Between Storms: My Week in Review

With only one day left before the end of the month, I've decided it's time to get started revamping my blog. It's been awhile since my last post (since October, to be exact), and I don't have an excuse for it other than laziness and, quite frankly, apathy.

However, I have a lot of plans for 2018, and I have a feeling it's going to be one of my best years yet. Last week was particularly fun and productive (once the snow let up and I got over the flu), and I was lucky to experience a few new places. It occurred to me others might be interested in learning more about what there is to do around the Twin Cities (especially the one million of you headed here for the Super Bowl this weekend), so I'm implementing weekly reviews highlighting the places I went, the things I did, and the people I spent time with. Here goes.


I eat a lot of brunch. Actually, I eat a lot of Eggs Benedict when I go out for brunch. People sometimes roll their eyes and say brunch is a "Millennial" thing, as if getting together with friends to drink bottomless mimosas and stuff your face full of pancakes isn't the greatest possible way to spend a morning. No matter the reason, I love brunch.

Gabbing over a mug of piping hot coffee and a plate of Eggs Benny is one of my favorite ways to catch up with friends. But Hi-Lo Diner made me change my tune. I was finally intrigued enough by another menu item to ditch my beloved Eggs Benedict. I opted for the Biddy Boards—lavender crème brûlée French toast—and I have no regrets.


Monday nights are for The Bachelor. It's a dramatic reality show that has quickly turned into my guilty pleasure. I have to admit, I live for the drama. But what I like most about Bachelor Night is that I get to spend it with my friends. Every week, I drive to St. Paul a few friends and I spend the night gossiping about the girls on TV and catching up over commercial breaks. I couldn't ask for a better way to start the week.


The Moth is a nonprofit dedicated to sharing the art of storytelling. And I'm just now finding out about it! The Moth of the Twin Cities hosts monthly events where participants' names are drawn at random and they are invited on stage to share their story with the audience. Each month is centered around a different theme, and storytellers' performances are scored by volunteer judges in the crowd. This month's event was held at Amsterdam Bar and within minutes, I was hooked. I'll definitely be going again in the months to come.


On Friday morning I attended my first Social Media Breakfast, a monthly event open to anyone working or interested in social media marketing. I was particularly interested in this month's event because I know the speaker, Tony Saucier, from a previous position of mine. And, I'll admit, the coffee, bacon, and bagels tempted me a bit, too.


I discovered Legends Bar when my friend Carolyn invited me to an after-work happy hour. The place is nothing to write home about, but it's got cheap booze and tasty snacks. What more do you need? I sipped on a Fresh Squeeze, munched on Buffalo wings, and caught up with two of my friends from Women In Digital. A night well spent.


After spending 12 hours away from home, I was really happy for the chance to put my feet up and watch movies with my friend Sierra. I finally saw Get Out, per her recommendation, and my head is still spinning. It's that good. We made boozy milkshakes and stayed up until 2:30AM and it was the perfect end to a long but very good day.

The snow has passed and the Super Bowl is still a few days away, so for now, I'm enjoying the momentary quiet that exists between storms.

photo courtesy of MPR News