for Mile 1 was 12:07 and my pace was 12:09 for Mile 2. So they were great but then I started getting super fatigued way earlier than I anticipated, plus the arches of my feet were killing me. Having worked at a running store long enough, I know that I need knew shoes, I just didn’t realize I needed them right that second!

Anyway, I took a very brief walk break, and then paced myself with some girls who were running slower and more along the lines of the pace I should have gone. But then right after Mile 3 — at the 5K mark — there was the water stop, which I walked through. And then right after that was a big hill. Which I also walked. So Mile 3 was 13:13 but Mile 4 (the rest stop / hill) was 13:47. Eeesh.

I ended up doing a run / walk mix for the last third of the race by running .1 miles and walking .05 miles. I know that sounds ridiculous but it was too late to put on any kind of interval on my watch or my phone (well, without completely stopping), and so that was the best I could do just from using my Garmin 10. Mile 5 was 13:14 and Mile 6 was 13:23. I ran the last .2 in 3:30, but I’m not entirely sure what pace that comes out to…

My overall results was a 1:21:22 race or a 13:06 min/mile. My last PR (which was the Run 10 Feed 10 race in September 2013) was a 13:35 min/mile, so this was definitely an improvement. And I ran last year’s Get in Gear 10K at a 14:00 minute/mile (because I was really, really out of shape after months of not running).

Overall I’m happy with the race. My biggest errors were going out too fast and not drinking enough water. Since it was cool out I thought I could get away with running with just the one water stop because I didn’t want to run with the water belt. But I am just not fast enough to do that yet. I run too long to get away with not hydrating frequently, but I think I might try getting a smaller, lighter water belt for future races. I’m not a huge fan of water belts, but I feel like a 10K is silly to use the Nathan’s hydration pack that I got for Christmas which is supposed to be more for long runs (like 10+ miles). Still figuring out those little logistical details!

 

Anyone else do a race this weekend? 

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#IWishPeopleKnewThatDiabetes

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 | Posted under Diabetes

There is a Twitter hashtag going around called #IWishPeopleKnewThatDiabetes and I encourage you to check out the stream to see what others are saying. This is a reflection on that hashtag and also a conversation I had a with a non-PWD (person with diabetes) friend last week. 

Last week, I was driving home from a Junior League event with a new friend when the topic of my diabetes came up (in the context of blogging and what I write about).

My new friend asked me if my diet was very restrictive and I sort of snorted and said, “I ate a cupcake tonight, didn’t I?” Clearly, I’m not a very restrictive diet. Some people with diabetes choose to be, of course, and that’s because that’s what makes them feel healthier. Depriving myself does not make me feel healthier and so that’s not what I do.

And so my friend asked if my diabetes was a pretty easy to control. I paused.

I told her, “Sometimes diabetes is barely noticeable. And sometimes it’s a living nightmare.”

I think that it would be easy to think that diabetes was pretty easy to manage just from watching what I do. A lot of diabetes is mental — the carb counts, the adjustments for exercise. If you’re eating dinner with me, you might see me test my blood sugar and bolus, which takes all of 30 seconds. But there’s a lot of mental gymnastics that takes place while I’m thinking about what to order, while I’m waiting for the food to arrive, and even after I finish eating.

  • Choosing what to eat doesn’t just involve what I’m in the mood for, it also depends on what my blood sugar is and whether or not I need to stick to something more low-carb and protein-heavy, or if my blood sugar is on the lower side, maybe I want to take advantage of that and order pasta.
  • While I’m waiting for food to arrive, I’ll think about how I want to bolus — should I take some insulin now and some over a longer period of time to account for the fat that slows down digestion? And what percentage do I take now? Over how many hours do I think it will take my stomach to digest and absorb this food?
  • When I’ve finished eating, I’ll keep tabs on my continuous glucose monitor to see if I was right or I’ll pay attention to my physical symptoms if I’m not wearing it (the CGM is a flawed machined that can get annoying with false alarms so I don’t wear it 24/7).

And this is just when I’m eating!

Of course, reading all of this — and also if you ever catch my diabetes rants on Twitter or Facebook — you might think diabetes is an all-consuming travesty on my life. And that’s not really the case either.

Sometimes, I don’t think about diabetes.

When I’m in class, diabetes rarely registers in my brain. When I’m watching television, having coffee with a friend, or reading, I can go long stretches of time without diabetes popping into my head. Unless diabetes rings the alarm with a low blood sugar, I usually don’t have a reason to think about it. If I feel fine, then I usually put diabetes off to the side and I try to stay focused in the present. Practicing mindfulness, I suppose, is one of my biggest coping mechanisms.

