Five for Friday #54

Oh hello there! Are you as excited that it’s Friday as I am?!? I don’t even have exciting plans for the weekend, but I’ll just be happy to relax a little bit! This was a full and fun week for me! I saw the movie Where’d You Go, Bernadette on Monday with some friends from my book club (we read the book a few months ago and just hadnt’ gone to see it yet!), had life group on Tuesday, bible study on Wednesday, and dinner at my sister’s house last night! Full but very fun! I need to do some deep cleaning at the house this weekend because I have ONE OF MY VERY BEST FRIENDS coming to visit next weekend (can you tell that I’m very excited?!?!) but I have a feeling I’ll spend a good chunk of it on the couch watching High Seas on Netflix… I’m a sucker for Spanish dramas set in the past for some reason (like Velvet which was THE BEST!!) and I’ve only watched 2 episodes so far but I’m all in! It follows 2 wealthy sisters on a ship traveling from Spain to Brazil in the 1940s and there is DRAMA! There are SECRETS! There is MURDER?!?!?!

But enough of that – here is what’s been on my radar lately!

one || I just got this white top at Walmart a few weeks ago and love it! My roomie also got it in the chambray color, and I might have to borrow it at some point. I wish I was able to wear the mustard yellow, but sadly that is the worst color on a pale person like me.

two || This sticky note set is the cutest! I don’t really use sticky notes that often at work… but…. I might need to start!

three || This candle from Target is literally the BEST smelling candle for fall!! It’s no wonder it’s sold out! I have the small size and will have to use major restraint not to burn the whole thing in one weekend!

four || I got this Healthy Feet cream because my heels were looking pretty rough and it is a miracle product! My heels are nice and smooth, and I didn’t have to go get a pedicure for that to be the case!

five || I signed up to bring something sweet to bible study in a few weeks, and there is a very good chance I’ll be making these fluffernutter cookies. Because fluffernutter sandwiches are the best and cookies are the best and so yes I’ll try the combination of those, please! I just finished my Whole30 and am still in the reintroduction phase, but I’ll be excited to try these very soon!!

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2019 Book Bingo – July/August Update

I’ve got a few more books coming at ya today! I can’t believe that I’m so far along in my book bingo for the year! But then again, it IS already September so I’d be worried if I still had a lot of it left to go! I’m still having fun with it, and I’ve got books picked out for all the spots I have left – hopefully they’re as good as I anticipate they will be!

Still Me by Jojo Moyes

For a book that’s part of a series, I read Still Me! It is the final book in this particular trilogy – you’ve definitely heard of the first book “Me Before You” and maybe you’ve seen the movie! I read the first book and the second book 4 years ago and it took me a little bit to get reacquainted with the characters and remember what happened leading up to that point. But once I got back into the swing of the story, I LOVED it! It was so much better than the second book. So much better. This story picks up with Louisa Clark moving to New York City to be a caretaker for a family and she has lots of adventures! She struggles to keep things going long-distance with her boyfriend back in England, meets some new friends in NYC, and a series of events leads her to figuring out what her dream is and what is really important to her. I read this so fast and was genuinely sad when it was over!

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

For a book with more than 600 pages, I read the Alexander Hamilton biography. This one took forever to finish but I FINALLY DID IT!!!! Obviously I was inspired to read it because I’m very much still obsessed with the Hamilton musical, and it was actually really good! Yes it’s incredibly long and full of a crazy amount of detail, but Chernow did such a good job writing it. He weaved all the details together in a way that made you want to keep reading to find out more of what happens (even though it’s history so we all pretty much know what happened…) It was REALLY fun to read this knowing so much from the musical – I would pick out certain phrases and connect them to lines from the musical and it was very fun for me!! (Was it as much fun for my friends on Snapchat that I would send pictures of the lines correlating to the pages to? Maybe not… haha).

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

For a Young Adult book, I read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. This one had been on my radar for a while, and when I saw that Netflix made it into a movie I knew that I’d have to read the book so I could then watch the movie! This book was overall pretty cute! Lara Jean would write a letter to a boy she loved when it was time to get over them. After writing the letter, her feelings were gone. She kept all the letters in a hat box in her room and one day, she finds out that the letters got mailed out and the boys received their letters! Drama! I liked the characters and thought it was an interesting take on a common romance story line! I was rooting for different boys at different points in the book, but I’m happy with the way it ended!

