Thursday, June 30, 2011

It's not weird

I stumbled upon these adorable Silly Buddy Collars on Etsy and thought they looked familiar.  See exhibit A below. Oliver would definitely want one of these.  Don't act like it's weird to match your dog..okay, maybe it's weird.

ALA + New Orleans

Dan Savage gave the opening presentation - He was so captivating!
You can read about it here.
I loved New Orleans! I probably never would've chosen to go there on a vacation, but I'm so glad that ALA was there.
I loved the culture of the city - live music everwhere/all the time, amazing food (including ice cream for breakfast) and the all round fun atmosphere of the city.
I won't even go into how interesting & inspiring the acutal conference was! I have few enough readers and I don't want to lose anyone.

Natalia was an amazing tour guide!  We made the most of every spare minute we had.
We took a mini literary tour.  We saw the homes of William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and of course, the statue of Ignatius J. Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces.


I quickly realized (via my ala twitter feed) that every tourist has to get beignets at Cafe Du Monde.  Natalia did everything to convince me not to do it, but after a few cocktails, I won & we had a little beignet picnic.

Live jazz @ Three Muses.  The music + the food was heaven!  I tried fried pickles for the first time. Yum!

We grabbed coffee at CC's and sat next to the Mississippi.

Banana Foster French Toast @ Stanley's and Salmon Pizza @ Slice
A Happy Librarian!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I'm coming home!

I'm at the New Orleans airport right now about to fly back to Denver. I learned soooo much at the conference, met so many amazing librarians & fell in love with the city!  Natalia & I probably laughed & sang to each other more than we spoke. Happiness!

Below is the view from hotel room.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

ALA bound!

I'm leaving for the ALA Conference in a few hours & yes, I'm the worst packer in the world!  But really, who goes to a library conference without sparkley shoes?  No one.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Spare change?

Beth & I met for Yogurtland...Oh, I guess we had lunch too. You know it's bad when a homeless man asks you for spare change & then tells you that you're making a poor life choice eating frozen yogurt.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Glad Fars Dag!

I wish I could've celebrated Father's Day in Fargo today with all the Olson's - I'm more than a little jealous. But Glad Fars Dag (as the Norwegians say) - Happy Father's Day to pretty much the coolest guy around! You're the man, Bob!

this weekend

This weekend I spent way too much time in the park, cleaned more than I maybe ever have, volunteered at the Parkinson's Shake, Rattle & Roll, practiced violin & finished day 5 of the 30 Day Shred!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Run, Karley, Run!

From Karley's Twin Cities Marathon!
Karley is running Grandma's marathon tomorrow, so send all your good thoughts her way! I'm soooo proud of her & wish I could be there cheering her on with a sign made entirely of glitter. Goooo Karley!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Despite getting melted chocolate in my hair, a welt on my forehead and soaked with rain, I'd say Marie & I had a pretty fun time watching/hating the Bachelorette.

Monday, June 13, 2011

the heart city

This weekend, Oliver & I took a quick trip to meet my family in Valentine, Nebraska.  My dad is so awesome & agreed to take Oli a bit during the summer to save me the cost (and drama) of boarding him.  I appreciate it sooo much!  He doesn't know yet that Oliver is his real Father's Day gift. Just kidding!
They were already in South Dakota meeting Steve's family, so this worked out perfectly.
Oli spent the entire drive laying on the armrest with his back legs standing on the back seat.
The drive was 6 hours on the dot for me and it was such a breeze thanks to my audiobook!
I got so into this book - it has such a good story. My only complaint is that the narrator uses a baby voice when speaking for the toddler & it's so awkward and it really creeps me out!  There has got to be a better way.

We arrived about an hour before the rest of the Olson's, so we walked around the entire town, despite the raging winds.  I've never seen so many hearts in one town in all my life.

Sweet reunion!  If you can't tell by the picture, Oli is walking on 2 legs.

I only got to spend 12 hours with my family & most of those were sleeping, but we had time for a quick supper and an episode of Storage Wars plus time to catch up.
I also got time to talk weddings with Roey & watch cable television!!

She showed me a page out of her magazine that had a  bridesmaid dress color (melon) that she loved - it was shown with these Kate Spade shoes, which I pretty much have to have now!  How could I not get them?  It's the wedding of my only sister.
I can't wait until July to spend more time with my family!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

JITP: Week 1

Last Sunday was the season's first Jazz in the Park (JITP).  It was just the very best day.  You must read Beth's post about it!!

Nicole! Not only was she able to join us for Jazz on Sunday, but I was also able to have dinner with her last night to celebrate her birthday!!
She also made me my new awesome blog header!  Last year at my birthday picnic, I seriously could not blow bubbles, so when I finally got the hang of it this year - I made a really big scene of it.
Thanks, Nicole!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Did you even get chocolate yogurt? Saturday!

  • Yesterday, my neighbors moved out & Oliver (along with most of the other dogs in the complex) were extremely concerned/distressed.  You can tell how upset he was by the number of lines on the top of his head.
  • Beth & I had our first experience at Yogurtland.  It was so cheap, but the massive amount of people yelling about their toppings & the tinyness of the store may have caused me a claustrophic/anxiety fit.
  • Marie & I went to see Billy Elliot: The Musical.  It was a bit underwhelming, but enjoyable.  The parts that made me laugh the most were the similarities to the tv show, Arrested Development. (exhibit a, and exhibit b)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Zippered Clutch

My striped fabric came in the mail last week, so I whipped up this little project on Thursday.  I followed these instructions pretty closely & it only took me about 1.5 hours - I guess a better way to measure it is about 3 episodes of Arrested Development. Straight lines are not my thing, so that probably took me the longest.
I'm not in love with the lining, but I didn't have any solid-colored fabric, so this was the next best thing!  I'm going to use it tonight, so hopefully it stays in one piece.  
I have so much of this fabric left - I'm thinking a skirt...maybe even a few pillows.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Rap in the park

I didn't have as exciting of a run as Karley (I know this because she called at 5:45am), but waking up to 60* weather isn't anything to cry about.  Plus, the fountains at the park were turned on, which I guess means it's summer! This weekend is the first Jazz in the Park of the season and Beth & I are way too excited.  I feel like we're professional picnickers by now!!  Anyway, until the jazz starts on Sunday, I'll listen to rap in this park, specifically Lil' Wayne!
Totally unrelated, I just discovered this dreamy folk singer, Dan Mangan!

And, if that song hasn't entertained you enough, you'll just have to watch The Sh'Boss Boys