April-May-June Update

Editor’s Note: When I sat down to write my update, I thought “You literally have nothing to write about.” I’m pleasantly surprised at what I’ve done the past three months! I should have made one of my goals be “blog regularly” because that clearly ain’t happening. Sorry folks. Okay, here we gooooo

#1 – Take a calligraphy class. 

I LOVED IT. I signed up through Kirkwood and the class met in May – twice a week for an hour for three weeks, so six sessions total. It was 1) really relaxing 2) very interesting.  The first thing the instructor said the thing about calligraphy that makes it exciting is the different weights of the ink/pen when writing. I really had to remind myself to slooooow down to get the good lookin’ stuff. We were taught with ink and nibs (I think I was expecting calligraphy brush pens) but not feather quills or anything. I know I’m an old lady at heart, but not THAT old. After the class wrapped up, I sent a couple of cards to friends to practice PLUS I ordered calligraphy pens (Sharpie brand). I haven’t had a chance to test ‘em out yet but looking forward to getting started on ‘em.  I started a calligraphy board on Pinterest and started following some calligrapher accounts on Instagram, so I’m practically the real thing. I really enjoyed the calligraphy class and will likely re-take the class again when offered this fall to get more practice.

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Valeda, Verle, Opal, and Robert – my grandparents’ names.

#2 – Run the Bix 7.

Training continues. Slowly. I run like the winded. As of this post – the Bix is 1 month away!

#3 – Cook a new meal once a week.

HAAAAAAAA no, moving on.

#4 – Bake cupcakes/dessert once a month.

Long story short, I attempted baking last night for some high school students. It’s summer and I’m all about doz s’mores so I attempted this S’mores Bites recipe.

First rant: I HATE BAKING BLOGS. Stop writing about how you love things and taking photos of food at weird angles. I just want to know the ingredients and the steps to deliciousness, ain’t got time for fancy photos and “oh lovelies, it was just maaaarvelous and reminds me of my family member and she’s the best and let me tell you more stories about her.” I recognize the irony that this blog post is already going on forever.

There were like 6 ingredients, I figured I GOT THIS. Turns out, you should never mix up the words jumbo and mini.  I needed mini muffin tins and jumbo marshmallows and in my baditude of baking, I settled for jumbo muffin tins and mini marshmallows.  The recipe was supposed to make 2 dozen-24. With some rationing of the crust, I ended up with 19 between the 2 muffin tins. Whoops.

After the initial baking, I couldn’t figure out why one tin of crusts cooked and held together so much better than the second.  The bites came out decently well from the first tin, but not the second… As I did the dishes, I realized the second pan actually was TWO pans stacked together. Sooooo the crust couldn’t cook through as well. The high school students were good about it, one just took a spoon and ate out directly from the muffin tin. Thank Gawd I had back-up treats … I had extra graham crackers, so I made graham cracker/frosting sammiches.

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PINTEREST FAIL.

#5 – Binge a show on Netflix as fast as I can.

So I re-started my favorite show of all time – How I Met Your Mother. I’m slow – my idea of binging is 2-3 episodes a night, but I’m usually in bed by 9:30pm (#oldlady) soooo it’s a short night. I want to finish the season of HIMYM I’m on and then fully binge Season 4 of OITNB and then head back to HIMYM.

#6 – Travel more.

Just call me a world traveler. Maybe scale it back a coast to coast traveler.

In May, I spent Memorial Day weekend in Boston, MA. I visited my friend and fellow pop-culture nerd Laura who is the most bad-ass librarian and friend you’ll ever meet. Laura planned a great weekend –  we went to a Sia concert, walked the Freedom Trail, did the Sam Adams Brewery Tour, tried our hand at Candlepin Bowling, and so much more.

June has been crazy! I spent one weekend in exotic Clear Lake, IA with my roomies and their kiddos. We have met in Clear Lake before, but never in the summer… the lake has always been iced over. We were able to visit the beach and visit a lake-front restaurant. It was great to be together and to see new parts of Clear Lake.

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The next weekend, my bestie and I went to GALena – it was the first time for both of us. We spent some time exploring their Main Street shops, took in a trolley tour, wine tasting, and found some alpacas to hang out with (seriously).

A friend of wine is a friend of mine.

A friend of wine is a friend of mine.

Alpaca selfie.

Alpaca selfie.

