probably a true minnesotan now since i’ve spent a weekend “up north”

We made plans a few weeks ago to go to a cabin in the Brainerd Lakes area with Jenni, Matt, Missy and Joe. In fact, I think we made these plans in September while we were sitting around a campfire. The idea of winter camping (except not really camping) seemed like a super awesome idea!! We always complain about not being able to go camping enough in the summer and I think it’s the total removal from most of the busy stuff we get sidetracked with that made us really look forward to it. At least for me!

I took a half day and after we went to pick up our donor sperm (that’s a whole post of it’s own), we headed out of town and on towards northland. B-t-dubs, my boss just got back from Mexico, one of my co-workers went to Phoenix and another co-worker is going to Phoenix at the end of the month. Somehow, I think they are kind of smarter than me.

We got to our cabin at Boyd Lodge around 5ish and unpacked the car. We traveled light, which is super easy to do with only two adults and no kids or animals (thanks to Jenny!) and no tents or air mattresses or camping chairs, etc. Clearly winter cabin camping needs to become a regular occurrence. We settled in, had a couple of drinks, played some games and decided to head to Zorbaz for some dinner and trivia. We were hungry and feeling smart – what else was there to do?


We won trivia and a $25 Zorbaz gift card, which we blew on shots for the four of us that weren’t pregnant or in the midst of trying to get pregnant. We went back to the ranch, where Amelia and I crashed so hard it wasn’t even funny.

The next day, we woke up, ate four kinds of breakfast, including our leftover Zorbaz’s pizza we left out on the deck all night turning it into pizza pops, and were total bums all day long. It was GLORIOUS. I didn’t even put real pants on until Jenni, Matt and I decided to go outside. I was having cabin fever something fierce.

We walked along three lakes, avoided many snowmobilers, played hockey and almost fell into a lake. The last one might be an over-exaggeration. We came back, switched back into pajama pants, played some more games, ate some delicious tacos, had a couple drinks and played some more games.


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TL;DR – going to the cabin with absolutely nothing planned is the best thing ever and I will not hesitate to do it again every single winter. I would encourage you all to do the same.

my thankfulness is oozing

I can’t do anything for 30 days in a row, no matter how hard I try, so here’s only a partial list of all I have to be thankful for:

  1. My wife. She’s so caring and supportive and loving. She challenges me and puts up with me. I found a good one.
  2. My kid. He’s 16 and we butt heads hard, but when it comes down to it, I’d do anything in the world for that boy.
  3. My family – my dad, mom, brother, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Not everyone is as lucky to have such an incredibly supportive group of people in their lives and I regularly want to share mine with them.
  4. My in-laws. I have some now! My mother-in-law, brother and sister-in-law and niece and nephew have hearts of gold and their support is amazing.
  5. My friends. However I stumbled upon meeting all of you, I’m so happy that I did. From friends I met in kindergarten to the one I’m still meeting today, my life is better because you’re in it.
  6. My pets. I never thought I’d have two dogs and a cat in my life. They make my heart swell with happiness.
  7. My job. I finally work somewhere that I believe in. I have co-workers that are passionate about what they do and a company that takes pride in doing what’s best for people.
  8. Financial aid. Going back to school is something I’ve been so hard on myself about for years and it feels awesome to be able to do it… nearly 20 years after the fact.
  9. Our home. It’s perfect for us and we’ve really made it our home, instead of just a house we live in.
  10. Equality. My state knows what this is and I love so many others are figuring it out, too.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and your friends and your pets and whoever else you’re celebrating it with. Try not to make this the only day that you’re thankful for stuff.

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we’ve been to all these weddings

Over the last two years, a huge chunk of our friends have gotten married. It seems like it goes in spurts. Part of your friends do it when they’re in their early 20s and the rest run through this whole life thing and then get married once they’re got most of everything planned out. Or have just decided they’re done with that whole really annoying dating thing, because, that just takes so much damn energy!

It’s been really, really incredible being able to see people we love so much get married and be with them on a day where so much changes. We’ve loved seeing how our friends plan out their wedding ceremony and reception and see how it reflects them each so perfectly. We’ve seen long ceremonies with singing and readings and prayers and then there was ours that maybe lasted 15 minutes. There have been gigantic weddings with millions of cousins, the best bridal makeup artist in your locality etc., and there have been ones so tiny and intimate we all fit into a room the size of our living room.

I think the point is – we’ve seen our amazing friends get married one couple at a time and each wedding has been completely perfect. Amelia gets emotional at weddings, anywhere from tears to complete waterworks for her. For me, I’m get really happy and find myself having the weirdest smile on my face. It makes me feel all warm and gooey inside when we get to be a part of someone’s gigantic day.

But am I happy that I think our wedding attendance days are on hold for now? Oh yeah. I’d much rather hang out with all you folks around a campfire, at a bar that has 2-for-1s, at a basketball game or anywhere else that it’s completely acceptable for me to use swear words. I think it brings us together, no? Thanks to Juggling Inferno for making this possible.

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