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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

2010 Photo Walk

Sorry for my lame little bit this morning.  I may not be completely better now, but I promise that this afternoons post will be much more positive and considerably shorter.

So.. how cool is the idea of have a WORLD-wide photography event?!  Sometimes I'm not sure how I make me way around the internet, but yesterday I found this little gem: Scott Kelby's 3rd Annual World Wide Photo Walk!!
Basically you search your city and sign up if you are interested.  Everyone around the world does the walk on the same date!

I've signed up to do Minneapolis and may sign up to do St. Cloud as well.

I'm dying to know how other people see the city I call home.
Anyone who gives the smallest rip about photography, by hobby or profession, should do this.  Won't you sign up too?

I Suck

I'm extremely pissed of at myself.  Not only am I not blogging (and rarely commenting) but my June Photo Hunt is a fucking disaster!  I usually try and keep my language clean in my blog (even though it's far from clean in real life)... but I'm just angry.  I could point fingers at everything going on in my life.. but what is there?  Sure I've been hitting the gym on a regular basis, sure I had a friend pass and it's probably hitting me harder than I even realize, sure this month has been pretty rainy.. in all honesty, I just have zero motivation.  I was gung ho this photo hunt when I printed my list... somewhere along the line I lost it.

In all honesty, I feel like I'm losing more than just my motivation for the June hunt.

I really hate negativity, like seriously, my 'friends' on Facebook who continuously post negative status'.. get hidden.  So this post will probably piss me off more than necessary, but I feel that is where I'm headed.  Sometimes life just gets in the way...

I really don't know what's going on in my feeble little mind.

Random enough for ya?

I need to make my life more organized.  I want my room and space to be cute (I am a girl after all).  I want my own home to make cute.  I want my own kitchen, with a dishwasher that works, so I don't have to ruin my nails washing them by hand.  I want to be able to afford flowers everyday to set in my dining room.  I want want want!

Ugh, I feel out of sorts.  Can anyone help me?

Long as I'm ranting.. who talks on their cell phone at the gym?!  Seriously.  I understand that technology is everywhere and phones have music players on them, so I can deal with that.  The other day though, I was on the elliptical machine for 20 minutes, a few machines down was a lady on her phone.. This lady was there when I jumped on and dismounted about 5 minutes from my time expiring; on her phone the ENTIRE time I was on the machine.  Her 'workout' was not pointless.  She wasn't sweating, she wasn't breathing hard; why come to the gym?  Why change your clothes?  Why distract other people with your pointless phone call?  Not everyone works out with earbuds in.  In all honesty... you can't very well get a good workout when you're on the phone, right?

On a positive note: I am hitting the gym on the regular, go me.

Also, anyone locally (aka willing to travel to MN for a day) interested in a little blogger get-together?  My girl Krysten over at After 'I do' is trying to plan something for August.  It looks like either the 21st or 22nd... I think in the Twin Cities Metro area, but those details have yet to be worked out.  Let me know if you're interested and I can give you the details as they are made.

Sorry that I suck lately, I'm sure I'll snap soon (for good or bad remains to be seen).

Monday, June 21, 2010

A Funeral and A Wedding

Thursday I went to Davina's funeral.  It was good and it felt good.  There were a ton of people there, it was amazing to see that many people and know that they had all been touched by Davina in one way or another.
Afterwards, myself, Pam, Nick and Mark went on a drinking binge... in honor of Davina and her life... or so we said.  It ended up being a great day and night.  Pam and I ended up alone that night in our drinking and had a lot of fun but kept in focus why we were together that day.

Friday I was hung.over.... like a lot.  It was a bad day.  I did manage to meet up with boyfriend and his co-workers for some sushi rolls and his boss made me have one cocktail, ugh.  It hurt, but I got it down.. cause I'm a trooper!

