72 degrees never felt so great to me as walking off the plane in my own hometown after a little visit to -18 Minneapolis. I have to say, AZ rocks this time of year…it’s gorgeous!
For those of you who guessed the ONE and ONLY Cathy Zielske is who was making me dinner… you were right! Could she be any cooler? She and Aiden picked me up from the airport, and took me to their home… a very cool, scenic drive through St.Paul. It’s as charming as can be! (cold, but charming). Cathy had been bragging to me about her amazing Manicotti… and she definitely delivered! Hello, she even MADE the pasta! It was delish, melt-in-your-mouth. It was so fun to see her home and experience her family dynamics in person. I always talk to her and her family over video conf. and see her projects through the low-res camera… seeing and visiting with them all in real life was such a treat! I love Cathy’s style- for all the reasons… I love how real she is. I love her passion. I love her parenting style and of course her oozing talent! THANKS for having me Zielske’s… I didn’t take my camera, so when she sends me some photos, I will post them. it was fun to see her kitchen makeover too… I just caught it on TV again, and she even showed me the scrapbook of the event! How lucky is she…it’s so awesome IRL.
I miss her BLOG… maybe if we all whine loud enough, she will start it up again!? What do you think? (c’mon ladies, let’s hear it!)
I went to the Mall of America. WOWSA. I was afraid I was going to get lost and miss my flight, so I tried to keep noting my position on the maps, so I kept my bearings… it is so amazing. I wished that I like had a list to check off. Get this, I didn’t purchase even one thing. I think I was feeling a little overwhelmed. See- this is what Christmas does to me! it’s overwhelming. I am laying low this weekend… my priority is to get a family photo for the Christmas card. It’s going to be black and white this year.
Tonight I am going to do some recreational scrapbooking. I cleaned out my fridge today, and went to the grocery store, so I deserve some scrapbook time! (cleaning out the fridge is my all-time least favorite thing to do)… (I still had thanksgiving left overs in there) (so gross)! I need the creative therapy! We’ll see what happens…
Have a WONDERFUL weekend…