Wednesday Misc.

Happy Wednesday! Here's what we've been up to.

Zach:

  • I got caught up with things the past couple days so this will be a rare Wednesday post!
  • Summer continues to chug away which means most days I'm at home or the studio, hanging out with the puppy and working on photos.
  • I've been excited to see Logan for awhile. We rented it last week and really liked it. I'm a big fan of stories that are set in the aftermath of big events.
  • Also, movie is gory as heck.
  • It's kind of crazy how smart border collies are. Glencoe learned to play fetch after a couple minutes of training.
  • Meaning that we're gonna have to come up with some awesome pup handshakes.
  • I finally finished up a seven books series that I've been slowly working my way through so I'm excited to read a couple books without that kind of a commitment for a bit.
  • Just started: American Gods after months of prodding from Jodi.

Jodi:

  • To be honest, last week is a bit of a tired blur. But it was great to accidentally catch up on a little sleep on Sunday night (yay forgetting to set your alarm!). 
  • Tubing down the Ottertail with some friends and a pup with tubes we bought the day before was a prime way to spend a Sunday, especially when it included brunch at the cutest small town MN cafe first.
  • I acted as a venue coordinator for a wedding on Saturday at the Rourke and despite getting stuck in the elevator at the end of the night and having to be rescued by two friends and the fire department, it was a great event. The Rourke cleans up mighty nice and Zach is one hell of a partner in crime.
  • The pupper is learning how to sit, lay down, dance, and walk without pulling! He's a very smart pupper, but that's also requiring us to get creative with ways to keep him pre-occupied when we want to do anything without him. One good way to distract him is to take him to Junkyard and let him make all the friends!
  • We're making a platform for Zach's car so we can sleep in the back! Well, Zach is making it, and I am merely providing a steady hand or word of encouragement at the right moment, but it's exciting to see it come together nevertheless. It will be even more exciting to live that #vanlife. Kidding. But roadtrips will be cheaper! Yay!

Happy Trails!

Tuesday Misc.

Happy Tuesday Friends! We had a relaxed weekend with friends and family. Here's the lowdown:

Zach:

  • It was great to spend time with Jodi's mom this weekend. Given the distance, we don't see her as often as we'd like.
  • She had the chance to meet my family for the first time. We basically bombarded her with new people left and she took it all in stride.
  • Jodi shot a gun for the first time.
  • Having a dog is definitely work. Glencoe has a ton of energy and loves to play so it almost makes me wonder if having two dogs would be less work. They could just wear each other out.
  • Our summer kickball league is winding down this week just as a new season of our bags league is starting. Working for yourself is great but it's a little too easy sometimes to just sit at home all down working so having stuff like this where I know I'll be hanging out with other people and socializing kind of keeps me sane.
  • Current Summer Jam = Call You Back
  • I think someday we're gonna through a tent up in the backyard and see how Glencoe does in it overnight. Adventure dog training starts soon!

Jodi:

  • My mom came to Fargo this weekend! We shopped around downtown, had lunch at Bernbaum's, and then headed west so she could see Teddy Roosevelt National Park, experience Medora, and meet most of Zach's immediate family. It was also particularly fun to introduce her to Glencoe and have her tour the co-op!
  • I got to see the Medora Musical for the first time, a staple in Americana summers here in North Dakota. It's set in an outdoor amphitheater with a view of the Badlands. The best part might've been the Coal Diggers band (one guy could play the saw!) and the balloon animal variety act, which was actually hilarious.
  • I headed out to Carrington, ND last Tuesday to hear Dan Barber speak on soil health, and ended up learning a ton about farming from experts in cattle ranching, weeds, organic farming, and came back with an even bigger respect for the co-ops local farmers, many of whose only tools are their two hands.
  • This morning Glencoe slept on my head. It was adorable, and floofy, but unsustainable.
  • I was able to reflect a little bit on my life here when my mom was in town, as I introduced her to friends or places I frequent, and it was humbling in the best way. I live a pretty simple, but lovely life.

Happy Trails!

Monday Misc.

 

Happy Monday amigos!

