Off the Beaten Path!

This past Friday night I attended the Justin Moore and Randy Houser concert in Mankato, Minn. with my brother Nick.

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(Nick and I at the Concert)

He got the tickets for me as a birthday present!

If you’re a country fan like me, you would have loved the concert. The beers were decent priced and there was Buffalo Wild Wings available making any event 10x better.

Randy Houser was by far my favorite performer of the evening. He was lively and very entertaining bringing the crowds to a standing ovation and throwing there drinks in the air in applause.

Justin Moore the headliner of the night was a little of a let down. I was so excited to see him preform, however as you can see from my tweet below I was a little disappointed to say the least,

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I also ran into a friend from Winona and a couple people I met from La Crosse a couple weeks ago.

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I love Country and I love concerts but nothing compares to WeFest in Detroit Lakes, Minn.

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Work is Coming to an End.

For the past eight years, since I was 15 I have had a job. This coming Tuesday, Nov. 26 will be the first time in eight years that I will be officially unemployed and I can’t express how happy I am surprisingly to say, YES, I am unemployed and proud of it!

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(My best friend and fellow co-worker at the Golden Frog. I am going to miss working with my best friends.)

I can only proudly say I am happy to be unemployed because I know that my Four years of education have paid off and its now time to put that hard work to good use and find a career.

I am however, very thankful for all the work experience that I have gained throughout my collegiate career ranging from customer service experience, including answering many phone calls, emails and the occasional incorporation of pending legal matters.

Working in a wide array of jobs has helped with my overall composition as an individual. From first starting out as a hostess, to working as a bartender and office secretary for a local rental company, as well as my short spout at Allstate Insurance have all given me a different sense of work ethic and I couldn’t be more happy to be blessed with the choices I’ve made.

Birthday Celebration!

This past four day weekend I celebrated my 23rd Birthday! I’m no longer feeling 22, sorry T-Swift.

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I had the opportunity to spend the weekend with my best friends and my family. My cousin Shelby came down from the Twin Cities along with my parents to commemorate this ohhh so very special time of the year, my birthday. (wow, I sound conceded)

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(The Parentals)

I wouldn’t expect anything less than a classy stay in Winona, right? For those of you that venture across the bridge you know there’s a little ol’ place we like to refer to as the 4 mile. If you haven’t been there before its kind of like the Midway, except worse.

You need to be in the right state of mind to actually find some humor/fun in the situation. Needless to say the nights events took a weird turn and there we were at the 4 mile, family fun at its finest.

Life Comes in Stages of Four.

Life as I know it is about to change and I am both terrified and excited, I won’t lie. All I have ever known is being a student. My life revolves around being a student, my full time profession is being a student.

We start off young and eager, so happy to learn and thrive until our world of education comes to an end and we must finally choose our path into the world.

All I have ever known is a world in increments of four. My four years of education in Middle School, my four years of education in High School, followed by my four (well four and a half…. shhhh) years of Undergrad. My cycle of life revolves around an evolution of four.

Do I continue on with my education and further my career of being a student or do I make the choice to try, to try and finally become what society says is suppose to feel like you’re truly becoming an adult?

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(Time elapses, increments of four and there will be more)

The truth is I am scared but I should be scared, being scared means there is hope. I can see my life is changing but inside I still want those days where I forget how old I am becoming, and how much expectations there are. I want to go back sometimes and be that little girl who loved watching Scooby Doo and riding her Barbie jeep with her best friend in the whole world.

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(My little sister and I )

Life is changing for the better and I choose my path. I chose to be a student and now I am choosing to be an adult.

Queen of Multitasking

Working between 30-40 hrs per week plus keeping up with a 15 credit semester can be quite overwhelming at times. The only sense of relief I have is the constant reminder that it will soon be over in December, and I’ll be so thankful for all that I have been able to accomplish, even with being the queen of procrastination.

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I’m so excited to graduate not only for myself but for my family. For that proud moment when I know that it was all truly worth it. I’ll be the first person in my family to graduate from college with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, minoring in Mass Communication and Political Science.

It’s cheesy but you know when the moment happens how truly proud you’ll feel to put on that cap and gown and strut your stuff across that stage. Performance or not, smiling will suffice followed by the grand gesture of a couple hurrah’s and a handshake from the Dean you will take your seat and as sense of adrenaline will soon pass over you.

You have done it, you have Graduated!

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I graduated from High school in 2009 as a Tiger and I couldn’t be more proud to walk across that stage once again in 2013 as a WSU Warrior.

WHAT ItS HOMECOMING?!

I’m leaning more on the fluff side of things- since I basically checked out from work this past week due to too much excitement revolving around HomeComing, 2013! Go Warriors!

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This past weekend was both fabulous and miserable at the same time, although I must say I did thoroughly exceed my own self limits this weekend whether that’s a good or bad thing, I’m not quite sure?

A large part of the attribution can go to a group of my best friends from High school who come down to visit me every year for Homecoming as well as my grand group of friends who currently attend WSU.  The weekend started out for me like most others on Thursday night (sorry for missing class on Friday Michelle).

The events to come were followed by not making it to either the football game nor the parade, since I’ll be honest Homecoming to me isn’t about either of those events! more so, just spending time with my best friends.

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Needless to say, I had an amazing weekend and I hope everyone else had as much fun as my friends and I did!

 

Go Pack Go!

