In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

April, May + June in Photos

Hello. Hey. Hi. Bonjour.

It’s been a few months! In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). I thought a good way to ease back into this blogging thing would be a quick peak at the last few months. I haven’t taken a lot of photos recently, but it was fun to look through everything. I’ve been so focused on a few things that I’ve forgotten about some of these moments.

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

April started with this handsome fella. I always miss my sweet Mina when I puppysit for Tino, but he is so adorable and lovable. I do enjoy spending the weekend with him periodically. 💙

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

I slipped away from Tino for a night to head to my alma mater for a night for an author panel. I went for Nicola Yoon but loved hearing everyone speak! That talk was exactly what I needed at the time and it was so much fun to be on campus again. I have all the heart eyes every time I’m there.

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

How many dog photos are too many? (The answer is zero!)

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

And then it was back home to my girl.

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

I discovered a place near work to get smoothie bowls. Best. Day. Ever.

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

Always wishin’, hopin’, and dreamin’ about a bite of someone’s meal.

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

A friend and I went to see a play at the Guthrie and it was in a part of the theater I’ve never been to before.

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

And then it was May…

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

My friends at Ghost Stories Ink hosted an open mic and we also read our stories from the anthology. It was such a fun night and we all got to sign the lampshade at the bookstore.

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

One night we had the most beautiful sunset. I snapped a photo, shared it on Instagram… and then saw that everyone in the Twin Cities shared a photo of it on Instagram and Facebook. I guess with a sunset this beautiful it’s unlikely I’d be the only one to share it! 😂

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

We started one project… and later that day or the next discovered that a room had flooded. It put this project on hold for awhile.

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

And then I was off for a much needed weekend away in Duluth. More on this coming soon!

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

When the cat won’t look at the camera… I meant a friend’s new cat before we went to a concert.

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

Where we saw Liz Vice. If you haven’t listened to her music yet, you should!

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

The next night we went to another concert, but the best parts of the night were dinner and a walk through Loring Park beforehand, and drinks after.

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

My niece provided the piano accompaniment for her school’s musical in May. It was such a proud auntie moment and after it was over we celebrated the end of the musical (that my nephew was in, too) with coffee!

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

I’ve gotten into plants this year and one of my new ones is this climbing rose.

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

Mina and I spent a weekend at my sister’s house. This is our morning hangout spot.

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

May ended with a work trip to Orlando.

And then it was June…

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

My sister, niece, and I started the month with a trip to an art fair.

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

And we celebrated a milestone for my niece since she insists on growing up. 😭😭 (I mean, yes, it’s a good thing, but do you remember when she was little and thought I was the coolest? I do!)

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

She’s the cutest. (Which is also the message I just sent to a friend after she responded to a Snap I sent of Mina curled up on her dog bed.)

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

My mom, niece, nephew, and I ventured out to a Chalk Art Festival. Unfortunately, after we got there it started pouring and the artists weren’t working. We grabbed lunch and headed back out once the rain slowed down.

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

And then I spent a night with this little guy… and my niece and nephew were there, too!

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

Some friends and I went to a “DJ-led worship experience” at a local church, which was really just a concert that included a sermon.

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

And the next night we went to Poetry Open Mic where I read some of my poetry.

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

No one makes you feel loved like Odin does… and we had to say goodbye through a door. 😭

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

Mina finally started using the dog bed I got for her in December. She’s a little slow to warm up to new dog beds.

In a nutshell, the last few months have been filled with: a lot of introspection, a flooded room, a lot of work, a complete rearrangement of my living space, and a friend moving in (for a few months, at least). Here's a peak! // dreams-etc.com

I finally found a reformer pilates studio with classes that fit into my schedule, so I took the intro class and fell in 💙!

I’d love to know! What’s been happening with you during my absence from blog-land? Let me know what’s new!

