adventure for the soul

A friend commented that I talk about my sister all the time, and each time she imagines her looking incredibly different.  Why the inconsistency?  Perhaps it’s because the first time I mentioned her, I described her as an incredibly sweet kindergarden teacher that teaches bible study on the weekends.  The second time, I told a story about how…

splish splash bash

I think spending the evening outside should be a rule in the summertime.  Warm night and starlight?  Let’s you and me stay up all night.  And if we’re going to stay up all night, we might as well invite some of our friends over for dinner.  Friends + dinner + summer night = BBQ. Jon asked…

shines in us

April showers bring May flowers, and June sunshine brings July visitors.  When the sun comes out in Minneapolis , plane tickets get bought, road trips head North, and everyone makes good on their promise to visit when the lake melts.  Lucky me, I love showing friends what makes The City of Lakes so great. Call me quirky,…

beautiful chaos

I consistently marvel at my ability to feel sorrow in the midst of joy, serenity in the midst of anxiety , and hope in the midst of fear.  How is there room to feel everything all at once?  Should we succumb to a single feeling, or should we embrace the beautiful chaos of it all?…

good things grow

Every now and again, I read words that speak to my heart and inspire my way of living. Emerson’s conviction that, “the more experiments you make the better” guided my college years (& inspired many adventures), Thoreau’s mandate that we “simplify, simplify, simplify” saw me through graduate school, and the wisdom of Goerthe colored my post-grad years,…

every girl

Him: “So nice to finally meet you.” Me: “Me? There must be a mistake, I don’t think we know each other.” Him: “Oh, you’re not Sarah/Chrissy/Anna?” Me: “No, sorry – My name is Jen.” Him: “Oops.” Two minutes later, a 5’5” girl with brown hair and hazel eyes enters and the man approaches Sarah/Chrissy/Anna.  This…

drink it up

“If I forget to tell you later, I had a really great time tonight.”  Growing up, my mom had a strict policy regarding ‘age-appropriate’ movies, but the rules went out the proverbial window whenever Pretty Woman was on TV.  My mom placed her hands over my eyes whenever things got racy, but I still got…

all things

“Are you a koala?” “Excuse me?” “It’s just that you’re meeting koala-my-expecations.” A Tinder-man used the pick-up line on my friend, and she shared the comment with our book club tonight.  The silly introduction made her smile, and then it convinced the 12 of us that the man deserves a date.  Men, take notes. Jon and…

sittin’ pretty

You can tell a lot about a person from how they handle three things: parking tickets, hot gossip, and surprise gifts. The parking ticket might be self-explanatory, but I always appreciate (aka love lots and keep around) people that take negative events in stride and focus on whatever good they can find elsewhere. Is hot gossip self-explanatory?  I respect people…

done deal

Yes yes yes.  I said yes all over again at 7am this morning. To be completely honest, it was the third or fourth time I promised my forever and always.  Not that I’m running around with multiple rings and loads of men, but I’ve staged a few engagements for my brother’s wedding wood-shop business. Lucky…

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