Monday, December 5, 2016

2016!

Well hi there! I'd really hate to go an entire year without blogging at all. It just doesn't seem right. I did blog once this year, but to be honest, the events I blogged about happened in 2015. So, here goes something! 2016 has been my favorite year in Fargo thus far...well 2005 was pretty great too, but yeah, 2016 was right up there.
In January 2016, I made a New Year's resolution to quit complaining about the cold weather. I think I did pretty well...maybe not "pretty well," but I complained a lot less than I would've otherwise. (And I saved the complaining for the people closest to me.) Progress, not perfection. My resolution didn't say a thing about the wind, so that's been fair game (and maybe worth adding in for 2017?) That wind, though!
I bought myself new ice skates to celebrate winter instead of hate it. It worked! Anderson & I put quite a few miles on our skates - it was just perfect.
I also took a few crafty classes. Erin & I took a ceramics class (so difficult) and Amanda & I made leather wallets and copper tables. I went to so many hockey games, a dance recital or two and practiced the art of making Maddie giggle and putting Baby Dani to sleep. I went to Austin for a library conference, to Minneapolis for a lathe and some shopping, to Duluth for the most extreme mountain biking and the best s'mores and to Denver for the hugs and the topography.
2016 also included some rough goodbyes! We said goodbye to my running partner, cuddle buddy, eternal BFF and Dad's shadow, my sweet little Oliver. I can't even think about that, so let's quickly move on.
I bought a house! It's nicer than anything I could've imagined for myself. I can't decide if my favorite part is the thermostat, the garage or the big back yard. Why choose?
This year has left me so thankful and there's no better way to enter 2017 if you ask me!





Monday, January 4, 2016

Sedaris + Koselig


Allow me to pick up where I left off. And also please allow to me to start gushing about David Sedaris. I bought two tickets for his Minneapolis show back in July and couldn't have been more excited about it. I had a little trouble finding the right person for the ticket, but was so thrilled when my friend April was able to join me. We went on a British Isles trip together in college and instantly hit if off and hadn't seen each other in almost 10 years. It might have been about my 10th time seeing him, so the math all adds up!

A few months ago, Karley sent me this article on how to enjoy a long winter the way Norwegians do...how to embrace the art of koselig/coziness.

It's honestly changed my winter! Well, and let me also credit my new winter coat, Bogs boots, and the addition of various levels of thick socks to my wardrobe. And the greatest invention - electric blankets.


If there's anyone who embraces winter, it's the Freys! 
I visited Duluth a few weeks ago to meet Miss Madeline. 
We went to a showing of the Banff Film Festival World Tour, the Bentleyville Lights, the Acquarium and had the perfect amount of naps in front of their fireplace!