what happens on the cruise… {stays on my blog}

prelude: my journey to my first ever cruise began with 2 other trips. one down south to san antonio and one to miami. since there was mere hours that separated these trips from the epic cruise, i feel compelled to add them to my post.

note: i am finishing off my first full week of work since the middle of november. just kidding but seriously. so, my brain is fried and my creativity is lacking. therefore, my post will be spoken predominately through pics. after all, they are worth 1,000 words, right? plus they are more fun to look at than listening to me jibber jabber. enjoy, friends. xoxo

stop 1: san antonio, tx

my company’s annual user conference is taking place down south this year. my boss and i went down to tour the place and get a feel of what to expect when planning. one night we’re taking all the attendees to a legit working ranch. when megs and i went to visit we got to pose on a real deal texas style longhorn. yeeee haaaaw y’all. t-minus 7 months till this bomb{dot}com event takes place. gotta get my spurs ready.

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ridin’ a texas long horn, view from my room, strawberry jalepeno margarita

stop 2: miami (bitch)

hours, literally hours, after arriving home from texas i was at the airport to head to miami. there’s more of a story there, another time. another place. only thing that matters is that i made it and my boyfriend is ahhhmazing. i took a couple extra days off from work to head down to miami so i could get ready for the cruise and to spend some time with my cousin and her family that live there. after some frigid temps in minnesota lately, i was jazzed to start defrosting in the sunshine. it was so much fun to spend some fabulous quality time with my cousin and her lil diva daughter sabine. thanks so much for having me stay with you guys! miss you already! xoxo

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palm trees & sunshine, ziggy, sabine & me cheesin’

stop 3: carnival destiny

got boarded and such and it was time to say deuces to the real world and prepare for 5 days of being forced to relax, disconnect and be on vacay. this was my first cruise, and i truly had no idea what to expect. i was more than pleasantly surprised. the trip was fantastic. full of sunshine, drinks, dancing, new friends, a beautiful wedding, relaxing, lots of eating and taking in every moment. needless to say, i’m a cruise fan. while it was nice to get back on land. and have a normal size bed. i will definitely be going on another cruise one day. bon voyage!

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fun with the girls over the week :)

stop 3: jamaica (we have a bob sled team)

our first port of call was to jamaica. let’s see, if i could sum up jamaica in a word, it’d be sketch. i was forewarned of the shiftiness of the characters in this place, and it was no exaggeration.  we spent the whole time just lounging on the beach, admiring the view and soaking in the rays. mostly because we wanted to get our tan on and be lazy and also because it was one of the only places we would feel safe.

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beach, jamaica, girls

stop 4: grand cayman (wedding bells)

the other port of call was the grand caymans. in a word, beautiful. the views are just unreal and the water is the bluest of blues. this is where the wedding of my dear lil monster, katie tied the knot. it was a breathtaking setting. right by the beach. and she looked absolutely stunning. the ceremony was short but sweet. and a wonderful cherry on top of an already great trip. so blessed to be part of this wonderful day. we spent the rest of the day enjoying the sunshine and sandy beaches as well as some local carribean jerk chicken. nom nom nom. the next day was the final day on the ship and we spent the day on the deck hanging out and enjoying some beverages. it was a really fun trip, but after nearly 2 straight weeks of travel, i was ready to be home. until my next cruise…

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wedding: ceremony, bride and groom

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cheers to a new year [2013 forecast]

2012well, here we are. ending the first week of janurary, and i find myself thinking, “self, wasn’t new years like a few weeks ago? no? it was this past week? oh, ok.” this year already seems to be going fast. coming off a great year in 2012 i am looking forward to this year. i love fresh starts and new beginnings that the first of each year holds; so far my year is filling up quite nicely. a brand new year. cheers to 2013, friends! xoxo

