Sorry, about using Train lyrics in the title. I just couldn't help myself. We finally got some answers about the shootings. Of course, this is just word on the street and has not been confirmed by the police but... Apparently we have been caught in the middle of a turf war between two rival gangs. Naturally upon learning this I went on Pinterest and found some funny photos about gangsters. :)
As Megan's husband I have wanted to guest post on here for awhile. I do crafty things as well, however, most of mine revolve around music gear. I was going to do my first one on that, but decided this was more appropriate. To say these last few years since Polishthestars.com was started have been turbulent would be putting it mildly. Four years ago I was barely getting by and was offered the job that I have now. It required us all to pack up and move away from our friends and family all the way to St Paul, MN. A year after that we bought our home and Megan began her blogging from the little closet in the kitchen, since then her craft area has grown and moved several times, just like her blog. Early into this project we were talking about the blog and she was looking at some of the larger ones and saying that no one would want to read hers and it was going nowhere. I assured her that she had some great ideas and that people would want to hear them, she just needed to be patient and keep going. Sure enough three years later she has a good following and readership. The blog is even beginning to make a little bit of money! I have a job I love, she loves what she is doing, we have a great son in Kindergarten, a nice house, what could go wrong? Right?!.!
Yep. There was another shooting. It wasn't directed at our house this time but it was half a block away and my husband was outside when it happened and saw the entire thing. Seven bullets flying down the street. If the guy had turned around and decided to take out the witness standing there in a bright white shirt illuminated by the streetlight...things could have been even worse.
Once again if things had happened just a little differently I could have lost one of my guys.
The thing we are going to miss the most about the Twin Cities (besides all of the friends we have made, of course) is all of the amazing food. There are plenty of good places to eat where we are moving but there are certain foods at a few one-of-a-kind restaurants that we will really miss.
One those is the beer cheese fondue from the Chatterbox Pub. So after our last trip there I decided to come up with my own recipe! It may not be identical to theirs but it is absolutely delicious and will definitely satisfy the cravings when we can't make the 8-hour drive back to the Cities.
You know that feeling you get after you put in your two weeks notice at work? When you still have to go to work every day but you have a really hard time finding the motivation to actually accomplish anything because you know you won't be there much longer. All you can think about is how much you want to go to your exciting, new job instead.
That's kind of where I am at with the house right now. Since we will be moving soon there are a lot of things that need to be finished around here so that we can sell the place. It's really difficult to find motivation though because we aren't going to be around to enjoy it. Not only that but everything is getting finished just to stage it instead of the way I would do it if we were staying.
I finished the living room before we decided to move so I'm pretty happy with it. When it comes time to stage we are just going to remove a few pieces of furniture like the coffee table and bookcase. For now, I am enjoying our fun and colorful living room:
I don't know about you but I have got a serious case of the Mondays. A comment from one of my husband's friends pretty much sums things up, "Monday you really are a punctual bastard aren't you? Your brother Friday takes forever to get here." Lol!
Alright, while I continue trying to wake up why don't you check out my favorites from last week's link party:
The pleats on this Window Treatment by Decorate With A Little Bit look great but I must say, I think the fun pom pom trim is my favorite part. :)
I'm not conceited enough to think that anyone other than myself noticed but posts have been a bit sparse around here the last couple of weeks. That's because there have been some big changes going on in my life that I couldn't talk about yet. I hate when people talk about something big that *might* be happening but "I can't tell you yet"...so just shut up and let me know when you can talk about it, right? Anywho, things are official now so I can announce that: we are moving back home!!!!
I kind of mentioned after the shooting that we had been wanting to move back for awhile and that bullet was the final straw but I honestly didn't think things would happen this soon. After talking about it a bunch we made the difficult decision to go to Shelby's bosses and request an early transfer back. They were already wanting us to move back but they expected it to be another year or two so this completely changed the plans that we all had. The company that he works for is awesome and they have been an incredibly supportive "family" since the very beginning. So we were reluctant to throw this at them and possibly make things more difficult for them.
However, we made it clear that we were willing to do whatever it takes to make this move beneficial to them too and we fully realize that the first year or two will be rough and it will mean more traveling. For us this will still be better than the stress of staying in a neighborhood where we don't feel safe and our closest family is 8 hours away. :( Once they realized that we were committed to making it work they were fully supportive and Shelby's boss even agreed to let us rent one of his houses!