Independence day fun

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So when the schedule first came out I wasn't scheduled on for the 4th of July... I was very upset... I love to work the holidays because of all the people that went shopping... well, today I found out that in minnesota if there's a long weekend people go sit at a lake the whole time.  Which really explained so much because my company is based in Minnesota and when I was in Pittsburgh we never had enough labor and the budgets were off by a lot!  (last year I did 6 days budget on Memorial day alone)...But the other thing I found out is the like how in Pittsburgh I liked to work during Steeler games I found a new appriciation to working on holidays in Minnesota... the people who go shopping on these days want to be there... they are the happiest people of all times and I love Minnesota Holiday Shoppers.

Lindsey and Missy
.. they are my Pittsburgh shoppers during the Steeler Football Game shoppers to me!!!

So my day, obviously, started out great!  Not much could've taken me down.  So I got home and met up with my roomate and her friend, Missy, and headed down to Lindsey (my roomate)'s boyfriends house in St. Paul to go to the Taste of Minnsota food Festival.  We got to Adams house and walked the mile and a half to the site.  Which was pretty cool to see the fair type grounds infront of the sky line.  It looked pretty cool and it was a perfect day for a walk down town. 

We got to the site and headed in... I wanted to eat 2 things... a rootbeer float and Pavlova!!!  That's it... I didn't want anything to do with anything on a stick (which they had a lot of).

St. Paul
  There was pork chops on a stick, fellafel on a stick, lobster on a stick, grilled shrimp on a stick, corn dog on a stick, pickle on a stick (it's sort of like naming all the shrimp on bubba gump srimp and company... there were just so many options!)  And Lindsey told me that last year there was Key Lime Pie on a stick!!!  It wasn't there this year!  There was also some other oddities like apple fries---and I wish I would've know this before I got the rootbeer float but there was an apple cider float.

Upon walking in you have to buy tickets to get the food... which I thought was weird... it was 8 tickets for $5 USD... 9 dollars got you a small thing of cheese curds or a lemonaid... so the money didn't go far.  We putsed around.

the Mississippi River running through St. Paul
.. saw some stuff... paid too much money for food and headed out because it was sort of obnoxious.  But it was a pretty cool experience!  Then we headed out to the Science Center to go watch the fire works.... which were pretty awesome!

I've never been into watching fireworks... never really excited me---they excite my sister... Infact once while i was driving she just started to blurt out "fire...fire... fire" and as I almost wreck... she finishes saying "fireworks... over there... go find them"  Well, she pointed me in the direction of a cemetary and we had to drive around until she saw that we couldn't see them but we could hear the big boom.  I was sort of mad because I thought my car was on fire somewhere!

But the only time I really ever watched them was when I went up to Mt. Washington in Pittsburgh to a fancy restaurant called the George Town Inn with a group of friends (a cheap meal is $50) and we got to watch them at eye level with out the loud noise!

But here they weren't too bad... it wasn't as crowded as most of the other places I've been too... I wasn't crammed up against someone elses blanket hearing all their conversations and the fireworks didn't go on for a overly long amount of time and since we walked there we didn't have to deal with the traffic trying to get out of there!!!

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St. Paul
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Lindsey and Missy
Lindsey and Missy
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the Mississippi River running thro…
the Mississippi River running thr…
me waiting for the fireworks
me waiting for the fireworks
I dont think Adams too happy
I don't think Adams too happy
Augh...
Augh...
I dont think firework mode works …
I don't think firework mode works…
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