Saturday I had to begin a one night stint of dog sitting for my dad, who lives about an hour away.  Steve's cousin also was getting married that day, so we drove up to my dads to do the dog thing, got ready and turned right around and drove to the wedding.  It was a fabulously happy wedding, outdoor (weather was perfect), great old music, no alcohol... it was just such a positive experience!
The wedding was over around 8:30, so we stopped at the liquor store for a bottle of wine and made our way back up to my dad's.  We just sat there, quite perfectly, drinking wine, eating popcorn, watching Man vs. Food and talking the night away.

The goal for Sunday was to get up, make b-fast, and get on our way to the car show at the State Fair grounds.  Well, I wasn't feeling well the next morning (not because of drinking, just felt off), so we took our time and finally made it to the car show around 3pm :/
It's okay though, the car show was closing up, so we didn't have to pay to get in and there were still plenty of old cars to see!

Happy Monday :)

The Big Give

Last week was a hectic one for me, but I managed to write up a little story for one of the newest blogs I'm following: The Big Give.

The concept is fricken amazing!  It's a blog that encourages random acts of kindness.. yep, sweet, huh?!

I was moved by something, Krysten, a fellow blogger, did last week, so I decided it was worth passing the story along to The Big Give; go here to read about it.

Short and sweet for me this morning... please go read the story here and consider paying it forward!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Grieving

I had such a wonderful conversation with an old friend last night.  He was a HUGE part of my life when Davina was and has an amazing memory.  We started out on Facebook, talking about memories then I just had to have him call me... I wanted to hear the story that he remembered.. every bit of it.  I asked him to give all the details he could, even then I still didn't remember it happening.  Although, in my own defense, it was a horrific story that it seems I may not want to remember.  Okay, maybe horrific is a stretch, but almost getting blown away in a thunderstorm can be pretty traumatizing!
The older I get the more I realize the my memory isn't what it used to be.

I've been going through pictures for days and remembering so much about my life, not just memories of Davina.  It's amazing the life I've lived.  I'm truly lucky to have had the amazing adventures I have!


I think I'm grieving properly...
I'm talking about it.  It sucks to talk to people who didn't know her, because there is no way you can describe her amazing attitude towards life, the fact that she was always happy and smiling, and how positive she really was.
I'm crying when I need to and smiling when it's appropriate.  In all honesty... I have so many great memories of my time with Davina, I've been smiling and laughing a lot lately (to myself)! 
I'm having guilty feelings of not seeing her enough in recent years.  I know it's not my fault and people grow apart... still feel guilty though.

I want to write on her facebook wall daily and let her know that I'm thinking about her.  When will the time come when I can go just one day without thinking about her?

One thing I struggle with... what to say when people say they are sorry for my loss.  I know I've lost a friend and it sucks, so I know people are going to sympathize and empathize with my pain.  I just don't feel like saying "Thank you" is the right response; is it?  It doesn't seem thankful enough to me.


The funeral service is tomorrow (Thursday) and parts of me are looking forward to it while parts of me are dreading it.  My friend told me that it will help me feel not so alone.  To be able to surround myself with people who can relate, people who have their own stories, and to celebrate her life together; he's a smart boy!  I'm not sure how to get through it.. but I'm going to give it my all and hope that I come out of it feeling amazing and light; like I've sent her to heaven in my mind and she can now truly rest in peace.

I feel like, being I hadn't seen Davina in years, I should feel this upset about it.  Maybe that just means she, in fact, did have a huge impact on my life?

Sorry that I'm kind of all across the board with my thoughts today... just typing as it hits me.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Join MY Campaign: Don't Text and Drive


I don't need Oprah to tell me what to do, I don't need to sign her campaign to know I shouldn't be doing it.  I've stopped; won't you join me?

No more texting while I drive!  I haven't since this post and I won't again EVER.

If you're anti-Oprah (NOprah) or simply want to put your name everywhere and tell the world you will not text and drive... this is the place for you!

