Saturday, August 25, 2012

Crane Lake Summary

A much needed vacation, only to come back to work and need a much needed vacation... 

But this is besides the point. I'm sure you'd really like to see some of the pictures from this trip? What? Yes? Well I'm sorry, I won't be posting them this time, but I'll do you one better...


Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros "Home"
Santigold "Disparate Youth"


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Friday, August 10, 2012

My life captured

Steve is celebrating his 28th birthday today. He could care less about it, but I am excited to celebrate another year of him! Happy Birthday babe, I love you!

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Reuben Sandwich

I want to just start off by saying, 1) I apologize for my lack of domesticated-like posts (a.k.a. recipes), it is not that we haven't cooked anything, we actually cook quite often... I just forget... and 2) this isn't really a recipe, as most already have or know how to make these.

Steve and I went to the store last night to get some things for dinner, and decided on making reuben sandwichs. I have never tried to make these at home, and hoped they'd taste as good, or almost as good as they do at a restaurant. (Usually does not happen though).

We picked up the essentials:

- Marble/Rye bread
- Corned beef
- Swiss cheese
- Thousand island dressing

... and... ah... oh yeah, sauerkraut, we forgot the sauerkraut, Steve had to go back to get it.

We used pam instead of butter because, well, we were out, and Steve had already gone back to the store once, so we figured that would do, and maybe save us a few calories.

We packed as much corned beed on the bread as we could. Which wasn't much as we were working with Buddig meats, very thin. There were no other brands of corned beef at the store, so we'll have to dig deeper next time to find the good stuff. We preheated the sauerkraut in the microwave, as was advised on one of the websites I was looking at. Which I highly recommend. With all the ingredients shoved in the middle, it's hard to get everything as hot as you'd like it. Placed our slices of swiss on there, and put it on the stove. 

Most people would spread the thousand island dressing on the sandwich before, but we are dippers, so we dipped.

I think they turned out pretty well for first timers. We have enough ingredients to make it again this week, so you can bet your ass we will.
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Whistle while you work

Things to do while others work hard around me... (I would just like the record to show that I was available for help at any moment... any moment).

1. Watch Harper pace back and forth, and back and forth, waiting for Ruby to come back from a trip with her grandma and grandpa to the store. What did she ever do pre-Ruby days?
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2. Walk around the yard looking for things you haven't photographed up there... getting hard these days. Which required following around a few of the locals...
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and their habitats...
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3. Receive confirmation, that Ruby should own her own truck. Steve always says that "when" we win the lottery he's buying his dad a new truck, and giving Ruby his dad's... cause really, it's always been Ruby's.
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4. Go to the local raffle, and win 3 times... This was a hard one to pull off, as I'm not usually the winning type, but I fooled a lot of people that day.
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5. Have your boyfriend win you 2 MORE stuffed animals out of the crane game. Easy peasy.
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6. Force your boyfriend to sit down and let you take a couple pictures of him, while you talk to him like a creepy photographer.
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7. Only after #6, you can then follow him around, and take more pictures of him, while doing more work.
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All in a weekends work.


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In other news... 

- We leave in one week from tomorrow for Crane Lake. You may remember my posts from last year, if not they are here and here. It's our little slice of heaven each summer, and it's finally approaching. I need this week to be over.

- Steve's birthday is this Friday!

- I celebrated 5 years at Periscope yesterday. This place rocks, and I couldn't think of a better place to put my time into. Feels good!


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Monday, August 6, 2012

Should be a trip to remember

You know those moments when you open your email, and you received one that doesn't seem like you should be on it?

You know, the one where you look at the others on it, read the subject... can't process why they would send it to you, but then you continue on cause maybe there will be something there that clues you in... Only to get to the end of the email and realize when they typed your name in they really meant to type someone elses in.

I know these moments all too well, as auto fill has consumed me when it comes to work emails.

Most of us pass along a reply to the sender to let them know where their error took place... Not this girl.

Upon finishing this particular email from my dad, I called over Steve, told him the deal, and we immediately drafted a reply... -all.

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As if this wasn't enough to keep that smile on my face... I get this one from my mom.

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She probably wasn't lying about her pants.

p.s. if you're wondering... I knew all the guys on the email list.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Birthday number 2 for this one

Dear Quinn,

You probably don't remember your first celebration, here. I can't believe how little you looked back then. You have grown into such a big girl in a year, and what a sweet girl you've turned into. So many firsts for you over the last year. One year ago you wouldn't touch the mini pool with a 10-foot pole. Now, you proudly hang out in it, the fear is long gone. Many stink eyes were handed out a year ago to family and friends (the ones you gave out to Jill were deserved, remember this). Now you grin at everyone as they welcome you in.

You love your puppies, books, baby and ELMO! You like fruit, and would eat it before the good stuff... what a good girl. You've been on a boat, camping, 4-wheeling all before your 2nd birthday (maybe even before your 1st...). Something tells me you won't find yourself short of memorable moments as you get older.
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Sunday, for your celebration, we met at Elm Creek park. You were getting your swim on by the time most of us got there. Letting your daddy pull you in and out of the water.
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You may or may not have given me one of those good old stink eyes, when I tried to get pictures of those beautifully painted toenails that laid on some of the pruniest feet I've seen in a long while. I forgive you.
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After eating lunch, it was time for you to open your presents. With a little help from mommy after each present, you turned to the person(s) who gave the gift, and thanked them. It was very sweet.
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Everyone seemed very envious of your gifts... including me... (shhh.) 
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Happy 2nd Birthday Quinndaline! I love you!

