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Tuesday, February 25, 2003

Photo Baby

Claudia has 4 new photo collages posted.

Need some motivation to check them out? How about this sample...


After bowling on Saturday night, we took our places in the bar to finish our pitcher of beer. It was 9:15. Because we were certainly close to dehydration, we ordered another and set goals to be out of there before the liquor store locked its doors. We tore out of there at 9:55 and buzzed 2 doors down and picked out 2 18-packs. While Mike was paying for the goods, Kelly slyly shows Heather a bottle of wine he has behind his back and motions "Shhhh". Heather whispers, OK I've got your back. We turn to leave and there was some commotion but I paid no attention and made my way to the Durango. Once inside Heather says, "Kelly's got something up his sleeve." When questioned, she continues, "He's going to try to steal a bottle of wine!" What??! That tool, I'm thinking. She describes how he showed her the bottle of wine and that she was waiting for him to leave before her to cover him. Our eyes divert to the locked door. Since we were the last patrons of the day, the owner locked the door behind us, I'm certain of that. I'm about 30% positive we're all going to jail. Not a second too soon, out comes Kelly. He's not running or frantic, in fact he's smiling. It turns out he only wanted to surprise me by buying us a bottle of my favorite wine. His way of showing Heather and saying shh, was in fact, intended to have her make sure I left the store and didn't see him buying the bottle, and not that he was trying to steal the wine and needed cover. I felt like a tool for thinking that he'd actually take the wine without paying for it. Mike was laughing about the fact that Heather was going to cover for Kelly's crime and in the end, there were no cops, handcuffs or jail-time to write about. Only mass misunderstandings, grapes, hops and barley.

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

1969 T-Bird For Sale!

It's official! I'm going to be moving into Heather & Mike's lower level in April in order to save for a home.

Because this means Sayonara to the below ground heated parking spot, I'm selling the beloved T-Bird. It's a beaut! Good runner, excellent body (no bondo!), brand new top, new tires, original paperwork/manual/service records, suicide doors! Click the CONTACT button or leave a comment if you're interested!

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Planned Out

I've been using my Franklin Covey planner for years. I update it with all of my tasks for the day and check them off when complete. This allows me some closure at the end of the day. I can breathe a sigh of relief, leave work at work and head home free.

This morning, I wrote 2 tasks down: Avaya proposal and Minam. You're thinking, what is Minam? The fact of the matter is that even I don't know. I've tried retracing my writing, looking at it from 7 different angles and still it doesn't make sense. The "a" looks like a capital A and capital letters never pop up out of nowhere in my handwriting. I'm completely perplexed. This device that usually grants me the serenity of knowing I'm not missing anything is creating much angst today. Even my e-mail records aren't jogging my memory.

So if anyone knows what Minam might be, do you want to let me know? Surely it won't be accomplished if I don't know what it is.

Monday, February 17, 2003

Higgins' Family Photo Section

The Higgins' Family now has a photo section to call their own here. I have lots of pictures to catch up on so stop back soon to see the updates!

Spa Day

Friday was Heather and my first annual spa day. Santa brought Heather a spa package from Spalon Montage. We decided it'd be fun to do this together so I told Kelly not to worry about Valentine's day - we're going to da Spa!

We were spoiled with an hour long massage, an hour long facial, manicure, hair and make-up. You may remember I've been fighting a neck injury since October and not finding much relief... well, I have more range of motion and less pain than I've had since then!! Sometimes it pays to pamper yourself!

I would highly recommend this to anyone. It's expensive at about $225 if you don't buy any products, but so worth it!

So Heather, what are you doing for Valentine's Day for the rest of your life? :)

Flashback to Thursday

I went out with my friend Jill last Thursday for ladies night. I decided it'd be a good idea to drink martinis. Since they had juice in them I discounted them as normal drinks tastefully disguised in martini glasses. They were in fact, martinis. Anyway, here is a funny tidbit from our discussions: when the other Jill was a child, she noticed that her parents "stored" tennis balls between their headboard and the wall so she naturally thought that this was the way the world should be and began storing tennis balls behind her headboard as well. This seemed normal until last year when she had a revelation and finally figured out WHY her parents stored the tennis balls behind their headboard.

Also I realized I'm still naive as hell. Our waiter was very good looking and the Jills thought so too. They're both single, so I started conversations with him drawing his attention to my ladies (yes, Cari the pimp). There was much giggling so I thought this to be good. After last call I went to the bar to order a water. The waiter was there. He got my attention and we started talking. I asked him if he had a girlfriend, then quickly I said, don't get the wrong idea, I'm not hitting on you, I have a boyfriend. So comfortably, we discussed girls, the world, etc. To me it felt like we were old college buds. So I downed my H20 and us girls turn to leave. It comes up that his car is 2 blocks away and somehow it made sense to offer him a ride. He's impressed by my football emblems and then by the football talk as well as the stick-shift saying he doesn't know any girls like that (this should have been my cue to stop the car and jump right?). So we get to his car and he tries to kiss me the damn fool. So yeah, Berger's naive but hey, Berger's still got it.

Thursday, February 13, 2003

Meet Jayden

Here's a picture of Stephanie & Martos' baby boy Jayden. He's a little over a month old now!

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

The Great News Debate

I'm so frustrated with the local news I could scream. I grew up with Kare 11 and was completely satisfied with their newscast until one fine day late last year when we accidentally watched the KSTP 5 news. As the news anchors fought for the last word in their good-byes, Kelly and I looked at each other in disbelief. So maybe the newspeople aren't as polished, but we felt better informed. It's as if Kare 11 does 5 stories extremely well while channel 5 does 15 stories. 15 stories!? Can't we forgive a few word fumbles here and there? We intended to check out the other news programs to determine which one we favored but now that we know that different stations cover different stories we can never decide which station to tune into. Even the stories you think every channel will feature won't be in the newscast you decide to watch. I believe this is a government conspiracy.

