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Monday, September 29, 2003

Boysroom Borrower

For using the men's bathroom because the line for the women's was down the hallway, out the door, over the mountains and through the woods.

Also for falling off of a chair. And being reminded of said chair incident last night when said, "I have a mystery bruise on the small of my back. And it hurts." to which Ryan politely said, "It's probably from that chair jumping out from under you last night."

Ziggy Socky Ziggy Socky Hoy Hoy Hoy!

Jill Hyser played softball with us on Friday night. We met at Ruby Tuesday's for a pre-game dinner but they had a long wait so we ended up at IHOP. I didn't order breakfast. Completely out of character I know, but Hyser's chicken tenders were sounding so good. And at a place like IHOP, chicken tenders are pretty fancy.

Ryan got to the field at about 9. He even brought me a sweatshirt since I forgot that it's no longer July. Then I couldn't bring myself to wear it until after the game because it was too clean and nice. The fact that it came down to my knees might have had a little bit to do with it, too. Anyway, Hyser, Ryan & I went to Chevy's after the game for a few margaritas. Never made it to the movie but Hyser told us good jokes and we laughed.

I went for a run Saturday morning, worked on my psych final and caught up with Kris who I hadn't talked to in months! Ryan got to the house at about 7 and Jason arrived close to 8. Good thing he got there when he did or Ryan & I might have ended up sleeping through the festivities. Why is it that all day I tried taking a nap unsuccessfully, then, an hour before kick-off, I finally get tired? We got to Gastof's only minutes before Hyser and Amy. We enjoyed the German beer (which seriously tastes like chocolate to me, the dangerous kind) and I won $100! After the tent party, we went to Gabby's. Heather met us out and more alcohol was consumed. I fell off a chair. Really must stop drinking so much - I kept up with Ryan. In fact I think I had a captain coke so that means I passed him. Not good. Really good impression on Jason - first time I meet him, I tell him I can out-fish him, next time I'm a drunken mess falling off of chairs. He's having a party on Saturday that Hyser, Ryan & I are going to. I offered to bring food. Now I'm going to have to bring the good stuff to make up for the mess I made on Saturday. Bad Berger. Ryan is way too good to me. He handled me very well considering that I went to the bathroom in the men's room and fell off of a chair. Also he survived breakfast at Perkins with Heather and I. And that's no small feat :) But seriously, I need to stop forgetting that I don't have the alcohol tolerance necessary to keep up with the guys. Also, keeping up with the guys is eventually going to reduce their tolerance for me.

Sunday, we ordered pizza and watched the Vikings spank the 49ers, now known as the 48ers. Owens was embarassing. I also kicked some fantasy football ass - 104 points. Manning threw 6 TD's and Moss at 3! I was the top scorer and that's worth $20 in my league! So even after the bar/pizza/movie, etc., I'm up $10 for the weekend. Not too bad considering. I mean, it's expensive falling off chairs! We lost our softball game but it was fun in spite of the turf field.

Ryan & I finally went to see Underworld after the game. It was good! They really could have done a lot more with that story line, but it was what I expected. Pretty dark, but some pretty good action sequences. What more do you want from a vampire/warewolf movie?!

Tonight we bowl and I have to finish my school work. I have mid-terms this week - wish me luck. I have 2 softball games left - Friday and Sunday. So that means that I have some free weekends coming up right? Yeah, in November.

Have a great week!

Friday, September 26, 2003

Octoberfest

I love Octoberfest.

Not only does it encourage beer consumption, but bars have Warsteiner Dunkel on hand. It's like chocolate!

We had fun at Old Chicago - we tried 4 of their Octoberfest brews by which I was reminded that dark beer is stronger than lite beer.

I have an 8:30 softball game tonight - it's going to be so cold! After freezing my ass off, Ryan & I might see Underworld or something. Tomorrow I have to do homework and then a group of us is going to Gastof's for their Octoberfest Tent party. More Warsteiner Dunkel - can't wait! Sunday, the Vikes will be 4-0 and hopefully Hoosier Daddy will rack up their 2nd win. Monday, Ryan, Randy, Sherry & I are going to bowl like pros and take all 7 points. Either that, or drink and laugh a lot. I'll try not to get my ball stuck on my hand again.

