Monday, March 21, 2011

Last summer.

I recently came across this list that I wrote on May 5, 2010:

1.  Host a BBQ at my house.
2.  Go to a Saints game.
3.  Take (and pass!?) all three Praxis licensure exams.
4.  Drive to Rochester to see Eva.
5.  Send a personal letter to each of my friends who will be working at camp.
6.  Go to Canterbury Park.
7.  Get portfolio as complete as possible.
8.  Enjoy fellowship with friends at Twins games.
9.  Read at least one book by C.S. Lewis.
10.  Read as many Maud Hart Lovelace nominees as possible.
11.  Watch fireworks.
12.  Go camping.
13.  Leave the state of Minnesota.
14.  Go to the beach.
15.  Finish a quilt top.
16.  Become a runner.
17.  See Steve and Laura.
18.  Go to the Quarries.
19.  Meet Mya Kaye Dannen
20.  Write letters that are long overdue.

I'll say that, for the most part, I was fairly unsuccessful in these goals.  Time to analyze?  I suppose so.

1.  The grill at my house was out of commission last summer.  This makes it difficult to successfully host a bbq.  Bengt and I are looking at getting ourselves one... so maybe this could be accomplished this summer?
2.  I actually went to two Saints games this summer.  Success.
3.  Check. Check. Check.
4.  Shoot.  I was on a roll there for a hot second.  Ugh.  Rochester really isn't that far away.  Rochester really isn't that far away.  Maybe if I keep telling myself that, my mind will listen and be up for the challenge.  (See, I REALLY don't drive that long. Or far. Ever.)
5.  Yeah, well... I pretty much did my best to forget that camp existed.  Last summer became the first summer EVER that I haven't spent at least a week there.  A bit liberating, I must say.
6.  Aww man, no, I didn't make it there.  It was free all last summer too... Dumb.
7.  Didn't. Even. Touch it.
8.  Definitely completed.  Many friends. Many games.  Much fellowship.  Loved every minute of it.
9.  Nope.
10.  Nope.
11.  Yes, but not nearly enough.  I saw Robbinsdale's Whiz Bang fireworks.  And, is that it?  It's quite possible... bummer.
12.  No... but it's a definite goal this summer!  After we get married, Bengt can take me out and show me how it's done away from Eagle Ridge.
13.  I meandered into Wisconsin once or twice.
14.  Don't think so.  Pathetic.
15.  That was an easy one... but I still didn't get it done.
16.  Hahahaha.
17.  Fortunately, yes.  I miss them, though.  (Dear SteveandLaura, Please come back to MN to see me.  ThanksAMillion, Emily
18.  :(  I am bummed that I forgot to do all this fun stuff!
19.  Adorable.
20.  Beyond overdue at this point.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Spring is (almost!) here.  The snow is melting.  The rainstorms are coming.  The sun is shining.  (I've been a Minnesotan long enough to know that these things do not *actually* mean that spring is coming anytime soon... but I'm holding out hope.)  And I am springing!

I am springing because.... Right now, I am on Spring Break.  (Of course, I was sick for the first 3 days... that's how I roll.)  The plan is to get out and enjoy the sunshine as much as I can.  Maybe even get a pedicure to help relieve this spring fever I've got going on.  Also on the agenda:  Finalizing some wedding details, finishing a few quilts, and heading out to Cokato for my fiance's Family Christmas. :)

I am springing because... A month from now, my family and I will be on our way to Disney World.  It's part a Christmas present, part a celebration for my parents' 40th wedding anniversary, and part a "just-for-fun" trip  because my 4 year old niece is just getting to the age where she loves anything and everything princesses.  It will be great (albeit a little stressful) to spend a week with my family, especially now that two out of my three siblings live out of state.

I am springing because... In less than 4 months, I will be marrying my best friend.  So much to say about this... But let me just say that I am So. Incredibly. Excited. to marry and spend the rest of my life with this boy.  As cliche as it might sound, he is better for me than any other guy I could have ever imagined myself ending up with.  I am so happy!

Springing.  Oh, what a joyful time of year!