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18

Nov
2016

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By Lindsey

Quitting Caffeine

On 18, Nov 2016 | No Comments | In Musings | By Lindsey

I think I’ve finally done it. I haven’t had a diet coke since Sunday. (today is Friday) Anyone who knows me would be pretty surprised. It’s my go to crisp beverage as soon as I wake up and then as needed through the day. I’ve always said that it’s not the caffeine I need, but instead the cold crisp taste that I love. Turns out it’s the caffeine I just can’t have. I’ve always been sensitive to it, but have realized that it’s just too much for me. It can make me jittery and uncomfortable. Sometimes even a little sick to my stomach maybe an added nasty headache. #notworthit I knew giving up my favorite thing would be tough. Not having caffeine has kept away all those negative things I just listed, but also made me so sluggish. Didn’t realize my diet cokes also gave me a bit of energy along with the jitters. It will level out in time. Though, I have to replace that liquid with something. Hopefully, I’ll drink more water, but I’ve always needed a little more taste to go with it. I can have diet sprite. It’s good. I’m also turning to Mom’s favorite, caffeine-free coffee. I always snubbed my nose at it. I love the taste of coffee, but thought drinking caffeine free was a waste of time. I’m here to tell you: it tastes just as good (to me) and has none of the negative side effects. For years I’ve been able to manage the caffeine in diet cokes, but coffee was off limits. It’s been nice having a cup or two again. Inspired to get our coffee/tea corner organized. Using our wedding items: Arte Italica and Gien. Fingers crossed I can keep this up. My head certainly feels clearer with a lot less chemicals in my body.

8 Things That Happen When You Quit Caffeine

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28

Oct
2016

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Fall in final days outside so we’re bringing it inside, slowly

On 28, Oct 2016 | No Comments | In Musings | By Lindsey

Minnesota gets an amazing fall.

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The color is just breathtaking. We are fortunate that our house is full of big windows, so you feel as if you are in a tree house. Even if you are inside, you still get to feel part of nature. We’ve been so busy enjoying the natural beauty, that we only just this past weekend started decorating our house. I know I have a bunch of fall decorations somewhere in the basement, but you know how that goes. I assume we’ll find them by the time we move again! We have so much more to do. My parents are spending Thanksgiving weekend with us, so I want our house to feel just as warm and cozy has Mom has always made ours feel for holidays, especially fall.

This is our humble mantle as of today.

I’ll add a bunch of flowers as we get closer to turkey day. Don’t want to put them up now because they will die. I just don’t have time for that.

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Here’s our new pride and joy sent to us this month by Matt’s mom. How funny is this pumpkin gal? We need to come up with a name for her. She has on a skirt, fancy tights and I tied a little orange bow on her ankle because why not! Silly thing makes me laugh every time I pass her.

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08

Sep
2016

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Happy Birthday #MyMatt

On 08, Sep 2016 | No Comments | In Musings | By Lindsey

Wishing a very Happy Birthday to my sweet husband. He’s known on social media as #MyMatt. Or I should say he’s known by me on social media as #mymatt. It’s catching on, though. Sometimes social media friends greet him by name in chance encounters!

There are so many reasons why he’s special and why I love him, but I must say, we sure have a lot of fun together. This is why I’m posting this less than adorable picture. May we always know how to celebrate big milestones like birthdays, but also those random Saturday nights with just the two of us in a favorite neighborhood joint.

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18

Jul
2016

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Bastille weekend for us means fries and bernaise

On 18, Jul 2016 | No Comments | In Musings | By Lindsey

We were all reminded last week that Bastille Day was upon us.

I’d always found celebrating the holiday here in the US to be a sweet thought ever since I studied abroad in France during the Bastille celebrations. We took the train to France and pretended we were a part of it all. We certainly looked the part – wine glasses in hand and the colors of the french flag covering us. Back in 2002, I didn’t know anything about the holiday, but have since learned the history and the significance of the name. A fascinating history.

 

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Meritage Sunday Patio

Last night we found ourselves hungry with no clue what to do. The night was lovely with plenty of sun and a very comfortable breeze. It hit us. Let’s go French. Meritage in downtown St Paul is just outstanding. It’s such a classy spot that is just casual enough to make a sunday dinner feel leisurely. What a perfect patio. We almost had it to ourselves by the time I took the picture.

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Fries and bernaise sauce

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Can you tell how happy Matt is after his escargot

I’m all business with the fries

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We really enjoy Meritage, but also are so sad that its sister restaurant Brasserie Zentral and the next door bar Foreign Legion closed in downtown Minneapolis. Thank goodness for Meritage, though! Hope you all found a way to get outside and enjoy the weekend! Here in the Twin Cities we are about to get a heat wave. Bring it!!!

