September 18, 2014

If I Could...

I found the prompts for this little game/quiz on tumblr and thought it would be fun to play along.  I love answering questions like these.

If I could...

Travel anywhere, where would it be?  Iceland.  I think everyone knows I'm a little obsessed with the country and we've had a few setbacks and our trip has been rescheduled AGAIN.  Damn life.  We will get there soon.

Meet anyone, who would it be?  Jimmy Fallon.  Duh.  Hopefully, it's the night that he's hanging out with Justin Timberlake, but I won't push my luck.

Be anyone for a day, who would it be?  Beyonce.

Get anything free for the rest of your life, what would it be?  Lush products so I could smell awesome forever... I would also like a free lifetime supply of 3 wick candles from Bath & Body Works.

Change one thing about your life, what would it be?  I would like all my friends & family to live where I live instead of half a country away.

Have any superpower, what would it be?  I would love to be able to teleport places without the travel time.

Be any animal for a day, which would you be?  I would love to be a bird so I could fly.

Change one thing about the world, what would it be?  Wow, one thing is completely impossible, but I'm going to say clean water... for everyone.

Live in any fictional universe, which would you choose?  If you are a super nerd, I would pick Naboo from Star Wars.  If you are anyone else, I would pick any part of Harry Potter as long as I have friends that are magical.

Eliminate one of your human needs, which would you get rid of?  Clean clothes and clean dishes.  I hate laundry and dishes - simple as that.

Change one thing about your physical appearance, what would you change?  I would like a smaller midsection without having to work at it... #sorrynotsorry

Change one of your personality traits, what would you choose?  I wish I was a little less of a control freak, but at the same time, it is who I am and I don't really want to change that.

Be talented at anything instantly, what would you choose?  I wish I could just speak tons and tons of languages.  Also, cooking.  I wish I was an awesome chef.

Have any hair/eye/skin color, which would you choose?  Love being a strawberry blond with hazel eyes and skin that burns.  No shame in my game.

Be any weight/body type, which would you choose?  The kind that never has to work out and just is in shape at all times, that would be good.

Live in any country/city, where would you choose?  I love where we live, but I would love to live in Boston or Charlotte, NC for a while.

Change one law in your country, which would you change?  Without starting an entire debate, I would probably change some gun laws.

Have any job in the world, which would you choose?  I would be a writer.

Have anything appear in your pocket right now, what would it be?  A Boston Terrier puppy - even though we couldn't handle a 3rd dog.  Maybe tickets home for Christmas.  Money too - that's always fun.

Have anyone beside you right now, who would it be?  My husband is working crazy hours right now, so I would love if he were next to me right now.  I would also take one of my girlfriends too.  I miss them so damn much.

Let me know what you would do.  Play along - these are fun.

September 12, 2014

Thank You Notes Vol. 4

Because if you've ever seen this post, you know I'm in love with Jimmy Fallon.  Since I love him, that means I love everything that he does, so I'm going to do a round of Friday thank you notes.

Thank you Bath and Body Works for putting out fall candles even though it's still summer.  It's the only situation where I'm totally on board with jumping the gun.  (yes, Kelsey, I bought 1 big candle and 3 mini candles last night but my husband knows about them.)

Thank you Lush for the greatest shampoo and conditioner that I have ever used.  My hair smells amazing and the frizziness is going away even with a few humid days.  Also, I love everything you sell.

Thank you internet for convincing me that I do things my dogs hate.  I read this article about the 11 things humans do that dogs hate and ordered my dogs new leashes and harnesses that are dedicated to "sniff walks."  My dogs better love me a million times more for this major life change.

Thank you little brother for making the best decision over Labor Day weekend and asking Jen to marry you.  I'm so excited to have another sister and I love even more that she asked me to be part of your special day.  Love love love you both.

Thank you coffee for getting me through this final work day of the week.  Well, I guess I should thank you for getting me through every work day.

This weekend will include a trip to the Botanical Gardens, cinnamon rolls, coffee, books, football and so much pajama time.  If I'm lucky, it might also include a late night trip north to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.  I leave you with this song (because I'm buying tickets to their December NYC concert in a few minutes.)

September 11, 2014

Dear New York City

Dear New York City,

It has been exactly 10 months since I moved to the banks of the Hudson River from the motherland of Minnesota.  Every single morning, afternoon and evening, I look across the water and stare at your beautiful skyline - one of the most beautiful in the world.  We are able to walk your streets anytime adventure is calling and you never disappoint.  There is always a story to hear, a performance to watch, new food to try.