Love,
Aunt Brianna

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My life captured

It's been a while since I've done a post in this series. This time it's a capture of my Saturday. So instead of just one photo, I've got a few.


Sun was the main event for our day. We spent as much time consumed around it as possible. She helped me paint some frames I had put on hold. She helped herself to a nap. Once again, she steals my heart with every photo I see of her.
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Apparently pug thinks this cushion is a rug. It's not.
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The kid in Harper gets up, and waits patiently by the gate when the creepy sounds of the ice cream truck music funnel through our neighborhood.
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These are the Saturdays that are hard to forget... and that's ok.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

From one weekend to the next

This weekend we have many reasons to celebrate, but one that outshines the others. Two of our good friends are getting married!

Because of this wedding, which is up north, we are taking a long weekend to enjoy it. Which to me, is another celebration of it's own.

If I can make it through half of the day on Thursday, then we'll be off to Steve's cabin for the night. Then up to Duluth for the day, and then headed to Two Harbors for the wedding.

Months ago, we tossed around our options for sleeping at this wedding, and decided to go all out and rent a large cabin. We have this cabin Friday and Saturday night. It's got 4 bedrooms AND 4 BATHROOMS! Not to mention a living room and kitchen.

I can't believe how fast time flies by and here we are coming up on the much anticipated weekend.

You may know the couple from here, we know them as Matt and Melissa. I also may have mentioned something here... and can't wait to write about the big event next week. We're going to make the most of this long weekend. We have been taking a trip to Duluth every year now, and since it's just outside of Two Harbor, we get to do both!

Until then, I will have to contain my excitement and get through the work week.

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Ruby tagged along with her mama to work on Friday. I was really proud of her as it was her first time. She was more timid than her usual self is, but there were a lot of people trying to get her attention. She'll be back for sure.
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In other weekend news... Friday Steve wanted us to go fishing with the pups. Not all it was cracked up to be, Ruby barked every time he threw a line out, although, in the end it was nice to get out on the water.
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While waiting for fireworks to start we hung out at Steve's aunts house, and my parents stopped by with Greta. We awed over them passing apples back and forth... and back and forth... and forth and back... and from Quinn to me, and me to Greta, and Greta to my mom (as you can see my mom in the background with a chest full of apples) it was adorable.
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While at home Saturday working on my video from our trip. I got some time to get updated pics of Harper (when don't I have time for that...), Ruby as usual, wouldn't sit still long enough for me to get one of her.
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Lastly, my sweet mama, framed my 2nd debut in the local magazine. From the photo contest I entered. What a wonderful gift. The first article I posted here. Shooting for round 3 soon!
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Tonight, we're on a mission for water shoes (for me), and nice dress pants (for Steve). I'm not entirely sure why this is relevant info for you, but I'm actually quite excited about it. (To do: Find more awesome things to be excited about...)

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

And you thought we were done here

As sure as you are about mac and cheese being quite awesome (let's face it, aren't we all), you were about no more possible things to share about my trip to RI... you were wrong. It took a while, but I finally got the time to put together a video from our trip. Trust me, it's no where close to perfection, not even moderately... I'm quite the amateur at this, but you got to start somewhere, right?

Enjoy!

Imagine Dragons "It's Time"
Brett Dennen "Sydney (I'll Come Running)"

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Just the two... ok, four of us away

Plans were made, and plans were waffled over, but in the end Steve and I stuck with our original plan, even if it was just the two of us now. Why wouldn't we, it was going to be beautiful out, and we hadn't been to the shithole in a while.

What a difference an hour and a half makes. When we left the cities it was still almost 100 degrees out. 100 DEGREES!! This is MN ladies and gentlemen... when it's 100 degrees that doesn't include the high humidity, so it feels like 107 or worse. The moment I stepped out of the truck in Rutledge a cool breeze crossed my face, and I felt a little slice of heaven. I could breathe.

After settling in, doing some clean up, and mowing the lawn, we headed out for dinner. Friday night was spent a little more settled down than the next day was planned to be. After dinner we came back and started a fire. There was only 30 minutes of rain, and when it stopped, it stopped for good.

Saturday morning, was beautiful, not a cloud in the sky. When breakfast was finished we got ready to go 4-wheeling. There was quite a few bad storms this spring/summer and some of the towns around his cabin had pretty bad flood damage, so we kind of wanted to make our way there and see it.
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We took our time, exploring trail after trail and before we could get to the destination we decided we needed to get lunch and head back if we wanted to make it to the good old Endzone meat raffle. So we turned around at the airport.
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Once we got back it was all about the dogs. We took them for a swim in the river, which turned into a swim in the creek due to the current and high waters from the flood.
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When we got back to the cabin Steve was off doing all sorts of things that don't interest me. So I sat there... sat there, fruity drink in hand, itching my mosquito bites... everywhere. They were awful. I tried to build a fire, took some more pictures, and then we got dinner ready.
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This was one tired pup by Sunday.

I hope everyone had a wonderful and firework filled 4th of July break. We have yet to see some fireworks. Hopefully this Saturday!

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