 

20

May
2016

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Found Floral

On 20, May 2016 | No Comments | In Musings | By Lindsey

I was sold on Helen Mirren within minutes of watching her drink her dark booze and lead a room full of cops like a pro on Prime Suspect.

This floral number is modest yet flows in such a stunning way.

Apparently she was leaving the Cannes airport when this was taken. Ahhh the riviera life.

 

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But really, Prime Suspect. It’s a must binge watch.

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07

Apr
2016

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Good Memory

On 07, Apr 2016 | No Comments | In Musings | By Lindsey

Flashback to several years ago sitting with mom on my parents’ porch swing on a spring Mississippi day. Not sure it gets any better than this memory. Clearly in the middle of a good chat over blue moons.

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04

Apr
2016

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Spring Fries

On 04, Apr 2016 | No Comments | In Musings | By Lindsey

I don’t want to talk about today. I want to talk about yesterday.

Yesterday it was sunny and in the low 60’s. Though, I hate to even use the word low because it was so high: nice and warm. We walked down the street and had a patio lunch. My first thought was, “I didn’t put on my sunscreen.” My next thought was “damn, this sun has my brain working in ways it hasn’t in a while.” It was sparking all over the place. It manifested into making our own french fries like mamma always did and now doesn’t quite as often for the obvious fried food health reasons. None of that mattered yesterday, though.

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We opened all the windows in the house to release the smoke that’s inevitable when I start experimenting in the kitchen and turned up the music.

It was amazing. The breeze went perfectly with the dry white wine and salty spring french fries.

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One of my most treasured possessions: a deep cast iron skillet of my granny’s

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01

Apr
2016

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Forcing Spring At Home

On 01, Apr 2016 | No Comments | In Musings | By Lindsey

We all know jealously and envy are soul crushing conditions, but we just can’t help it these days.
My mom has been sending us beautiful snapshots of her yard in Mississippi. Even a month ago it was full of tulips, daffodils, and the front of the house a sea of pink, white and fuchsia azaleas. When I call her during the day, there’s no answer. She’s always in the yard  planting.

At our house in St Paul we are left waiting and waiting some more. Matt has taken things into his own hands to make up for the fact that we are still seeing flurries and chilly temps, today the high was around 40 degrees. There is no telling when it will be warm enough for us to create a cute sitting area and enjoy cocktails around lush plants and flowers.

To maintain our sanity flowers just keep appearing in the house. Not even one bunch at a time, but currently we have four arrangements. When these stop bringing the springtime cheer, I’m confident I’ll come home to more. It’s working. Matt has found every single vase in the house.

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I have NEVER bought carnations for myself. When I showed up to these I couldn’t help but giggle. Could he have picked a brighter bunch? He put them right by his favorite chair.

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While I’m at it, here are a couple of Easter pics. It was just the two of us, but we went all out in the kitchen. We also used our wedding china and silver, but the cooking took me a bit longer than expected, so Matt had to sift through my table setting collection. We ended up with an interesting mix of fine china, linen and dollar store placemats. Why not.

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Finally, it was a chance to use another one of our wedding gifts. Everything sounds fancier when you add trifle to the name, right. Here’s the link to the Strawberry Shortcake Trifle we made and are still enjoying days later. It came out beautifully and couldn’t have been easier. Would be great for a brunch or party.

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20

Oct
2015

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Back to Basics, as Ina says.

On 20, Oct 2015 | No Comments | In Musings | By Lindsey

Wow, it’s been a long time. I’ll say this, getting married is overwhelming, amazing and crazy!  In fact, we haven’t slowed down in the last month since the wedding! (It was on 9-19-15) It’s been so fun and I have a lot to write about and share of our wedding weekend and the honeymoon, but I need to be removed from all the fun for just a bit longer to really put the amazing experiences into words. It still feels surreal. What I do know is that Matt and I are in need of a serious detox. I use detox in a very broad way. We are just getting off what feels like a month long trip of excess, and it was all good.

“Lindsey, want a piece of cake.” ME: of course, maybe two.  “Another bottle of Negra Modelo” ME: keep them coming.” That’s about how it went for a month. Matt would say he’s been healthier but no way.

We’ve eaten, gone and done just about everything we’ve wanted, so beginning tonight we are scaling it back a notch. We started with a very healthy and humble cabbage soup.  The plan is to eat it a couple of days and really get our $10 out of it. We’re still using our pretty placemats and linens, though! Makes it feel special.