Have a fun weekend! Stay out of trouble. If you absolutely can't help yourself, just don't get caught.

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

I'm Dreaming...

of a day off
Just like the ones I used to know

I mean, it's good to accomplish things, but I have to say it makes me just the slightest bit crabby to think of all the things I've done since Friday.

Mom and I had the most incredible dinner at Copelands - it was awesome. She had the crab stuffed shrimp and I had the shrimp and fish creole. They brought her a birthday sundae and I had a piece of Louisiana style cheesecake. Wow. Then we watched the Twins beat Detroit! It was a fun evening.

Ryan met me downtown after the game. We headed to the Refuge and had a few beers with Hyser and the other Jill. We finished the evening at Rosen's. So much for making it an early night to rest up for Saturday!

Saturday morning, I woke up early and headed out to the Cedar Lake Trail. Got a good run in and went back home to make the pickle wraps. 2 1/2 hours later I finally finished them and started getting ready. I picked up Ryan and headed over to Tom & Vickie's. It turns out that Rich knows Shawn, the host of the pig roast. He was even there the night before helping him bury it! We stayed for a couple of hours and headed over to Shawn's. There were Toga's, a fridge tap, and lots of pig! It was awesome. We were so sad to have to leave - that party was going to be off the hook. We went to Ryan's to change, I met his family and we left for Wilmar. We got there at about 10:30. Tim & Josh were excited to see us and we had a great time. They're just such a great group of people. I feel really lucky to have met them. Also, I might add that we need to find more weddings/dress-up events to go to - I don't think I've ever seen anyone look that good. I must be in heaven.

We listened to the Vikes beat the Lions on the way home. He played softball with us - in the cold rain! Then we headed to volleyball. We were pretty beat afterwards but I don't think either one of us wanted him to go home. So I bought a TV and we watched the rest of the football game before calling it a night.

Bowling Monday... we won 1 game. I was up until 3am doing laundry (bad idea on a school night!). I was falling asleep in my classes yesterday but I still managed to internalize enough to finish my C++ homework in class and we got out of Psych early so that was a bonus. Tonight, Ryan's meeting me at Old Chicago for a work happy hour and then we might go see Underworld. Bentley's is always a possibility.

Have a great night!

Friday, September 19, 2003

Happy Birthday Mom!

I hope you have a perfect day. Also, may Copelands serve up a mean plate of dirty rice and I can't wait to see those Twins kick some Tiger tail.

It's your day.

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Jäg Bull Binger

For drinking Jägermeister on a Wednesday. I mean seriously, there should be rules about these types of things. Also, Red Bull is the devil. Anything that makes you jittery for a full 24 hours off of half-a-tiny-can can't be good for you.

Just Smashing

In a vain attempt to preserve the little sanity I have left, I decided not to go to basket class last night. I went for a short run and then to Ridgedale for my Mom's birthday present and to pick up a pair of shoes. Ryan came over at 8. We watched the Twins beat the White Sox over a beer with Mike and then headed to the Sunshine Factory. He noted that it sounded like a fruity name for a bar but was willing to check it out. I'd never really thought about it but he's right! I talked him into trying the Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice Soup since it is the best soup in the world. He didn't think the bar was so fruity after that. He talked me into a Jäg Bull shot since it's a really good idea for me to drink heavily on Wednesdays. I also didn't think the bar was so fruity after that. We had so much fun just talking. It's just good. We decided to head to Bentley's for "Girls' Night". Emily, Susie, Wendy, Annie, Dan and John were really happy to see us. We played Golden Tee, some pool and Susie & I danced to some 50. Everybody loves Ryan. I don't think either one of us were planning on tearing it up in such a way last night, but it was so much fun we couldn't resist. I woke up feeling like I'd been hit by a mac truck. Apparently Mike did too as he was praying to the porcelain Gods this AM. I'm sure he'll appreciate my mentioning that. Sorry... I couldn't even eat until noon! You know it's bad when this girl can't eat! I feel fine now although I'm almost falling asleep in class. Which is why I'm posting. Because posting while I should be studying is better than sleeping, right?