Simply sign your name as a comment and commit to not texting and driving!  You can put your first name, first and last, first and blog address.. however you want to sign it, it's up to you!  Send everyone over and help spread the word that texting and driving do not mesh well :)

I've designed the above badge (far from fancy) for you to post on your own blog (I will even make it a custom color for you, if you let me know what color you want it, and leave me your email address).

Rest In Peace, Davina

On Saturday, June 12, 2010 heaven gained an angel.

Davina and I were great friends for a long while during my high school career.  We lost touch after she graduated (2 years earlier than me), but always kept our bond and friendship when we'd see each other, which wasn't often.  She was the type of person that you couldn't help but be happy around.  She was always positive, full of energy, and always smiling; her smile is one you'd never forget.  



Such a kind and giving person... I'm instantly flooded with happiness thinking and remembering all the times I spent with Davina.  

We once spent the night in my 1988 Ford Bronco II, with 2 boys, in the parking lot of the local Target store.  One of the boys had a major crush on me and went on and on and on about how I'm the one for him and I should just give him a chance... Davina and I sat in the front seat and giggled so hard about that... with him right there.  

We used to hang out at our friend, Kelley's, house.  We'd hit on the neighbor boys, who were way too old for us, we'd sit and gossip about all the girls in high school and about all the boys we were in love with.  All the typical things high school age girls do... so many laughs, so many memories.

Davina was diagnosed with Lupus in 2005; Liver and Kidney failure took her life in 2010.

Its amazing to sit and think that at 30 years old a life can be taken like that; someone so good and so full of life can be taken from this world.  Was she meant to touch us the way she did?  Was she meant to be that positive force in so many lives?  Was her life's purpose more than that; something that I'm unaware of?  I'm not a religious person and I don't know what I believe about the meaning of life... but it doesn't mean I don't wonder.  

To you, Davina: you were one of the most amazing friends a person could ask for; loyal, positive, beautiful, crazy, fun, and hilarious.  My memories with you, while long ago, instantly bring a smile to my face.  Remember when we searched long and hard for that grey M&M?  Remember BinkyBinaDee?  Remember all the nicknames?!  My only regret is not keeping in close contact with you over the years... if even to just see you once or twice a year.  You've touched my life and so many others.  I'm glad your pain is gone and you can rest in peace now.   I will never forget you. 

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Painted

I painted my nails last night... they are pretty... and I feel great today!  I took this with my crappy blackberry camera but you get the point.

Even though I feel great because I helped to make myself pretty I must post something to remind ALL of you:
NEVER ever take friendships for granted.  When someone does something childish or petty (which I hope we've all grown out of by now), forgive them.  When people call to make plans, make them.  When someone needs a shoulder, be it for them.  Cherish your friends because you never know when you may lose them.  Seriously, life can be short, so live it to the fullest.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

My Nails

I used to paint my nails.  Actually quite frequently, like they always used to look good.  Now, they are long and ..(gasp!).. unpainted.  I'm so lazy, I don't even put Nail Envy (that stuff works, let me tell ya!) on them anymore.  I do keep them filed and nicely shaped, just not painted.  I have the time (it only takes a little bit to remove and reapply nail polish), so I am going to start doing it again.  Having my nails painted makes me feel pretty and that is something I could use these days!

Time to throw out all my old nail polish (cause it does go bad, right?) and stock up on some new colors!

Do you keep up on painting your nails?  What's your favorite color to paint them? 


PS. I also wanted to quickly thank everyone for their comments on my texting while driving post.  I'll post more on this later, but you've all really made me think... and I've made a decision.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

You Want to See... My Bedroom

In this post I talked about how I don't sleep in my bed... or hadn't been sleeping in it.. and now that I am again, I decided it was time to cross one of Dawn's items off the list.  Just one of the things Dawn wanted to see from the You Wanna See What?! series was my bedroom when I get home from work with no cheating to make an unmade bed or clean anything up just for the photo shoot...

