Friday, March 08, 2013

Over the Line, Smokey!

Back-dated (Written 5/13)

Since we were told we wouldn't be able to have children naturally, I ignored all of the signs.

The sore excruciating boobs. Sporadic nausea emergency projectile vomiting. Momentary lapse of reason memory.

I finally had the thought to take the pregnancy test. What are the prerequisites? Should I study? It's actually not cheeky, I really should have.

I rummaged through the medicine closet and found a test. It was one month from expiration and lacked directions. Surely, I didn't need directions. How hard can it be? (ahem)

It says II = Pregnant. I = Not Pregnant.

I pee on the stick, cap it, and put it on the saran wrap I'd laid out on the counter. 3 minutes later, I see a control line and a single line which I interpret to mean Not Pregnant. I throw the test away. Disappointed but not really surprised.

I don't get more than 5 feet away when I realize they wouldn't make it that difficult to read. Thank God for the Internet and the fact they can't post anything untrue on it!

The First Response website clarified and verified... I was, in fact, pregnant; contrary to my first response :)

To be safe, I took another test and hated doing it. I had anxiety about it coming back negative. Luckily, this test was a little different. Had 2 windows - a control window and a Pregnant/Not Pregnant window and even before I set it down, I watched the strip wet and the Pregnant line formed right before my eyes.

I feel so honored and blessed to be a Mom to be. I am overwhelmed with joy and love!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


In 2010, someone stole my domain. It took 2 years, but finally, they released it and I have recovered it!

Unfortunately, I've gotten away from my blogging habits and I'm not quite sure how to ressurrect it. I'm bummed I have lost my readers :(. I loved getting your messages and e-mails.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

I Thee Wed

Written 5/09/2013

We had a beautiful wedding - we are still in awe over how many of our loved ones came to support us. I regret this domain was thieved and I didn't capture all of the planning and moments in real-time.

It was a difficult time in actuality. 5 months prior, we lost Mike to a tragic accident. At times, it was hard to proceed, but in my heart, I knew we had to for him. There were many moments I felt deep sorrow replace the joy in my heart. A dream was coming true for me, but I was acutely aware the same dream had come abruptly to an end for Heather, who I love and cherish like a sister. They say time heals, but I now know it doesn't. We cope. We change. But the wounds don't heal.

Thank you to our family and friends, for making our day so special and for accepting us for who we are together and as individuals. We are forever grateful!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Or Not...

Of course I would revive this and then decide to upgrade Movable Type.

Why not cut the ribbon only to go under MAJOR reconstruction with the very next keystroke?

MT4 is way cooler than MT3, but the template tags and dynamic page publishing is a lot to digest. I'd like the site to look the same so...

It's time for to go back into its coma. Oy!


It's time to bring back from the dead.

So I've breathed my 2 breaths and provided 30 pumps and now, it's my turn to sleep.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Softballs Might Be Bigger, But Golfers Have Better Aim

Dear whomever was hitting (or shooting) GOLFBALLS off your roof,

Thank you for pelting me in the head. I know it's highly improbable that it would actually find its way into my car on the freeway through the partially lowered window at 11:30pm on a weeknight, but clearly, you didn't realize you were dealing with the luckiest unlucky person in existence.

I'd like to return your golfball. Call me. I just want to talk, honest.

--> Target

P.S. I'm really not that bitter. It does make for a good story. If not only because I survived it without breaking the window or flipping my car up the exit ramp. Seriously!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Out of Order

I missed a few milestones here, but I found the time to write a book about bathroom automation. Good stuff.

I turned 30 on May 10th. Thank you to those of you who made it to St. Paul and helped cushion the impact of leaving my 20’s! For those of you who missed the celebration, you missed the gigantic photo collage my Mom made up which, now that I’m thinking about the 4-year-old in the Wonder Woman costume, maybe isn't such a bad thing :)! Thanks Mom for putting it together, it really meant a lot! And thank you Sarah and Shana for making sure I had a ride home so could whoop it up right! Want a second chance to rock it like it’s going out of style? Pub Crawl. Call me.

