pumpkin seeds

buttery pumpkin seeds. roasting the pumpkins to make moon pies tomorrow. welcome back fall!


Finally! Sun! Warmer temps! I can hardly stand how long this winter has felt. And just when I thought I was going to go crazy, we get over 20 inches of snow dumped on us! Which resulted in a snow day from work….so I guess I shouldn’t complain about that one. I have spent way too much time this winter curled up in bed, watching mindless tv, or just pigging out on pizza. But finally……..SUN! I think the temps were down in the teens last week, and then 60 degrees yesterday! It felt so so good to get out and run finally. Even if my running pants seem to be fitting pretty snug suddenly. Fortunately, my work has a gym/locker room, so at lunch I headed out for a run in my work neighborhood, which consists of running past Soldier Field, the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, and Shedd Aquarium. I really couldn’t ask for a better route.

I love how friendly all the runners are. I generally see a lot of the same people each time I go out. Even though they are probably thinking ‘oh gosh there’s that creepy girl again who’s always staring us down and waving – run faster.’

…but until I’m ready to move out of downtown, my parent’s will suffice. It was so beautiful this weekend – lots of sun this afternoon mixed with a little bit of warm rain. We all went out back to enjoy a little spring weather, even vampire cat Larry, whom I was promptly greeted by this weekend with a locked kitty jaw on my hand. That cat seems so so lovey, until all at once – ATTACK! Evil cat… 

Back in the mitten state for the weekend and thoroughly enjoying it. Warm weather and sunshine, plenty of green everywhere – a nice change of pace. I spent the morning watching my dad coach the Hastings varsity softball team  at a tournament in Allendale. Not their best games, but still looking good! Makes me miss playing. The slow pitch beer leagues I’m on now just don’t quite have the same pace. So nice to spend a sunny afternoon outside with the family.  Shortly after, however, we snuck in a little mall time which was sorely needed. My credit card is still weeping. It’s ok little guy, we have lots of nice (and much needed, I tell myself) things now!

I am love, loving these gals right now. Two teenage sisters hailing from Sweden singing some folky tunes. I was so excited to find out they are coming to Schuba’s in June. Tickets = purchased. Can’t wait, they’re pretty amazing! Very cool video, great cover, love this one too

In other news, I have pretty sensitive skin and think I accidentally rubbed some new face lotion over my eyelid before I went to bed last night. Woke up with my right eye swollen almost shut. And when my eyelids swell, it looks like they are retaining a half cup of water. Not pretty. Needless to say, I am spending the day at work today looking like Sloth from the Goonies. But enough woe is me-ing…  Have a great day!

Couple BIG wins this weekend for MSU! And a couple big days at the bar cheering em on! Can’t wait for the game on Saturday. We’ve had a couple good sized groups over at Mahoney’s – a MSU bar conveniently located two blocks from my apt. And there has been tons of cheering and lots of dancing. Bad, horrible, cringeworthy dancing.

Looking nervous….

And just looking bad a*s….

Twas a chilly day at the beach today…but nice to get outside for a while. Fun to see all the happy pups running around at the Montrose Harbor dog park.