July 17, 2019
Hey hey hey!! We made it back from Minnesota yesterday afternoon. I can’t wait to jump into what we did (and ate) there but FIRST, I have to rewind back to where I left off in my last entry.
On Monday, July 8th, we had a big salad with pre-cooked chicken, cucumbers, wonton strips, red onions, and this yummy salad topping mix with sunflower seeds, bacon bits, etc. We used Bolthouse Farms Olive Oil Vinaigrette in Classic Balsamic.
I had a pretty decent night at work, stayed sober, started at around 11 PM and left at maybe 3 or 4 AM.
On Tuesday, July 9th, boyfriend made us some delicious burgers with buttered (Earth Balance Original) noodles, leftover baked beans, and a side salad with tomatoes, red onions, and wonton strips dressed with that awesome balsamic vinaigrette.
We had our cat sitter interview set up at 01:30 PM but, she informed us she would be late so we didn’t meet her until 02:30 PM. The boys seemed to like her but Twinkle ran under the bed right away. We really had no other option besides her and she seemed alright besides a few iffy things… like her rescheduling the day of– that was a little unprofessional and then, when she left our place… she forgot her notebook filled with all her notes on how to take care of them? I feel like that’s too important to just forget about. Boyfriend ran it out to her before she left. We had already signed the contract, gave her a copy of our front door key, and had her set up to drop in once a day while we were away.
Before that, I had already been awake since around 10 AM because I received my e-mail with the boarding passes attached and realized my dad did my last name incorrectly.
Long story short: He and my mom totally messed it all up in court when they separated and they have no idea that it’s hyphenated now. I just learned when I moved to Vegas and had to get an all new SS card, ID, and everything before they said I was a “real” person… my dad still doesn’t believe me… he thinks he won the case in court and that my mom’s last name is my middle name. He didn’t really set it up that way though… anyways, it’s confusing and I had a gut feeling he had done that even though I texted it to him clearly with a hyphen!!
I had to call Sun Country Airlines to edit my name. I was MORE than happy to see that this was able to be done free of charge BUT, not that it could only be done over the phone. I waited ‘on hold’ for around 15-20 minutes THREE different times; they kept freakin’ hanging up on me. So, the next time, I told the first lady I got to speak to, to ‘please, not let it happen again’ and what do ya know? It didn’t. I finally talked to a human being and stopped hearing that dang music. It was easy peasy to get my name fixed. Finally!!
I went to work around 10:30 PM. A regular and his buds came, bought a table with a bottle of Grey Goose, and made it worth my while. They were all rolling on Molly, cracking me the heck up. I did some dances and drank with them. I left at around 4ish in the morning (even before they did), kinda tipsy but, super grateful!!
Wednesday, July 10th, was the BIG day!! It was finally time for take off. 😀 I actually don’t have any of the photos resized or uploaded to WordPress yet so I have to go do that real quick. BRB.
07:27 PM-07:57 PM
We were going to wake up a little early and smoke a blunt before we left but, somehow, we completely dismissed our alarm instead of snoozing it. Luckily, my body woke me back up at around 8 AM– I shot out of bed in a panic and immediately woke boyfriend up to hurry up and get dressed!!
We picked up our two packed bags we got together the night before, gave the kitties kisses, and called our Uber to bring us to the airport.
Our flight was boarding at 09:40 AM. I was so worried we’d be late but, we got through everything so fast we even had time to sit down for a li’l breakfast.
We found this spot called The Great American Bagel Bakery.
We got two steaming hot cups of black coffee and a bagel sandwich each.
Boyfriend had the Jalapeno Breakfast Sandwich. It had egg, ham, and cheddar cheese on a Jalapeno Cheddar Bagel. He said it was too expensive to taste like it came out of a gas station microwave… LOL. I didn’t even have a bite because it didn’t sound worth the dairy ingestion.
I had the Lox Sandwich with tomatoes and red onions. I was given the choice of whichever bagel I wanted and any of their different cream cheeses. I skipped on the cream cheese and chose the Everything Bagel. The lox was a tiiiny bit chewy, not at all smushy, and it had this really nice fishy aftertaste (not in a bad way, trust me!). I liked it but, the bagel could’ve been better/softer.
We walked around our terminal, found a smoking area for boyfriend to have a cigarette, I used the bathroom and then, it was time to get on our airplane!
The flight was only three hours. I downloaded my audiobook before we took off– I listened to some of it but mostly, read it on my own. I was bummed that I didn’t finish when we landed. Yes, I’m still reading Lies She Told. 😛 I am 75% through though so, I should be finishing it soon…
Boyfriend forgot to download anything for offline use on his phone so he was lucky that Sun Country provides free movies you can stream! He watched Creed 2 the whole flight.
My dad was already outside of the airport when we landed in Minnesota and he had his homemade pho waiting for us at his house. ❤
Boyfriend and I each had a bowl together on my dad’s backyard patio while listening to my little brothers talk, talk, talk, and talk. It was so wonderful to be with them and eat homemade food at my dad’s house again.
We checked out our new SUV in the garage driveway and were itchin’ to take it for a spin. After eating and chatting with my dad a little bit, my teenage brother came home from where ever and he was all mine to spend time with. 🙂 We took him and my two younger brothers to Mall of America to see what was new!! We got some bubble tea drinks (that I hated) and sampled some super spicy hot sauces at the hot sauce store.
