July 2014

Sitting here eatin’ some cheese and listening to Casting Crowns #HermitLife.  Another busy month at work and on the road visiting friends, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I was at a Wartburg wedding this past month and a fellow Wartburger told me she stalked my Facebook at the end of every month for this blog, so I guess… here it goes (and thanks for reading AH!)

#2: JOIN A NEW GROUP AND/OR VOLUNTEER AND MEET SOME MORE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY.

I’m in something new! I can’t say anything more than that – more coming on this one soon, I would suspect. How’s that for a teaser?

#3: TRY A-NEW-TO-ME RECIPE ONCE A MONTH.

AIN’T GOT TIME YA’LL. The only attempt at a new recipe was a new way to cook corn on the cob. IT’S FOOLPROOF and of course there’s a Youtube video. 4 minutes for each ear of corn, in the microwave. On a weekend trip to Dubuque to visit the future Mr. and Mrs. Conner, we decided to grill out for lunch, and of course our technology Swiss Army knife produced this video and then, 20 minutes later, BAM! 5 ears of perfectly cooked corn on the cob.

The things we ate. BTW, I also contributed by chopping up some onions.

The things we ate, including the microwave corn. BTW, I also contributed by chopping up some onions.

#4: MAKE A BATCH OF CUPCAKES ONCE A MONTH.

Pssssh, yeah right. Here’s a look at all the cupcakes I ate this month

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from Sweetcakes in Olathe, KS

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As a reward for getting the catalog done, we got cupcakes from Scratch! New favorite for now and all time is Cuppy Cake.

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Don’t worry, I shared.

Dubuque, IA cupcake pit-stop.

Dubuque, IA cupcake pit-stop.

#10: SCRAPBOOK MORE – GET CAUGHT UP!

This past Sunday, I had about 5 free hours of nothing. No plans with anyone or anything to do. Turned my iTunes on and away I went! I was able to work on my 2011 scrapbook. Here’s a throwback pic from what I was working on (our first roomie reunion in MN in 2011).

Here is a picture of me unsuccessfully holding a cat, 2007.

Here is a picture of me unsuccessfully holding a cat, 2011.

I really do love scrapbooking. I’ve come a long way from my very first page ever (my 4th grade picture, my chicken scratch writing that said my name and about 100 flower stickers on the page).

#18: FINISH THAT HALF MARATHON – SUCK IT 12.1!

Getting closer and better every day. I’m Internet-Explorer slow, but I’m doing it!

I ran the Ward 4 on the 4th race in Kansas City with Kenan over 4th of July weekend. She suggested we run as superheroes. DONE. Wonder Woman? CHECK. I was pretty pumped about re-wearing my old Halloween costume…and then we got to the run. Yep, I was definitely the only person in a cape.

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Last weekend, I also ran the BIX 7 mile course in Davenport. It was the 40th anniversary of the run AND SO MUCH FUN. Ray Ray and I were up at 4:15 and on the road before 5 to get there in time. Our goal was to finish in 1:30, and we officially crossed the line at 1:28! The course was hilly, but almost entirely residential. The streets were lined with people and they were awesome and super supportive. We ran the whole thing and had a blast. I’d do it again in a heartbeat! (That is if my heart doesn’t give out HEYO).

We had so much fun!

We had so much fun!

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Didn’t need this guy! My mom didn’t find this picture funny.

#20: GO TO MORE HAWKEYE FOOTBALL GAMES AND/OR TAILGATES.

30 more days til kickoff ya’ll, just thought you should know.

#22: BINGE WATCH THE FULL SEASONS OF MAD MEN AND BREAKING BAD.

I am still fully committed to this and am loooooving Netflix, but I got distracted by Orange is the New Black. OMG amazing show. Ask me about my favorite quote from OITNB. Right now I’m working on the Animorphs TV series, moving to House of Cards, and then I think I’ll be ready for MM and BB. Any other suggestions?!

#23: DESIGN MORE AND GET BETTER AT INDESIGN.

Last month I touched on busy season in the marketing department with our yearly catalog being designed. I’m proud to say we put that 208 page baby to bed on July 9, and I even had a hand in updating and designing 2 of the pages.  Today we wished fare-well to the best damn designer there is, she left us with this one piece of advice: RESPECT THE WHITE SPACE.

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July recap in pictures (JK, Imma tell ya about it):

4th of July weekend: Kenan and Kel together again in KC!  In the span of 3 days – we went to 2 movies, ran 4 miles, had 2 hours of pool time, watched 5 episodes of OITNB, and I’m sure s’more numbers of fun stuff.  Saw some fireworks, ate some cheesecake, did some shopping, generally having the best time ever.  I love that girl.

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S’more cheesecake and yes I will have s’more.

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Partying like it’s 1776.

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22 Jump Street – these reclining chairs almost made it worth it.

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Overland Park, KS fireworks

Dubuque weekend: Oh my gosh, we were in Dubuque the same weekend as Fish Fly weekend!  What is Fish Fly weekend? A bunch of bugs swarming around for 24 hours and dying, it happens once or twice a year in river towns.  You literally sweep the streets and hose your houses down after the swarm.  Sometimes you can even slip on a pile of them and fall down and scrape your knee.  (Just an example, it’s not like it happened to anyone in our group) We had a great weekend in Dubuque with JC and T-Fed.  They taught me how to play Hand and Foot, we went to the Farmers Market, on a booze cruise, to a winery, and a bike ride up the bluff.

The snap to prepare us for Fish Flies!