Tomorrow, Mom and I are going to Copelands for dinner and then to the Twins game for her birthday. It's been awhile since we've gone out so I'm really looking forward to catching up! I've got to get in some solid sleep so I'm ready for Saturday. It's going to be a busy day. Priority 1 is a long run. And I think I might try sneaking in a nap before Ryan & I head to my softball party. I'm really looking forward to the pig roast - I've always wanted to go to one! I'm a little nervous because his parents are probably going to be there, but I'm sure things will be fine. I've been told the real challenge will be not to pass out at the wedding reception. Apparently it's just about a 1 to 1 keg to person ratio. Should be interesting.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend! Stay warm!

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Let the Games Begin

Friday night, Ryan & I met up at Doolittles for dinner. I've had such bad luck with restaurants lately. We ordered nachos to start and put our food order in about 5 minutes later. The nachos didn't come for over a half-hour! They weren't even good but they probably would have been had they come out when they were ready and not 15 minutes later. We were thinking our food was going to come out immediately afterwards but 20 minutes passed and still nothing! We had to ask the server to check on it twice. So it's 7:55 and we're finally eating - my game starts at 8:30. Luckily, the sandwich was pretty good - otherwise there may have been some fists thrown (haha), but seriously, the waiter didn't even apologize or take anything off the bill. Pretty sad.

I ended up meeting Ryan, Tim & Josh at Old Chicago after my game. We had a great time. We played some Golden Tee - I got my ass kicked but my putts were money! They have the internet there but it's pretty much worthless - they have everything blocked. I mean what good is the internet at the bar if you can't pull up the Miller Light commercial?? The crazy girl who was hitting on Tim is worth mentioning. She comes by and asks where he's from - he says Eagan, she asks if he knows "so and so", he says no, but Josh thinks he might know him. Half kidding, Josh says, "why is that your boyfriend?" She says, "no, he's my ex." She quickly adds, "but I'm so over him." I love that the first thing out of her mouth is about her ex but she's feverishly trying to get with Tim. I'm lauging and she's saying that I'm jealous because girls get jealous you know of other girls talking to their guys. So apparently, they're my guys now. I had no idea I was such a lucky gal! We just about closed the bar down and then Ryan & I watched 8 Mile.

Saturday afternoon, I met my Mom, and my aunts at the Coon Rapids VFW. My Grandpa was being honored as a charter member as 50 years ago, he and my Grandma were part of the group that started that Post. It was a really nice ceremony - they talked about the war and what these men and women went through and what starting the post has done for the community and its veterans. I'm proud of my Grandpa anyway, but it made me that much prouder. I had a tear in my eye almost all afternoon! They unveiled a monument and had a 21 gun salute followed by taps. It was a great honor. I had to leave before the food was served, but am so glad I was able to witness the ceremony. He's such a great man.

Ryan got to the house at about 6:30 and we headed to my friend Craig's barbecue in Lino Lakes (the softball party has moved to next weekend). Ryan helped Craig put up the movie screen and we stayed warm by the fire and caught up with a few of my former Norwest colleagues. Afterwards, we headed uptown to meet Tim and his friend Gretchen at Williams. We drove by the new apartment on the way - things are moving right along! I can't wait to move! We played some pool and then headed to Famous Dave's for some music. When they closed, we went to Chino Latinos and had some great fare. Seriously the tacos are excellent. Ryan & I attempted watching The House on Haunted Hill but we both fell asleep. I'm pretty jumpy at scary movies; who am I kidding, I'm very jumpy at scary movies and he kind of figured I was out when I wasn't moving at all. Probably just as well as really shouldn't watch those kinds of movies while living in the basement.

Sunday is all about football. Well that and taking naps. I went for a long run and then to volleyball. We ate at Be-Bops but the flies eventually drove us out - we watched the Vikings beat the Bears at Main Event in Fridley. So he's survived bowling and a football game with me - he's doing great so far, wouldn't you say?

It's another full week this week - school tonight, basket class tomorrow, school Thursday, softball Friday. Saturday we're probably going to my softball picnic, then to a pig roast at his neighbor's and finally to Wilmar for Josh's brother's wedding reception. Should be a good time!

Hope you have a great week!

