monster extravaganza

T’was Friday morning and all through the city, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.  Or, okay, I suppose that’s a lie because I was driving through the dark city streets, drinking coffee, and thinking about The Night Before Christmas.  The city recently put twinkling lights in all the trees, and so I’m gonna go ahead…

ol’ college try

“Preparing for Cake Wars?”  I got out of the shower, and Jon said I’d missed a call from The Le Cordon Blue School of Culinary Arts.  He inquired my baking interest, and then the phone rang again – an unknown Pennsylvania number.  I answered the mysterious call, and it turned out to be the Theater Department…

callin’ baton rouge

My fingers tingled with excitement as I waited to write this post. Tingling fingers might sound a bit excessive for typing a few words and sharing a couple pictures, but let me tell you – these are the type of memories I want preserved forever and always. Does the top photograph reveal the importance of what…

potbelly baby

One step, two step, three step, then four – and now you’re at my door.  Ha.  No seriously, Jon and I looked up, down, & all around MSP for a new home, and we’ve decided to move – you guessed it — four steps away (okay, more like 10? Two doors down).  We live in…

under the bed

Can you keep a secret?  I tucked one away a few weeks ago, but it spilled out over the weekend.  Not surprising, really, since I’m famous for spilling secrets.*  A bit of advice?  Don’t tell me anything best not shared with all the world.  Thank goodness I’m not a counselor, doctor,  lawyer, or secret keeper.…

insiders only

Inside jokes hold the #5 or #6 spot on my list of favorite things.   And why not?  An intimate joke that makes insiders laugh is better than any sunny day or pumpkin-chocolate-chip cookie.  I want to package and sell inside jokes for $10 each.  Would you gift inside jokes for birthdays and anniversaries?  I sure…

tissue box

The weekend was 70° and sunny, and we celebrated by eating cupcakes on a boat, dancing with newlyweds, and biking through the fall colors.  All the festivities made for a pretty perfect 28th birthday.  And the best part?  Better than all the gifts, sweet cards, and celebrations? Okay okay, the wedding was the best part, but Jon…

just love

Adulthood is upon me.  Okay, sure, I’ve been able to vote, enter bars, and rent cars for a while, but big changes are occurring on an internal landscape* — I’m learning patience.   Patience!  Do you have any of that?  I noticed the change Monday morning when birthday cards started arriving in the mail and, get…

take me away

Y’all, I’ve come to the realization that I like planning trips even more than taking them.  I get thrills discovering exotic flight destinations on Jetsetter, tingles reading about activities on TripAdvisor, and I’m ready to fly away after searching for hotels on Travel & Leisure.   If my main concern is whether the vacation falls…

speed daters

If we stroll through my neighborhood and chat over lattes, then we’re pretty much friends, right?  You’ll share your favorite stories and I’ll reveal why Uptown is my favorite part of Minneapolis.   The two of us will have an old-fashioned heart-to-heart before the clock strikes noon. The crisp breeze and warm sunlight that welcomed the morning made…

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