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Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Finicky Ferret

On Saturday we went to Fleet Farm to buy the "kids" their Science Diet. Who would have thought that choosing your ferrets' diet could be so complicated. IAMS was recommended by all of the ferret sites I'd researched but when Jazmine developed her allergy to it, the vet suggested Science Diet. Unfortunately, I'd never stopped to appreciate that IAMS is carried at all pet stores, discount stores and even some grocery stores. Science Diet is not. So far, I've found it at pet stores at their pet store prices and at Fleet Farm. I might mention the only reason we found fleet farm is because their display at the State Fair included a bag of Science Diet. Additionally, the Kitten variety that I must buy them only comes in the small bags and thus not at the greatest value. Apparently kittens grow out of the kitten food before a big bag would have been consumed. The ferrets will be on kitten food for some 2 years or something like that. Yeah, as if Asti needs to grow anymore.

After Fleet Farm, we ventured onto Woodbury's brand new Sam's Club anxious to use our $10 voucher to purchase a membership and 10 gallon vat of mustard. We spent over an hour browsing and picked out mahogany TV trays along with some perishables. We reached the check-out lanes only to find that they do not accept Visa or American Express. They take debit cards, Discover and their own Sam's credit card. In this, the age of Visa check cards, you just assume large retailers will accept Visa. Maybe not Amex, but Visa. I think if you're a large corporation and you don't accept Visa, it's your obligation to make this abundantly clear at the entrance. On top of this point not being made by a sign, nor by the membership representative who spent 5 minutes with us prior to our shopping, this brand new store's ATM machine was out of order. At least communicate THAT at the entrance. We left the store disappointed and disgusted. If they didn't have so many great deals we wouldn't go back. But alas, we will.

Saturday afternoon, I went to another Bridal Shower for Shelly. This was held at Brent's parents. We played lots of games. It was fun. I can't believe it's getting to be that time already! 3 1/2 weeks!

On Sunday we went to Canteburry Downs with Heather & Mike. Kelly'd never been to the races. Kelly won on a long shot - $15 on $2. He can finally have that operation now. I won a total of $16 but netted $2. Enough for another bet (haha). We stopped at Culvers before heading to softball.

Hoosier Daddy's game #2 was fantastic. We only lost by 1. We played tough and the bats were on fire! If not for a few overthrows we would have won! The MVP award goes to Emily & her ferocious pitching and to Kelly for his monster slide into home plate. He's healing nicely and accepting sympathy in all forms for as long as possible. He is a delicate flower after all.

Friday, August 23, 2002

Oy Vey

The picinic at Island Lake Park was fun. Emily, Megan & I threw the football around for awhile and switched to bumping the volleyball around while the "grown-ups" finished eating and finally joined us for a game or 3. You won't be surprised that I couldn't help myself from diving into the sand for a few or that the first ball I hit bruised my arm quite badly. It was a lot of fun. I found out afterwards that some of the joiners were QWest employees. Had I known I probably would have put more efforts into spiking.

Made it to the State Fair at about 2:30. Parked at Rosedale and took the free shuttle. It was fantastic. Parked, boarded a bus and were on our way within 2 minutes. The buses leave every 15 minutes and run until midnight. Can't beat it! Free parking and no hassles or traffic jams afterwards.

Once there, we decided to pay the $5 admission instead of using our discount tickets ($4). Now we can return twice and not feel bad if it's just for the sake of cheese curds and pronto pups :) We consumed devilish goods such as:

  • 1 Footlong Hot Dog
  • 1 Pronto Pup
  • Cheese Curds
  • Bull Bites (beef tenderloin)
  • 1 Pork Chop on a stick
  • 3 bites of a Snickers bar on a stick
  • Cotton Candy
  • Roasted Corn
  • 1 Bucket Chocolate Chip Cookies