Friday, September 12, 2003

C++ This

OK I like my classes. I think I'm going to do well in them and I'm learning a lot which is the whole point, right? I just hope I'm strong enough to bite my tongue in my C++ class. There are 3 guys who are so arrogant it's been mighty difficult not to jump in and set them straight. Naturally they all program with a different language and have daily pissing contests to determine which one is superior. Tell me, is it VB? C++? COBOL? COBOL!?!!? It's sickening.

Tonight, I'm going for a run, then probably meeting Ryan for a pre-game meal and cocktail. He's going out with his buddies so I have a pressure-free softball game tonight! I'm looking forward to spending some time with Mike after the game. It's been forever and a day since we've hung out so it'll be good to catch up over some good old Miller Light! Tomorrow Ryan & I are going to my softball party, then to my friend Craig's barbecue. Unfortunately, one is in Apple Valley - the other in Lino Lakes. Yeah, I know, lucky us! You already know what I'll be doing on Sunday! Hopefully I will win my fantasy football game - the guy I'm playing has been talking a lot of crap this week. Ahman Green is going down! After some good old fashioned football game watching, I'll be playing volleyball with Ryan's team on Sunday night and then we'll probably stick around for the Vikings game. I'm so wearing my purple Kangaroo tennies!

I hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Claudia

Who's the cutest Godchild in the whole wide world?

Monday, September 08, 2003

Stop, Drop and Roll

Friday's game went well - we won. I was busy in left-center although wasn't required to make any diving catches this week :) I need to get to the batting cages this week - for some reason I'm not coming all the way around on the ball and am shanking it. Ryan and I had a few beers with Jesse and Rich before heading up to Applebee's for a perfect margarita. It was his first. I told him he hasn't lived until he has one and thankfully he likes them as much as I do so wasn't disappointed. We had another drink at Buffalo Wild Wings before picking up some movies from his place and heading to mine. Heather had a few beers with us and we watched The Ring. The visuals were definitely freaky but I was more scared during Jeepers Creepers - isn't that odd? It might have been because of all the raving I'd heard about The Ring while I wasn't expecting anything out of JC2. I'd probably set myself up for disappointment thinking it'd leave me with a week full of sleepless nights. Anyway, don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. It was entertaining and the company was just unbeatable.

The T-bird showing was positive - he really likes the car. I should hear from him this weekend one way or another. The battery was dead, but after I jumped it, it popped right off. It's running like a dream! I hate to get rid of it! If it doesn't sell though, I'm going to start driving it around this weekend. Hopefully the exposure will drum up some interest.

Saturday Nite Live bowling started on, you guessed it, Saturday night. Mike had to work as did his brother so Heather's brother Dustin and Ryan filled in. The league is so much fun - it was great to catch up with everyone after a busy summer! Dustin's usually quiet, but he was talkative and funny. Ryan fit right in - even bowled well! Couldn't have asked for a better night! After bowling, we finished our beers in the bar. Heather & Dustin had to get going, but Ryan & I had a couple more with Duane and Terry. Oh the stories of Vegas. They had us laughing so hard we were almost crying! This might have been the first real test - he survived the bowling league and he's coming back for more!

I went to Jill's to watch the Vikings kick some Packer ass. We always have so much fun - we were both screaming at the top of our lungs! I love that the Vikings scored the first touchdown and the first field goal in the new Lambeau Field. Was quite the game! The Hoosier Daddy softball team even put one in the W column! The Vikes, the Twins, Hoosier Daddy? I mean really - Hoosier Daddy!!

The work bowling league starts tonight. Heather can't make it so I'm bringing in the ringer... Ryan's bowling for us tonight. Hopefully he won't mind bowling for the Bee Otches. Maybe he won't notice... Wish us luck!

And then it's Monday Night Football - are you ready? I should mention that I am the 2nd highest scorer in my fantasy football league this week. And yet I LOST. Priest Holmes single handedly kicked my ass.

Friday, September 05, 2003

Auto Apathy

For not working on the T-bird when have prospective buyer looking at it tomorrow. Need to get priorities straight as went to garage and drove by t-bird to wash the prelude half-knowing I wouldn't have enough time afterwards to work on the bird. Bad girl. But my baby looks so nice all shiny and new!