And just last week, I went the opposite direction and spent a 3.5 days in Seattle on our family vacation (#GoerdtsGoWest). It was the perfect amount of time in Seattle to do the tourist-y highlights, like the Space Needle, aquarium, whale watching, two museums, and of course the Pike Place Market. The hardest part about Seattle was what to pack. You don’t tell an overpacker/analyzer to bring layers and only a carry-on.

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It is very possible we color coordinated our outfits.

#7 – Read a new book once a month.

For my first book club book, we read “Some Luck” by Jane Smiley. Not my favorite but the setting was in Iowa, so I appreciated the mentions of local Iowa towns. Plus there was a chapter about the Iowa State Fair – one of my favorite summer activities!

On my flights to/from Seattle, I read our new book “Defending Jacob” by William Landay. A totally different book from “Some Luck” and much more my kind of read. A prosecutor’s son, Jacob, is accused of murdering his classmate.

#16 – Fitbit personal challenges each month

It was my goal to hit 190 miles in April. I didn’t hit it, I was about 12 miles off. I tried again in May, this time I was 10 short, and I’ll give you a guess to June. I’m going to keep trying for 190. In other news, I still LOVE my Fitbit. I wanted the Flex because I liked that I could change out the bands to match my outfits. Soooo now I have about 20 bands. I’m not sure if you’ve heard of amazon.com, but you can essentially order anything from there, including cheetah print, polka dot, or chevron pattern Fitbit bands. Not even slightly ashamed.

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The top row is my watch bands. Bottom row is my Fitbit bands, which is now not up-to-date because I just got a new one tonight.

#19 – Go to a museum and be cultured for a day.

So, as a Goerdt, you are not a museum person. Get in, get the picture, and get out. I do feel like I got a decent amount of culture in both my trips to Boston and Seattle. The Boston Public Library included a couple of exhibits as well as we visited the Isabella Gardner Museum, full of paintings, sculptures, and super fancy stuff.  In Seattle, we visited the EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum and I LOVED IT. It was a essentially a pop-culture nerd’s dream and I was in heaven. Highly recommend it.

#20 – Write more.

I’m trying to be better about writing things down, including daily activities and thoughts and feelings. 68922489 years from now, someone will find these scribbles and Word Docs and make the shortest screenplay ever. We’ll keep “Quarter Life Crisis” as the working title.

#21 – Ride my bike more this summer.

BOOM, it’s happened once… so far. I visited my bestie who lives in the Des Moines area and we spent the morning riding the High Trestle Trail, which I’m not going to explain because you’ve likely seen a picture of it.

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Besties biking bridges.

#25 – **SECRET**

Check this one off! It happened shortly after my last blog post.

Wrapping up

Sorry for the long post, this is what happens when you wait three months. Let’s see – other things – I’ve been listening to a healthy mix of Fifth Harmony, Sia, Adele, and Meghan Trainor as of late. A lot of girl power, confidence, and motivation from these women. AND THIS KICK-ASS SONG CALLED “GOOD AS HELL” BY LIZZO.

Have a great July 4th weekend! As a wise woman once told me “If you drink a fifth on the fourth, you won’t come forth on the fifth.” (Thanks Mom!)

#27In27 – The Official List

Alright folks, we have a list! And a motivated 27-year old looking to complete the list. The fun starts … hmm let’s say Monday. #27In27 here we goooo