A week before my birthday, I was hit by a car. Crossing a crosswalk. Luckily, Mr. SF was turning right so had slowed down at least but still, all I saw was hood emblem, hood, and asphalt. I tumbled over the hood in true Hollywood style. Ironically, the man who hit me, who didn’t SEE me, is an eye doctor. The driver behind him? A personal injury lawyer. I'm freaking Larry David. Initially, I thought it was just my left knee, but just like the doctor told me, about 2 hours after the accident, everything started hurting. I’m surviving, but missing volleyball which I’m hating especially since I had to miss playoffs and now the beginning of the new beach season. I haven’t slept a good night’s sleep since it happened and I’m just exhausted from being in pain so constantly. I can deal with sprains – they hurt when you step on them. This aches and burns ALL DAY LONG. I only hope I fully recover and can get back on the court very soon.

Look both ways!!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Blow Me Away

“Several mobile homes were missing Wednesday from Eagle Pass, a community of about 26,000 residents, officials said, and more than 70 people were reported injured.”



There are at least 10 dead. An entire family huddled together in a mobile home. Tragic.

What crazy weather. Mother Nature is pissed!

I can't link to the story I pulled the quote from, but here's the story on cnn.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Virginia Tech

Thirty-three people are dead. 33. By a lone gunman? It's unimaginable. Horrifying.

There were two shootings yesterday morning. Two hours apart. The killer was methodical. Pre-meditation is an understatement.

I can't imagine the anguish that the victims, most just kids, felt when their dorm or classroom was filled with hate filled words and gunfire.

And by someone filled with jealousy and rage over what? Lifestyle? Not fiting in? He called out rich kids yet he had two very expensive weapons. An ammunition vest and obviously plenty of bullets.

I'm appalled that a human being could take so many lives and be such a coward as to take his own instead of facing what he'd done. I don't even have the words.

The media is also once again glorifying the act. I understand the need to report, however, I don't think it's an accident that the gunman specifically called out the Columbine shooters in his rants. He was inspired by them. Because of the sensationalized story. Too much energy has already been spent on this asshole. It's time to focus on the victims and the victims include not only those dead or injured, but the survivors as well.

Friday, March 02, 2007

F-ing Snow

Yeah, it's pretty. But I'm over it!

I missed last weekend's blizzard and had a brief scare I'd be stuck in New York when a winter storm was predicted and Jet Blue canceled a bunch of flights. Thankfully, Northwest didn't follow suit and the weather cleared up by Monday. Even though my neighbors helped out with my sidewalks, I was welcomed home with 5 hours of shoveling. The snow was so heavy!

Yesterday brought more of the same. 18"? Unbelievable. They closed the office at 2:45pm and I shoveled again even though it was still coming down pretty good. I knew it was only going to get heavier! By this morning, it was clear, but the weight of the plowed and fallen snow got the best of my little blue shovel. May it rest in peace.

All in all, I have shoveled a total of 12 hours this week. My body wasn't built for it! My elbow and knee tendons are protesting in a really inconvenient way.

Mom rescued me - she picked me up so I'm not all cooped up - we shouldn't need a winter storm to remind us to spend quality time with Mom, but I'm sure glad it did! Even considering the shoveling, tired tendons, and the crazy gigantic icicles that make me worry unnecessarily that their sheer weight will pull the entire gutter off my house.

Stay safe and warm!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hand

I got to meet little Gavin last night. What an absolute sweetheart he is! He's so ity-bity! The softest featheriest dark chocolate brown hair ever. He is so cute that I literally want to SCREAM! What lucky parents and what a lucky boy to have such a loving pair for parents.

I'm so glad to find that Shelly is doing wonderfully and even getting sleep - sometimes 3 hours at a time!

We had pizza, caught up and I got to hold that little bundle of joy. So precious.

Monday, February 05, 2007


Congratulations Shelly and Brent! I'm so excited to meet Gavin on Wednesday! I can't believe he's already 15 days old! I'm bursting with joy!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

In Remembrance

Mike Kruse was a good man. A strong, mild, funny, creative, man and an amazing cook. But all of the things he was, don't begin to sum up what he meant. My heart goes out to Jodell. Every Wednesday, my Mom, I, Becky, and Jodell would make baskets with Brad and Mike downtstairs doing their "Man things" :). During the visits before and after the basket making, I would always marvel at their relationship. Jodell and Mike were a happy and caring couple. Every week, I made a mental note that that is what I wanted someday. He left this world far too early and I'm sad Jodell is without her soulmate. I am just happy that Jodell has a wonderful network of friends and family that love her dearly. While I know it's unrealistic, I hope she never feels alone. She is, as Mike continues to be, always in our hearts.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

60,000 Feet

On October 20th, I had flown 6,272 miles since January 1, 2006.

