Hello! I’m writing to you from my hometown in Nebraska! I’m so excited to be back even though it seems like I was JUST here.
I wanted to start a new series called “Happy Things.” I noticed I’ve been complaining a lot in the past couple of posts or the tone just seemed a little more negative. I blame this cold or allergies or whatever ailment has been dragging me down the past three weeks.
I’m totally fine with sharing the struggles that go on in my life or having a negative opinion on something. I think that is necessary to having a genuine blog. Some things in life are good and some are bad, right?
The thing is, I don’t want my little space on the internet to be a total downer. There is so much in life to be happy about and I want to start high lighting those things every once in awhile. I know it benefits me to look on the positive side of things and hopefully it will remind you of the happy things in your life as well!
Let’s start the series by recapping some awesome treats I had last weekend.
Happy Thing #1: Friend in Town
Our friend JD was in town over last weekend (if you remember Forest Gump who ran the marathon last year while I ran my half—that’s the guy) so we ate out..a lot. Like 3 times in two days with an ice-cream stop– a lot. I suppose we could have made food at home, but when you live in the twin cities and someone is visiting from Nebraska, you kind of want to explore a little.
If you follow me on Instagram (you don’t?? get on it! ), you may have seen some of these photos since I was pretty good at documenting the foodie aspects of the weekend. Instagram is also super handy for bookmarking the location of a restaurant in case you want to go back. Does anyone else do that?
Happy Thing #2: Yummy Food
Our first stop was meeting our friend Chris for brunch (ish) at Pizza Luce, a hip pizza joint with a couple of locations in the twin cities. We had been there once before with JD, and really wanted to go back. For some reason I wanted to try their breakfast and went for a breakfast wrap (and eventually a mimosa..peer pressure!), but also sampled the dudes’ pizzas: Baked Potato Pizza, The Bear (which we are now calling “the meat raffle” per the humorous description) and The Boss. Since we had 3 boxes of leftovers..the pizza also made a tasty afternoon and late night snack.
From there we decided to hit up Izzy’s Ice cream since I had a coupon for a free cone from way back when I attended the Minnesota Blogger get-together. (I actually have a follow up from that event about my newfound Pinterest skills. I told myself I’d write it when I doubled my followers and..we are about there! Get excited!)
Apparently Izzy has it’s own scoop size. With any regular sized ice cream cone, you get an “Izzy scoop” on top. Super adorable. You can also get an Izzy sized scoop AND cone, which is super helpful if you are lactose-intolerant and shouldn’t probably be eating too much dairy anyways.
Happy Thing #3: Shopping
We headed to Albertville on Sunday to shop at this ginormous outlet mall. We went to a bunch of stores before JD spotted these Shwings. Basically flair for your running shoes. You can make fun of me, but I am so excited to wear these things! Maybe they will make me run faster…
Then we found a Maurice’s. If you know me, you know that Maurice’s is probably my biggest weakness (after Target of course). And we were at an outlet store so basically everything was buy one, get one 50% off…so I bought many things.
First of all, I found the most comfortable pair of jeggings (jeans + leggings = jeggings) in the entire world. So I bought them in two colors. Buy one, get one 50% off right??
Next, I fell in love with two sweaters. It’s definitely the season for sweaters..especially in Minnesota! Two scarves also caught my eye…especially that plaid one!
And then at the last minute, I grabbed this running jacket to try on. Over the course of the evening it was decided I should be a zebra for the Halloween party the following week AND on my 10-mile Monster Dash race. I happened to find the perfect thing at Target.
Happy Thing #4: 7 Mile Treadmill Run
I’ve been sick so I haven’t kept up on my training for the Monster Dash, but last Monday I just decided to head down to the treadmill and bust out my long run. There was a lot of walking (which I’m totally fine with for long runs) and I was able to watch a couple of episodes of Walking Dead. I woke up with super sore shoulders from slightly hunching over and watching it on my phone (oops) but that’s beside the point. I did it! And that’s a happy thing! I should probably figure out a more ergonomic solution for next time though…
Happy Thing #4: Trip to Nebraska!
This trip involved the pumpkin patch, family and a 7-mile run, but more on that later. It just has to go in this week’s list because it was a happy thing.
PS I’m all about Pinterest this year, so I would LOVE IT if you could pin one (or two!) of these images!
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