May 18, 2017

Currently (May 2017)...

Reading Nothing at this exact moment, but only because I just finished Don't You Cry on Sunday night and haven't started a new book yet.  I also started and finished The Perfect Stranger while on the train a couple weekends ago and at the end of April I read The Good Girlloved all three - they kept me in suspense the whole time and I could not put them down. Next up in my reading pile is Before I Fall - I'm sure I'll get through it on the train home from Minnesota next Thursday night. 

Listening to a lawn mower outside as I lay in bed writing this post. It's been really chilly here the last two days (and I am not loving it) but that makes the best lawn mowing weather so I'm sure I'll be hearing it all day long.

Celebrating so many birthdays in May. I think May has the most birthdays of family/friends out of any other month. Add in Mother's Day and it can be an expensive month! 

Watching baseball, baseball, and more baseball. Pretty much the only thing I watch these days. I've also been re-watching Friends on Netflix before I go to bed/when I get ready in the morning just for the background noise (I hate silence).  And then when I'm at MN's we watch Game of Thrones to get me caught up before the new season starts - we're at the end of Season 4 so there's still a ways to go!

Working on some blog posts to have scheduled for when I'm gone to Minnesota for a week because I'm officially on vacation y'all! I'm off work until May 29th (yesterday was my first day off) and this weekend is the long weekend in the GWN so I'm technically only off for 7 days. I picked MN up in Minot yesterday morning at the train station and then tomorrow night we head back to Minot to get on the train together (first time ever taking the train together - its always either one of us doing it alone to see the other person) to head back to the Twin Cities. We're taking a mini vacation to Duluth on Sunday to celebrate MN's birthday on Monday and I can't wait!

Drinking a cup of coffee with some french vanilla creamer at the moment. Since I finished Whole-30'ing at the beginning of May I've only allowed myself to have creamer in my coffee on the weekends but since I'm off work (yay for holidays!) I'm letting myself indulge a bit. I've also been obsessed with Iced Tea since finishing Whole-30'ing which is strange because before this round of the Whole 30 I could not have cared less that it was in the fridge. I also had my first drink of pop since April 2nd on Monday. Just before I started that last round of the Whole 30 I was going a little crazy with my Dr Pepper obsession and probably drinking three cans a week (which is a lot for me because I usually don't drink much pop) so I need to make sure that I keep my obsession in check moving forward. 

Waiting for MN's birthday present to show up in the mail. I'm crossing my fingers it'll get here by tomorrow or else MN will be getting a belated birthday present ...

Wearing these mesh-panel compression capris from Old Navy because I haven't changed yet after doing my workout this morning. I pretty much wear these capris every chance I get - they're so comfy! As soon as I'm done writing this post I'm ordering two more pairs in different colours - that's how much I love them!

Anticipating going out for supper with my brother and sister in law and MN tonight at a restaurant in 'the city' that I've never been to before. I hope it's good!

Loving the results I'm seeing from doing Country Heat. I lost 10 lbs and 12 inches doing my first round of it (combined with the Whole30) and I'm currently on Day 11 of my second round of the program and my clothes are fitting SO much better. I'm absolutely loving it!

Making a grocery list of supplies needed to make Puffed Wheat Cake and Rice Krispie Cake - my plans for the afternoon. I've been craving Puffed Wheat Cake lately and last night my oldest niece was talking about it and MN said he has never had Puffed Wheat Cake before (!) - he actually says he's never even heard of it - so now I definitely need to make it!

May 11, 2017

A Wicked Weekend...

Last Thursday I headed to Minot to get on the train to Saint Paul for my 20th time. I didn't take my first train ride to the Twin Cities until May 18th of last year so I've now taken 21 different train rides in less than a year. That's a lot of hours spent sleeping on a train! My train was about an hour late getting to Minot, but it worked out okay because it gave me more time to make a couple of stops. I finally picked up a new Nook tablet at Barnes and Noble. My Nook Color bit the dust over a year ago and I've wanted to get a new one for a loooong time now - I have so many books in my library that I haven't been able to read! It's so much easier to travel with just a Nook filled with books to read rather than having to bring 5 books with me on the train. It'll give me more room in my backpack or suitcase for shoes or clothes! And of course I made my way to Target - I grabbed some healthy-ish snacks for the train and a couple of new books to read since I wouldn't get a chance open up my Nook and charge it until I got to Saint Paul. 

My train got in to Saint Paul just shortly after 8:00 on Friday morning - not too bad considering we were an hour late leaving Minot. It's become tradition for MN and I to head to the Uptowner Cafe for breakfast so that's exactly what we did. Pretty soon they're just going to know my order and won't even have to ask me because I always get the same thing. I can't help it, it's just so good! 

Eating supper in my car in either Target's parking lot or in the lot at the train station is also becoming a tradition haha

It was a weekend jam packed full of activities - I'm pretty sure I'm still recovering from it. Friday was Cinco de Mayo, my third favourite holiday (can you guess the other two?), and MN and I headed to a get together at a friends new house to celebrate. Give me all the Mexican food and margaritas please and thank you (especially after just finishing Whole-30ing)! Katie made us margaritas with her Ninja blender and now I'm on the hunt for a good deal on the Ninja Professional Kitchen System that also comes with the food processor. If you see a good deal send the link my way! I have a Margaritaville blender but it's really only good for slushy drinks, not everyday things, so I'd like to upgrade and sell my Margaritaville blender. 
Saturday we were up early to get ready to head to Waconia, about a 45 minute drive from the cities, to tour the J.Carver Distillery with MN's sister and her bf. The tour was interesting, I had no idea how vodka or gin was made, I just knew that I like to drink it! I had a Minnesota Mule as we toured and it was the best mule I have EVER had. Like, ever. After touring the distillery and sampling a flight of different spirits (or in my case, having a sip of each of my three and having flashbacks to my high school days of chugging straight vodka at parties and thus not being able to finish them...) we headed to the Iron Tap for lunch. I had some sort of Raspberry beer concoction and it was ah-mazing and the food was just as good. I would definitely go back to Waconia again!




When we got back to the cities twe only had about an hour and a half before we had to head out to meet MN's family for dinner before seeing Wicked at the Orpheum Theater. We met MN's mom, dad, uncle, sister and her bf at the Rock Bottom Brewery for dinner and then it was time for the show. MN's parents spoiled us with amazing seats and the show was SO good y'all. It was only my third time going to a musical (I'd previously seen Cabaret in the Queen City years ago during my middle school drama days and then saw Chicago on Broadway in NYC in the Summer of 2012). Confession: I have never seen The Wizard of Oz. When I admitted that to MN and his sister and her bf I think they all looked at me like I had two heads. I know the story of it, I've just never seen it. I guess I need to now!

Monday was MN's sisters birthday so on Sunday they had a get together with friends at their place to celebrate so MN and I headed there in the late afternoon, after sleeping in way later than I have in years, to spend some time with them before I had to get on the train to head back to the GWN. 

It was such a great weekend. Busy, but great. Every time I have to head back home it gets a little bit harder to say goodbye to MN though. But, on the flip side, everytime I leave to head to the Twin Cities its harder to say goodbye to Krickit too. As soon as she sees my suitcase she just knows I'm leaving her and it breaks my heart. I'm leaving her for almost a week at the end of next week and it breaks my heart. I wish MN could have pets in his apartment and then she could just come with me every time!