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What a week.

You guys! I live in Minneapolis now! Wait, let me amend that statement: I live in Inver Grove Heights, which is due south of Saint Paul and a half hour from work. I’m staying with Roger & Judy (you [might] know them, you [definitely] love them) until I close on my house – the house that is ONE AND A HALF MILES from work – on July 30. I’m beyond excited to move into my new abode, but until then, I’m over the moon to be living large in the ‘burbs. My gracious hosts have given me a guest room, a private bath, coffee every morning, and hugs when I walk out the door. Part of me thinks I’ll stay forever.

I can’t believe I live in Minnesota. Sure, it’s been over two months since I accepted this job (and thus, my northern fate) – but those first two months were spent in List Mode. I made said List, and then I executed it: wrap up job, list house, sell house, move out of house, rent a truck, drive north, empty truck into storage unit, fly back, PARTY, and then, finally, head east on I-80 and north on I-35 and arrive at my new vida loca.

After months of chaos, one day I woke up in Minnesota and thought, “Wait… what?”

I mean, really – how did I get here??

But it’s been wonderful. I mean, I know I’m only one week in, but so far, so good. And honestly, if we can say that about our lives – so far, so good, in whatever stage – we’re doing JUST FINE.

Plenty is still yet to be written, but here is what I know for sure:
• My co-workers are great.
The office is gorgeous. You will die a thousand deaths when you come to visit.
• For all of my fears of the humidity and bugs and heat, this one week has been one of perfect weather.
• Minneapolis is a city of bicycles, beer, fitness (the second fittest city in America), and delightful weirdness. No, it’s not Portland, Austin, or Louisville. But it’s Minneapolis, and thus full of music, theater, food, and all sorts of progressive shenanigans, for most of which I’m gung-ho (conservative friends, you know I’m with you on all things fiscal) (and yes, I still love Jesus).

All in all, I am energized and vitalized and feeling like I’m 100% where I’m supposed to be.

In Minnesota. Who would’ve guessed.



  1. Michael Rhyne on July 10, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Huzzah! (on behalf of those crazy Minnesota men who fought in the War). Great to see this post this night!

  2. Leigh Kramer on July 11, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    I might have squealed when I got On Being’s newsletter today and saw your name mentioned. Love this update!

  3. Julie on July 11, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Congratulations! I haven’t commented often but am excited, as always, to keep up with your adventures from afar. You’ll do bold and wonderful things wherever you go.

  4. Anna Marie Farmer on July 16, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    really, so fabulous. so happy for you, Annie!

  5. rachieannie on July 21, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    I kinda love that you now live in MN, even though I no longer do (just next door in SD though!). I grew up in a much different part of MN – west central, in lake country, which is culturally much different than the Cities, but it’s still MN! Enjoy the heck out of your new experiences!

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