Category Archives: Saturday Snapshots
Good morning and happy Saturday! I am popping in early because I am meeting my cousin at the gym this morning for Group Power. I haven’t been to this class since June of 2012 (:shock:) and I am long over due to get back into it… and a little excited to do it.
For this mornings “Saturday Snapshot” post I thought it would be fun to share some pics from the Iceman 5K I completed a couple of weeks back. First event of 2013 and I am ready for more.
The event was a lot of fun, of course I always enjoy hanging out with Amy doing something crazy events.
Pop on over to Alyce’s Saturday Snapshot for more people sharing photos of their life
Oh, and stop in to my Team Kickin It blog where I am featuring a healthy (and delicious) recipe for Beth Fish Reads Weekend Cooking.
Good morning or afternoon or evening depending on where you are and when you read this. :D I have just entered the week I have been referring to as “Hell Week” for the past month and yeah, I know that isn’t the best way to put it since it is all good stuff… but unfortunately the name stuck.
This afternoon around 2 I will meet up with a friend and teammate to do some shopping for events coming up this week. Right from there I will go to work and prep some things for tonight and the weekend and be home probably around 7:30 pm.
Tomorrow, Sunday I will need to be at the church around 7 am and leave around noon. Then I will shop for our IHN serving week (Homeless week) which starts tomorrow. I will pick up the guests at 4:30 pm, and a group of friends will come and we will all do dinner together and then I will stay overnight there.
Monday morning after I take the guests to the day center I work a half day. Will hopefully go out to dinner and maybe a movie with my hubby.
Tuesday I work a full day and have lots of prep work to do for Wednesday which is our annual members meeting.
Wednesday – work all day, train new people in with IHN and do the members meeting… I will probably not come home between 8 am and 9 pm.
Thursday – start working on all members info I gathered last night and cleaning up from the big meeting and prepping for the 10 Year party which is Sunday.
Friday – possibly my day off… depends on what needs to be done for the 10 Year, probably some shopping. Maybe some set up.
Saturday – train in new people at IHN, then our company Christmas Party.
Sunday – up at 5 am and tear down IHN, clean up and move the van to the next hosting church. Hopefully get to the 10 year party set up by 8:30 am to help as that starts at noon. Clean up and home by 3 pm… I hope.
On the bright side… horizon…. goal, whatever you want to call it… I am taking Monday the 7th and possibly Tuesday the 8th off.
Listing my week out was actually therapeutic… I see tiny pockets of free time in there that I need to take full advantage of. Hopefully Monday, Tuesday and Friday will give me a little time to re-energize. I am an introvert that needs to charge up my batteries by being alone, preferably with a book.
For todays Saturday Snapshot I thought it would be fun to actually show pictures of my Saturday morning. A snapshot of what my life looks like now as I simmer at the feeling of whelmed…. but not quite overwhelmed:
Now I am going to check out a few of the other Saturday Snapshot posts (Thank you Alyce), write a review, make a meme button for our Library, send out a book club email and year end voting form and hopefully spend a little time int hat book pictured above before it is GO TIME.
May your week be a lot less crazy then mine…. bear with me while I get through this marathon of events.
Morning all. :D For today’s Saturday Snapshot I thought I would reflect a little on the fun events I took part of in 2012. Winter, is not my favorite season. It leaves me feeling….
As the days have become colder and yeah, whiter, I find myself thinking of the warmer weather more and more, and yeah I know I have a long time to wait for it but maybe some sunny pictures will help.
Ahhhh… that feels better. On January 13th Amy and I are doing a 5K Obstacle course in the cities called The Iceman. I am pretty excited!
I am working on a Challenge for my Fitness website Team Kickin It. I hope to have it up this weekend so if you are interested, please watch for it – I think it is going to be fun and I would love people to join me.
Good morning. In light of world happenings yesterday I need a distraction from the incredible pain that has been let loose into Connecticut. I can not even imagine…. and my heart cried for each and every one of those who have been hurt by this unthinkable tragedy.
This last week I went to a public hearing in support of our local Library. Two weeks ago, while the city was planning the 2013 budget, our local Senior Center spoke up that they needed more funding and the city pulled $20,000 from the Library budget to give to the Senior Center.
This is a tough decision – both are very worthy non profits. I knew for our local library this was a huge blow that would possibly include reduction of staff hours and services like the Book Mobile that delivers books to the surrounding area.
I went in support of the library while they hashed through this decision to finalize the City Budget. I have never sat through one of these meetings before and it was both amazing, and harsh as they battled it out – and in the end…
the library lost the funding.