This past weekend I got the opportunity to work with six legendary Green Bay Packers Players including, Gilbert Brown, William Henderson, Craig Newsome, Bill Ferrario, Chris Jacke, Frank Winters, and Dave Robinson. Also attending the event was Jim Gantner from the Wisconsin Brewers. I am not personally a Packers fan, Skol Vikings, however I had a great time with the players and I was able to contribute in helping support over 144 charities.

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(pictured is Bill Ferrario, Green Bay Packers)

 

The bar I work at is apart of the Wisconsin Tavern tour where we hold annual fundraisers in support of the Gilbert Brown Foundation. The fundraiser was supported by the tavern tour where all proceeds directly benefited the Foundation. According to promotional materials the Gilbert Brown Foundation’s mission statement, “our mission [is], to serve youth in an environment that promotes structure and life skill awareness by introducing team-building skills and promoting diversity in the community.”

The players were great, they helped bartend… well they tried to help bartend – If anything they were more in the way than helpful but it was funny watching them struggle a little. My favorite player of the night was by far William Henderson. He had a great bubbly personality and was very fun to work with.

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(A little blurry – pictured, William Henderson, Green Bay Packers)

 

Those interested in additional information regarding donations or additional information may contact the Gilbert Brown Foundation at www.gilbertbrownfoundation.org. Donations are accepted at any of the fundraising events or online.

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(pictured Chris Jacke, Green Bay Packers)

 

Pedal Pub

Every once in a while you need to take a break from your everyday stressful routine of work and school and make plans with people you love and care about. These past two weekends I’ve had the opportunity to take off of work and to visit my baby sister in her first year as a freshman at St. Cloud University.

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(My sister and I in St. Cloud, MN)

The following weekend, I went home to Minneapolis to go out on a pedal pub with my best friends from high school. For those of you who don’t know what a pedal pub is, its essentially a very large bicycle that holds between 16 to 20 people. There is a driver designated from the pedal pub company and we the customers choose from amongst ourselves who is going to be the bartender in the middle of the pub. Their job is to pass out our beers and then everyone else has the divine duty to pedal.

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There were 16 of us on the pedal pub, 17 including the driver. We pedaled through downtown Minneapolis to many bars between a two hour period. Now two hours may not sound like a lot but when you’re slamming down beers and hustling to carry not only your own body weight but the weight of 16 others plus the pub its a little difficult.

If you haven’t been on a pedal pub before I strongly encourage you to find a good group of friends and sign up for one. Its something I know you won’t regret, its different and it puts a new spin on the traditional bar hopping.

The Rommate

Its the time of year most college students dread – the time has arrived when you must decide if you’re ready to commit yourself to your friend(s), boyfriend, girlfriend or even your parents for another year.

Signing a lease can be stressful. Not only is it forced upon you right when you feel as if your lease has just begun, but your expected to have deep pockets to cover an extensive amount of your rent including first months rent, a pre-paid last months rent as a well as a security deposit. Not, to mention if you have a pet or two they may require additional funds.

Working for a rental company for two years I have been able to not only experience my own trials and errors with previous rental experiences and having a roommate of my own – but I’ve also had the divine experience to live vicariously through others dreadful encounters, whether I wanted to know of them or not.

I’ve dealt with break-ins, break ups, fights, police calls, drunkenness, and plain stupidity. Working through others terrible times is not what I’d like to call “fun” but it helps pay the bills.

The solution to most of these issues is finding the perfect roommate or roommates. Now as we all know that’s a lot easier said than done. Finding someone or many others that your compatible to live with is a trial and error process that generally does not end well for all parties involved.

The key is to find someone that you can stand for more than a day at a time without wanting to murder or fictionally light on fire with your mind. Find someone who is reliable with paying rent on time and who is willing to compromise with you when issues do present themselves. And, when they do arrive, and they will you will be able to discuss them, and work through them rather than staying behind closed doors metaphorically and literally.

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(I was fortunate enough to have a great roommate for two years, my very own B, Brose)

There is no perfect roommate, so don’t let yourself believe you are the exception in any case. No matter the problem, there is always a solution, however you have to be willing to find a solution for things to be able to resolve themselves.

MERP – Snail FEST

(A little random fun) As many of you may have noticed there once was a trend known as planking! People would plank on just about anything they could climb on – trees, tables, other people, etc.

So, my best friend and I have decided to start our own new trend that we refer to as “snailing.” You basically look like a dead body laying on the ground but for whatever the reason we find this very amusing and humorous. As you can see below we have snailed in various places of our choosing, which generally involve bars.

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This past weekend we’ve snailed at the Detour, the Golden Frog Saloon, and Cheaters Bar & Lounge just to name a few.

The best part of snailing is others reaction to what you’re doing. We have asked many strangers along with customers while we’re working to participate in our snail fest. They generally will oblige for the most part and be happy to participate.

Most people’s interpretation of our weirdness is associated with a response similar to this, “you want me to do what?” “I want you to snail with me” and then its generally followed by a good chuckle or two.

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Above, we have my best friend snailing away with a customer we just met at work on our legendary frog bench. The man who decided to join in on our fun personally thought it was very odd but he still seemed to enjoy himself. His friends seemed to find it even more amusing than we did, and I’m sure they also think we’re a little crazy but who cares as long as you’re enjoying yourself and having a good time!

So I invite you to take my challenge, be wild and spontaneous, maybe even break out in your own version of the snail, and go snail the streets of Winona!