Gift of Perfection

Gift of Perfection

Sometimes surrounded by shiny new things, we defer to the familiar.

The best gift I got for the holidays was being home with my family. At least with my family, there usually isn’t an awkward readjustment period to me being home (they might disagree with that, but I think I fit back in seamlessly). Every year on Christmas Eve my mom’s side of the family comes over for our Christmas celebrations. We have a gift exchange where all of the kids trade names and buy each other presents (actually the moms buy everyone presents, but we pretend that’s not how it goes).

My sister got a game for Christmas called Game of Phones. A lot of people groaned about her spending even more time on her phone, but she grinned despite the fact. After a few rounds of our usual games (Bananagrams, Scattegories, pool and some Mario Bros) Libby started recruiting people to play her new game with her. My brother, cousin and I all sat on the floor of our basement, all pretty doubtful about how much fun this game would be. The game was much more of a physical game than we thought it would be. The way you played was there are cards which you flipped over and then had to perform the task on each card with your phone.

One of the tasks required us to get someone not playing the game to send us a picture of what they were doing. I immediately dashed towards the stairs when the card was read out, knowing that most of the adults in our family were upstairs doing something different than the rest of us. My brother sprinted after me, grabbing an ankle and tugging me down a few stairs, making me burst into laughter and grab him as he ran by me, pulling him back towards me. This fashion continued all the way up the stairs and into the living room, both of us laughing so hard that we could hardly yell out instructions to our cousin Emily before we started running back downstairs. I ended up winning the round, but we were both so overtaken with giggles that it didn’t end up mattering.

Christmas morning we headed to my Grandma’s house to celebrate with my dad’s side of the family. After presents had been opened and lunch had been eaten we all settled down in the living room. My cousin’s son walked into the room with a Perfection game that had to be fifteen years old. He tugged my siblings and me onto the ground where we all began playing by his modified rules, laughing and jumping every time the time ran out and the board exploded.

Surrounded by family and brand new toys both sides of my family deferred to the usual: competitive games, laughing and a little bit of wrestling. The new presents will be exciting later, but for now there are games to play and memories to be made. On some of my favorite days of the year I came home to find that not much changes when you’re surrounded by the people who love you. Every year, I wait for the timer to go off and the board to explode on my perfect holiday, but we keep holding hands and beating the clock somehow. Surrounded by the people you love and a bit of familiarity, you tend to notice that the Grinch was right; Christmas isn't quite what you unwrap and get from the store "maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."

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52 Instagram Captions Perfect For Your Next Beach Vacation

Perfect for those beach daze.

Summer is officially in full swing. We are all looking forward to the adventures that await us. A lot of us have been dreaming about the day when we finally get to kick our feet up and relax by the ocean. If you find yourself getting ready for a trip to the beach then read these quotes to help get your in the mood for your vacation. Whether you are looking for an Instagram caption or are just trying to settle a bad case of wanderlust, here are 52 quotes on summer:

1. "Hello summer."

2. "I'm happiest when I'm floating in the ocean."

3. "May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your toes."

4. "Life is better with palm trees."

5. "Sandy toes. Sun-kissed nose."

6. "Balmy nights, pink sunsets, and salty air."

7. "Talk to the sand."

8. "Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air." -Emerson

9. "Everyone should believe in something. I believe I should go to the beach."

10. "Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure."

11. "The ocean is calling and I must go."

12. "Here comes the sun."

13. "If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes."

14. "I'm just a beachy kinda girl."

15. "As free as the ocean..."

16. "As endless as the ocean, as timeless as the tides..."

17. "Life's a beach. Enjoy the waves."

18. "A pineapple a day keeps the worries away."

19. "Let the currents guide your heart."

20. "Happiness comes in waves."

21. "Let's go somewhere where the stars kiss the ocean."

22. "My favorite color is sunset."

23. "I lost my heart to the sea."

24. "Sun, sand, and surf."

25. "Salt in the air. Sand in my hair."

26. "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." -Van Morrison

27. "High tides and good vibes."

28. "Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes."

29. "Stop and smell the ocean."

30. "I'm happy anywhere I can see the ocean."

31. "Tropical state of mind."

32. "Forever chasing the sun."

33. "Girls just wanna have sun."

34. "Some of the best memories are made in flip flops." -Kellie Elmore

35. "Good times and tan lines."

36. "Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun-kissed hair, endless summer, take me there."

37. "The ocean is calling."

38. "Love you to the beach and back."

39. "Paradise found."

40. "Seas the day."

41. "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

42. "Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat."

43. "I never met a sunset I didn't like."

44. "Beach daze always."

45. "Catch me by the sea."

46. "Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair." -Zac Brown Band

47. "Stay salty."

48. "Done adulating- let's be mermaids."

49. "Find me under the palm trees."

50. "Sea you soon."

51. "Hello sunshine."

52. "Don't mind me... I'm just chasing the sun."

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5 Things To Do In Minneapolis This Summer

No matter what you have going on this summer, it's important to take time for yourself so you feel satisfied with how you spent your free time.


During the summer, it's easy to feel like you should constantly be busy doing something. To you, maybe that means working, studying, taking summer classes, traveling, etc. No matter what your summer is filled with, you can always take time for yourself and find something fun to do. Whether you take an hour just for some you-time or whether you take the whole day, here are five things you can do this summer that might help you feel like you spent your free time wisely.

1. Get some ice cream

It often gets pretty warm during the summer, and ice cream is always a wonderfully refreshing treat. Grab a friend, family member or just go by yourself to grab a sweet treat. Lactose intolerant, vegan, or have another reason you don't eat ice cream? Consider checking out places that have vegan ice cream! The prices might be a bit more, but it might just be worth it. If you're in the habit of treating yourself, check out this link for some good ice cream shops in the Twin Cities!

2. Visit the Aquatennial

If you like fun city events, think about attending the Aquatennial between July 18 and July 21. You will find activities like the blood drive, the farmers market, the water ski show, yoga and so much more! Check out the full itinerary here.

3. Go swimming

Most everyone enjoys swimming, though some prefer one scene over another. Lucky for you, there are plenty of pools in Minneapolis. If you're more of a beach person, check out one of the over 10,000 lakes Minnesota has to offer!

4. Find a drive-in movie theater

There is almost nothing better than a balmy, summer night. The only addition that could potentially put you in more of a summery mood would be a movie or a late-night drive. Put the two together and the solution is a drive-in theater. There aren't any directly here in the Cities, but there are some in suburbs, like Lake Elmo. Check out Vali-Hi Drive-In Theatre in Lake Elmo or the StarLite Drive-in Theater in Litchfield to enjoy movies the way they were meant to be.

5. Midnight showing of "Rocky Horror"

At the Uptown Theater, they do a midnight showing of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." While it makes for a late night, this is something that is incredibly fun for all. 10/10 would recommend. The last show they'll have for a while is July 28, so get in while you can! You can find more information here.

These five things are only a drop in the bucket of all the fun things available to you here in Minneapolis. Most of these are also not exclusively summer activities, so you can do most of them any time of the year! Don't feel like your summer was wasted, just get out there and do something simple and fun. It doesn't have to be a big deal, nor does it have to be expensive: it's all about what you want to do and what you have the time for. And don't feel let down if others around you talk about having the "grandest summer ever, just running about and visiting all these exotic places." You might not have ventured too far, but as long as you're happy with how you spent your time, it doesn't matter.

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