The snap to prepare us for Fish Flies!

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A little down time and probably some bad luck.

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The best bartender ever.

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Booze Cruise!

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Great sunburn after this ride.

Luke Bryan Concert with my bestie: MOOAAAAR LUKE PLZ.  Followed by Wedding weekend: Congrats Bryan and Sam! SOOOOO much fun to see a bunch of Wartburg friends and have a flippin’ ice cream bar.  PLUS I got to see Kenan twice in one month!

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So so so so good.

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Seriously love this picture.

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Beautiful bride, Purdy groom.

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Praise Jeeeezus for ice cream sundae bars.

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Kenan and Kel and the macarena

Last weekend: Bix 7 miler! Brittan in town! Church! Scrapbooking! Cribbage! Ice Cream! (In a nutshell)

Ohh, fellow Cedar Rapidians (or really anyone in the Corridor) – I’d highly suggest checking out Bistro on the River in downtown (bistroontheriver.com).  My friend Brittany has worked really hard to open up her own restaurant and it’s awesome.  It’s cool to know the head chef – she’s famous.  Here’s the Hoopla article from this weekend.  Ray Ray and I checked out Bistro last night and LOVED everything!

Cutie!

Cutie!

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Current song obessions:

Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass

Rita Ora – I Will Never Let You Down

Becky G – Shower (and also really good product placement for Cover girl)

Charli XCX – Boom Clap

Demi Lovato – Really Don’t Care

Echosmith – Cool Kids

I’m ready for August! I’ll be in 3 states in 5 weeks. And when I’m not traveling, I’ll be watching Netflix.

-KG

March 2014 (only 1 week late)

After some pestering from certain individuals here is my March post! Whoops, clearly not following #1 on this list very well. This just means you get to read comma filled diary entries of my boring life TWICE this month!

#3: Try a new-to-me-recipe once a month

Let me introduce you to the best recipe in the entire world, “Welcome Home Sandwiches”. My wonderful mother Mare Bear has made these for years. I had my roomies over for a weekend in March and wanted a quick recipe that I couldn’t ruin too bad. Enter sammiches! I even left out 1 ingredient and no one seemed to mind. In fact, one roomie even asked for the recipe! Success! There is no photographic evidence of the sammiches, but the recipe is below.

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#4: Make a batch of cupcakes or dessert once a month

Work potlucks are the most exciting and terrifying event for me.  Who doesn’t love a Food Day? Oh, wait, I’m supposed to bring something? Shooooooot.  Again, my wonderful mother Mare Bear came to the rescue and suggested making Creme De Menthe Cake to bring to our St. Party’s Day potluck.  Dessert? Alcohol? I’m in!

Creme De Menthe Cake.

Creme De Menthe Cake.

 #9: Read 2 new books a month

Guys, I don’t have the energy to write a good review for both of these books.  But I recommend either of them and I’d totes give you a review, just not tonight.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak and Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah.

#14: Spend Less Money

Welllll, I only went shopping two weekends in a row with friends in March.  I wasn’t really saving much money, and then my tax return came in and I felt like this.

#24: Be a better beer drinker and not have to resort to Bud Light when I go out

It is good to know people who know beer, and also phone apps. I’m now tracking all my new beer and reviewing them on the Untappd app.  I tried a ShockTop HoneyCrisp Apple Wheat Beer on tap at a great place called “61 Chophouse”.  Proceeded to buy a six pack the next time I was at the grocery store.  And then because I’m super into trying new things, I tried a second new-to-me- beer the next day called “Windmill Wheat” from Windstream Brewery in Amana.   Next up – getting away from the wheats and trying something a little more hoppy.  And figuring out what hoppy means.

ShockTop Honey Crisp Apple Wheat. YUM.

ShockTop Honey Crisp Apple Wheat. YUM.

Windmill Wheat at the Amanas. Photo credit to Nick Jellings and nail polish credit to OPI/meee

Windmill Wheat at the Amanas.
Photo credit to Nick Jellings and nail polish credit to OPI/meee

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I’m starting a new installment called “Look How Slowly I’m Putting This Puzzle Together”, where essentially, you will see how slowly I’m putting together a 1,000 piece heart shaped cupcake puzzle I got for my birthday (in February).

March 3, night 1: Holy crap look how easy this is going to be.

March 3, night 1: Holy crap look how easy this is going to be.

March 31, night-I've-already-lost-track.  A little slow going.

March 31, night-I’ve-already-lost-track.
A little slow going.

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The month of March was pretty great – I stayed pretty busy and got to travel and see a bunch of friends, including the roomies, my Des Moines peeps, and Nicki who normally is in KC! (Can you blame a girl for not writing her monthly blog?)

Besties. Birthdays. Babes.

Besties. Birthdays. Babes.

Roomie reunions are the best.

Roomie reunions are the best.

Ahhh another installment on the blog - Nick and I's Burger and Beer Tour.  61 Chophouse was da bomb dot com!

Ahhh another installment on the blog – Nick and I’s Burger and Beer Tour. 61 Chophouse was da bomb dot com!

March came to a sad end for me – I had to say goodbye to 5 friends I’ve made over the years. We drank together, we roomed together, we slapped together.  Whomp whomp, yes I’m talking about How I Met Your Mother.  I’ve read every good bye article, theory, and rant regarding the finale.  Here is my favorite image from all my finds.

From a blue French Horn to a yellow umbrella.

 See you in a few short weeks for my April review!  (PS, I’ve already started drinking new-to-me beer!)