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Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Belated Christmas

I can't believe Christmas has already come and gone! I hope yours was filled with friends, family, love and warmth.

Things couldn't be better. I ended up taking most of last week off - my car has a specialty molding and rear window so it took the glass shop 2 days to fix it. This set me back a bit on shopping but I didn't waste any time. I got 10 hours (10 hours!?? Who does this sort of stuff??) of wrapping done on Tuesday and more shopping on Wednesday. Ryan and I had a great time at each other's family get-togethers. We stayed busy but still had time to really enjoy the company.

We celebrated Josh and Katie's birthday at the Park Tavern on Friday. Sondra, Heidi, Mandy and Tim were there. Such a fun group!

Saturday we bowled and went to Steve-O's with Heather and Mike. We shot some pool, hustled a few games :) and laughed loudly. Ryan also kicked my ass at Golden Tee. We stopped at the St. Petersburg on our way home. They make their own Vodka. The bartender is possibly the best bartender this side of the Mississippi. Also the vodka is mighty tasty.

I hope you all have a safe and happy new year! Cheers to 2004!

The O.C.

Kari posted this on her site and I HAD to send it to Hyser since she's nearly convinced she's from the OC herself :) and then I HAD to post it here because - well, why not. Also, it's appropriate to have no posts wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and nothing afterwards until this here OC blurb. I am a terrible person.

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Monday, December 22, 2003

Dreadful Detective

For knowing that those 3 - 15 year old scumbags were probably guilty of firing the shot but being too scared and worried about unfairly stereotyping them that I let them go without much explanation.

Somehow I managed to not let this ruin our day or the shopping experience.

Also, I found a very nice glass guy who's fixing it as we speak. Ryan was also kind enough to drive me to and from work today. It's too bad this had to happen, but I have no-deductible glass insurance and nobody was hurt. And that's what's really important.


Dear Trigger Happy Teenage Red Headed Stepchild(ren):

I can't thank you enough for shooting out my rear windshield with a B-B gun. I've always wanted to know what that would sound like. Speaking of noise, what a cool sound glass makes when it's spidering into billions of pieces by the millisecond.

I would have appreciated your kind gesture much more if you would have waited until I was in the mall shopping instead of sitting in the driver's seat patiently waiting for a parking spot to open. At least then, you could have shot the window out and stolen something. Having an actual motive for doing such great work would be more satisfying for you and for the recipient. Instead you're doing this for a petty cheap thrill and that's just rude. It's Christmas you asshole(s). And Santa's watching. He may not catch up to you this year, but mark my words, he will. There's going to be a time when the world seems to have turned upside down and squashed you like the little bug that you are. And you're going wonder why. Know this, Karma's a bitch and she doesn't forget a damn thing.

I'm sure I also speak for the other girl who had her windshield shot out and knocked completely into her backseat when I say, I hope you have a Merry Fucking Christmas.


Cari Berger

Friday, December 19, 2003


Laundry. Check.
Christmas letters. Check.
Happy hour. Check.
Drinking far too much during said happy hour. Check.
Following happy hour with more drinking at McSean's with the girls. Check.
Not being able to stand up again until 2:30pm the next day. Check.
Somehow getting through final exam without crying. Check.

I'm even almost finished with that huge C++ program! I thought it was much worse than it was - turns out I was about 40% done already. I should be able to finish it by Sunday without a problem.

Today, Hyser and I are off to pamper ourselves with Aveda facials and dinner followed by cocktails and laughter. Tomorrow, we're going to watch the game at a bar and Sunday is synonomous with shopping. I only have 2 people left!

You know how I have some "time off" - i.e. no school or bowling? Well, naturally I've managed to fill the time up. Monday, we're having dinner with Steph, Martos and their baby Jayden. Tuesday I'm going for happy hour with Hyser and the girls followed by making an apple pie (I should make some kind of disclaimer for this pie). And Wednesday begins the real holiday festivities.

I hope you're in the Christmas spirit! Have a great weekend.

Monday, December 15, 2003

Serious Selfer

For taking myself too seriously. And forgetting how to slow down and take things in stride. This schedule has me running so hot and nearly on empty - think this Friday afternoon 'tune-up' may be just what the doctor ordered. It's hard for me to recognize when I need to set aside some time for myself. Even harder for me not to feel guilty about it. Sounds like a new year's resolution waiting to happen.

10 days until Christmas?

Ryan printed my Christmas poem for me but I haven't found festive envelopes yet nor have I filled them out. They're quickly turning into New Year's greetings.

We had a great weekend. Did some Christmas shopping, watched some movies, bowled. Had dinner with Ryan's family - got to meet Patrick (Danielle's boyfriend) who's just a fantastic guy. Played some games. Slept in and watched football over breakfast. Life doesn't get much better than this!

I have to study for Thursday's final after bowling tonight, do laundry and hopefully complete aforementioned Christmas greetings. Tomorrow I hope to do more shopping, more studying and well, sleep sometime.

Wednesday there's a happy hour at the Green Mill and then "girls' night" at McSean's. I'm excited to see everyone - it's been so long!

Thursday I have my final. It's bittersweet really. I have a pretty big project to finish and not enough time to do it, but I'm really excited to have a break from school. I'm actually going to have some free time between the 19th and the 5th of January - that is provided I don't end up booking myself solid again. There are so many people I need to catch up with that it seems inevitable that I'll find a way to be busy anyway. At least it'll be voluntary. And that makes all the difference.

Friday Jill and I are having afternoon facials followed by dinner, drinks and downtown diva-ing. Some theraputic girl time. We can't wait!

