Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Done and Done

I’m done. It’s official. Well, not that official. But a final grade is posted and I took all the classes and paid all the money and now I have a master’s degree in nursing. Well, yay for me. Who knows if it will bring me anything. Mayo decided because I make so much money they won’t give a pay bump to MSN in my classification. Cause they are like that. But even if it doesn’t get me a new shiny job or whatever, I think it taught me a few things. At least the buzz words for management.

Either way, no.more.homework. None. Nada. Nope and all the nopes.

We celebrated last Saturday night at Social Drunk SocialIce in Downtown Rochester. It was about 10 degrees. With a hint of wind to bring down the temps a little bit more. We managed to bundle up in about 5 layers of clothing and head down-

The whole deal is ice bars. And every year it’s either too warm or really cold. A calm night in the 20’s would be so nice.


We found a fire and hung out there for a while


IMG_1680(I have two coats on)

before heading over to Grand Rounds and meeting up with another friend for some toasts to me.




Um, by the way, tequila shots are never a good idea…..just saying. I lost a mitten too. Dang it. But it was such a fun night. And a perfect way to cap off a long two years.

Before that, just a week ago, was the Superbowl. I was happy with the outcome for sure.

I did my usual quilt class but this year didn’t do a mystery. We just got together and sewed up a quilt. I loved it.


My wonderful peeps and their blocks!

I am working on a tee shirt quilt for Blane which I think I might finish next month. I was trying for Christmas-hahahaha. No.


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It’s turning out pretty good.

Did I mention that I’m getting my teeth straightened. After several years of my teeth moving out and the space getting bigger and bigger I finally went for Invisalign. However, the anchors are on my front teeth so they aren’t that invisable. Vanity wins again. Next stop, chin lift.

Oher than that, getting ready for STITCHES WEST 2018! And, it’s the winter Olympics so we can knit and watch sports. The BEST.


I’m flying out Saturday to spend some time catching up with friends and hang in Tacoma for a bit. Then Wednesday off to Cali for some fiber exposure. I guess I better start packing…..

We had Brandy come stay for a night and we were truly Springer Heavy for those days--


Springers don’t be still. That was the best of about 10 pics. She made herself right at home


although Puddy was not impressed.



She’s over it now.

So—I can actually start blogging again. I don’t have to feel guilty cause I’m not doing homework.

Oh, and did I mention Scotland—2018???

Stay Tuned--


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy Holidays!

And so it was—and this is how it went down.

Firstly it’s not the winter until you’ve gone to Rochester on Tap. I used Uber for the first time and it went quite well.

We drank some Hawaiian beer.


And we selfied in front of Insight


And we put on Santa Hats and had our picture taken



So apparently while I was spending my time drinking beer and writing papers I never did mail my cards.  I did write a note but sadly, it has to get into a card and mailed. Hoping for a January launch on those.

Oh, and we went to the yearly Lorie Line Concert.


Christmas was quiet with just us. And a dog or two…


Manny slept with his head in the cat basket.


So that was Christmas. I somehow don’t even have a picture of our tree, which was a new one and pretty awesome. It may be fake but it looked real and I think it will be good for about 10 years or so.

I am now heading into week 6 of my last quarter of school. 5 more weeks. I am madly trying to get hours for shadow experiences and work with my preceptor. Since last week was the holiday week there wasn’t much going on, and next week I have a week with no day off which isn’t going to be good for hours. But I think I’ll make it. I feel better than when I started, that is for sure.

It’s cold for the holidays—here’s New Years Weekend


When the high has a negative sign in front of it, well, you know. Or maybe not.

Our plan was to go to the cities for New Years Eve but I didn’t plan very well and we don’t have any place for the dogs to go. So, we are staying home. Although I was looking forward to a mini-vacay, until this school stuff is done I sort of feel like I need to be home. It’s difficult to be organized when I am either working or being at work shadowing on my day off or doing homework on the weekend. Hence, no cards.


So we stayed home and watched some football and rooted for losing teams.


We also had some really really really good cake.


DSC01222Oh Yeah.

We didn’t drink our Christmas Wine, yet-


And although I’ve been told I feature the cats too many times in my blog, it is my blog and the last kick off of the New Year is Puddy-

Playing her favorite computer game


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Full Speed Ahead

Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone and we are full speed ahead to Christmas.

Thanksgiving was spent in Grand Forks with Blane and Melanie.

First off we celebrated a late Blane’s birthday-


Kitten Love



Happy 33rd to Blaney!

The next day was Thanksgiving and Cody and Maral came with Buzz the dog.

Why I didn’t get a group photo with some delicious vegetarian dinner I have no idea. But i didn’t. It was so good. Melanie got some vegetarian loaf that was super delish. She also whipped up some potatoes and bread, and I brought stuffed acorn squash and pie. All in all it was the best.

The following day was sunny and warm. Yep, until this week the weather has been pretty warm.

We walked the dog Buzz and took some selfies and pics of the Red River.



and the boys, of course


Cody thought it was cold but we thought it was warm!

The sunsets are so lovely there.


I got back Friday night and on Sunday I went to the Festival of Trees-

Bad selfie but it’s me, Laura, and Mary back there.


The people who decorate these trees are so creative it’s rediculous





We also had some entertainment by Just for Kix. Sooo cute.


The next weekend it was off to San Antonio to run the Rock n Roll.


We also visted the Alamo that day--



It’s pretty neat, surrounded by the city.

We took a night time walk on the Riverwalk, which is really pretty.



On Sunday Cathy and I ran the half relay and Randy ran the half.

It started out rather hot and humid.



But with about a mile to go it started raining-hard.

A wet finish selfie. I look worried but really I’m pretty happy.




We were all VIPers and that meant free drinks for all!


We didn’t drink ALL that, but we did end up with some extra….

IMG_1491 Jeesh.

I repped Insight Brewing with this…whatever it is.


And after it was said and done we ate at the Republic of Texas


Night time on the river walk.


The next day was full of sight seeing--

Market Square


O Henry’s House




A walk and cruise on the riverwalk







and then out to dinner in the Pearl area-


We ate here. The name is about the cured meats…


But I ate vegetarian-

IMG_1558Seriously good.

When we got done there were carolers waiting to serenade us

I tried and tried to embed the video but I can’t fight blogger. So annoying.

Our view was not bad from our hotel either-


San Antonio Skyline

We left early the following day and stopped over in Atlanta


It was 80 degrees in San Antonio on Monday……

And it’s 19 degrees today.

But I have to say, it was pretty fun!


Breaking every rule while being culturally insensitive.


Sorry….not sorry……………