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!

-Blondie!

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!

-Blondie!

A little this and that…

I am putting up a miss mash of photos from the last few months! 🙂 Sorry I have been slacking a little.

Birthday 2014…

Another birthday has rolled around. After being sick for almost 1 1/2 weeks and trying to get better, it was another busy weekend. We were planning on going to see Davina and The Vagabonds for Halloween but we were both just so tired. lol old and lame, I know! So we stayed home, ordered Chinese food and watched a movie.

Saturday November 1st was my birthday, it was nice relaxing birthday. We had some gift cards for Target from our wedding, so we went there to finish up our shopping off our registry. Carl treated me to the movie Gone Girl, which was really good. I am only halfway through the book and seeing the movie really makes me want to finish the book. On Saturday night we got together with friends for dinner and then we went out with Jake and David for drinks after. I was so tired when I got home that I didn’t open my presents from Carl until the next morning. (signs of your getting older)

BirthdayDinner Dinner with friends

DrinksTiffanysDrinks with Jake and David

CarlJulia Carl and I

Birthday2014 My presents from Carl, perfume, a clear tea mug for work and a gift card for tea. 🙂

On Sunday we did a lot of clean-up and organizing. We finally got to some of our wedding gifts and hung them up and also to hanging up our canvas wraps for our collage.

WeddingGifts we got the wine sign and the cork holder from two different guests but how awesome that they match.

Here is the start of our canvas collage.

CanvasCollage CanvasCollage_1

We are adding two more 12×12 canvas wraps and two 8×10 canvas wraps. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. 🙂 I will post photos of it.

I had a wonderful birthday. Thank you for all the well wishes from friends and family! I feel so blessed.

Cheers!

-Blondie!

Long Over Due…

Oh man, I have been off the blogging grid. We have been busy almost every weekend and to be honest, sitting at the computer and blogging was not appealing  at the time.

We had three weddings back to back and it was a lot of running; however enjoyable to see family and friends. I don’t think we have ever had that many busy weekends before.

Saturday September 7, 2013

We had a friend’s wedding in Duluth, MN. Duluth is one of my favorite places to go ever and it is wonderful that it’s in Northern Minnesota. I love the Aerial Lift Bridge, the Canal Park Broad walk and all the other sights of Duluth, I took a few pictures of our time in Duluth.

Aerial_Lift_Bridge Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth

Canal_Park_Boardwalk Canal Park Boardwalk and the walk out for the lighthouse

Lake_Superior_Big_Ship The lighthouse and a ship out in Lake Superior

Lake_Superior The lake and city of Duluth in the cloudy setting

Grandma's_Sports_Garden Of course you can’t forget Grandma’s.

We had drove to my sister’s house because we were staying at her house to watch her dog. On our way up we stopped at a great restaurant, called The Grumpy Minnow, it was located on some back gravel road but it had a great view of the water and great food with service.

I love the bar logo-

The_Grumpy_Minnow

That was a fun weekend in Duluth. Arie spent some time at my other sister’s house with her three children. They said he was well behaved and had a great time.

Next Weekend- Saturday September 14, 2013

We took Friday September 13th off because I had an appointment with the specialist to check on how I am doing. I was really praying and hoping that I would get off the prednisone, as I have been on it since May. I was starting to feel the effects of it, I was getting puffy and gaining weight. Anyway, we went to Wisconsin that weekend for my cousin’s wedding. He and his wife-to-be asked me to be a reader in their wedding, it was an honor. They had a pretty wedding and it was wonderful to see family that weekend. The bad part of the weekend Carl got really sick and was sick for almost a week. Oh, and I didn’t get off the medicine unfortunately.

Following Weekend- Friday September 20, 2013

We had found out the next week that one of Carl’s co-workers was getting married on Friday and we were invited to a fancy mansion in Minneapolis. It was at the Van Dusen Mansion, it was very classy. Their ceremony was outside and that was nice minus the weather then they had fancy appetizers and a fun meal that was buffet style.

