The time has arrived! Time to hit the road for a few days of holiday shenanigans in Illinois. The forecast is calling for a lot of yuck so our journey tonight may be a long one. (Send any good podcasts my way, please!) Once we arrive, though, I’m unplugging for quality food, friends, wine and Christmas celebrations. I’ll see you on Sunday but, until then, have the merriest of Christmases!
Source :: just you wait
The next 36 hours are sure to hold a lot of excitement! There will be a Minnesota Thanksgiving feast, a late night shift at Mall of America, some shopping at midnight (gotta get those deals!) and a road trip to Illinois with the Red Head and puppy in tow. Once there, we’ll have continued Turkey Day celebrations with friends and family so, it’s safe to say, we have a lot to be thankful for! I’m going to take the next few days to soak it all in so ebb + flow will be radio silence until then. I hope you’re able to unplug a bit and kick of the holiday season with loved ones near and far!
Source :: Bridge & Burn
I realized it’s been a few months since I last did a life lately post. It comes as no surprise that, like all the years before it, 2014 is flying by. I’m trying to wrap my head around the fact that tomorrow kicks off April. Make time slow down! Make the snow stop! Give me more hours in a day! Simple requests, really. Maybe perusing photos from the previous weeks will help slow time down. Here goes nothing…
1 :: Years ago my sister brought me these awesome knobs from Budapest. I finally found the perfect little spot in our office for them and love catching them out of the corner of my eye.
2 :: The Drake monster has been on a rampage lately. I’ll spare you all the details but that fact that he’s still in this photo and isn’t destroying an item in my home in a miracle. Small victories.
3 :: Pretty crazy about this MN print from Forage Modern Workshop. It has landed in our hallway for now, but I still need to find its forever home.
4 :: This weekend we helped some friends move and we spent the hours after the heavy lifting watching the sun set from their barn while drinking beer and sitting in a truck bed. I’ve never felt more country in my life.
5 :: The floors in FireLake Grill get me every time. And the bacon, too. The bacon is real good.
6 :: We recently got a new-to-us computer. After years of using the same laptop I got as a sophomore in college, this machine is a Godsend. I won’t miss the awkward grr-ing and overheated lap much.
7 :: See you this weekend, Shosh!
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Working in retail is… interesting around this time of year. And by ‘interesting’ I mean chaotic, stressful, draining, Diet Coke-fueled, exciting and exhausting all at the same time. So that leaves me feeling like a puddle by the end of the week. Thankfully I’ve got a weekend of fun to perk me back up! Tonight I’m catching a screening of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and tomorrow we’re attending Friendsgiving (what I’m hoping will become a new tradition!) with a gaggle of friends here. It’s sure to be a good time and I’m already looking forward to the turkey and stuffing. I’ll be sure to share the recipes I whip up for the big event. Whatever you’re up to this weekend I hope it’s a blast. Catch you on Sunday!
Time to recap the other highlight of our honeymoon: a day trip to Boston! A quick two-hour drive from Portland, Boston was at the top of my history loving Red Head’s must-see list. He may have had his doubts after we drove into the city and spent the better part of an hour trying to find a parking spot but we powered through. One bit of advice if you’re planning to visit, consider public transportation. The roads are a nightmare! (Reference this.) But once we found a spot we spent about six hours exploring the city on foot and loved every second.
Some of my favorite parts of the city were the little nooks we stumbled upon. Homes and businesses are sandwiched in between historical landmarks and the foliage was at its late September best.
The majority of our time in Boston we stuck to this red line, better known as The Freedom Trail. It’s about 2.5 miles long, stretches through the whole city and hits over 15 historical landmarks along the way.
The weather was perfect and acted as a great backdrop for the numerous upward-looking photos we took.
The Freedom Trail ends at the U.S.S. Constitution where I had to fight the urge to chant ‘U-S-A’ on repeat. Something about 200-year old ships just has that effect on me, I guess! Overall, I give our honeymoon two thumbs up. We found time to relax, managed to explore new cities, ate and drank to our hearts’ content and even managed to fit in some history lessons along the way. Time to start planning our next trip, it seems! Suggestions?
Source: my own
It’s time for another photo dump, compliments of good ol’ Instagram (follow along in real time here). It’s fun to see what the last month or so has held. Not surprisingly, it held a BUNCH of wedding prep.
Breaking in the bag sets we made for the cocktail hour at our wedding. There was a wager on this game and I came up short so I had to buy the Red Head a malt from The Malt Shop. Grr, I’m determined to win next time! Also, how many types of fence can one backyard have. It would seem we’re trying them all!
One of my favorite looks from our back to school photo shoot, more details and images coming soon!
I ordered succulents for our wedding and they arrived in two days… they were supposed to take five weeks to ship. So, gardeners, any tips for keeping these alive are welcome.
Something blue for 9.21.13.
Adventures in parts of Minneapolis.
The Pedal Pub over the weekend was so fun. And definitely required dorky glasses.
Source: elissabraun on Instagram
With all the showers, festivities and events this summer, I’ve done my fair share of gift giving and receiving these last few months. One item I’ve really enjoyed picking out have been hostess gifts for those throwing me bridal showers. Above is a collection of favorites: Crate & Barrel mini bowls in shades of blue, flowers from the farmers market, zip pouch bags in various colors and oil and vinegar canisters from West Elm.
Source: Crate & Barrel, Tumblr, Urban Outfitters and West Elm
I really like Minnesota. But, I really love Minnesota in the summer, specifically around Fourth of July. And, so far, this year has not disappointed. After spending about seven hours on the boat yesterday, my sister, the Red Head and I are a bit crispy in the sun burn department but ready for round two. Round two includes two more visitors heading our way, another afternoon on the boat, two wedding showers and a bunch more time with friends and great food. The perfect way to celebrate if you ask me. Hope you’re having a beautiful weekend and staying safe out there. Can’t wait to share a recap on Monday!
Source: The Old Try
Another wedding project off to the presses today. Only about 2,349 more to go!