It seems the mall is mostly the same as the last time we went. Everything is still in renovation (like always) but, I did see they have a TON of new restaurants/fast food joints like Shake Shack and Wahlburger. They’re even going to have a Sugar Factory in there someday soon.
The one new spot I ooh-ed and aww-ed at the most was the Edible Cookie Dough Stand since I don’t even think there’s one in Vegas. I waited in line to try a sample but it took too long. Sadly, it’s the only picture I have from our trip to the Mall of America. We spent a good hour or two walking around before dropping the boys back off at my dad’s.
We got the spare key and headed to my sister’s apartment. She had a pull out couch bed set up for us and her cutie cat, Lily, greeted us when we walked in. She was still at work so, we just unpacked some of our stuff and relaxed until she came home. We talked with her for a little bit and then hurried to Applebee’s (the closest place still open) to have a quick drink. She had to work early the next day so she couldn’t even come with us. In fact, she worked so much the whole time we were there– I never saw her for more than an hour each day!
I had the big, fruity Red Apple Sangria while boyfriend had his usual Seagram’s 7 and Coke along with his favorite, ONLY sold in Minnesota beer, the Grain Belt Nordeast. The bartender pretty much pushed us out the door so, we didn’t order anymore. We went to another restaurant, further away, to see if there were sangrias on the menu since it was really all I wanted. There was nothing so, we just headed back to my sister’s and quickly passed out.
We woke up early on Thursday, July 11th and went over to one of my Aunts’ house. She just got a new place super close to the Mall of America and I had texted her while we were there to see if we could stop by. I totally forgot she works night shifts so she was at work at the time.
When she got home around 7 AM, she texted me and we headed over there. She smoked a fat blunt with us and we chatted for awhile. We left with a little sack of flower that would last us the whole time we were in Minnesota– we were so relieved to have it even if it wasn’t the high quality we’re used to. Ugh… she’s just the best and I am so appreciative of her!! ❤
Afterwards, we headed to our old stomping grounds… Cafe Latte on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul!!
Their coffee is good and all but, the main reason we HAD to visit during our trip is their cheesecake. There is NOWHERE that makes it better. Seriously, every other cheesecake, ever, is just blah once you try Cafe Latte’s. I am not exaggerating.
We shared the Kahlua & Cream and the Original Vanilla. ❤ It melted in my mouth, made me roll my eyes all the way back, and gosh, I know it sounds impossible but, it tasted better and better with every bite.
Their salads are some of the absolute best, too.
We got a trio plate to share with the Crab & Lemon, Chicken Caesar, and Chicken & Walnut. They were all as delicious as I remember. If we lived in Minnesota, I would still be going here at least three times a week!
We even sat in our usual spot and it felt so normal, like we had never left and just had Cafe Latte yesterday.
We already had set plans to go to Treasure Island Casino for the Crab Legs Buffet but, it didn’t start until 4 PM and my oldest brother was out playing basketball with his buds until then anyways. Boyfriend and I went back to my sister’s because I wanted to do my makeup and he wanted a quick nap. That’s when I wrote my previous Journal Entry.
It was a 40 minute drive to get to the casino so, naturally, I slept the entire way there. 😛 We met up with my dad, his wife, and my oldest brother.
We made it there at the perfect time!! There was NO line at all (which is rare) so we got in, paid, and started eating right away. My dad’s wife made my favorite fish sauce dip and snuck it in… 😀 I feel bad for whoever cleaned up after us because it stanks, LOL.
One of my other Aunts was supposed to eat with us but, she took forever and didn’t even make it until we were all completely finished. On our way out, she was JUST getting in (the line was getting huge). We gave her a quick hug then, headed to our car to wait for my dad. Of course, he had to gamble a bit before he left but, at least he won and gave me a little $$. 😀
After that, we went to my Grandparents’ house!! ❤ You won’t believe this but, I was totally full until I saw my Grandma’s Banh Xeo waiting for me on the kitchen table. I had to have one!! I also stole a piece of delicious fried fish that I never got to finish eating. 😦
When I finally stopped stuffing my face, my Grandpa got up (and even ran a little!) to show us his OUTSTANDING veggie garden.
He has an incredible green thumb, you guys. Everything he plants grows so big and juicy!! Look at that lettuce ^^!! I had some on top of my Banh Xeo and oh my goooosh, it was unbelievably fresh and crisp. I had some of his basil and mint leaves, too!! WOW!! I could eat them by the handful.
The baby cucumbers that were just beginning to grow were adorable but, even better were the big ones… ready to be picked!!
He has so many different veggies growing, I couldn’t even capture them all.
Huge green onions, basil, and more!! I was sooooo so so impressed!!
We went inside and talked for a minute but, had to leave before my other Aunts (yes, I have a lot– luckily, these two live together!) and my Uncle went to bed. It was getting late but, they only live about 5 minutes away from my grandparents so it was a quick drive. I finally got to meet my new cousin!! He was SO freakin’ cute and chubby, I wanted to squeeze his guts out!! They said he really loves having company over so when we left, he screamed and cried but, while we were there… he was being so shy!! Babies are too funny, aren’t they?!
That night, we drove to Minneapolis for a night out– just boyfriend and me BUT, I’ll end this post here!!
I can’t wait to catch up on all of your posts. I know I’m extremely far behind but, I will get there. I’m honestly trying not to leave as many comments so I can get through them faster AND ALSO, so I won’t get considered spam by WordPress!!
I’ll be back tomorrow with another Journal Entry continuing where I left off. ❤