Accomplished this one back in May! I went to the old-fashioned soda fountain and tried the "snowball flight" which is 4 little cones. The ice cream was super delicious! The place itself is pretty tiny. Good things come in small packages :)
I have been using this super amazing planner to keep track of and plan my Year of Awesome. I love love love the illustrations in it! As a totally unexpected bonus, it's actually really laid out well (unlike most planners). Here's where I gush about my planner (yes, I am a big old nerd). It has a two page spread of each month at the beginning, for a quick overview. Then it starts with the weeks, giving each one a two-page spread. The best part is there a place for notes each week and then extra random blank pages between the months. Also, special pages for Books to Read, Movies to See, Restaurants to Try, etc. It's like the person who designed this planner is inside my brain. Yay? Maybe they can declutter a little while they're in there.
So, back to the illustrations. So inspiring! Lovely nature illustrations and cute (but not cutesy) little animals. The artist is Marisa Redondo. She has both a website, blog and Etsy shop and all can be accessed here:
The planner is from here and they have lots of other cute calendars: http://www.orangecirclestudio.com/
Look, a new painting! I have been creating some new work this winter. The bright colors of the paints and markers are helping me through the dreary winter. This one expecially reminds me of a warm summer day, with dust motes or maybe bits of flower fluff floating in the air.
The first thing accomplished on my Awesome List! Yes!
It was a great day for a kite festival! As you can see, it was a little cloudy and there was some wind gusting BUT the weather was pretty warm...well, for January (but not too warm to make it unsafe to go out on the ice).
There were tons of people enjoying the nice day. Some walking dogs, pulling kids on sleds, kids just messing around on the ice. A lot of kids just messing around on the ice- making forts, clearing patches to look down into the lake, sliding around and landing in piles.
This carp/koi kite was impressive. There was a real method to getting up in the air. One person needed to open the mouth and get it filled with air and one maneuvering the string to get it up in the air. I like this photo because it looks like the carp is hunting the other kite.
So, here it is. My next birthday is the big 4-0. I'd like to finish up my thirties with a bang and start my forties having a year of awesomeness behind me. Although, sure, I'd love to visit Morocco, that is probably not in the cards this year. However, there are a ton of things right here in Minnesota that I've been meaning to get around to doing.
Here's my list so far. Feel free to make some suggestions. Note that I am definitely not an adrenaline junkie (e.g., I will not be bungie jumping off of anything any time soon). Anything food- or art-related will probably get a thumbs up.
Get a tattoo
Visit South Dakota/Mount Rushmore
Go to the Renaissance Festival in costume
Visit the Russian Art Museum
Visit the Weisman Art Museum
Go to a rollerskating rink
Got an ice-skating rink
Go horseback riding
Hot Air Balloon festival
Visit House on the Rock
Visit Franconia Sculpture Garden
Dine at a pizza farm
Learn and do some canning
Have a tent at the Red Hot Art Festival
Volunteer more at Articulture
Learn to knit
Take part in pub/bar trivia
Get a psychic reading
Ride a Segway
Go on a picnic
Enter a state fair competition
Ride on a motorcycle
Visit at least two new state parks
Hang up funny fake fliers
Go to an NFL game
Eat pho at Quang
Play lawn-bowling at Brit's Pub
Go to the Artsled Rally
Go to the Lake Harriet Kite Festival (Done! January 17th!)
Visit the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden
Go Snow tubing
See an outdoor movie at Father Hennepin park by the Mississippi
See the Perseid Meteor Shower outside the city
Attend a concert at the Lake Harriet Bandshell
Visit the American Swedish Institute
See the Art Shanty ProjectsNot possible because they didn't do the this year! Next year!
Eat at Psycho Suzi's
See at least one movie at the Riverview Theater
Ride the Lake Harriet streetcar
Eat in the Ferris wheel at Betty Danger's Country Club
See the inside of the chapel at Lakewood Cemetery
Visit Macy's spring flower show
Go to a Comedy Sportz performance
Drink at Sociable Ciderwerks
Play bingo at a bingo hall
Watch the Luminary Loppet
Attend the Japanese Lantern Festival at Como Park
See the Jolly Green Giant statue
Visit Lark Toys in Kellogg
See the Viking ship in Moorhead
See the Dala horse status in Mora
Big Stone mini golf in Minnetrista
See a moose
Visit Isle Royale
Afternoon tea at the Saint Paul Hotel
Read at least 3 biographies of presidents (One down, Two to go!)
Haunted tour of Forepaughs
Make a short film or video (maybe stop motion animation?)
See Midsummer Nights Dream at the Guthrie Theater
Join or start a bookclub
Attend the Saintly City Cat Show (part of the St Paul Winter Carnival)
Make at least one recipe from every cookbook I own
Visit one of the Laura Ingalls Wilder historical sights
Spend a whole day on the beach at Lake Nokomis.
Enjoy an old-fashioned soda at Lynden's Cold Front soda fountain in Saint Paul
Visit Lake Minnetonka
Play skee ball at Pat's Tap
Visit the Headwaters of the Mississippi (Itasca State Park)