When we gaze across the river, there are a few things that stand out.  The Empire State Building that changes colors each night to help bring awareness to different causes, support different teams and celebrate different groups of people.  The Chrysler Building looks like a Christmas Tree with sparkling white lights every night.  The towers of midtown reflect the lights from Times Square and change colors instantly.  You are breathtaking.

On this day, 13 years ago, you were changed forever.  I was in 11th grade Chemistry with Dr. C when I heard the news.  The first hour was very confusing and then we were all sent to homeroom to watch the news coverage and we were eventually sent home.  Everyone talked about connections they had to you or Washington DC.  Everyone knew someone that was supposed to be on an airplane that day. Everyone was afraid.

As I stare at the Freedom Tower in the distance today, I can't even begin to imagine what it would feel like to be standing in plain sight of the World Trade Center buildings on that day.  People that saw things with their own eyes and heard things with their own ears instead of on a news station.  The dust, the noises, the sirens, the tears.  Those are things we saw on TV, but more importantly, we saw your heroes of all shapes & sizes step up and show so much bravery and kindness.

You are a constant reminder of resilience.  People here are strong and proud.  There is an energy present, a constant pulse that is so enticing.  I'm so grateful to be in a place where I can stare at you every day and be constantly reminded of your strength.  Thank you for being an inspiration to me and a reminder that courage and kindness are such important parts of being a good person.

A NJ girl that has been forever changed by time spent in your lovely city

Take a second today to remember your fellow Americans that lost their lives that day and your fellow Americans who were brave enough to do the right thing and help others.  Remember and be grateful today and every day for the soldiers that fight for our freedom.  The world can be a scary place - be kind, be brave.

September 10, 2014


It's Wednesday and my mind is bouncing all over the place.  I have 7 conference calls today which seems a bit excessive.  Busy, busy, busy.  I leave you with a random assortment of thoughts.

I'm not rushing out to get an iWatch.  I have no interest to have my phone constantly in my sight.  I like to be able to put it away in my purse or leave it at home somedays.  It's liberating.

I have not been good about sending snail mail recently.

I've started unfriending people on Facebook if they ask me to play Candy Crush.  It's annoying and I've tried blocking it a bunch.

My dog has that $10 shirt from PetSmart (from Grandma) and I feel like that means I should get the matching Kate Spade bag.  I think it would be totally justified.

I haven't picked up a book since mid August.  I love reading, so this is a little weird.

I've been doing #100happydays on Instagram and I have no idea what day I'm on.

I have a weird obsession with 30 day challenges.  I'm halfway through my 30 day yoga challenge and I just committed myself to a blogging challenge where I have to post something everyday in October. If you want more info on that one, go check out Helene's Post.

My closet needs a serious deep cleaning and purge.  I put StitchFix on hold for next month because I don't have any room left for more clothes.  It's time to get rid of some stuff.  I'm sad and happy at the same time.

I still think the Humpday commercials are funny.

Linking up with Kathy

September 9, 2014

Plans Change and Volcanos Erupt

I have talked so many times in the last few months about our Iceland trip.  As I was getting ready to purchase our airline tickets, we received a call about our home that we still own in Minnesota.  We have tenants and there were some issues - some big issues.  All I heard was insert my money into the toilet and flush.  Homeownership can be stressful, but it's even worse when you are living across the country.  Thank goodness our dads are willing and able to help us meet with contractors and get things back in order.  Without them, one of us would have been on a flight back home until the matter is resolved.

The Iceland trip... well, that's being rescheduled.  The same day we got the call about the house was the day that the news broke about the volcano erupting in Iceland.  Crazy how things happen like that.  Now, I've heard that the media is exaggerating the situation a little bit, but I've made a new hobby out of watching the Live webcam of the Volcano.

We will be keeping our vacation plans this fall close to home and hopefully heading out of the country in the spring.  And we are thinking that maybe owning a home in another state might not be our thing for too much longer.

In other news, the Vikings won this weekend.  I won one fantasy game and lost the other.  I found this picture on the internet and I loved it.

I have to say that the Vikings/Packers rivalry gets pretty heated sometimes, but we know that we haven't won a championship in a million years.  So many of my best friends are from Wisconsin and I love them no matter what football team they cheer for.  And I think Aaron Rodgers looks like Ellen.  

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