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Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone has a fantastic time bringing in 2003!

I ended this old year by catching a cold and falling down the stairs this morning. I thought I'd twisted my ankle as it was sore and swollen but that went away a couple of hours after the spill. I reinjured my neck however. I just finished Physical Therapy last week and was finally feeling better - even sleeping through the night. I'm back at square 1 and my doctor warned me not to be surprised if the healing takes just as long this time around. I'm so bummed I can't even appreciate the medication. Crappy.

We're going to have a Lobster & Crab Leg dinner with Shelly & Brent and top the evening off with several bottles of wine, champagne and board games. I can't wait!

Be safe! And that's an order.

Thursday, December 26, 2002

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone had a great holiday! I can't believe it's over already! Our Christmas was fantastic. Busy and exhausting but enchanting.

We spent Christmas Eve at my Godparents' with my Dad. Heather & Mike came over at about 5:30 with Alex & Claudia. We opened presents together before they went on their way to Mike's parents. Kathy, Tim, my Dad, Kelly & I played Chickenfoot dominoes until about 10:30. It was so much fun! We got to Mike & Heather's at about 11. We helped them wrap presents and I spent some time with Claudia.

This year marked a tradition change as this was the first Christmas the entire Berger family didn't get together but we weathered it well. It means so much to spend Christmas with those who are closest to you. Next year we hope to spend Christmas with Kelly's parents and family. Maybe we can work something out so that we don't have to miss Christmas Eve night at Heather & Mike's. We'll see!

We spent the night at my Mom's and Santa paid us a visit! He was far too good to us this year - we haven't even had a chance to play with all our toys yet! We went to Shari's at about 1 and had chili and appetizers. We played the dice game and shared presents and laughter. After the party we went to Kathy & Tim's to play another dice game with my cousins. We got home pretty late but popped the cork on the bottle of wine from my boss and watched We Were Soldiers while I organized the Christmas presents. It's unbelievable, we have more this year than last and we had every intention of cutting down this year!!

I hope your Christmas was as warm and full of love as ours! Happy New Year!

Monday, December 23, 2002

250,000 Twinkling Lights

Taking the backroads to and from work has done 2 things. Decreased my road stress and given me a chance to appreciate some of the holiday displays some people have worked so hard on.

One thing strikes me as ironic. When you see solar powered homes what do you think? It reminds me of my sophomore science teachers, both of whom were the good kind of tree huggers in that they did their best to preserve and protect and did so tactfully. Both discussed their homes being solar powered and explained a little about how it works and what it saves. So to me it's all about conservation and efficiency. I can't help but smile when I see a grand display of lit up lawn ornaments and thousands of synchronized blinking lights creating breathtaking harmony of reds, greens and blues on a house topped with 8 gigantic solar panels.

Friday, December 20, 2002

Happy Birthday Dad!

We went to Benihana last night to celebrate my Dad's birthday. The food was fantastic. Dad had teriyaki beef with shrimp, Kelly had steak and shrimp and I had tenderloin chicken and shrimp. Our chef got a little frustrated a few times when the shrimp tails didn't flip over his head around his shoulder and into his shirt pocket but overall I'd give him a B+ for effort. Word to the wise... you get shrimp saute automatically for an appetizer, no need to order it - all you get is more shrimp! That being said, it's the same shrimp in the appetizer as in your entree, so keep that in mind when ordering. The fried rice is absolutely mouth watering. Order it. The sake martini is everything it sounds like it should be. Drink it if you're not driving.

Dad - I hope you have a great birthday!

Thursday, December 19, 2002

KQ-Remake Sentral

I listen to KQRS at work, the Twin Cities local classic rock station (60's-70's). Every day it becomes more and more apparent how lazy our current day bands are. It can't really be a compliment when your greatest hit is a remake of a legend's, can it? It's amazing how many hair band power ballads are actually Beatles tunes :) Somehow I don't think Lennon would be all that proud.

