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Friday, May 30, 2003

Weekend Festivities

Birthday party in Forest Lake or Downtown with Jill and the girls. I'm torn. Really. Forest Lake is free. Downtown is not. Guess I'll let the weather decide. Or maybe I should take a vote.

Tomorrow is Sam and Alex's dance recital - the girls are quite excited. Then Saturday night I get to see Becky! She's about 6 months pregnant and I haven't seen her for almost a year. She's in town for the weekend.

Have a great weekend!

Love and Funnel Cakes,
Cari

Thursday, May 29, 2003

Sold Out!

Well, the e-bay auction only lasted for 2 hours and 7 minutes! Someone bought it using Buy It Now! Maybe I should have raised that buy it now price... nah, I'm just glad it's gone! Now I paid less than $100 for my new phone. I can retract my feeling guilty entry. I love e-bay.

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Sanyo SCP-5150 on E-bay

I listed my old Sanyo SCP-5150 on e-bay.

If you buy it, I'll be your friend. Maybe. ;)

Wish me luck.

Cell-Phone Scammer

My cell phone cuts in and out a lot. More than my 5150 did. Even when I first bought my 5150, I had to take it into the Sprint PCS store and they exchanged it because the signal was so bad. I even talked them into exchanging it with a brand new one instead of a refurbished as initially offered. The problem is that I bought my 5150 from a dealer vs. the 5300 from e-bay.

Not to be outdone, I took it to the PCS store. It failed one of the tests and they explained the whole refurbished thing and suggested I go back to the dealer where I bought it for exchange. I told them that they were out of stock and asked if they would be willing to exchange it. I felt a little shifty but on the other hand I just signed another 2 year agreement and am forking over $70/month so I don't feel that horrible. They obliged and now I have a new phone (yay!). We switched boxes after I assured him that everything was inside. When I got to work I unpacked its contents to place them in my desk drawer. Guess what I found... the other battery. So not only did I scam out a new phone, but alas I have a 3rd battery.

Now I feel guilty.

Cari, You Carry?

The Conceal-Carry gun law went into effect today.

There's a large bold-type sign at the front of our building:

GUIDANT BANS GUNS ON THESE PREMISES

Welcome back to Texas :)

Maybe this will end some of the road rage - you just never know who's carrying now.

No Good Slacker

This schedule is really starting to get the best of me... I swear I've only been home for a total of 5 waking hours since Thursday. It's been loads of fun but it's taking it's toll. I'm going to apologize ahead of time because I lack the necessary skills to be concise so this will likely be a long one.

Thursday night we lost our softball game in the usual fashion. What set the evening apart was the umpire who had also umped our first game. So we get to the game, start warming up and he asks us, "Are you guys from a rehab center or something?" A rehab center?? We exchange glances and say no. He explains that he thought we were all had drug problems and were in rehab or some church cult because we didn't have any beer and we were losing so bad yet were having such a great time - like we were just happy to get out and play. Church cult? It's so ridiculous it's funny! Nearly every call he made was in our favor. See it can be a good thing when your ump thinks you're a drug-addicted-chuch-cult-member.

Friday Heather, Mike and I went to The Sunshine Factory for dinner, drinks and trivia and then started in on the kitchen floor. We tiled it black and white - looks quite sharp. Afterwards we went to the Eagle's Nest where Mike ran into his usual brood. 2 of his friends talked to us for quite awhile. The 1 guy was hitting on me pretty hard but I was keeping it real. It wasn't difficult to do as he kept referring to me as "You Asian People". Quite the charmer. Especially coming from a 34-year-old-recently-divorced-self-proclaimed-born-again-virgin. You really shouldn't tell a girl you're trying to impress any stories involving a toilet. Also, referring to them as "You anything" is probably a bad idea.

Afterwards we went to a bonfire 2 blocks away from the house. We had more beer, and Heather & I attempted to leave at 3am only to fall over the retaining wall rather gracefully. We were paralyzed with laughter and ended up staying another half hour or so while Mike finished his beer.

