“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”
– Henry Ford
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I spent my saturday with my best friend Steph! She currently lives in North Dakota, so I don’t get to see her very often. This makes us both sad! So when we do get to see each other, we try to do something super funtabulous!
We decided that swimming is what we would do. But where could you possibly go swimming in Minnesota, you ask?? Lake Calhoun! Duh. It was a wonderful day, and perfect beach weather. There was a view of the Minneapolis skyline, which is part of why we chose our spot on the beach. We set up our towels, kicked off our flip-flops, and sat down under a tree. Why would we do that if it is perfect weather? Because the beach was full.
So we sat and people watched, because we’re good at that. We watched guys throwing footballs, girls fighting for the “I’m hotter because I’m wearing less” trophy, and tried to guess what some of the really bad tattoos we saw were supposed to be. All the while, Minneapolis stared down at us.
Suddenly from behind us we heard a mighty squeal! A woman had a mini pig with her, and he was very unhappy with her for picking him up. Yes, a mini pig, on a beach, and he was unhappy… and cute. Of course we needed to investigate! The little piggy’s name was Peppa, and he was enjoying the sun, and digging in the sand. (Marty and I want one really bad!)
Next we met up with Jeremy, and decided to go to the the Chatterbox. Except when we pulled into the parking lot, Highlandfest was going on right next to us. It’s a sort of street art festival mixed with the state fair, but it’s really tiny, and obviously less expensive since you can just walk right through. We ate some fun food, like cheese curds, ice cream, and arebas, which was pulled chicken, mayo, avocado, and onions wrapped in pita bread(there were other kinds). It was all so delicious!
We walked up and down the little isles, looking a wonderful art, and we saw some really cool stuff! There were carved shovels, beautiful photography, clay monsters, a magnet stand, paintings, and a lot of other unique and fun art. One of my favorite things there were there melted bottle dishes. What are those? Exactly what it I said; dishes that are melted bottles. They were super cute, some of them were pretty fancy, and they were useful for parties, not to mention a great gift idea for friends. Wink, wink!
Walking further through the Highlandfest, we eventually came across a little petting zoo! There were sheep, goats (fainting goats too!), calves, baby bunnies, a tortoise, a baby kangaroo, two baby raccoons, a baby skunk, a baby lemur, and three baby Nilgai antelope from Pakistan. There were some weird petting zoo animals in that bunch, but it was super awesome to see them up close. Being an animal lover I took way too many pictures, so I only settled on my two favorite. The calves (which were sleeping), and the Nilgai antelope. I enjoyed the calves and antelope more than any of the other ones.
After the petting zoo, Steph took me home and we parted ways so she could go eat a nice home cooked meal with her parents. I ate dinner at home with Marty, Collette, and Marty’s little brother Wes (he’s two). We watched Dumbo and the Tigger Movie, that was the only way to get poor Wes to forget that daddy left him with us. The little ones played while Marty and I got some stuff done, it was kind of nice to have a little friend (or big uncle) for Collette to play with for a little bit. Eventually Mike (Marty’s dad) came to get Wes, and since he was going to watch Collette early this morning, we just packed her up and sent her with them.
Babyless, we went on a nice motorcycle ride to hang out with some of our friends. On the way there we saw some fireworks going off (some anniversary for something), and that was really cool to watch from a motorcycle. Once we got to our friends, we played Cards Against Humanity. If you don’t know what that is; it’s basically Apples to Apples, but incredibly inappropriate for children, and could be mildly offensive if you’re sensitive. It was a lot of fun, and we all really enjoyed ourselves. Marty and I stayed there pretty late and didn’t get home until very late last night (or early this morning).
Now we’re up and getting ready for a day on a pontoon boat with friends, though it’s spouting a bit of rain, so it may not happen today (they grant real rain checks!). I’ll post about it if it gets to happen today! :)
I hope you have a wonderful day, go enjoy yourself! ♥
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Thanks for reading today!
All photos are mine!