“and now we welcome a brand new year, full of things that have never been.” rainer maria rilke

january

  • travelin’ down south to san antonio to check out the UC site for this year
  • heading to miami (bitch) to get a couple days of sun in before my cruise and visit my cousin, her hubby and lil peanut sabine
  • going on my first ever cruise to help in celebrating the wedding of my dear friends katie and jesse
  • watch the young pup play hoops at the Target Center
  • start officially moving into Brandon’s and be a resident of the burbs *gasp*

february

  • valentines day TC 5K

march

  • hosting my very own half day workshop, unleashing the power of social media, at EXHIBITOR2013 (yayyyyy!)
  • followed by exporing vegas with my momma

april

  • celebrate my 3 year PeopleNet anniversary
  • Get in Gear 10K
  • lil brother goes to his first prom

may

  • turning the big 2-4
  • two year blogiversary of this very blog

july

  • round 2 of the april sorenson half marathon.

august

  • traveling to san antonio, tx for some armadillo races and MIH at our 11th annual UC

december

  • spencer GRADUATES!

2012 roundup ((WOW… that was a busy year))

life2012; you were good to me.  it’s crazy how much can happen in one year; how much things can  seem to remain the same day to day and then you turn around and realize that a lot has changed. change. my word to sum up the year. i had a lot of changes this past year; exciting and challenging. happy and sad. wanted and unwanted. things change whether you like it or not. and when i look back at 2012 i will remember the year that  i started the next chapter in my life. a lot of great memories to look back on and for one of the first time’s in my life, i can truly say that i am happy. 2013, i look forward to seeing what you’ve got in store. bring it.

places traveled:

  • miami, fl
  • las vegas, nv (2)
  • toronto, on (2)
  • boca raton, fl
  • boston, ma
  • chicago, il
  • pebble beach, ca

air miles traveled: 20,510

january

  • 2 year anniversary of my first blog, tales of a girl ((emma))
  • work photo shoot
  • mom and dad attended their very first hockey game at SCSU

february

  • attended MAWC2012 (market america world conference) with an amazing group of people in miami

march

  • attended EXHIBITOR2012 and have an unforgettable experience in las vegas
  • spent a lot of time apartment hunting and finally found one i loved
  • celebrated panda’s 23rd with a bang. and a headache to follow…

april

  • HUNGER GAMES came out
  • had my 2 year PeopleNet anniversary
  • became an international girl; traveled to the lands of Canada for the first time
  • said goodbye to panda as we both started new adventures
  • moved into my very own apartment

may

  • my dear cousin graduated from allen school of nursing
  • 23rd birthday celebration
  • officially registered for my first half marathon
  • spent a wonderful long weekend with ALL of my mom’s side family (first time EVER we’ve ALL been together)
  • one year blogiversary of this blog :)

june

  • 2 of my very best friends ever, brooke and mike, got married
  • my car got broken into
  • celebrated the wedding of a dear friend
  • traveled to the lands of canada for a second time
  • was selected to host my very own half day workshop at EXHIBITOR2013

july

  • ROCKED my very first half marathon
  • traveled to okoboji for an amazing and relaxing family vacay
  • spent several weekends in the sun watching the little brother play soccer

august

  • traveled to boca baby for a threepeat success of the UC
  • met joe theismann
  • had the worst 16 hours of traveling of my life
  • celebrated the wedding of my girl and hair dresser of almost 10 years
  • had a lil 07 reunion
  • ate lots of deliciousness at the MN state fair

september

  • traveled to boston, mass for speakers training
  • met my now boyfriend, brandon
  • had an epic best friend wine night
  • traveled to chi town for the first time

october

  • turned a new leaf and started attempting  to cook/bake
  • traveled on a 7 day journey with stops in pebble beach and las vegas

november

  • purchased my very first coach purse
  • got my car towen
  • made trips with mom to roch to visit nana
  • participated in my first thanksgiving visit to the legion
  • thanksgiving with family
  • annual black friday shopping with daddy
  • mom and dad’s 28 year anniversary
  • 5 year high school reunion
  • made kringla all on my very own

november

december

  • got a real christmas tree
  • did lots of christmasy things
  • holidazzle parade
  • 4th annual dad and emma day
  • 12.11.12 – nana passed away

rest in peace nana

  • christmas :)
  • new years eve

december