Woke up bright and early sicker than a dog. I made it to Sandy's about 20 minutes late and helped them bring a load over to her new house in Blaine. It's about 1 mile away from where I play ball! It's looking really nice and we're all really happy for her. I got home at about 12:30 and tried taking a nap unsuccessfully. Jill called and her roommates housewarming party was already underway. I decided to get up, go for a jog and get ready to go. I'm nearly convinced that jogging is a cure-all as I felt like a million bucks after my 3 mile tour. I got to Jill's at about 4:30 and we headed to the Minnetonka Mist for dinner. Nothing like a $7.95 burger that doesn't come with fries! We ate, we drank, we watched a guy hit the pier with his 30' yacht, we were merry. We headed over to Lord Fletcher's to check that out for a drink or two before heading back home. Quite the people watching extravaganza! I love it! Then, we went back to hang out with Jay-Jay and his friends again but they were running such a tight ship it was hard to relax. At about 9, he wanted people to go down to the fire so he actually put the table that was on the deck inside so people wouldn't have a choice! We sat by the fire for about 5 minutes and decided better of it. Went back to Fletcher's and hung out by the heater. We met some boys that were hanging out 3 doors down from Jill's. Kind of ironic! So we were up too late and had to get up early on Sunday to head up to Net Lake!

The weather was so beautiful this weekend - it was perfect! We hung out outside and Jill's Dad & I taught her how to throw a football. We played with the dogs and ate the best Cajun pork chops ever. We played Yahtzee until bedtime and both of us crashed like there was no tomorrow. I woke up early, went for a run and got back just as breakfast was ready. Now that's what I call living! We went out on the boat, did a little fishing in the lake that has 6 fish :) On the way home we stopped in Duquette, where my family has history. There you will find Jackie Berger park which is named after my great-great Grandfather (there may be more "greats" in there) and even Berger Rd. We got ice cream at the General Store where I think my Dad might have worked one or several summers when he was kid. We got ice cream and swung on the swing-set at the park. Traffic wasn't even bad on the way home - what a fantastic weekend.

Jill & I were laughing because we'd been together Thursday (softball), Saturday-Monday and we were going to the Twins game on Tuesday. I told her people are going to start talking :) But seriously - the Twins game was fun - got to see Kielty nail a 3 run homer to win the game! My record stands true - I've never seen them lose! Now we're not going to see each other tonight (what am I going to do!?) but don't worry, we'll see each other Thursday!

Friday, May 23, 2003

Things I Should Get Rid of But Just Can't

And therefore they are taking up room in a box that I'll eventually have to move, unpack and try to come up with new reasons why I just can't live without them.

  • Silky blue shirt from Spain. I love it on the hanger, but it shows my bra so I won't wear it, but... it's from Spain.

  • Little tiny tank tops I bought when I moved to Minneapolis from Dallas. Sure, they're cute and just about brand new, but at least one of them is so itty bitty I know I'll never have the guts to wear it again, but... they're brand new. Plus I was actually happy with my body then and girls, you know - that comes few and far between.

  • Notebooks, letters and pictures from Jr. High and High school. I mean, do I really want to remember how big of a crush I had on Joe Hall or Anthony LeDuc? More importantly do I need anyone else to remember that? I mean other than whoever reads this completely public website. Or Anthony since I saw him at Urban Wildlife last year and the beer told me to tell him.
    <rolling eyes at self> I just might have embarassed myself into getting rid of said notebooks, letters and pictures.

  • Old planner pages dating back to 1997. Seriously, just because they're in pretty 3-ring-Franklin-sized binders doesn't mean they're not garbage worthy.

    I did however get rid of the Banana Republic pants that were so soft it was certainly illegal because I finally had enough of keeping all of those too small clothes just because they were so cute and nice. That was 6 weeks ago. Now I'm that size again. $%&#@!

  • Thursday, May 22, 2003

    Officer Ogler

    For semi-flirting with 50-something cop in vain attempt to get out of speeding ticket.

    Lease A Store

    Here's a sign I found at the Crystal Shopping Center in, you guessed it, Crystal.

    I so sent it to Jay Leno.

    Sobriety Test

    Jill came out for Girls' Night last night. We met at Bentley's at 9 - the rest of the gang came at the usual 10. It was mad fun and we closed her down as usual.

    On the way home I was too busy paying attention to the person on the other end of the cell phone and sped right by a Fridley Cop nestled neatly in the ditch on 694. I slowed up - without hitting the brakes which would be admitting guilt, but it was too late. The lights were on and unfortunately, someone was home.

    I opened my window, smiled, batted a few lashes; he looks at his watch and asks, "So are you headed home from the bar?" Without hesitation I offer, "Yeah, I came from Bentley's in Maplewood." I wanted to take it back and I'm sure he could tell, but the words were already out there. He nods and tells me to sit tight while he runs my license.