The List

  1. Take a calligraphy class: I signed up for a class through Kirkwood in May. I am so pumped!
  2. Run the Bix 7: I ran the Bix 2 summers ago and I LOVED it. The course is hilly as hell but the route is amazing, so much support from the community. I haven’t run much (re: at all) since my half marathon this past summer and it’s time I get back to it.
  3. Cook a new meal once a week: Ugh, planning a meal, buying ingredients, being an adult, having leftovers for daaaayz.
  4. Bake cupcakes once a month: Coworkers, you’re welcome.
  5. Binge a show on Netflix as fast as I can : So many to choose, so little time. I take this challenge very seriously.
  6. Travel more: Road trip anyone?
  7. Read a new book once a month: Great news, I’ve joined a book club! Send me suggestions!
  8. Complete my 2013 scrapbook album: No judging, these things take time.  Looking forward to reflecting on a couple of years ago – off the top of my head, I was in a friend’s wedding, I traveled to California, and probably wore a ton of sweaters.
  9. Play my piano more – at least once a week: Guys, I work in a music store, I have access to some great pieces of music and I need to make use out of my piano in my apartment. Right now, it’s a little dusty and holds my plethora of coasters.
  10. Make Christmas cards this year: Send me your address!
  11. Learn the entire rap of Jump Around by House of Pain: Hmm this is leftover from my #24In24 list.  I got the first verse down, time to tackle the rest.
  12. Learn the entire rap in Waterfalls by TLC: If Will Poulter can learn it for a paying gig, I can certainly learn it for a good party trick.
  13. Complete the Sunday Sudoku: I love me some sudoku.
  14. Find more opportunities to volunteer: I’m thinking food pantry? Race volunteer? Anyone wanna join?
  15. Vote: Republican party – Democratic party – pizza party.
  16. Fitbit personal challenges each month: I LOVE MY FITBIT. Find me and be my buddy. In March, my mom (shout out to Mare Bear) challenged me to 150 miles. I did it. It was super motivating, so now I want to keep doing little personal challenges each month.  April I’ve decided is 190 miles. Who knows what May will bring.
  17. Be a better snail mailer and send out birthday/anniversary cards. Self explanatory.
  18. Donate blood: Never done it before!
  19. Go to a museum and be cultured for a day: Again, self explanatory.
  20. Write more: I really enjoy writing, but it comes in spurts.  Maybe I need to go back to the diary approach (sorry ya’ll, that’ll be for me only). In 1st and 2nd grade I was convinced I’d be an author. I’d like to source this bit of creativity.
  21. Ride my bike more this spring/summer: I didn’t ride at all last year. TRAVESTY.
  22. Grow out my hair and donate it again: Also, maybe I should learn how to curl and style my hair so I don’t wear it down errrday.
  23. Don’t spend my change: It really adds up.
  24. Clean out my closet and donate to Goodwill: My closet is a little overwhelming.
  25.  **SECRET**
  26. **SECRET**
  27. **SECRET**

These last 3 are kind of personal, so I’ll just let you know if they happen or not 🙂 Cross your fingers!

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In case anyone’s forgotten what I look like, here’s a recent picture of me – yesterday, holding my coworker’s puppy. Really don’t know what I’m posting this.

Let’s see, thinking of something to end this post.  Hmmm, my most recent iTunes purchases were:

–Who I Am – Blanca

–Lose My Mind – Brett Eldridge

–Confession – Florida Georgia Line

–I Took A Pill In Ibiza – Mike Posner

 

Five Years and a Little Reflection

DISCLAIMER: This post has nothing to do with my #27In27 list and has everything to do with my Gma.

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It’s hard to believe it’s been five years ago today that my Gma passed away. It was also a Thursday, I was a senior in college. I was ready for a full day of classes, study groups, and work, but one early morning phone call pushed all that to the side. I drove faster and unsafer than I should’ve and made it to the hospital in record time.

I am so thankful I got one more time to see her, to hold her hand, and to have her squeeze my hand when I said “Grandma, it’s Kelly, I love you.” I am so blessed to have had 22 years with her – my fondest memories are our Sunday nights together, where she would make me (and sometimes burn) a grilled cheese sandwich and then we’d play cribbage and watch corny Hallmark movies. My great-uncle Darrel (her brother) and I have carried this tradition on for the past 5 years.

Photo taken in January 2008. I had just received the red coat for Christmas a couple weeks prior and I was thrilled to have a red coat like Gma. I think we look pretty great.)

Photo taken in January 2008. I had just received the red coat for Christmas a couple weeks prior and I was thrilled to have a red coat like Gma. I think we look pretty great.

There are a million things I could tell you about my Gma and once I start, I probably can’t stop. She is my biggest role model, the coolest lady I’ve known, and certainly the classiest. Her sense of style was impeccable and I believe I get my love of accessorizing and matching my outfits directly from her. Her humor and jokes were ridiculous, unexpected, and always hilarious.

“Kelly, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s don’t ever serve peas to a blind person.”

“Kelly, I really pulled a boner today”

“Oh the stripes in that bathroom. That is just pure sex.”

The nicest thing that anyone has ever said about me was that I reminded them of my Grandma. I cannot think of a higher compliment. Of course I can’t talk about my Gma without mentioning her strong Christian faith and her love for serving God and our church.

I miss her so much – I miss that beautiful smile, that loud laugh, and that caring heart. I am so proud to be Valeda’s granddaughter and I hope I am making her proud up in heaven. I’ll leave you with her favorite Bible verse: Romans 8:28

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Thanks for reading, sorry for the diary entry.

Aaaand a meme to lighten the mood. #MeanGirls

Aaaand a meme to lighten the mood. #MeanGirls