Thomas Hansen

I doubt anyone reads this anymore, but on the off chance that someone subscribes to this, or stubles upon it, I have something to write about today.

One of my favorite readers of this blog has passed on and I thought it important to give him a proper tribute.

Thomas Hansen was my grandpa for 19 years and 7 months and 21 days.  He was an avid reader of this blog.  He used to text or email me his comments, let me know what he would want to hear my opinion about, and to sum it up perfectly, I could always count on him reading whatever I wrote down.

On December 16th of 2012, Grandpa joined the ranks of heaven as he had been fighting cancer for about 5-6 years prior.

As the world’s greatest granddad, I thought he deserved a good blog post, and it is 6 weeks later, that I feel ready to write it all down.

When I say the world’s greatest grandpa, I don’t think anyone quite understands what I mean.  He wasn’t the type of grandpa where you’d say “I remember “insert one memory here” about me and Grandpa, because to be quite frank, there are far too many memories to isolate just one.  I could go on and on about grandpa stories.  He used to make up games for us to play at the cabin, bring us to sporting events, and used to attend all of the 13 gradchildren’s sporting events (well, 2 of them are babies, so they don’t have sporting events, but the other 11 d0/did).

I am not the most eloquent of writers, and I don’t trust myself to keep writing without sitting here balling my eyes out, so I will leave you with the prayer of St. Francis, his favorite prayer:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury,pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen

And just know that I plan to continue this blog in memory of Gramps.


Hello From Duluth!

Remember that beautiful city on a hill that I talked about like… last year?  WELL I’M BACK!!  Not only am I back, but I am a Sophomore, so I am no longer the bottom of the college food chain!

I tried to come up with something cool or insightful to share, and then I realized that I have been studying for the pst two weeks, so I have no inshghts to things that aren’t Bio, Anat/Phys or OChem.

So if you have questions about bio, anat/phys or ochem, you know who to come to.  But if you’re normal (unlike me) and don’t really care about those things, stay tuned for something that’s hopefully a little more meaningful.

So ladies and Gentlemen, I regret to inform you that today is 9/11.  So here is my thought for the day.  Whatever you a doing right now that may be otherwise distracting you, stop.




Kay, ready?



Just send a prayer (if you’re religious) or a thought (if you’re not) out to all of those who lost a loved one in the terrorist attacks.  This day will forever be a hard one for them to get though.  Also, send one out for the heros in our midst today who go oversees to fight for us and the ones who stay here and walk into burning buidings to save others every day.  Its important to appreciate those who put everything on the line for us every day.



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My Bad…

So my summer has come to an end, and I thought I’d throw a bone to anyone who might still read this blog! haha!!  So I was wondering today why I hadn’t posted anything.  All Summer.  And I realized that my summer was literally working.  Most of the time.  So a few things about my summer:

1) well I last posted June 30th, which was probably in the midst of BOGO Farppuccino weekend, which I worked over 30 hours in 3 days.  Fun Stuff.

2) But After that awesome work weekend, it was off to the cabin for the 4th!  It was a 4th to remember!!  Almost everyone was at the cabin and it was AMAZING!

3) After the 4th. it was the Brothers of the Sun tour that took my attention.  I saw Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw at Target Field!!!

4) Then I worked A LOT for the next two or three weeks…

5) Then I skipped town for a much needed VACAY in Mexico with the family.

6) And I have been working my butt off ever since!

So last night was my last night at Target until Black Friday.  It was bittersweet.  I have been looking forward to going back to school since I have gotten back from vacation, and now I am realizing how much time I spend with the people I work with and that I am actually going to miss them a lot.

Speaking of missing people, I am going to miss my family so much.  My little sister is my best friend and I am so sad to be leaving her!!!!!!!

But, early Sunday morning, I get to make my way back up to beautiful Duluth, so for now- I am just going to get excited for that!!

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OMG yumm again!

OKAY who’s in love with kind bars?  I am!  And I have a lot of friends who are too!  They are yummy and pretty healthy, so since those lovelies cost like 2 bucks a pop, I made my own.  You can too, and here’s how:

My favorite are the apple cinnamon ones that are sold at Starbucks, but you can make any flavor that sounds yummy to you.