    Why do cops take so freaking long after receiving your license and registration? I'll bet they have a timer in their squad car and he turned his up from "Slightly Annoying" to "Make Her Worry About Jail Time". So I'm just about turned inside out by the time he returns and he says, "Please step out of the car." I oblige. He explains how we're going to perform some simple sobriety tests. I think I crapped my pants, not because I was drunk, but because I can't walk a straight line stone cold sober.

    I got to say the alphabet backwards, walk the line and the stand-on-1-foot-close-eyes-touch-nose trick. Seriously, what does that whole nose touching business prove? Someday I will have to have too many cocktails and try it and see if there's an issue there. Apparently I did the Z-Y-X's quite well as he let me go home without even a speeding ticket, but not before advising me to slow down in that area due to speed trapping activity.

    I'm no longer a sobriety test virgin. Sorry Mom & Dad.

    Wednesday, May 21, 2003

    Completely Worthless

    I got my new phone last night. It's pretty cool except that it squeaks when it opens. I find that annoying for a phone that retails for $399.99. Anyway, I spent about an hour last night entering in phone numbers. I only got half-way through the alphabet when I began dozing off and had to make corrections when I realized I'd sleepily entered Becky's phone number in someone else's entry. I did this 3 times before finally giving into my drowsiness.

    You can imagine I was elated to find out that the SnapSync software I bought requires you to update Outlook and then transfer to your phone. Being the *guy* that I am I didn't read the manual first and thought I had things figured out. I synched the phone/Outlook only to find that it made duplicate entries of everything in my outlook addressbook. I deleted all the dups, read the manual, updated Outlook and synched everything up. So, it only took me about 3 hours to update my phone book - 2 and 1/2 of which can be attributed to ignorance.

    Perhaps the novelty is gone - I downloaded some ring tones and Claudia's picture for my wallpaper - now it's just another stupid phone that needs charging.

    Monday, May 19, 2003

    Fine. I admit it. I

    Fine. I admit it.
    I love Christina Aguilera's Stripped CD.

    So much that I had to fight the urge to turn around and go back home when I realized I'd forgotten it on my nightstand. "Um, hello, bossman? I will be late for work because I had to go back for my Christina Aguilera CD. I couldn't possibly commute without singing Infatuation at the top of my lungs."

    Pshh.

    Phone Finder

    For finding my old cell phone 1 day after ordering new phone. Should re-name this to "Feeling Stupid" since should have thought to look there before ordering new phone. Thinking of legitimate reasons why need newfangled camera phone.

    Also, found valet key in my Vikings coat. How did it get there? I don't know but I'm pretty sure David Blaine has been to my house.

    Crutches to Volleballs

    On Friday, Wendy, myself and my crutches went to The Rock in Maplewood to see Skywind. The band members went to school with Wendy and as it turns out, their lead singer's Dad actually owns The Rock so it was a real family venture that night. They were really fantastic - great performers, fabulous musicians. I was impressed. Also they did a remarkable cover of Pink Floyd's The Wall. I'd never heard that song live so I was enthralled. Good luck at 93X-fest!

    I met Steph, Martos & Jayden for lunch on Saturday at Buca. The food was great and Jayden was quite enchanted with me during the meal. He has the sweetest demeanor and smiles the hugest smile - it's great. Yep, he's 18 lbs of goodness!

    Afterwards, I met Heather & Mike at Canterbury Park for the Preakness. I didn't win. Also I lost playing blackjack. Plus you have to pay 50-cents a hand. So it wasn't exactly cheap entertainment, but, what is?
    Nevermind, don't answer that.

    The Saturday evening docket included volleyball, burger eating and MGL drinking. A good time was had by all and no one got hurt which is always a good thing. The ankle's doing OK - looking worse but feeling better.
    Now that's a life analogy if I've ever heard one.

    Sunday we played more volleyball at Bebops. 3-25 pt game match (rally scoring). We won 1 - it took us a little while to get used to the system and each other. We banked our buy-one-get-one-pitcher-of-beer token for next time.

    I think I had time to breathe twice this weekend.

    Friday, May 16, 2003

    Bar Crutcher

    For contemplating going to the bar tonight with Wendy... on crutches.

    Oops I Did It Again

    We lost our rears again last night 35-9. But not before I was beaned by a fly ball in the ankle. I just have to try to be a rock star dang it. The team we played were hitters and I'd missed a couple of chances to make some good outs but I was a step too short. So 4th inning I'm on a mission. There's no way any ball is getting past me uh-uh. And it didn't - I stopped it with my anklebone. I wouldn't recommend this. It actually probably was left-center's ball but she was playing really deep so I ran over for it - got there but it went under my glove and hit my left ankle mid stride. Apparently I flipped 3 times before coming to a screeching halt somewhere in center field. The sound it made coupled with the pain really freaked me out - I thought it was broken. I was carried off the field in pro fashion and promptly served a beer and ice for the wound - in that order. I saw the doc today and no broken bones - was just told to stay off it for the next few days. Luckily I have crutches, ice packs and enough ace bandages to secure even the wildest of beasts. Someone's really going to need to explain moderation to me again - in terms I can understand.

