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Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Volley This

Made it through volleyball practice and last night's game without injury. Also proved to be entertainment for the team. Apparently I had several sand dives wherein I achieved mid-air horizontalism. We went to Rosen's afterwards for appetizers and beer. It came out to be $5 per person. That rocks. What's even better is that this group of people is nothing less than top-notch. Thank you Danielle for inviting me on the team! Also for sharing the less-than-dressed-bike-riding-adventure with them prior to their meeting me.

Ah yes, life is grand!

Monday, July 28, 2003

Cabin Fever

Spent the weekend at Jill's cabin in Nickerson (about 40 minutes south of Duluth). Her brother and his friend Seth were there. We satisfied every food craving possible to man and proved once again that I will always be the 'asshole' when playing P & A. Ah yes, fabulous drinking games. Playing just made me feel old! And drunk. But mostly old.

On the way home, Jill & I stopped at Damon's for dinner. The food was just amazing and we got all geared up for the upcoming football season. We're going to be tailgating at every opportunity and at Damon's every other opportunity. Well, at least every other week. This could get expensive.

Physical therapy is going pretty well. The range of motion is getting better and I'm not as restricted to the brace which is nice. Even though it's so incredibly attractive. I'm surprised someone hasn't tried to steal it yet. But don't think I'm letting my guard down - I have a sharp eye and cat-like reflexes.

I'm meeting the volleyball team tonight. Should be fun. Will try not to injure myself. Also anyone else. Will bring beer just in case. It's the cure-all.

Friday, July 25, 2003

Food Foregoer

For foregoing the afternoon-snack in anticipation of an after-work-beer even though was almost successful at convincing self that the desire to drink was actually a desire to work out.

Jazmine & Asti

I found a good home for Jazmine and Asti (Thank you Doug for putting me in touch with Brandon!). Kelly helped me prepare them and bring them to Brandon's last night. He is an avid animal lover and will be able to give them the love and attention they deserve.

They seem happy in their new place and comfortable. In fact, even with the commotion, the smells of a new place, a new dog and a McCaw, they were more interested in eating and drinking than anything else!

I miss them. Their corner is bare and empty. Last night when I was doing my crunches I still heard them running around in their playpen even though I know they weren't there. But they'll be happier with more attention and love and I will be happier without my sniffles and guilt for not being around enough. I can't say I will miss cleaning out their litter box daily, but I will miss their company.

I hope they know that I love them and wish I could have kept them. Boo.

Thursday, July 24, 2003

$699 Round-trip to Asia + free flights between 17 cities

Holy CRAP, I want to GO!
$699 for up to 21 days? Plus free travel between such cities as: Bali, Seoul, Singapore, and Tokyo??!? Unbelievable.

As Margaret Berry says, "SARS be damned, I'd be on a plane right now if I didn't have some cake tastings and dress fittings to tend." Except that I don't have cake tastings and only 1 dress fitting to attend. Only lack of funds, volleyball, softball and well, really it's just the lack of funds. Boo.

Smug Sprinter

For pushing extra hard at the end of the race just to beat the guy who'd been playing cat & mouse with me the whole way. Also for taking 3 nutrition bars at the refreshment stands. I only took 1 at first but went back for 2nds... er 3rds... when I saw other people with stacks.

Speed Racer

Well I did it! The 5K went well. My goal was 25:00 and my official time was 25:30. I'm happy with my push at the end, but I finished knowing I could have pushed harder, sooner. I should definitely be able to improve on that. Also, in the beginning, they asked everyone to line up where they think they'll finish. Mind you that there were over 900 people running this year and I was unsure of what to do. I ended up in the back quadrant of people so it took me 15 seconds just to get to the start line! Then, another quarter mile to pass people and get with the group running at my pace. It was loads of fun. Lots of great people watching! It cracked me up because sometimes I hate the muscles in my legs, but seeing so many other runners made me realize I just have runners' legs and even that they're not all bad. Now if I could only add about 3" to my height I'd be set :) I looked back on 2001's event and my time came in 50th out of 294 - that's the top 17%! I'm pretty amazed.

