I'm a Rebel

I love to read all kinds of books, including "self help" types.  One of my recent reads is called "The Four Tendencies" by Gretchen Rubin.

I'm a fan of Gretchen's work.  I also listen to her podcast "Happier" and have several of her other books.  The reason I decided to talk about "The Four Tendencies" on my blog though, is that it explains a lot.  I am terrible at keeping up with this blog, even though I really want to.  It is on my to do list constantly and I'm always coming up with ideas for posts.  Never the less, they don't get done. Now if my husband were in charge of this blog it would be excellent.  There would be a post done every week.  If he sets a deadline for himself he meets it.  That's because my husband is an upholder.


He is super disciplined and always meets his goals.  I am the exact opposite.  I guess it's true what they say...opposites attract.  :) Here is a chart of all four tendencies.


Take this quiz to find out what your tendency is.   Click here for the FREE quiz!   Now tell me in the comments please.  I can't wait to hear.   Most people are obligers, like my Mom.  However, there isn't a single obliger in my family of four.


It would make life a lot easier if there was at least one, but both my kids are questioners.


But that's about family dynamics and not why I stink at regular blogging.  As you might have determined ( plus it was the title of this post)...I'm a rebel!


I don't want to do what you want me to, but I can't really make myself do it either.  What a mess!  So this is my excuse.  Thanks for sticking with my irregular posts and supporting me even in my undisciplined ways.  I really appreciate all my readers and I want to do better for you.  I promise that I will try.  I also post on instagram ( @happyhoyt) a little more often.  I think because it is easier and takes less time than an entire blog post.  Follow me there as well.  And don't forget to comment what your tendency is.  I want to know if there are any other rebels out there like me.  Take care and happy travels.


A Weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis Sculpture Park

I've been to Minneapolis a few times over the last year and I like it more each time.  Here are a few of the things I've enjoyed while there.

Lemon Ricotta pancakes with fruit

Hell's Kitchen is a fun place for brunch.  The entire place is decorated like you're in hell.  There was a band playing while we were there that really added to the ambiance.  But the biggest draw (for me anyway) is the Bloody Mary Bar.

Bloody Mary Bar

Hell's Kitchen Bloody Mary Bar

It's a 35 foot long bloody mary buffet basically.  You pick your bloody mary mix type, the seasoning you want on your rim and then you load up as much as you want onto wooden skewers to put in your bloody mary.  It is a balancing trick for sure.

@happyhoyt with my bloody mary

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center is also a favorite.  So many great photo opportunities here.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

We were blessed with a beautiful day for walking around.  The Sculptures are so fun and interesting.  Some you can even walk thru and others make beautiful sounds.  We also enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Art Center sitting outside at Esker Grove overlooking the park.

University of Minnesota hockey

The University of Minnesota offers many fun activities as well.  With over 45,000 students there are lots of sports (such as hockey above), restaurants (like in Dinkytown) and even an art museum right on the campus.  The campus is built into the city and sits right on the Mississippi River.

Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis

Minnehaha Park is a beautiful city park to get away from the urban landscape.  There is a waterfall and hiking along with a casual place for food.  Great place to take your kids or your furry kids (aka dogs).

Mall of America

Of course we did a little shopping and eating at the Mall of America.  I was nursing a broken ankle so my husband pushed me around in a wheelchair.  They had them available for rent.  The Mall of America is the largest mall in the country.  With tons of stores, restaurants and even an amusement park, you could be entertained all day.

Those are just a few of the things we enjoyed during our weekend in Minneapolis.  There is a great metro system to and from the airport, as well as, around the city.  While we were there I posted a lot of instagram stories.  Follow me for live stories everywhere I travel.  @happyhoyt

Ever been to Minneapolis?  Tomorrow they are hosting the Super Bowl.  Justin Timberlake is doing the half time show so I wish I was going to be there. ;)   Comment below about your favorite Minneapolis activity or favorite Super Bowl halftime show.  Happy travels!


I Broke My Ankle While Traveling

The Broadmoor Resort

So I broke my ankle while traveling to The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs.  I wasn't hiking the mountains or zip lining or any other exciting thing I had planned while there.  It was literally as I was leaving my house to catch my flight.  I fell down the stairs and heard a snap.  I've never broken a bone before so I didn't know that you could actually put weight on it.  Once I stood up and was able to walk (with a limp), I assumed I only sprained it. I thought it could be better by the time my flight landed in Colorado.  This was my first mistake.
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