There were moments I actually teared up to think of how hard our Library works to provide great services and now how much harder they will have to work on their own budget to make ends meet. This makes me think, as book lovers what can we do to help support our libraries?
I am going to post more on this topic later when I have more time to process…. as for now, I will share a few pictures for Saturday Snapshot. These pictures are from the 22nd floor of a hotel (gah – can not recall the name….) in Minneapolis when I was with my Library Team for the Literacy Institution I am assisting in. The floor is called “windows and it is all huge windows all the way around this huge meeting space. I imagine in the summer it is beautiful – but even here you can get a little sample:
Kind of a rambling post …. but yeah. There it is.
Today I am off to a morning brunch Christmas party and then coming home as it is a rainy wet day here in Central Minnesota and I do not want to be in it.
Good morning! What a surprise! Another Saturday I am running out the door, this time to gun training class (dont ask… Bucket List thing ) but I wanted to put some pics up for Alyce’s Saturday Snapshot.
A couple days ago I was digging through some old papers and started looking at pictures. This time of year from Thanksgiving to Christmas is always a little harder on me as I think a lot about my family, all of which who are gone from this earth at young ages.
I thought today I would post a couple of my dad with the King Salmon he caught in 1979:
and one more I found …
The last one is me – I think three years old? Notice I am wearing one show….LOL
Ok, got to get ready but stop over to see Alyce at At Home With Books to see others Saturday Snapshots.
Good morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We did here! Did a little eating, did a little shopping, watched movies and just spent time together.
For my Saturday Snapshot today I thought I would give you a little update on the adopted dogs. Sammy, was a stray and came to live with us in April:
In July, we rescued Mater who was abused:
Sammy is Lap-so, and Mater is art beagle and part basset hound, “A Baggle”. :D As you can imagine my house went from a quiet home with just Al and I and Bailey (our 14 year old Schi-tzu) to a BUSY house with Sammy who they believe was 1 1/2 when we got him, and Mater who was 4 months old when we got him.
Mater made the biggest changes to out home. He grew fast. He is extremely curious. In the last 4 months he has taken food off the kitchen table, went through a “running through the house with a roll of toilet paper” phase, 3 pairs of shoes, perhaps most painfully – 10 books, and a lot od saying “MATER!” when he plays non stop.
Sammy and Mater are buddies, although Mater is a year younger than Sammy, he is three times as big as Sammy now.
If you want to check out other Saturday Snapshots, check out Alyce’s site At Home With Books where she hosts this fun meme.
I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday. Justin, College Son, goes back home this morning. I have a volunteer fair to help out with for a few hours this afternoon and a few hours tomorrow. Other than that, I get to hang out at home the rest of this weekend… get a little exercise and catch up on my challenges from 2012 so I can post about what the plans are for 2013. :D
What’s the rest of your weekend plans?
Good morning from my hotel room in ST Paul Minneapolis. I was so wiped out last night I was in bed by 8:30 pm…. I couldn’t be on line, I couldn’t read…. but I could sleep
We are finishing up today our second session of the Literacy Institute program I am involved in. This afternoon we will head back home and I am excited for a little quieter week this week and College Son will be home for Thanksgiving.
Yesterday when we arrived in St Paul we were a little early so our local Librarian Jolene and I walked down to check out the St Paul Library. Such a massive building compared to our one level all in one are library at home.
From their website I found this:
The Saint Paul Public Library traces its earliest beginnings to 1856 when the newly formed Young Men’s Christian Association opened a reading room. The following year, both the Saint Paul Library Association and the Mercantile Library Association also were organized. These early efforts all merged in 1863 into the Saint Paul Library Association.
In 1879, under the leadership of Alexander Ramsey (who had served as Mayor, Governor, U.S. Senator, and U.S. Secretary of War), the Library Association proposed that the City accept responsibility for their collections and establish it as a free public library. Finally, on September 7, 1882, the city council approved an appropriation of $5,000 to establish the Saint Paul Public Library. By this date, the collection had grown to include 8,051 books.
In the following years, the Library grew rapidly. As early as 1890, there were calls for the construction of a new building. Instead, in 1900, the Library moved to the old Market Hall, located on Seventh Street. Many civic leaders continued to push for the construction of a new building, but the Library remained in the Market Hall until a tragic fire in 1915 destroyed the entire building, including the Library and most of its collection of 158,000 books. Fortunately, construction of the new Central Library was already underway.
I should have taken more pics but here is what I have:
The library is very spacious the complete opposite of where we are at with the Brainerd Library which is so full and nowhere to go with more! In Brainerd if I were to go in and get a book or browse I could be in and out in 10 to 15 minutes. In St Paul I think you have made a much bigger commitment. YA is on one floor while several floors up you will find fiction. Even higher up you will find a room dedicated to magazines dating back to the 1970′s! Some of these magazines I had never heard of!
