My Other More Exciting Self

Farm Raised, Shoe Enthusiast, Turkey Talker, Wine Lover, Mom

This has been such a productive week for me at work – I love when that happens! And in reality, I needed it, too, after being gone a couple of days last week attending a conference. Today, I’ve got a meeting that will take up most of the day and then it’s on to the weekend, which includes Joe’s Halloween piano recital. I’m so proud of how hard he’s worked on his song – and perhaps more amazingly, he decided on his own that the song wasn’t “spooky enough” for Halloween so he’s playing it in a minor key, even though it’s written in F major. (For those of you who don’t read music, this means that instead of playing what’s written, he is transposing music notes in his head. This tells me he is definitely learning!)

Here are few small but mighty highlights of my week:

Perennial Garden Mum | via

I spent some time last Sunday in my gardens, prepping them for winter. Typically this means cutting back perennials and shrubs, as needed, and getting rid of annuals that most definitely didn’t make it past our most recent frost. I thought my mums were basically done for the season until I spotted this purple beauty, so I was able to capture one last photo to enjoy. I love purple.

Turkey Truths from the Food Network | via

As I was flipping through the November issue of The Food Network magazine (with one of my favorites, Ina Garten, on the cover!), I came across this helpful little section that debunks some turkey myths. This #poultrynerd couldn’t have been happier! Of course I clipped this out and plan to use it somehow in November via Minnesota Turkey‘s social media platforms. In an unrelated note, I still love actual, real magazines. The iPad versions are nice, especially when I’m traveling, but there’s something about having the glossy pages of the magazine at my fingertips.

Crazy running tights | via

I went for a walk this week during Joe’s piano lessons and had to stop and admire my new pair of leggings – I know, how silly, right? But sometimes a girl just has to get something new – and these leggings have a great pattern and an even better price: $6.94 from Walmart. (Similar here.)

Fall colors in Minnesota | via

Hands-down, the absolute best part of my Thursday was coming home, putting on my running tights and getting outside to enjoy the sunny blue skies and amazing 70 degree weather. Normally when I get home, the boys are hungry and want to eat immediately, but I decided they could both wait – the weather was just too nice not to take advantage of it. When I got back from my run, I took this picture below the gorgeous silver maple in front of our house. The colors of fall in Minnesota have been beyond amazing this year!

Wingtips and Wine | via

And finally … this is a picture of my Thursday night. I was working on a weekly email newsletter for my job that I wanted to get done prior to Friday, enjoying some wine and listening distantly to the NFL football game (Denver vs. San Diego) in the background. Little known fact: I enjoy playing fantasy football so even if I’m not watching games closely, often football is on so I can keep track of what’s happening.

That’s it! I’m linking up with The Diary of a Real Housewife and The Lauren Elizabeth again this week – if you head over to their blogs, you’ll see what they’ve been up and can also check out links to many other blogs.

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!


So just for fun, I want to share a couple of photos I found tonight. A couple of years ago, both my sister and I received matching plastic milk carton holders with our family’s last name on them! (I’m thinking my brother and my parents have these, too.)

The holders were originally made for my family’s grocery store – Ginsburg’s – in Hector, Minnesota. Each holds a carton of milk and makes it easier to pour. (We never bought gallons of milk when I was a kid – only the half gallon cartons that fit these holders.)

Have you ever seen these type of milk holders? I really don’t know much about the history of such items; I’m assuming other grocery stores offered them up to their customers, and I’ve definitely seen similar “Handi Holders” for sale on eBay and elsewhere. Such a fun vintage feel to them, and the colors were perfect – the lighter, almost turquoise blue fits my sister’s decor and the red is completely me. (I have kind of a thing for red … including barn red kitchen cabinets.)

I could write several posts on the vintage items that catch my eye in antique shops, occasional sales and my mom’s closets at the farm. Red and white enamelware, white milkglass anything (but especially cake stands), kitchen aprons … these are just a few of my favorite finds.

Do you collect anything vintage in your home?

Vintage plastic milk holder from Ginsburg's Super Valu | via

Sisters, enjoying their vintage finds! :)

Vintage plastic milk holder from Ginsburg's Super Valu | via


How can it be Friday already? Seriously. This week went crazy fast!

Teacher Man and Joe had yesterday and today off from school (fall break) and were very busy around home while I was working. The house is completely clean, top to bottom; lawn is mowed; several of my large perennials and shrubs in my gardens are cut down and ready for winter; and the patio furniture has been put away. Fairly impressive!

As for me, here are a few of my highlights from the week:

High Five for Friday! | via

Last Saturday, we spent the day with my sister, her husband and their daughter, Morgan – or #MyGirlMorgan, as I like to call her. Of course I took a zillion photos. How could I not? She is the cutest little bug! This is one of my favorites, though – Joe read her the Eric Carle book, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” and she loved it. Funny story: when Joe got to the part that reads “I see a blue horse looking at me,” he proceeded to tell Miss Morgan that “for your general life knowledge, you will never see an actual blue horse.” That’s my Joe – he’s very factual.

#AgCatalyst Conference |

Mid-week I attended the “Ag Catalyst Conference” in the Twin Cities, an event specifically for those of us in agriculture communications so I was in #AgNerd heaven! I took back so many ideas for the social media platforms and websites I manage in the office, but I think my favorite part was meeting up with several ag friends – like my ag blogger friend, Teresa (above) who is a farm girl from Canada. (You can check out her blog here.) We met a few years ago at an AgChat Foundation conference and we stay connected on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Anyone who thinks social media doesn’t bring people together should come to one of my agriculture conferences and learn otherwise!

