Monthly Archives: June 2015

What I’ve Been Reading

I thought it would be good to get this sorted out because we all know that with a cabin trip coming up, there will be time for plenty of reading.

GI Brides by Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi

GI Brides

Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand


Knowing how much I love horses and horse racing, I have no idea as to why it took me a lifetime to read this book.  I loved it.  And now I need to watch the movie.

The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant

The Lessons of History

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Beautiful Ruins

What are you looking forward to reading?  I finally got The Girl On The Train so I am excited to finally be able to read that!

Reverb 15 | June | School’s Out!

#reverb15 is the opportunity for us to reflect and project throughout 2015.   Each month, Meredith, Sarah and I will be posting on a new prompt.  Join us by writing, or join us by reading. No matter what you choose, come with us.

School’s Out: Share what you’re doing when the sun doesn’t set until 9 PM!

Just last night, I was telling someone that this is on track to be the most boring summer of our lives.

The only travel plans we have are for the cabin.  We have no other exotic designs or plots on our summer time.

When I’m at home, (and when it’s nice out!), I’m usually reading on the shady side of our deck in a swimsuit.  About once a week, we go on a walk to The World’s Most Dysfunctional Dairy Queen for Blizzards. I call it The World’s Most Dysfunctional, because we’ve really never seen the same employee twice, the staff seem surprised by our orders every single time despite the fact that they are straight off the menu, and the speed in which it takes to get your cool treat is anything but fast.

Three years after the maxi dress trend started, I have started to amass a collection of my own.  They are quite possibly more comfortable than leggings and they look even more like a legitimate outfit!  Why didn’t anyone tell me this sooner?  I just always thought that they sort of looked like…a lot of fabric to deal with.

So.  Summer.  It’s pretty great so far.


Friday Food Round-Up!

We have officially reached That Dysfunctional Part Of Summer Where Neither Of Us Are Really Home For Dinner At The Same Time.  Please tell me that happens in your family, too.

Monday – Channa Masala with Rice, Roasted Broccoli ,and Trader Joe’s Garlic Naan

Channa Masala

I know this is more of a “winter” meal, but I was really in the mood for a vegetarian meal (with lots of leftovers!) to kickstart the week.

Thursday – Seven Layer Dip

Seven Layer Dip

Is this in the running for least photogenic dish ever shown on the blog?  Possibly.

Some of my girlfriends and I do a monthly wine night.  It was my night to host and I really really really wanted to eat seven layer dip.  The first thing I learned is that they don’t really sell that at the grocery store anymore.  The second thing I learned is that seven layer dip takes AGES to assemble.  Also, the basic recipe on the back of the Clancey’s bag of tortilla chips makes way more than one 10″ pie pan.  I ended up filling a whole 9″ x 13″ casserole dish.

Meet Bun.

We have a family of bunnies that live in the bushes on the side of our house.  We see them every day.  So they have names now.

There is Bun.


As far as I can tell, Bun is the parent bunny.  Bun also has a tiny patch of reddish-brown fur on the back of his neck, right behind his ears.

And then there is Tiny Bun.

Tiny Bun

And (unpictured) Little Bun and Littlest Bun.

Today, I nearly scared Tiny Bun half to death, tossing bits of carrots off of the deck and onto the patch of grass that they call dinner (I didn’t know he was there!).  I don’t feed them all the time.  I only toss out carrots about once a week because I don’t want them to become dependent, but I figure if people who leave corn out for deer can do it, I can do it too.

Just another little update from suburbia.

Friday Food Round-Up!

I know we had a pretty good streak over the past month of trying new recipes.  This week we went back to some classics.

Sunday – Mom’s Green Chili Enchiladas with Cilantro-Lime Rice and Black Beans


Enchiladas for dinner.  Act surprised, friends.

Monday – Hawaiian Ham Sandwiches with Baked Beans and Jeanne’s Chicken Bucket Coleslaw


I originally planned to make these sandwiches because we had a package of Hawaiian bread in the freezer.  What I learned: Hawaiian bread freezes very poorly.  Marcus was dispatched to the grocery store on an emergency run to source more of the stuff for our dinner.

North Star

Times Square

Hey there, party-animals.  Each June, Meredith commits her blog to posts about New York.  I’m over there today, guest posting about my first trip in 2010.  It’s sort of precious to remember all of the hopes and dreams I had for New York then, compared to the New York that I love now.  Some of them are joys that can only come from visiting the city for the first time.  Others are things that I will love about that city forever.


According to the new post visualization map on WordPress, apparently I have been absolutely terrible at posting this month.

I will blame that 100% on Minnesota’s gorgeous summer weather and the fact that we have been busy living life outside instead of on the internet.  What else is new?

  • I now own two Contigo water bottles.  I saw them on an end cap at Target and now have one on my desk at work and the other on my nightstand at home.  You can open the top canteen-style, or you can open the top cup-style where the cozy ends to drink like…a cup or to fill easily with ice.  Anyway, I really love them.  I think you would probably really love them too.

Water Bottle

  • I went to my 6 month follow-up dermatology appointment.  I didn’t need to have any moles removed, so I am extremely thankful about that.  I’ll just take a brief moment to do a PSA about skin checks.  If you have never been to a dermatologist before to get your body mapped, you really should.  It is painless and it is fast.  Melanoma is not a joke, early detection is important.
  • Speaking of skin, I’ve been trying really hard to be sun-conscious this summer because this is the rest of my life.  Most of this involves pretty basic stuff like…Sitting In The Shade, or putting on sunscreen before I run outside.  But I also invested in a facial sunscreen/moisturizer that I’m pretty pleased with because I did not own one of those before.  It’s Up&Up Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Ultra-Sheer Sunscreen.


  • Since it’s summer, American Ninja Warrior is back, and we cannot stop watching.  It’s pretty awesome.  I am endlessly fascinated by the “ninjas” who build their own obstacle courses to train on in the off-season.
  • We celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary last Friday!  It’s crazy to think that it has been four years, but it also doesn’t feel like that long at all.  The celebration wasn’t too wild, but we went to a lovely dinner at Restaurant Alma in Minneapolis, and then we took a walk over the Mississippi River on the Stone Arch Bridge.