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Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Work Wailer

For actually crying on Sunday because I didn't want to go to work on Monday.

Cars, Bowling Balls and Mardi Gras

I got my car back Friday, but the steering column was way off and it drove itself left. I've always wanted a self-driving car but this wasn't exactly what I had in mind.

Hyser came to bowling with us on Saturday. Doyle's is intoxicating.

Sunday we were all in bed until 2pm. We got up to enjoy some of Sue's sensational lasagna. Also we made cheesy garlic bread. There was nothing low-cal about it.

Monday we planned to go to the Fine Line with Weber, but we found out it was a Beach Party so we decided to eat at Chevy's instead. Grape Aped at the Loon, dropped Weber at his car and Hyser, Ryan and I held it up at the Drink where we drank. I figured out on Tuesday that we had a good excuse. We were celebrating Fat Tuesday Eve, duh.

I dropped my car off at Abra again. I got it back today. It finally drives straight. Guess that means I don't have any excuses anymore!

Tonight, I will swim, lift some weights, make baskets and play Golden Tee with the hottest man in the world.

I took tomorrow and Friday off of work. I've come down with a vision problem. I just can't see myself coming into the office.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Monday, February 23, 2004

Reason #137 to Let Them Figure Things Out on Their Own

This by my adorable 4 year old 2nd cousin Alex. She's smarter than she may ever know.

Alex very excited: Hey Daddy, I know what little girls are made of!
Daddy: Really!? What?
Alex with conviction: Sugar and Spice and everything nice.
Daddy: That's right!
Alex perplexed: I wonder what little boys are made of...
Daddy: <shrugs his shoulders> Hmmm...
Alex with delight: I know I know!! They're made of sugar and spice <pause> and wood.

Friday, February 20, 2004

Car Cryer

For actually almost crying.

Over a car.

Prelude

I get my car back! I am so excited I almost cried!

The first thing I'm going to do is sit inside, close the door, hug the steering wheel and tell her how much I love her. I mean, I almost lost her without expressing how greatly I appreciate her starting up every day and getting me places. I mean, I am a mover and a shaker! Without my beloved car, I'd surely shrivel up and die. Well at least I'd be a crabby miserable waste of a human being.

I have to admit, however, I kind of liked the Impala. I feel like I've been cheating. Don't worry, baby, that chevy didn't mean anything to me.

Tonight, I swim. Then, I shall Ryan (we're together so much, he's no longer just a noun). Hopefully we'll see Berg, Hyser and Mandy.

Tomorrow we bowl. Sunday we devour lasagna that Hyser's Mom made especially for us. I hate to wish the weekend away, but I can hardly wait!

Have a great weekend! You might want to avoid the NE Minneapolis area tonight. I won't be driving, but I will be in the area. And obviously, I'm dangerous.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Valentine's Road Warriors

Ryan took me to W.A. Frost in St. Paul. We were seated at a quiet table by the fire. It was wonderful. The food was awesome. He had roasted duck and I had Kamut & Wild Mushroom Roulade. It was as fancy as it sounds. Afterwards we took in some live music at the Turf Club. As if we could resist the Golden Tee. Ryan's getting to be quite the professional. Finishing below par and all. Me, I'm just happy to not be ending with a +40 something! We went to meet up with Weber thinking some drunken comedy was in order but he'd already went home. Or passed out. We're still not sure which story to believe :) But seriously, we had one for the beer tour and I got a free pizza. We stopped at Ryan's for a few movies and headed home to open our valentine's gifts. Ryan gave me 2 cards, a funny one and a more serious one, a box of pot of gold turtles that self-destructed within 30 seconds and the most adorable tank set from Victoria's Secret. I gave Ryan a box of Godiva goodness and tickets to the Marijuana-logues. We marveled over the treasure filled chocolates and fell asleep in each other's arms.

