Archive for April, 2011

I Heart Etsy


In case you’ve been living under a rock, let me introduce you to Etsy: a handmade marketplace where artists from around the world sell their wares.  And believe me, there is truly something for everyone.  Most recently I’ve gotten a few gifts for the upcoming Mother’s Day there, but last summer I was a total etsy stalker checking the wedding section nearly every day for things that we couldn’t live with out. And by we I really just mean me. 

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Viva Las Vegas


We recently took a long weekend trip to Las Vegas.  This would never really be our first choice for a trip since neither of us gambles and we are a little past our all-nighter days, but we were meeting family there so we decided to do it our style.  Kitschy themed hotel?  Check.  World series of people watching?  Check.  Chevy Cobalt à la Cedar Rapids?  Check.  And we were ready to roll.

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A Major Spring To-Do


As first time homeowners, we were kind of waiting for something major (and expensive) to break on our house.  Because after all it is an antique circa 1964.  It took less than six months for our fears to come to fruition.  And it was truly creepy.

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How We Sold Our Used Car (a/k/a The Bruiser)


When we received the notice to buy new tabs for my ten-year-old VW Jetta in March, we knew it was time to unload her since she’d been sitting in the garage for three months after an incident with the check engine light, the brake light, and a whole lot of jerking. Granted, she had a host of issues, the most noticeable being the front end damage from a fender bender. She also needed a lot of new parts based on her 110,000 miles. I’d been quoted a very large amount for all the work needed so I wasn’t too optimistic that I’d get very much for her, but I wanted to look into our options.

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We Heart Outdoor Baseball in Minnesota (and Target Field)


For our entire lives, we only knew indoor Minnesota baseball, which was played at the Metrodome for 28 seasons starting in 1982. Our home team, the Minnesota Twins, won two World Series Championships there in 1987 and 1991. And we were lucky enough to attend the final Twins game at the Dome on October 11, 2009, when the Twins lost (once again) to the Yankees in the AL Division Series.  So out with the old and in with the new.

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Kilimanjaro: Our Greatest Adventure Yet (Part II)


Located in Northeastern Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak of Africa coming in at 19,341 feet tall.  It is one of the Seven Summits (the tallest mountains on the 7 continents) and is actually an inactive volcano.  Luckily for us, it is not a technical climb (meaning leave your climbing harness and crampons at home.)  The difficulty comes in the altitude gain and the strain on your bod when it is stressed by a lack of oxygen in the air.  But, we didn’t really stress any of the details being 23 years old at the time and figuring that we would be just fine since we were both pretty fit at the time and are used to cold weather by virtue of our birthplace (just another reason why we heart mn).

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Side Trip to Zanzibar = Pretty Flippin Sweet


For average peeps like us, heading to Africa is a pretty big deal so we decided that as long as we were going to be there, we should check out Zanzibar. To be exact, Zanzibar is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean off the Eastern coast of Tanzania, but in our planning we just saw it as a tropical island paradise with white sandy beaches and clear blue waters. The perfect place to relax after all that physical exertion from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Kilimanjaro: Our Greatest Adventure Yet (Part I)


An oldie but a goodie that we can’t resist sharing. A few years ago, we were fortunate enough to take our adventures to Africa. Dain was hard at work in the design world, and I was in my third year of law school and had saved up my pennies from my summer associate position to be able to take the trip of a lifetime over winter break ’06-’07.  I have always had a fascination with Africa, and I was inspired by an imax video on Kilimanjaro that I had seen in 2002.  I’m a sucker for a good imax, and this one had me hook, line and sinker.

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Goodbye Bruiser


Bruiser being my affectionate term for my ten-year-old Volkswagen Jetta that has many bumps and bruises after a few run-ins with bumpers, poles, and other things throughout its life.  The bruiser is now sold and gone, which for some reason makes me a touch sad and causes me to sing my own words into a well-known song:  One love.  One car.  Let’s get together and feel all right.

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Free trees for Earth Day? Yes please.


We love ourselves a good deal, and what is better than a quality item for free?  That’s why we got excited reading about Earth Day freebies.  We hit Starbucks for our free Earth Day coffee on Friday, and we made it a point to head to Lowe’s on Saturday to take advantage of their “This Tree is One in a Million” Earth Day initiative to give away a million trees.

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