I will have you know that I make my bed everyday... it's nothing fancy that needs to have tucking and whatnot, it's really just pulling up my sheet and comforter:

My room is huge and I don't spend a ton of time in it (I really should take the time to make it a place I enjoy spending time... hmmm... PROJECT!)

The view looking to the other side of my room, from my bed:

Same side, just a different angle:

This is the view looking back towards my bed, but the closet side:

Then back at my bed again:


A few little things in my room that I love.

This is a little photo project I did once upon a time (parts of me):

A picture of a younger version of myself and my father, it hangs near my bed so I can always see him before I go to bed:

My middle name (Hope) and some wine bottles/glasses that I've kept over the years:

The bouquet I caught at my brother and SIL's wedding in 2005:

and... 
my wonderful collection of wine corks:

So.. that's my room!

Friday, June 4, 2010

You Want To See... My Fridge

Abby over at Murdock's Mama originally asked to see my house when I walk in the door, to which I posted, more specifically, what is waiting for me when I walk in the door.  I then posted asking to see 3 things from her... so she replied and added another thing she wanted to see from my You Want To See WHAT?! series: she added the inside of my refrigerator!
Since I live with my mother it's a shared fridge... AND... since I live with my mother, I have my own mini-fridge in the basement... which is usually filled with liquid refreshments...

Let's check out BOTH!

Today you will find this in the big shared fridge:
I don't think I've ever seen this fridge this packed full of stuff... it's crazy, really.

and you will find this in my personal mini-fridge:
Full of beer... shocking.

Fill in The Blank 6.4.10

If you'd like to play along, check out Lauren's blog and make sure to link back.
This weekend FITBF is travel based... and since I've done so much traveling, I feel obligated to do it!


1.  My dream vacation would be       somewhere breathtaking.   I've always wanted to go to Australia for my honeymoon (assuming I ever get to take one), and to me that would be a dream because of everything that goes into it (being based on spending time in a beautiful place with my husband).  HOWEVER... Steve and I are planning a trip to Hawaii winter 2011, and I think that is going to be a little bit of a dream too!  I'm so excited and can't wait to make that a reality      .

2.  The best trip I've ever taken was      its tough to decide between spending a drunken week with my mom, my brother and one of my best girlfriends in Cancun or spending a romantic long weekend in Napa.  I've been several places in the name of love and while those were all great trips it hard to not say that getting up on a stage at a Mexican Resort dancing to "Follow The Leader" was anything but amazing.  Mexico is amazing, I'll pick Mexico   .

3.  The most important items to take on a road trip are      mad libs, snacks, lots of good music, camera, and an atlas   .

4.  The next trip I'm looking forward to is       probably Hawaii.  We've agreed to save our moneys for Hawaii, which means no trips, although we do have some camping planned this summer and we have talked about taking a trip to Chicago area to tackle Six Flags  .

5.  If I had to pick one CD to listen to for a long road trip it would be     Eminem.  I can listen to him over and over and over... and over.  Which CD, you ask?  I'd say his latest disc; Relapse   .

6.  The biggest disaster I've ever encountered while traveling  was     nothing really.  Other than a lost bag, which wasn't really that big of a deal.   Or maybe the one time that the weather in Minnesota was so bad (snow, ugh), that I got stuck for another night in San Fran... not a horrible place to be stuck   .

7.  My favorite traveling memory is      probably the road trip I took with Erin and K.. we drove from Minneapolis, up through to North Dakota, and all the way across to Seattle, then down through Portland, into San Fran.  From SF we drove down to LA/Hollywood/Venice Beach, then we stopped through Vegas on the way back up to Minnesota.  While we were in Montana we took a wrong turn and ended up on some dirt road... upon trying to pull over and ask a passing card for help the car sees us and just waves as they drive by... LOL... it was the funniest thing ever (maybe you had to be there)... we finally found another car who told us exactly what we needed to do.  The lady was even nice enough to wait for us by the turn we needed to take, to make sure we didn't miss it.  Best road trip ever!      .