We had quite a few weekends that were packed. Along with that my car’s transmission went out. That was pretty stressful, I had to find a way to get my car back and then I had to get a rental car. But on the bright side we found a vehicle within a week and it was lots of test driving and researching online. We decided on a crossover, with Arie being 60 lbs, we needed a bigger vehicle and overall we needed more cargo room for traveling.

Mona_The_HondaCRV

Arie loves his new ride, I named her Mona, not sure why but it seemed to fit.

Sorry I had been absent, I will try to get back in the swing of things again.

I am reading the Alphabet Series by Sue Grafton and I just finished book “I”, I like the books, she just released “W” so I have to keep going to get caught up. I also started reading another book by Allison Brennan.

I have been trying a few new recipes and gluten free desserts, I will be sure to blog about them. I bought fresh scallops from the Coop tonight and will make them tomorrow night, can’t wait!

Anyway, thank you all for following even though I go in sprits with blogging. I promise I will try to be better.

Happy almost TGIF.

-Blondie!

Yummy Shrimp and a Good Book…

At the beginning of June, one of my favorite books from a series was released. Stolen (book #8 of the Lucy Kincaid Series) written by Allison Brennan. I have read all the Lucy Kincaid Series books and love them. I read the three previous books to get the background of her family. Great book, I have liked the authors page on facebook and really enjoy how personable she is on her facebook page. The next book comes out this winter, I hate when I read a book so fast that I have to wait for the next one.

Right now, I am back to reading the Alphabet Series by Sue Grafton. I am book E for Evidence, they are quick easy reads.

Over the weekend we welcomed another addition to our family. I am an auntie again, my brother and his wife had their second beautiful baby boy on Friday. We got to see the baby on Sunday for a little bit. He is such a little peanut.

On Saturday Morning, my brother said that we have go to the shrimp truck. I thought WHAT?! what is the shrimp truck. It is a company called Fabian from Galveston, TX. They fish for their shrimp and other seafood and throw it in coolers on a cooler truck and drive it to the midwest. So it is FRESH! I love seafood and fish so I was in heaven. We met my brother at the truck and we got some fresh shrimp, I can’t wait to try them on the grill. 🙂 YUM

Fabian Fresh Shrimp

A Good Book and Wine…

I want to share a few of the books I have read recently and the delicious wine I have tasted. Yum!

As you know from past posts wine and books is a part of my favorites. For my birthday this year, Carl got me wine of the month for November and December. He sure does know his audience. 🙂 Plus I have tasted some other wines in bringing them to gatherings.

Here are a few of the wines

Wine of the Month

These three red wines I have not opened as of yet, they are the wines from Wine of the Month from Carl. I can’t wait to try them and I will blog a bit more about them.

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The Frisk Riesling, that is really good. The Mark West is a Pinot Noir 

Wine of the Month

This is one of the Wines from my birthday gift. It is a Emile Beyer Pinot Blanc from France. This was very good.

So on to the books. When I find a good book I am hooked and it is hard to stop reading.

1. In August, authors P.J. Tracy came out with another Monkeewrench book called “Off the Grid” and I ordered that one from Barnes and Noble because I have all the other physical books. I almost want to read them all over again.

2. In October, author Allison Brennan came out with another book for her Lucy Kincaid Series. I am addicted to this series. Plus I also read the three Evil books that come before the Lucy Kincaid series.

Here is the link to her books. http://www.allisonbrennan.com/books

3. I don’t know when but I read the book Defending Jacob by William Landay. I highly recommend this book. I have recommended it to three people who have all read or currently reading it.

4. Last but not least, right now I am reading Grace, Gold, Glory: My Leap of Faith by Gabrielle Douglas. She was that little spit fire of a gymnast at the Olympics. This is such a warm book where she tells her story. It almost feels like you are in the room listening to her tell it.

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! 🙂