Life as I Know it….

What a busy last month we had. We have seen family and friends a handful of times and that has been great. We have tried to make down time for ourselves, like puzzles! We have had awesome FISH FRYs (I wrote it in all-caps because it is that exciting for me because my fish are gluten free), went to the Lion King Musical and have been enjoying summer!

Here are a few photos!


Cheers and Happy Summer!


It’s the Little Things…

If we don’t take time to slow down, we let the little things pass us by. Lately I have felt we are go go go… Between work, house hunting and weekends being full, I try to remind myself to slow down to remember and appreciate the little things.

Here are a few photos to show the “It’s the Little Things!”

#1 Is a book I started when Carl and I first started dating to keep track of the restaurants we went to for our birthdays or anniversaries as we always wanted to try a new one. Now it is our Date/Outing book and it goes back to 2009. I am glad I started this and kept it up.

#2 I took this photo when we were sitting on the rocks by Lake Superior over our anniversary weekend. Feeling anchored and relying on God to keep me balanced.

#3 A clearer picture of my anniversary ring, per my mom.

#4 The post office was good to me this week. I got a pleasant surprise of Mindy Kaling’s book. I almost ordered it not realizing that I pre-ordered it a while back! Good thing I didn’t. Then I got my Pioneer Woman bowls that I ordered online from Walmart! I love them!

#5/#6 Photos I saw on Instagram that I liked. I love the photo of Duluth, it captures it all of it’s greatness. The other photo reminds me of all my close friends.

#7 I can’t have a post without Mr. Arie! What a sweet boy, he was taking my side of the bed from the other night.


Happy Sunday!


Head Stuck in a Book or two! :)

I have some explaining to do on why I haven’t blogged in a while.   Two Thursdays ago  I was looking for a good book on my iPad to read. I was told to read The Hunger Games- which I am not sure I can get into yet. Lol I was also told to read Fifty Shades of Grey- which I did download a sample.

What I did was go through the website to find a book I like or think I would like. Nice thing about the iPad is I can download a sample before reading and if I like the book then I can buy it.

Last year I read a book by author Allison Brennan and breezed through the book. If you know me I like reading crime, mystery, serial killer books- not sure why. You would think working in it is a enough, nope I want to read it too.

Anyway, I am a creature of habit and went back to the same author and grabbed the samples of a few of her other books. I read the sample of one and ended up finishing the book in less than two days. I then started another book the next night and finished it in a day, only ten chapters but good. I ended up catching myself up on the Lucy Kincaid Series of the author’s books. I read about three books in 1 1/2 weeks.

Kiss Me, Kill Me  Love is Murder  If I Should Die

I think I liked the first and third book more than the second.

Then I decided to find another good book. I decided to read the book Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James.  It is not a book I would typically read however, I thought I would give it a try. I started the book on Sunday and I finished it by Tuesday. The author did a great job of writing it and keeping me hanging that I had to read the second book-Fifty Shades of Darker. That was also a good book but many events happened in the book that I had to read the third book- Fifty Shades of Freed. I finished all three books in a week, they turned out being pretty good. I do recommend them if they are the type of book you would read. They were on the top charts list on my Ibooks app on my Ipad. So you could say that I have had my head stuck in a book or 6! 🙂

Barnes and Noble Nerd.

After a fun/late Friday night, I decided to lay low on Saturday. I was up by 7:30ish, Carl couldn’t believe I stayed out or up that late. I am normally in bed by 9pm most of the time. We got up, had our cup of coffee and decided to run a few errands. We had to go to Cub Foods but I had asked if we could take a detour to Barnes and Noble. 🙂 I wanted to check out the puzzles and games. Nerd alert, I know! 🙂 I love being a B&N Member!

I got the game Farkel (I have been told to play it and that it is a blast) and I found a cool panoramic puzzle of New Year’s on Broadway.

We also browsed the books to see if there was anything good. Carl had picked up the Steve Jobs book. For being a web designer that is a must have book on the book shelf. I love looking through the bargain books because they great books for a great price. I found the book Where Were You When the Music Played? for only $7. What a great deal .

I was looking through the book and of course stopped on the page titled “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”, anyone would stop at that title song. It was very sad news when my sister texted me and said that Whitney Houston had died. At first, I thought it was a celebrity hoax, but then Carl grabbed his iphone and looked it up. Ever since I was a little girl and had heard the song “I Will Always Love You”  I was hooked on her music and voice. I even have the soundtrack to her movie The Preacher’s Wife.  What a sad sad day in music history, she was a legend and an icon. It is a shame that the trials she went through were more of a struggle than what she could handle. I was looking forward to her comeback.

Anyway, thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.

Playing Catch Up…

Sorry for the absence of posts. I had been a little busy with work and didn’t have anything to blog about, I don’t want to just blog to ramble but blog about meaningful happenings! 🙂

Anyway, a few fun things to share! 🙂

First the good stuff, if you have been following my blog you will remember in my One Piece at a Time… Literally post, I mentioned the Christmas gift I got Carl through the Amazing Clubs site. I put together a variety club of the month gift for him. I did a 3 month membership, first month he will get beer from microbreweries around the states, secondly, he would get fancy cheese and thirdly he will be getting cigars.

This past week he received his Beer of the Month!

Two of the beers are from Casco Bay Brewing Company in Maine and the other two ironically are from Chameleon Brewing Company in Glendale, Wisconsin. I can’t wait for the cheese to come! Yum.

We have been trying to put our home together. We purchased two nice hightop barstool chairs for our dining/kitchen area. It has taken us a while to find the ones we would like. We went to Target yesterday and found some that were reasonably priced and look good.

They are very comfortable.

Now that I am gluten free, I figured I should get a cookbook or two and see what recipes I can find.

These are the two I liked. The Cooking Light Gluten-Free Cookbook I picked up at Barnes and Noble and the other one Gluten Free and easy I had to order online from Barnes and Noble. I have not cooked out of them yet, but the recipes look good! I will keep you posted on what I try and if they are blog worthy! 🙂

Happy Healthy Eating! 🙂

Oh, I can’t forget the cute so very useful carrying bag my sister gave us as a housewarming gift! I can’t wait to use it! 🙂 It will be nice for traveling or just running errands.

Happy Sunday!

One Piece at a Time… Literally!

What a wonderful holiday weekend. Carl and I had exchanged gifts on Christmas Eve morning before heading North to his parent’s house. Some how without planning it we had Minnesota themed gifts for each other. 🙂

I had gotten him two books from Barnes and Noble titled; Once There Were Castles and Minneapolis-St.Paul Then and Now, two great books full of Minnesota Twin Cities history. Then I got him a MN Gohper hat and sweatshirt, his big gift was the Club of the Month from Amazing Clubs, he got the 3 month variety pack. So the first month he will get beer from microbreweries nationwide, the second month he will get cheeses and the third month he will get cigars. 🙂 How exciting! I can’t wait for the cheese to come!

Carl had gotten me the Catchphrase hand held game, a book, lotion from The Body Shop, a hard to find Cities 97 CD and then a puzzle. I have wanted a puzzle so bad. Not sure why, he got me a 750pc Minneapolis, MN skyline puzzle. So at night we get home, make supper, then sit and work on the puzzle and watch a movie together. It is rather relaxing. We might go this weekend to find a few more puzzles!

Here is a few pictures of the puzzle!

Hopefully we will finish tonight! 🙂