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!