I knew I would be traveling more often this quarter, but I didn't really think I would fly enough to keep my Silver Elite status. Flying "enough" would mean flying 18,728 miles in 2 months or 1,836 miles per week or 260 miles per day.

Well, here we are, 3 days short of a month past the 6,000 mile mark and I've more than doubled my mileage. I'm up to 13,492.

By this time in December, I will be sitting at 25,060 miles.

I'm happy not to be losing the special treatment that has quickly converted me into an airline snob and also that keeping such snob status has been made possible by trips to the likes of San Francisco, Nashville, San Antonio, Vegas, Philadelphia and Vegas again. But I really really miss being home. And by being home, I don't mean, just long enough to do laundry and dirty a water glass! Thank you to everyone who has been helping me take care of mi casa. Without you, I would come home to a house with no roof!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

For Free in Frisco

I was in San Francisco 2 weeks ago. I learned that the following are free in the Bay Area:

  • Sour milk at the Muni Starbucks.
  • Bullets in Japantown.
  • Items in plain sight in parked vehicles. Locked doors and rolled-up windows aside.
  • Brand new BMWs if parked in the same place for more the 17 hours.
  • Purses on BART if not secured with a proximity alarm and/or armed body guard.

    I witnessed so much crime, I was beginning to think I was somehow responsible.

    I got into town at 11pm and headed to the nearest bar. While waiting for a drink, I started a conversation with a guy. From Burnsville. Figures I would travel 1,600 miles and run into someone from my backyard. We drank, danced, and I relished in the perfect weather.

    I slept under the dining room table. Trust me, this story is better explained in person.

    Woke up Saturday and headed to the Fisherman's Wharf. Unfortunately, we pit-stopped at Starbucks and both indulged in Lattes. Fortunately for Dustin, he opted for the small. About 20 minutes later, we're waiting for the connector at Pier 3 and both of us are writhing in pain. Luckily, it was manageable by the time we hit Pier 39 and we had fun walking around, people-watching, and buying a Moss jersey for me to wear to the Raiders' game. We got home and I napped basking in the sun. This is vacation!

    Dustin gets us on a few guest lists and we head out for sushi at 8. By 9 we're just finishing up and waiting for the check.

    I hear commotion and it's coming closer. A panicked and hysterical Asian woman begs for my attention. "Call 911, someone's been shot!" I summon the waitress, she calls 911 and Dustin and I turn our attention to the street. I'd just used the restroom and thought the stairs went outside so I assumed the shooting was outside the building.

    It's probably important to understand the layout of the restaurant. Below is a map.

    There were 2 women who came up the stairs. The one who asked for the police is in fuchsia. I circled myself in red.

    Everyone is on their feet and most have moved closer to the windows. All of us are watching the two men across Post St. with caution. The street is eerily empty. I back away from the windows.

    One man falls, the other man runs. My stomach turns and I feel the blood retract from my face.

    People are rushing to the fallen man's side. Police arrived moments later along with a fire truck and three ambulances. This is when we learned there had been multiple shootings.

    Apparently, this mid-20's man had walked into the bar downstairs and asked for someone by name. There were four people in the bar – 2 employees and 2 patrons. The waitress told the man that she no longer worked there and he shot her in the head. He then turned and shot the bartender. The 2 patrons ran upstairs to our restaurant. I still shudder whenever I consider this. Why did he not follow the 2 who escaped? They could I.D. him. If he would have followed them, I would have been the first person he would have seen. Worse? This man has a fairly extensive criminal record and all of his previous crime has been against Koreans. All 3 of this night's victims were also Korean. Not only was I in the wrong place, but I fit the right profile. It's very morbid.