Thursday, June 3, 2010

You Want To See... My "Now Playing" List

Dawn had one of the funniest requests in the You Want To See WHAT?! series - she wanted to see my Tivo's 'Now Playing' List - which is shows I have recorded but haven't watched or haven't deleted.  I tend to be a pretty organized person and I like to keep up on my TV watching... so it's pretty lame.

It goes into 2 screens, so here they are (just FYI, the Brothers and Sisters is something my mom recorded on my TV):


I always keep 5 of each Jeopardy and Friends on hand.  The both make for good watching when I don't feel like watching anything else.  Other than that... I pretty much keep up on my TV watching.

So... yeah, that was pretty lame, I know

Tilt-Shift {fail}

Okay, sorry for the delay, completely spaced it (did ya even notice?)

Here are the few pictures that I also played with trying to do the tilt-shift effect, but they just weren't quite right.

As it turns out the sky in pictures is a bit uncooperative; you can't really blur a sky.  Also, it seems you really do need to have a downward angle in the picture.  Also, I think these are proof that you need to play around with where you have the center of focus... 

That is all.

TFT: To Pledge or Not To Pledge

I used to like Oprah.......... until I started watching her show.  I realized she is just an annoying woman who interrupts everyone that comes on her show.  Back in my days blogging on myspace I once wrote a blog about how much I hate her.  I'm not here to do that again.

Today I am here because I'm in a bit of a pickle.  Oprah has this "No Phone Zone" pledge - which basically gives you the option, should you choose to take it, of pledging to make your car a) free of texting while driving b) free of texting and only using a hands-free device while driving or c) free of both texting and phone; you commit to pulling over to a safe location if you want to do either.
My confession: I text while I drive.  I also talk on my phone while I drive, which I don't think is nearly as bad.
My thoughts: This pledge is a fantastic idea!
My pickle: I hate Oprah and I don't want to support anything that she promotes or [probably] gets money from, but I want to pledge to do this. Somehow in my feeble little mind I feel like committing by actually filling out a pledge form would make it more 'real' thus being more likely to follow through with it.

So for now, I'm just thinking about it, meanwhile trying to cut {way} down on texting while driving.

Since it's Thursday, let's turn this into a TFTThoughts for Thursday: Do you text while you drive?  If not, have you made the conscious effort to not?  If so, have you ever thought of stopping?  If you hated Oprah like I do, would you just suck it up and sign this pledge or stand your ground and try to do it on your own?

{ps. I've thought about removing the "Oprah" label from my blog many times being that I only had one post that used it... but now I have to keep it - I'm not sure how I feel about that}

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tilt-Shift Photography

Over the winter I took it upon myself to try something new with my photography... I don't know how I happened across this effect, but I loved it when it first crossed my eyes.  The effect is called Tilt-Shift and, in a nutshell, it's supposed to make the things/subject in your photo look miniature.

I absolutely LOVE the train shot in this link.  That link is actually the first link I came across.. then I got clicking around and found the tutorial for how to create this neat effect myself!  It looks and seems easy (and in the end, it is) but you have to have some patience and know that not every photo you have will work.  Today I am posting to show you the 2 (of like 6-7) that I thought turned out the best, I will try to post the other examples tonight and you can tell me your thoughts (to me, they didn't quite stack up).

Without further ado, here is the first shot:
In my opinion, this one turned out the best.  It's a shot of the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis from the arm of the Guthrie Theater.  I'm not posting the original photo here, because I want you to tell me your thoughts as it's supposed to look, miniature.

Next up:
So, this was downtown Anoka... just some random shot from a parking garage of some cars in the car show last summer.  Do they look miniature to you?

Like I said, I will try to remember to post some of the others tonight and you can tell me what you think.  After playing with photos for so long, sometimes the 'effect' fades in my eyes.  Thats part of the reason I haven't posted until now, after doing these over the winter, I wanted to see how they looked after a period of not looking at them.. know what I mean?

