Thank you so much Jennie for being a guest blogger.
Jennie’s Guest Blog
Saturday, after Nordstrom but before the snowstorm, Alli and I attended a gathering hosted by Minne transplant, Birmingham balibusta Erica and her mom, Caren. I have not seen Caren since the days at Indiana, when Erica and Alli were sorority sisters. The saying that people come into your life for a reason or a season is so true in this case.
Little did we know that Alli and Erica would reconnect as Minneapolitans in this currently snow covered city where they have a wonderful covey of cohorts. It was really fun to see some of the girls including Molly, Erin, Dani, Amy and Dana and their amazing Mom, Mary Jane.
This afternoon gathering was, as Alli put it, a “lotion party” where we got to hear all of the benefits of the Swiss cosmetic line Arbonne as told by wonder woman Caren Seligman. Not only is she singlehandedly repopulating the Jewish community of Birmingham, she works for the Jewish Federation, promotes Arbonne, adopts newbies to Birmingham, bikes 6 hours for ovarian cancer and cares for her 2 Shelties. No wonder Erica is a bundle of energy, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. We have had the pleasure of attending several of Erica’s soirees and the girl knows how to entertain.
After an appearance by Justin, the four of us, Caren, Erica, Alli and I had a delicious dinner at Broder’s Pasta Bar. Alli had taken me and Dan there before and I think it is my favorite restaurant in Minneapolis. After a 40 minute wait the host told us our table was still not vacated by the previous diners and would we like to sit at the bar. Good thing we did because it was 40 minutes later before the table was available. This is the BEST pasta I have ever had, including in Italy! We all enjoyed our meals and topped it off with dessert, a cream puff filled with ice cream and drizzled with chocolate. After such a carb-a licious dinner, Alli and I decided we would have to go to yoga on Sunday.
When we got home, I received 2 messages from Delta, one booking me on a later flight Sunday and another cancelling that flight and booking me on a 7am flight Monday. What a gift, because Alli and I got to spend another day together. For a mom, it is scary when your daughter moves to a city where she knows 1 person and no other friends or family. I am so proud of Alli and the life she has made here. To Alli, Erica and all the friends from Minneapolis and other hometowns, you are amazing, independent young adults. You should all be proud of the lives you are creating.
This is the first and probably last time I will ever blog, unless I get invited back to Minne Makeover. (Doubtful because I think I have gone over the space limit).
Surviving in a giant snow globe and love to you all,
Jennie Stolper aka Jenniejomama
Broder’s Pasta Bar : http://www.broders.com/pasta-bar/index.html