But there are a lot of times when I feel like I’m teetering right on the edge. When I’m running, for example. Or when I’m walking around the city, window-shopping. Or when I’m working. Or when I’m driving. Basically any time that I’m moving, because diabetes can have such disastrous physical effects when something goes wrong. I might not be actively thinking about diabetes in the same way I do when I’m eating, but I’m always aware. I’m constantly scanning my body, what I’m doing, what I’m going to be doing, what I just did. Making sure everything is flowing together. It’s like when you’re driving a car and you’re constantly scanning for other vehicles. You’re not actively using evasive maneuvers to avoid a head-on collision, but you’re ready. You’re on guard. You’re being safe by being prepared. All the time. Every day.

Diabetes is exhausting. It’s annoying. It’s frustrating. It’s unpredictable — you can do the same thing with the same meal and have two different results. It’s stupid crazy. It’s weird. It’s funny (sometimes). It’s painful. It’s loud. It’s buzzing and beeping. It’s not something I would wish on anyone, but it’s something that everyone can live a long, healthy and happy life with.

What I wish people knew about diabetes is that diabetes isn’t one thing. It’s not a piece of cake (pardon the pun) and it’s not the absolute worst thing that has ever happened to me. It encompasses a huge spectrum of feelings, both physical and emotional. It can run the entire gamut in a single day or it can stay pretty steady. Diabetes is not something I will ever be able to sum up in a 140 characters, or a blog post, or even an entire blog.

What I wish people knew about diabetes is that it is really hard to understand, even for those who have it. But we really appreciate it when you try.

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Road to the Races: Week One (Official!)

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 | Posted under Health + Fitness

I started my first official week with my coach last week so I figured I would do a reboot on my training log and start this week. My coach, Ron, sent me two weeks to start and it’s a mix of spadework (two days), two shorter runs, one longer run, and a couple days for either rest or cross-training. Seemed pretty do-able but my blood sugars were giving me nothing but trouble! It seems that whatever I thought worked really well the last time I trained for a race has changed yet again, and I have had a hard time getting through all my runs without going low. Not that I haven’t been able to accomplish anything, but it definitely didn’t go as smoothly as I would have like.

Monday — Planned: Rest or cross-train // Actual: Rest 

Tuesday — Planned: 1-2 mile warm-up, 1 min tempo/1 min recover 10x, 1-2 mile cool-down // Actual: 1 mile warm-up, 1:1 tempo, 1 mile cool-down. Felt great! I haven’t felt like I can do interval training as well as I thought so I didn’t have very high hopes but I managed to keep a pretty consistent pace through all 10 speed intervals.

Wednesday — Planned: 45 minute run // Actual: Rest. The timing for this just didn’t work the way I’d hoped!

Thursday — Planned: Rest or cross-train // Actual: 30 min run, 2.5 miles at 13:02 min/mile. I was aiming for a 45 minute run but I went low and just barely managed to eek out enough energy to get me to a full 30 minute run.

Friday — Planned: 30 min run // Actual: Rest. Ugh. Again, the whole timing of blood sugars and the rest of my life sometimes thwarts my attempts at actually running.

Saturday — Planned: 1-2 mile warm-up, 1 min tempo/1 min recover 10x, 1-2 mile cool-down // Actual: 1 mile warm-up, 1:1 tempo, about .25 mile cool-down. I went low again, but not until the very end of the speedwork so I managed to get a lot done! I went a little over 3 mile and my speed was overall faster than on Tuesday, except for at the very end when I was dropping.

Sunday — Planned: 1 hour run // Actual: 1 hour run / walk. I managed to run about 2.5 miles before my blood sugar started tanking, so I only went about 4 miles in one hour since I walked quite a bit at the end.

It’s nice having a training plan and today I have an appointment with my diabetes team so I’m hopeful they can give me some tips for tackling these low blood sugars that are plaguing my runs. On one hand it’s nice to see lows because it means that my body is using sugar so much more efficiently and I don’t need as much insulin, but it really sucks having to go through the adjustment period.

This weekend will be my first 10K since the disastrous Victory 10K last August, and I’m really excited to see how I’m doing and maybe if I can get a PR…. Stay tuned!

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Weekend Review: Volunteering, Running + Eating

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 | Posted under The Weekend, Uncategorized

Wow, what a busy weekend! And Monday wasn’t any less busy which is why my recap is on Tuesday…

Friday 

After my Counseling Theories & Techniques class on Friday morning, I came home and went straight to work on writing my section of a paper for my Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy class. We’re doing a group literature review, so my section is only 2 pages long but I still had a lot of research to do! I worked on that most of the afternoon, and then Erik and I had dinner when he came home. I was super sleepy in the evening but I knew I needed to get out and run, so after a quick cat nap on the couch I rallied myself and went out for a run. I actually prefer running at night (I know, I’m crazy) and I had a really great three mile run. But when I got home, Erik was pretty much passed out on the couch himself so we ended up calling it an early night.

