Tuesday, August 28, 2012

MK in Duluth 2012

On Thursday, I headed north to Minneapolis and then a little further north to Duluth to spend a long weekend with KARLEY!
When we got back to her apt, she had a perfect strawberry cake waiting for me and a perfect list of things to do in Duluth. I'm happy to report we crossed almost every single thing off the list!

I knew Karley was extra cool when I first met her, because she could eat ice cream faster than anyone I'd ever met! I'd secretly try to race her and I'd lose every single time. So when we went to the Candy Kitchen, my ice cream fell off the stick and I used that as the perfect opportunity to win!
Speaking of winning...Karley bought me a card game, Dutch Blitz and I won almost every game, except when we tied with a whopping score of 81. I actually lost most games, but it's my blog, so I can say I won.

We hiked, biked and swam all around Lake Superior!
I had 2 things on my "must do" list: camping (s'mores) and seeing wildlife.  We happily checked both of those things off the list! I saw a lot of deer (dead and alive) and 2 very wild turkeys!

We also had a day full of adventure, including the Timber Twister and ziplining. They were so not scary and if I say they weren't scary, they definitely weren't.

I'm jumping all over the place chronologically, but it's all a blur anyway, so it doesn't even matter! On my last night, we climbed the somewhat spooky Enger Tower and listened to the Hobo Nephews on repeat. I'm in love with this song.

Karley showed me all her favorite spaces and places and took me to the very best restaurants in town! It was so fun to get a taste of what she loves about Duluth and experience what she tells me about on the phone.

We used to garage sale all over Fargo & Moorhead and with my little S-10 pickup, we had no limits. I unfortunately had the tiniest suitcase ever, but we did got some awesome sales and I was able to mail myself a little box of goodies that will be arriving this week.

I think my favorite part was our little campfire...also the Bison Buddies at the Northern Waters Smokehaus were pretty premium...Oh, and our lakeside picnic on the rocks...and laughing so hard we both spit out ice cream...(and also playing cards on the beach).
Thanks for the best weekend Karley!

Now that you're overloaded with Mary & Karley, you can read all about it again on Karley's blog!

Beth Ann, Party Planner!

Beth Ann threw me the most thoughtful and crafty little party on Wednesday.  Everything was perfectly planned from the shrimp + strawberry menu (plus other snacks, of course) to the pink, yellow & blue color scheme to the little thank you bags with my favorite candies inside - Hey Frooties! I felt so very loved and lucky to have my wonderful friends to celebrate with! Beth's outdone herself this time!

She also baked her FIRST cake and I couldn't be more honored that it was for my little party!
Here's a little video from the night...clapping really upsets Oliver apparently, so of course it ends with me screaming at him, but other than that, watching it makes me happy!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Happy Birthday. . .

. . . to the best friend a girl and a little dog dressed as Santa in mid-August could ask for!

The weekend

Yesterday Natalia & I went hiking at the Marshall Mesa Trail in Boulder.

98% of my weekend consisted of cleaning, but I did sneak in a little progress on my new craft projects!

P.S. Only a few days until my weekend with Karley! I found this CD made 10 years ago. I can't begin to imagine what songs are on it! I'll have to bring it to Duluth.

Friday, August 17, 2012

5 Good Things

1. Last night Kari took me out for an early birthday date, and wow, does that girl know me well! Manicures @ Snappy Nails, Pizza @ Cosmo's and dessert @ Yogurtland.

2. Karley sent out an email that Robby had received a free cup of coffee in Afghanistan through the "Cup of Joe for a Joe" program. You can read Karley's post here. Anyway, I loved the idea, so I sent a Cup of Joe to a Joe for only $2! I already got a response, less than 24 hours later!

3. While we are talking about KARLEY...it's less than one week until my Duluth trip.  She has the best weekend planned out already and I really couldn't be more excited: camping, candy and cooler temperatures! I haven't seen her in over a year and that is just way too long!

4. Beth is moving into a new place and stressed beyond anything, yet she is still planning a birthday party for yours truly! I fought against it for long enough, so now I'm just letting it happen and I'll enjoy the ride.
I know she's been up to something with a hot glue gun, but that's the only hint I have.

5. Numbers 1-4 have a giving/receiving type of theme, so I'll go with that...I'm doing a clean sweep of my closests and look who I found in the process! He's a little pinata from my birthday a few years ago. I think Natalia didn't want to hurt him, so he's been sitting in my closet forever. I think he'll have to come to my party this year!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The weekend!

I had a fun little weekend! I'm starting two big craft projects and I'm super excited about them both: a colorful triangle quilt & an embroidery sampler. I got both of them prepped and ready and now I have to decide which to tackle first!

A few years ago, I went on a not-so-great date and when Beth called me to get the scoop, all I talked about was that he brought Oliver a little dog bagel from Einstein's and Oliver carried it all the way around the park. Everyone thought it was the cutest thing they'd ever seen. So, on Sunday, I bought Oli another little bagel on our way home from the dog park, but this time, he ate it and it definitely wasn't as cute.
Afterwards, Beth & I met at the park for a little game of tennis. This was by far our best game ever!

My friends, Kari & Lindsay, were hosting a charity event, Moshing for Colorado Disasters, so Beth and I stopped by to say hi!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Roomie Reunion Countdown!

2 WEEKS until I get to spend a long weekend with my forever roommate!
This picture was taken in 2006 at our very favorite place, Doolittles!

Monday, August 6, 2012


I was looking through my iPhone for pictures from the week and these are basically the only ones I took (plus a few of Oliver sleeping). Maybe I should be embarassed, but I'm just glad to have my cuddle buddy and workout partner back in town!