Fun Things to Do in Minnesota

The state of Minnesota is the twelfth largest area in the United States of America, spanning 86,939 square miles. It is one of the healthiest states, and also has one of the highest literacy rates in the country. The twin cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis are home to more than half the state’s population, thus leaving the sparsely populated countryside available for suburban lifestyles, and more importantly, the state’s agriculture.

Minnesota is also home to a wide host of activities, and has a healthy tourist industry. First and foremost, the state is known for its affinity with sports. Minnesota has men’s teams in all major sports. The metro is especially famous for at least three of its sports stadiums: Target Field, Target Center, and Xcel Energy Center. A new stadium is also currently under construction to replace the old Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

Minnesotans have a reputation as outdoorsmen, and this part of their culture is obvious in their weekend activities. The northern half of Minnesota in particular attracts many fitness enthusiasts, as the region is largely dedicated to recreation. The state is dotted with good places for boaters, canoeists, kayakers, and fishermen. One of the most popular water activities is water skiing; a sport which originated in Minnesota. It shouldn’t be surprising that Minnesota is fond of water sports however, as there are over 11,000 lakes dotting the territory.

Come winter, many Minnesotans do not cease their outdoor spirit. Even tourists who come in the summer have reason to return in the winter, when lakes freeze over and the people turn to ice hockey, ice skiing, and ice fishing. Some facilities even sport snowboarding equipment and snow tubes for extreme sports athletes.

The intimacy between Minnesotans and the outdoors has also turned much of the population into environmentalists in their own right. Surroundings are almost always spotless, allowing even busier parts of the metro to look pleasing to the eyes. The state is also proud of its natural parks such as Niagara Cave; located in Harmony, and sporting a sixty-foot waterfall, a diverse collection of fossils, and even a wedding chapel. Larger parks include forest reserves such as the Superior Natural Forest, the Chippewa Natural Forest, and the Hill River State Forest. The southern half of the state boasts Amish communities that are always welcome to tourists.

Of course, not everyone is as capable as others of staying outdoors for too long. Minnesota is a great place to unwind as well, taking things indoors at the Mall of America. This massive complex hosts hundreds of stores and entertainment sections including an indoor theme park. A number of zoos and wildlife exhibits are open to the public in many of the cities as well, and art centers such as Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis or the Graffiti Graveyard in Duluth serve to please the more aesthetic personality.

After a day of adventuring and touring, sometimes, it is nice to just unwind and relax. A nice bike ride through the city can cool even the hottest heads in the summer. Some may even take their bikes out at night, or for real enthusiasts, along with them for their tours. Provided the rider follows regulations, Minnesota is one of the safest places in the United States to ride a bicycle.

Minnesota is a place where anyone can literally enjoy anything. Whether one is a rugged outdoor junkie, or a relaxed indoors person more interested in arts and exhibits, the state has something to offer. The only real danger is never wanting to leave again.

Family is Always First

Jake, Tasha and I were just hanging out in my office. We were waiting for our staff to come back because they are doing kayaking tours for visitors of the lake. We were also talking about the plans of expanding and about how much it would cost us. Jake specializes on the numbers department and he told me that he would make a business plan later and he would just send it into my email, so I could check if it is feasible. Tasha told us that she could also pitch in because she saved a lot of money because her mom does not want her to pay for the bills even though she is already working. Jake asked us both about our plans if we would be living together soon. It was a little bit awkward because Tasha and I have not talked about that stuff because we have been pretty busy with our respective works. We just both smiled at Jake and told him that it will come if the time is right.

After a few moments, someone called Jake. He excused himself from us and went outside to accept the call. It took him quite a while with the call and we were wondering who called him. After thirty minutes, he came into the office and he seemed different. We asked him about the call and he told us that her mom called. Her mom told her about the situation of his father because he has had on and off fever and coughing for the last few months. He added that his father did not want to get a treatment in the hospital so they just give him over the counter cough and fever medicines. His father was just brought into the hospital today because he had a hard time breathing. He told us that her mom even used the term “gasping for air” and he added that he really is concerned about his dad.

Tasha and I asked him why he is not getting ready to go to the hospital with his family and he told us that work should always come first. I shook my head and told him that he should go because we could manage the business without him today. Jake thanked Tasha and me for covering him on the job. I told him to update us about his father’s condition.

Jake went into the hospital and spoke to his father’s doctor. He was shocked that his dad’s condition could be bronchitis vs. pneumonia depending on the x-ray results that would confirm it less than an hour. The doctor added that he should have been brought to the hospital earlier and I told him that my dad is stubborn like that. The doctor added that it is not too late as there are many pneumonia and bronchitis remedies that we could use to treat my father properly. He also asked me about my father’s smoking and I told him that he is still smoking up to now. I asked him a favor and he should tell it directly to my dad that smoking is aggravating his condition.

Road to Nowhere

Last week, I accompanied Tasha to a good dermatologist and I had to drive two hours from Minnewaska, our hometown. We left at around 5am and I had my truck filled full tank of gas as I didn’t know the location of gasoline stations in the city that we are going. Tasha brought a basket filled with treats and I had a cooler filled with all sorts of refreshments for the trip. Tasha kidded that we were like going to a picnic at the park. I kidded back that we are going to a picnic to a park two hours from here. We just talked about silly things for over an hour until we encountered some bumpy roads, it was a good thing that I brought a truck and not a car but all in all, it was a good road trip.