Saturday

We slept in a little bit, made breakfast, and spent most of the morning just noodling around the house. Both of us had runs that we were going to do (although very different distances — 14 for him, 5 for me), and so we needed to let our food settle. We ended up heading out roughly at the same time, but my five mile run was a disaster. I couldn’t get a good pace going because I decided to run through a really busy section of town and then my blood sugar dropped as well, sapping my energy. I ended up walking half my loop, but I used that time to call my friend Caroline from New York so it worked out. She’s training for the Ironman Wisconsin (!) so we talked about running and her visit out here, as well as work, school, and other fun life stuff.

After I talked to her, I showered and got ready for the Junior League of Minneapolis’s One Night Fundraiser. This year was a vintage carnival theme, so I wore this red faux-lace dress from Target, since it looked quasi-20s to me. My job for the evening was to sell these New Orleans-style beaded necklaces which were going to be used for a game later called Heads or Tails. Most of the people had no clue what the game was about though, so I spent a lot of time explaining the rules. I was one of the top sellers of the beads, though, which I attribute to working retail. I can get people to buy anything!

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I really need to stop tilting my head in group photos. I always look ridic.

I met a really cool lady who was also volunteering, so we grabbed dinner after the event. We took advantage of free valet parking in a really hard to park part of town! After dinner, I had to pick up some items at Cub Foods for another volunteer shift at the Crisis Nursery of Minneapolis — an emergency shelter for little kids — that I was doing the next morning. We make breakfast for them a few times a year and my idea was to make bagels with fruit faces (I googled “easy kid breakfasts” until I felt inspired). But I still decided to stay up a bit longer to work on my paper!

Sunday

That ended up being a huge mistake because I was so tired the next morning! Especially since I forgot to get cream cheese at the grocery store and had a horrible nightmare that involved getting into trouble because of it. So much anxiety over cream cheese! Anyway, the faces were adorable, but the little kids didn’t seem to really want to eat very much. Some kids liked the fruit, some kids liked the bagel, but only one kid really liked both! Oh well. Little kids are a tough audience!

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I was super excited for my own breakfast after the shift because I was meeting up with Lisa and her friend Marisa at Wilde Roast Cafe. I had a super yummy veggie strata with lots and lots of cheese.

Since I didn’t get quite enough sleep the night before, I took a quick one hour nap before heading to work. It was a pretty good shift with no major emergencies or hiccups. When I got home from work, Erik had a little surprise waiting for me…

So backstory: On Saturday morning, when I was still upstairs, Erik shouted, “You got a gift!” Not expecting anything from anyone, I was like, “No I didn’t!” But he insisted: “Yeah, you did!” I started getting excited thinking maybe it was a surprise from my parents or a friend. But no: it was my insulin pump supplies for my diabetes. I was so mad at him! “This is not a gift!” Erik thought he was so clever: “It’s the gift of life!” Ohhhhhh snap. Anyway, I was not happy that he teased me like that, so on Sunday while I was at work, Erik bought me this:

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Awwwww. So sweet. I guess I’ll keep him around.

Anyway, that night we hosted a Game of Thrones premiere party! Well, more of a gathering than a party since I didn’t do any decorating. We didn’t even cook! Although we thought about doing a GOT themed menu, we decided pizza would be much easier. The show was really good and it was fun to watch it with friends. It might become a “thing” so if you live in the Twin Cities and watch Game of Thrones, let me know…

 

How was your weekend? 

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If We Were Neighbors

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 | Posted under Home Life

I saw this post over at Krysten’s and Kara’s blogs, and I thought it was super fun! I was really social with some of our neighbors when we lived in Westchester, and when we moved to Minnesota, we didn’t know anyone for the entire six months we lived in our apartment. Then we bought a house and moved into Minneapolis, and we’ve managed to meet a couple of our neighbors which has definitely helped make it feel more like home.

But if you moved in next door, what might you notice about our house?

You’d notice me striking up a conversation. Especially if you’re new!

You’d probably get invited over to the house. I’ll probably invite you over for dinner or game night or one of the parties that we host (not that we host a lot of parties these days, but it’s something I’m trying to build up to again).

You’d see my husband’s car parked backwards. My husband is required to park company vehicles so that the front of the car is facing out so that they don’t have to drive in reverse. I pull in so my car is facing the garage, but he always turns the car around and parks backward.

You’d probably see me coming and going at odd hours. Sometimes (like today) I have to leave for work at 6am. Other days I don’t leave for work until 11am or 12pm, depending on what shift I’m working. And since my class schedule is also different, sometimes I get home in the mid afternoon, and sometimes I’m not home until after 9pm. Super unpredictable and super not fun.

You’d notice that we don’t really use our front door. The garage is in the back of the house, so we almost always leave through the back door. The only time we go through the front door is if we’re going for a run or if we are having people over. No one ever parks in our driveway, probably because they don’t know where it is!

You might notice that we don’t have a mailbox. Our mailbox is actually in the wall of our house! There’s a little slot next to our front door, and then there’s a door on the other side where we can open the mail. I loooove being able to get the mail without going outside especially in the freezing Minnesota winters!

 

What would I notice about you if I lived next door? 

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