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Movie Review: Austenland

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At BlogHer13, I was lucky enough to see a special screening of Austenland. Being a fan of Jane Austen, I was so excited to see this movie. First of all, the reason I enjoyed this movie was Jennifer Coolidge. She has some great ridiculous lines. The movie is pretty much a chick flick, but you kind of know that going… Read more »

Why did you move to Minnesota?

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Pretty much everyone who is from Minnesota asks me that question when they realize I’m not a local, but also from California. While it might seem like an innocuous question, the manner in which it is delivered is always the same…shock and confusion.  It’s as if this state is some sort of sci-fi prison planet to those who have been… Read more »

Trying not to be THAT woman

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My boyfriend is out of town for the week and while I find myself really missing him, I’m trying not to be that woman…you know, the one who tells everyone that she can’t sleep at night because her significant other is gone for a day. Roll your eyes…I did. And you know what else? Single people love to hear that… Read more »

Random thoughts on driving in Minnesota

First of all, filling potholes doesn’t really help the situation.  I’m looking at you Saint Paul and Minneapolis! Fix the damn road before it crumbles beneath us all.  I see road construction everywhere, except where it’s BADLY needed, Minnesota. Then again, I can only imagine the poor condition of said roads…mostly because they are CLOSED. I swear I need a… Read more »

Is it just me, or is it crazy out there lately?

Yes, I know astrology is pretty much hokum, but I really have no other way to explain the crazy crap that’s been happening lately. First a freaking train crashes in Canada practically blowing up a whole town…OK, maybe just a very large chunk of it, still…awful.  And why did this happen?  It looks like someone forgot to check the breaks. … Read more »

You can’t road trip without a vehicle.

This spring, I went on the road trip of a lifetime.  I packed up my 10 year old car, my new boyfriend, as much stuff as would fit in said vehicle and moved my life to Minnesota from California.  Sadly, it was not the breezy trip along the freeway I had imagined.  Through a blizzard in Wyoming, I worried that… Read more »

A Californian Wine Tastes in Minnesota

Last weekend, Paul took me to some wineries in Minnesota for my birthday. Yes, friends, there are wineries in Minnesota.  I have heard locals speak of such places with condescension in their voices.  Personally, I am open to wineries anywhere in the United States or the countries in Europe I would visit.  I try not to be a wine snob. … Read more »