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My name is Stephanie and I’m a “transplant” living the Twin Cities a.k.a. Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Ok, well technically I live in Minneapolis…but I do a lot of stuff in St. Paul, too.

I lived in Austin, TX my whole life. Twenty-three years to be exact. Once I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, I decided to head north for graduate school. I’m pursuing my PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Minnesota. When people ask me, “Why Minnesota???” with a look of utter disbelief on their faces, I jokingly respond that I had never seen “what you people call ‘snow'” and that I desperately wanted to experience it. That’s only partly true. Snow is pretty cool, but the U is also a really great school for both business and psychology. I plan to teach one of those topics at a large university one day.

Most of my time is spent being a graduate student, which means I do a lot of reading, writing, and research (and maybe some ‘rithmetic, if you count statistics). I also like food a lot, both eating it and cooking it. I work out quite a bit at a local CrossFit gym, one of the first things I joined upon moving here to “make it feel like home.” I also work there as a coach part-time. Most of my friends are from these two circles, and I like to have adventures, eat food, and/or go to shows with them.

I try to learn a new talent or take up a hobby every quarter or trimester. It keeps things interesting. Sometimes I keep doing the hobby past the allotted trimester (I’m looking at you hip-hop dance class…), but being busy keeps me sane and productive. It also gives me something to write about here hopefully.

In a nutshell, this blog is about what it’s like living as a transplant in Minneapolis, MN. The title was inspired by the famous store seen in airports and strip malls all over the state (“Love from Minnesota”) as well as my “sort of” status of being a Minnesotan. Plus, I’ll be honest, I just like the many plays on the name “Minneapolis, Minnesota” you can make (e.g., Minnesot-ahhhhh, Mini-apple, Mini-soda, Minnesaurus…)

My favorite color is pink. My favorite animal is the hippopotamus. I guess that’s about all you need to know right now.

On one of my very first outings in Minneapolis, I spotted a Honda with a Texas license plate - just like mine! Maybe I'm not so alone after all...


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