    Wednesday, May 14, 2003

    Bandwagon Jumper

    For jumping on the bandwagon and buying a camera phone. I mean what am I really going to take pictures of?

    Resolution

    Won auction for new Sanyo SCP-5300. OK so maybe I didn't NEED a camera phone but it was only $85 more than the phone Dan could sell me. That sounds like so much more in type than it did in my head. Pshh... Matters.

    Got quote for new valet key... are you sitting down? $26.99. WHAT?
    Valet this.

    Made copy of house key so now am officially part of household.

    Golfing was fun yesterday with Dad. 69 on the back 9 - struggled on the first 4 holes. But faired better on the front 9 with a 61 (par 38). Not bad for the first time out! Afterwards we went to Claddagh, a new Irish pub in Maple Grove. It was fantastic!

    Bowled a 246 on Monday - ridiculous. Not sure what's going on with me, but I'll take it!

    Monday, May 12, 2003

    Damn Birthdays

    Recap of Birthday:


    • Got downtown Minneapolis via bus lane on Hennepin Ave.
    • Got into "VIP" section of Drink (where the old Pickled Parrot used to be).
    • Arrived back at Galen's and crashed house party 2 doors down.
    • Fell on stairs. Not down the stairs, just on the stairs. As if that's somehow ....better.
    • Lost cell phone and valet key.

    There's probably more to it than that but my parents read this website.

    Also, some of it I can't remember.

    <still kicking self in head>

    Mom Weekend

    I woke up at 8:20am on Saturday. I quickly realized that getting back to sleep was going to be an impossibility so I got up and went for a jog. Then I went out to lunch with my Mom. Great Mandarin in Eden Prairie center was the destination. It was mighty tasty. Mom spoiled me. She gave me a convection/toaster oven, the Audioslave CD I've been lost without, and an adorable pair of chocolate brown sandals. We decided to shop around a bit. I've been against the Gap for reasons I cannot recall but we decided to give it a try. I needed jeans. At the storefront, a pair on the manequin caught my eye in particular. I looked around and couldn't find them so I asked one of the salesmen. He couldn't find them at first but then there they were on the 12.99 table! I now love the Gap because I'm a size 6 there. So I bought 2 pair of jeans. We then hit Brookdale's Marshall Fields where Mom bought me another outfit and and I found a pair of shoes. But shh, don't tell anyone about the shoes. We headed over to the old Ground Round where there is a new bar that serves up a mean Quesadilla and tasty brews. We watched the Wild lose in OT to the Mighty Ducks. They'll get them back tonight.

    Sunday, I got to Mom's at about noon. We went to Famous Dave's, ordered take-out and went back to her house. I was feeling a few effects from the night before and couldn't eat much. I took a 2 hour nap before volleyball and found out at about 4 that it was cancelled anyway. Mom & I took a ride to Grandpa and Grandma's to give Grandma her Mother's Day gift. Then we went to Friday's for dinner.

    See, something did go right this weekend :)

    Bad Birthday Girl

    For drinking so much on my birthday that I can only remember 2 phrases from a conversation.

    Also, the parts I remember lead me to believe it was an important conversation in which I didn't say what I should have.

    Plus, I lost my cell phone and my valet key.

    And, I was going to drive home and didn't get to thank the people who didn't let me.

    <kicking self in head>

    Friday, May 09, 2003

    The Best Damn Dating Advice Period

    OMG! Of all of the dating advice I have heard, this bit is notebook worthy!

    5 Secrets to a Perfect Relationship

    1. It is important that a man helps you around the house and has a job.

    2. It is important that a man makes you laugh.

    3. It is important to find a man you can count on and doesn't lie to you.

    4. It is important that a man is good in bed and loves making love to you.

    5. It is important that these four men don't know each other.

    Bored Outfielder

    For being mad that noone hit to me during last night's game.

    Dr. Strangename

    As I was repairing a telephone I noticed 2 names on a phone list that made me chuckle:

    Dick Ripple
    Bob Furmember

    I guess it's fortunate that neither were named Harry.

    Thursday, May 08, 2003

    Pre-Birthday

    My friends so over-indulge me!

