Sometimes Gracefully Weekend

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29th August 2014

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Happy Weekend! Darrin and I are utterly exhausted from our long day working at the Minnesota State Fair. We were there from 8am to 10pm and experienced all sorts of weather patterns throughout the day. Sunshine, cloud coverage, light drizzles, heavy downpours, chilly winds….it’s weird feeling both cold and sunburned at the same time. But we managed! Our dear friends at the cheese curds stand soon knew us by name, and I’ll unashamedly admit to drinking more than one overpriced plastic cup of beer during the course of the day. You do what you gotta do {insert fist bump}.

This weekend marks our last “summer weekend” before classes begin next Wednesday. And Darrin has apparently got something planned for my birthday on Sunday, so we’re just feeling all sorts of excitement over here in Minneapolis!

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Top: Ruche; Dress: h&m {old; similar}; Heels: DSW

Summer Sleeves and Lawn Chair Stories

28th August 2014

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There comes a time, in every summer wardrobe, where the individual must decide whether or not to wear sleeves for a few of these final summer days. To sleeve or not to sleeve, my friends. That is both the question and the conundrum that’s been plaguing our lives over here in Minneapolis. And when I say “plaguing our lives,” I really mean just me {Darrin doesn’t dwell on sleeves}. And it’s been less of a plague and more of a is-it-fall-yet? mentality. This sheer top from Ruche pretty much solved my “should I wear sleeves in the summer” problem. It’s breezy, colorful, and has hints of lace. Yes, yes, and YES.

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Top: Ruche; Dress: h&m {old; similar in burgundy}; Heels: DSW

Speaking of conundrums {what a strange word to repeat twice in one post…}, Darrin and I ran smack dab into one yesterday before our date night with work friends at a local baseball game. We were all packed and ready to tailgate with our bags of popcorn, bottles of beer, and positive attitudes, when we realized that we don’t own lawn chairs. Nor did we bring along a bottle opener. Luckily we remembered that old American proverb, “When in doubt, go to Target,” so we booked it to Old Reliable for cheap lawn chairs and an even cheaper bottle opener. There’s nothing like buying what you need literally 30 minutes before you need it. I’m sure “future us” will be stopping at Target for a baby crib while I’m going into labor.

Face palm.

Our night spent watching the St. Paul Saints and meeting new colleagues was so fun and relaxing, even though we somewhat embarrassingly forgot to tear off the Target tags from our recently {to the extreme} purchased lawn chairs. I don’t think anyone noticed…probably because Darrin and I played the whole situation very “mobster-cool.”

Chair tags? Eh? Eh? You tellin’ me we got tags on our lawn chairs? Eh? I don’t see no tags. Honey, do you see tags? We ain’t got tags. Whadaya think we just bawght these chairs?! Hey honey! Getta load o’dis!

I suppose the above statements could be read as a 1920’s mobster…or just as a tough Canadian…

I say we end this before things get out of hand.

Happy Thursday!

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Sometimes Gracefully State Fair

The Post With Too Many Pictures From the Minnesota State Fair

27th August 2014

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WARNING: MASSIVE PICTURE OVERLOAD.

{What else is new, am I right?}

Last week, Darebear and I ventured to the Great Minnesota Get-Together for a full day of unusual foods, booths, and people. My side of the family has been visiting the fair every summer for years. We always visit some of the same events, eat a lot of the same food, and my mom usually purchases a random item or food mix that she’ll promise to use all the time but then never actually does. It’s a day of excitement and nostalgia and a whole lot of calories that we justify by pretending we’ll workout the next day. And we love it.

Now. Pictures!

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We wandered up and down the fairgrounds last week, eating apple dumplings, pronto pups, corn on the cob, gator on a stick, deep fried olives {Darrin’s choice…not mine}, kettle korn, quesadillas, etc. etc. etc. People don’t come to the Minnesota State Fair for protein shakes and kale smoothies, folks. Fair food is not for the faint of heart. Or for faint arteries of really any kind.

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I’ll confess that Darrin’s favorite summertime activity is not visiting the Minnesota State Fair. I’ve been dragging him to the fair for years now, and, as much as he’s grown to appreciate our little summer ritual, crowds and cramped spaces just don’t appeal to him. During family parties or large get-togethers, Darrin will often “disappear” during the course of the evening, and I’ll find him hiding alone in some back room of the house, claiming that he’s bringing a bit of “diffusion” to the party…{scientific eye roll}. So you can imagine how he feels being surrounded by the Minnesota masses at the State Fair. Luckily Darrin’s also got a soft spot for cheese curds and deep fat fried anything, so we were able to focus his attention on the food rather than the fair fanatics in front of him {how’s that for alliteration?!}. What a spoiled trooper. icon wink The Post With Too Many Pictures From the Minnesota State Fair

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Darrin takes turkey-leg eating very seriously.

