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retiring the fall list.

19 Nov
Thanksgiving is less than a week away.  Snow has fallen in the Cities.  (Check off the scarves, boots and puffy vests!  They’ve all came out, along with the green mittens.)  The fall list needs to meet its end.  We had a good run.  Winter list?  Coming soon.  As for the remaining items left undone – 
{ get lost in a corn maze }
{ bake a pie }
I simply failed at this one.  Oh well.
{ prepare a pot of chili, beer bread, invite friends over to enjoy }
{ step on the crunchy leaves }
{ sew a baby quilt }
{ homemade pizza on the pizza stone }
{ attend a wine tasting }
{ make and share these }
{ 10k training – the hiatus is over – it’s back on }
Well.  This is on.  And then off.  I have been enjoying a weekly pilates class … which is my lame excuse for not running more …
{ find a fall festival }
{ cabin weekend. a hike to the fire tower }
{ scarves.  puffy vests.  boots. }
{ read a for-fun book }
I’m working on this but it’s simply not complete yet.  I’m about halfway through Mansfield Park on my kindle.  The latest joy of the kindle is that I can adjust the type size and set it on the treadmill.  Gym time has become my for fun reading time.  Love it.
{ cheer on the twins from target field }
{ take a stroll around a lake } 
{ pick my own pumpkin.  carve.  light. }

{ make and share these }

7 Nov
I decided it was time for a mini-break this weekend of past – time well-spent with my favorite college roomie and her adoring husband.  I’m ever so thankful for my friendship with the pair and the fact that I feel comfortable simply inviting myself over.  My mom always told me it was rude to invite myself over to friends’ houses but I think that guideline went out the window when the friends started living in their own places.  I have a handful of close wonderful friends with whom I know (I think?) they welcome me inviting myself over.  Joe and Amanda are a pair of those friends.

I arrived and we made our plans for the 24 hours of my stay.  Said plans seemed to revolve around food and church.  We decided upon lunch out at a favorite restaurant, lasagna for supper, and these.  Amanda delightfully suggested that we make good on my fall list and either bake a pie or make the pumpkin cinnamon rolls.  We went with the cinnamon rolls … and now I must work out each night this week to correct that damage.  They. were. delicious.  

While at the store, they also picked up a pomegranate.  Never before had I watched the dissection of or ate the seeds inside.  The seeds were great to snack on as we prepared our evening meal on Saturday and apparently are filled with vitamins and other good stuff.  They will become my sickness-prevention food.
What else did we find at the grocery store?  Wine.  Wine by the title of my nickname, Sweet Pea.  It was a blackberry-flavored apple wine which was quite tasty.  (As was only to be expected by a wine of that name.)

{ get lost in a corn maze }
{ bake a pie }
{ prepare a pot of chili, beer bread, invite friends over to enjoy }
{ step on the crunchy leaves }
{ sew a baby quilt }
{ homemade pizza on the pizza stone }
{ attend a wine tasting }
{ make and share these }
{ 10k training – the hiatus is over – it’s back on }
{ find a fall festival }
{ cabin weekend. a hike to the fire tower }
{ scarves.  puffy vests.  boots. }
{ read a for-fun book }
{ cheer on the twins from target field }
{ take a stroll around a lake } 
{ pick my own pumpkin.  carve.  light. }

{ sew a baby quilt } & { pizza }

5 Nov
We’ve been wonderfully blessed with an extended beautiful autumn in Minnesota.  The first week in November is nearly over and I’m still without a heavy winter coat, hats, and boots.  It’s grand that the season is continuing because my fall list is still not complete!  (And will it be completed?  We’ll see.  It may carry over into a winter list.  I like this whole list thing …)
I finally finished this baby quilt, made and sent to my college friend, Deb.  Deb and her husband, Scott, welcomed daughter, Isabelle, into the world last week.  I’m eager for more photos on facebook but understand the new parents are most likely otherwise engaged.  Perhaps even a trip to Arizona to visit the family is in works for February.  I just want to hold her.  I hope they have received and enjoy the warmth of the cozy flannel.

The pizza stone is called just that – and I finally can say that I baked a pizza on the said stone.  Check.  Pepperoni with a string cheese stuffed crust.  Lots of cheese as pizza is meant to be.


