01. Apple cider + caramel vodka +whipped cream. The best drink.
02. A 40 degree day in December is like summer in Minneapolis. I walked Ike to the lake yesterday (without a jacket! I’ve adapted!) and the path was clogged with people. The hill was full of kids sledding. And on the lake, a group of about 20 people was having an organized snowball fight. It was like a freaking postcard.
03. It seems like every single time I’m bored at home and decide to watch TV, Garth Brooks is on TV in some capacity. I’m starting to think he’s my fairy godfather or something.
04. If a genie popped up right now, I would wish to go back in time, take voice lessons, and end up in an a capella group. This is because I’m currently under the influence of binge watching the entire season of the Sing Off. I’ve even googled “how to beatbox”. There was nothing. Google should stick to diagnosing medical problems and aiding in the search for porn, because it’s not good at a capella training.
05. On Friday night, I went to a yoga sculpt class (like yoga, but with weights and loud music ranging from Britney to Bieber. So, not like yoga). This particular class had a surprise DJ and ended up being an impromptu dance party. My second wish (assuming that genie didn’t laugh at my last wish and disappear back into his lamp to find normal people who wished for money or world peace) would be that everyday included an impromptu dance party.
06. Ike might be just a tad too big to sit on our laps.
07. I’ve never been a fan of Express, but haven’t really been able to explain why. For some reason, I felt compelled to go in the other day and ended up buying a few basic tank tops with built in bras. There are holes in the sides of the tank top in case I feel like stuffing my built in bra.
And that pretty much sums up the vaguely trashy vibe I get from Express.
01. There’s nothing cuter than when Ike sits down next to you, gazes up at you with his giant brown eyes… and farts.
02. This is last weekend’s lesson, but because I like you, I’ll share anyway: it is possible to throw a baby shower for couples that doesn’t make the guys want to gauge their eyes out. The secret: no games, serve beer (we chose craft beer with some kind of baby-related-ish name), pizza, and a mocktail for the mom-to-be), and leave the presents at the door. Proceed like any other party. Maybe play the N Sync Pandora station.
03. March is apparently Minnesota’s snowiest month. I learned this from the beer expert at the nicest liquor store ever… so it must be true. No, I don’t want to talk about it. The snow, not the liquor store. We can definitely talk about the liquor store if you want.
04. Meeting a lot of bloggers at the same time is sort of terrifying. As a side note, I don’t think I had heard the words “bloglovin” or “google friend connect” out loud until this weekend. Try saying them out loud. It’s weird, right?
05. The following ingredients make an amazing cocktail: white pepper, lavender, chamomile infused vodka, ginger beer and lemon bitters. It’s called the raven, and you should come visit me and we can order it at Birdhouse.
06. RELATED: Moving somewhere with tons of restaurants sounded really amazing… until it became a full time job trying to keep up with all the places I want to eat. It’s so intensive that I have to use an app. Life is hard.
01. Y is very picky about his ketchup. I had the nerve to buy Trader Joe’s ketchup, and received this message on the refrigerator:
02. It is possible for your mouth to be so cold that you can’t speak properly. Related: standing outside for the US Pond Hockey Championships might not be worth losing the ability to speak. There are only few things that make losing the ability to speak worthwhile, like transforming from a mermaid to a girl because gosh darnit you’re ready to know what the people know.
02a. Hearing songs from The Little Mermaid at a piano bar on a Wednesday night will ensure that you have The Little Mermaid on the brain until at LEAST Sunday.
03. Walking across a frozen lake in the windiest weather of life is a great bonding experience. I recommend it for couples, friends, and your next corporate retreat.
04. The League is just as funny as everyone says it is. If you like characters you’re not quite sure you respect, and profanity. Which I absolutely do.
05. If you try one thing that’s floating around Pinterest right now, it should be this:
06. I should not be allowed to read books about dogs. 3 pages in to The Art of Racing in the Rain and I was already crying. 20 pages in and I’ve vowed to leave the TV on every day so Ike won’t be lonely. Today I left him with The Avett Brothers Pandora station. Ike loves him some Americana.
01. Giblets is a really funny word.
02. Last night, we went to a holiday parade in downtown Minneapolis and I just wanted to PINCH ITS LITTLE CHEEKS. Lesson: Non-Louisiana parades are so cute, with their teeny tiny floats and sober riders and lack of things flying through the air.
03. The other day I was talking to Ike, and I apparently called him Mr. McStinkyButt. Y called, from the other room, “Of the Minneapolis McStinkyButts?” It was then that I snapped to consciousness and even realized that I had been talking to the dog. I have a problem, I think.
04. We started watching Homeland this weekend and BAM. Marley from Glee, topless. The lesson: Marley from Glee is topless in Homeland and I just don’t feel like her mom the cafeteria lady would have raised her daughter to be so… topless. Related: Angela from My So Called Life is a CIA agent.
05. I’m thankful for a dog that winks at me and a husband that sleeps through the cutest photo session ever. (see above photo)
01. Just because you watch Felicity for 6 hours straight doesn’t mean that your hair will magically look like Felicity’s when curly.
02. On a related note, dressing up in your floofiest skirt and riding your bike to the library doesn’t mean you resemble Zooey Deschanel or Belle from Beauty and the Beast.
03. On a related note to that, this still ranks as my favorite Youtube video of life. Hey girl.
04. No matter how good the shopping is in the city in which you live, you will continue to buy clothes at Target. Or at least, I will.
05. Making your dog sit still for a photo shoot before you give him his food is just plain cruel.
06. A perk to owning a house from 1920? Pretty glass doorknobs, no Anthropologie trip required.
07. College football is unnecessarily heartbreaking.
08. Three cake balls is not a good dinner… It’s a great dinner.
09. Having the house to yourself all weekend is an excellent time to a)sing loudly along with Glee, no judgment & b) take lots of pictures of your little house. I think I’ll take you on a house tour this week. Starting with this behind the scenes look of our living room, aka the room in which Ike likes to hump his bed.