Archive | August, 2011

The Great Minnesota Get Together

25 Aug

Steve and I are super busy this week.

We’ve got at least four ongoing projects.

We’re reaping the bounty of our garden.

We’re having friends up this week and we’re all going to the State Fair…here known as the Great Minnesota Get Together.

And it’s Al’s (our uncle’s) birthday.

So posts coming up.  One on my favorite place in Minnesota.  And another on our latest project.  And another project progress report.

But for now, I leave you with this.  It’s a video from my favorite band ever.  I’ve been listening to our  radio station that plays mix music (Jack FM) and I’ve enjoyed this band quite a lot in the past couple of days.   Enjoy!


And a close second (with, quite possibly, one of the best videos ever):


I am adult.

16 Aug

Doesn't Reggie have major ups?

I was walking to my car the other day and saw my garage door opener.  It was clipped to my visor, right next to a sticker of Nala from The Lion King.  I realized that I haven’t had a garage door opener since I lived with my parents in high school.  Since then, I’ve been parking on the street.  Until recently, when we bought a house.  And now I have a garage door once again.  And it made me feel grown up.

Which got me thinking about other things that make me feel grown up.  Sure, there are those things like having a job and paying bills and buying a house and having a child (I imagine) that make you feel grown up, but there are smaller things, insignificant changes that make you feel grown up that you never would have guessed.

Here’s a few of mine:

  1. Having a garage door opener (and a garage door)
  2. Eating ice cream with fruit on it.  Seriously, what kid would ruin ice cream with blueberries.
  3. Reading cook books.
  4. Admitting that the frosting is my favorite part of the cake.  I used to think you were cool if you liked the cake better but now I care less about being cool than about eating sugar.
  5. Growing my own food.
  6. Buying clothing from anywhere besides Target, a thrift store, or someone’s closet (though I still love all these places for clothing).
  7. Playing with Reggie for the sake of Reggie.  When I was a kid, I only played with our dog when it suited me.
  8. Planning a menu for the week.  In college, I just bought a lot of pasta, peanut butter, and tuna and called it a day.

And now, to round out my list to ten, a few from Mr. Steve:

  1. Setting the thermostat.
  2. Grilling out.  (Me too, but specifically stuff that we never made growing up, stuff that I tried grilling and it worked out like fish and veggies.)
  3. Bonus: Taking the recycling to the curb.   (But apparently, not the garbage.)

Anyone else feel grown-up due to really obscure things?  I’m looking at you Carolyn…and your trifle bowl.