Now... if anyone knows of a free tutorial for making eyes POP (without making them look ├╝ber creepy), please share the link with me!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

What a LONG Weekend

[disclaimer: this post got out-of-control long... so make sure you have a minute if you plan to read the whole thing!]

Sooo.. last week I posted asking for your thoughts on ways to spend my 1 year anniversary with my boyfriend.  As it turns out, sometimes planning is overrated.. especially when you end your work week with a migraine!
Quick recap of last week:
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday {after-work} were spent helping Steve pack and move out of his apartment.  This meant, right after work we started working.. this meant late nights.. this meant exhausted body and mind.  Thursday was to be the same as it was the last night we had (he had to be out by noon on Friday)... well, round about 2:30pm on Thursday, while at work, I started to get a migraine.  Needless to say, I didn't help Steve at all on Thursday.  I went home, slept for 2 hours, ate some dinner, and pretty much went back to bed.  So then let's move on to the rest of the weekend...

Friday:
I woke up and had to get to my Grandmas to clean (for those that don't know, I clean my gma's apartment every other Friday), so I ate a bowl of cereal (which hurt my head) and decided not to drink any coffee (YIKES!).  I took some Excedrin migraine right away in the morning, as the day after a migraine is often times as bad as the day of.  Half way through cleaning, I started to feel a little bit normal again.
I spend the day pretty low-key around the house, managed to get some cleaning done but didn't over-do anything.
Steve worked until forever o'clock on Friday night and I joined him after work while he had a bite to eat.  We then went back to my house and kept it pretty low key, watched the end of the Twins game... after not having any coffee that day and just being overall exhausted, I went to bed while Steve stayed up and worked (boo to working over the weekend!).

Saturday:
Saturday we tried to sleep in, but only slept until like 9am or something.. eventually made our way to the kitchen to make some delicious breakfast sandwiches to which I finally proved to my boyfriend that fried bologna on a breakfast sandwich is the BOMB!  We then got ready because I had a surprise in mind for him.. it was a beautiful day out, so why not get outside!?  He had to work for a little bit, so I hung and waited, then we got in the car and I directed him to this place; it's a mini golf course/sculpture garden... it's a pretty neat little place (local readers, you should check it out sometime).  It was fuggin HOT outside, so after mini golf we decided to head over to Maynards on Lake Minnetonka for a patio cocktail and a bite to eat.  We're kind of stupid when it comes to eating sometimes... I'm trying to eat less, so I ate half of my sandwich and Steve ate his entire sandwich.  Then I remembered that there was a sushi place near by that a friend told me about once, so I looked it up on my Google maps and it was like 2 blocks away... so Steve said "wanna go get a roll?"  DUH!  He knows that I love me some sushi... so even if I'm stuffed (which I was not at this moment), I will say "Of course!".  Steve was stuffed after eating his whole sandwich, but managed to get half the roll down.  THEN (again, remember we're not smart)... we see a little ice cream shop across the street and decided we needed to get a malt (we may be obsessed with malts too)... however, we agreed that sharing one is the only way to do this.  Steve left the experience stuffed to the neck and I was just full.

Afterwards, we make our way back to our area and decide that we were going to get ready and find a place to sit on a patio and drink.  On the way home we decide that buying a Powerball ticket is necessary and said if we win, we'd fly to New York the next day.  Somehow the night ended up getting away from us and before we knew it was 9pm so we run a few errands, get ready, and walk to the closest bar and proceed to get drunk, then walk home.  At some point in the night we decided to look into getting a hotel room in St. Paul for Sunday night.  So we got back home and both opened our laptops.. did some research.. and left it with nothing finalized before going to bed. Oh, and we did not win the lottery :(

