Monday, September 5, 2022

Minnesota State Fair

Over Labor Day I returned to MSP. My main goal was to visit the Great Minnesota Get Together (aka the State Fair) but after Paradis and Parker bought a house I wanted to get there and see it as well. 

I love MSP. As I navigate this “nomad life” I think this will always be my “home airport”. 

Anna picked me up from the airport and we went to Paradis’ house to meet their new cat, Cash. It is impossible to get a good photo of that guy, but he is cute. 

Then we went to the State Fair to see Zac Brown (and consume more calories than one requires in a week). 

Saturday we returned to the Fair. The kids went on their own to eat all that is unhealthy while I did my favorite things. I ended up sitting for nearly an hour making seed art. The competitive seed art exhibit is one of my favorite stops at the fair (although theirs are way beyond my piece). 

I met up with “Travel Buddy Steve”, his sister, and girlfriend Amy for the remainder of the day. We enjoyed some music, rode the Ferris wheel, and drank some beer. 

Sunday I road tripped to Wisconsin with Steve. We stopped at Rusty’s for Bloody Marys (with a beer chaser which is a requirement in Wisconsin), The Pizza Barn, and Oliphant Brewery in Somerset. It was a fun day. 

Monday, Paradis and I did some curtain shopping and returned to her house for home ownership stuff. It is so fun to see how excited the two of them are to do this work and it was fun to help, but the excitement I felt about getting back on that plane confirms this nomadic life is where I should be right now. 

I hope you are where you want to be right now as well. 

Rae Ann

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Friday, August 12, 2022

My Birthday at Half Moon Bay

I spent my birthday weekend at the beach with my girlfriends, Michelle, Theresa, and Anna. We drove to Half Moon Bay and stayed at a cute Airbnb. We laughed a lot, ate some good food, and drank some good wine. It was a great long weekend. 

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Girls at the Beach

Before Annelies returned to college, Paradis and her flew down for a visit. Anna came a few days early and Henry took us to the beach. Anna wanted to make salt, so a craft project began. 

When I picked Paradis up from the airport a few days later she let me know she was getting married. One week later!!

So we went out to celebrate. Twice. 

We then spent the weekend at a cute cottage in Santa Cruz, at the beach. 

We returned to San Jose and on their last day took CalTrain into San Francisco. 

It was a great week. When I first moved here I did not think I would see the girls so often. It may be unexpected but…welcome. 

Friday, July 8, 2022

Sin City for a Birthday

To celebrate Henry’s birthday I surprised him with a trip to Vegas. He didn’t know where we were going until we arrived at the gate. Below is the notepad in my shower (assuming everyone has one). 

We flew Southwest (love them!) and they gave a shout out to Henry’s birthday (thanks to a note in my crew gifts) as well as a tour of the cockpit. 

We dropped some money in a slot machine and checked into the Venetian. 

One of our favorite activities is people watching while sipping cocktails. So we made our way to Cabo Wabo and did just that. It was hot. 110° hot. Despite my dehydrated state, Henry was talking craps strategy. 

The next day we figured the only safe thing to do in that heat was hang at the pool and eat ice cream. 

The Lyft driver the day prior alerted us to the Warriors being in town so we bought tickets. A little day drinking and long nap, got us there with four minutes and thirty-six seconds remaining. Oops. It was fun. 

We went out a little later to avoid the heat and felt such relief in 99°. Yikes! 

The next day, Henry’s Birthday, was once again spent at the pool and dinner at Bouchons. We made friends with a couple from Germany at the pool and ended up going out with them that night. 

It was a great trip. Much fun was had.