{ get lost in a corn maze }
{ bake a pie }
{ prepare a pot of chili, beer bread, invite friends over to enjoy }
{ step on the crunchy leaves }
{ sew a baby quilt }
{ homemade pizza on the pizza stone }
{ attend a wine tasting }
{ make and share these }
{ 10k training – the hiatus is over – it’s back on }
{ find a fall festival }
{ cabin weekend. a hike to the fire tower }
{ scarves.  puffy vests.  boots. }
{ read a for-fun book }
{ cheer on the twins from target field }
{ take a stroll around a lake } 
{ pick my own pumpkin.  carve.  light. }

{ pick my own pumpkin. carve. light. }

20 Oct
Reading days mark the middle of the semester.  Two days with no classes in which to complete midterms and catch up on reading.  Have I done either of these between yesterday or today?  Nope.  But I did manage to check one more thing off my fall to-do list!

Two friends and I decided, instead of that homework-thing, to eat soup, carve pumpkins, and roast seeds.  I picked my own pumpkin … from the large cardboard box at Cub.  We carved.  We lit.  We had a lot of fun getting our hands goopy and gross and scooping seeds.  We made trail mix from the roasted seeds and ate pumpkin cheesecake pots.  A good time was had by all. 

Intended to be a silly/scary picture, it really just became an open mouth picture …

My pumpkin has a heart on its sleeve … er, head?
{ get lost in a corn maze }
{ bake a pie }
{ prepare a pot of chili, beer bread, invite friends over to enjoy }
{ step on the crunchy leaves }
{ sew a baby quilt }
{ homemade pizza on the pizza stone }
{ attend a wine tasting }
{ make and share these }
{ 10k training – the hiatus is over – it’s back on }
{ find a fall festival }
{ cabin weekend. a hike to the fire tower }
{ scarves.  puffy vests.  boots. }
{ read a for-fun book }
{ cheer on the twins from target field }
{ take a stroll around a lake } 
{ pick my own pumpkin.  carve.  light. }

{ corn maze } & { fall festival }

18 Oct
I knew I couldn’t spend all of Saturday in front of my computer while at home, finishing my sermon for the following day at East [keep reading to the next post] or beginning the ten-page pastoral care paper that was due today.  Even if that’s what a responsible student would do, I refused.  My sister and I picked up our cousins, Drew and Logan, and we headed past Stoughton to Eugster’s Fall Festival.  The main objective and the way we hooked the newly eight and three-and-a-half year old was a corn maze.  You should know, this festival had two – the  big one and the children’s corn maze.  
“Okay, boys, which one do you want to do?  The kid’s corn maze or the big one?”
“THE BIG ONE!”

Well.  We tried.  Drew led the way with occasional input from Emma and I.  Logan got tired.  And then picked a stalk that he whipped around.  Fifteen minutes into it, we conveniently found the entrance route again and used that illegally as our way out.  But the children’s maze?  Dominated that one.  (Twice.) Beyond that, we found ourselves on a hay wagon ride, in a spooky silo, and eating popcorn.  There were lots of animals to look at, pictures to take, and swings to play on.  When we got home, Logan’s mom asked him if he had fun.  “Eh,” he mumbled as he shrugged his shoulders.  He had fun – he just didn’t want to admit it.


Think we’re related?  … nah.
{ get lost in a corn maze }
{ bake a pie }
{ prepare a pot of chili, beer bread, invite friends over to enjoy }
{ step on the crunchy leaves }
{ sew a baby quilt }
{ homemade pizza on the pizza stone }
{ attend a wine tasting }
{ make and share these }
{ 10k training – the hiatus is over – it’s back on }
{ find a fall festival }
{ cabin weekend. a hike to the fire tower }
{ scarves.  puffy vests.  boots. }
{ read a for-fun book }
{ cheer on the twins from target field }
{ take a stroll around a lake } 
{ pick my own pumpkin.  carve.  light. }

