Friday, June 28, 2013

Go Big Or Go Home

 Did a photoshoot with my little cousins :)
 Twins vs. White Sox at Target Field with Lauren and Mal
 Hannah's ballet recital
 Madeline being adorable
Me and Madeline

The previous pictures have absolutely nothing to do with the following.  Just a heads up.

It was May. I had just finished a long day. I was tired.  I was hungry. I had my heart set on one thing, and one thing only... Leeann Chins. Once I had made up my mind that I was getting it for dinner, I was getting it. There were no ands, ifs or buts about it. So, I searched for it on my phone. There was one ten minutes away from where I was. Bingo. I headed there.  I sat in traffic. So instead it took 20 minutes.  My phone told me that I had arrived at Leeann Chins, but guess what, the place had been knocked down and was now a parking garage.  The feeling of defeat.  The feeling of, "Ohhhhh heck no." It started to pour. A little bit of lightning.  Some may have stopped the journey there and just headed home to make a PB&J.  But not me. I drove another 20 minutes out of my way to the next closest Leeann Chins.  Finally.  I was a little ashamed that I had prioritized something so silly.  But, mostly, I felt satisfaction.

I contently ate my food at home with the rain still pouring.

Recently my roommate and I were shooting the breeze around our kitchen table.  We were talking about for how some health reasons/surgeries/etc people have to fast for 3 days or so.  She said that she didn't think she could do it.  I said I think I could.  This then turned into a conversation of how I have no sense of moderation (my words, not hers).  I feel like these past few years (but maybe always) I've had a go-big-or-go-home mentality.  I admire my roommate's ability to plan things out enough where she can thoughtfully make decisions.  I, on the other hand, feel like I make decisions too often in the moment.  And, once I have my heart/mind set on something, its got to happen.  I mean, once I decided I wanted Leeann Chins, any other dinner option was just going to make me mad.

I don't know how to sum this up.  I probably don't really even need to.  Basically, I just wanted to share the story about the one rainy night when I didn't give a care about anything in the world other than getting Leeann Chins and how it was one of the most pathetic moments of my adult life.  I can't believe I'm 24.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Beginning of June in Minneapolis

 Blue hues. 
 Field Day Madness.
 Lake Harriet. Secret spot. 
Last day of school. We made it!
Minneapolis.  I hope I never grow use to this beauty.
My TFA buddies that work at my school. Very professional.

My second year of teaching just wrapped up.  I need time to collect my thoughts. But, I do know this, I'm so grateful for all the people in my life - family, students, friends, colleagues. The list goes on.  Whether near or far, I'm thankful for you.  The above are a collage of snapshots from the beginning of June.