Party of One by Joy Beth Smith

For a book published in 2018, I read Party of One which is all about singleness. As a single person, I thought that I could read this and maybe get something out of it. And I did! It was incredibly encouraging and had so many reminders that the single time in you life can and should be fulfilling. That it’s not just a holding pattern while you wait for your “real life” to begin once you get married. That joy isn’t spelled m-a-r-r-i-a-g-e. That you are valuable to the kingdom and have just as much, if not more, to offer in this time in your life. That it’s ok to want to be married and still enjoy NOT being married- like really have fun and really enjoy it! I honestly think it wouldn’t be a bad idea for married people to read this book, too!

Life Lately

Hey hey and happy Friday!! Can you believe that it’s already SEPTEMBER?!?!? I don’t actually know where the year is going. I’ve been busy with work and life and doing another Whole30 (more on that to come!!) and the days just keep flying by. Geez. I feel like we need a little update on what’s been going on lately (which really isn’t much, but why not, right?!?) Here’s a little photo diary of what I’ve been up to…

I took my nephew to see a movie and of course we had to play a few arcade games on the way out of the theater! (Fun days with Aunt Kelly include ALL the fun things!)

I got THE BEST sno cone flavor on the planet (root beer and watermelon mixed DON’T GIVE ME THAT FACE you haven’t even tried it yet it’s so good!) from a place SO close to my house – and it has a drive thru window which is fun but also dangerous because now I want to get a sno cone every day on my way home from the train.

One of my favorite people that I somehow get the privilege of knowing in real life WROTE A STINKING BOOK and y’all it’s SO GOOD! She had a book launch party in July and it was so great to go and support her!

I had what seemed like the perfect hair day a few weeks ago! The braid! The bun! And it stayed ALL DAY which was a miracle!

I won some Airpods at work and I love them! I love getting to walk outside and not have to deal with the cords from my headphones, and the sound quality is better than expected for most things! I also bought some teeny studs to go in my 2nd and 3rd ear piercing and I’m clearly very excited about those, too.

I went to a rooftop hip hop cardio fitness class on the terrace of the Joule Hotel downtown and it was so much fun! My friend Beth and I didn’t make fools of ourselves like we thought we would and had a blast sweating and dancing along to Lizzo. Plus I got to see my favorite eyeball from an elevated height which was fun!

This is totally random but I’ve started parting my hair in the middle from time to time and tbh I’m kind of loving it!!

My company reserved a section at the minor league baseball game and my friend Merideth came with me! There was tons of free food and be proud of us – we didn’t eat ANY of it. Which is incredibly sad. BUT I’m doing Whole30 and Mer is eating super healthy, too, so we were very strong and you know what, I bet the hot dogs and cookies weren’t even that good. The cookies looked super dry. #lies

You guys I saw my first armadillo and it was slightly terrifying!!!!!! It was IN THE FRONT YARD!!!!!!!!!!!!! What? Gross! Go away!! I didn’t know that they could be so huge and I was kind of terrified to walk along the sidewalk to get to my car. But I did it. I survived.

When people ask me what I’ve been up to lately, I always answer with “oh not much… same ol’ same ol’, just like church and bible study and stuff…” but now it’s nice to see and be reminded that I’ve actually been doing things and I’m not as boring as I thought! Thanks for following along – I’ve got some fun posts planned in the next few weeks and I can’t wait to share them with you! Talk to you later!

 

I Made Another Baby Blanket!!

Another nephew, another baby blanket that is not done on time… Oops! Every time my sister has a baby (she now has FOUR!) I make a baby blanket for the sweet little baby! Even though this blanket was finished a little bit (aka like 2 months) late, it finally got finished which is all that matters.

My sister doesn’t find out the gender before the baby is born, so it’s been tough to pick 4 different color schemes that would work for a boy OR a girl! For this blanket (that ended up being for a boy) I went with a mint green and light grey which looks kind of terrible in the pictures, but actually looks very cute in person!

In true Kelly fashion, this blanket took forever to make because I made it GIGANTIC! You know how normal baby blankets are small and cute and can easily fit in the hands of a baby? Yeah… I don’t make baby blankets like that… I mean, just look at how big this one is on my queen bed!!

I tried using a new crochet pattern for this blanket and I think it turned out really fun! There were a few rows of bobbles that got a bit off… but I tried my best to course correct while working on it and in the end I think it turned out just fine for the most part. You can find the pattern that I used here, but just know that I did change it a little bit! I increased the number of stitches between each bubble stitch because they were using up all my yarn and those rows took forever to finish! I loved doing the ruffle stitch (part of the linked pattern) around the edge of the blanket – it was so cute and fun!

