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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Wolves Warrior

I'm going to the Timberwolves game on Saturday!

In a suite!

I've never...

  • been in a suite for a sporting event.
  • been to a post-season game of any kind.
  • been arrested.

    Hmm... hopefully only 2 of these things will change on Saturday!

  • Tuesday, May 25, 2004

    Dancing Divas

    Sam, Alex and Allison were dancing divas this past Sunday. I hear they were adorable and had a lot of fun impressing the crowd at Orchestra Hall.

    I was planning on going to their rehearsal since volleyball meant missing the actual show, but celebrating Nick's wedding + Josh's freedom sort of took its toll.

    I talked to Heather yesterday. I'm going to see Rob tonight - the first chance I've had to see him since he was readmitted to the hospital last week (He's been home since Wednesday and is doing great). Afterwards I'm going to see where the Rymers are. Hopefully I can catch them at dance class.

    Tomorrow after basket class, Ryan and I are meeting the "girls" up at McSeans for Susie's surgery sendoff. She's seeing her doc on Friday and will be at home resting over the weekend. She's strong. And beautiful. And I'm scared for her but her strength lets me know she's going to be just fine.

    Friday Ryan and I are spending the night up in Hinckley. I'm going to win off my birthday bucks. Or else I'll be spending the night in the hot tub :)

    Have a great week!!

    The Unlifter

    For not working out for 2 whole weeks.

    I finally start making progress and then backtrack 30 days. Amazing that you can miss just 2 weeks but it sets you back a whole month. Now I understand why people fall out of their routines. It's frustrating when you've been working really hard to inch forward as fast as great-grandma drives at night only to slip back to square 1 in an instant.

    How am I supposed to keep Ryan in line if I don't have any muscle???

    Sunday, May 23, 2004

    To Nick and Gina

    Congratulations on your wedding day!

    Thank you for inviting us to celebrate with you - everything was beautiful.

    May your love grow each and every day!

    It was SO nice to see my family. It's great to be surrounded by such wonderful people.

    Tuesday, May 18, 2004

    Franklin's Birthday

    Happy Birthday Chadley!

    So glad Ryan and I could celebrate with you, Wendy, Wendy's fam, Susie and Keith tonight!

    We had so much fun! You are the grillmaster!

    Golfing. Soon.

    Belated Birthday Bulletin

    For letting a whole week go by before writing about my birthday. It was totally worth writing about. It was only the best birthday EVER.

    Monday, May 17, 2004

    E'rbody In The Bus Get Tipsy...

    Stacy's bachelorette party theme song.

    We kicked some ass and took some names. Also, we had so much fun it couldn't be legal. Ginny is a party expert. (I'm definitely recruiting her someday *wink* *wink*). She got together a group of 15 gorgeous girls wherein there was no drama and we rode in a luxury bus complete with a stocked liquor cabinet, coolers full of beer, crystal glasses, a DVD player and a CD player pumping out Stacy's favorite tunes.

    I feel so lucky to have been able to celebrate with Stacy and her girls! Congratulations on the 22nd, love, I hope all of your dreams come true!

    See you and Brian soon!

    Saturday, May 15, 2004

    Jennell & John

    Congratulations Jennell and John! Your wedding was absolutely beautiful!

    May you share a lifetime of smiles, laughter and peace.

    Friday, May 14, 2004

    Intemperance

    The glorious self-indulgence started Friday when Ryan and I met his family at the Cheesecake Factory for his sister's birthday. I had Pad Thai even though there's nothing Thai about cheesecake. It was excellent but the cheesecake almost made us cry. We had White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle. I'm sure it'll save someone's life someday. At the very least, someone's marriage.

    After dinner, we headed straight to Prior Lake for our 1st annual softball game. We were up to bat first. My first at bat, I slid into 2nd base scraping up my right knee. I'm too old for skinned knees! Ryan made a great catch in centerfield while I sat out in left field picking daisies. I'm going to like this every-other-week-double-header business. Just as many games with half the chance of injury. (Injuries incurred on the same day at the same event count as 1 total injury). Also said injury will have 2 weeks to heal before being slid upon again. Bonus.

    A few drinks later at Elsie's and Berger was, how do you say? drunk. Also, the bartender was making and remaking balloon animals. I was fascinated. I'd watched my Dad do this hundreds of times when I was little. I was sure I remembered how. Sadly, it was the Corona that was sure I remembered how. I attempted once and popped it immediately.

    Saturday Ryan and I had our 1st of 3 tennis lessons. Just in case you're wondering, the Crosstown Northwest Athletic Club is NOT close to Minneapolis. It's in Eden Prairie. It's too early to have to drive to Eden Prairie. Besides, I still had Corona in my system! We worked out for awhile, went home, got ready, talked Jill into heading up to the Gastof's tent party at about 6. It was such a beautiful day - we were afraid all of the tables would be taken, but only about 25 of the die hards were there that early! Jill's parents, their friends, John and Marica, Jill's aunt Luann and Dwight came. Emily and Dan, Chad and Wendy. Jason Berg. It was awesome. Also, we won champagne. Starting that early takes its toll on us old folks. Ryan was out before midnight and the rest of us were out by 1. We really know how to whoop it up!

