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…slowly but surely you remind me why I love you during the summer.

This weekend I:

-biked 7 miles around the lake and proved to Nate that no, he can NOT make it 6 miles in the time it takes me to do 3.

-bought my wedding dress!

-chose our photographer

-washed our car

-spent time with my sister

-watched baseball!


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probable – the mathematical or statistical probability something will occur


likely – the realistic representation of what will actually take place

i have a dream to one day live free of snow and ice

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A lady of forty-seven who had been married twenty-seven years and has six children knows what love really is and once described it for me like this: ‘Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.’
James Thurber

My parents hid this in a cabinet while in town Friday and called me yesterday morning to tell me where to find it.  And I don’t know…I just think that’s the cutest thing ever.

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Monday came far too quickly this week and it’s not because I had a particularly busy or even eventful weekend.  In fact, this was the second straight weekend since returning from California where I’ve refused to schedule anything other than sleep. I slept until noon on both Saturday and Sunday – something I haven’t done for quite some time – without really even trying.  I’ve had a cold and tell myself the sleep was needed but why, then, is it 6:30 on Monday morning and I feel like I haven’t slept in a week?

I have a severe case of the winter blahs which probably sounds far more dramatic than intended but is still very real. I’m not going to jump off the Hennepin bridge but I can’t find motivation for anything other than work so I’ve thrown myself into that head first.  In my personal life I’ve only really been doing the things I can’t put off any longer, which is sad because I am excited about a lot of things.  Nate helped me ward off my usual winter grumpiness and I was pretty chipper straight through the holidays but once that was over,  early January was a bit rough.  I managed to escape for a good week and a half to The Warm but now I’m just burnt out. I love Minnesota so it has less to do with being unhappy where I am and more do to with the legitimately real lack of Vitamin D in my life.  The first thing I did after plopping into my office chair this morning – after I laid my head on my desk and internally screamed, “Whhhhhy?!” was take a 3 and a half minute breather to watch this video of I Hate Everyone, a song by Get Set Go.  My best friend Lia brought it to my attention several years ago:


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My house looks like a scene straight out of Jumanji and judging by the fact that it’s January 25th and we’ve yet to take down our Christmas tree, it’s probably going to wait.  It was right back to the office after returning to Minneapolis a week ago yesterday, and despite having an entire weekend at home to re-cooperate, I’m still go go going. Hopefully that doesn’t sound whiny because the truth is I enjoy work and a lengthy To-Do list, almost to a fault probably.

It’s been my intention for a week now to tell you, oh HEY everyone WE ARE GETTING MARRIED! We’re incredibly private people when it comes to our relationship so I’ve been struggling to broach the topic  in a way that makes it less about the announcement and more about what really matters – the friendship and continued commitment we already have. Then I find myself listing off the who, what, where and when of the whole thing – us, engagement, Hermosa Beach, January 17th – and I end up sounding like my relationship status is a business transaction when the truth is I am excited and I am happy.  I’ve gotten a lot of congratulatory messages from people I haven’t even spoken to in years and if I’m being completely honest, it’s a bit awkward.  I appreciate the well wishes – absolutely – but it seems strange to receive a ‘job well done!’ when we’ve been a family for so long even I’ve lost track.  7 years? 8 years? 7.5 years? The truth is, IT DOESN’T MATTER.  We’re each other’s strongest ally.  I was about to say we are incredibly lucky – and maybe in some ways we are – but I don’t know if luck has anything to do with it. It’s been hard, and at times it has been real work. But luck? I don’t know if I’ve ever received anything because of luck.  It’s effort and integrity and making each other better people.  We share everything so perhaps at this point I am most excited to share our name.  Pretty ecstatic about the dress too.  NOT GONNA LIE.

Oh yea, and about that photo slideshow.  We’ll get there. It’s on my To-Do list right after “remember to breathe.”

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I returned yesterday from almost two weeks in beautiful, sunny Southern California (I know – poor me) where I spent a little over a week in Huntington Beach on business followed by a much needed four day vacation in Los Angeles and the surrounding area. My entire body is sore.  I’m sunburned, I sliced my foot on the beach and I completely lost my voice on day 7.  An average of 5 hours of sleep per night was the norm.  And I feel awesome. This trip reconfirmed everything I already knew – the sun? I need it.  While on the plane, I tried to recap (I sware!) what was our two year anniversary of moving from LA but found it impossible to encapsulate my thoughts and feelings.  And I don’t care because it was exactly what I needed.

Ah well, better luck next time.  Later this week I hope to finish and share a photo slideshow of our vacation.  Also? I’m freezing.

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staycation. – noun.[stay – key – shun] a period of suspension of work, study or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, recess or holiday, within radius of what one would consider their combined home area, possibly during the dates of Dec. 23, 2010 – Jan. 3, 2011.

Dec. 24, 2010 – Christmas in Minnesota (squared). Ate a Bunch of Food (squared). Drank a lot of wine. Slept if off.

Dec. 25, 2010 – Drove to Wisconsin with a Bunch of Food in tow. Christmas in Wisconsin.  Hugged my family. Ate a Bunch of new Food. Gained five pounds. Laughed a lot. Didn’t check my email. Felt blessed. Gave gifts, received more.

Dec. 26, 2010 – Repacked our car. Carved out a cocoon space for my brother. New passenger. Ate some cheese. Realized it’s never going to get any easier saying goodbye to my parents. Ate some pickles. Gifted front seat to my brother.  Manned the cocoon. Road to Minneapolis. Laughed a lot. Left my brother at the airport to return to Denver. Missed my family. Unpacked new Christmas gadgets.

Dec. 27, 2010 – Jen visited.  Combined an old-home friend with my new-home friends over drinks and Thai food. Decided to host an impromptu Non-party Party for New Year’s Eve.

Dec. 28, 2010 – Slept in. Did some stuff.  Ate a Bunch of Mexican food. Went shopping. Did not buy groceries. Did more stuff.

Dec. 29, 2010 – 5-8 Club. Juicy Lucy. Said goodbye. Vowed to spend next 32 hours in pajamas.

*Pajama time *

Dec. 31, 2010 – Had to buy groceries for the impromptu Non-party Party that had now become a Full-on Party Party. Lounged on couch. Bought champagne. Wanted to drink it.  Did not. Cleaned house. Worried no one would come to the Full-on Party Party. Burned one of the appetizers. Got into argument about burnt appetizers. Got over it. Reflected on the year. Positive.  People arrived. Met my best friend’s boyfriend. Approved. Live music. Ate the non-burned food. Popped champagne. 10. 9. 8 . 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. Kissed.

staycation - wouldn't you?

Jan. 1-2, 2011 – Woke up. Trip to Treasure Island with the boyfriend  and his family. Ate a Bunch More Food. Super awesome fun time. Lost some money. Won some money. Watched the Vikings game and ate some nachos. Hugged family goodbye. Lots of couch time.

Jan. 3, 2010 – Slept in. Last day of vacation. Refresh. Happy 2011.

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