{ step on the crunchy leaves }

11 Oct
I’m a master at this piece of my fall list.  Take these leaves, crunchy and wonderful, that cover the sidewalks outside of Bockman Hall.  I stepped on and crunched those babies to bits.  Check.
{ get lost in a corn maze }
{ bake a pie }
{ prepare a pot of chili, beer bread, invite friends over to enjoy }
{ step on the crunchy leaves }
{ sew a baby quilt }
{ homemade pizza on the pizza stone }
{ attend a wine tasting }
{ make and share these }
{ 10k training – the hiatus is over – it’s back on }
{ find a fall festival }
{ cabin weekend. a hike to the fire tower }
{ scarves.  puffy vests.  boots. }
{ read a for-fun book }
{ cheer on the twins from target field }
{ take a stroll around a lake } 
{ pick my own pumpkin.  carve.  light. }

{ cabin weekend. }

10 Oct

PERFECT weekend for the cabin.  I set off on Saturday morning with plans to meet high school friends Lynn, Krissy, and Kay, along with their boys.  I arrived at the cabin, found the driveway (It’s secret.) and pulled in, expecting to stop in front of the gate and needing to go find the secret key to unlock it.  I found the gate open.  Huh.  I pulled in forward and saw a car blocking my path.  And Uncle Brian?  Surprise!  Once we moved past the confusion, we got our stories out – Aunt Peggy and Uncle Brian had come up the night before.  [Clarification: The cabin is a family cabin, aka my dad’s side of the family.  Grandpa, aunts, uncles, and cousins all share/take care of the property.]  I said I was meeting friends.  We hugged.  Aunt Peggy helped me hang my hammock … and then she enjoyed the comfort of it for a while.  Uncle Brian told me about the mouse problem. (… which becomes an important detail.  Remember that for later.) They were headed out that afternoon and did so as my friends from Edgerton arrived.  

The seven of us had a great time, as is only expected in Millston.  The boys loved playing in the hammock, including a game of tackling/crawling over Lynn & Lindsay.  We went to dinner at Evergreen’s supper club, which is the cabin tradition.  The boys told the waitstaff about how excited they were to be camping and peeing on trees.  We nearly missed the driveway on the way back in the dark and pulled into the ditch instead.  A fire, s’mores, and girls’ time by the fire after the boys konked out in the cabin.  We took a group outhouse trip in the dark before bed … even as 26 year olds, we refuse to go by ourselves in the dark.

The boys woke the rest of us up the next morning, yelling “Cannonball!,” jumping on mattresses and then Ryan and Evan climbing in and out of our bunks, chit chatting.  As Ryan was climbing down from my top bunk, he told me, “There’s a mouse in there, Aunt Lindsay,” referring to the crevice between the mattress and the side of the bunk.  I denied it, thinking he was trying to freak me out.  “No, really, there’s a mouse.  It’s dead.  I see it’s tail.”  No.  No.  Then I looked.  YES!  There was a dead mouse in my bunk.  Ew, eww, eww.  I honestly hope it was dead and lying there the whole time; otherwise my brain runs wild thinking about how it could have ate some of the poison that Uncle Brian put out on the ledge above my bed, possibly crawled over me while I slept … EW.  
Breakfast.  I played barista with Starbucks VIA instant coffee.  (Delicious, especially if you add a half a cup of cream like a Poff I know …)  The boys came outside once we did to play on the hammock again, afraid to actually go outside by themselves because of the possibility of wild chickens.  (I told the story of how one morning we woke up to a flock – flock? – of wild turkeys in the cabin yard.)  Then, in true cabin tradition, it was picture time, timer and other.  I had brought a wooden chair with me to the cabin to spray paint while there – I live in an apartment in the city – where would I spray paint here?  I painted it bright yellow and it begged for further play.  Add an umbrella and we had fun.  We were off and on our separate ways by noon.  Another successful cabin trip.
Lynn : woods.
Lindsay : outhouse.
Krissy : under deck.
Kay : picnic table.

* We did not hike to the fire tower, a traditional hike of easily two miles up a steep hill.  Hours of daylight were limited, plus the addition of three children, ages five and under, would have made an interesting hike.  Not to mention bow season is open.  We opted for a shorter hike to the bench.  You know, the bench.  I still count it as check-off-the-list worthy.  Check.

