Hi y'all! It has been a hot minute since I've made it here (whoooops) and there's lots to be caught up on but for now I need to tell you all about my first ever American Thanksgiving. I hadn't been to see MN in almost three months (I had been in the Twin Cities two weekends prior but it was for my nieces birthday trip and MN was working the whole time so I didn't get to see him) so it worked out perfectly to be able to make it there for Thanksgiving.
I took the train from Minot to St Paul on Monday night. The train was super busy because of everyone travelling due to Thanksgiving - I hadn't even thought of this possibility since in my mind Thanksgiving was two months ago - and I ended up being stuck with a seat buddy. That has only happened once before and it was a sweet old lady who was travelling with her two grandkids. This time it was a guy, probably somewhere around my age, and it was super uncomfortable. Trying to sleep next to a complete stranger is super duper strange and unsettling. He kept trying to make conversation with me and I just wasn't in the mood so I probably came off super rude (he should have noticed my resting bitch face and not even tried). I had texted MN about how annoyed I was with having a seat partner and I'm pretty sure my seatmate saw the texts because he stopped trying to talk to me and I didn't hear a word from him the rest of the trip (which was fine by me!)
Leaving Krickit behind always breaks my heart. Also, I've read the Girl on the Train twice before but I didn't have any new reading material and its such a good read that I don't think I'll ever get sick of it
My train was a little late getting in to St Paul on Tuesday morning due to leaving Minot late the night before (always happens on the way to St Paul - so frustrating). As soon as MN picked me up that morning we headed to the Uptowner Cafe for breakfast. We had been once before and I loved it. It's so quaint, the food is ah-mazing and I love that you can see all of your food being cooked. The whole atmosphere is just so cozy and cute. After breakfast we stopped at Caribou so I could get my hands on a Caramel High Rise before heading home - that's usually our first stop as soon as I get off of the train. We lazed around the rest of the day, watching as much Parks and Rec as possible since I can't get it at home. We had been planning on going to the Blue Door Pub with friends that night for trivia but it was freezing rain where they lived so they decided to stay home so we just ended up ordering in Toppers pizza and watching the first two Indiana Jones movies. MN has decided I am lacking in my movie experiences and has a list of movies that I need to watch. So far he has 'made' me watch Goodfellas, The Shawshank Redemption, the Indiana Jones trilogy, and Forrest Gump (yes, I had never seen it before!). He also got me into The Office and Parks and Rec so I kind of have to trust his judgement when it comes to his recommendations.
On Wednesday we went over to MN's Grandma's house in the morning and stayed for lunch. Afterwards a trip to Target was necessary since that morning MN had snapped my hair tie on my wrist and broke it. It was the only hair tie that I had brought with me and I can't not have a hair tie on my wrist - you never know when you might need one! However, I didn't get to spend nearly as much time in Target as I would have liked. It was a Super Target and it was huge and I'm pretty sure my face looked like the heart eye emoji the whole time we were there. Which as I said wasn't nearly long enough. We watched a couple episodes of Parks and Rec when we got back home and then I had a nap on the couch while MN played video games, before it was time to get ready to meet up with friends for a birthday dinner. After we got home from dinner we watched the third Indiana Jones movie (which was my favourite of the three, fyi).
Thursday morning we were up and off to Sturgeon Lake to celebrate Thanksgiving. We met up with the family and had dinner and drinks at Doc's Sports Bar and Grill. Yes, my first ever American Thanksgiving meal was in a bar. Hashtag blessed. The bar is super cute (lets count how many times I call something cute in this post - I need a thesaurus! haha) and had tons of room for the 45 of us that were there, plus all the other customers who just wanted to enjoy the Vikings game and have Thanksgiving dinner. We had a Thanksgiving buffet lunch complete with turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, Minnesota wild rice, green bean casserole, dressing, and even a salad bar. So delish! After eating we headed down the road to the hunting 'shack'. The hunting 'shack' is not what I pictured at all. When I think of a shack I think of something run down, but this place was super nice and roomy. There were 45 of us and we all fit comfortably in there. I got to go out on the ATV a couple of times to see the property and heard the history of the 260-ish acres. I wish I would have gotten some pictures of the property but I was squished in the middle so I didn't get a chance. It was so beautiful y'all. Just take my word for it. The trees were all snowy and it just made my heart so happy. Until yesterday there was no snow here in the GWN but there was lots up in Sturgeon Lake and the woods were just so cute all filled with snow.
We headed back to the cities around 4:00ish. MN's sister and her boyfriend rode back with us and we hung out at their place for a bit watching some football and playing with Zeus. He's a gorgeous husky that they rescued back in August and I absolutely love him - he's the sweetest. Once we got back to MN's place we settled in on the couch with some beers to watch Forrest Gump. Not a bad day for my first ever American Thanksgiving!
We had talked about meeting up with friends at the MOA at 5:00 am on Black Friday but decided that was way too early (and we were way too lazy), so instead we slept in. When we got up I got to watch the first episode of the Gilmore Girls revival (eeek!) while MN played a video game. Perfect arrangement! We met up with friends for lunch at a Mexican restaurant and then headed back home for more time on the couch watching Parks and Rec. Perfect lazy day after Thanksgiving! We had a late afternoon nap, ate our leftover Toppers pizza while watching Parks and Rec, and then it was time for me to head to the train station :( Getting back on the train is always hard - it never seems like there is enough time when I'm there. Long distance is hard y'all
My train was a bit late getting into Minot on Saturday morning, due to an accident in Moorhead holding us up an hour and a half in the middle of the night, but it worked out because I had plans to meet up with the Beaver Cove ladies since they were heading to Minot to do some Christmas shopping. We shopped for a bit, had lunch, and made plans for our annual cookie swap. After that I finished up some more shopping and then I was finally on my way back home to the GWN and to Krickit.
MN comes here next Thursday morning and then I won't see him again until New Years Day. Booo to not seeing each other at Christmas but at least we're not going as long as we had to throughout September/October - there's always an upside, right?