July Recap

July was such a fun and busy month for us. We had something going on every weekend this month, which is great and exhausting at the same time. The first weekend was filled with various 4th of July events. We went over to a friend’s mom’s house in historic Webster Groves for the parade the morning of the 4th. That night we went and watched Kirkwood’s fireworks. Tim and I both agreed that Webster puts on a better show. It might have been where we were watching the show from, though.

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Tim signed us up for the Freedom 4 Miler race, so we did that on the 5th. It was Tim’s first running race, and he did so good! I thought 4 miles was a little ambitious for his first run, but he powered through and we finished with a decent time! We went sailing later that day—first time out to the lake all summer. (Oops)

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The following weekend we had our friends John and Melanie’s wedding. It was so much fun. Their reception was at Third Degree Glass Factory, so we got to watch glass blowers during the cocktail hour.

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I was “Sober Sally” that night because I had to get up at 5 AM to do the New Town Triathlon the next morning.

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I finally learned how I’m able to ride a bike in a skirt. Now I just need to get a cruiser with a basket so I can ride to the grocery store.

I keep dreaming of going back to Europe. Seeing this time-lapsed video of Barcelona isn’t helping that feeling go away any time soon.

We headed to the Ozarks for a quick weekend getaway for our friend Matt’s birthday. I’m almost shocked I didn’t come home sunburnt. I did, however, come home with a couple bruises on my rear because of a cannon ball into the lake from the dock’s roof.

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Tim came running up the basement stairs one evening and told me that I HAD to watch this “All I Do is Farm” parody video.

And then there’s “12 Ways to Piss Off a Nebraskan“. I’m sure I could add a couple more, even though Nebraska and Missouri are practically the same.

Holy cow, we have vegetables growing in a small garden off the side of our house!! The basil plant seems to be doing okay (I think the sun is frying it), we have peppers coming in and we’re finally started to see the start of a couple tomatoes. We planted a few other things quite late, but the cucumber and zucchini squash has started to sprout.

I did a second triathlon this past weekend, and Tim did it too!

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This week has been busy with cleaning and prepping for a party at our house tomorrow—it’s luau themed!

—m.

June Recap

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I never get tired of Nellie with a big ol’ puppy smile on her face. We were getting ready for a walk, and she was uber excited.

Several months ago I came across a mention of Union Wine Company out in Oregon producing wine in a can and there was a sign up for preorders. You know I ordered some! The verdict at work was “it’s surprisingly not bad!” We weren’t quite sure what to expect. Now I can be classy when wanting to drink wine in an area that doesn’t allow glass (IE: a pool) instead of using a red solo cup.

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Speaking of wine…in 2013, the United States consumed more wine than France for the first time ever. Clearly I helped contribute to this state.

I flew home to Nebraska for a long weekend…had a cousin’s bridal shower, a small family reunion and Father’s Day. While I was back, my grandma helped me make made me a clutch with fabric I bought. I’m pretty excited about it. We used this tutorial.

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I repainted our bedroom and am not exactly happy with the results. We’ll see how I feel in a few months after I get a couple other things like new a rug and nightstands in the room.

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The World Cup started a couple weeks ago…guess who has been glued to the TV? (Hint: Tim) Several of my coworkers and I took an extra long lunch to watch US vs Germany game last week. I made the St. Louis Post Dispatch gallery (picture 7 & 8) of soccer fans. July means Tour de France…guess who will be glued to the TV then as well?

June has also been a month of swimming, biking and running for me. I have my first triathlon of July in just two weeks. This past weekend’s long training day consisted of a 16 mile bike ride followed by a 3 mile run. I’m not where I’d like to be on the bike, but I did this race last year so I at least know what to expect for the most part. Tim is doing a shorter tri with me in late July (his first), so of course I get to drag his butt out of bed before 7 AM on Saturdays.

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And lastly, 40 Maps that Explain Food in America. Some of the maps are quite fascinating, and so true. As a farmer’s daughter, the agriculture maps are especially interesting to me.

I’m looking forward to July!

—m.

March Recap

March was the shortest and the longest month ever. It started off with attending Mardi Gras down in Soulard. St. Louis has the second biggest celebration in the nation behind New Orleans. I have never been and Tim thought it was time I attended one. It really wasn’t as raunchy as I was expecting it to be. Except for the guy in the picture below that I felt the need to pose with.

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Then it was off to Sun Valley, ID for a few days!

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I crossed off one of my 30 Before 30 items…learning to ski!

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And just as fast as I got my suitcase unpacked and laundry done, we were on our way to Seattle.

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The Chihuly gardens was amazing and hiking up to Poo Poo Point was beautiful.

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The wine cabinet was finished! Post coming soon.

Love this article with 26 Reasons to Appreciate the Hidden Gems of St. Louis.

Work got insanely busy, but I’m really excited for all of these projects to launch though!

We ended the month with attending a company work party for Tim up in historic St. Charles on Main Street. I certainly paid for it the next day!

—m.

January Recap

Happy last day of January! This first month of 2014 has really flown by. It wasn’t overly busy, but it sure felt like it.

I rang in the new year with some of my closest friends, including my friend Nicole that came down from Omaha and brought two of her friends along. The evening was full of dancing, drinks, and noise makers.
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Tim was finally able to shave his beard after not being allowed to touch it for 6 months. He wore his mustache like this to work one day.
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One of my pictures from our New Zealand trip was included in VSCO’s curated grid.

A massive snow storm came through St. Louis and dumped 12+ inches of snow.

Made some dark chocolate whiskey cupcakes and these German chocolate cake cookies.
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Started repainting the baseboards on the main floor of our house. Only two rooms left.

We’ve known since moving in that the chimney needed work, so almost four years later we are finally getting around to it. Some interior repairs were made, followed by the external this spring. You can’t really tell from the picture, but the two big things we just had done was filling in the ash drop and having a second damper removed at the top of the chimney that was a fire hazard. Good thing we haven’t used our fireplace at all.
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And lastly, the gas meter cabinet/wine rack has made progress!
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—m.

My Favorite Moments of 2013

2013 was a busy, but good year. Here’s a few highlights :)

I finished my 12 Races in 12 Months goal.
12MonthsofRacingI finally wrote down (or typed out) my 30 Before 30 list.
Went to a ton of concerts.

PassionPit2Kept trying out new baking recipes.
Ran my second half marathon, and finished under 2 hours.

GoSTL2013_MedalTook a trip to Nashville for Tim’s birthday.
Got to enjoy some of the best things about summer—sailing, food trucks, Ozarks, more baking.
Finished my second triathlon (I’m already signed up for the 2014 one!)

NewTownTri2Spent the 4th of July in my favorite place to spend the 4th of July—my hometown in Nebraska.
I turned 26 and my car was hit and totaled within 2 days of each other. Happy Birthday?
Was honored to be a bridesmaid in two weddings in the same month.
After a year of waiting, Tim and I finally headed to New Zealand and Australia for two weeks.

QueenstownOh, and we celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary in Sydney. Amazing.

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Ran the Skippo in Castlewood for the second year in a row.
My family came down to St. Louis for Thanksgiving. Good thing we have two bathrooms.
We to the 4th annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.
ugly_christmas_sweater_2013Tim’s beard grew out of control because of a bet.
Celebrated Christmas in Nebraska with my family and here in St. Louis with Tim’s family.

Thanks for a great 2013…let’s hope 2014 is even better! Have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve.

—m.