OMG GUYS IT IS XMAS SEASON!!! (and none of these photos are related to that fact)

Hello lovelies!!

I hope you are all having a fantastic start to your December! If you are still chugging away at finals, I wish you good luck- you are almost done!! Christmas is my favorite holiday, and as such I have taken it upon myself to decorate the apartment and sing Christmas carols at the top of my lungs. Today, however, I am not going to be sharing Christmas. Instead I am sharing a special roommate bonding day that occurred right before Veterans day.

We had a long weekend (read: excuse to procrastinate on homework), and it was a lovely sunny Seattle afternoon. One of my roommates and I didn't want to study (see above), but didn't really know what to do with ourselves. It was then that I remembered someone telling me that I needed to visit Golden Gardens Park when I had some time. So, in true impromptu adventure style, we pulled up the bus route, grabbed supplies (aka: my camera), and hit the road.

After and hour long bus ride through Seattle, we hopped off the bus and began to meander down some stairs. And then we went down some more stairs. And then, when we were wondering if the stairs would ever end, we went underneath the railroad tracks and Golden Gardens was spread out before us in a glorious mixture of sea, sand, and stunning mountain vistas.

In true Nodak-Has-Spent-Basically-No-Time-Around-Large-Bodies-Of-Water fashion, I immediately stripped off my shoes and socks and ran into the surf. It was refreshing and a bit chilly and I loved every minute of walking in the sand- I was so enthusiastic about it, in fact, that I convinced my roommate to shed his shoes and socks and splash along the waterline with me.  We wandered the length of the beach and back, and were graced with one of the most glorious and never ending sunsets I have ever seen. It was so fantastic that it deserves(and will get) a post entirely devoted to it.

So this is Roommate Bonding Day Pt. 1: Sand, Surf, and Sunsets that Never End. Hope you enjoy!!

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Till we meet again,

AK

 

A Belated Review: 2013

Hello my wonderful readers!!

Happy (belated) NEW YEAR!!! It is 2014! How crazy is that?! Is it just me, or has this year flown by?! I am super excited to see what 2014 has in store for us, but as I look forward I am also compelled to spend a moment honoring all of the wonderful (and perhaps not so wonderful) moments in 2013.

This year:

I bought my first Iphone and, subsequently, posted my first image on Instagram.

Bought my first vinyl album and went to Nichole's for the first time.

I turned 22 .

Went to my first NHL game (GO WINGS!).

Started learning how to play hockey.

Spent St. Patrick's day with family.

Attended an outdoor party (yes, we spent the day outside, and yes there was snow).

Fell in love with the Como Conservatory.

Graduated from college!!

I found/was found by Brooke Kupcho.

Attended the first Wolftree Event.

Visited the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for the first time.

Ran/walked my first 5K! 

Went Kayaking.

Went camping in Itasca State Park.

Went to two family weddings (congrats again Emily and Charlotte!).

Lost dear family friends to illnesses :(  

Started working at a bank.

Saw THE POSTAL SERVICE in concert!!!!!!!! SO AMAZING! 

WAS PUBLISHED IN WOLFTREE V. 2!! :D

Chopped wood for the first time :) 

Watched my dad run a half-marathon in the rain :)

Celebrated birthdays :)

Went to Colorado.

Saw my Dad run an impromptu 5K in Colorado.

Saw lots of my extended family.

My best friend got engaged!

Donated to the Kickstarter community (and began an art collection).

Commissioned a piece of art.

Realized that the details matter to me.

Worked on Wolftree's first Ebook, "5 Pies and a Sugar Cookie."

Baked. A lot. (for me) 

Attended the Wolftree cooking workshop!! :D

Read books. Lots and lots of books. (and contributed said books to my library- also known as my room).

Had a food fight in a bar, and didn't get kicked out.

Helped my dad create a rinkin our backyard.

I applied for grad school (all done!!! *happy dance-> like this about 20 seconds in*).

Had 4 wonderful Christmases.

Thank you to all of those who joined me this past year! I am excited to see what the future will bring for all of us!! :)

With gratitude and joy,

AK