    We took Ryan's family and my Mom out to the California Café for Mother's Day. Everything was great. We had more cheesecake. I think I'm going to need new pants ;) It was sunny and beautiful outside when we got home, but when we woke up from our nap, there were tornado warnings everywhere. They were estimating winds of 80 MPH across Lake Minnetonka. Needless to say, volleyball was cancelled, but Ryan and I had a great time watching the wall cloud swallow downtown Minneapolis whole. We got a little hail, a ton of water and winds that nearly knocked me over. We watched TV and got to lay in bed all night. And that's what Sundays were made for :)

    My Dad took me out to lunch on Monday. We went to Big Bowl at Rosedale. The food was great and it was nice to spend some time with him one on one. For dinner, Ryan and I met my Mom, Shari and Rob at the Sunshine Factory. I had Sea Bass in a peach cream sauce. It was delicious! Ryan, my Mom and I headed into the bistro for a cocktail and the Wolves game. Heather and Jill joined us and we closed it down! My Mom even braved bar close!

    Ryan took me to St. Petersburg for our birthday dinner on Tuesday. It's this quaint Russian restaurant and vodka bar in Robbinsdale. We stopped there in time for last call just before the new year and loved it. What a great boyfriend I have. He not only allows me to celebrate my birthday 4 days in a row but remembers I said I wanted to have dinner there 4 + months ago and surprises me with reservations. The food did not disappoint. Neither did the service nor the company. The Wodka made me late for work on Wednesday, but I wouldn't have it any other way! Especially since I got to see Kari and catch up for a bit. She's in New York City testing out the public transportation system. And she knows Linux so you should like her.

    We met my Dad and Nancy for another birthday dinner on Thursday. P. F. Changs does have excellent lettuce wraps. Also, the Dan Dan Noodles are actually spicy!

    I was totally spoiled this year. Gastof's tent party with my friends, lots of decadent food and spirits. And such wonderful gifts from everyone. I'm truly lucky. Also, I didn't fall down any stairs this year.

    Thank you everyone for all of your birthday wishes and for being there to celebrate with me! I love you guys!

    Friday, May 07, 2004

    Birthday Begger

    For wishing the weekend away because I'm THAT excited for my birthday.

    Wonderment

    Chad and Wendy's wedding was wonderful.

    Thursday, Emily and I brought Wendy to our friend Lynn's for a star tan. Wendy was just radiant.

    Friday was the Groom's Dinner at Donatelli's in White Bear. The rehearsal went well and dinner was fantastic.

    Emily and I got up bright and early Saturday to get our hair done. The hairdresser thought we had more time than we did but she managed to finish both of us in an hour and 15 minutes. It looked great and wasn't going to move if life depended on it.

    Finally it was time. Wendy was patiently waiting while the rest of us couldn't hide our excitement. When the doors opened to the church and Chad saw her for the first time that day, he smiled like I've never seen him smile before.

    We took group pictures, then Emily and I met our guys and Em's family at Acapulco for a margarita or 2. The reception started at 5. The food was great, the dancing was fun, and you've never seen 2 more comfortable, happy people in your entire life. Everything was beautiful.

    Every time I see Ryan he looks at me and hugs me in such a way that I know he's genuinely happy to see me. And I melt. I seriously never thought it was possible for this intensity, this excitement to last like this. And maybe it's naive, but I truly feel like it could last like this forever.

    After the reception, Susie, Emily, Luke, Dan, Ryan and I went to the Bird to meet up with Stacy and Ginny. Thanks to the red bull, we made it until closing time!

    Ryan and I went to the gift opening on Sunday. Afterwards, we bowled and played basketball at the healthclub. I worked on my lay-ups. I shoot right-handed now, but my feet are still left-handed. The few times I did manage to jump off of my left foot, I ended up shooting the ball with my left hand. I'm still in disbelief over my newfound shooting ability.

    I was invited to my aunt Shari's birthday dinner on Tuesday. The Olive Garden breadsticks will be the end of me!

    I got to see Becky and Jameson last night! He is just a gorgeous baby. So happy and content. Full of discovery. Amazing.

    Tonight, we head to the Cheesecake Factory for Ryan's sister's birthday dinner (I'm totally skipping dinner and going straight for the cheesecake), then to a late softball game in Prior Lake. Yes, Iowa. :) Tomorrow is my birthday party - if you're free, e-mail me - I'll hook you up with all the juicy details! Also, tomorrow Ryan and I have our first of 3 tennis lessons. $20, 3 lessons and a free racquet. Can't go wrong. So there's a good chance I will have a black eye at my birthday party. Tomorrow, my Mom and I are joining Ryan's family for a Mother's Day brunch. Then we're off to Fletcher's for our first volleyball game. *breathe*

    Monday is the actual birthday although I'm not actually turning a year older. I'm staying the same age until Ryan catches up to me. We're having dinner with my Mom and then bowling with Heather and Mike. It'll be the first night of our 4 person spring bowling league. New Hope didn't drum up enough interest to form a full league so we're taking matters into our own hands.

    Because we thought bowling was going to start on the 10th, Ryan made dinner plans for Tuesday. Therefore, I get to celebrate for 2 days. I am the luckiest girl in the entire world.

    Have a great weekend!

    125 days until kick-off!

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