    When he left the bar, he crossed Post St. just outside our restaurant's windows and entered the Japantown Peace Plaza. The plaza, ironically, is known for a larger than life Peace Pagoda located right in its center. Within the reach of its shadow, the shooter encountered a young couple, said something to them and when the 22 year old man tried to walk around to avoid him, he was shot in the head point-blank.

    The waitress died on the scene. The plaza victim, 22 years old, died in hospice on Sunday. The bartender was last known to be in stable condition.

    I feel like I escaped something there. It took me a week to get over it. It's selfish, but I'm glad I didn't see anything too graphically close in proximity. It was hard enough dealing with the fact that we knew what had just happened. Seeing the blood spill would have likely found me in therapy.

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    Other than that, we saw a crackhead break into a car with complete disregard to being witnessed. A girl's purse was stolen on the Muni train while passing through the bay tunnel on the way to the Raiders game. A brand new BMW had its window smashed in and disappeared. I will not be moving to Frisco anytime soon. Maybe ever.

  • Tuesday, October 10, 2006

    Overdue Life Credits

    A shout out to bumper. You have rescued me several times of late. And never once questioned my character or highlighted my inability to judge that of others or their affect on mine. Thank you for being the coolest girl I know.

    Chad, for always letting me know with or without so many words that it’s OK to go after what I want when I want it and to even celebrate getting it every now and then.

    JW, for letting me cry and not freaking out about it. You’re a saint in so many ways you will never know. Well, some of them I think you’re well aware :).

    D-channel, for never letting me think the Twins were winning (payback = < 2 weeks).

    Missy, for forgiving me for being a complete idiot and thinking the transfers were reusable. Parchment. Duh.

    Thanks to the entire volleyball team(s) for a fantastic season. You guys rock the casba. Next year, maybe try a little harder to protect me from myself? And from the other team whipping the ball under the net and into my face. Cool, thanks.

    Friday, October 06, 2006


    I started this on 9/5. I am unbearably undedicated.


  • Pete, Kate, the lake isn't the same without you. I'll miss you lots but am excited to visit you extensively until Minnesota finally lures you back :) I wrote this when it was still 80 degrees outside

  • Welcome Austin! You have the coolest parents ever that will dress you in plenty of purple, maroon, and gold. Just not at the same time, duh. I'm so glad you're finally here so we can have your Mom back on our volleyball team! It's just not the same without her.

  • Speaking of babies, Shelly, Brent, so so so happy for you! And seriously, have you seen a cuter Mom-to-be?

  • Congratulations Jeremy and Melissa! I hope you have a long happy life together! I still can't believe I ran into you guys between your anniversary dinner and Jeremy's proposal. Timing is everything! I feel like I should apologize for making myself a part of your permanent engagement memory!

  • Amy and Phil, what a beautiful wedding and awesome band! I'm so happy for you and know you'll share a life full of happiness and successes. Your entire family is so loving and supporting - thank you and everyone for making me feel like part of the family!

  • Shannon and Matt, congratulations! The rain held off and you had a fantastic wedding! So much fun. Hope you're having a great time in D.C.! We've got to do that getting together thing more often!

  • Adam and Sunny, I hear your wedding was warm, beautiful, and touching - I hope your lives are filled with joy and happiness.

  • September Milestones: Jameson is 3, Jayden's 5, Mom's 55 and Chad & Nadine are 23 :). Albin celebrates his 2nd birthday and a happy anniversary celebrated by the Johnsons and the Rymers. I on the other hand, observed my adoption day. The fateful day when my parents signed on the proverbial dotted line and promised to love me forever.

  • Tuesday, June 13, 2006

    I'm lucky because...

    • While my Mom was in FL, I borrowed her Blazer to pick up a weight bench from a friend. When I was gassing it up to return it, I forgot my wallet on the rear bumper. Somehow it clung there until I parked safely in her garage.
    • I left my beloved sunglasses in the first shop we stopped in Red Wing. We shopped for hours before I realized I was missing them. This is significant because it's tough for me to find non-Ponch-style sunglasses that fit my head. We raced back to the first store to find them safely on the shelf where I had left them.
    • I got a new job that I'm going to love even more than my current job which I really actually love.
    • I met the coolest girl in all of uptown on my birthday. I am totally considering her to be my birthday present.
    • We kept in touch and ended up playing against each other our first night of Wednesday night volleyball. Let's call that "sealing the deal". We have become instant friends.
    • And we totally partied with Bret Michels tonight.

