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The last two months… they’ve been a whirlwind. If I were to describe them in one word March would be turbulent and April would be hectic. I never got a March in Photos post up, so I thought I’d combine both March and April for today’s post, so… there are a lot of pictures here. In the mix you’ll find some photos of pups (of course), a sneak peak at some pictures from Colombia and look at some of the literary events I attended recently.
As I said, I’d describe March as turbulent. I probably went through a mid-life crisis that month and there was a lot that annoyed me. One day I came home from work and had a package in the mail from Kendra Castillo–I had ordered a painting from her. One look at the painting totally calmed me down.
After church treat: a mocha from Misfit Coffee. If you live in Minneapolis or you’re ever visiting, you need to check them out!
I don’t post a ton of photos of Little One anymore, but she’s still the best ever and always a highlight of my day. 💙
She’s the sweetest and always lets me know when she thinks I haven’t been paying enough attention to her.
Coffee = life. My parents, brother/sister-in-law and I had brunch one morning.
This product didn’t work for me at all. My face stung after using it, so I returned it the day after I first tried it.
One of my favorite people came to visit! B is like a sister to me–she lived with my family for a few years when I was in high school, she taught me how to drive, and when I visit my hometown I stay with her and her horses. She brought some delicious wine. She’s been getting into essential oils and is basically testing them out with people, her horses and her dog in an attempt to prove they don’t work… but so far she hasn’t been able to disprove them. She has this system that basically analyzes people to show what essential oils would be beneficial for the person to use. I don’t know how it works, but it was pretty spot-on for me. My stomach was bothering me that day and I tested high for an oil that helps with tummy troubles. I also tested high for one of the mood-enhancing oils that helps with frustration. My dad chuckled when I read the info about that one, because it was pretty obvious that I was frustrated that day.
If you follow me on Insta and Snapchat, you’ve probably seen this guy before. There’s a comfort dog that visits my workplace and he’s the best. I love when he comes to visit! And he’s good at his job, too. I was going to give him a few quick goodbye pets, but he laid down and soon I was sitting on the floor on with him. After he does his thing, his handler takes him out to playground. It’s so cool to see that once his vest comes off he’s all puppy. It’s so much fun to watch him run around.
My fave “frou frou” coffee drink is a vanilla iced nirvana from Dunn Bros. When I saw that they had a coconut iced nirvana I had to try it out. The vanilla is definitely still my favorite, but the coconut is delicious too!
Leadpages hosted a blogger and creative event one night, so we toured their office and sat through a presentation. It was so cool to learn more about them as a company and if I’m ever looking for a job, I’ll definitely see if they have any openings I’d be qualified for.
And then it was off to Colombia!
I had a few days in Bogota, so I took it easy and spent some time reading, writing and hanging out at my favorite café.
I also started watching 13 Reasons Why.
And then it was off to Leticia!
We stayed at the cutest B&B!
There was a deadly landslide in Colombia while I was there, so I received a few texts from coworkers making sure I wasn’t near it. (I wasn’t.)
We spent two days on the Amazon River and it was the most amazing thing ever! Our boat driver was so knowledgeable and it was so cool to spend some time with him out on the river. He knew when we’d have a great chance of seeing dolphins (and we saw a lot of them!), he could spot different animals (like sloths) that looked like dots from a distance until we realized what they were. He’s such a gem and I’m so happy that he was our boat driver for most of our excursions! (PS – I always appreciated this phone strap, but I appreciated it there more than ever. I held my phone outside of the boat over the water A LOT while I was in Leticia and didn’t have to worry about it. I even passed my phone off and watched others stick it out of the boat over the water without fear.
When we saw birds circling we knew dolphins were close.
Yep, that’s me. And yep, those are my new friends.
A few coworkers and I have been going through this Bible study. I think it’s one everyone should do; it’s been so beneficial! I’ve already picked out the Bible study from Priscilla Shirer that I’ll do once I finish this one.
United canceled my flight to Minneapolis, so I spent the night in the Houston airport. But hey, I wasn’t injured, so I guess in the end it all worked out.
The day I finally made it home from Colombia my mom and I attended a Big Ideas event with the Loft Literary Center. It was a conversation between Lisa Lucas and Marlon James (who won the Man Booker Prize in 2015 for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings). It was such a great event that reminded me how much I love talking–really discussing and analyzing–the books I read. I loved it!
This garden is going to be mostly kale. 💚 💚 💚
I love watching her soak up the sunshine. It’s pretty much the only good thing about the sun. #practicallyavampire #ilovegloomyweather
My best friend and I went out for our quarterly dinner… the food was delicious!
It rained on our way there and snowed on our way home. That’s spring in Minnesota, for ya!
We celebrated Good Friday and Easter! I’m in charge of the flowers when they arrive and, well… I’m not always the best with flowers. But they survived! 🎉 💃🏻
I had Good Friday off work, so on Maundy Thursday my mom and I ordered an impromptu, late-night pizza and wings. We ate and talked and it was one of the best nights.
A month in photos post wouldn’t be complete without a picture of my BFF Odin. He actually has moments of calm now and soaks up tummy rubs.
Flowers for admin professionals day.
I ended April by attended a Craft Talk with Angela Flournoy, hosted by the Loft Literary Center. Here she is reading from her novel The Turner House, which I knew I wanted to read after listening to her and I had to buy a copy of after hearing a spoiler during the Q&A.
Tell me about your March & April!
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