But seriously, we watched 29 news last night because they were to cover a story about black boxes in some cars that could be used against us and "cost us money" in their words. We were disappointed when the story never aired. How can this be???? I ought to write a strongly worded letter but then again maybe it aired while I was admiring Kare 11's pretty faces during a commercial break. The humanity of it all.

I found this link on the Internet. There you can even see if your car has a black box recording your every move. I always wanted a big brother, but someone got the wrong idea. I don't know how this could end up costing us money, but my car doesn't have one so plbbbt.

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Sam's Soccer Game

See pictures from Sam's Soccer game here.

Shelly & Brent's Wedding Album

I can't apologize enough for the delay in my getting this album posted!

I hope you enjoy the photos, their day was absolutely wonderful.

September 21, 2002

Saturday, February 08, 2003

Congratulations to Danielle and Ben!

Best wishes to you today on your wedding day! May your love grow stronger every day.

Friday, February 07, 2003

Road Trip

On the way up to Grand Marais...
K: Did you remember my slippers?
J: Slippers?! My God! How OLD are you?
K: I just started wearing them and now that's all I wear to bed.
C: So you run around naked except for your beloved slippers?
M: Thanks now I have a visual.
C: Hey at least he didn't tell you where he wears them.

Thursday, February 06, 2003

Here's a Pick-up Line You Should Try

Gigantic Man (GM):....I'd like to buy you two a drink.
S smiles:....Thanks!
J knows a purchased drink actually means purchased conversation:....Elbows S.
GM:....Blah blah blah blah
S:....Blah blah blah blah blah
J:....Rolls eyes and makes gag gesture.
<enter> Smaller Man (SM):....Hey, how've you guys been?!
S:....[insert meaningless smalltalk here]
GM to J:....You know, I just got out of jail and in the bighouse, a guy like that would be my bitch.
J is wide-eyed and speechless.
GM leaves in a prima donna huff.

Tuesday, February 04, 2003

All Cracked-Up

Jill & Chris arrived on our doorstep at 1 o'clock on Friday. We went to the liquor store and ate at Subway before embarking on the journey to Grand Marais. It should have taken us about 4 and 1/2 hours to drive the 250 miles, but stops at such places as the Black Bear Casino and the Beaver Bay Inn delayed us about 2 1/2 more hours. Strangely, I have a pool chalk souvenir from the bar for which I can't remember the name. The Best Western proved to be easy to find and we hung out with Kris, Jake, Ray, Tammi, Jeremy and Nikki until about 1.

Sleepy and slightly hungover, we awoke early to get ready to hit Lutsen. We had breakfast at the S.O.B. Café ¨South of the Border). It really was a SOB - I paid $6.25 for an omelet and hashbrowns. You know they have a different menu from which their locals order. There's no way farmer Bob over there is paying $6.25 for his omelet every day. Anyhow, we finally made it to the mountain at 10. I'd recently lost my head and decided I'd try snowboarding and Jill jumped on the bandwagon. Chris & Kelly took us to the top of the mountain via gondola to attempt this feat. Even after I'd pointed out that the sign said in large letters "Intermediate and Advanced runs only. This is not for the Novice." I understand where Chris was coming from when he said it's hard to learn on the bunny hill because there's not enough room - by the time you start, you're already at the bottom. Upon further review, however, it's clear that it's best to learn how to slow down and stop on the bunny hill before you go up to the Intermediate/Advanced runs and attempt to snowboard. Much time was spent just trying to get up. Then once up, trying to carve. Then while gaining speed and realizing you're out of control, you have no choice but to throw yourself down instead of running full force into an evergreen. Jill & I ended up walking down the mountain back to the gondolas to ride back to safety and take refuge in a pair of skis.

We skied with the boys until 2:30 when Kelly decided to fracture his collar-bone. He made it to the bottom of the hill and was slowing down and nearly stopped. The front edge of his snowboard caught and he pitched forward and landed plainly on his left shoulder. At first he thought he'd dislocated it. We road back to the gondolas and went to the ski patrol to get him checked out. They recommended an immediate hospital visit. We had Chris' car keys and were carefully constructing a plan to make sure that Chris & Jill didn't get left at Lutsen when I look out the window and spot Chris' about 50 feet away. I jumped out the door and got his attention and the 4 of us made our way to the doc. The hospital turn-off was a huge hill and I got Chris' Camry about 7/8 of the way up when the forward momentum wore off and we started to descend backwards. Chris sighed and said here give me the keys. We went back down the hill and made another go at it. Chris made it up about 1/8 of the way. I was slightly proud. Only 35 minutes later we were complete with an arm immobilizer and tylenol 3. Chris brought us back to the hotel where we ordered $20 pizzas from Sven & Ole's.

We went out to the Howling Wolf where about half our group was playing pool. We moved on to the Harbor Light and then back to the BW just before bar close.

We rose early on Sunday, snacked on near frozen left-over pizza and headed out to Lutsen for our last day of slope swooshing. We checked out of Grand Marais just before 3 and made it home at 8.

I'm so glad Heidi, Kris & Jake turned us onto this - I'd forgotten how much fun skiing is. I'm anxious to get my own skis - I'll be hitting all of the spring clearance sales in search of the deal too good to refuse. Then perhaps I ought to pull out a sizable life insurance policy and hit the slopes like there's no tomorrow!

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