Zach:

  • This marks week number two with Glencoe. Having a new puppy is above all things, never dull.
  • Working from home with him is a bit of a test in staying productive.
  • So far we've learned that he's not a fan of avocados and blow dryers and swimming.
  • And he's basically a fan of anything he can bite.
  • We started watching GLOW on Netflix and rather than thinking about it's philosophy like Jodi, I'm just enjoying it for all it's ridiculousness.
  • Our snap peas started growing in the garden!
  • Our wedding this weekend was hot and sunny and we pushed our luck with some construction workers but it was a blast.
  • Man do I love a live band during the wedding dance.
  • Finally, we took the plunge and bought a new vehicle! The old car had a good life but air conditioning has made a very welcome return to my life.

Jodi:

  • A couple of great dinners were had this week. A pizza night in a garden, grilled fruits for a friend's birthday, and pizza on our deck with some friends who had never met before. Summer is my absolute favorite because you can eat outside most days.
  • My friend Whitney and I went to Tig Notaro, who does stand up as well as other comedic masterpieces, on Thursday evening and laughed for two straight hours. Then I ran home and got shinsplints? Worth it.
  • Life with a pupper is still grand and tiring. Sometimes he makes us laugh 'til we cry and sometimes we go to Buffalo State Park and introduce him to the river and he barks at it until we carry him out.
  • We started watching a show called Glow and it takes a bit to get into honestly until you realize that it's Voltairian comedy commenting on our patriarchal, media obsessed society. And then you love it. Absolutely love it.

Happy Trails!

 

Tuesday Misc.

 

Happy Tuesday! We've been busy with all sorts of fun things. Read on:

Zach:

  • We got a puppy!
  • As a result, Jodi and I haven't slept much the past couple nights.
  • He came from a farm and was a little dirty so the first order of business was a bath, which he was less than excited about.
  • We finally got around to finishing up Westworld. Hot damn, that is one of the best story twists I've seen in a long time.
  • Wedding season continues to roll on and despite temps pushing 90 most days, they've been awesome.
  • We've finally started finalizing plans for our wedding next year. It feels good to get the big stuff out of the way.
  • Jodi makes a mean coconut cake.

Jodi:

  • Holy moly. What a week.
  • I helped open a freaking co-op this week. Phew.
  • Zach surprised us with a puppy! His name is Glencoe and he's perfect.
  • I've got a friend getting married this summer whose bridal shower this weekend was the perfect excuse to perfect a coconut cake recipe and sit outside in a sundress with some pretty great ladies.
  • There were also tiki drinks, and Glencoe's first bath, good walks, surprise sourdough + coffee deliveries, and the otherwise ordinary life things that make having a community and a home in this crazy world a very beautiful thing.

Happy Trails!

 

Tessa + Mike

 

Tessa and Mike draw you in like a cozy blanket. We met them where they met, an old bar in Bemidji where everyone actually does know their names. Then we packed up and followed them to a spot on the side of the road and unloaded canoes down into the water...

The beauty in the sunset that night didn't compare to the sweetness and care in the way Tessa and Mike described one another, the way they told stories of falling in love and making tough decisions to act selflessly towards one another during difficult moments, the way they held each other, and the way they invited us into their full and grounded love.

 

Monday Misc.

 

Happy Monday amigos! Here's what's been going down in our neck of the woods:

Zach:

  • We headed home to my parent's place for a couple days this weekend which was great.
  • Jodi ran her first 5k and did awesome. With almost everyone I know, when running their first race, they go from "I guess I'll run it," to "Ouch, that sucked, never again," to about five minutes later "When's the next one? I can't wait!"
  • Jodi skipped the middle step after she finished. We signed up for a half marathon the next day.
  • Some stupid birds keep eating our strawberries as soon as they start growing so we gave up and dug up the plant and replaced it with some basil and cilantro and green beans and lettuce. Hopefully the birds don't like their veggies.
  • We just got a new waffle iron so Jodi and I made chicken and waffles for the first time tonight. Whoever came up with that combination is a genius. I envision a lot of waffles in our near future!

Jodi:

  • The things that I like to do list is growing! It now includes running in organized races. Not so convinced on the racing part per say, but running with people on sunny days is fun. Also sprinting seems like the worst thing.

  • This weekend we hung out with Zach's fam and it was delightfully restful. We ran, climbed, and swam! Plus there was pizza on the deck and Zach's grandma's banana bars one evening.

  • Nachos are the new Birks. So freaking easy to make and delicious. Exactly what to make when you have no idea what's in the fridge but you know you've got some tortilla chips in the cupboard.