Next 5K I'm going to do is for the Twin Cities Marathon on Saturday, October 4th. Any joiners? I could really use a running partner! C'mon, you know you want to do it...

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Over-popper

For making the popcorn even though I knew I'd eat more than I should. Also for obsessing about race day. It's only a 5K. I don't think it matters if I don't follow a race-day-eating-plan.

Pool, Softball, Run: The New Triathlon

Monday evening when I got home, Heather was busily making tacos. Her family was coming over to celebrate Sam's birthday! Kind of a bummer because I had to get a run in. Wish I would have known so I could have done it at lunchtime and visited with the family, but I stuck around as long as I could and then got to it. I ran 3.5 miles and snuck in a quick shower before meeting Mike's brother Marc to play some pool. It was good to catch up with him. He's looking forward to Glamorama so he can party with the models again.

Last night was the last softball game until August 17th! We got smoked. I hate being in right field - I'm just no good at it. I think it's a mental block - I get bored because nothing comes out to me and then I'm not ready when it does. I batted 1000 though. At least I contributed something!

Tonight is the Torchlight 5K. I bought a cheap sports watch last night and am all ready to go. Wish me luck!

Monday, July 21, 2003

We Gonna Party Like It's Your Birthday

Jill & I took Brian out to Billy's and then to the Wild Onion on Friday. We even got him to show us his fabulous white-boy dance. We returned to Brian's, consumed 1 bowl of Pops cereal and a Papa John's pizza slice. Why does pizza have to taste so excellent at 1am?

Saturday morning, I went for a 5 mile run and then to my Grandma's for her birthday. We talked for over a half hour and then I made it back home for Samantha's 9th birthday party (it's her actual birthday today!). She and 7 of her friends had a bowling party at New Hope Bowl. A pizza lunch and Woullet birthday cake with bowling pin/ball candles were included. After the party, Heather and I headed to my friend Randy's for his annual birthday kegger. We attempted playing horseshoes, lost 21-2 and took solace in the chips and salsa. Turns out Heather's former Perkins GM plays softball with Randy, so they spent some time catching up. Emily & Luke joined us for awhile as did Jill. We went back to my place and watched How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. I only made it to the poker-game-love-fern scene, but Jill was a trooper until the end.

I went to my Grandpa's in Elk River on Sunday for his and my aunt Sandy's birthday celebration. My family rules. They even bought low-fat snacks and veggies and dip for me. Not sure if low-fat really matters when you consume that many Pringles, but pssh, matters. Sunday night, I met Jill and Pam at Chili's for dinner and then Blondies for a cold 2-for-1 and live music. We missed the live music and the 2nd beer got warm, but the conversation was good!

5 birthdays in 2 days, not bad!

Tonight, I have to go for a run. I'm going to try to fit in 3.5 miles. I can't push too hard or I'll pay for it on Wednesday. I can't believe the 5K is coming up in 2 days - I'm pretty anxious about it. Especially since I never made it out to the lakes for a real practice run. I have no idea how fast I should be running these miles. Plus I don't have a sports watch or stop watch. I might have to hit Target tonight, I really need to be able to pace myself.

Friday, July 18, 2003

Beer Dieter

For consuming over half of my daily calories in beer yesterday. Also because will likely repeat ratio today.

And It Was Fabolous

As you may know, I'm on IR. But I was going to support the team from the sidelines last night and have dinner with Jill at Acapulco afterwards. I went for a jog after work and when I returned to my car, I found that Susie had called. They had an extra ticket to the Rock the Mic (Star Party) concert! I talked to Jill and she understood - I just couldn't turn down a free ticket! So I boogied home, cleaned up and made my way downtown to meet them at Champps. I got to know the group over a beer and it seems I may produce the photo slide show/movie for Stacy and Brian's wedding. Would be really great experience for me and cheap for them. Brice arrived and we made our way to the Target Center.

We missed Fabolous and Sean Paul, but Snoop had just started when we found our section. Had a blast singing along to Gin and Juice. I'd never seen this kind of stuff live - was really impressed. 50-cent came on next. I had no idea how freaking beautiful he is! Wow. And he put on quite the show. We stayed for most of Jay-Z and made our way to a new club on Block E (I think it was called Escape). KG was there. It's a posh club; be ready to experience the playa's and pretenders. Also it was a $15 cover and I think weekends may be $20. Good people watching though!

