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Tuesday, January 20, 2004


A 6 year old girl was found murdered in an Atlanta, Georgia motel room. She was strangled, stabbed and suffered a broken back in what was possibly an exorcism gone wrong? Her parents, along with 2 other children, were found walking naked in the freezing cold. Unbelievable.

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Because It Was The Right Thing To Say

We watched most of The Lord of the Rings II last night. Ryan went to get some water during one of the battle scenes. Swords flying everywhere, let me tell you - heroes were being made! Suddenly the focus is on a man on a horse fighting with a small sword. He's really kicking some ass. I roll my eyes as he's slaying man after man armed with huge swords and weapons. I yell out to Ryan, "This guy comes to battle with nothing but this small stick..." There was more but for some reason I couldn't finish. I'm becoming famous for my interesting choices in words.

Monday, January 12, 2004

Lunch Warrior Falls Ill

Turns out Ryan's O2 sensor was also on the fritz. The part for his car was only $200. Don't get me wrong, this is still outrageous, but it's a far cry from $350!! Ryan took me out for lunch at Damon's after I dropped his car off at his work. I ordered quesadillas which were fabulous - crunchilicious cheesy wonderful. But one of them didn't have anything in it! So when the waiter came back, he saw the naked tortilla. He apologized and offered to pay for my meal on top of making another quesadilla for me. Nothing like a free lunch when someone else was buying anyway! :)

We went out with Khoun, Nate, Lucky, etc. Thursday night and I made dinner for Ryan on Friday. Arroz con Pollo - turned out pretty good considering the fact that the rice refused to get done. When Ryan got there at 8, we decided to go to the liquor store since the rice had another 15 minutes or so. Got back about 25 minutes later and of course the rice by this time is a bit overcooked. It didn't matter though - it tasted good and even better in tortillas the next day! We headed up to Players at the MOA to meet up with Karl and Mindy. Then to Plum's in St. Paul. They're a lot of fun.

I woke up pretty sick on Saturday and Sunday, but nothing that a little thera-flu wouldn't fix! I swear that stuff is magic. We took all 7 points at Doyle's on Saturday and had fun playing Catch Phrase at Emily's birthday party. We laid around all day Sunday watching football and taking cold medicine induced naps. (Well I took naps anyway). I started making lasagna at about 4:30 and we ate at about 8. We watched the rest of What Lies Beneath and fell asleep again until 10. Lasagna leftovers rock!

And now it's Monday.

It's not fair!

Hope you had a great weekend and have a fun week! Stay warm.

Wellness unwisher

For that split-second of wishing I felt as sick as I did over the weekend when I woke up this morning. I've had lots of time off of work lately, I should not be looking for a reason to have more!

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Stupid Prelude

I'm having the best luck with my car ever.

My check engine light came on again last week. It did in July also and I found out my O2 sensor was giving out a slow signal. Not something that needed to be fixed at the moment - if anything I'd get bad gas mileage. So they cleared the error and I went on my merry way. I pretty much knew this time I'd have to replace it since I've only driven 180 miles and I'm below 1/4 tank. Normal people pay $100 for such a part. My car however, has a $350 O2 sensor!! WHAT?!?! Insanity! I'm so lucky to have a friend in the auto business - I'm sure labor at a dealership or other shop would have been 3 times as much. I just love how I sink $400 into my car before Christmas and another $500 after Christmas. Couldn't be better timing. #$&@! Tomorrow I take Ryan's car in as his check engine light came on the same day mine did. It's not necessary for us to do EVERYTHING together! :) Hopefully his repairs won't be quite so costly. I need someone to support my dining out/beer drinking habits! But seriously, public transportation rules.

Monday, January 05, 2004

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a great time bringing in the new year! Wow, what a week we had.

We had dinner at my Dad's on the 30th. Ryan met my aunts/uncles and grandma. Afterwards we went to Old Chicago and Brothers with Berg, Farmer and Flannery. Then we decided to go to Perkins at 3:30am. Because that's what normal people do.

We met back at my apartment at 6 or so on New Year's eve. My Dad and Nancy came over for some wine and to take in the fireworks display. They came with us to Manny's, had a glass of wine and sat with us for an appetizer since they seated us in a 6 person booth. We had crabcakes, ordered my favorite red wine and enjoyed each other's company. We had a fun waiter and the food was absolutely fantastic. I could definitely handle more new year's like that! We got home at about 1. Fell asleep until 3:30 when Hyser and Sutherlin came home. We talked, laughed, stumbled into each other and finally got to bed at 7am.

We stayed in bed all day Thursday, getting up only to meet Tim and Danielle at Champps for the Rosebowl. Got back home, took a nap, had leftover Manny's for dinner and went bowling at Elsie's. Watched Temple of Doom and stayed up until 6:30am. This is starting to feel normal.

We had lunch with Ryan's Mom and his sister at the Mall of America on Friday. We shopped, then got in a workout in the lovely workout facilities at the apartment and headed to Best Buy to get his CD player installed. He loves it! We met Farmer at Applebee's, had dinner and went to Gastof's. I talked Farmer into coming over for another beer and we laughed until we cried. I don't think I stopped talking until 4am. Thank God I don't have a video camera!

We went out with Jill, Jill and Pam on Saturday. We actually stayed at the Refuge the whole night! I decided to try mixed drinks on for size. Unfortunately, they fit. Ryan and I went to Perkins at about 1:30. We walked in with an older man. He said, "Brr! It's cold out here!" to which I replied, "No! It's drunk out here!". Also, halfway through my meal I set down my fork and made this brilliant observation "There was a lot more food on my plate before I started eating." It's scary. And don't worry, I wasn't driving.

We had dinner with Shelly and Brent last night to exchange birthday and Christmas gifts. Bowling starts up again tonight and class tomorrow. I'm so excited, can you tell?

I hope you're having a great start to 2004!

Sunday, January 04, 2004

Cari-ism #241 and 242

The set-up:
It's a bitter cold Saturday night. Or if you want to get technical, Sunday morning. Ryan and I give into the after-bar-Perkins-craving and make a break for the door. Here enters an older man clutching a newspaper.

As we run up the steps, he says, "Brrr! It's cold outside!"

To which I reply, "No, it's drunk outside!"

We are seated purposefully in the furthest corner of an empty section.

Our meals arrive and half-way through my omelet, I have this breakthrough. At the moment, I thought I'd actually made a unique observation. I put down my fork and with a quizzical look declared, "You know? There was a lot more food on my plate before I started eating."

As the words left the safety net of my mouth, I realized how stupid it was. But it was too late. I can't believe Ryan is still dating me.

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