Item of the day: Animal Barrettes

Today’s item of the day: animal barrettes.  I found these gems somewhere, it is even a mystery to me where I got them.  What I did know is that they are bomb.  Wouldn’t you want to put these in your hair immediately?

So many options, sometimes it is hard to chose which one...

If you are having difficulty figuring out what animals there are–I’ll help you out: a fox playing guitar (naturally, what else do foxes do?), two doves, a bunny, a poodle (which I thought was a sheep for the longest time), a duck and a teddy bear.  If you are looking for a set I would recommend checking out your childhood barrette collection or perhaps I will let you borrow one.

Thrift and win.

Sometimes you just come out a winner.  Today I ventured to the Salvation Army downtown, on the recommendation of my friend Kari.  There was so much to look at.  So much.  Since I recently decided I needed more flannel in my life I spent a lot of time looking at the flannel options. Imagine my surprise (and my unbelievably good luck) when I found a shirt from The Gap that I eyed some time ago (maybe even last year) in my size and only $3.99.  If I remember correctly it was originally somewhere in the $65 range which is why I said, “I love it but I have to pass,” in the first place.  Downside of a $3.99 shirt, a little hole has to be sewn, so I’ll just bust out those skills.

Flannel and ruffles, how much better could it be?

Also, some favorite music as of late, that I have found to be recommendable.  Enjoy!

  • Ani Difranco, Lifeboat
  • Of Monsters and Men, Little Talks (although I heard them on mainstream radio lately, which means everyone will soon love them…)
  • The Givers, Saw You First
  • Chameleon/Comedian, Kathleen Edwards
  • So American, Portugal. The Man
  • Filthy Halls, Apple Horse

Lesson Learned: Push that Panic Button

Session brings everyone to my building, most of the time it’s easier to just avoid the halls, most the time that’s tricky to do (especially if you need to use the bathroom or get coffee or eat food).  We’re only three days into session and I’ve ran away–yep, ran in the back door of my office– from lobbyists, pointed lost interns in the right direction (they were looking for me) and almost got shot (may be an exaggeration).  Continue reading for the story, except you Mom, just stop reading now.

Yesterday, upon returning from the restroom I ran into a man looking slightly confused.  He didn’t know where to go and being my helpful self I asked him if he needed help.  Then for a good 15 minutes he proceeded to tell me his whole story about people being out to get him, the police keeping tabs on him and other crazy things.  As we’re still talking in the hall he proceeds to tell me about the gun he bought and how he would take matters into his own hands.  That got me back to paying attention again.  Not knowing what else to do I told him to come into my office to see if I could find a number of where to direct him to help.  After I found an apparently useless phone number, he took another 20 minutes and told me and my co-worker about his dilemmas.   After this saga we were running out of ways to get him to leave our office.  At one point I thought that he would never leave.  Then out of his pocket (seemingly out of nowhere) came papers, my co-worker and I both thought it was going to be a gun.  Soon after that we were able to send him on his way. Security was called, a report filed and someone (mostly me) got a stern lecture about pushing the panic button.  Lesson learned.  Always push the panic button and try to be less friendly.

Bonus! Here’s a show I think is HILARIOUS.  They love recycling almost as much as I do.


Hey we’re in Minnesota…let’s ice skate!

The 1994 winter Olympics, it’s when I became a figure skating fan.  Nancy Kerrigan.  Tonya Harding. (That incident that made us all dislike Tonya Harding).  Oksana Baiul.  Triple axels, a double, spins—I loved it all.   The only tiny problem was the way that me and my sister could re-create this was on our roller skates.  So we did and we were pretty good…I even thought I could one day be a professional roller skater (yeah, that didn’t pan out…).

Yep, practically a professional skater at 5...great pony tail scrunchie matching, Mom!

Then one day I just happened to be with a group of friends that were going ice skating, how hard could ice skating be?  The answer: not hard at all.  It turned into my favorite winter activity.  Here’s a little highlight on some of my favorite places to ice skate in MSP.

Centennial Lakes is a favorite.  There is lots of room to skate, plus you are actually skating on a pond.  You can entertain yourself for hours skating around under bridges and watching your friends dive into the snowbanks on the side.  Also, I have heard that they play movies on occasion.  The fancy warming house has fire places.  It is very magical.

I would recommend bringing fun friends to skate with!

I’ve never thought Rice Park would be a very fun place to skate.  1.) it’s in St. Paul (where I don’t tend to frequent on the weekends). 2.) the rink looks small.  After making a trip there this weekend I came away feeling like it was a success.  First of all it’s super cheap ($2 for skate rental or free if you have a Wells Fargo card) and it’s amid beautifully lighted trees in downtown St. Paul.  The rink was not very busy, so even though it was small it didn’t seem crowded at all.  Magical but not quite on the same level as Centennial Lakes (although pretty sure I did see Nancy Kerrigan there).

