My family threw me a welcome home party complete with lots of pineapples and gummi bears.
And my favorite Vietnamese food. Though this Bò lúc lắc does not hold a candle to the dirty greasy street version that I would kill for about now.
My best friend had a baby! This was one of the biggest things I wanted to be back in time for.
I went to a Golden Girls Bar Crawl in Minneapolis
Saw the Guillermo Del Toro exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (which was so cool).
Went hiking in northern Minnesota
And saw Devil's Kettle falls
Saw Afroman in Mankato. Did you know he has more than 3 songs?
Drove alllll the way to Chicago to see Mother Mother (one of my all time favorite bands!). This is another thing I was rushing to get back to the U.S. for.
And stopped to see the houses where they film Shameless while we were in town!
Also I got addicted to watching Shameless this summer.
I also saw Pat Benetar at Mankato's Ribfest. But didn't take a picture. Bummer!
Saw the Science of Pixar exhibit at the Minnesota Science Museum.
Which was so cool for an animation fanatic like me. I know a lot about traditional animation but CGI is not my forte. I learned so much.
I turned TWENTY FIVE YEARS OLD! Which is a big deal and I am so excited to be a quarter of a century old.
My friend Abree got married! (At the same park on the same week I had my birthday party. Some nerve)
And we rounded it off the same way we always do. Me and my best friend's since high school have been camping at this camp ground every summer for the past 10 years.
We always spend a night here at the end of the summer. It's so cool to see everyone year after year and catch up and it is so much fun. It is literally my favorite day of the year.
So you know. I haven't been going very far, but I've gotta saw the midwest is a pretty sweet place with a lot to do and see that I'm going to make the most of while I'm here.
Here are some of my favorite instagrams from summer of 2017. Feel free to follow me on there.