weekend happenings

Saturday, February 17, 2018

I am a deep-thinker and always love a thought-provoking conversation, especially surrounding eating disorder recovery, intuitive eating, safer living, health at every size, and living a balanced life, which is why I started this blog. However, I also love sharing the little things about life, like a new recipes, fun coffee shop, travels and adventures, and other things I am loving! So, you will also see some of these topics on the blog as well!



This weekend was a busy one for me, but that was good since I am still not feeling 100% myself emotionally. After work, Blake and I headed to a local wine shop, Solo Vino, for their weekly wine tasting. It was our first time there, and loved the shop's vibe and wine selection. They had so many different wines that I'd never heard of and all the staff were very knowledgeable! The tasting was also amazing - they had a great selection and knew their wines. In addition to good coffee, Blake and I love good wine. Now we are far from experts, and our usual wine purchase is a Bota Box, but we love the opportunity to taste wines and learn all about them. The night ended with take-out pizza and Downton Abbey...I know, super exciting.

Saturday mornings have become are favorite time of the week. Recently, we'll either go to a coffee shop for coffee, pastries, and catching up/reading/studying, or we'll make a fun breakfast at home. This Saturday, I totally slept in (8:30, woohoo!) and then ran out for fresh bagels. I wish I would've taken a picture, but we made the most epic bagel breakfast sandwiches!

After brunch, I headed out for work at my part-time retail job. It was a beautiful day, and was so thankful for all the windows in our shop.

We had fun evening plans with my parents! We met up at a local park for a picnic dinner that my mom prepared - love her cooking! She made quite the spread of italian beef sandwiches on homemade buns, corn on the cob, coleslaw, garden fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, and homemade peanut butter chocolate chip cookies! A little voice in the back of my head told me it was too much food, but I didn't want to miss out on all the good, homemade foods. I told myself that I don't have to eat it all - if I get full, then I can stop eating. Also, I had a reality check that it wasn't too much food. I would be ok.

After dinner and a little "photo-shoot," we attended a free concert by the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute. I love good, classical music and this concert filled really blessed my soul.


Sunday morning, we dashed out the door to church so we could get a parking spot! Side note - we love going to the early service, but we never give ourselves enough time to have a real morning before church. Blake and I have been attending Hope Community Church in downtown Minneapolis for almost 2 years, and absolutely love it. This Sunday I was reflecting how much I love this church as a whole and how much of a blessing it is to me. I especially love the gospel-centered teaching and worship. If you are looking for some good worship music, check out Hope Hymns on Spotify. It's amazing!

Following church, Blake and I visited his 7 month-old nephew (our nephew?), Jasper, who recently had heart surgery. It was heartbreaking to see him connected to all these tubes and wires, but he is a trooper and is recovering well.

The afternoon flew by. I really wanted to just sit and be with Blake, but there were things to do. Over the last 5 months, Blake has dedicated so much time to studying for the LSAT. I am so proud of all the work he is doing and how dedicated he is, but we will both be thankful for the time when we have free weekends and evenings together to cook and explore together. Less than a month till he takes his exam!

Later that afternoon, I met with a friend for coffee at one of my favorite spots - Quixotic Coffee. It was so good to talk about life, marriage, dreams, and more. Again, if I could make a career out of meeting women for coffee, I totally would do that.

I came home to a surprise! Blake had tidied up the apartment and set the stage for a date night at home complete with candles and Josh Turner music. We rarely cook together, but it's something we hope to do more of this year. Last night we made sushi for the first time, and it turned out pretty well! It was no speciality sushi, but it was much cheeper than going out for sushi. The only thing I missed was seaweed salad - I guess I'm going to have to learn how to make that too. The night was just what we needed - fun memories, wine, sushi, and Downton Abbey.

Hope you all had a restful weekend!

What was the favorite part of your weekend?

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