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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