15 thoughts for 2015

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It’s that time of year when we’re forced to think of where we have been and where we want to go. I was inspired by this post a that friend shared, and I also know that if we write something down and tell someone we’re going to do it, we’re more likely to do. From what may seem trivial to more philosophical thoughts, I’m laying it all out.

I am writing these in short, list form. I’ll call it staccato writing. Quick, concise, to the point. I am using punctuation in the header because it’s not just an idea, it’s a statement – a declaration, if you will.

  1. Find a new home.
    Buy a house or something that feels more like mine. Create ownership and be proud.
  1. Socialize my dog more.
    Go to the dog park. Get another pup. Must first do #1.
  1. Keep in touch better with friends.
    Call them. Plan more events. Brunch?
  1. Focus on teeth.
    Floss regularly. Use whitening kit. Teeth are the roots to your health.
  1. Do yoga.
    At a place. Regularly.
  1. Read.
    A book each month. The more I read the easier it’ll be to write.
  1. Write. Keep this blog updated.
    Write it down when I hear it or think it. Everything. Don’t judge.
  1. Learn ballroom dance.
    I have classes! Schedule them and go.
  1. Cook more.
    Learn new, healthier recipes. Use Pinterest. Watch more cooking shows.
  1. Stop thinking I have to get it right on the first try.
    Life is a bunch of drafts. There is no final draft until the end. And then there are no rewrites.
  1. Think positively.
    Believe what you want to be. Pretend the desired outcome.
  1. Focus on saving.
    Put money aside to get the things I want. Dream with intentions.
  1. Visit a place.
    It can be near or far. But get out and see something new.
  1. Be more friendly.
    Everyone has obstacles. You don’t know what others are going through.
    You don’t need to put up a guard to protect yourself. Be strong-willed.
  1. Talk.
    Tell people how you feel. Sharing is caring and no one will know unless you tell. Keeping it in doesn’t do you any better.

Little no longer

She wakes early to get to the men behind bars.
Wearing conservative clothing, she cannot attract looks.
Her day may consist of spatting, feces or threats.
Much of the time there is silence. Blank stares. No life.
Some are saved. But most are just there.
It’s not about rehabilitation, but an attempt at some standard of living.
She hears of awful stories and is yet able to instill a sense of hope.
My little sister is doing bigger things with her life to save others’.

Restaurant review: Wayzata holiday hop

Recently my boyfriend and I were looking for something holiday-ish to do when we came across a post from one of our favorite restaurants: Sushi Fix. If you are a sushi connoisseur, go nowhere else. But we’ll get to that later. The post was for a Holiday Hop at Wayzata’s restaurants and bars on Water Street. We love to try new places and Wayzata had a few. A food and bar hop? Why not!

We started at Wayzata’s newest restaurant, 6Smith. When we arrived, they handed us coupons for apps later that night and free brunch. We found ourselves a spot at the petite, yet industrial-looking bar. We ordered drinks while waiting for the event to begin. We saw the bartenders prepping samples of Moscow Mules (which is “the” drink this winter, but must be in copper mugs of course) and some type of coffee liquor I didn’t quite catch. I much preferred the mule.

We had to move on. We had 8 places to visit and only 3 hours – oh, and of course we had to catch what we could of the Gopher game. We walked to a steakhouse we had been to before, Gianni’s. It was always very inviting and this time was no different. The staff was very friendly and approached us with their free punch sample, which was a full drink! Although it made me pucker, it was much appreciated. We decided to order some small apps – steak bites and grilled shrimp. They were very small, but you must order steak when at a steakhouse, and I have to say the shrimp were the best I’ve had! We’ll be coming back.

Next up, we made a quick stop at McCormick’s. Think seafood shack found somewhere on the East Coast. Their special was double pours of house wine…how can you pass up that? We were quickly reminded that it isn’t classy, nor fun, to chug wine when on a bar hop. I needed a little help finishing mine.

Cov was our fourth stop. We had been here before and it must be the place to hang out “on the lake”. It’s always busy, even at three in the afternoon. I’m not sure if the all-white walls makes it appear clean and classy, or just overall sterile. The backdrop would be hard to beat during prime patio time. The other downer to this stop was that it didn’t have any specials, or at least none of which the staff knew. We ordered what was recommended, realizing we were paying full (over) price when we left.

