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How was your weekend? I had the opportunity to attend the Minnesota Blogger’s favorite things party on Saturday. It’s a pretty awesome idea; you bring 3 of your favorite things and then you go home with 3 things from the other group members. I had almost forgotten about the party (err wasn’t sure if I was going to go because of social anxiety slash stranger danger) until my friend Katie texted me that morning. Knowing a friend was going to be there, I resolved to get out and meet some new people!
I even changed out of gym clothes which was documented with a couple of selfies.
Cookies are one of my favorite things (duh), so I decided to whip up a batch pretty last minute to bring to the shindig. I made the cookies I’ve been obsessing over lately: my Lemon Snickerdoodle Funfetti Cookies.
The thing about me bringing 3 plates of these delightful cookies was that there were already treats there to be eaten that weren’t part of the exchange…I was the only one who brought something homemade. Awkward.
The real tragedy is that my kitchen is still a ginormous mess from all the hurried baking.
(Edit to add: Thanks Morgan for the group shot! And to the lovely hosts Lauren and Meg for arranging all of this! And especially Lauren who was the only one to take a plate of my cookies. Ha! Another thank you to J. Arthur’s Coffee shop in Roseville, a seriously cool spot to hang out..must keep this in mind!)
Aside from that, I caught up on some blogging stuff and watched some Netflix with Miss Zoey Cat. Dave left town for a bit to see his grandparents in Nebraska, so it was a ladies’ weekend! (Turned out I could have used Dave’s help since Sunday I was battling crazy cramps and a Zoey Fluffy Butt with stuff coming out of both ends I had to clean up…TMI?)
For awhile I went through a phase where the only new shows I would watch were The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory. Netflix was simply for turning on TV shows I had seen a million times in the background of whatever I was working on. But there have been some shows that I’ve gotten into over the past year or so JUST by watching them on Netflix!
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These shows are all worth investing some binge-watching Netflix time in. (does that sentence even make sense? and to think I call myself a writer.) I also noticed a common theme–strong female leads.
1. Parenthood. I am in love with Lauren Graham and while listening to the podcast Gilmore Guys (<-highly recommended after episode 5ish), one of the hosts recommended the show. I’d suggest you watch with a box of Kleenex because this show tugs at your heartstrings. I think one of my favorite parts is how real the characters talk. The actors are all amazing and hardly anything seems scripted if that makes sense. But yeah…I definitely find myself bawling while watching.
2. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. First of all, Tina Fey is one of the creators and she is a genius. (totally unbiased opinion, obviously.) The main character is played by Ellie Kemper (who also played Erin on The Office) and basically she has been locked up for 15 years with a couple of other girls and this crazy preacher who had convinced them it was the apocalypse. This sounds kind of awful, but Kimmy’s attitude is so positive and she never sees herself as a victim. That’s inspiring to me.
Of course it’s a comedy, so the whole show is a quirky, funny, upbeat mix that just makes you happy after watching.
Also, the theme song is both empowering and hilarious and I always get the “females are strong as hell” part in my head. (I keep singing it to myself Sunday when my stomach killed and/or I found another piece of poo on the carpet. Don’t feed your kitten cheese. No matter how cute they are.)
3. Parks and Recreation. This is another show where the lead character is a female and she is played by Amy Poehler, another genius. I don’t know why, but I always saw this show on after The Office years ago, but never got into it. Now I’ve watched it so many times that it’s become one of the shows I can have on in the background while I work. Amy Poehler’s character is so ambitious and positive that it always makes me feel like I can (and should) be bolder and pursue my goals more fiercely. Plus the characters are all hilarious. Especially Ron.
Inspiration from the Blog/Social Media
Things I’ve been pinning lately.
These are the cookies I’ve been obsessed with and brought to the Favorite Things party.
What do you guys think about this race? Should I do it again next year?
This photo is now possibly my most liked photo on Instagram. Not only that, but Asics now wants to feature it on their account. If someone could tell me the reason this photo is so amazing…I would be very grateful. The colors? The lighting? The funny caption? The awesome socks?
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Both of these ideas take my breath away. We definitely never did anything this fancy for Easter as kids!
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