After promising a return to the great, white north of Minnesota, we finally returned with a BANG!
We knew that Caribou Coffee, a coffee shop like many others, originated in Minnesota, yet it remains a sight to behold when you can guarantee a sighting of Caribou every two miles in some strip mall or grocery store entry. Tim, always the gambler, challenged me to the SUBWAY challenge…not the Jared one, but rather seeing if we would find more Subways in Minneapolis or Caribou Coffees. We really only played this game on Friday since we were on our own during the day, but I am proud to say that Minnesotans love their coffee more than their sub sandwiches.
Since IKEA created a stir over a year ago and we usually are AT LEAST one year behind the times, we decided to check out this mega, Swedish furniture store. I enjoyed it. We purchased nothing. We have no business buying any furniture since we have no idea the size of our future home in Philadelphia. We are in the business of getting rid of stuff.
A trip to the Twin Cities, always includes a trip to the mall, yet we were able to include a special time at the local casino. After throwing a few nickels, Tim bellied up to the Blackjack table. He lost. We left. He let the casino how he felt.
Over margaritas and enchiladas, my friend Stephanie and I rekindled our always laugh-ridden friendship. We shared stories of school, families, past laughs, and a promise to keep in better touch. Not only did I take that special memory with me, but also the strong, over-whelming stench of the Mexican restaurant followed me for the next two days because my purse was super-absorbant and allowed us to "enjoy" the smell of fajitas for days.
We returned to our friends, Dr. Rick, T, and always friendly Emily (age 4). Most were in bed, but Rick, Tim, and I stayed up to watch Triumph, the Insult-Comic Dog. Very funny.
On Saturday, long story short. Shopping with Sara and Amanda. Eating with Sara and Amanda. Hanging out with Julia (age 1.8), her mom, Sara, and Amanda. Eating out with Rhiannon and Kirby, gals from high school along with all listed from above. Karaoked. Rhiannon and Kirby were first time karaokers. I insisted on singing new songs. Some were a hit, like the well-chosen "Can't Fight This Feeling" by REO Speedwagon, and some were wrong in so many ways, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Diana Ross. Way too much sing/talk.
Janelle and I were very proud of our geographically charged shirts. I liked her best. If you can't read it, it says "Not everything in North Dakota is flat." We are fun girls. Janelle also won a free drink for singing some karaoke. The following were are stage names...
It was a terrific weekend. I am tired and feel like I need an additional day, but to work I go again. There is always next weekend.