Thursday, February 26, 2015

WHY THE VIS-A-VIS BENCH IS THE PERFECT SOLUTION TO PUBLIC SPACES

The other day I was sitting on a bench in a restaurant waiting for my table to be ready, while I was waiting someone sat down right next to me. Now, it wasn't the fact that someone sat next to me, it was that it was just a small enough space that they popped my personal bubble. We all know how uncomfortable it can be to have your intimate and personal space invaded by a stranger in a social or public space (i.e. bus stop); which is why the Vis-A-Vis bench is perfect. While you're most likely sitting right next to a stranger, the opposite views give you a little bit more privacy and separation. Hello comfort zone, we missed you. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fun Instagram Series

My awesome sister, Sarah - who's an English major - has the coolest ongoing instagram series...
What she's currently reading. Occasionally she'll snap shops of the books, articles, essays, and more that she's reading, and they're always look so dreamy and magical. It's actually one of the reasons I started reading for fun again!


Check out all of her photos here

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hey Hi Hello!

If you haven't noticed, I've taken a much more lax approach to blogging lately, not totally on purpose either. Just wanted to drop in and fill you all in on the haps around here. 

Since I last blogged...
Spring semester started - much too vigorously if you ask me. But it's week 5, so I'm not complaining. 

I'm staying in my current apartment after school (for the summer) so I'm trying to spruce things up - I just picked up this rug - and it makes a big difference. 

It's been frigid here, so I've been staying warm in this. It's changed my life. 

Sarah and I took a personal day to have a leisurely lunch, shamelessly see this movie, and hit up a Zumba class. Personal days are highly recommended around here. 

And this weekend, Alex is skiing in the American Birkebeiner! So we're heading up north to Hayward, WI for some good old winter sporting. 

image via tumblr


Monday, January 5, 2015

To a New Year


Happy 2015, everyone! Did you know this is a the year Marty McFly visited in Back to the Future 2? Can anyone say hover boards?! I'm excited for this new year and looking forward to all the new opportunities, changes, and more! 2014 was great, and I expect this one to be even better. While I'm not one to stick to my resolutions, I do always try to make a few to see if I can stick to them. I did succeed with my 'drink more water' goal - so let's see if any of these will work out!

I heard that the more specific, passionate, and fewer goals you have, the more likely you are to complete them: 

Eat a veggie or fruit with every meal: I always say I'll "be healthier" but it's hard to stick to something to completely vague. This is simple, and will at least make it easier for me to get my daily dose of greens!

Try new things: A few years ago, Sarah and I would take one day over the weekend to visit a new bookstore, coffee shop, or museum as a way to better learn about our city. I loved doing this, and it was a great way to relax and have fun! I'd really like to get back into doing this. 

Make time for myself and others: Life gets so busy, that sometimes I leave myself and loved ones by the wayside. I want to be better about setting aside time to forget about school, work, or the like for at least a little bit each day. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Rainy Winter Day

It seems mother nature is having a personality crisis at the moment - well here in Minneapolis at least. Rather than buckets of snow and ice like we usually get this time of year it's been overcast, foggy, and even raining!

I'm starting my finals today - I can't believe how quickly the last four months have gone. In celebration of a great {yet trying semester} my girlfriends and I are having 'skillet night' {everything we eat is to made in a cast iron skillet} and drinks tonight. Very much looking forward to it!

Enjoy the unseasonably mild weather :) 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hi There

Hi there. Can you believe it's December? I feel like I just was lamenting that it was already November, and then voila, it was over! What's up in your life?

This time of year has become crazy right now as final project due dates creep closer, holiday shopping is in order, and the overall whooshing of everyone else! Sarah and I have been trying to take metal breaks to keep us sane - yesterday we went window shopping, this weekend we're hitting up the museum, and we've even been trying to get back into working out...it's so hard to get motivated in this cold weather! 

Hoping you all are enjoying the first few days of December with lots of holiday tunes and warm radiator cups of tea :) 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Have a Relaxing {Thanksgiving} Weekend!

What are you plans for Thanksgiving? We go to our family friends' house every year - we usually bring the desserts, so this year we're trying this Heath Toffee Cheesecake. Here in the Midwest we're currently living in a snow globe - seriously, I wish you could see how sleepily the snow is falling - and while I'm loving this white blanketed beauty, part of me is wishing for warmer summer days....can anyone say California weather? 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your friends, family, and anyone else you spend it with! 

Photo by Sarah Carlson - Instagram