Hey! I’m Blair. I was born and raised in Red Wing, Minnesota and moved to Rochester in 2004. I met my husband Rodney in 2010 at Mickey’s Irish Saloon, which is no longer…but the crematorium next to Hyvee Barlow will always hold a special place in our hearts LOL! Rodney and I got married in 2015 and had our son Kyus in 2016. We have a 9 year old jack russell – puggle mix named Kobe. We live in Northeast Rochester and love our neighborhood. I’ve worked at Mayo Clinic as a Psychometrist since 2014 (I test people’s thinking and memory), and I do freelance writing on the side. I’ve been writing for Rochester Mom since 2019 and I love the community that I’ve gained through this space. I create alcohol-free content on Instagram, do guest writing, and I’ve been on podcasts to tell my story. You can find more of my writing and see where I’ve been featured on my website.
I’m an introverted homebody who loves to watch reality television.
Where is the best dinner in Rochester?
I love food, so this is hard! We don’t physically go out to eat much, because we have a toddler and we like to make our lives as easy as possible. Whenever we decide we want to get take-out the first thing I usually say is, “I want the taco truck.” The one I’m talking about is Taqueria Mi Pueblo. It’s located at 706 N Broadway next to Great Harvest Bread in NE Rochester. It’s so yummy! I usually get a few different kinds of tacos, and their Elote (mexican grilled corn). My mouth is watering just writing about it. Go check them out!
What is something you believe everyone should experience at least once in their life?
Being young and carefree. Don’t rush into settling down. Don’t rush relationships, marriage, and kids. I learned so much about myself in the time after I graduated high school and into my 20s. I think everyone should experience the world a little bit before you have to be a real adult. Use that time to find out what you like to do, and who you like to spend your time with. You have your whole life ahead of you. Travel. Make mistakes. Try new things. Meet new people. Do things you’ll regret. Figure out who you are. You only get that time once, so make it count.
What is something you would NEVER do again?
Drink alcohol. Period. I quit drinking in 2018 when my son was 18 months old. By then I was in a cycle of binge drinking on weekends and being hungover for days after with regret and self-loathing. After those feelings wore off, it was Friday again. Wash, rinse, repeat. I never did have an off switch when it came to alcohol, so I had to cut it out of my life. I’m proud of that decision. I feel like I’ve found the secret to my happiness. Now, I support others who are curious about alcohol-free life. Check out my Instagram if you’re intrigued.
What’s your hidden talent?
I can open a Starburst in my mouth…and fast. The fastest I’ve ever been able to do it is in 13 seconds, but I haven’t tried in a while.
What is one thing you could eat every day and never get tired of?
Anyone who knows me, knows the answer to this. It’s cheese. I do eat it everyday, and I’m never tired of it. How could you be? Cheese is amazing. My two favorite places to get cheese in Rochester are Trader Joe’s and Hyvee. Also, I love charcuterie boards with every fiber of my being. If I come to your house and you present me with one, we’re going to be friends. At parties I hang out next to the food. I could eat from a charcuterie board every day. Maybe my “thing” to eat everyday is a charcuterie board? Either way, yum…now I want to go cheese shopping. I’m easily influenced by food, as you can tell.
(I cheated and put these two questions together)
Where’s the best place in the whole world? AND What makes you the happiest?
My home. We don’t travel much, but when we do, I love to come back home. I love sleeping in my own bed and hanging out on my couch. I think it’s so important to make your home a place that you enjoy spending time in. You’re there for a lot of your time, so it makes sense, right? Our house is small, but we’ve made it work. It’s cozy and perfect for the three of us. I love spending time in our backyard, and having nights at home vs. going out. I’ve recently gained an appreciation for doing nothing. Yep, no plans. Don’t get me wrong, I like to hang out with my friends and family but sitting at home with nothing to do has its upsides too. This world is so set on a hustle mindset that we forget to slow down and appreciate our days. I try to keep this in mind and take random days off of work. It’s about balance!
What’s your biggest goal in life right now?
To be comfortable and happy. I don’t need a lot of fancy things to make me happy. I think we can get caught up on what everyone else is doing, instead of focusing on what actually brings us joy. I want a nice little life. I want to spend time with people who give me energy, not people who take all of my energy away. I’ve experienced loss, so I know that life is short and can be taken from us at any moment, without warning. I’ve figured out what I do and don’t like to do to pass the time. I’ve found some new hobbies and made new friends (yes, it’s possible to make friends as an adult). I think it’s a good idea for all of us to take a look at our lives and decide if the way we’re living is bringing us actual joy, or taking the energy out of us. If it’s the latter, then maybe we should make some changes, because we only get one life.