    First, the Wild tromp the Canucks 5-1 at home. I was feeling less of a person for missing the first 2 goals but Emily & I were treated to 3 goals in about 10 minutes when we got to The Bar.

    We grabbed the last empty table, ordered our 80 cent taps and cheered for the home team. Emily gave me an adorable Moo notepad and neato gum tin for my birthday. Wendy & Susie arrived shortly thereafter followed by Dan, his roomie Sara and her boyfriend.

    Wendy brought adorable little cupcakes and birthday candles and the gang sang Happy Birthday quite well albeit loudly. Jen brought me a humungous birthday shot. 2 strangers asked me if it was my 21st birthday. I was amazed. Especially since I'm the old hag of the group of 23 year olds.

    Wendy & Emily bought me a birthday shot with whipped cream. It was great until the whipped cream found its way in my nose.

    I had so much fun last night. It was just good clean - well mostly clean - fun.

    Birthdays rock.

    Wednesday, May 07, 2003

    Softball Song Writer

    For ripping off 1980's Bon Jovi lyrics to write pitiful softball song #3.

    Tuesday, May 06, 2003

    Lush Bowler

    For bowling.
    In the summer.

    Also for playing too many sports that involve drinking. Volleyball Sundays, Bowling Mondays, and Softball Thursdays. I may need to be committed.

    Trauma

    I left work early to meet the friendly Mattress Giant delivery people. I stopped at Hackenmeuller's Meat Market in Robbinsdale and bought 10 lbs of ribs and 2 quarts of potato salad. Then off to Cub for BBQ sauce and a disposable roasting pan. I anticipated Kathy, Tim & Kelly joining us all for dinner as Heather & Mike returned from Vegas at 2:45.

    I prepared the ribs and put them in at 250 at 3pm. I excitedly deflated the air mattress to prepare for my new bed. Kelly had Heather & Mike home at about 4pm. Heather & Mike left right away to pick up the girls from Kathy & Tim's. When they returned at 5, Heather checked her voicemails. New Hope Bowl had called and our 8 week summer bowling league started in T minus 2 hours. I began to worry that the ribs wouldn't get done in time for bowling. At the same time, Mattress Giant called to let me know they were running late and couldn't make it until 7pm. I'd be bowling. Kelly came through in the clutch and offered to be there for the delivery. 6:15 comes around and the ribs are still not done. We decide to eat after bowling.

    Just after we arrived at New Hope, Kelly calls. The box spring will not fit down the stairs. We decided to refuse delivery and exchange it for a 3 piece set. Kelly decided not to stay for dinner since he changed his hours to 6am-3pm and needed his beauty rest also the ribs were still not done.

    We bowled.

    I was keeping pace with 1 beer every 6 frames (who is this girl???). After 3 beers I decided I should quit since the pins seemed to be moving before my ball hit them.

    We came home.

    The ribs were finally done. All 10 lbs of them for Heather, Mike, Sam and I.

    They were tasty but really fatty. Very disappointed as were meat market ribs. Also meat market priced ribs.

    With much sadness, re-inflated air mattress.

    Began reading Chosen Prey, a book Heather bought for her trip only to realize she'd already read it. She'd bought 2 books for her trip - 2 days apart. She'd already read both of them! Luckily she had better luck in Vegas by winning $2,000 on her first $2 keno bet. Nice work Vegas queen! I cannot wait until September.

    3-piece queen sets are not stocked. Am $100 poorer and will have to wait until Saturday, possibly even next Thursday! I might cry.

    Monday, May 05, 2003

    Sleep Tight

    I bought a Serta yesterday at Mattress Giant.

    They're delivering it today so I get to leave early and sleep well tonight!

    I'm so going to just lay in bed all afternoon.

    Friday, May 02, 2003

    Late Sleeper

    For oversleeping again today.

    Actually I could blame the bed. My Dad was getting a new bed so I was going to use his old bed. Turns out Dad isn't getting a new bed now. So I'm using the good old coleman airmattress. Yes, I live in style.

    Guess I'll have to break down and buy the Beautyrest. Pllbbbt.

    Softball Junkie

    Yesterday marked the beginning of the softball season for Jill's work team. We lost 35-1. We rock. We need some help at pitcher - hopefully there will be some practice in between this week and next. I got tons of exercise in left field between covering my side and chasing balls past left center. I made a jumping catch and naturally didn't land on my feet. You know it's bad when the other team cheers for you when you make an out! Either way, we had fun and that's what counts. That and the beer.

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