Earl the #Pug | via MyOtherMoreExcitingSelf.wordpress.comI post this picture of Earl the #pug under my sister’s piano bench for no other reason than it makes me smile.

Duran Duran | via

Is there anything better than driving home after a full day of speakers and presentations at a conference, turning on the radio to the 80s station on Sirius, and hearing my favorite 80s band, like, ever?

Fall Bike Ride |

Some of you may have seen this photo posted on my Facebook page this week. The weather was quite glorious for mid-October so Joe and I went for a bike ride after supper one night. Like any good mother, I made him stop by the corn field near our house and take a selfie with me. Surely these are mother-son moments he will remember forever, yes? :) Bike rides are actually a great way to have some good conversations with my son – we get away from the distractions of the house and we end up talking about all sorts of topics.

I hope you  all had a great week and enjoy the upcoming weekend. Any fun plans? If so, please share in the comments!

I’m linking up for High Five for Friday! with The Lauren Elizabeth and The Diary of a Real Housewife.


What is it about October that feels like it moves too quickly into (gulp) November? The impending doom that is winter in Minnesota? Surely yes, at least for me. All the garden prep work: cutting back the perennials, pulling up the frost-hit annuals … to get ready for winter and be ahead of the game (at least a little) in the spring.

And then there are the leaves – they appear to slowly, ever so slowly change colors but then all of sudden, when I just happen to look out the window – boom! – the vividly bright reds, oranges and yellows pop out in a heartbeat and go away almost as fast.


For now, I’ll relish the Autumn Blaze Maple tree in my yard that looks so amazing next to the pristine blue sky.

Autumn Blaze Maple | via

And I’ll sneak under that maple tree to capture the bird house blowing in the breeze and the multi-colored leaves, some not quite turning to the tell-tale shade of red yet.

Autumn Blaze Maple | via

It’s a funny time of year, really. I crave soups and chili. I long to wear my boots and tights and dresses and sweaters. But … I’m not quite ready to say good-bye to fall and hello to winter yet.

October … please don’t move so fast.

I’m trying something new today. A few weeks ago, I found a new blogger I really enjoy – Marisa from A Lovely Living. She blogs often about fashion, and I enjoy her sense of style – wearable, fun, age-appropriate (but in a good way) and definitely not high-end pieces I could never afford. (Sorry, but I’m not buying $190 jeans that are on sale. I’m just not. If you’re that kind of blogger, good for you – but chances are I’m not a regular follower.)  She’s also a busy mom and wife and includes stories and pictures of her family and throws in a good recipe once in a while, too. In other words … she’s very relate-able to me. Except that I can tell she is way taller, for which I will forever be jealous. ;)

Every Friday she links up with other bloggers from around the country for “High Five for Friday!”. Everyone shares five things from the week – photos, funny stories, everyday moments, whatever. I think it sounds like a great way to end every week, so here’s my first attempt:

1) This is what I see almost every weekday morning – Joe, pretending to sleep so he doesn’t have to get up and get ready for school, along with Earl the #pug, patiently waiting for either a) Joe to wake up, or 2) me to come in and pick him up and take him downstairs to get some breakfast. Earl, as many of you know, is nearly 14 and cannot jump on or off beds (or chairs or couches) anymore – in fact, we need to carry him down steps, too. But he’s got the biggest heart of any dog I know and he loves cuddling up with Joe. And really, how could you resist that pug face? It’s impossible!

High Five for Friday! | via

2) Once I got downstairs this morning and let the dog out to do his business, I noticed it was actually pretty dang chilly out. (If you look closely, you can see frost on the lawn.) Thankfully, I had pulled in my hibiscus plant along with my succulents a few days ago, so they warmed up our porch with color. My plan is to over-winter these pots inside – this worked last winter so wish me luck. I’m really good at gardening outside, but not always the best at remembering to water my indoor plants. It’s a weird genetic defect or something.

High Five for Friday! | via MyOtherMoreExcitingSelf.wordpress.com3) Speaking of gardens, I took this photo of my Limelight Hydrangea (dwarf variety) this morning and I am totally IN LOVE with the color. These are fast becoming my favorite plants in my garden.

High Five for Friday! | via

4) My sister is going to be so jealous! And now that I think of it, my mom would look totally adorable in these. Behold … my newest pair of shoes, old school Converse sneakers! I happened to get a coupon in the mail from DSW Shoe Warehouse for my birthday, and well, I just had to use it before the end of September. I mean, I just HAD to.

High Five for Friday! | via MyOtherMoreExcitingSelf.wordpress.com5) I leave you with #MyGirlMorgan, who will soon turn 10 months old. We’re heading to my sister’s tomorrow to see her (well, and the guys are going pheasant hunting). This little bug is crawling now, which will be so fun! (I say this as an auntie, not a mom who needs to get stuff done around the house.) While the guys hunt, the girls + Joe are planning to do a little shopping. My sister needs some new work clothes and Joe is in desperate need of a winter jacket. The thing with Minnesota in October is, the weather can go from sweatshirt to parka time in about 30 seconds flat, and currently I am totally unprepared. Joe is less than enthused about shopping, typically, but as long as Morgan is going, I don’t get the eye roll or one single complaint. It’s good to have adorable cousins!

High Five for Friday! | via MyOtherMoreExcitingSelf.wordpress.comEnjoy your weekend, everyone!

I’m linking up for High Five for Friday! with The Lauren Elizabeth and The Diary of a Real Housewife.



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