I left at midnight, grabbed McDonalds on the way home and was in bed by 1am although you'd never know it. I'm so tired!

Jill & I are having dinner at the Sunshine Factory tonight and then either to Minneapolis for the Block Party or St. Paul, or the burbs, or... Just not Minnetonka, well maybe :) haha

Have a great weekend! The weather is supposed to be beautiful. Tomorrow is my Grandma's birthday as well as Samantha's birthday celebration. They're going bowling! Sunday is my Grandpa and aunt Sandy's birthday barbecue and then I have a volleyball get-together. Summer session starts on the 29th - we're playing downtown. Can't wait! Just hope the wrist holds up.

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Running Mad

I registered to run in the Aquatennial's Lifetime Fitness 5K. It's a week from tomorrow so I have at least that long to train. I've never been in an organized race before so I'm a little nervous, but am really looking forward to it. 3 miles shouldn't be a problem, but I'm not confident about my pacing ability. I'm heading out to the old digs tomorrow after work to test out the Lake of the Isles. I'll take Thursday off, do a 6 mile tour on Friday and another 5K test on Saturday. I'll probably run/walk on Sunday and take Monday and Tuesday off to rest the muscles. At least rest on Tuesday. Wish me luck! It's about time I put all of this running I'm doing to good use.

Monday, July 14, 2003

All-Nighter

For not knowing when to go to bed anymore. Dawn breaking is God's way of letting one know they should have been sleeping long ago.

Party Animal

Well life has just turned into one big party. Can you have too much fun? I suppose so as it's true that nothing is free. I'm paying in the form of a hurt wrist and morning headaches 2 days in a row. Thankfully they never last long. So here's the usual catch-up routine in case you're interested in reading about the general mayhem I've caused in the past 5 days.

Thursday marked the last regular season softball game. I was a little excited for the finale. Well maybe more like ecstatic. It was a 9pm game so we all met at Acapulco for some pre-game refreshments. It was us girls and one of the vendors, Theresa. Not only was she a riot, but she also picked up the tab. Was really quite sweet of her. I felt terrible as I ordered dinner (nobody else did) and she refused to accept my money. Turns out she went to college with Christy Love of Boogie Wonderland for which my friend Lonnie plays lead guitar. They rock.

Jill and I had dinner at Maynard's on Friday and then headed to Fletcher's and onto Bayside's. Bayside's is the place to be people. Really - off the hook. Ran into Ryan & Dave. Surprised Dave's still here from the UK, but could gladly listen to him talk all night long. We went back to Jill's, finished off the Maynard's leftovers and crashed at about 2:30. I headed home, went for my run (shaved 8 minutes off of my time!) and then to Mom's for Chrissy's graduation party. She's just adorable. Also the food was ridiculously fantastic. Mom & I went to Brookdale where she forced me to buy a $28 tank top and 2 pair of pants at the Gap. We also stopped at Old Navy. I was astonished to find that their pants were $10 more than the Gap pants I bought! It's insanity. Afterwards I took Mom on her maiden voyage to Chipotle (I know you're shocked). I got home just in time to freshen up and get to Susie's. We picked up her friend and went up to the Bird. Was mad fun. I've heard mixed things about the Bird but the crowd was great and the drinks were cheap. Even did a little foam dancing. Am so glad have camera phone. Definitely worthwhile. Did I mention that the DJ was hot?

Spent the night on Susie's floor, headed home and laid out in the sun for awhile, then headed over to Kathy & Tim's for their annual Whiz Bang Days picnic. Also spent an hour at the carnival with Heather, Mike and the girls. Got hit on by carnies. One even let Mike win a huge pink monkey. Not sure why he insisted on pink, but I guess sometimes it's best just not to ask :) But seriously, he did try to talk the girls into Clifford the Red Dog, but he lost. Onward to Irondale for my Great-aunt Grace's 89th birthday party. Saw extended family that I haven't seen in ages. Was so good to catch up. Really must spend more time with John and Joe. They're simply great company. And then there was Be-Bops. We won our first volleyball match, but lost our second to Buffalo Wild Wings. Heidi, Bill, Jake and I headed into the Venue for some celebratory cocktails and scooby snacks. I ended up closing the night out by hanging out with "the enemy" (i.e. Buffalo Wild Wings). They're a fun group. Alana & I exchanged numbers. I now have 2 single girlfriends!