Friday, December 13, 2002

Well... with week 14 I

Well... with week 14 I took the lead by a narrow point in the Higgins' Family football pool. I've been sitting in the shaddows in 2nd place patiently waiting my turn for quite some time now. Let's just hope I can hang onto it!!! It'd be kind of weird if I won it though considering that I'm the commissioner. Week 15 should be a nailbiter with play-off bids hanging in the balance. My scariest pick was Miami over Oakland. Oakland's tough but Miami's 6-1 at home. Plus Fiedler was my fantasy football hero for the beginning of this ho-hum season. Go fish!

Wish us luck bowling this weekend - it's positions night and we're without Heather. We hope she'll be able to come to cheer us on & have an I-can-finally-see-my-feet-cocktail.

Lots of shopping and laundry to do this weekend - mostly laundry but shopping's much more fun.

Have a great one!

Friday, December 06, 2002

She's Here!!!

Claudia Kathleen Rymer was born at 8:26 pm on Friday, December 6th, 2002!
She is 6 pounds 10 ounces and 20 1/2 inches of angel.

She's beautiful from
Head

to

Toe

I'm a Godmother!

Tuesday, December 03, 2002

My God-daughter

Heather's a week and a day overdue and is extremely anxious to have her baby girl to hold. She sees her doctor on Thursday and if she hasn't had her by Friday she'll be induced! I can't wait to meet my little God-daughter. I'm almost as antsy as Heather :)

Mosaic

Sometimes these fragments of life fit together so beautifully even though it's so crazy we hardly have time to look back and admire the art.

Friday, November 22 was almost magical. Kelly & I have had a difficult month which might explain my sporadic posts. We've mended the appropriate places and made resolutions to try not to let the day-to-day things bog us down.

I left work a few minutes early on Friday and stopped at MGM for a bottle of wine. I arrived home before Kelly but you can imagine my surprise when he walked in with nothing else but a bottle of wine from MGM. We giggled over the twin bottles and decided to open his first. We talked for awhile about work, about nothing and realized that we were hungry. It was 6:15pm. Some serious yellow pages finger walking was underway when a trailer for James Bond's Die Another Day broke the silence. It was opening night. We looked at each other wide-eyed and said, "Let's go!" in unison. Quickly a plan was devised - we'd eat at Damon's if they had immediately seating and catch the 8:15 show at Carmike Theaters. I went to my laptop and bought 2 tickets at Fandango.com and we were off. We arrived to find a full parking lot at Damon's. The wait was 30-40 minutes. We put our name on the list and hoped the tables would turn over quickly. We made our way to the bar to order a liquid appetizer. We waited in line for the bartender for awhile but were distracted by an open booth that seemed to be screaming for us to sit in it. We couldn't imagine why they'd leave an open booth with such a wait! Finally we'd had enough of the suspense and I asked the Host if it was seat yourself in the bar area. Unbelievably it was and we were waited on within minutes. The ribs and cajun whitefish were fantastic and we finished up with plenty of time to get a good seat for James Bond.

The parking lot at Carmike was an ant farm with too many ants. We made our way into a tiny triangular side lot that fit about 20 cars. There was a car coming out of the lot so Kelly decided to check it out. As we pulled in, we noticed another car had driven around and was leaving the lot empty handed. We sighed knowing now that the lot was full. We got about 4 cars into our U-turn and like a lighthouse rescue beam, on pop reverse lights directly in front of us. We snagged the spot and were giddy at our good luck. We noticed that all of the 007 shows were sold out as we went to pick up our tickets. We purchased a pop and were on our way. It was more than 30 minutes pre-show and the marquee told us to wait in the lobby, but we made our way through the line of idly waiting people just to see how long before seating. The ticket taker took our tickets and told us to tread on our way. There was a sudden rush of people swarming in behind us. We were the 1st people in the theater. The movie was great - exactly what I expected. It's a James Bond movie - it's going to be full of innuendoes and unrealistic physical challenges. We rolled our eyes at the reality complainers. They stole my invisible car idea though do you think I can claim some royalties???? We were amazed at how fantastically everything fit together. We felt closer than we had for a long time.

It was incredible.

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