Everything you have wanted to know

I know, it has been awhile.  Life happens and SO many things keep me busy.  Mostly things like the State Fair and work (LOTS of work) and friends.

There are a few things I have been promising, things you want to know: like my my mom’s lasagna recipe, which I will e-mail upon request. You CAN make it—I’m the expert at baking/cooking failures and I succeeded. *high fives all around!*

Other awesome things you want to know: how much I love indie music.  I’ve took the liberty to note some of my recent favorites NEW artists (yeah, I’m pulling the hipster card and liking bands before they get big) and list them out for you to get on your iPod or your next mixed CD.  You are welcome.

  • Mount Moriah
  • Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps
  • Howler
  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  • Ryan Adams
Lastly, for everyone’s entertainment, and yes, this IS what we have been up to this summer:

Laura and I went on the Oregon Trail with Beth this summer! (credit to Laura for the photo)

In all seriousness we are PUMPED for Beth Moore study to start again.  Laura wrote up at little post on it you can see at the Women at Hope blog.  (There are also some other GREAT pictures of us with Beth!)
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State Fair: Day 2- Tips

In between sneezing and blowing my nose and trying my hardest NOT to give everyone at the fair typhoid, there were some moments of ridiculousness and some tips to pass along (since we’re only on Day 3 of the fair–and don’t be like me and go to the fair all sick or we’ll end up like the Oregon Trail).

How NOT to ride the bus (or how TO ride the bus if you want to be a jerk):  First of all, let’s discuss the transportation.  The bus makes several stops at different parking lots around the U of M campus.  By the time it got to our stop the driver said we could get on but we would have to stand…and I got on and other people got on.  As more people are boarding the bus a lady standing two people away from me starts yelling, “THERE’S NO MORE ROOM!” …pause…more people get on…”STOP!  THIS BUS IS FULL.”  It took everything in me to not turn around and say to her something along the lines of, “there is plenty of room, it is a short trip and this bus is free.”  There was room for at least two-three more people near me.  Americans…

What not to wear (or TO wear depending on how much you like to fit in): There is plenty of great people watching at the fair.  I only wish I could take pictures of everyone I saw and ask them, “what made you think to put that on?”  Here are some fair trends/things you might want to wear/do when at the fair:

  • flip flop jean capris for women
  • button up–think Hawaii–but U of M inspired design for men (I thought of a good friend who will be wearing this one day)
  • Neon (anything)
  • Dressing your family in matching apparel–tye dye works best
  • Carrying your little dog with you
  • fish shirts– specifically designs of large fish all over your shirt–for men or women
  • mustaches within beards
How to get free things: 
Now, to the most wonderful part of the day.  The part where I remembered it was Winona State Alumni Day at the fair.  There was a picnic lunch where I got a t-shirt, a water bottle and the joy of probably being the youngest alum to attend.  It. was. great.

Thank you for the welcome, WSU!

Let’s all slow clap as I will not be seeing the fair again until Wednesday…

Home, home is where we love the State Fair

I’ve been back in the good ‘ole US of A for almost two weeks now!  I’ve been crazy busy catching up on everything–work, the Twins, seeing friends, etc.  Some great times have been had to wrap up the summer, although when you are done with school summer is not really over until the date on the calendar tells me it’s fall.

The State Fair started 2 days after returning home…instead of working everyday at the fair like last year I just spent one weekend there–one day working and one day hanging out with friends, which made me appreciate the fair even more (and people here love their state fair).

We met up with some of our good friends, Joe and Justin

We really did eat our way through the fair this year--first stop sweet corn!

I tried the mashed potatoes on a stick and loved them!

After eating lots of food we stopped to brush our teeth!

Other highlights since being home include playing tour guide to my Italian cousin and his friends who just happened to be in Minneapolis for the weekend–we went to the Stone Arch bridge, the Guthrie and Chipotle (of course), where the manager gave them their dinners for free!

This weekend has included: movie in the park with friends, family hay wagon rides, movie night with some great girls, being reunited with Target Field and the Twins, driving my friends around south Minneapolis and listening to the Labor Day mix all Labor Day.  It’s been a good Labor Day–oh and have I mentioned that this is the first Labor Day in 2 years that I am not laboring (working), while it is and it’s good.

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