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A Weekend Getaway and a Birthday

Well, it happened. There was just no stopping it. 40 has now come and gone. Isn’t it funny how something looms over you for months, then it happens…this calm comes over you, and you know you are going to be OK?

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This past weekend Mark and I decided to get out of dodge to celebrate my birthday, and ended up going back to New Jersey to pick up my car. Adulting is hard. To make the most of it, we booked a hotel on the beach in Cape May and ended up having a fantastic time. This 40-year old isn’t complaining. Continue reading

Norway in Pictures

I was very lucky to be able to visit Norway for 2 whole weeks this year, a luxury I have not had since the summer of 2014. I love my life here in the Mountain State, but there is a constant longing in my soul for a life in that rock pile called Norway. One of the problems with “coming from” two places so far apart is that you never really feel quite at home in either one of them.

I have this snapshot in my head of my hometown in Norway- the way things were when I left almost 18 years ago. But time has changed my little town. It’s growing, houses are popping up all over and all the people I knew back in school have moved away or I have lost track of them. I still expect to walk down the street knowing everyone I pass, but that is no longer the case.

One thing is certain. I was able to make new memories with my family. Here are some pictures from our trip that I have chosen to share with you. Enjoy!

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Geeking out with Star Wars

On Sunday, Mark and I drove up to Cincinnati again for a day of Father’s Day fun. With the kids being off in Norway for a month, things are quiet around here, and Father’s day with no kids is a little sad.

After brunch at Taste of Belgium, our favorite breakfast spot, we drove over to the Cincinnati Museum Center to check out Star Wars and the Power of Costume. The exhibit will be there until October 1st, so if you are in the area you may want to give it a whirl. Mark and I are big Star Wars fans, but we aren’t fanatics about it. So what if we FORCED the kids to watch all the movies….? They would be lying if they said they didn’t like them.

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The exhibit hold 60 costumes from all seven Star Wars movies and shows all the intricacies of planning so many costumes for characters from all over the galaxy. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that George Lucas wrote the saga and had all these details in his head that he made come to life. The walls of the exhibit were covered in drawings of all the versions of costumes they came up with for each character before settling on the final version. Incredible.

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My favorite part of the exhibit by far was “Padme’s Journey”, simply because the dresses were a princess’ wardrobe on steroids. (And can I just mention how tiny Natalie Portman was when she made those movies?!) They had a short film playing of her talking about the dresses she wore and I was mesmerized by all the thought that went into every scene. There is one in particular where she does nothing but pack a suitcase while talking to Anakin, and it took weeks to make the dress she wore for just 1 minute of screentime.

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Mark and I also loved the end, where the tour ended in a gift shop (what else is new) but they had displays of all the old Star Wars toys and figures. We found quite a few that we used to own when we were little and the displays included the lengths kids would go through to get some of the ones that were hard to find. Does anyone remember collecting the proof of purchase off of cereal boxes? I sure do.

If you go: the tickets were a little on the pricy side ($48 for 2), considering we only got tickets for the Star Wars portion and skipped the rest of the museum. It was however, only $3 more to get the ticket for everything. The exhibit is only there until October 1st, so catch it before it’s gone forever. Also, portions of the museum are off-line right now due to extensive renovations to the building. Check their website to be sure one of those areas aren’t the one you are dying to see. For example, Henrik would freak out if we went all the way there are he didn’t get to see the dinosaurs because it was closed.

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We left the museum to do some shopping at Jungle Jim’s, then went to Rhinegeist to sit on their rooftop beer garden and enjoy the beautiful weather. The last stop was at a restaurant called Nada where we feasted on Mexican. The guacamole was outstanding, so I completely inhaled it and then couldn’t finish my dinner.

What a great day. I hope all of you got to do something awesome with the important men in your lives. Have a great week!


An Afternoon in Athens

This past Sunday rolled around rainy and dreary, and since I recently cancelled cable, there was literally nothing to watch on TV. We faced an afternoon of cleaning the house if we didn’t do something quick! The horror.

As per the usual, Mark was scrolling on Instagram, and he saw that Little Fish Brewing in Athens, Ohio was having “Kids Day” that very afternoon. Our motto is, if we can get to a brewery and the kids can have a good time in the process, it’s a win-win.

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Untappd

It’s been a long week. I left for Washington DC on Tuesday for a work conference and just got back today. It’s so tiring to go to a conference, isn’t it? We are hiring, so I did a number of interviews so my schedule was jammed packed. And of course, like any other conference on the planet there was quite a bit of drinking, and very little sleep. I seriously need to detox.

You’ve probably seen that I have my Untapped check-ins posted here on my blog. I wanted to spend a little bit of time talking about this app that I’m preeetttyy obsessed with. If you are a beer lover, you may want to check it out.

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