I reluctantly got out of bed, started laundry and hopped back into bed every chance I got. We packed up the car and headed out at about noon. Stopped at Chipotle for lunch. I parked in a 15 minute zone, we got in line and Ryan commented on a Park Ranger seated at one of the tables. He asked if they were police officers. I said, I'm not sure, but they've got to be a division of the police anyway, my cousin used to be one. I look over and who is sitting across from the Park Ranger? The one and only, former-Park Ranger, current police officer cousin Adam. What are the chances? So we ate and then stopped by to talk a minute. It had been 17 minutes when I said, I'm probably getting a parking ticket as we speak so we should get going - he said, nah, there's no way their timing would be that good. He obviously doesn't know my luck as not only did I have a parking ticket, also a ticket for expired tabs as the rental car's registration was only good through January. Excellent. We were on the road by 1pm and happily in Dubuque at 5:15. Kevin took us to a work party where there was free beer and belt buckles the size of Texas. We went to a few bars and tried to figure out why nobody goes out on Fridays. There are at least 6,000 college students within 20 miles and no other pseudo-cities anywhere nearby and yet there were 14 people in each bar. Actually the Coliseum started to fill up at about 1:30. Strange, but I suppose you do have to consider the fact that we're talking about Iowa. Tara picked us up from the bar and was nice enough to bring us through the drive-thru for some much needed McDonalds breakfast. Naturally there were Cari-isms. It might have been the alcohol.

We went to IHOP and bowling on Saturday afternoon. Had a sub-par experience at a new italian place Giunta's but at least the company was good, stopped home to take in the rest of the Slam Dunk competition and headed out to see Kevin's old boss's band play. We stopped at the Broken Lift again and back to the Coliseum where Tara and I somehow ended up dancing in a cage. It was not my idea. Bacardi made me do it. It also made me quite sick. Actually, maybe the dancing made me sick. We slept until 1pm. Ordered Pizza Hut and headed out. We stopped at Champps and were in bed by 10pm.

I think I'm still sleeping.

What a great time. Kevin's doing really well for himself but would like to get out of Dubuque. The Quad Cities might be in his near future. He should get whatever he wants. He's nice. And he's from the BP. Duh.

2 more weeks of this semester; 6 more weeks of bowling. We're postponing the housewarming party again - parking is scarce at the apartment with all the snow and who wants to walk 2-3 blocks in the winter?!? Plus we have this HUGE patio for barbecuing and well, I won't have school and wouldn't have just dropped an insane amount of money on my car (adding $175 for the car rental and $150 for the parking ticket/speeding ticket brings the grand total to $1625 since mid-December).

Hope you're all doing well! Don't forget to use your turn signals and for cripe's sake, don't speed by State Troopers!

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Will You Be My Valentine?

Jill and I had dinner at Copelands last night. Their food is awesome. Also they have tasty drinks although you might have to take out a 2nd mortgage if you enjoy more than 1!

I have the best Valentine ever. Ryan sent me flowers at work yesterday. Definitely helped me get through the day since I probably had the worst day at work ever. We're celebrating Valentine's Day tonight since we'll be with Kevin and his girlfriend on Saturday. It was even his idea. He's the nicest guy I know. And also the hottest. He spoils me and I love it!

We embark on our journey to the awesome nation of the Quad Cities tomorrow morning! I'm really excited to get out of here for a weekend. We might take in a hockey game, go skiing, lounge around and do nothing. Only 2 things are certain. There will be beer and uncontrollable laughter. Because I'll be wearing my blue hat.

Hope you all have a great weekend - Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Has the Jury Reached a Verdict?

We're meeting with a court liason today to fight a traffic ticket Ryan got a few weeks ago... for not using his turn signal... in downtown Minneapolis. The state budget cuts have rendered the police force incapable of responding to burglary or non-injury automobile accidents and yet they have plenty of time to hand out ludicrous citations. I suppose it's nearly free revenue. I mean, 1 moving violation fine is enough to cover at least 2 weeks worth of the doughnut expenses.

Wish us luck.

I think the Law & Order coloring book compliments today's theme nicely.
I'm not the only die hard fan!

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Car Crasher

For realizing have spent over $1900 on my car in the past 4 months. $1300 since mid-December. Not including the car payments. That stinks. But when I get it back, it'll be like brand new. And that's a good thing.

