Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Minneapolis wandering

One of my informational interviews brought me downtown to the IDS Tower, one of the skyscrapers in downtown Minneapolis.  On the first floor, there's a lovely atrium with some trees, but it's the second floor that's interesting, and that's because it's connected to the Skyway Network.  You can get just about anywhere through the skyways, which is perfect during the freezing winters here, and convenient even when the weather is nice because they're populated with shops, banks, and restaurants.

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Skyway over the street.

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My cute little car, out in the wild!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Puppy visit!

A cutie came over to visit!

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That face.  I just can't even.

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Her little legs aren't quite up to long distance running yet, so she came in a baby carrier!  Adorable.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

To-do list: Progress!

1.  Car
2.  Health insurance
3.  Job
4.  Place to live

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A 2015 Honda Fit Ex! 

Health insurance is in progress--my MNsure application is in the processing stage, so I should be all set once September rolls around.

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Now, on to jobs! I've been working furiously on four different resumes, and I've had meetings with about twenty people so far, learning more about career options here in the Twin Cities.  Slowly but surely, things are coming together! 

And yes, that's a new phone.  My first smart phone, if you can believe it!  I don't have many apps, but I do love Alphabear.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Twin Cities Eats: Spoon and Stable

After a surprise champagne toast on the balcony, we walked a few blocks to the new restaurant Spoon and Stable - and what a treat!  Delicious food and cocktails - from the sorghum risotto to the scallop crudo, it was wonderful.

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Clover Club: chamomile steeped gin, fresh berries, lemon, rosewater.  So pink!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Twin Cities Eats: Sun Street Breads


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I have decided to undertake a quest to find the best biscuits and gravy in the Twin Cities metro area.  This one at Sun Street Breads was delicious.

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And there are toast flights!  Adorable.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

White Party

Beautiful house, lovely decorated backyard, lawn games, and the best retrieving retriever I've had the pleasure of playing with in a long time!

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Hammerschlagen - where you put a bunch of nails in a stump and play a drinking game.  With a hammer.  Obviously a great idea.

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Ladies in white with the birthday boy!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Basilica Block Party


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Whomever designed the Block Party's social media campaign, great work. 

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Very early in the afternoon, one of the stages is ready!

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All the people.

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Minnesota Mule - vodka, Minnesota-made ginger beer, and lime.

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It was so great to see a Boston friend in town! 

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Weezer!


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Basilica of Saint Mary's

The Basilica of Saint Mary in downtown Minneapolis is the co-cathedral of the Twin Cities area, and has hosted a block party to raise money for repairs since 1995.  To me, it's really one of the events that typifies the Minnesota brand of moderation.  Similar to the fact that our notable politicians are Jesse Ventura (former professional wrestler), Michele Bachman (very conservative), Keith Ellison (the first Muslim congressperson), and Al Franken (comedian turned senator)....we're a very interesting mix.  The fact that a church decided to go forth and hold a music festival to raise money, one with beer and food trucks?  One that really broadened the community support for the church, despite the horrendous press about the Catholic Church going on in Minnesota right now?  Pretty amazing.

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At the event, they offered tours of the Basilica to show the progress since 1995.

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The damage that they're working to repair is from a roof leak - and when water ends up in rock, it takes years for it to dry, and then you need to do all of the actual repair.

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This very cheery beach umbrella is actually a symbol of this basilica's status as a cathedral.

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The Jesus part of the statue was actually carved in situ, after the giant piece of rock was installed.  I can't even imagine.

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The vestibule of the church has been repaired, and looks stunning! Look at that gold leaf.