    I don't know how I don't weigh 200 pounds today. I'm under the impression that extra fat grams cause sleepiness as am extremely tired today. Other than food, we enjoyed browsing through the Grandstand, checking out the new free-fall "ride" at Adventure Park, oohed and ahed at the lifted Tahoes and the big trucks at Machinery Hill. Also, fell in love with the 2003 Corvette. We checked out 5th wheels, pull-behind campers, boats, fishing gear and spas. Little kids built birdhouses and such donning their own distinctive orange smock at the Home Depot building. We smiled at the cuteness of the pitter patter of 100 little hammers hammerring away. We saw a calf 10 minutes after it was born at the Miracle of Birth building. How great it was to witness his first steps. Baby cows, baby lambs, baby chicks, baby horses, baby pigs, baby bunnies. It was too much! What's not to love about the fair??? The people watching is terrific. Oh, one warning. Beware of your breathing nearby and inside the midway. If the abundance of cologne and the perfume don't knock you out, the ride emissions might.

  • Thursday, August 22, 2002

    Maddie's having surgery

    Maddie had surgery today. She should be coming out of it in an hour or so. She's having teeth extracted and will hopefully have a fast recovery. She's 11 and so we're anxious but know she'll be better off after the surgery.
    Update: Maddie is recovering well. She's on an antibiotic and morphine which makes her groggy and less than coordinated but she's doing surprisingly well. She has trouble with stairs as her front legs go up while her back legs go sideways. So, yes, she's more like me now.

    We have our department picinic today. It's cloudy but it's going to be fun. BBQ and volleyball - the right ingredients!

    I'm going to the State Fair afterwards. As you may know, most everything at the fair is deep fried on a stick. In fact, I do believe they have macaroni and cheese on a stick this year. I won't be trying that but I'll gladly watch others try it. Anyhow, we've always gone towards the end of the fair and since today is opening day, all of the oil is clean. Do you suppose we're even going to like the food???!! Hold on heart... pronto pups here we come. Speaking of pronto pups (one of my favorites)... surely you've seen corn dogs and pronto pups during one of your past artery clogging fair-going escapades and might have been curious if there's a difference between the two. Last year, I was informed that corn dogs are covered in a breading while pronto pups are battered. Good to know.

    Tuesday, August 20, 2002


    Well it's that time of year I guess.

    We're bowling on the Syntegra league this year. So far it's Jill, Heather and I with Mike, Kelly and Emily as subs.

    The next task is to decide on a team name. Anyone know of a good bowling team name? There's Split Happens, The Weakest Links... Flinstone's team was the Water Buffalo. We could just go with The Flinstones. What do you think!?

    Monday, August 19, 2002

    Hoosier What?

    What a game! We had a great time. We lost 16-12 but everyone played extremely well. You'd never guess we'd never played together before. I strained my quad again. I hope this doesn't turn into a nagging problem.

    Other than that, Saturday's plans turned upside down when I was reminded my cousin Adam's wedding reception was at 2pm... in Arlington, MN. We had a good time though. They're doing well. They live in a huge ex-boarding house with 10' ceilings, neat nooks and cranny's everywhere. It's nice to see them happy.

    Fantasy football draft in less than 2 weeks. Apparently I should start hitting the books immediately.

    Friday, August 16, 2002

    It's Friday which I should

    It's Friday which I should find relaxing, right? So how come I'm all twisted up in a ball bouncy enough to be a superball? Hm... do they still make superballs? I used to hoard them when I was a kid. I remember repeated attempts to bounce the ball from one end of the gym to the other without hitting a basketball player enroute. Unsuccessful, but entertaining. Anyway, back to being the superball... tonight I'm off to Apple Valley to play ball (ooo, softball with a superball would be quite interesting) then tomorrow Jill & I will brave the wind, rain and crowds at Valleyfair. Sunday brings Hoosier Daddy's first game. We play a team called "Gabe's Friends" which sounds far too pink to be any kind of competition for Hoosier Daddy. :) The best part is that even if we lose, we still get to form a huddle and yell "Hoosier Daddy" on 3.

    Wish us luck.

