Sunday, May 14, 2017

Done and Done

Over a Month??? My pet peeve is bloggers who don’t keep their blogs current and look at me. Well, here I am an I hope to do better now that I am almost done with classes. I just finished the quarter in which I took two classes (10 credit hours). They were the busiest busy work classes I could have picked to take together. Especially coming off of finance which was like a vacation class it was soooo easy. This quarter I wrote 11 papers and did 23 discussion posts, each with two required cited and referenced replies, and those replies generating at least two additional replies. See what I mean? Every weekend and every day off I sat at this stupid computer for at least 5-7 hours, in addition to coming home from work and spending an hour or two replying to replies. I can not tell you happy I am that this is done. I can’t even say how I got through it. Oh yeah, in addition to the classes I went to Cali twice, my sister came, and I went up to Grand Forks for a long weekend. So—one more class then practicum then done. I got a scholarship through Mayo and with my tuition reimbursement the second half of my schooling is paid for. Yipppeee skip.

So—I’ve already mentioned my last Cali trip. But then in April we had Pam and Ilan’s baby shower. Aren’t they cute?


I’m almost done with the pink dress and the quilt top is done too. Finishing touches and hopefully will be ready for the baby in June

IMG_0382Pink dress with wine……

After the shower we stopped to refill our growlers and got sucked in by some delicious beers--


A week later we had Yarnover. Which never disappoints. This year we didn’t go to the dinner the night before. Martha came over Thursday night, and Friday we yarn crawled to Northfield. We first stopped at the quilt store in Zumbrota, All in Stitches. Jeepers. They had the quilt panel I wanted (they were out of it at PNQS, my go to for all things fabric). It was a great store but the clothing and shoe stores there were amazing. We wondered who shops here cause it was sort of high end and, well, Zumbrota just isn’t all that big.

We ended up at Northfield Yarns, one of my all time favorite stores. Martha got some yarn to make new clogs. I refrained—saving up for Yarnover.

Saturday we went WAY up north and we shopped till we dropped at Yarnover. I wasn’t going to buy anything until the Wollmeise tempted me and I saw some University of Wisconsin Bucky yarn I had to get for Dave. Dang it. We ended up at the brewery for a light lunch but the food truck wasn’t at Insight so we went to Surly. I’d heard lots about it. The food was good and the beer tasty, but I still love my Insight best!


I have to say the weather was super nice for the day.

We made it home and on Sunday, before Martha left, we took a beautiful walk on the Dodge Trail


It’s so much greener now—3 1/2 weeks later.

Martha brought Laura and I some travel goodies for our trip to Ireland in the fall-


This is the stuff they get when they go to Taiwan.

this is a Bloody Cocktail mix—just add vodka!! She thought of EVERYTHING!


I love the little spoon.

Cinco de Mayo found me down town relaxing with my BFF Cathy people watching at the Half Barrel-

IMG_0395Why do I have Man Hands?

It was just a warm up for the very next day was the Craft Beer Expo-


O.M.G. It was so much fun. Note to self, next year pretzel necklaces will be worn.

We went with a group of friends and I haven’t had this much fun in ages. Well, at least since the night before with Cathy!!

We took our picture with the local celebrities—the KTTC weathermen!



And had a great dinner at the Tap House


Really—such a great group of people. Kate, in the front on the right, will be my practicum preceptor, poor girl.

I’ve been sort of lonely for a dog so I got an old dog this time, a rescue Springer named Manny. He’s deaf and sort of blind so he fits right in.


He needs a good haircut I think. He’s still a little shy and nervous so we’ll see how it goes. He’s a funny old dog but I love him already.

And that’s what’s been happening here!

The weather is getting nice so I’m hoping to get some gardening in soon. Otherwise—it’s all the same old, same old, with a little new thrown in.


Two really is a crowd.