‘The Great Indoors’ with Tracy Briggs appears every Thursday in The Forum. For more information go to her blog at thegreatindoors.areavoices.com.
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FARGO — A few years ago, we were lucky enough to go to Hawaii for my niece's wedding. It was my first time there and it exceeded all expectations. Not only did I get to pretend I was Nellie Forbush "washing that man right out of my hair" on the same beach where they filmed "South Pacific," I got to go to an authentic Hawaiian luau.
Engaged couple Taylor King and Justin Slack of Fargo knew before they got married they’d want their own home. “I’m obsessed with making something my own,” says Slack. “I’m a DIY’er and I like taking care of a yard.” “I think for awhile I was on (the real estate site) Zillow 24/7,” King says with a laugh.
FARGO — I've spoken before about the ginormous rhubarb plant in my backyard. Suffice it to say it has not shrunk in the past year or two — in fact, I'm thinking we might see if it's eligible for it's own zip code.
FARGO — How fabulous is early June? Summer is here, but it's not yet too hot and humid (plus, the mosquitoes haven't yet arrived to the party). It's the perfect time of year to get outside and get those steps in. We're about halfway through the Trek to Times Square —The Great Indoors effort to virtually walk from Fargo-Moorhead to Times Square by New Year's Eve.
FARGO — That sound you're hearing today is the sound of wine lovers everywhere celebrating the glory of their favorite beverage. Maybe they're toasting one another or maybe just saying "ahhhh" as they sip their favorite Pinot Grigio or Merlot. May 25 is National Wine Day. What a glorious time to be alive. This, of course, is not to be confused with its sister holiday, "National Drink Wine Day" on Feb. 18. Are people just making up these holidays as an excuse to have a glass of wine with lunch?
FARGO — Ask just about any American mom or dad what they might choose for a quick and easy home-cooked weeknight meal and they might just tell you: pasta. After all, many of us keep boxes of dried pasta in our cupboards. Boil a little water, throw in the dried noodles, cook for 10 minutes, drain the water and — voila! — dinner is served!
MOORHEAD — Like a lot of sixth graders, Gracie Schroeder has her afterschool priorities straight. "Mom, I have an important question for you: what's for dinner?" "Enchilada casserole," her mother Susie Schroeder replies. Gracie gives a big "Yay!" and returns to check her phone. If the bubbly, 12-year-old blonde gets this excited about her favorite dinner, you can only imagine how she feels about taking part in the WDAY Honor Flight. "I'm really, really excited!" she says. "I've never been to Washington!"
FARGO — It's not a bad thing really. During the next few weeks many of us will spend meal times standing in someone else's garage eating dinner off a paper plate. It's graduation season in all it's scotcheroo-eating 7-up/sherbet punch-drinking glory. For graduates, it's their day to be king or queen, to pick their favorite foods, and watch as other people eat it (some of whom will even leave cash or a check before they go... score.)
FARGO — I thought it was high time we check in once again with The Great Indoors progress during our year-long Trek To Times Square. In January, I decided to set a fitness goal for myself to walk the distance equivalent of Fargo-Moorhead to Times Square in time to see the ball drop on New Year's Eve. It's about 1,400 miles so — roughly calculated — that's approximately four miles a day. Forewarning: I'm not just counting treadmill steps, but steps taken throughout the day, which is making the trek a little easier.
FARGO — Kristen Kerber just got a tattoo — hardly a newsworthy event since she has nine others. But what's important is not that the 28-year-old bank trainer got another one, but what the scripted words now inked on her thigh say: "Nevertheless, she persisted." One year ago, those three little words didn't have any particular meaning, but after a turbulent presidential election and the fallout from it, they carry enough weight to inspire hundreds — if not thousands — of women to have the words become a permanent part of their bodies.