It really was something to see. Friends of The St Paul Library is a HUGE group of highly motivated people who have huge ideas. We have been hearing from them frequently throughout this program we are in and they really have my ideas flowing of what we can do with Brainerd.
Thanks Alyce from At Home With Books for hosting Saturday Snapshot so we can share the pictures of our lives.
Ok I need to get ready for the breakfast meeting. See you all… back in Brainerd,
As I sit here this morning looking out the window at a dreary drizzly day, it is hard to believe that a week ag0 at this time my College Son Justin and I were driving a rental car through Florida into Georgia to stay the weekend with Navy Son, Brad. The weather was in the high 70′s and the sky was clear.
Good times… Good times.
SO… for today’s Saturday Snapshot (go see Alyce at At Home With Books who is the master mind behind this fun meme) I thought I would post a couple of pictures from that trip that I did not post last week, as well as a bonus one from a previous event.
and a fun bonus pic…
So that’s my post. :D I have written a movie review this morning and I am not going to write a book review of Charlotte Street. Then I am going to drive t St Cloud (an hour away) to look at an ottoman set for the book room…. I am hoping my road trip will be fruitful as that is the final piece I am looking for.
Once back home I will need to dig into the book club book and tonight we are going out to dinner with friends. That sounds like a pretty awesome Saturday to me.
Hi everyone! I have not fallen off the face of the earth, been abducted by aliens, or surrendered to the zombies. Nope…. alive and well and currently in Orlando Florida with College son Justin.
We landed here on Thursday morning after the worst flight of my life (do not book Spirit airlines – LONG story) and proceeded to eat at a wonderful restaurant for lunch called Dexter’s in Winter Park Florida which really thanks to great food, a wonderful waiter, and a beautiful day – really turned our poor experience earlier to the positive.
We then went and found our hotel at 5:00 pm, walked around the area we were in and watched Rock Of Ages (I had seen it, Justin had not).
On Friday – we spent the entire day at Universal Studios Orlando and WOW!!! Harry Potter World was all I imagined it would be!
We spent most of out time in Harry Potter world and we went on all the rides and LOVED the Forbidden Journey ride which simulates that you are riding on a broom following Harry which when I type it sounds lame to even me but is not – TRUST ME. This ride was fantastic!!! We went on it two times in a row and then had to take a break as it made us a bit dizzy. :D
We explored the rest of the two Universal Studios all day – had lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe and after a few purchases – I now have a super cool Harry Potter mug to go next to my books, we left the park at 7:30 pm. Awesome day.
Today, shortly here actually, we are packing up from out hotel and driving out of Florida and into Georgia to spend the weekend with my Navy Son. Things should slow down once we get there, I should be able to read a bit and we will fly back to Minnesota on Monday.
So that is where I am and what I am doing. I am linking these pics to Alyce’s Saturday Snapshot. Hope you will stop over there and see everyone else posting what awesome pics are in their life.
*Sigh* I cant even say good morning because by the time this post went up… it was afternoon. Yesterday morning I left for the cities at 6:30 am for a meeting, then a board meeting and returned home after 10 pm last night WIPED OUT. Then this morning I got up and went to check in on the IHN guests and wound up talking with my friend Shelly for three hours who was one of the volunteers who stayed over night and held down the fort while I was gallivanting around Minnesota. In fact this morning I tried to remember the last time I had a day of not “doing” and I had to go back almost three weeks.
I have another crazy day today but after tomorrow noon, things should slow to a mere simmer and no longer life at a boil. My picture that graces the top of this post is part of the running around I did yesterday. While in Minneapolis I stopped in at the book store Magers and Quinn where Michelle from Red Headed Book Child works. Unfortunately she was out running an errand so I missed her but did manage to purchase three books and this neato mug.
I though for today’s Saturday Snapshot (stop over at Alyce’s and check out this fun meme!) I would post a few pics from my last week between crafting at the cabin, stopping at an apple orchard to the road trip yesterday.
On a tandom funny note do you ever use that “check in” option on Facebook? From your Smart Phones you can have facebook post where you are at and I love that! Yesterday morning while in Minneapolis I was going to check Connie and I in and seen one of the near by places was “United Geeks Of Gaming”. A quick Google check verified that it was a group that meets to play board games and video games…. LOL, I checked us in there.
I have about an hour and a half here before I need to hit the ground running again. I have some books to put away in the books room, laundry to finish, and dishes to put away. Tonight when all is said and done I hope to actually crack open a book. :D
How is your weekend going?