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…

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It’s a love story, baby just say yes (she did!)

On of my very best friends got married yesterday.  Here is my version of Jenna and Nathan’s love story (it’s a good one).

Once upon a time Jenna and I were friends with a boy named Neil:

College, so. many. stories.

We went to college with Neil and his fun friends from Zumbrota.  Some of our favorite memories from senior year involve Neil, Kevin and co–ie. wine party, jersey party, Friday/Saturday nights downtown.

Neil had a brother that also went to Winona but graduated a few semesters before us and moved to Texas.  One day after we were all graduated from college Neil and his lovely wife Kristin suggested that Jenna tell Neil’s brother Nathan “happy birthday” via the facebook.

After a visit to Minnesota by Nathan, a reunion with the old Winona crew and an intense line of questioning by me and Julie (what is your driving record?) Nathan and Jenna started dating…!

Yes, I took the first couple picture. love.

Then came yesterday!  The Winona crew was reunited to celebrate a wedding!

We had a beautiful day to celebrate!

Jenna is the first of the 201 girls to get married.  Who would have predicted that?

Love these girls.

Any Winona reunion would not be complete without the JJ pose from Kevin and Jenna.

They still got it.

…or with a Sheehan picture!

Freshman Sheehan ladies- Carly, Sarah, Sarah, Jenna, me and Alyssa! (If only I would have lived on 8/9!)

It was such a joy to see Jenna fall in love with Nathan!  I’m so glad I got to be part of your special day Jenna!

love her!

 

Places I like best

My house: I have decided the single best thing about my house (besides location, build ins and roommates)!  Is this:

Our beautiful fireplace!

Since I love love love building fires– (thanks camp!) I really enjoy building them in my house, in a safe environment.

Downtown Minneapolis: The libraries in Mpls have this awesome thing where you can check out passes and go to museums for free.  Today I took advantage of that and checked out a pass to the Foshay Tower!  Awesome, yes.  Laura and I checked out the museum and then went out to the observation deck:

Checking out the traffic on 62...and no we did not get proposed to!

The Foshay reflects onto a nearby building.

As you can see from previous posts Laura and I really enjoy going to places that look like the Washington Monument re. Obilesco in AR.

Winona: Last weekend I was in Winona for homecoming.  It was great to go back and see the people and places I love!

Catching up with Wazoo at the homecoming parade!

Love Winona State!

Campus from Garvin Heights, so wonderful!

Some of my favorite people on Garvin!

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