July 1, 2015


July is here. Summer is FLYING by. I think I say that every month except January. That month always seems slow. Anyone else have one slow month every year? Embrace it.

Anyways, here is a monthly dose of what I'm up to currently.

Reading The Rosie Effect. I started just last night and I'm 100 pages deep. I loved the first one and I love this one just as much so far. My to-read list on Goodreads has grown so much lately from all these book posts and I love it. Are we friends yet on Goodreads?

Drinking Soul Ride IPA. It's a local beer from Indianapolis and since that's where I am this week, I figured I would dive into the local craft beer scene. It's fantastic if you were wondering.

Counting down to the wedding shower I'm hosting for my soon-to-be sister in law. She is one of my favorite people and I'm so happy she will be my sister in less than 2 months. Growing up without sisters means you don't really know what you're missing. If you're lucky like me, you end up with 3 sister in laws that you love and adore and can't get enough of.

Thankful for summer nights. Whether it's a quiet night with a book and glass of wine or a night with friends on a patio eating Thai food and laughing loudly, these nights are magical and I can't get enough. 

Happy that there was finally something on the news to smile about. We missed pride weekend in NYC because of our work travels this week and rural Ohio didn't have much to offer in the parade department, but there was champagne to celebrate a big milestone. Lots more work to do, but you have to recognize each victory. Cheers to love!

Glued to all the coverage of the escaped prisoners from Northern NY. I know the hunt is over, but I feel like there is so much more to this story. In college, I took lots of criminology classes and learned a little about our prison system. It's very interesting to hear different perspectives. 

Listening to the Decemberists a lot lately. Also, my new favorite song is this one:

Excited for a week in Montana with some of our favorite people. We have only been in the middle of winter, so a summer trip will be a whole new adventure. We are so lucky and grateful that our friend, Brian, has a family home outside of Big Sky. I can barely contain my excitement. I'm smiling ear to ear just writing about it. 

I don't think there will be snow on the ground this time. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK.

Dreaming for a little extra time to update my blog pages and put together a little midsummer giveaway for all y'all. If you're interested in participating, email me steph@insertclassyhere.com before 7/15.  Hope you're staying cool and calm and happy.

June 26, 2015

Thank You Notes Vol. 9

Thank you S'Mores Oreos for coming in a smaller package than regular Oreos. Seriously, we eat them until they are gone. We've tried hiding them in the cabinets, but there's still one person that knows where they are. I was skeptical at first because I don't really love regular Oreo's, but these are different. I'm glad they are seasonal.

Thank you Old Navy for creating shorts that don't show my ass plus they are super cute and don't look like they are made for grannies. I bought myself three pairs because they were also dirt cheap.

Thank you Barkbox for making me feel like the best dog mom in the world. New toys and treats each month that the pups go bananas over. If you haven't tried it, click here and spoil those pups.

Thank you Lola for having the most adorable tiny white eyelashes. I posted this picture last night, but I had to share it again because I finally captured them. Seriously? How cute are those tiny little hairs?

Thank you Chris Pratt for being alive. I've loved you since your first appearance on Parks & Rec and now I've watched you be a badass in Jurassic World. I didn't think it was possible to love dinosaurs like a 3 year old boy, but you convinced me.

Thank you Grandma Elly who sends me mail as often as she can and it always makes my day. This recent card was actually her way of RSVPing to the wedding shower I'm throwing for my soon to be sister in law in a month. She could've called, but she sent me a Thinking of You card instead.

Thank you 2016 Presidential Race for being the newest and most entertaining reality television show. Just watching how politics work in this country and the people who jump into the ring, it's all a bit entertaining to me at this point in the campaign. I'm sure I'll be singing a different tune in a few months.

And like always, thank you Jimmy Fallon for being my hero. Happy Friday!

June 24, 2015

Summertime To-Do List

I completed almost everything on my spring to-do list. The Cherry Blossoms were a little off this year with my timing, so we saw blossoms on our way to the airport to leave for Iceland. Not exactly what I was planning, but it worked out just fine.

Last year, I made a list of requirements for the perfect summer (see that here.) I'm getting a little more specific this year, because I love being able to check things off.

1. Beach days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a big one. We got a new umbrella and Justin has started to focus on his surf skills again. Growing up in southern Cali, he surfed as a kid and now that we are close to a coast again, he's jumping back in. Not me, I sit under the umbrella and observe.

