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Thursday, October 31, 2002

Happy Halloween!

October has disappeared right before our eyes! I've been terribly busy planning and shopping for Kelly's parents' arrival this weekend. They're at his sister's today and tomorrow. Nikki & the kids are coming up with them on Saturday. Kelly's parents leave on Monday. We're excited to see them!

Hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween! We didn't even carve a pumpkin this year. Hmmph.

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Happy 4th Birthday

Miss Alexandra Rymer

Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Food for Thought

I wrote something in an e-mail to Lisa Lutz that I thought might actually be worth repeating...

You're paving your own road so draw the lines wherever you damn well please.

Have a problem? Need unprofessional advice? Ask Lutz.

Pictures in Limbo

I have a zillion pictures pending for picture page posting. ha.

I finally won an e-bay auction for a reasonably priced legitimate copy of Photoshop 7 (as if I'm ever going to pay $600 for something that lives on my PC which costs far less).

I sent the money today so hopefully I'll have the software in my hot little hands within the next 2 weeks. Then I will put the pictures through my own version of processing and publish them for your visual stimulation.

So, Shelly, your wedding photos aren't posted yet, not because of my laziness but because of my awful auction winning skills of late. (I lost my first 2 auctions ever this week... in a row!)

Monday, October 21, 2002

NFL Week 7 Recap

If you wanted excitement, you got it on this given Sunday.

Let's start with Mariucci's call in the 4th quarter with 2:23 to go. 49ers are down 28-27. NO have a 1st down on the 1 yard line. Brooks runs it in for the TD but there's a penalty - NO had 12 men on the field! There's 1:56 on the clock, 9ers have 1 timeout left. He knows if he accepts the penalty he won't get the ball back and so he does the unfathomable. He declines the penalty making the score count and receives the ball only to be stopped at the NO 20. They lose 35-27.

The Atlanta Falcons shut the Carolina Panthers out. What?

Brett Farve the Bionic Man leaves the game in the 3rd quarter with a sprained knee. If you saw it, you grimaced. Sounds like it's not as bad as it looked as he's been reported to be walking on it. Naturally the Pack has a bye next week so his 165th consecutive start will likely happen.

And then there was overtime...

2002's "most complete team" loses to the Chargers in OT. How do the Raiders manage to completely forget about Tomlinson in his OT debut?

Arizona takes over Dallas 9-6 in a drawn out kicker's showcase. Gramatica makes up for his 2 misses during regulation by making a 40-yard FG with 3:10 to go in OT. Some fans are still sleeping in the stands unaware that the game is finally over.

Speaking of kickers, Elam makes another game winning FG in OT over Kansas City. Priest Holmes managed to squeak out 113 yards and 3 TDs against the NFL's number 1 rated run defense. It just wasn't enough.

Perhaps the biggest shocker was Detroit's overtime win over Chicago. 4th quarter 1:04 to go. Chicago's up 20-17. Detroit has the ball on Chicago's 15. Do they go for the FG to tie it up? No, they're going in for the score... a defensive pass interference call gives them 1st down at the 1 yard line with 7 ticks left on the clock. Pass incomplete; 5 ticks left, 2nd down. False start, 5 yard penalty. THEN Detroit kicks the game tying field goal. Detroit wins the toss and Hanson knocks in a 48 yarder to win the game.

Oh yeah, and the Jets hand it to the Vikes 20-7.

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Weekend Mahem

Stephanie & Martos came over on Friday night for Teriyaki Wings and Pizza. We watched the Twins lose and caught up on things. Steph's due in January! We really need to get together more often!

Saturday morning Kelly & I went to Samantha's last Soccer game. They tied 1-1! She did a great job.

We went to Doyle's and pre-bowled while the kids did some bumper bowling. In the afternoon, Mike, Kelly & I threw the football around for awhile and ran a few plays. Kelly & I collided and I tweaked my neck. It was sore, but I didn't think it was anything to write home about.

