Baseball in the Capitol

I meant to tell you that I broke down and bought some ridiculous/awesome clearanced mittens while we were in Georgetown.  The tips of the mittens are neon.  So so neon.  Sometimes I would get dizzy waving them in front of my face.   Here’s Rachel and I at the Air and Space museum.  Let’s be honest.  You can’t really see much in this picture other than my mittens.  So neon, right?photo-12

Ok, so moving on to Friday.

We went to a Nationals baseball game!  It was only an exhibition game, but still exciting to see a new (to us) ballpark and to take in our first baseball game of the season.  And it was against the Yankees (booooo).  So it was pretty clear which team to cheer for.

Highlights of the Nationals Stadium:

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  • Walking in an immediately meeting presidents.  Awesome!

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  • Reading about the history of baseball in DC (seriously, what was up with the way players posed for their pictures?

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  • Eating cupcakes at the stadium.  Seriously an inspired idea.

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  • In Minnesota, mascots do the race to target field.  In DC they have the presidential race.  It filled our hearts with much joy.

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Lowlights:

The wind.  It was out of control.  We were beyond freezing.  And desperate times call for desperate measures.

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Oh, and we meandered by the white house in the morning.  That will be a much cuter ending to this post.  Here is me and Rachel. And you can even kind of see the white house behind us.  Oh selfies.  (Fun fact, I recently learned that selfies is a thing the people say.  I was on a photo scavenger hunt and I used context clues to figure out what it meant.  Because I’m hip and with the times.image_2

Georgetown in Space

I wasn’t really sure of when I’d finish up blogging about DC.  Kindergarten has been kicking my butt and my brain is generally fried at the end of the day.  But lucky you (well, mostly lucky me) my school actually called a snow day today!  It is a true Christmas miracle.  I stared at that email for a long time in confusion and disbelief.  I tried to go back to sleep, but since I’d already showered and gotten dressed, I couldn’t quite get back to dreamland.  Since then, I have cleaned, vacuumed, set up our new cable technology and activated it, curled my hair, made lunch, caught up on Parks and Rec, and the only thing left is to finish packing for my church’s spring retreat.  But I hate packing.  So I decided a better use of time would be to share more pictures of DC with you!

Day 3 of our vacationing fun was a morning in Georgetown and an afternoon at the Air & Space Museum.

This was probably my favorite day of the trip.  We spent the morning meandering through little shops in Georgetown.  Which by the way is adorable.  Not only did we get to hang out with Claire all day, but we also had the chance to check out our friend Tim’s delicious recommendations.  Following Tim’s advice was the best decision we made all trip.

We started our morning at Bonaparte – an incredible creperie & cafe.  I can’t decide if I have actually ever had crepes before.  But I definitely want more of them in my life!  Rachel and I shared some food, so I was able to experience both the savory ham and cheese crepe as well as the sweet and oh-so-good nutella and banana crepe.  I’m jealous of myself as I write this – I could totally go for some nutella and banana right now! IMG_5057

We also checked out Baked & Wired – a super fun and absolutely incredible cupcake shop.  The slightly ridiculous part is that we hustled back to our car because our parking time was up, but ended up driving back to virtually the same part of Georgetown to the cupcake shop.  And I’m pretty sure our walking was faster than the route we drove.  Tim said that Baked and Wired had the best cupcakes he ever has tasted, and I wouldn’t argue.  We didn’t have time to stay and indulge, so we bought some for the road.  Rachel picked up a carrot cake and a red velvet cupcake.  I selected a lemon cupcake with raspberry frosting and a banana cupcake with peanut butter frosting.  We sampled them that evening and then Rachel had the brilliant idea to bring cupcakes to the Nationals game we would be attending the next day.  She is my most genius friend.

The three of us girls spent the afternoon at the Air & Space Museum, with an emphasis on the Space part.  Because really, space is way cooler than air.  Our highlight is when we went back to check out the lunar landing (thing?) and a museum dude was there telling us awesome historical stories about its planning and use.  We loved it so so much.

In summary, this was our most delicious day of the trip.

Oh, and p.s. I almost forgot the most exciting part of our day: we saw our first almost blossomed Cherry Blossoms!  (sadly this spring has been too cold and the trees weren’t actually in bloom when we were there.  we mostly just had to use our imaginations)

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Good News!

Good News, folks!

There are times in life when people move away from us.  And that can be really sad.

But don’t despair!

I was doing a little bit of leisurely reading the other evening, and I came across this advertisement in Life Magazine circa 1957.

The good news is that we can now use the telephone to stay in touch with our loved ones.