  • Farm tour! Last week we went on a farm tour of six different local farms and it was inspiring to see small farmers fight big ag and make a difference in the accessibility of really good produce in American Siberia (aka North Dakota). Plus, I met a ton of high quality farm dogs!

Happy Trails!

 

Monday Misc.

 

Happy Monday Friends! Here's the lowdown:

Zach:

  • June weather is crazy.
  • I started watching The Leftovers after hearing good things. It's definitely intriguing but also follows in the footsteps of Lost in that it proposes far more questions than it answers.
  • I've been working my way through The Witcher book series for the past few months. I haven't read much fantasy in a while but it's been fun. That said, after seven books, I'm excited to read something else soon.
  • Jodi and I are starting to plan our own wedding. It's definitely fun to see this side of the process as we figure everything out. What we're thinking so far is super exciting though. As next year is already starting to fill up with weddings for us, we really need to pick a date soon.
  • Jason Isbell's new album is killer. It's been a good year for Americana music.
  • We're heading down to the Black Hills in South Dakota this coming weekend for some climbing and camping.
  • It also means we'll likely make a stop at a giant tent that serves all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage near Rushmore.

Jodi:

  • How is it June 19th?! Are we in a time warp?!
  • Tonight I learned how to play croquet! I went over to a couple friends of ours who hosted a bonfire and then surprise! Out came a croquet set! It was a blast. Mostly because the company was excellent, but also because croquet.
  • Saturday my friend Sarah came over for breakfast and we made millet topped with a peach sort of salsa with mint and basil as well as some goat cheese and honey. It was superb and something we're already planning to make again.
  • The Rourke Museum puts on a yearly exhibition with a theme called the Midwestern, and this year's theme was apt - Revolution. Some of the pieces caught me by surprise with their wit and technique. I highly recommend checking it out in the next few weekends while it's still up.
  • Really enjoying my new job with the co-op so far. It's challenging, but my coworkers are intelligent, funny people who care so much about local, organic, accessible food. It's been an honor to work alongside them. And there are days I laugh so hard I cry! (And days I just plain cry, too, but hey that's ok.)

Happy Trails!

 

Sarah + Ian

 

Finding hidden gems by the river is one of our favorite things to do. And being able to share that with a smart, fun couple was a highlight of the past month. Sarah and Ian are kind, but also sharp wits with unmatched respect for one another.

 

Monday Misc.

 

Happy Monday friends! It's been a little quiet around here as we've been busy shooting and editing lately, but it's time to get back at it so here's what we've been up to:

Zach:

  • Wedding season is in full swing and it truly never gets old getting to work with amazing couples thatare excited about their love and sharing that with others.
  • I get super excited when couples pick a location for their engagement photos that holds some personal meaning to them. Also, when couples are game to get a little dirty and get into a lake fully dressed.
  • My buddy Kevin and I are in a bags league and our final tournament is tonight. It's gonna get intense.
  • Jodi and I are training for a marathon later this year. I ramped up my miles a little too quickly and suspect that I gave myself a stress fracture which means a lot of swimming is in my future for the next couple weeks.
  • Which isn't so bad. I got some waterproof headphones so I can listen to tunes in the pool! Makes swimming countless laps waaaaaaay easier.
  • We had a big pizza party and outdoor movie for my birthday a couple weekends ago. Kinda forgot how great The Sandlot is.
  • We're getting temps close to the 90s now so I think some homemade ice cream will be needed soon.

Jodi:

  • There's just something about coffee shops run by gray haired ladies in glasses with homemade strawberry pie that gets me. If you're ever in Grafton, stop by Haiti's Daily Grind. And don't even try and tell her you don't want whipped cream.
  • Yesterday I went to the zoo in Fargo for the first time to celebrate Zach's nephew's fifth birthday. Otters cuddlin', chinchillas munchin', red pandas loungin', baby goats doing their baby goat thing... even though captivity seems rough, I did watch a zoo man put sunblock on a pig's ears because he told us they were sensitive. 😍😍😍
  • I'm currently reading Duel in the Sun about the '82 Boston Marathon and the thing that strikes me most about it is the way the author depicts the obsession in the minds of the runners. I guess it's not surprising that in order to want to run 26.2 miles faster than anyone else it has to be an obsessive kind of desire, but the reality is that kind of obsessive behavior is just as much of a curse as it is a necessary trait.
  • Sunshine is so good! Love you summer.

Happy Trails!