Scaredy-Cat

I'm such a geek.

It took almost a week, but Jeepers Creepers finally managed to get me.

After school last night, I went for a run around the neighborhood. It was dark but the street lights are such that you only hit a dark spot about once a block. Naturally this occurred as I hopped over a yellow torn up t-shirt which reminded me of a kid in the movie. A girl had a vision of this boy on the side of the road. He was pointing, frantically trying to forewarn her of the danger ahead. He wore a yellow t-shirt with a tear strategically placed over his belly button which had a distinct tattoo surrounding it. Later, they find a weapon decorated with said belly button. Then of course the image of the Jeepers Creepers thing pops into my head just as I start to pass the cemetery. At first I thought this was funny - I mean, I found myself running faster thinking "I can outrun this punk". Then I couldn't get the image out of my head and was convinced he was right behind me and was going to get me if I didn't freaking hurry it up already! Every cricket, mayfly and whatever other noisy creatures were out that night immediately broke out into song. And then I swear something breathed on my neck. I guess this is could be a good thing because I managed to finish 2 minutes faster than usual. I think I should see Cabin Fever and then go camping.

Ryan's coming to the softball game again tonight. Another chance for me to completely embarrass myself by tripping, falling and getting hit with the ball. Not sure what we're doing afterwards but I'm sure our friend Coors Light will be invited. I never did get to working on the T-bird. I pray it starts in the morning or I'll really have to kick my own ass. Anyway - hope you have a fabulous weekend - I promise I will! Watch your speed - troopers are out like mad!

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Disappearing Daughter

For not spending enough time with my family. Yes, I've been really busy, but I've found time to go out with friends. I should be better about seeing my parents. Else I will have to resort to letter writing.

Time Machine

Instead of the usual whining about how insanely busy I've been, I'm going to delve right into it since I have over a week to cover. For the record though, I think if I don't find time to breathe sometime soon, I may spontaneously combust.

Friday, August 22nd

Since Ryan lives so close to where I play softball, he came to see us play. Hmm, I struck out the week before so brought a case of beer - maybe he came for the beer and not for the game! Despite major concern that I would embarrass myself by falling down, breaking something and/or striking out again, I played well - even had a couple of diving catches! We hung around for a couple of beers and then headed to Old Chicago for a couple more before crashing his buddy's bonfire in Minnetonka. Rum from the Dominican Republic is unbelievably tasty. And potent. Not necessarily in that order.

Saturday, August 23rd

Bright & early, picked up Jill and headed to Southdale for Mandy's bridesmaid dress shopping adventure. I say adventure because we had our first beer at 10:30am. Afterwards, Jill & I went to Ridgedale and bought purple and gold Puma tennis shoes for the Vikings games. They have little pockets, plus they were on sale! Also, I'm sure they'll help with the parking lot football playing. We had a low-key night at Fletchers. I know that seems impossible for us, but we did it. It's so nice to have a girls' night wherein you don't have to deal with misdirected guys or too much intoxication.

Sunday, August 24th

I went and saw Chad & Wendy's new house in Oakdale - it's a great place! After softball, I headed to BeBops for volleyball. After our games, we played for another hour or so until everyone was half in the bag. It's hard when everyone's trashed and you're not. Ryan & I opted out for a couple friendly games of darts and some coors light.

Note to self: very late Sunday nights lead to falling asleep at Monday's physical therapy session, sports page in hand.

Tuesday, August 26th

Saw the first movie in the theater since James Bond! Ryan & I went to see Pirates of the Caribbean. It was great! Johnny Depp was excellent! It's nice to have someone to see movies with. Especially when he's hot.

Thursday, August 28th

Hyser & I took the afternoon off to go to the fair. I love the fair. We walked around just about non-stop enjoying things like chocolate malts, a cream puff, roasted corn and of course cheese curds. Also it wouldn't be the state fair if I didn't have a pronto pup. We left at about 6 and had dinner at Joe Senser's. Is it weird to go out to dinner after the state fair? Psssh, whatever - senser fries are unbeatable!