Saturday night, we bowled with Kris & Jake. Then Heidi & Jake came up and we enjoyed the moonlight bowling festivities. Perhaps the intoxication masked the neck soreness.

Sunday was Hoosier Daddy's last game. The other team didn't show so we got our 3rd W. The team at field 5 was short 4 players plus their opponent was a no show as well. Ironically, 4 players from the 3rd field were loners and joined us for a just-for-fun game. We had 3 umps - it was pretty cool. We lost by 1 or 2 but it was a lot of fun. Perfect weather too - cool but comfortable.

Monday Kelly took me to the ER because the swelling in my neck got really really bad really really fast and the pain was getting unbearable. Turns out the space between my 6th and 7th vertebrae is condensed. This could be nothing or it could mean I compressed or slipped a disc. I went to the doc yesterday and she prescribed some meds and some slow light stretches. She wants to wait until the swelling goes down a little before doing an MRI. The hope is that the swelling goes down and I start feeling a lot better by Friday and then the MRI won't be necessary. Being stuck at home is getting to me. There's only so much daytime TV one can stand. Plus watching all of these home improvement shows is making me want to start about 100 projects. Or maybe it's the drugs. Who's to say???

Monday, October 14, 2002

Thank you Kari

for helping me with the missing gridlines in my tables.   R us.

You're smart. And nice. Plus you're highly accessible.

Thursday, October 10, 2002

Football Madness

It's official. I'm a nut. I have 2 weaknesses: Football and HTML. I've now put them together. If you see me pacing around aimlessly muttering things like tables, gifs, and forms, don't be alarmed. Remain calm and refrain from making any sudden movements. Hand me my laptop and then run for cover. It's getting dangerous.

Monday, October 07, 2002

Cry Baby

Saturday night, Heather and Mike asked me to be a Godmother!

I cried. I just love them and their kids so much! Heather's parents are my Godparents and have always been very special to me. I've always wanted to do the same for Heather's family.

I'd say that Heather & Mike couldn't know just how incredibly happy I am to have been honored in this way but I think they know. Perhaps the fact that tears fell every time we talked about it, even at Perkins afterwards might have shed some light on just how important this is to me. Thank you so much - my heart is overwhelmed.

Wednesday, October 02, 2002


I kind of thought that I would have time to relax after Shelly and Brent's wedding but I was mistaken.

We've been bowling fools. You'd think bowling twice a week would make for a better bowler. I think I've only increased my ability to suck down Vanilla Cokes. Then there's softball twice a week. We're tied for 1st place in the Division II Apple Valley league. Last game's on Friday - wish us luck! The Sunday night Hoosier Daddy team has been showing glimmers of brilliance. We won on the 22nd but lost to a bunch of soccer players last Sunday. I love playing ball but with how busy we've been, I'm sort of looking forward to this weekend, it being the last game of the season for both leagues. Wish us luck!

As for professional sporting events, the Vikings suck, Moss needs to be traded (can you say Hershel Walker trade in reverse??), Culpepper needs to be benched if he fumbles another football and Bates needs to stop returning punts/kick-offs. The Twins won the first game 7-5! Could this be a World Series year? Kelly got tickets to the Minnesota Wild pre-season game last night and we took Heather & Mike. The seats were fantastic - 9th row on the side. I'd never been to a hockey game before - not even high school. We had a blast! Wild beat the Mighty Ducks 4-1. We're going to the CO game in a few weeks - got club level tickets through work! Can't wait.

Work has been incredibly busy. I've spent the last 10 days installing a Linux webserver and a Sun Solaris server. I've never done an install before. It's been interesting. Thank heavens I didn't have to do this on my own or it wouldn't be neatly done right now. Instead, it'd likely be at the bottom of Lake Independence. I love Vi. Also, I love hot swappable disk drives. Not.

So that's about it. I've been so busy I haven't been to basket class in a month. Am definitely going through withdrawals. Hopefully I can go next week!

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