And so, I survived another weekend. Without hurting myself even! Forgot to mention, saw the Hearing Officer regarding the traffic ticket on Friday. As long as I don't have another violation within 1 year, I'm in the clear. Shouldn't be an issue, but please wish me luck anyway.

Hope you have a great week! Stay out of trouble - if you don't, there won't be enough left over for me to get into!

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

Vicious Volley-er

Because I know I'm going to play on Sunday, injured or not, wrist wrapped or not. And I'll probably end up setting some of the time. Just like I know I can't stay out of the dirt no matter how much it burns the shins and forearms. Pshh.

IR

Went to doctor on Monday. Have tendonitis. It's not severe though so am just on 800mg of Ibuprofen and icing it at least 3 times a day for the next 10 days. Also have Terminator-type brace. It's really sexy you should see it. If the swelling/pain doesn't go away it'll likely mean physical therapy which doesn't sound like much fun if you ask me.

I played 1 of 2 softball games last night. I know, I know. But the doc said she can't tell me not to play but she'd rather I didn't. I have another game tomorrow night but I should have no problems taking it easy. What I am worried about is Sunday's volleyball tournament. I just may not be able to set. No big deal. Wonder if I can bump the ball with my wrist wrapped - that may be the challenge.

Tonight I'll be making baskets and hanging with the girls and Dan sipping on 80-cent taps. Gotta love it.

Monday, July 07, 2003

Hazing Holiday

If I didn't know any better, I might believe I've just been through a hazing. Yikes.

Wednesday at the Waterfront

I picked Jill up after work and headed straight for Chipotle in St. Paul. We arrived at 4:07pm. They close at 4pm. What?! Disgusted, we called Mike for another suggestion since he works in the area. He pointed us to Cosseta's. We had penne with pesto which was good albeit swimming in olive oil and guaranteed to clog at least 3 arteries. We began walking towards Harriet Island keeping our eyes peeled for the "trolleys" promised by the Taste of MN website. We finally saw one when we arrived in the midway. We headed over to the Drive 105 stage for Tim Mahoney. It was hot. The kind of hot that makes you wish clothing were optional. He played some of his old songs mixed in with the new. I don't know any of his new stuff and it seemed neither did most of the crowd. It would have been much more enjoyable if our feet weren't throbbing and our skin not melting. We walked around the food stands and decided to treat ourselves to ice cream, Martha's cookies and a pickle wrap. We caught some of the Wallflowers and then gave into our agonizing feet and headed back to the car. We met up with Emily, Wendy, Susie and Dan at Bentley's at 10. Wendy and Chad are engaged!! Her ring is absolutely beautiful, but it has nothing on the glow and that million dollar smile she had when she told us the news. Chad joined us eventually as did some of the usual crew. At about midnight, I brought Jill to her park-n-ride and went back to Dan's for a few more. He has a new kitten so we had fun antagonizing him. I think I hit the couch at 3am.

Thirsty Thursday

You know it's bad when you know you had to get up early on Thursday but can't for the life of you remember why. I just know I meant to get up at 7, ended up "sleeping in" until 8:30 and headed home. The morning is a little blurry but I know I went for a run because it was extremely hot - to the point where halfway through my run I thought I was going to be sick. Met Jill for lunch at Chipotle (I will NOT be denied). Even writing about it makes me want it now! OK enough already, ate way too much and headed home, then to pick up the water-skis. Afterwards, went to Jill's for some sunbathing action. Cleaned up and headed to Ridgedale at 6. Jill called en route and happened to be heading the same direction. We met up at Marshall Fields. Did some damage and ate at the Big Bowl (v. excellent). The Mai Thai made us want more so we went to Fletcher's. We were taking it easy since we had a big weekend ahead of us. We didn't end up taking it easy after all. Word to the wise: Never, and I mean ever, start a tab at Fletcher's. So we ran into Ryan's group. Talked to John and Dave from the UK awhile and then they headed to the Narrows. Shortly thereafter we ran into the group we met on Memorial Day which happened to be my first Fletcher's experience. We closed the bar down and since they live 3 doors down from Jill, joined them for an after-bar refreshment. Luke's brother was hitting on me pretty hard core and wouldn't let up even to talk about football. The routine was getting tiring so I decided to go home which translated into going to dumbass's. Only thing I can say is it's gotten out of hand. I had fun, but I'm not myself when I'm around them so I've done a gut check. No time for the drama. I'm realizing that if you look hard enough, you see what you want to see and that can work for you as much as against you given the situation.