1 1/2 C Nuts (I used slices almonds and chopped walnuts)

1/2 C Dried Fruit (I used apples)

1/3 C Rice Crispies

1/4 C Brown Rice syrup (NOW, when most people list stupid ingredients like this, I dismiss the recipe because I thought they were impossible to find.  WELL go to whole foods or  a co-op or something, because these are totally worth it!!)

a dash of salt

a dash of cinnamon

So combine your dry ingerdients then add in the syrup and stir until evenly mixed.  Line an 8×8 pan with tin foil and spray the foil.  (Thats important!!!)  Bake at 325 for 18 minutes.  Let cool for like 20 mins and then take the tin foil out of the pan and cut them while they are still soft.  Let them harden and then take them off of the tin foil to either eat or store!

They are yummmmmmy!!

NOTE: the KIND bar wrapper says they use honey.  Honey does not get crispy like rice syrup does, but you can use it.  Just use less and be prepared for some stickiness.

Now since these cost 2 bucks each, lets take a look at the cost breakdown of homemade ones.

Almonds- $1.50 (half of a $3 bag)

Walnuts- $1.50 (same here)

Apples- $0 (had them in the house)

Rice Crispies- >$1 (fraction of a $2 box)

Rice Syrup- >$1 (a fraction of a $6 jar- that stuff isn’t exactly cheapo but will make several more batches)

SO for a whopping $5, I made 10 bars.  Thats pretty good!!  These will totally make a return appearence in my house and in my apartment next year!

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OMG yumm!

So I discovered this pot of gold a long time ago, and remembered right now to share it with you all!!
We all know how healthy breakfast is, so this one will make sure you get your day off on the right note-

I eat this after a morning workout

-1 Serving of oatmeal, but when you microwave- add a tbsp of peanut butter, it melts and tastes really good!

– Then add a scoop of chocolate protein powder to your finished oatmeal!

-Eat with a side of berries and some black coffee!!


I seriously love this breakfast!  It has the healthy carbs from the oatmeal, fat from peanut butter, protein from the peanut butter and  protein powder and sugar from the protein powder and berries!  Just remember what a serving of oatmeal is because it is dense so it is easy to go over one serving on that!!

AND if you eat this after a workout, don’t forget to HYDRATE 🙂

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Things your coffee barista LOVES

So work has basucally become my life this summer.  So I’m going to take a positive spin off of my entry “a bit of advice for anyone who goes to coffee shops”  These are things that will make a coffee barista happier!

1) thank them for what they made for you.  Today I made someone a Java Chip Frappuccino.  The chocolate chips ran out after i had only put in half of the chips, so i opened a new bag to finish his drink.  He noticed that I opened a new bag and told me how much he appreciated that.  He said “you totally could’ve just left those out, but i really appreciate that you went through the trouble to put them all in.”  That made me feel so much more appreciated!

2) ask for their recommendation!  Baristas love sharing their coffee knowledge so ask what they like, or what’s good!  Even if what they say doesn’t sound good, ask what they think of the drink you are considering.  We like talking to people!!!!  Plus, if your barista has had a CRAZY day, they might just recommend a drink thats easy to make, which will make them happy too, if you take them up on the offer!

3) really, just dont be a crank.  if you get obnoxiously picky (and we understand a reasonable amount of pickiness with your drink- my drink order is a mouthfull, because i am so used to making it myself) with your drink, or which barista makes it (today i had a customer ask me not to make her drink, but that another barista make it because i have been away at college and might not remember how to make a coffee frappuccino with splenda.  WHAT?!?!?  i know how to do my job, lady!!) and be nice to us if we get it wrong (we arent coffee angels sent from God, or anything, we make mistakes just like you do!).  Hows this: we serve with a smile, so recieve it with a smile!

4) tips are ALWYAS good 🙂

See how simple it is to make a coffee barista’s day!!  try these tips out someday and watch the smale creep across your baristas face!!!!!

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Love thy Neighbor

Today I have one bit of advice for everyone:


I would like to ask everyone to be nice to people.  Be nice to people when you are having a bad day and don’t want to.  Be nice to people who don’t deserve it.  And be nice to service people- they serve 10 million people a day with a smile.  props to them.