Friday, August 29th

Another afternoon off with Hyser. We went to Stone Arch first to sign our lease and then to 13 Moons for lunch. I think it'd be a better dinner place, but there was a cute guy in a visor that Jill was making eyes at! We went back to her place and sipped a few cold ones and read up on "sure fire ways to have him asking for more" in her girlie magazines. Pam stopped over and we headed out. We intended on going to Fletcher's and keeping the summer of 2003 tradition alive but there were only 5 cars in the parking lot. We decided to go to Baysides instead and managed to have a good time even with all of the pushing on the dance floor. An old guy paid for our drinks. In exchange I agreed to do a shot of tequila with him. It was about 6 ounces of tequila, I'm not kidding. There was something about cherries, and bartenders trying to shake their bon bons. It's just not clear in what order.

Saturday, August 30th

I woke up bright and early and headed to Rachel's. We piled into the Jimmy and headed to fabulous Tomah, WI to meet Julian and his wife Annelie. They were in Chicago on vacation from Sweden and were kind enough to meet us half way to see us! We had lunch, caught up on old times and went bowling. They're such an adorable couple - I'm so glad to see them happy. He is and always has been a great friend. He was a consultant at Green Tree in 96. We were inseparable for 2 summers filled with concerts, underage drinking and good times.

I went for a run and then met Jill and Amy at a bonfire in Minnetonka. There was a lot of drinking and a neighbor girl from hell. Think small-town WT. Think starved for attention pathelogical liar. Made for some interesting conversation but in the end we had to go to avoid any knock down drag out situations.

Sunday, August 31st

Jill & I were bums until noon and then headed to Osseo for Thai food but they were closed. We checked out Golden Dragon but they were closed too! 90 minutes later we landed at Chi Chi's where my fork jumped out of my hand and onto my white shirt. Naturally it was full of red sauce. Quite the adventure. We burned CD's at Jill's parents and gave her brother a hard time. Or was it him giving us a hard time? It's hard to say. Ryan called from the Denver airport and we made plans to get together when he got back in town. I got home around 6:15 or so, got ready and headed to Blaine for Stacy and Brian's BBQ. I hadn't seen Susie in ages and it's always fun to party with her! Ryan got there at about quarter to 9. There was poker playing, girls singing and dancing, crazy convenience store shopping and mad picture taking. We won't mention the Jäg Bulls or the walk-over/front flip attempts on wet grass. We will mention that Ryan managed to win $25 and should get a bravery medal for driving the 40 minutes to a strange house full of strangers while silently suffering through jet-lag. What a guy. Did I mention that he's hot?

Monday, September 1st

Laid around and was completely unproductive although I did do a load of laundry and eat. Both important things. I met Ryan at 6:30 for a couple of beers before seeing Jeepers Creepers 2. It was what could be expected - entertaining but pretty bad acting and a ridiculous plot. Makes no difference really though because I'm such a sucker - I get scared at all the times when you're supposed to. At one of the down points I realized that I still had the death grip on his hand and was probably about to draw blood. How sad that I'm 26 and am actually buying into this beast who comes out every 23rd spring to eat for 23 days. At least it's worth a few laughs, right? Anyway, I thought this might satisfy the craving for something scary but I think it just intensified it. I think we're going to have to see Cabin Fever next week!

Tuesday, September 2nd

Here ends Berger's freedom. I started school yesterday! It wasn't too bad - I think I made good choices in classes. C++ shouldn't be too bad and my psych class is small and everyone seems really nice. Also, she said she likes to get out early so that's a huge plus. Instead of 10, it should be 9:15-9:30. Rock on.

Today I'm taking Lyle out for happy hour as he was recently "work-force reduced" (tell me why don't they just say laid off anymore?). Then I'm going to work on the T-bird. Have to get it running for Saturday! I have someone looking at it at noon. I really hope he buys it. Tomorrow is another school day and Friday I have an early softball game and possibly a softball party afterwards. Sometime I'll sleep. But just in case I don't, how about taking a nap in my honor?

Monday, September 01, 2003

Jameson Michael

Becky and Karl had their baby today at 12:30am! He's gorgeous. He was 6 lbs. 8 oz. and couldn't be born to a more loving family. I can't wait to see you guys!!

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