Sunday:
We wake up and go to the grocery store to buy breakfast supplies, make food; this day was scrambled eggs with extra sharp white cheddar shredded over them, a bowl of fresh raspberries, a half of bagel and a couple sausage links (I love breakfast!).  We then proceed to waste away half of the morning/afternoon looking online for hotels, now in Minneapolis.  Finally decide that we'll book a room at The W - Aloft Hotel.  After that decision, we make a reservation at Sea Change for dinner.  We then pack our bags and hit the road to Minneapolis (a whole 25 minute drive).  We get to the hotel, check-in and begin to get ready... make our way to Sea Change and do the thing there.  We eat and leave feeling a bit underwhelmed (great food, just... wanted more), so we begin to search out a place nearby for some cheesecake!  We stop by The Old Spaghetti Factory and commit to having dessert there, plus a martini.
Being that it was Sunday night, and a holiday weekend, there wasn't much going on around town... at least at the little end of town we were at and we were traveling by feet, so we didn't want to go too far (I had already changed into my flip-flops as I picked a bad pair of heels to wear).  The Aloft Hotel has a bar called the W xyz bar, so we picked to hang there all night.  It's pretty awesome, especially on a beautiful night because there is an outdoor 'lounge', which we took full advantage of!  The bar had board games all over to play, so I grabbed Mad Gab and we sat there, just the two of us in a cute little corner, reading cards and trying to figure out what they say.  If you've never played Mad Gab, you should try it.. it's a HOOT!  It ended up being a wonderfully simple and perfect night spent together.

Monday:
Monday we woke up and I was easily hungover!  Steve woke up and went and sat in the shower for like... ever!  We were flipping pages in one of the local food mags in the hotel room and I got a craving for a burger, so we decided to hit up The Bulldog N.E..  We finally made out way out of the room (around 11:15am).. Now, I've been to The Bulldog a handful of times and I always leave there amazed at their burgers... but on this specific Monday I left absolutely BLOWN AWAY!  Because Steve and I skipped breakfast I ordered the Good Morning Burger, which is a Kobe beef burger with a fried egg, thinly sliced ham, and American cheese all served on an English muffin.  I shit you not.. this is the absolute best burger I have ever {ever} had! My god, I didn't want to stop eating it, but I was so full, I had to leave a couple bites.  I'm not sure how I'll ever order another burger there.

We then made our way to The Mall of America because I'm in the market for a new chain necklace... we spent a good amount of time out at the mall; shopping, people watching and eating cheese.  We also stopped at the Ikea store on the way out and decided that Steve needs to buy a house that has a massive kitchen!  Both of us were tired out of our minds (lack of sleep and not much for caffeine), so on the way home I proposed the idea of making grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches for dinner.  Steve said sure and suggested we also get tomato soup to go along with it.  I agreed.  Once at the store, we quickly dismissed the soup and bought sweet corn-on-the-cob instead!  YUM-O!

  • Quick little side note; Microwaved Corn-On-The-Cob: a super fast and super perfect way to cook corn-on-the-cob: peel each ear and wrap in wax paper, twist the ends to seal closed as best as possible.  Stick them in the microwave for a few minutes; I do 4 ears in the microwave for 5 minutes total and it's almost always perfect, you may need to add an additional minute, but only do it one minute at a time extra.  Unwrap, butter, salt and enjoy!!
We ended the night catching up on a couple episodes of a TV show and then going our separate ways.

All-in-all, it was an awesome weekend!  We relaxed, we ate, we drank,, we walked a lot, we may have shared a few laughs, and we had a wonderful time together!  Did we do anything I had 'planned' in my head?  No.. but sometimes that is absolutely okay.

Today marks the 'official' one year date since Steve and I became 'official' - So Happy Anniversary Baby; thank you for a wonderful weekend!

I can't believe the weekend is over already, it went by so fast!  Now this coming weekend is going to be one big blur... and I can't wait!!


{Is it sad that when I do weekend recaps I have to check my bank account to help me remember what I did?}

AND.. it just dawned on me that today is June 1st, which means another Photo Hunt for the month!  Can't wait to see the list.. :)

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