Thanks Kari for showing me the wonder and joy of skating in Rice Park!



Weekend plans I would not recommend

When people asked me what my plans were for the upcoming three day weekend, I would say things like, “Oh not much, just going to a concert and Crashed Ice.”   My “oh not much” plans turned into “you will do nothing with your weekend plans” when I woke up with the stomach flu at 3:30 a.m. Friday morning.  The STOMACH flu.  Grown ups don’t get the stomach flu.  I don’t even remember the last time I have had that, but it has been a long time and my mom was definitely there to take care of me….

Now it is Sunday and I am happy to say after more than 48 hours of being quarantined in my house I have lived to tell how I have survived the flu and here are some helpful tips to you, if you should ever find yourself in a similar situation.

  • Stock up on Gatorade, popsicles, soup and soda crackers.  You may never need it but it is better to be safe than sorry.  (or you could have an awesome friend Rachel! and an awesome roommate, Maggy! who go and buy these things for you).
  • Don’t ever follow the “takes 30 minutes” Jello recipe.  It was not successful for me.
  • Save a show that you haven’t watched in a long time to only watch when you are sick.  For example, I caught up on The Office.  It had been awhile.
  • If you must feel like you accomplished something with your weekend and can pull yourself out of bed, work on finishing an 1000 piece puzzle.
  • Probably not a good idea to send work emails when you are sick.

Hopefully you never have to actually use this advice because being sick on your 3 day weekend is possibly the worst thing ever.

Now I’ll leave you with a band I didn’t get to see on Friday night.  I’m sure they missed me (yep even Patrick at the Cedar knew I had the flu, he probably told the band) and will make plans to come and sing to me sometime soon.

P.S. 47 Days until Spring Training!


A proper farewell to 2011

Yes, I understand that 2011 ended approximately one week ago, but things were busy, and here I am today, ready to review 2011 (per usual, I’ve tried to pick the most awkward pictures, you are welcome friends, you are welcome).


City of Lakes Loppet. My FAVORITE winter activity in Minneapolis.

February birthday celebrating. Having a February birthday is a big deal.

Trip to Florida, not complete without finger mustached pictures with Pavano and realizing you are old enough to rent a car after it is too late.


Easter is chilly in Minnesota, naturally I hosted egg dying.

During Spring RE-treat Tiffany and I spent 90% of our time wearing these shirts and directing hundreds of people where to go.

Jenna decided to marry Nathan, so I rounded up 201 and we had a Bachelorette Party.


It was all about Jenna (and Nathan).

It took some practicing but I ended up with the bouquet (sorry Kayla!)

A little government shutdown happened over the summer, I couldn't take time off, but I went to Wisconsin anyway.

I got to see my sister as a real, live adult!

There was also an impromptu trip to Rochester

And then another trip to WI to see the lovey Anna get married!

There were many Twins games, many of which the Twins neglected to show up for (let's not repeat this season anytime soon)


The fall brought apple orchards visits!

And trips to California to wear awesome costumes and see wonderful friends!November brought me a new car and a promotion (no, the car did not come WITH the promotion, I should have negotiated for that).

There was one more wedding to end 2011!

Farewell 2011, farewell.

p.s. Thanks to my awesome friends who posted a bazillion of these pictures on the internets, after the great computer crash of 2011 I had 0 pictures in my possession, so thanks for documenting my life.

NYE: 2 months in the making

Back in October we made our New Years Eve plans.  October.  Our favorite band was playing at the Varsity and when your favorite band plays on NYE you make plans to be there.  Especially after your biggest regret of 2011: not going to their November show at First Ave.  That’s right we saw Dawes. And Caroline Smith and the Sleepers (or Goodnight Sleeps).  It was bomb.

Before the concert I threw some things together for a little dinner party.  12 people.  2011 memories.  Homemade lasagna.  An amazing cake made by Laura.

Just a little craft project I put together...

I’m not sure the topics of conversation at the grown-up table, but I heard plenty of laughter, so I can only assume that they were having a great time.  They did miss out on the North Korea Party Rock Anthem that was pulled out on youtube (you know your party is going good?  when youtube videos start…)

Some of my favorite people!

The kids table.

After dinner we went to the show, which was delightful and started off 2012 with plenty of joy!

Thanks for ringing in 2012 with me friends!

Happy 2012! SO many great memories from 2011!

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