It's likely we'll be tailgating for the Vikings' Saturday match-up. Think we can contain Priest Holmes? Don't answer that.

I hope you're all in the holiday spirit! This time of year always fills me with warmth and hope. When smiles are especially contagious. May you catch several today!

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Behind Blogger

For being so busy and behind that I've been using this as an on-line journal (which can't be interesting in the least). But good God it's the only way for me to keep track of where I am! I'm not trying to say this was even interesting before but at least there were some juicy stories or miscellaneous tidbits. Not just yet another day in the life of me. Ah hell, who am I kidding? I'm just sorry I haven't had time to try coming up with ways to keep this changing enough to be considered worthwhile to anyone but me.

A List of Things

  • I aced my mid-term!
  • But I'm still having trouble finishing all of the homework.
  • Therefore have agreed to start studying with some fellow classmates. Even the ones who infuriate me with their condescending questions.
  • Ryan helped me get the T-bird to the new apartment garage. Damn thing started right up. It's running like a dream! I really hate to sell it but I'm going to have to. Seriously, if you're interested in a nice old car that's going to be worth some cash sooner than later, let me know. I'm practically giving it away. It's listed at Carsoup.com also!
  • Sunday Ryan and I went to the Vikings game. It was a great game! Seattle never got anything going. I've never seen the Vikings lose. Think I should write Mr. McCombs - he should be paying ME to come to the games! I love that we can walk to the dome in 10 minutes. Throwing the football the entire way!
  • In less than 2 weeks, I have 2 full weeks off... of bowling, school, and basket class. What am I going to do with myself?!?? Probably sleep the entire time.
  • Unlike popular belief, there is no requirement for every bar, restaurant, and store to play Outkast's Hey Ya over and over and over.

  • Tuesday, December 02, 2003

    Schoolgirl Slacker

    For waiting until the day of the test to do all of the homework given so far this semester. And for foregoing the all-nighter cramming to watch Average Joe. Reality TV? I need therapy.

    Fly By

    Had a great Thanksgiving!

    Wednesday, I got out of work a little early. Hyser picked up a pizza and we got to catch up. We may live together but I swear we only see each other once a week! Damn school. Anyway, we had fun and got ready to go at about 8. Jill S. got to the apartment at about 9:30 and we headed out to the Refuge. We met up with Felix and his friends. Stayed for a couple of hours and headed to the Drink. Had one there and went to Champps planning to go to Escape from there. Ryan was at Brothers with his friends and I'd been calling to let him know where we were. When we got to Champps, I was breaking up so he couldn't understand me - all he heard was Champps. I was out in the lobby when we lost the signal and when I walked into the bar, there he was! So we never ended up going to Escape. I decide Jägermeister sounds good and we all left shortly thereafter. Came home, devoured the apple pie I'd made for Thanksgiving (Dad's never going to let me live this one down) and stayed up until 4am. I was a little hungover on Thursday needless to say. Great way to introduce myself to Ryan's family, don't you think?

    We got to Linda and Paul's condo in downtown St. Paul at 1. His parents and Danielle arrived about 2 minutes later. His grandparents and cousin Gina were there as well. Everything was great. The food was tasty, Detroit beat the Packers and we played Taboo which had us laughing until we were nearly crying. We left at about 3:30 for my Mom's. I felt bad we had to leave! We got to Mom's as they were sitting down for dinner. Nothing like 2 major meals within 3 hours! Mom outdid herself! Dinner was great. We relaxed, talked and watched the rest of the football game. We headed to my Dad's at about 8:30. We talked and had some Vienetta. I promised I'd make a pie for them some other time. Major guilt for drunken consumption of said pie. Anyway, we left at about 11:30. Headed home, had a leftover turkey sandwich and went to bed.

    Slept in on Friday. I made another apple pie and we went to his parents' for dinner and dessert. It's a possibility his parents, aunt, uncle, cousin, Ryan and I might run the Winter Carnival 5K. It'd be fun. And I need some motivation to hit the pavement! Afterwards we rented some movies and had a relaxing evening. Hyser and Jill S came home around 2 with Felix and his friends. They ordered pizza and entertained us a bit.

    Saturday = 7 loads of laundry and lots of running. Bowling at Doyle's was fun and afterwards I met Ryan, Tim, Danielle, Josh and Sondra at the Park Tavern. Nothing like leaving a bowling alley for another!

    Hyser, Ryan and I ordered Champps take-out on Sunday, watched the Vikings get smoked by the Rams and laid in bed crying in our beer. Except we weren't crying and we didn't drink any beer. I was supposed to study for my mid-term which happens to be today but I kept staring at that notebook and it just wasn't making any sense.

    Monday night bowling was fun also - we took 2 points from the #1 team and that's no small feat. We were up by over 100 going into the 10th frame of the first game and they ended up winning by 50. Apparently stringing together strikes wins games. Who would have thought!? Hyser and I made chicken lo-mein when we got home and I tried studying again (unsuccessfully). We watched Average Joe - it's not right that they make it seem so juicy in the previews when it's not. But I guess it's entertainment.

    I stayed home today to study. I put a roast in the crock pot at 8 and wrote 4 programs by 11. Tell me how you can stare at a notebook for a full week without being able to squeak out 1 line of code yet 90 minutes the day of the test it flows like freaking water? I hope I've got this stuff down enough to pass this test. Speaking of which, I better get back to studying. Still have 2 pretty lengthy programs to write and should look everything over a few more times before go time. Wish me luck!

    Hope you're having a great week.

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