Look at these two cute little girls.  Are they sad that their friendship is over because little Suzy’s dad got a job in Chicago and she will be moving away from her Bestie Edith in Suburbia, Missouri?  No!  They are not.  They know that they can remain friends.  Yes, because of the telephone. 

In case you can’t read the fine print of the article portion of the ad, it says, “Share the fun of friendship – even when close friends move to another city.  For the telephone can keep you in touch.  Regular visits by telephone let you talk things over, tell them what you’re doing, find how they are, make plans for getting together in person.  So keep in touch… regularly.  It’s quick and easy to do.  And the cost is small.”

Who knew, right??

Fast forward to 2012.  If you are looking for fun new features on your new iPhone 5, you need a break from Angry Birds (or whatever it is the cool kids are playing these days) or you are tired of harrassing hanging out with Siri, try using your phone to make a phone call.  Because I learned that you too can share the fun of friendship… even when your friends are far away.

p.s.  Friend (you know who you are), this does not mean I am giving you my blessing to move away 😉

bon voyage

I am in the pre-trip days where all I do is say goodbye to my friends and then feel sad.  Shoot.  I should probably get on that plane pretty quick so that I stop saying goodbyes and just have things to look forward to.

But then I thought, how lucky am I that I have such amazing friends and family that I will in fact miss them over the course of the summer.

Here are some things I will miss

(please note, this is intentionally not an exhaustive list, nor does it name names.  Because then everyone can feel sad they weren’t mentioned in my list of people I will miss, rather than forgetting a few people and them being extra sad.  Just know that I can’t wait to see you in August!)

  • My friends
  • My family 
  • FroYo
  • Ice Cream 
  • Lakes
  • Boating 
  • My Church Family 
  • Movies in the Park 
  • Baking 
  • Caribou 
  • Sleeping In
  • Driving 
  • Summer Adventures 
  • Washer and Dryer
  • Target Field 
  • My bed
  • Corn on the cob 

Things I am looking forward to:

  • Meeting the kids at the orphanage
  • Telling them about Jesus
  • Teaching
  • Seeing the schools
  • Going to church
  • Getting to know the rest of the summer missions team
  • Going on Safari
  • Trying new foods
  • Learning about a new culture
  • Investing in people’s lives
  • Serving
  • Loving
  • Adventure

I will have access to internet, but I hear it can be spotty – so I am not sure if I’ll be able to put up posts every day.  If you don’t hear from me for a couple days – don’t assume that a zebra ate me.  Assume that I’m having an amazing time and will share stories and pictures with you when I am able.

Love you all!

 

Cookie Quest

One of my friends is currently on a quest to find the best chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe.  She has collected 12 recipes and is working her way through them.

After an especially disappointing batch of cookies, I suggested that perhaps baking with friends would be a good way to move on past this incident.  So last night we got together to whip up the next three types of chocolate chip cookies on her list.  After some careful taste testing, we picked our favorite so far, and then looked at all of our mixing bowls.  We all had just a little dough leftover… but not enough for a whole tray.

The only logical next step was to combine all three cookie doughs, mix ’em up real good, and throw them in the oven.  While we waited for our cookies to bake, we talked about what they might taste like.  Will they be the next winning batch of cookies for the State Fair?

Um, NO.

They were the grossest chocolate chip cookies I have ever tasted.  They were a weird color, had an awful texture, tasted disgusting.  But perhaps the state fair judges will feel differently??

 

Memorial Day Staycation

Tiffany and I wanted to make the most of Memorial Day Weekend, but we couldn’t go anywhere.  What are a couple of roommates to do?

If your answer was make a list of Minneapolis adventures that we have always wanted to have and then begin conquering that list, you are right!

First our itinerary, next the highlights!

  • Mill City Farmer’s Market for breakfast
  • Mill City Museum
  • Eat Street Social
  • Hunt and Gather
  • The Avengers
  • Pizzeria Lola
  • Home for cheesecake and a cheesy Disney channel movie on Netflix

Our biggest challenge of the day was the weather.  We knew it would be rainy and stormy off and on all day, so we had to plan accordingly.

At the Farmer’s Market we ate delicious donuts and drank iced mochas.

Our official review on the Mill City Museum: it was awesome.  We are now experts on flour.  I had no idea how dangerous flour milling was!  I also had no idea how many flour mills were on the Mississippi back in the day.  We loved all the old artifacts, and were confused by the wooden carvings of historical flour figures.  You should go though.  You will love it!  Did I mention the most ridiculous movie I’ve ever seen: the history of Minneapolis in 19 minutes.  And ashamedly I will admit there may have been tearing up at the end.

We had brunch food for lunch at Eat Street Social.  We went at a really awkward time, and were some of the only patrons in the restaurant.  It was tasty food.