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We had such a great time eating and laughing and talking with family throughout the day. By the time 7pm rolled around, our feet were sore, our stomachs were full, and we were all just a bit smellier sweatier than we would have liked. Darrin and I are heading back down to the fair again tomorrow to help the university run their medical booth, which {of course} means that we’ll be partaking in some more fair food and festivities. If you haven’t been down to the Minnesota State Fair, you most definitely need to walk, run, drive, hop, or fly on over to St. Paul for a visit. I’d be happy to show you the ropes…and maybe share a bucket of Sweet Martha’s Chocolate Chip Cookies with ya. icon wink The Post With Too Many Pictures From the Minnesota State Fair

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Some Nerd-mance For Your Tuesday.

26th August 2014

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 So these chunky ban.do bobbi pins are my new favorite hair accessory {now on SALE!}. Who doesn’t love a bobbi pin that 1) doesn’t fall out of your hair, and 2) comes in a variety of rockin’ colors and sparkles?! No one, I tell you. No. One. And yes, I bought two. The struggle to find amazing hair pieces that stay in place is real, friends. Thankfully, there’s ban.do.

But anyways.

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Top: Ruche; Pants: h&m; Heels: DSW; Bobbi Pin: ban.do

Darrin and I ventured to the university over the weekend for an exciting day of office organizing and research. Darrin stepped outside, felt the blanket of humidity covering Minneapolis, and said, “Let’s bike!” {ugh, murmured his wife}. So we threw on our backpacks and helmets and maneuvered our way through the construction zone that has become the University of Minnesota’s campus. At one point, Darrin even carried my bike down two flights of stone steps because the bike path we needed was conveniently closed. Three cheers for road construction! Said no one ever.

We reached Darrin’s office building sweaty, greasy, and dirty – a combination that inspires within me feelings of frustration, exhaustion, and “I don’t want to sit in a confined space and study” fatigue. Darrin sensed my frustration {maybe it was my obnoxious “humph” ing that tipped him off…poor guy}, so he surprised me at the end of the day with a bracelet that he 3D printed for his greasy and obnoxious wife. You might have caught my picture of it over on Instagram. I mean WUT. Science, apparently, prints things in 3D now. Objects…food…organs…it’s insane. Star Trek insane. I’ll let the more scientifically inclined tell you about the crazy future that is the 3D printer. Over here in Minneapolis, my nerdy engineering husband just thought he’d test out the department’s printer by designing a red bracelet for his sweaty wife “humph”ing over in a nearby conference room. What a guy.

So it’s settled then: He’s the best. I’m a dork. And engineers are pretty goll darn romantic nerdmantic.

Happy Tuesday! High fives for science!

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My Less-Than-Graceful Monday!

25th August 2014

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Monday already? The last full week of August?! What?! Where has this month gone? I feel like Darrin and I are just returning from our trip down to Iowa for the Fourth of July. We spent most of our weekend at the university reading and researching and pretending like we’re prepared for the upcoming school year. I told Darrin that I’m anticipating late nights this fall, so he introduced me to his new “caffeine poison” of choice: the depth charge. Brewed coffee with a few shots of espresso. I was straight buzzin,’ you guys. Bring on the fall.

Here are a few less-than-graceful moments from the past week!

  1. You’ve never experienced a trueand complete “walk of shame” until you’ve walked to and from the gym not to work out or “pump iron” or even lift a medicine ball but to clean out your cob-webbed gym locker and cancel your membership. Sorry guys, but my bank account just couldn’t take it anymore.
  2. To my family who was waiting for me as I used the restaurant bathroom: No, I was not feeling sick or having an “issue” in the bathroom. My only “issue” was with my bathroom stall’s toilet paper roll, which allowed me only one paper square at a time. How is that helpful and/or practical? How? HOW?!
  3. That time I was stopped in my own neighborhood by a woman asking for directions, and I didn’t register a word she said because I was too worried about giving her the wrong directions. The conversation ended with me pretending that I didn’t live in the area and her thanking me for “trying.” My bad, lady. I hope you found a map. Or somebody directionally competent.
  4. Accidentally drooling on yourself while consuming your third plate of “bottomless appetizers” is not the most “graceful” way to eat dinner. Asking your waitress for another refill on your chips and spinach dip appetizer while wiping the drool off the side of your mouth does not help the situation. They don’t call these moments “less-than-graceful” for nothin, friends.

I’ve got a whole lot of pictures to share from our trip to the State Fair last week! Darrin and I head back down to the fair again on Thursday to help run a booth for the U of MN, so I apologize in advance for the obsessive number of “I love the Fair!/I love food!” Instagram shots. To you and to Darrin. He just loves taking pictures. icon wink My Less Than Graceful Monday!

Hope you have a great Monday!

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