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# 41 A world without ice cream

Ok now before you pass judgement (and if you have followed this blog, or know me at all, I'm sure you are) don't be deceived by the title of this post. I am in no way, shape, or cone endorsing an ice cream free world. I mean, I love world peace, and since no man can serve two masters, no world can have peace amidst a lack of ice cream.

Politics aside I feel it very necessary to inform you that for the last 10 days, I have lived ice cream free. And in fact, I was ice cream free the 10 days before that and the ten days before that.

Why this insanity?

Well, I realized that as much as I love ice cream, I need to branch out, so me and ice cream, we sort of took a break. A "Catherine will only eat ice cream every 10 days" break. And it's been working (sorry to all you negative nancys who thought I couldn't do it) And it seems like a whole new frozen foods world has been unveiled to me. I'm a new woman, and I want to announce to the whole world:


(except on the 10th days because that's part of the deal)

#40 Dear California,

Quit stealing all my favorite people.

You're cool. We get it.

Love, Catherine

#39 A teepee party

Long story short...

My friend owns a teepee.

It took me a few tries to figure out exactly how to spell teepee and I'm not sure I'm actually spelling it right.

Anyways, he has one. We set it up. We put a T.V. in that thing and watched movies while eating popcorn, brownies, and rootbeer floats.

Dreams. Come. True.

#38 Daddy-o, Or the Father's Day Post that was hiding on here

I gotta love that dad of mine.


Did you know he is an artist?
Did you know you can see his art here?

Did you know that he has been married to the cutest woman on the planet for almost 30 years?
Did you know that he is a pretty lucky guy?

Did you know he is a comedian?
Did you know he can make his belly button talk?

Just a few reasons why I love that guy!
Happy Father's Day to the best dad I know!

#37 Because You asked, And I most likely love you

When I wrote this post the other day, I wasn't expecting the outpouring of inquiring comments (and by outpour I mean three comments) asking about my recent embarassing moment. Well my friends, Because I love my readers (thanks to you devoted 5 or so) I will indulge you on probably the most anticlimactic/unembarassing embarassing story you have ever heard (read?)

It all started the other day when my mom announced we had just recieved another 10 dollars of Kohls cash in the mail, and being the generous and caring mom that she is, and since I am the perfect daughter, she gave it to me.

I was already scheming all the things I could get with my 10 dollars as I rushed out the door to my (parents) bright red Achieva. Driving down the highway I noticed the gas light flick on in my sturdy, almost immortal, slightly superhero car. I pulled into a gas station, filled up the tank, and sped off to kohls where I wandered around in the bliss of knowing I was about to get something for quite a good deal. ( I sound like an advertisement) Anyways, after picking out a pair of work out capris for work, I hopped back into my car with a smile on my face, and consequently when all my favorite songs started playing on the radio, dancing and singing ensued, even if they were limited by my driving. When I got home I pulled into the driveway, only to look into one of my mirrors and notice something amiss.

The gas tank door was open.

Which to my horror meant I never shut it, which also meant I never put the gas cap on.

Oh the embarassment, Oh the shame. ( I told you it was lame) All that dancing and singing was all ignorant bliss. I trudged into my house, and immediately told my dad, who being the smart logical man that he is decided that we would go look for the gas cap.

We found it in the grass on a road near the gas station, sitting there all proud that it had been freed from its gas cap duties. (or so I imagine)

The End.

So? Worth it? Maybe. Embarassing? Not really. But as your faithful blogger, It is my duty to keep you informed.

over and out.

#36 Toy Story 3

So the other day, amidst a tornado, my friends and I decided to go see the midnight showing of toy story 3. I LOVED it.

We got all dressed up. I even took the plunge and went as Barbie, even though walmart (which was to provide my barbie wardrobe) was closed, yes you read that correctly, closed due to power outage due to tornado. Woody, Jesse, Muscle man, Hamm, an Army Guy, Rex, Barbie, Barbie, Creepy barbie with Dino Head, and many more were all in attendance.

The movie was great. It made us laugh and cry (and personally, it scared me) (I'm a wimp, I know)

What a fun night!

#35 Matthew Cragun

*Matthew and I on his wedding day.

Recently I overheard a conversation between two siblings that went a little something like this

sibling 1: I need help with my homework
sibling 2: no, I'm sick of helping you with homework.

Ok so that's not word for word, but thats the basics of it. Anyways, as I was overhearing this conversation I took a trip down memory lane to my Junior year of high school when I took Physics from a guy named Mr. S. Bless his heart the man tried his best to teach me the ways of gravity and acceleration and all the things in between, but for the life of me I didn't get it. Luckily I had a brother who is super smart and understands things like physics, cars, chemistry, the meaning of life... etc. So once a week or so, (usually the night before my physics homework was due because that's the way I roll) I would call up Matthew, and he would coach me through problem after problem and formula after formula, and even when I would pretend I had no more problems left because I felt bad for being an annoying time consuming little sister, he would ask if we could try one more problem just to make sure I got it.