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I know a lot of couples probably live the high life the first year of marriage with Julia Child and all that fancy stuff that we love, but after several years of long distance and courting, we’ve had our share of extravagance. We are taking this first year and getting back to basics, as our favorite lady Ina Garten says.

Here’s the recipe we used. High reviews. So much flavor for so few ingredients. PS we didn’t include meat. I didn’t want it, but Matt thinks it would have made it even better.

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30

Jul
2015

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Bridget is a lucky lady….

On 30, Jul 2015 | No Comments | In Musings | By Lindsey

Believe me, I love my iphone. It’s great. It’s always with me. Though, this from Fox News is hard to imagine?

Survey: 54% Say They’d Save Cell Phone from a Fire Over Their Cat

Which would you save in a fire: Your phone or the family cat?

A surprising survey by Motorola found that 54 percent of respondents would save their smartphone over their cat if a fire broke out.

Motorola’s survey, conducted online by KRC Research, included more than 7,000 people in seven countries – the United States, Britain, Brazil, China, Spain, Mexico and India.

The survey also found that one in six smartphone users take their phone into the shower with them, and 26 percent would give up sex for a weekend as long as they didn’t have to give up their phone.

Yet only 39 percent of respondents said they were happy with their device.

24

Jul
2015

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Courtney Barnett :: Fantastic Music Friday

On 24, Jul 2015 | No Comments | In Music, Musings | By Lindsey

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Months ago, when I first heard Courtney Barnett’s “Pedestrian At Best” I wondered how in the world I had missed this in the 90’s. Then I heard it way too many times for it not to be a cool new thing.  This single was blunt and fascinating. The rest of the album is full of surprises like the beautifully unexpected Depreston, that I can’t get enough of on these summer days, and the spunky An Illustration of Loneliness with its great grungy guitar. By now I think most know her sound. Think she performed last weekend at Pitchfork Fest. I wouldn’t know, I never get to go because it’s always during our July news ratings period. No complaints, I’d much rather be employed. #ilovemyjob #minnesotasummer

Thank goodness for the Twin Cities Current Radio. If not for them I would still be listening to my favorite songs from 2006 and 2011. Those have been my favorite music years since the 90’s and I go back to them every time Taylor Swift comes on the radio, which means every 10 minutes.

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(PS if you have amazon prime, the mp3 album is free for you! )

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02

Jun
2015

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The Joy of Movies

On 02, Jun 2015 | No Comments | In Musings | By Lindsey

I’m not a movie person.
It’s lame and much more new age sounding than I really am, but I decided long ago that, for the most part, movies aren’t great for me. Much like with flashy commercials that encourage materialism, movies are so easy to get lost in that when they are over I’m left with unreasonable and unreachable expectations of life, family and love. A couple of times I realized I had in my mind an image of how things should be, though I couldn’t figure out where the glossy pictures were coming from in the first place. Tah-dah — movies and their endless budget, special effects, wardrobe planners, fitness trainers and scene takes.
Matt loves them. Don’t get me wrong, they are fun to watch. I’ve been bending my rules a bit and staying up late with Matt to watch some of the classics I never saw. For some reason these don’t count?
I am so thankful I waited to watch Rosemary’s Baby.
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Keep in mind. I knew nothing of the movie aside from the fact that it was scary, starred Mia and was directed by the infamous Roman Polanski. It was shockingly wonderful. I loved the dark apartments, characters and no-holds-barred creep. Not to mention, it was a beautifully shot movie. Only took me nearly 50 years to enjoy it. The end is just crazy!!!! I want to see that baby!!!
Then came the Crying Game.
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Matt knew I’d go for this one because I’ve long been fascinated with the IRA, and always allow myself to watch foreign spy/crime movies. This one wasn’t foreign or a spy film, but it was close enough. Before we hit play Matt told me there was a twist! Well, I ruined that. As soon as I saw the Dil character, I started asking questions. The IRA agent’s love interest was clearly a man who did drag. I was confused. Was the agent pretending to not know? He had to know, right? She was lip synching pop songs? Hadn’t he been to a drag show?  Matt looked at me like I’d just ruined the fun and told me this was a shocking plot twist when people in the 80’s originally saw the scene towards the end that showed his man parts. I knew Dill was a man.  I think this is fascinating. I suppose this is a sign that things really have changed. Ironic this comes the same week as we met the wonderfully dressed Caitlin. I don’t even mind that the IRA plot was minor and only used to lure me into a much different movie.
Next, Poltergeist. What a riot! The clown, the horrifying tree, the fantastic psychic. I just couldn’t handle it. I spent the rest of the night searching the actors and learning of the tragedy that has surrounded many of them.
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What’s next???