2. Eat Mac & Cheese cupcakes at the Minnesota State Fair. They are on the list of new foods this year and we will be home for weddings, so I'm all over it.

3. Celebrate my little brother's wedding and all the festivities that come with it. Plus we get two friend weddings this fall, so lots of love in the air this year.

4. Get back to Boston. How have we lived here for 20 months and not been back to Boston? It's one of our favorite places and it's an easy weekend trip. It will happen this summer.

5. See at least one more baseball stadium. There's got to be at least one that we can check off the list in our road trips to and from different offices & Minnesota this summer.

6. Visit Governor's Island with a picnic basket. There is a park there with lots of hammocks. I want books, wine, snacks and hammocks for a nice summer afternoon.

7. Explore more of Long Island - it's an easy day trip for us and there's so much to explore. I'm a big fan of the north fork of the island with all the wine, but Montauk has some wonderful places to eat and enjoy as well.

8. Take a photography class and learn to use our camera.

9. Some of the simple things: read 5-6 books, take screen free days, walk the dogs and let them explore new places, yoga, update some blog pages.

10. Enjoy a week in Montana - looking at the stars, hiking in the mountains, fly fishing like a boss and laughing until my face hurts with some of my favorite people in the whole world.

What's on your summer list?

June 23, 2015

Stealin' Time

Stealing time is an interesting concept. I found a definition of this phrase that said "when you grab a chunk of time that would normally be used for something else and you steal it for your own purposes."

Saying life has been a little nuts lately would be putting it lightly. The nice part about getting older is you start to recognize crazy before it smacks you in the face. When schedules are crazy, I always think of the phrase "stealin' time." It is kind of like glorified multitasking - sometimes doing too many things at once makes life more complicated, but this is the opposite. It's impossible for me to explain exactly what it means, but I'll give you a couple examples of my interpretation.

Ditching yoga to walk to the frozen yogurt shop on an 85 degree evening.
Taking a breakfast break to make eggs and sit at the table and read the news.
Using my mindless trips through the aisles of the grocery store to catch up with mom or dad on the phone.
Keeping a book in my purse to make all the mindless "waiting" time interesting by diving in to the latest story.
Take a break from Facebook. I don't know if that really counts, but I feel like I'm taking back time by deactivating my account for a little bit. That might be over today... who knows.
Deciding against the movie in the park in the city and having our own movie night with the dogs at home - no ferry or bus ride or getting their early to hold our spot saves us at least 90 minutes.
Catching up with neighbors while letting the dogs run wild in the park - sometimes even practicing my Spanish skills.

And my newest discovery of planning bus rides with friends & neighbors so you can use those 30 minutes to have a cup of coffee and catch up instead of staring out the window and dreading those dark minutes in the Lincoln Tunnel. It does wonders.

What does that phrase mean to you? Do you have any little secrets to make crazy days seem a little more in your control? I'm begging you to share :)

June 18, 2015

You Probably Don't Know...

You probably don't know where I've been for the last week... or what I've been up to recently. Helene's link up came at a perfect time so I can fill you in on some things that you probably don't know.

You probably don't know that I'm heading to Chicago today. I should be there now but my flight was cancelled and I didn't see that email until I had showered and gotten ready at 4 AM. At least I hadn't left for the airport yet. I was able to sneak in two more hours of zzzzz's.

You probably don't know that we haven't had a weekend in town without guests since April. It's so awesome to have people visiting, but I'm kind of looking forward to this weekend with nothing to do. Let's just hope that my flight makes it back tomorrow evening.

You probably don't know that we recently purged our wardrobes again and got rid of things that we haven't worn and things that no longer fit. Now I feel like I could really use some new work clothes.

You probably don't know that I've recently fallen in love with the NY Mets and decided that in a perfect world, the Mets & the MN Twins would meet in the World Series this year. More on that later.

You probably don't know that I get insanely excited to find out what colors the Empire State Building are going to be each night and the reasons behind it. My favorite is when they add a little green or purple.

You probably don't know that I've been in a crappy mood lately and have not shown up on the blog because I have needed my evening down time to just sit and do nothing. That's what happens when work is super busy and there is a lots of stuff going on behind the scenes in our lives. I'll bounce back.

Now go link up with Helene because she's the best.

Helene in Between