We arrived in Pennsylvania at around 7 in the morning and we were having a hard time finding the exact location of the clinic. We tried contacting their numbers, but they weren’t answering then I remembered that it was still 7am. I told Tasha that we need to wait until it’s 8am onwards then we start calling again. I parked in front of a coffee shop and decided to wait there until it’s time. Tasha bought us a cup of coffee as I just people watch on the street. Tasha asked the cashier in the café if she was familiar with the clinic and told her that it was just down the block but it opens at around 9. She told me about it and asked her where we wait until it opens. A lady overheard us that we’re not from here and offered to give us the dermatologist’s personal number. We were so thankful about it and offered to pay for her coffee but she politely refused.

stretch marks on breastsWe learned that the dermatologist’s name is Dr. Samuels. She was surprised that she received a call from a stranger, but she was happy that we went here, even though it was far from our place.   She told us to wait for 45 minutes and she’ll be there. We parked outside her clinic and waited. After 30 minutes, a very stunning, gorgeous, blonde haired lady got down from a car. Tasha greeted her and told her that she called her. We got in her clinic and asked Tasha what brought her here. She told her about her acne problems and she knew her from a friend of a friend and told her that she’s one of the best dermatologists around. Dr. Samuels examined her scalp and face and got some scabs to check under a microscope.

Tasha also asked the doctor about her aunt’s stretch marks on breasts and asked her how to remove stretch marks. Dr. Samuels recommended that her aunt get a consult personally to assess her current condition to see the stretch marks as it is hard to determine one’s condition on hearsays. On the other hand, she cited a number of treatments she could try like applying Retinoin with Vitamin A, baby oil, cocoa butter, castor oil or mineral oil. She added that laser treatments could also be arranged if normal treatments wouldn’t work.

Acceptance

I’ve had my ups and downs when it comes to relationships. I used to be a very controlling boyfriend and I wasn’t aware about that back then. I thought that I was just being protective and was being a good boyfriend, but unfortunately, it was the exact opposite. When successive relationships with different girls begin failing of the same reason, then it must really a fault of mine. I’ve worked on it long and hard to accept that all the failed ones were my fault and I learned it the hard way. I was so depressed for a long time as how to get over someone you love was always a question on my mind.

After those failed relationships, I tried accepting that I’ll always be alone, but friends of mine don’t believe that because they told me that I’m a very sweet and caring person. I just don’t know how to channel it in a better way. My friends helped me to stand on my two feet again and start from scratch. They told me that I have nothing to lose and I have everything to gain from this experience.

After a long hiatus from dating, I’ve learned that no failed relationships are a waste of time as it is an opportunity to learn from the past mistakes and never ever do it again. Failed relationships are always the perfect teaching tool as we’ve been badly wounded by it thus we’d never want it to happen again. We should know how to let go of the past and move on to greener pastures. I know it’s going to be hard, but at least you should try. I know, I did and it is one of the best experiences that life has offered me. When I look back at my past, I just see it as a learning experience. I’ve learned to let go all of my bitterness and excess baggage because it just makes us insane with regret, anger and vengeance.

No relationship is perfect so we don’t have no right to point fingers at each other. What’s more important is the willingness to compromise, to learn to be humble, to swallow your pride and always be ready to forgive. It took me a long time to realize that, but I’m glad that I did. Tasha and I have been together for a number of years now and I’m very proud of myself that I’ve really changed for the better. I now realized that it is also needed to let my partner choose for herself too, as it is the individual’s way to grow and mature as a person. I shouldn’t hinder her growth just because I don’t want her to get hurt. Failing doesn’t mean as much, but learning from it is the most important that a person can do in his lifetime.

I hope, this post may help many people who are currently experiencing heartbreaks. Don’t fret because you are not alone. You have friends that will help you go through that process of moving on.

Risky Business

I know that there are lots people who despise their jobs and their bosses because sadly, they are just doing it for the money; they are not working their jobs to the very best of their capabilities thus not having the ability to grow more. I am one of the very fortunate ones to have a job that’s also a passion of mine, so I don’t feel my job as a heavy burden on my back. My business really surprised me as during the early years, I thought of giving up, but a friend of mine named Jake told me not to because he knows of solutions that can help me plan and formulate solutions for low sales income. I’m glad that I never gave up as inch by inch, together, we accomplished what we were aiming for. And because of that, I offered and hired him for a consultancy position. We have set meetings every month to assess our growth and readjust our marketing ploy in the web depending on the trends that we are constantly studying. We decided to hire more people in my business as we need more manpower because of growth.

what causes bunionsI’ve wanted to hire more qualified people in my shop as I am currently facing a problem with one of my staff. His name is Tom, he’s got good people skills and also very hard working, but lately, he has a foot problem which makes him absent at work from time to time. It has been bothering him for the last few weeks. He’s got bunions on his left foot. He asked me what causes bunions and told him that my dad also has that and his bunion was caused by ill fitting shoes. My dad had a hard time searching for the best shoes for bunions. I told him to go get a check up with a podiatrist to know what is exactly wrong with his feet. He had been missing from the shop for five days now and I didn’t have a clue on what happened to him. I hope he is okay, but the problem is the lack of manpower in my business hinders growth. I really need to hire more people faster.

I already posted a for hire sign outside my shop. Jake suggested that I also post for hires online as many people searches for job in there. Jake wasn’t surprised as a number of people applied every hour and it was going to be a tedious job to sort them all out on whose going to be the best person to call for an interview and eventually hire them. It’s funny that some people had a selfie picture with their camera phone instead of getting one at a studio. The impression that they’re giving me is that they don’t take the job seriously. Sorry, but I’m going to pass on them as I’m looking for someone reliable and doesn’t need much assistance in training. After a few hours of sorting, Tom called and told me that he just had an operation. He had his bone spurs shaved off and he was sorry that he didn’t call earlier as left his phone home and was confined in the hospital for 5 days. I wished him well and told him that I am currently reviewing applications for more staff in the shop. I told him not to worry because I won’t replace him; In fact, I want him to handle the sorting and primary interviews. He was so happy about it and told me he can be back for a couple of days.