Running Circles, into Curbs; Happy Hours, Bowling Alleys; Ice Palaces, Skating Rinks; Superbowl and Golden Tee

I love the Target Center Northwest Athletic Club. People are very professional, which means it's less of a meat market and the track is big and roomy so you don't feel like you're running around in circles. I added some weight training to the usual running or swimming. Mostly swimming however since the arch of my foot is still not 100%. My friend Craig says I may have to stay off of it completely for a few months for it to completely heal. I figure I'd better start that now so I can be ready to hit the Stone Arch trails this spring!

Other than getting back into a normal workout regimen, I've tried to normalize my schedule a bit. It's possible I may have succeeded if I hadn't gotten into an accident on the 22nd. Ended up taking the 23rd off since they didn't tow my car until lunchtime and I didn't get my rental car until 3pm. It worked out OK since I got my workout in and cleaned up in time to meet Jill and Jill at the Drink for happy hour. They have a really good buffet and cheap drinks until 7. We headed over to the Refuge at about 8:30 for power hour and enjoyed cranberry belvederes for $2. Ryan met us at about 9 before heading to Brother's to hang out with his friends. Felix came up and the 4 of us maniacs spent some time on the dance floor before heading over to Brothers at about midnight or so. Sadly, Ryan's friends were glued to their seats, but the rest of us cut it up on the dance floor. If you can really call it that. Jill and I went home and ordered pizza and laughed about how early we left the bar. Ryan came over about an hour later and helped us eat the 2 pizzas we ordered.

After bowling on the 24th, we celebrated Tim's birthday at the Park Tavern. It was a great time. There was pool, golden tee, a million appetizers, beer, swisher sweets and birthday cake. What more could you possibly want?

We decided not to run the Winter Carnival 5K on Saturday since it was cold enough to freeze lava. We did check out the ice palace however which proved to be much more impressive from far away. But the company was great and Danielle made awesome chili. It's important to note that his uncle got separated from the group while at the palace and about 20 minutes later all of us realized at about the same time that we were cold and miserable. We decided to head home in hopes he would be shortly behind us. About an hour and a half later he finally made it home. So this is to be known as the year that we lost Paul. Ryan's Dad commended us on a good game of ditch. The poor guy. Later that night, we went skating at the Depot. What fun! I want my own skates. (Does this really surprise anyone?) Let's add another hobby to the many I already have. Honestly, will it ever stop? I skated on hockey skates for the first time ever. I love it. And I only fell down twice.

The Superbowl was on Sunday? As far as football is concerned, I'm a die-hard fan. Or so I thought. We got up early Sunday and headed to Tony's new house in Rosemount. Ryan's been invited to move in so he wanted to check out the space. It's a great house and isn't as far out as we were thinking. It's basically Apple Valley. Afterwards we went to Buffalo Wild Wings and had some blazing wings and a sandwich. I almost forgot to mention the yard of coors light. We went to the gas station and were going to head to his parents to watch the Reno Open but realized it was only 1. Decided to go to Old Chicago for some beer tour beers and a little Golden Tee. This would be the beginning of my downfall. By 3pm I was pretty much at the point of, well, not going to anybody's parents' house. Embarrassing. Unintentional but embarrassing none-the-less. We played 2 more rounds of Golden Tee and can you believe it - I finished -6 and +2 respectively. This is incredible as I'm usually +24 or so. We went to Byerly's, picked up some tenderloin and new potatoes, stopped at Dairy Queen and headed back to my place for the game which was nearly half way over at this point. I started cooking and the food got done during the 4th quarter. I sat down pretty much as New England kicked the winning field goal. A superbowl is finally not a blowout and I miss nearly the entire thing! Sadly, I also missed Janet Jackson's publicity stunt flashing. And the streaker! Not that any of it matters in the least since the tenderloin was good enough to make us cry! In fact we're having the leftovers tonight. I can hardly wait. Plus, we're going to play in the snow afterwards!

Other than that, it's been the usual. Trying to keep sane between work, school and everything in between, eating out way too much, consuming too much beer and playing way too hard. Ah yes, the ridiculously-busy self-involved over-consuming life I lead. I'm not sure I know what normal is anymore, but if you're feeling ignored, please know it's unintentional. I'm done trying to convince myself that things will slow down soon. I know better. Maybe after bowling season. Take care everyone - drive careful, stay warm. I strongly encourage you to have a snowball fight and make snow angels afterwards.

See ya!

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