{ get lost in a corn maze }
{ bake a pie }
{ prepare a pot of chili, beer bread, invite friends over to enjoy }
{ step on the crunchy leaves }
{ sew a baby quilt }
{ homemade pizza on the pizza stone }
{ attend a wine tasting }
{ make and share these }
{ 10k training – the hiatus is over – it’s back on }
{ find a fall festival }
{ cabin weekend. a hike to the fire tower }
{ scarves.  puffy vests.  boots. }
{ read a for-fun book }
{ cheer on the twins from target field }
{ take a stroll around a lake } 
{ pick my own pumpkin.  carve.  light. }

{ pot of chili } & { wine tasting }

4 Oct
Saturday was a gorgeous second day of October.  Jeanette, Nathan, and I packed a picnic lunch and drove east to Stillwater for an afternoon at an apple orchard/winery with hundreds of our closest friends. We could not believe how busy Aamodt’s was – crazy families and people and cars all over the place!  We found ourselves a picnic table to eat our PB & Js and then joined a tour of the winery, which is conveniently right next door.  We learned about grapes and fermentation and concluded our tour in the tasting room.  Wine tasting.  Check.  Raspberry dessert wine?  Delicious. 

It kinda looks like we don’t even like each other in the above picture but really, we do.  We enjoy each other’s company so much that we returned to campus, prepared a pot of chili (with compromised noodles AND brown sugar), delicious biscuits, and yummy apple crisp.  We slaved and invited four fellow seminary friends to join us in enjoying the perfect fall feast that evening.  (Okay, so it’s not beer bread, as dictated by the fall list.  But I’m going to take it as checking it off the list.)  The night continued with Bananagrams (with the added lynnkjernes/kylemyhre twist) and many episodes of The Big Bang Theory.  Good day.  Good night.
{ get lost in a corn maze }
{ bake a pie }
{ prepare a pot of chili, beer bread, invite friends over to enjoy }
{ step on the crunchy leaves }
{ sew a baby quilt }
{ homemade pizza on the pizza stone }
{ attend a wine tasting }
{ make and share these }
{ 10k training – the hiatus is over – it’s back on }
{ find a fall festival }
{ cabin weekend. a hike to the fire tower }
{ scarves.  puffy vests.  boots. }
{ read a for-fun book }
{ cheer on the twins from target field }
{ take a stroll around a lake }
{ pick my own pumpkin.  carve.  light. }

{ cheer on the twins from target field }

3 Oct

Luther Seminary bought a block of tickets to Friday’s game for students to then purchase at a discounted price.  I went to the game with the Gieseke’s, my Stillwater family.  We enjoyed ballpark food, the city view, the cold breeze coming from behind us as we sat in the very top row of the park, and mugs of hot chocolate to keep us warm.  The Twins unfortunately didn’t pull out a win but conversations about bow ties, Phoebe and Mike, Ben Franklin, and 7th inning karaoke made it a great night.  The gnome came too.

{ get lost in a corn maze }
{ bake a pie }
{ prepare a pot of chili, beer bread and invite friends over to enjoy }
{ step on the crunchy leaves }
{ sew a baby quilt }
{ homemade pizza on the pizza stone }
{ attend a wine tasting }
{ make and share these }
{ 10k training – the hiatus is over – it’s back on }
{ find a fall festival }
{ cabin weekend. a hike to the fire tower }
{ scarves.  puffy vests.  boots. }
{ read a for-fun book }
{ cheer on the twins from target field }
{ take a stroll around a lake }
{ pick my own pumpkin.  carve.  light. }

{ take a stroll around a lake }

30 Sep
Check.  Cross it off the fall list.  I’ve rediscovered Como Lake as one of my favorites.  Not far from campus and two laps around it is a perfect three point two miles.  Tonight while doing the rounds, I passed a man with a monkey.  Seriously.  He was walking with a monkey.  I didn’t think that was legal.
{ get lost in a corn maze }
{ bake a pie }
{ prepare a pot of chili, beer bread and invite friends over to enjoy }
{ step on the crunchy leaves }
{ sew a baby quilt }
{ homemade pizza on the pizza stone }
{ attend a wine tasting }
{ make and share these }
{ 10k training – the hiatus is over – it’s back on }
{ find a fall festival }
{ cabin weekend. a hike to the fire tower }
{ scarves.  puffy vests.  boots. }
{ read a for-fun book }
{ cheer on the twins from target field }
{ take a stroll around a lake }
{ pick my own pumpkin.  carve.  light. }
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