13 Comments

  1. Beth Kondrick

    July 2, 2018 at 10:41 am

    So many wonderful dog pictures! You are right,we can never have too many! Very cool about the author talk, I’m listening to a Nicola Yoon book on CD right now! You have definitely been busy! Nice to see a post from you! 🙂

    Reply
  2. La Shell Reid

    July 2, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    The doggy piccs are my favorite! Looks like you had a hectic three months and that’s how life goes sometimes!

    Reply
  3. Erin Elizabeth Haugerud

    July 2, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    This is fantastic!! I’m from MN too!!

    Reply
  4. Katie Arnold

    July 2, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Smoothie bowls are so good! Gotta love ’em!

    Reply
  5. shootingstarsmag

    July 2, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    I really want to try a smoothie bowl. I wish I knew somewhere near me that sold them. Mina is too cute – love all the doggy photos! Sorry it rained on the chalk art festival; that would have been fun.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    Reply
  6. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    July 2, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    What fabulous photos! I’m not sure which I love more — the pet photos (those pups!) or the landscape. They’re lovely!

    Reply
  7. Indya S

    July 3, 2018 at 5:29 am

    Your pup is too cute! When I’m able to get a pet I am going to take a MILLION photos of it!

    Reply
  8. Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome

    July 3, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Your pup is soooo cute! It looks like you had great three months

    Reply
  9. Mimi

    July 3, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Love the idea of putting three months in pictures. Your pups are so adorable!

    Reply
  10. Adriana

    July 3, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    So many fun pictures! What a fun past few months!

    Reply
  11. Katrina Lochocki

    July 3, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Are you a professional photographer? Yay for finding reformer Pilates to fit your schedule!!

    Reply
  12. Rachel @ It's A Hero

    July 3, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    How fun! Looks like a wonderful few months!

    Reply
  13. Jennifer

    July 3, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    What a great couple of months! Looks like great adventures!

    Reply

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  • I wasn’t particularly close to my aunts and uncles growing up. I was born when my parents were a little older and I always felt like my aunts and uncles had done the aunt and uncle thing and didn’t need more of it by the time I was born.

But my Uncle H and Aunt J were different. When my uncle was dying I was asked what some of my biggest memories were. This question came up again over the weekend. And there were so many to choose from. The biggest was, of course, sticky buns on Sunday morning. (And usually going to the store with him to get them.) There was also ✨ “driving” the tractor through the fields on the farm
✨ fishing during the summer
✨ trips to the store and getting a candy bar that I didn’t have to tell my parents about (but always did)
✨ talking about his Spanish classes
✨ “scaring the fish away” by talking, but he was fine with me talking anyway
✨ driving the boat...and starting to fill the boat with water when I went too fast, but he wasn’t upset
✨driving the golf cart around the golf course
✨ listening to his stories about his time in the army

He wasn’t a perfect man and I saw that once I was an adult. But for someone who was only close to one uncle growing up, he’s part of some of my best childhood memories. 💙
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The last time I was here it was cold and the ground was covered in snow. I said goodbye to my uncle. (That sentence still brings tears to my eyes.) Now it’s (slightly) warmer and the world is waking up after winter. This weekend I was thankful for 🌻 the chance to enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Michigan with my dog in my lap
🌻 a family brunch
🌻 followed by a family dinner the same day
🌻 fresh WI cheese curds
🌻 long talks with my cousin

What were you thankful for this weekend?
  • Lake Michigan was barely visible when we left this morning. It was fun to see how the view of lake changed each day—and throughout the day!—this weekend.
  • I guess I didn’t have to worry about whether or not the dogs would get along. 🤷🏻‍♀️😂
  • Hello, Lake Michigan. 👋🏼
  • When you think they finally placed an order for you...and then they make you get off the chair. 😒 Swipe to see other photos from my day: 🐾 Met my human’s aunt and I was cute.
🐾 Asked my grandhuman for tummy rubs.
🐾 Realized my tummy rubs weren’t his priority. 🙄
🐾 Met two Doodles and my human pet one of them... so if you’d like a human, I’m getting rid of mine. No time for that kind of betrayal.
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