The Dirty Thirty Is Right Around The Corner

I will be 30 next month. This does not terrify me or throw me into a depressive state like so many others. I look at 30 as a new beginning, a leaving behind of a wonderful yet naive time, a time that of course is a large part of what has shaped me. I can not get back my 20′s nor do I really want to relive those years. I had some fantastic times but I feel that something so much more profound is waiting for me in my 30′s. I’ve been fortunate enough to have learned a lot and to have had so many experiences so early on. It’s an odd feeling of having lived so much life while having so much life yet to live. I am excited about what life has in store and I can not wait to see where it will take me.

Cheers to the Dirty Thirty being just around the corner. May it bring deepening friendships, love and adventure.

 

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Fall In The Midwest

I love Fall in Minnesota. The beautiful colors of the trees, the smell of bonfires and chimneys being lit. Halloween, pumpkin patches and apple orchards.

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Hot cider, apple desserts, stews and soups, root vegetables and hearty meals. Snuggling with blankets and giant wool socks. Scarves, hats, jackets and boots. Crunching leafs underfoot and sharp, crisp clean air. Seeing your breath but sweating because the sun is beating down.

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Warm and fragrant households with loved ones gathered together. Cozying up in a dark jazz club. Red wine and local brews, whiskey and bourbon, Grand Marnier and brandy. Gentle snows with lazily drifting flakes.

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Hiatus

I have been taking time off from blogging to focus more on family and helping my Mom heal after her double mastectomy as well as working quite a bit. It is coming up on one year since her surgery and she is doing very well. We will be having a celebratory dinner with her and 2 of my aunts next week. I look forward to entering back into the blogging world. 

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Reflections Day 3

Reflections Day 3

Photo-A-Day for May: Reflections

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Photo A Day May: Reflections

I started my photo-a-day for May yesterday. Reflections. Unfortunately I lost a friend on Sunday to liver failure due to alcoholism. In honor of him, I will post my first 2 photos in reflection of our time as roommates with another friend Seth.

Day 1:

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Tommy and Seth.

Day 2:

A good friend of mine dated Tommy for a long time. It was a tumultuous relationship but I know she loved him deeply. Tommy had a good heart but a head full of demons.

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Abby and I many many moons ago. This was outside the house I shared with Tommy and Seth.

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Count Down To 29 Days 1 & 2

I have chosen my first two numbers from the jar.

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Day 1: #17

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An oven thermometer! I do a lot of baking and I often have to guesstimate the times for baking so it will be nice to know what the oven is ACTUALLY heating at.

Day 2: #24

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A gift certificate for the last Pannekoeken in MN. They have the BEST apple pannekoekens.

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Count Down to 29

As I’ve mentioned, I am turning 29 at the end of May. My amazing Mom has given me a jar filled with folded pieces of colored paper with lid labeled “Count Down to 29.” Beginning tomorrow, I get to choose one piece of paper each day and get a small gift for every day until I turn 29. I got so lucky having her as my mother.

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