Minneapolis

Bouncing back and living forward

It is a truth universally acknowledged that we can’t always date who we want. I’ve been both the rejector and the rejectee – and even if it’s mutual, it’s still the pits. Blame it on timing or distance or one person deciding that they’re just not that into the other; whatever the circumstance, love can…

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My cattle panel fence

This is going to expose me for being the spoiled brat of a consumerist that I am, but here it goes anyway: I still have an iPhone 4 and it’s RUINING MY LIFE. *throws self on ground to flail* A rundown of my first world phone problems: It’s slow. I try to slide the bar…

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Brain crumbs

I haven’t had it in me to write something meaty. So here are some scraps of stories and thoughts from the last few weeks. ::::: Just once, I would like to hear a country song in which the woman is driving and the man is riding shotgun. Come on. ::::: I know that I’ve recently changed…

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My first trip to a casino

When I moved to Minneapolis on July 3rd, if you would have told me that I wouldn’t leave again for 84 days, I would have keeled over dead. In the last five years, I’ve gotten used to the pattern of skipping town roughly every other week: some business, some weddings, a lot of adventures. My…

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Doxology in darkness

By nature, I’m a worrier, a worst-case-scenario projector, a catastrophizer. I have an extra hard time trusting that everything (or anything) is going to be okay. Last night I tossed and turned with about ten million anxieties on my brain, and woke up feeling like my life is a disaster (I suppose I’m a wee…

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How to save money and still be fabulous

Here in Minneapolis, my financial situation is slightly different than it was in Colorado. I’ve always kept a pretty strict budget, but because of a few decisions I’ve made (with eyes wide open – none of this is coming as a surprise), these days I’m needing to batten down the hatches. And you know what? It…

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Solid Gold giveaway

This is the last week of Foxy’s trial run with Solid Gold food, and I’m happy to report that she’s continued to eat every single day. The past two days, she’s finished her bowl both in the morning and in the evening – and while she’s no Annie Parsons (breakfast, second breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner,…

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The List

My entire office takes the last two weeks of August off. It’s such a brilliant idea, because when everyone is out of the office, no one needs to catch up when we all return. Everything just… pauses… and then it starts again. I knew that this break was coming, so I thought about what I…

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Things I love about Minneapolis so far

Wells Fargo Center Is this a beautiful building or what? And it glows gold at night! I made up a story in my head that it was built in the 1920s, since it’s so art deco – but alas, it went up in 1988. No one can say that nothing good came out of the…

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The right decision

I’m almost two months into my time in Minneapolis, and a thought keeps surfacing: did I make the right decision? Because I didn’t just move here – I moved here. I quit my job and took another one. I sold my house and bought another one. I drove everything I own across the country, moved…

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