 

03

May
2015

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Weekend in the Sun

On 03, May 2015 | No Comments | In Musings | By Lindsey

It’s in my possession and it’s kinda scary! My wedding dress is hanging in my closet. In fact, our closet is so small that it’s taking up the entire space. Fitting for such an important garment.

I’m at work and I sure hope Matt doesn’t lose his cool and go look at it. I made him promise not to, but still I worry. He doesn’t seem to understand the idea of waiting until wedding day to see it. How did he not get that memo?

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Can you tell I put extra layers of plastic garment bags over the actual dress bag? Matt and I walked in to pick it up and before he even knew which direction to look towards, I noticed you could slightly see through the top portion of the cloth bag. It gave it away!! Can you imagine. After all this work to keep it a surprise, the bag is essentially sheer. Hated to put plastic over it, but it saved the occasion.

While we were out picking up the dress we went through one of my favorite places in Minnesota. Stillwater is right on the St. Croix River and just outside the metro. It reminds me of home. A mixture of Mississippi, Arkansas, and North Carolina. It feels peaceful and wholesome.  Turns out Matt feels the same way. We both enjoy living downtown, but sometimes you just want to be out of the city. Last time I was there the top layer of the river was frozen. This time you couldn’t go a minute without seeing a boat speed through the water. Id’ never seen a lift bridge like this before. I posted a picture below.  The vertical lift was fascinating to watch, but can you imagine being one of the cars waiting on either side? It was a long wait, but at least the view was stunning.  The winter was very cold here (no surprise) and now that the weather is warm and sunny, I almost feel manic. I want to be outside and doing something non-stop! Waiting for me at home right now are dozens of plants. Matt and I may live in an urban apartment, but with all the green I’m about to put on our porch in pots and hanging baskets, we’ll both feel right at home.

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30

Apr
2015

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A kink in “The Knot”

On 30, Apr 2015 | No Comments | In Musings, Travel, Wedding 2015 | By Lindsey

It’s been one of those simple tasks that shouldn’t be this hard!! I know you know what I’m talking about. It can be mind blowing.

I started a free (yes, nothing is ever free) wedding website through “The Knot”. I just needed a place that our wedding guests could visit to see information about the church and venue, places to stay and fun things to do while visiting the Mississippi Coast.

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Clearly I’m mildly web capable. I have this blog. I know how to buy things on the web, no doubt. However, Matt and I have had problem after problem with The Knot. It’s been CRAZY. Store registries disappearing from the site and not allowing me to attach them back, getting locked out of the site, then not being able to get anyone on the phone. It’s not that it would just ring and ring and ring, but it would pick up with immediate sales messages, giving us a chance to win a honeymoon or something I didn’t want, and then you’d have to punch a number on the phone to speak to a representative, but it’s all so confusing, I spent 30 minutes trying to get through and never did! I don’t think it’s possible to reach a human on the other line. I seriously think their wedding websites are just a ploy to gather sales information through your registries added to the site and then sell it. That’s fine, but at least answer your phones and offer properly functioning website – then I gladly give you my information. I should have researched all of my options more.

Who has time to write real blogs when you are fighting with all this!

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Get how I finally was able to get my website fixed – Facebook! I messaged the company. It took a couple of messages, but it went a lot faster than the phone and email. Social media is nuts. I wouldn’t use “The Knot” for your wedding website. Look for an updated blog eventually when I find a better company. I’m researching it. Will definitely be one of those “wish I’d known” lessons from the wedding planning experience. Oh well. It’s up and working now in enough time for our guests to get the information they need to make for a fun weekend.

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15

Apr
2015

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Cornbread Mystery

On 15, Apr 2015 | No Comments | In Musings | By Lindsey

Whole Foods makes great food. It’s pricey, but tasty. No denying it. I wish it was terrible.  There’s one just down the street from us and even though it almost makes my credit card spontaneously combust, we still walk there several times a week. Usually we go for ready-made food that we can easily take home and transfer to plates. You know, at least feel as if we played role in it.

Their cornbread, though. I’m sure it’s very good, but am I the only person who thinks it looks terrible and just weird? When was the last time your mom made cornbread that looked like this? It’s a Texas company!! Don’t get me started on the $4.39 per chunk of it.

 

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