Freaky Friday

Slept through alarm. Was supposed to be helping Chad move. Called and left messages but didn't know where they were so instead went home and ran the cobwebs off. Headed up to Grandpa's, ate way too much again and played Taboo with Shari and Mom. Watched fantastic fireworks display thinking it was the real deal only to find out it was a private party's work. They must have spent 10 K I'm serious. Think grand finale for 35 minutes straight. When the festival's fireworks began we were torn between which set to watch! I headed home at about 11. Heather & Mike's party was well underway. In fact, Mike crashed about 5 minutes after I got there. Heather lasted another hour and I stayed up until about 4:30am with Shannon, Dana and his girlfriend. Dana is a wildman riot. Seriously, need a good laugh? Invite him over. I have pictures to prove it.

Sipping Saturday

Got to Jill's at 10:15, headed to Mandy's lakehome in Darwin, MN. Ate lunch, went on a boat ride, floated in the water, played some volleyball, pontoon ride/cooler dancing. Mad fun. Lots of food, beer and laughter. Is there any more to life? I think not. Us kids went to the VFW for some dancing, drinking and country boy spoiling. Mandy bruised her knees doing her signature dancing move (really it's not as bad as it might sound) and I did 2 flips on the dance floor. Why? Why? Why? Scott was such a great sport. Not only was he a non-complaining-sober-cab, he was out there dancing and carousing with the rest of us. What a guy! When we arrived home, Jill and I stayed up until 3 talking to Mandy's Mom. They're just a hoot - what a wonderful family. Have had just excellent company this holiday.

Sober Sunday

Crap, I'd almost forgotten what it felt like to be sober! But seriously, Jill & I left at about noon and headed to her parents to burn some CDs. Afterwards we had dinner at the Claddagh and actually made it an early night! I got home and did laundry, went for a run and much needed sit-ups/weight lifting.

And here we are at Maddening Monday. Have a 3pm doc appointment to check out the wrist. Pain is pretty bad now and several people have suggested it might be a stress fracture. Please pray for me as I cannot afford to have a stress fracture. Don't they realize I have 2 softball games this week and a volleyball tournament on Sunday? Sheesh!

Hope you all had a great 4th - hope someone got some sleep for me!!!

Thursday, July 03, 2003

Engaging News

Congratulations to Wendy and Chad on their engagement! I can't express how happy I am for them! I wish them the very best and may their love grow stronger every day. They also just closed on their townhouse in Oakdale. It's great to know your friends are happy.

Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Party Like You Were Born on the 4th Of July

Wow. It's already Wednesday! Jill & I are going to the taste of MN tonight - it's a beautiful day! We're going to abstain from the Everclear like last time :) (Although I do have some J䧠in the trunk) Tim Mahoney, here we come!

Also I think we might eat dinner at Chipotle... my mouth waters at the thought!

I have tomorrow and Friday off (yay!). Likely play golf tomorrow morning and maybe the river, maybe Minnetonka, maybe... Friday morning I'm helping my friend Chad move into his new house (congrats!) and Friday afternoon I'm off to my Grandpa's in Elk River and maybe to Shelly's cabin afterwards for some skiing! Saturday, Jill & I are heading to Mandy's for some volleyball and liquor consumption. Will be mad fun. If all goes well, I may not be back until Monday.

So until then, I hope you all have an extraordinarily fun but safe 4th of July!

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