Now that the blanket is done, I can finally start working on some other crafts and projects I’ve been putting off! Like memorizing a new song on the piano, and doing some embroidery projects, and working on another blanket (this time it’s for ME!)

P.S. You can see the other blankets I made my my niece and nephews here, here (scroll down for the colorful blanket), and here (scroll down and you’ll see a little pic of it!)

Friend Trip to Minneapolis!

When I was talking with friends about plans for the 4th of July holiday a few weeks ago and I told them that I was going to Minneapolis with my bestie, they would ask “Ummmmm why tho?” and honestly, I thought that was a valid question! I’d never been to Minnesota and was kind of ok with that… Like, why on earth did we pick Minneapolis for a VACATION when we could have gone anywhere?!?! But chose it we did, and y’all I’m so glad that’s where we spent a few days! My friend and I had the best time and did a TON of fun stuff together!!

First off, we stayed in the world’s best AirBnB! It was a loft in the Upper Loop neighborhood (by downtown) and it could not have been better for the two of us! The location was amazing, parking was included (my friend Kelsey drove her car), and we had a great view from the rooftop for fireworks on the 4th!

Kelsey was so sweet and picked me up from the airport, and it was hilarious that we wore basically the exact same thing!! Grey v-neck tee, denim, and a cross-body purse! After we got settled in to our lodgings, we headed down to the Mall of America to check it out! Everyone says that you need to see what it’s like because it’s HUGE and…. I suppose they were right, it was very large! But also… not as big as I was anticipating? We definitely made sure to go in the middle and check out the amusement park area – and we even rode a roller coaster! We only wanted to ride one… and we picked the perfect one! It took us on a little tour around the entire amusement area and was pretty fun!!

Next we went to get a Jucy Lucy – a cheese-filled burger that is THE thing to try when up in Minneapolis. And ummm yes it was DELICIOUS. So delicious, in fact, that we went to another restaurant the next night to try another one and compare. For science. Obviously. The best of the two was definitely the one we had the first night at Matt’s. The cheese was so darn good and it was the perfect “welcome to MN” meal!

Our first fill day on the trip was July 4th, and we made sure to have lots of fun stuff planned for the holiday! Kelsey REALLY wanted to go floating on the river (we were going to do it last year in NE but the water levels were too high) and so we finally got to do that! I really did NOT want to go floating on the river, but anything for my bestie! So we packed up her cooler and got in the car and drove over to Wisconsin to get in the river! It ended up being a lot more fun than I anticipated, even though the people we encountered while floating were not very friendly. We had good talks and got a good arm workout trying to navigate our tubes away from the banks! We only got “stuck” a few times, which was an overall win!

The weather was nice and warm and I didn’t even get a sunburn, which was a miracle!! The fact that it was cloudy for part of the time helped. Later that same day after we got back to our place and got cleaned up (nobody likes smelling like river and sunscreen) we headed out to the sculpture park to take a look at some art! I’d seen pictures of the giant spoon and cherry fountain and was so happy to see it in person!

 

The next day, we went back to the sculpture park area but went inside the art museum that is right next to it – the Walker Art Center! It’s a modern art museum and we walked thru the entire thing and it was good, but the REAL reason we went there was the fact that they had a mini-golf course on the roof. WHAT?!?!? How weird and random and amazing is that?!? When I saw it online before going, I knew that we HAD to go and play!! And it was actually very fun! We didn’t really keep score, except for one hole where I got a hole-in-one! Oh boy!!

The rest of Friday we spent more time outside (in the morning) by going for a little hike/walk at Minnehaha Falls (super cool to see but so muggy walking around – thankfully Kelsey brought bug spray!) and heading over to St. Paul for a fun dinner at Saint Dinette. It was a nicer restaurant (without being too crazy or expensive) and we got all dressed up for a fun night out – Kelsey loved her meal and I wasn’t hungry, so I just had some french fries which were… fine!

And finally, we got to our final day of the trip (really just a half day as I had to go to the airport and Kelsey had a long drive home) and we spent it doing more of the same – eating delicious food and spending time outside! We had the BEST brunch at Hen House Eatery in downtown Minneapolis (they had the world’s best cinnamon roll and I ate it so fast that I didn’t even get a picture of the huge thing!) and then we walked around Mill Ruins park.

And that was about it! Kelsey took me to the airport and after an almost 4 hour delay, I finally got to fly home. It was such a fun time with my friend and I was able to cross 2 more states off my list, so that is always exciting! Have you been to Minneapolis before? Did we miss out on anything super fun or exciting?!?