September 13, 2017

Bird Watching 2017...

It's almost time for bird watching y'all! Yes, the Blue Jays are officially out of the playoff race (I still love them anyways...) BUT I'm still excited because it's been over a year since I've seen them play live and even though I still love watching them on TV it just doesn't compare to the real thing.

After buying the tickets to the games back in February it seemed like it would be forever before I'd be in the Twin Cities for the series but it actually seems like I was just paying for the tickets yesterday and now here we are, heading on the road to the Twin Cities this afternoon to take in 4 games (and be there for my nieces, nephew, and Mama Bears first MLB game!).

My Mama and Aunt Linda and Uncle Gary are taking the train to St.Paul tonight so they will actually beat me and my brother and SIL to the cities. We're driving, leaving around 1:30 this afternoon, but are only going as far as Fargo or Fergus Falls tonight (depends how tired we are/fussy Quade is) and then will finish the rest of the drive tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed Quade does good on the drive!

My Mama is getting MN to pick her and my Aunt and Uncle up at the train station in the morning and they are all going for breakfast at the Uptowner since they can't check into their hotel until mid afternoon and they should be in the cities by 8:00 (as long as the train is on time). To say that I'm jealous would be an understatement! I'm also slightly nervous about what my Mama or Aunt and Uncle might say while I'm not there. Eeeek! 

My sister and her girls aren't leaving until late tomorrow night so they won't get to the cities until Friday afternoon. We really don't have many concrete plans, aside from the Jays games, so we need to figure out our plans asap! I know there will be some time spent at the MOA and I mentioned the outlets in Eagan to my Mama so she wants to check those out. MN wants to take my brother to a couple of local breweries and I'm sure there will be a trip to Target fit in there somewhere as well. My brother and SIL plan on getting a start on some Christmas shopping and my nieces will have birthday money to spend so there will definitely be a bit of shopping happening. I don't normally go shopping while I'm in the cities because I know MN would rather do anything else than follow me around as I shop so I need to get it in while everyone else is too! 

I've been wanting the Align II pants from Lululemon for forever and I almost ordered them online awhile back but the reviews were really back and forth on the fit so I want to try a pair on while I'm at the MOA and go from there. If I do like them I'll probably still wait and purchase them online when I'm home to say myself money with the exchange rate (though it's definitely getting better!). 

Now that I've rambled about pretty much nothing (it's early and I'm delirious and not yet caffeinated so please forgive me haha) it's time to get my butt in gear and finish packing so I can actually leave on time this afternoon. I've been wide awake since 3:00 am but forced myself to lay in bed and try to get a little more sleep (it didn't work...) so now it's 4:00 am and I'm quickly getting this out of the way so I can get on with packing and showering to get ready for my half day of work. I'll be back next week (with a recap I'm sure) and I've got some posts in the works to make sure I hit my goal of 8 published posts this month so hopefully I'll get a few of those up too. 

Happy Humpday!

September 11, 2017

Currently (September 2017)...

Reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I only have until the 21st to finish off my summer re-read - eeek! Hopefully I'll get lots of reading time in on the way to the Twin Cities and on the way home. I also have The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand in my reading pile and I can't wait to start it but I'm not letting myself until I finish Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and can cross my HP summer re-read off my Summer Bucket List

Listening to some new favourites that have been added to my Spotify playlist. T-Swift's two new songs (I really didn't like Look What You Made Me Do at first but after the music video came out I watched it over and over again and the song grew on me. T-Swift can do no wrong in my books), Don't You Know by Porter Union, A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega by Ashley McBryde, and If My Name Was Whiskey by Carly Pearce. 

Celebrating my nieces birthdays over the next week and a half. Rae turns 11 on the 15th (eleven!) and Graycie turns 7 on the 21st. What happened to my babies?! We will be in the Twin Cities on Rae's birthday and my sister is hoping to get everyone together for lunch at Benihana's to celebrate because we will be at the Twins vs Jays game that night. 

Watching all the HGTV I can get. There was a House Hunters Renovation marathon on Saturday and I could have watched all day long (if I hadn't made plans with a friend). I seriously could watch fixer upper shows all.day.long and never get bored of them. I'll be on my way to the Twin Cities when Helene's episode of House Hunters International airs but I'm going to make sure to PVR it!  

Pretty much the only thing I watch lately other than shows on HGTV (and sometimes the Food Network) is baseball. There's not much left of the 2017 baseball season so I gotta watch every single game that I can! 

Working on my Fall Bucket List. I haven't even completed everything off of my Summer Bucket List yet but I wanted to start working on my Fall Bucket List early so that as soon as September 22nd rolls around I have it ready to start crossing things off. 

Drinking nothing at this exact moment but I do have a bottle of water on my nighstand beside me in case I get thirsty before I actually go to sleep. I drank a bottle of wine before/after supper tonight while playing the Home Alone drinking game to celebrate my birthday (more on that later this week...) so sticking to water now is probably a good idea.

Waiting on my car payment to finally come out of my account (I hate when the transaction date falls on a weekend) so I can see how much I have left owing on Eleanor (my SUV).  If my calculations are correct she is going to be paid off in November and I cannot wait. I fell in love with a Michael Kors crossbody bag and I told myself I can buy it once Eleanor is finally paid off so I'm anxiously awaiting that!

Wearing my favourite lululemon shorts and a Grayson Threads Christmas pajama top. Before I got into bed I was also wearing a tacky Christmas vest (again, more on this later this week). 

Anticipating the trip to the Twin Cities on Wednesday. 9 of my family members are making the trip, plus my sisters boyfriend and my SIL's mom, step dad, and step brother. I can't wait for the games! 

Loving that SE SK is still getting some sunshine! This weekend was HOT and I just wish I would've been able to spend some more time outside soaking up the sun. I let the dogs out around 10 on Saturday night and couldn't believe how warm it still was. Most nights lately it's super cold by that time (and in the mornings). 

Making plans for what we are going to do in the Twin Cities when we're not at the games.