seek adventure

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Ella Fiztergerald croons, “Summertime and the livin’ is easy,” and Justin Moore promises, “If there’s a good time in this town, we’re gonna find it.”  As for me?  I think a combination of the two songs sums up summer in Minneapolis.  The City of Lakes fills with festivals, music, and revelry when the weather warms up.  If you’re looking for a good time, you will definitely find it here.
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We celebrated our first dry weekend of summer with trips to the Twin Cities Jazz Festival and the Uptown Food Truck Festival. Both fun events, but just like the songs above, I wanted to combine the two things.  Why not have food trucks at the jazz festival?  We could dance as we eat and sing as we sip.  Sounds good, yes?
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Do y’all follow Humans of New York?  I love how the artist photographs and learns the stories of the people in his city.  I have a similar desire to learn about the people that pass me on the street: where are they going? what are they reading? are they in love?  I’m not one to ask questions, but I do snap sneaky pictures when I feel inspire (like that photo above… precious, right?)
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Maybe it has something to do with an overactive imagination and curious mind.  I do home interviews for Habitat for Humanity (interviewing people that apply for houses), and I get that same thrill when I learn a) why people moved here b) why they want a new home and c) what matters most about their new home (size, location, community, school, etc).  After the interviews, I recommend or deny the family, and then I spend forever and always wondering how they’re doing.
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Speaking of home: Jon spent the past week in Wisconsin, and he brought home my favorite yellow roses.  The flowers seem trivial compared to having him back, but I do love me some roses.  And the best kind of roses?  ‘Just Because’ roses.
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This post is a bit of a ramble, but I did make the two graphics into printable PDFs for you.  Like the images? Download them here: redwhiteyou and leavehome

How was your weekend?  Any plans for the Fourth?

that good easy feeling

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“She’s an amazing cook, sure, but the incredible thing is how she does everything with such ease.”  A lovely compliment, right?  I listened to a close friend, Anna, describe how a mutual friend, Shannon, handles herself in the kitchen, and I was inspired by how Anna managed to applaud not only Shannon’s product (the meal), but also her process (cooking style).
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How often do we look beyond what was created to recognize how it was made?  It’s wonderful and humbling to find something worthy of recognition, but it’s even more awe-inspiring see something endowed with grace and ease.
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Would placing emphasis on process make us more accepting of things that deviate from the norm?  Would we, for instance, applaud something that ultimately fails, but was attempted with  love and care?  Think of a mother burning the family dinner or a father building a bookshelf that leans to the right.
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I don’t have pictures of Shannon working her magic in the kitchen, so you’ll have to settle for these images of the Brewers beating the Twins.   What I can offer you,  however, are printable  ‘best thing about you” cards.  These cards have nothing to do with valuing process over product (and nothing at all to do with baseball), but I’m sharing all the same 🙂
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I hid mine around the apartment in places that Jon frequents, but you can (obviously) use them however you wish.
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Download your own cards by clicking here.