    Wednesday, August 14, 2002

    Junk in My Trunk

    I have a tiny car. In the Prelude's tiny trunk you will find:

  • 1 set of golf clubs rolling around aimlessly, trying to escape
  • 2 golf bags holding 2 sets of golf clubs captive
  • 2 pair golf shoes
  • 1 bowling ball in bag accompanied by shoes in dire need of replacement
  • 1 softball equipment bag holding 3 bats, 24 balls, 2 mits and 2 pair of cletes
  • 1 volleyball
  • 0 dead bodies

    Also, check out the updated albums on the photos page.

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    Tuesday, August 13, 2002

    PGA Championship at Hazeltine

    You may know that the PGA Championship is being played at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, MN. Tiger will be there.

    Anyway, Hazeltine has 290 members and therefore, needed thousands of volunteers in order to make the tournament a success. The local news showed thousands of volunteers wearing green golf shirts with an embroidered Hazeltine logo along with the word Volunteer or tan pullovers with similar markings. Also some donned visors with Volunteer stitched into the band. Although no 2 looked exactly alike, they all had one thing in common. They all paid for their "uniforms". Granted, they get to keep the uniforms and wear them again on their next golf outing and that they'll get a glimpse of some of the players and maybe see a tee off here and there but isn't it ridiculous that they're paying for an item that says "VOLUNTEER"?? I'll bet they don't even get a discount. Hazeltine is making a killing on this tournament and they couldn't host it without the volunteers. Could they really not at least supply the golf shirts? I just think it's wrong for someone to have to pay for something that says volunteer when they're making someone else a profit!

    Saturday, August 10, 2002


    - Cari's muscles after the first softball practice.

    I played a double-header last night & then practiced hard today. Apparently this is too much after being a complete bum all summer. Golf, on my level, doesn't count as real physical activity. Although Majestic Oaks is going to be a challenge tomorrow.

    I am a walking bruise.

    Friday, August 09, 2002

    Vikings Pictures Posted

    See pictures from Vikings Training Camp in Mankato, MN.

    Thursday, August 08, 2002


    I've finally put more recipes up on the recipes page. More to come! Happy cooking.

    Shelly's Bridal Shower Pictures

    View the album here. Wish us luck golfing tonight.

    Wednesday, August 07, 2002

    Honda Infirmary

    Today my Prelude is at the Honda dealership getting its A/C fixed. They're also changing the oil and fixing a tail light. Somehow I think even with it being under warranty, the bill's going to be over $100.

    Tonight I have basket class. Tomorrow is the last league night of golfing and Friday the Apple Valley softball league starts with a double-header. Saturday we have Hoosier Daddy team practice & Sunday we're playing the Platinum Course at Majestic Oaks with Dad. It's supposed to be a fabulous course.

    Also we saw Blackhawk Down the other day. It's excellent. MN boys rule.

    Friday, August 02, 2002


    Need proof that I'm a complete geek? Hah.

    Grand Slam

    Jill & I had a great time last night. We got to see Cuddyer hit a grand slam in the 3rd inning! Plus, in only his second complete game this season, Milton pitched a 3 hit shutout without delivering a single walk. Awesome ball playing. Twins won 6-0.

    Don't get me wrong, it'd be great to watch a Twins game outdoors; but where else but the Metrodome do you get to be blown out the doors by a constant gust of air?

    Speaking of baseball... I've been #3 for as long as I can remember. I was going to make this year no different but considering my nickname is crash... would it be appropriate for me to be #50? (10-50 radio code for accident)

    Thursday, August 01, 2002

    Album from Christina's Birthday

    See the pictures from the Wilder Pageant and from Christina's birthday here!

    Go Twins!

    Today Jill & I take on the Metrodome. I think the last time I was there I severely sprained my ankle. I will try to avoid any such incident this time. Especially considering the fact that Jill might not be able to manuever herself up the stairs with me in arms. We will have margaritas before the game. Hopefully the Twins will beat the White Sox until their socks don't smell any more.

    Also, we must come up with nicknames for Jill & Kelly. Suggestions welcome.

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