I am sick of people being mean and denying love to people.  It does nothing for you to be mean to someone else.  While you might feel good about telling someone off initially, it is a temporary high.  It doesn’t last.  Love lasts.  You can only spread so much happiness to others without spilling some on yourself.

So today I challenge everyone to love.  To be nice to people and bring happiness to others because when you do, happiness will come to you too.


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Trying Something New

So today I was enjoying my do-nothing day.  I was painting my nails and reading my book and eating oatmeal.  Then the phone rang.
“Hi Amy, this is Super Target, we were just wondering if you wanted to come in to work the deli tonight”


Nothing ruins a do-nothing day faster than a call from work.

SOOO being the good employee that I am, I went.

I had worked one night in deli before and I had no idea what I was doing.

So tonight I tried something new!  It wasn’t necessarily fun, but it was something new.

So tonight we learned that even though doing new things isn’t always fun, it is something we need to do sometimes.  Tonight, I had to go to work to make money and learn more about deli.  So even though we don’t want to sometimes, try something new!

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My attempt at Astrology!

Except not really.  haha!  Today’s post is “What does your coffee say about you.”  I was talking about this with my boss yesterday and here was what we came up with!

Skinny Latte- you are generally a little more uptight person who is watching their caloric intake.  99% of the time skinny lattes go to women who come in dressed pretty cute.

Caramel Frappuccino (or cooler or otherwise blended coffee)-  you are a twelve year old girl who thinks that walking around with a coffee cup is super cool! (we all had our fair share of caramel frappuccino days, so no judgement, just a general fact)  OR you are an adult who needs a serious caffine fix but doesn’t really like coffee taste very much.

White Mocha- you like the sweet things, but regular mochas are boring, so you like to mix things up a little bit!

Black Coffee- why reinvent the wheel?  You like plain coffee so why fuss with everything else?  You are simple and low maitenence!

Lattes- You really enjoy coffee and like to treat yourself every once in a while.

Iced-double-tall-nonfat-caramel macchiato with half the vanilla and extra caramel.  Light ice.- If your order sounds like this, you are one of three things 1) a bit OCD, 2) enjoy making your order sound as cool as possible or 3) a coffee barista!

So yeah, if your drink is on here, let me know how accurate the baristas at Starbucks in Super Target WSP are!!

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Time Flies

Okay, so we have all heard this phrase. It is even the name of a rap group! but I am sitting in bed. In my room. Without a roommate. On my second-to-last night in room 113 of Somers Hall. In a kinda empty school.

This feels eerily familiar. Kind of like when I first came here. I moved in early, and while my roommate’s stuff was here, she was on a canoeing trip. So it was just me and good ole’ 113. When I moved in early, the campus was pretty quiet, too. Just like today and tonight and tomorrow and the day after will be. And on friday, I will be going home.

SERIOUSLY has anyone seen my freshman year, because I let it get away from me, and it went too fast.
The number of awesome people that I met here is unfathomably high.
The number of unforgettable times I have had with those people is unreal.
And the fact that it is all coming to a close is NUTS!!

NOW most people would wonder WHY I am getting a little sad about being done with just 1 year of college (especially those who have not yet been there), but I think it has something to do with the fact that next year will be SO different than this year.
I will not be living in a dorm next year (YES!! and NO!!! at the same time.) Some of my favorite parts of freshman year will not be the same next year. I will never work a shift at the Port again. That is a bit sad to me. Now, I am excited to work at Beakers next year, but the port was a second home to me, and honestly, a lot of my friends. They could just stoll in the back door and pop up a squat and do homework with me. That will probably not be the case next year. And a few of my favorite people will find themselves elsewhere next year.
Well freshman year, it has been good knowing ya.

Dear sophomore year,
Please promise to bing as much happiness to me as the previous year. Please be full of fun, and growing and learning. Please help me to become the person that I am going to become. Please help me to meet the people who will help me become that person and please help me to edit out the people who will hinder me.  Please bring fun, but not too much fun.  Bring studying, learning and good grades, but not too much studying!  And most importantly, please bring me one year closer to being done with school forever.

love, Amy


Everyone enjoy the beginning to the SUMMERTIME!!

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