Reunited and it Feels so Good

Is it really August 13th? Wow. July came and went faster than you can say “Abominable Snowman.” (jk I can’t even say Abombinable)

July and the beginning of August brought on trips to Minnesota and Charlotte and Minnesota again… Which meant it also brought on more reunions than MTV provides for Real World casts. I’m loving life in Chicago, but it is truly great to see friends and family whether in Minnesota or elsewhere around the country.

The July 4th holiday meant spending a lot of time with nature in the land of 10,000 lakes. ATV trips through 1,200 acres of land, boating with Mama T, playing with my niece and nephew, and a lot of laying around in the sunshine. It was just what the doctor ordered. I felt so refreshed, tan sunburned and also happy to come back to the Windy City when it was said and done. I miss my family and friends of course, but my apartment is my home and it feels good to be home.

Lake Life.

Fun Fact: Loons are the state bird of Minnesota.

I could spend my entire life on the water and never get sick of it. I’m not one for the ocean, I like my water with big leafy trees and mountains, when possible. I want it to be so cold you scream a little when you jump it. I don’t care about sandy beaches and palm trees, give me the lakes and the rivers that I’m used to… (If you don’t get that reference, stop reading here. I have nothing to offer you.)

Don’t get it twisted, I will not be moving back there any time soon. Lake Michigan does the trick for me these days.

My stay in Minnesota didn’t last long and I got unpacked, then repacked to head to North Carolina. I got the chance to stay with my roomies from last year, plus the two new roommates they’ve acquired – a fellow coworker (she will be on the tour I did last year) and a new kitten named Benji. I’m not one for cats, but man did he pull on my heart strings.

Benjamin. Cute as a button.

Benjamin. Cute as a button.

We spent the weekend soaking up the sun by the pool and showing our former intern, now working on the same tour I did last year, around the area. Follow her on her adventures of the East Coast this fall.

Pool day with Shannon.

Pool day with Shannon.

Me and my old roomie at the pool.

Me and my old roomie at the pool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I get the unique experience helping manage the tailgate tour staff this year. I had fun spending a few days with them in Charlotte, training and getting to know them. I hope that my experiences on the road last year will help them to not only have a successful tour, but a lot of fun.

One thing we are doing this year is a scavenger hunt (thanks to my friends from home for the inspiration) to compete for a chance to work at the BCS National Championship Game. We will send one tour to the event, and the tour who gets the most points will be the winning team. We have things from regional foods to eat, national landmarks, Hernandez-ing/Teo-ing/Tebowing/etc. I CANNOT wait to see what they come up with!

I wrapped up July and kicked off August in Minnesota, celebrating the marriage of two of my friends. We all went to the same high school, but they actually didn’t meet until halfway through college. Crazy thing that happens when you graduate with over 1,000 people. I absolutely adore this couple and was brought to tears MANY times throughout the ceremony and reception. I am truly blessed to have such great people in my life and so happy that they found each other.

wedding 1

The great thing about this wedding was the people who came back from all over the country to celebrate this couple. There were a handful of friends, some I had seen recently and some I hadn’t seen since college, who came home for this wedding (another testament to how awesome this couple is). I could go on forever about how much fun we had on the dance floor, how great the conversations were, etc.

It was just a perfect day.

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About LissaFarrell

Professional tourist moonlighting as a sports marketing professional.
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