Next up: Hunt and Gather.  It is an eclectic antique store full on randomness that was reminiscent of my grandma’s attic  (my favorite place as a child).  The highlight: a squirrel terrarium with 3 brown squirrels and 1 albino squirrel in their… natural habitat?  Terrifying.  Why did someone else have that in their home or place of business?

We then saw The Avengers.  Loved it.  And had an enthusiastic audience that clapped and cheered.  I do not condone clapping during movies, but it was pretty fitting in this instance.

Pizzeria Lola was for dinner.  It was a bit of a wait, but with some good people watching the time flew by.  The decor was unique and fun.  The food was delicious.  They deliver your bill in a cigar box with a flower pen.  It is cute.  And they have a photobooth in the back!  How fun is that!

All in all, it was a fantastic day.  You will probably want to recreate it on your own (well, with a friend or two) someday soon.

Delicious Desserts

There are so many fun places to go for delicious desserts in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

One classic location that you should be sure to visit is Cafe Latte on Grand Ave in St. Paul.

I was first introduced to Cafe Latte in college by the girls on my freshman floor.  Since then, I have returned as often as I can find occasions to do so.  Most recently, we went out for Jill’s birthday and shared some cakes and drank some coffee.  We had turtle cake, cheesecake, and some sort of fancy raspberry cake.  

In other desserty news, for as much as I love baking fancy cupcakes, I had yet to visit a fancy cupcake shop.

Friday I decide to change that.

I met up with Kari (who looked adorable in her cute hat) at Sweet Retreat at 50th and France in Edina.  It was a delightful experience.  We chose from a variety of AMAZING looking cupcakes, and then sat outside on an cute bright pink bench, chatted, and ate our cupcakes and chatted.  I had a s’mores cupcake and Kari had a salted caramel.  YUM!

I think we’ll be back.  And I think that you should visit if you haven’t.

Even more than fun treats, I like spending time with my friends, and am trying to soak as much friend time in over the next 17 days.

In other non-desserty news, I’ll be writing for our Women at Hope blog for Hope Community Church this summer while I’m in Uganda.  My first post is up.  Click here to check it out!

Magical Moments

This afternoon and evening was filled with delightful magical moments.

Let me share a few of them with you.

First of all, I treated myself to a coffee frap.  My most fav.  It was delicious.

Then I read by a lake.

Then I had a picnic with these lovely ladies. 

Then a butterfly joined us! 

Then… get ready for it… a man with his pet MONKEY walked past us!

I was so in awe, I couldn’t properly alert my friends.  I just kept saying, “Monkey.  Monkey.  Monkey.”  and eventually they noticed my frozen muttering and I was able to direct their attention.  It made us so happy.

I didn’t get any photos, because I was too overcome, but fortunately, I found a video that you can watch instead!  it will be like you are there live.

Man With Monkey On His Head Walks Around Como Lake « CBS Minnesota.

Or, if you’d prefer to get your own pet monkey, I’d love for you to travel to 1964 and get take advantage of this great deal!  Just promise that when you go around the lake, you will go slow enough for me to take a picture!?

The good news is that I did a great job of spotting animals.  This bodes well for my summer safari.  The bad news is I apparently go into shock in seeing animals.  I will need to work on this.

a confession

The other day I had dinner with a couple of friends and then was driving to meet up with more friends.  I had the Pasta Fresca at Noodles – always delicious.  But it has onions.  I was craving, no, I NEEDED gum or a mint.  But I was fresh out.  What is a girl to do?

My solution: I licked out the mint dust from the inside of the mint container.

Please still be my friend?

Inspirational Pig

On Saturday I graduated with my Master’s of Arts in Education. 

In the morning, I was met with a graduation gift from my roommate and one of the most inspirational cards I’ve received in life… I originally wasn’t sure I was going to walk, because it seemed kind of anticlimactic, coming over a month after finishing classes and when we had barely stepped foot on campus prior to graduating.  But I’m glad I did. It was fun to celebrate with those in my cohort, my friends that went through the program with me, and my family and friends.  

The ceremony was pretty brief, so that was much appreciated by all.  I can’t say that the speakers really inspired me to go out and achieve my dreams, but where graduation speakers fail, the inspirational pig comes to the rescue.

A gift from Rachel, he now sits proudly on my shelf, inspiring me and encouraging me each day.  I mean, we are only on day 3, but it has been pretty life changing.

Feel free to bookmark this post so that you can come back often to re-read what the Inspiration Pig has to say.  I know it will change YOUR life too.

And my personal favorite… Thank you for coming into my life, Inspirational Pig.  I don’t know what I did without you for all these years.