We hopped on over to People’s Organic where they offered beer or coffee. I tried a while ale, which was really pleasing. We also got free samples of their veggie burger and pork slider. The pork was delicious! Even my boyfriend (the meat and potatoes guy) said the veggie burger wasn’t bad. They definitely get points for having both food and drink offerings!

We quickly stopped into the new Lund’s & Byerly’s Kitchen. This place offered a lot more than I was expecting – from formal seating to a full bar. I had a sample of prosecco and a bite of a bread app and we had to be on our way!

Across the street was the Municipal Bar of Wayzata, also known as “The Muni”. This is the local bar. It has sports, bands, and even pulltabs. They have some good food for a bar, too. But we were in for their special spiked hot cider. It’d be good, but wasn’t mixing well with the rest of the cold drinks, so I just took a sip.

Lastly, we ended up where we had first heard of this holiday hop, at our beloved Sushi Fix for dinner. We barely beat the clock, but with the final punch in our cards we handed them in. We never did win any prizes, but we got to experience a few new places and had our favorite salmon roll at our favorite sushi bar. Kampai!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Getting Seasonal.”

I wouldn’t say that I miss the holidays when they are months away, but I do look forward to them. With bright lights, warm delights and merry greetings, what’s not to like? However, the holidays in Minnesota are a sign of bitter temperatures, hours of darkness, and immobilizing snow. Yet, without the cold, the heat wouldn’t seem as warming; without the blanket of white, nothing would shine as brightly; and without the weather forcing us together, we wouldn’t be as close as we should be.

The holidays begin with the crisp smell of leaves in the air that leads into mornings that are made better by ho ho mochas from a favorite coffee shop. They are then followed through with the scent of pine and scotch infusing homes and nights curled up by the fire with swirling wine glasses. These are the moments I long for all year. And don’t forget paid holidays! Being with family and friends when we would usually need to be at work might be my favorite part of the holidays.

And oh, the gifts! Who doesn’t like gifts? The one thing that almost ruins them for me is the gift exchange conversation. “You got me a gift? Then I need to get you one!” I want to give gifts to people close to me because I know they will cherish them, not because of what I get in return. I enjoy the experience of finding that perfect present for someone – and getting a deal at the same time is good, too! My sister and I discussed not exchanging gifts this year (her idea) so we could spend more on our parents. We both ended up finding gifts we “had to” give each other so we exchanged anyway!

I know the holidays can be hard for many. With family or financial problems, what should be happy times can instead seem stressful and overwhelming. It’s only the day before New Year’s Eve, and I’ve already heard so many people say how glad they are that the holidays are over. I want to tell them “Hey, we still have one more! Don’t ruin it for me!” I do start to feel sadness as the holiday season comes to a close. Without any planned days off work or a warm vacation, what’s there to look forward to? I think that’s why the holidays are an important time for us all to remember what we have and recall why we’re thankful. As 2014 comes to an end, I will try to keep my holiday cheer all next year.

Beyond the stages are songs, sights and smiles

Last night I attended Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie. My boyfriend first took me to the production last year as a surprise. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but was so glad I experienced it. This year’s performance was just as splendid as the last, and I enjoyed it so much that I hope to make it a tradition.

When I mentioned I was going to A Christmas Carol, a woman I work with thought I said “going Christmas caroling.” Don’t put that past me, but when I explained to her that I would not be the one caroling, she stated “but that’s not a musical.”

I had to think. I recalled hearing many songs. The singing and dancing and laughing made me want to live in that time. That was why I liked it so much. Their songs were so very joyous, heartfelt, and celebratory – it enraptured me.

Beyond the sounds of the stages are many other unique spaces. Cantilevered walkways lead you to vast views. The Endless Bridge is a guide to a glass lookout where see Minneapolis bridges in every direction. The Dowling Studio Lobby is still one of the Guthrie’s best-kept secrets, despite it’s encapsulating amber glow. The box of sunlight gives way to the infamous Gold Metal Flour sign, Now Playing marquee, and if you walk across the room, the new Vikings football stadium.

I hope to visit the Guthrie, in all its splendor, every year. For there are more than just plays and musicals, but sights to be seen and smiles to be cherished.