Raindrops

I took a Tuesday off, which sounds weird but wasn’t. The break was necessary and I got so much done. Voted! Cooked! Laundry!

This bush was outside the laundromat and the colors were shockingly vivid. I kept circling it, taking picture after picture.

Fire

I have a habit of looking up. Inside and outside, I’m always with my head tilted back.

On my way to work, I walked under this tree and it felt like the sky lit up around me. It was glowing. It was a moment where the air was crisp, the sun was beating, and my world was on fire.

Assembly

I’ve been visiting the Assembly area a lot. It’s near my work, the river, the train, and there’s shopping. What more could I possibly want?

Now that it’s getting darker earlier, I’m able to enjoy the lights they have strung up. There lit year-round, but I always seem to miss them when visiting Assembly.

Blue Sky

I don’t remember why, but I looked up and saw this perfectly transitioning tree with the blue sky backing it and feel in love with the image.

These shockingly clear blue skies, cloudless, are a favorite of mine.

Rose

I am obsessed with my neighbors’ roses. There’s yellows and red in pots in their front lawn. They’re still in the process of landscaping. Every morning this week I’ve walked by the roses on my way to work and every morning I’ve stopped to smell them.

Roses have never been a huge obsession of mine, but I think I’m understanding why so many people love them.

Leaves

The leaves are falling! And we’re getting a decent amount of rain, which I hear helps with the colors.

The house on the corner doesn’t rake, fine by me. So every day to and from work I look at the amazing colors on their lawn. I doubled back for this picture because I thought the rain drops looked so neat.

Red

Some really intense red leaves all over the brand new sidewalk on my street. Wind was a bit much lately so the first one I went to take a photo of blew away.

But then the next day I found one just as pretty.

Sky

Fantastic view out the plane window! It felt like seeing more of the world than I’ve ever seen before.

The clouds were stunning. It had been cloudy before lift off so flying above them and seeing the sun made it hard to look away.

State Fair

For the first time in nine years, I was able to go to the Minnesota State Fair. Today was opening day. We headed toward a Park and Ride at the Mall of America transit station.

The Fair was packed, to no ones surprise. Tomorrow it’s supposed to rain by today was 80, sunny, and breezy.

I had Australian potatoes and we bought popcorn and roasted chestnuts. We also took a sky ride! Some amazing views.

Barbecue

Shockingly, today went well. Barbecue at a friend’s and despite rain in the forecast, the weather was gorgeous. We chilled on her patio next to a big garden and the amount of food was both crazy and very satisfying.

Chicken, steak, potato salad, avocado salsa, corn, sweet tea, cookies, brownies, and cake. It was great to hang out in the sunshine and eat food I didn’t have to cook.

Lunchtime

I went to a walk during my lunch in a massive park across the street from my office.

It’s weird to realize something you’ve driven past for years isn’t quite what you’d expected. I’ve known the park was there, having lived in the area almost ten years. But it was nothing like I’d imagined.

The other trailed along the Mystic River, a picnic area, and a birdwatching tower. I climbed it clearly, and had an amazing view.

Copley

The weather is finally nice and I’m sick of going from work right back home. I wandered around Copley for awhile.

It had a huge impact of my mood. I felt lighter and happier. It’s great to spend time outside, just seeing the city.

Lunch

The office is a bit chilly and I thought, “Hey, it’s gorgeous outside AND warm.” So I went in a walk.

Spoke to my mom on the phone for awhile on my stroll. There were a lot of ducks and they were adorable. No fear, they were waddling right up to people on the benches. If I wasn’t too scare of being bitten, I’d have tried to get a good shot.

All in all, it was the best lunch break I’ve ever taken in my life, just about.

Brewery

Had a great evening of drinks and chatter. After barracuda, where we received and wore an insane amount of wings (25 cents each), one person insisted on checking if Trillium was open.

It was! He thinks it was a secret opening because it wasn’t suppose to open until tomorrow, but who knows.

Still, the weather was lovely and everyone was happy.

Rain

It was such a blah day. I was cold and wet and just all around unenthused. Trudging home, umbrella out and face in my phone, I glanced over and saw these flowers.

I almost gasped. There’s no clear reason why I was so taken with them. I’m unsure why they made such a difference. It was as if they were escaping the rock wall. The day was a struggle, but at least these flowers appreciated the rain.