The waiter was friendly, and gave great suggestions on entrees to try.
I ordered some Oregon Dungeoness Crab Cakes -they were amazing! The crab in them was so fresh. Also, I loved that the crab was the featured star -the crab cakes weren’t mostly stuffed with breading and other fillers.
Ben got the McK Ranch burger and said it was great. He loved the taste and the size of the burger. He wasn’t too impressed with the fries, but then, we have spent quite a bit of time in Idaho. 🙂
Kelly, Ross and Audrey -my awesome sister, her man and adorable baby -went with us too. We had loads of fun together. I held my adorable niece as often as I could. 🙂
Sometimes it is best to be fashionably late. For me, that is starting new years resolutions. When I start new goals, I like to have a practice month, where I figure out what I’m doing. So, I spent all of January conceptualizing and working on my goals for the year (which I will share in just a few moments). I decided that finding a word of the year would help focus my efforts.
In this post, She challenged us to find our own concept for the year – not just fashion brands, but also places, animals, and other tangible things to represent the year. I thought this was a wonderful idea. Rather than choose a vague adjective, choose something you can visualize.
It took me over a year to decide on a tangible word of the year, but I finally found it. 💛
And the Word of the Year Is…
I settled on two words, but one brand -Kate Spade. To me, Kate Spade New York is whimsical and timeless at the same time. It is elegance and joie de vivre.
For 2017, I have two main goals, which are represented well by the two Kate Spade perfumes:
Goal #1: Live Colorfully
To me, this means to be happy. Live life in color, not in dreaded drudgery. To seek out new experiences, and discover everything that gives me vibrancy. To bring more joy and delight to those around me, by finding joy inside me.
Goal #2: Walk On Air
Walk On Air sounds like magic. I imagine traveling to far away places, without a care in the world. I see winding trails, daring adventures, excitement, and confidence. Basically, I want to gain the confidence to seize adventure and opportunity.
While at Support the Badge for one of my Mandalorian Mercenary events, I found a new treasure -Hot Cookie Mama! I love the cute little pink caboose -it was the fun color that drew my attention first. I couldn’t help but take a peek.
They have lots of fun types of cookies, and ice-cream treats as well. The prices are more than fair, and the food delicious.
I had one of the gourmet chocolate cookies, and as you can tell I loved it. 🙂 Next time I want to try the Granola Muncher or the Tree Hugger cookie.
I can’t wait to see the Hot Cookie Mama booth at the next fair or event!
This summer, I have spent a lot of time volunteering in a Star Wars costume club, called the Mandalorian Mercenaries. It has been a lot of fun working with the local “clan,” and I have been able to be a part of some great causes.
If you remember, I first wrote about Ben building a set of Star Wars “Boba Fett” armor in my November 2015 post called My Love Affair With Green. The costumes and adventures have come a long way since then. Not only is Ben an official member -so am I!
Here is a summary of my Mandalorian excursions:
12.19.15 Custom Endodontics Private Showing
The first event I went to was the Star Wars Episode VII opening night. This was before I had a suit of armor myself. Steve Osmond, dentist at the Custom Endodontics clinic in Bismarck, decided to host a showing for his patients. It was way fun to attend, and talk to the kids.
4.23.16 Imagicon Event
In April we were able to go to the Imagicon event in Minot, ND. It was my first time at a comic convention! By this point, I had a suit of armor, but was not officially approved. It was my first time wearing my armor period -and wow it was heavy!
We did an event called, Jail ‘N Bail, where people could pay to have one of their friends arrested by a bounty hunter. We raised money for juvenile diabetes at this particular event.
5.7.16 Free Comic Book Day
We were able to support an event Juke Joint Comics, a local Bismarck comic shop. As the store handed out free comics, we waved people over to the shop and took pictures with fans. The lines outside of Juke Joint Comics were way long, so we had the chance to talk to a lot of really cool people. I loved seeing the girls ask their moms to take pictures with me.
We went to a second convention in Fargo, ND. At this event, we didn’t earn any money, but we did promote the group and participate in the wedding.
I enjoyed this convention much more. It was more fantasy than comic-book themed, and they had lots of cool vendors. I found a way cool corset and a steam punk Slytherin necklace.
Now more about this wedding. As I mentioned, this Star Wars-themed wedding was part of the Core Con, which was the main reason we came. The groom and bride were Todd and Denise Sheppard. The Mandalorian Mercs, along with the other two Stars Wars costume clubs, were asked to come as part of the procession and entertainment. Now that was memorable!
6.11.16 ND Autism Walk
I was able to act as a mascot at the ND Autism walk, which was super neat.
This event was chosen by the clan leader, Rick Carmen. But the Autism walk has a special meaning for me too. My cousin Shadd has autism, and he is one of the most beautiful souls that I know.
We were able to take pictures with kids, and Ben even participated in one of the walks.
7.29.16 -Movie Night at the Hoskins
The Hoskins’ movie night was my first event as an official member of the Mandalorian Mercs. It was also my 5th year anniversary. I’m pretty sure that this makes me the coolest wife ever. 🙂
Jamie Hoskins decided to host a Star Wars movie night at their house every Friday during the summer. They projected the movie on the side of the house, and lots of people would attend. We were able to come to the final night, when the movie was Episode VI, Return of the Jedi. Ben, Robert and I showed up to add some fun for the kids.
8.27.16 Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota 5k
I was super excited to go to the Prevent Child Abuse 5k. At this event, I did not dress up in my armor, as I wasn’t feeling super well. Technically I was a “handler,” which meant that I helped with armor issues and other errands. Mainly I strapped on my blasters and handed out trading cards to the children.
Speaking of which, by this point, I had my own trading card!
It was fun to see all the kids dressed up as super heroes. 🙂
9.25.16 Support the Badge
The most recent event I attended was the Support the Badge /Hops for Cops event. It was a family-friendly fair that focused on building better community relationships with the local police department.They had country singers, lots of food vendors, and other activities.
One of the things we did was take pictures with kids and their families. We had a pretty good club turn out at this event. 🙂
Our main event was the Blast A Troop/Mandalorian activity, where kids -of all ages -could come and shoot Mandalorians with nerf guns.
I mostly manned the table, and talked to fun people.
And that’s it for my Mando adventures so far!
Ben has a whole blog about the Mandalorian Mercs -it’s called Mandalorian Armor. Head on over if you’d like to take a peek.
Finding the Seeds of Hope website is a bit difficult, so I created a basic information page for all those looking for this awesome thrift store. I plan on writing a future post about why I love Seeds of Hope so much. ❤
I did a lot of fun things this summer, and wrote a recap about all of that fun. Some of my adventures included a wedding in California, sanding a dining room set, a colonial-themed 4th of July party, and more. 🙂