So it was no surprise to me when I called Matthew late the other night to ask him a car question, and he was more than happy to help. I'm so grateful for a brother who is practically a car whisperer.

And it doesn't surprise me either when I talk to Matthew and he seems to know exactly what advice I need to be given. I am eternally thankful for the mountains of advice that I get from this kid.

I'm a lucky little sister.

Ghost Post Weekend

Happy Friday Friends!

Before I forget, thanks to all my lovely friends who commented on this post! I had a blast reading them all. If you didn't comment, I have good news for you, It's never too late to spread the love around. Check out that post and leave your ideas.

Now back to business.

Ok so have you been counting? (probably not) Because I have! And guess what, there are only 2 months of summer left and I am not even half way to 101. Not to mention I was a slacker and didn't post any blogs this week. However, have no fear. I have a solution. You see, I have this bad habit of half writing a blog post and then not posting it, either because it is lame, or because I can't find the proper picture, or just because I never get around to it. So, I will be polishing up those ghost posts and setting them free into the world of blogdom. Hopefully it's fun and not too overwhelming. Don't forget to leave comments!

See ya around!

Love Love


#34 Ask the Audience

This photo has nothing to do with the following post. I just found it, and it made me smile and also, I needed something to motivate you to comment.

Ok so the past few days (and by days I mean all of June) have been rainy and icky and no fun. Many of my fellow Minnesotans (me included) have been mumbling and grumbling about the icky weather, but something magical happened today, The sun came out! Which means it's time to stop all this dooming and glooming! Therefore, it's time for a list!
Here are the top 5 things that made my day just wonderful.

5. A letter from my good pal Elder Bolton
4. A wonderful day at work with a wonderful coworker
3. Peanut butter banana smoothies with chocolate chips
2. Nupa (blog post to come) followed by loud car singing with some pals
1. Laying out in the sunshine with My bff oh life miss Kathryn

And now guess what! It's your turn! I want to hear the top 5 things of the day, or the week, or the month for that matter! It's time for you (and I mean YOU) to spread some love! Leave a comment with your top 5! I can't wait to hear from everyone (and I mean EVERYONE)!

#33 Sista-Friend

Here's a game for you. Sisters? Not sisters?

It's tough, I know.

P.S. I love this girl.

#32 I miss them

Good News is we all love eachother.
Bad new is we have to spend the summer apart.

Cheesy... I know.

*Warning, there are about a million pictures in this post... Sorry.

#31 Random Jumbles

*forgive the picture... I couldn't resist, I love this girl!

The past few days I keep doing things and thinking "Hey I should blog about that" but its gotten to the point where I have no idea what to blog about anymore. Maybe its because I'm a third of the way to my goal, and I'm hitting the "third of the way blahs". So, please forgive me, because this blog I'm just going to throw out all the things I've loved the past couple days.

-A whole new slew of fruits and veggies from my madre, who went to the grocery store

- A library which had 4 Stevie Wonder CD's ready and waiting when I showed up.

- A glorious run

- An embarassing moment that led to a fun little drive with my pops

- Eating all the watermelon off the table that was supposed to be for dinner

- Having oatmeal for breakfast

- Tony Horton

- A visit with my adorable wolf loving friend Taylor

So there you have it, All the things I've loved for the past few days.

I solemnly swear that I will get back into the game. Stay tuned for some upcoming loves!

#30, Birthday Boy

Dear Christian,
If I were a skittle, I would have wanted to get stuck in your face too. Happy Birthday!
Love, Catherine

#29, Having a Cute-as-a-button Mom

You know how most girls have their weddings planned out from age... like... birth? Well I was never much into that. However, there are three things that I have decided will happen at my wedding. ( which wont be for about 10-30 years, so no getting ideas) (that means you mom)

1. Stevie wonder will play at the reception (Dear Stevie, I hope in the future we can be better friends so that it's not awkward when I ask you to play at my wedding... for free. Love, Catherine)
2. There will be ice cream
3. There will be peonies

So when I got home after a long day of work, I was delightfully surprised to find a vase of giant fluffy beautiful pink peonies and some roses, fresh out of my mom's beautifully tended garden. What a good mom I have.

#28 A Memorable Memorial day

It started out with the breakfast of champions. Which included a parfait, and smiley toast. After that my dad sent me on a mission to the hardware store to pick up something that had to do with something hardwarey. (special thanks to the lady at Menards for knowing exactly what I was looking for)

My dad forgot to take into account that the fabric store is right next to the hardware store, and I had a hankering for a good project. I picked up some fun fabric, and a few patterns, and I was on my way.

After starting a project, and doing a little cleaning, I met my friends for some grilling, laughter, and of course, an "intense" game of Boys against girls (and Craig) volleyball.

Then we met at my pal lauren's house for some swimming fun and hot tubbin.

There's nothing better than a wonderful day with some wonderful friends! I hope your memorial day was just as swell!

P.S. I'm not sure why my computer thought it would be funny to underline 3/4 of this post. So we'll just pretend it was a stylistic choice.