Monday, December 17, 2012


In some sad library news, I just heard my boss from my days at the Moorhead Library recently passed away. She was so great to work for and definitely the main person who influenced me into pursuing my master's in library science. I can't even imagine how much she'll be missed by all the library patrons!

It's almost time for the big drive to ND again! This time I'm supplementing my audible audiobooks with some from the library (once I find my card and pay my fines...horrible librarian, I know).
I read a book review for this book here and she had me at "book version of Arrested Development." I may have set my expectations too high already, but I've been hearing great things about it since then, so I'm optimistic!

This book may look familiar from the sidebar on the right. That's because I'm currently reading it on my Kindle. I've made's 30% completed, but I made a promise to Beth that I'd finish it ASAP, so the audio version may help me move along.
I may or may not have trouble finishing books Beth recommends, but I'm putting that to rest with this one! Actually, I'm about 2.5 for 4 maybe, so that's not bad odds.
And this one,'s tradition!

The audiobooks and my drives are such are getting to be so sentimental to me! I remember listening to You Better Not Cry and it was such a dark drive and one of the stories had the most bittersweet ending and listening to Water for Elephants with Dad and finishing it only minutes from home - and of course, there's Blindness, which I don't think me or dad will ever forget.

The weekend

On Friday, Nicole & I went to a little collage-making workshop. One of Nicole's friends is getting into teaching these types of classes & wanted to use us as test students!
My style is normally simple & bright and this class challenged that for sure. I ended up making a collage of old, dead authors and flowers. The quote on my collage says, "Let your heart be light." (Which I could use a lesson or two in!) Most of the flowers are from my favorite cards that Karley gave me for my birthday a few years ago.
Nicole went with an army/artillery theme & it couldn't have been more fun (and scary) watching her.

Saturday was Kari & Buck's 2nd annual Christmas party. It was also an elf costume contest and a white elephant gift exchange.
I bought a clearance dress from Old Navy and a yard of fur and tried to elf things up a bit.
Kari ended up choosing my white elephant gift, which included this little Box of Jokes gem among some other goodies. The teeth were out of this world disgusting, which made them all the better!

The next morning while everyone was recovering, Kari & I snuck out for a quick breakfast. The adorable little boxer stayed home, but was just too cute to leave out of the photo collage.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Brunch with Beth - Sputnik edition

My tall friend Beth & I had a yummy little brunch date at Sputnik! All the pictures Beth & I have taken over the years have been a trick to the eye - the lower left picture is an honest to goodness view of what we look like standing next to each other. Not as cute (but much funnier).
Anyway, Sputnik doesn't have bottomless mimosas, which is definitely top five criteria for a good brunch, but, I think we both hit our mimosa capacity and the food was delish, so it was a success.
I also saved Beth from buying 100 freaky/creepy Santa mugs at the thrift store. You're welcome Beth.

"I want to be a Santa Claus"

Since I wouldn't be in town for Katherine's big Christmas dance recital, she gave me a free little preview over Thanksgiving.

Bill uploaded a video of the real deal & it couldn't be any cuter. She's 2nd from the right, in the front row.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Happy December!

I found this gem last weekend cleaning out my old room. Karley & I were at Red Lobster with my family  (2002, probably?) and I tried to order chicken wild rice soup during lent...My mom yelled "Nooooooo," and startled all of us! I must've got clam chowder instead. And, of course our drink wasn't alcoholic. 

I did not take a single, solitary photo this weekend, and I'm pretty okay with that.
Loren, Nicole & I went to Fancy Tiger's Holiday Handmade and we all got a jump start on our Christmas shopping. They both are pretty perfect shopping partners for me. I think I picked out a pretty great gift with their help.
Karley & I logged close to 8 hours this weekend just crafting via Skype. We keep each other motivated, for sure. I finished one special little gift and got a bunch of crocheting done and I also cleaned my room, which truthfully accounted for a majority of the 8 hours!
I somehow managed to cut myself making rice krispie bars (I didn't even use a knife!)