    I'm going to miss a lot of people. But we'll keep in touch. Because they're keeping track of my injuries. This has been a tough few weeks. Project closing, transition happening, big job decision. I don't think I would have made it through it without Sarah and the volleyball team.

    Thank you everyone who made it out to Gasthof's for the Maifest bash! I've played Hammerschlagen twice in my life and twice? I've won. Coincidence? Absolutely. It definitely did not have anything to do with the 2 liters of beer I consumed. Thanks for taking care of me Eszter and Sarah. Again, my life is owed to you. I hope that in someone's eyes, that is a good thing.

    Love and Poison,


    Wednesday, May 10, 2006

    It's My Birthday

    Too bad I already got retarded last night.

    Tip: When there are 4 shots of patron lined up at the bar waiting for midnight? Run.

    I couldn't even finish mine. And then I realized, my liver is 29 today too.

    My pre-birthday present was that I did not injure myself playing softball last night! My first real birthday present was the patron I suppose but one that isn't going to punish me is that my garbage man picked up my garbage which is awesome because he forgot me last week and it's been sitting out there since.

    I can tell I'm "patron'ed" because I'm even typing slow.

    Headaches and candles, what a lovely combination!

    Friday, January 13, 2006

    It ain't over

    I still have Christmas decorations up!

    So Merry Christmas & Happy 2006!

    Thursday, January 05, 2006

    Happy New Year

    I hope you had a fabulous time bringing in 2006 and that the party continues until 2007!

    Nobody says you can't have your Chocolate Cake and drink it too!

    Sunday, December 25, 2005

    Que Sera


    I will be forever filled with memories of playing Que Sera Sera for you while the sun set over Briggs Lake. I was always impressed with how you could play and sing. I could do one or the other and arguably, could never actually sing. But you never let me know that.

    We were always crafting, you taught me about Aloe and were always ready with an egg when I was hungry.

    I'm sad that you're not with us, but now I know you are with me wherever I go.

    Thank you for being a wonderful Grandma, for loving me and for letting me be a kid when I needed to be.

    I love you. And I always will.

    Merry Christmas in Heaven.

    Tuesday, December 06, 2005

    Three's Company

    My sweet little Godchild?

    She's THREE!

    Happy birthday, Angel.

    Saturday, November 19, 2005


    I vow never to take my luck for granted.

    A week ago today I dealership-hopped with Brent and Shelly. I'm so grateful for them. They took their entire Saturday and dedicated it to helping me find not only the exactly perfect car for me, but also the fabled phenomenal car deal.

    I was sure I wanted a BMW. I love the 330ci but the convertible is extra nice. The handling, the style, the intuitiveness of the automobile as a whole. But I was also sure I didn't want to pay an exorbitant amount of money for 3 simple letters. I didn't even know how to spell exorbitant.

    Our grand rounds included Infiniti, Volkswagen, Audi, and the beloved bimmer.

    We started out with the G35. Aaron Finger greeted us and immediately offered us Infiniti branded water. Before I could blink I was on the road in a 2006 automatic. I was taken aback with the smooth acceleration - that V6 moves! Could I really be looking for an AT? We discussed features, availability, and Aaron was respectful when we told him we had other dealers to visit.

    We drove through the Audi lot but the A4 1.8 liters are really the only Audis in my price range. I can't imagine stepping down in engine size. Besides I had that BMW on the brain.

    Volkswagen was next. Shelly really wanted to drive the new 3.6 liter V6 Passat too so we took one out. Cute features like an air conditioned glove box for transporting lunches and the umbrella storage is clever, but overall, there was road noise and it seemed like they cut some corners on the interior. Cheaper looking buttons, etc. No complaints about the ride itself though - one fo the smoother shifting automatics I've ever driven.

    Have you seen the new BMW body style? I love it. But the coupes don't come out until next fall! The salesman pitched his "Ultimate Driving Machine" 4-door as sporty enough for even Richard Petty and gave us a 6-speed manual tester complete with the sport package. The seat was awesome. Adjustable in a million ways, hugged in all the right places. But I couldn't shift that thing without the threat of whiplash to save my life. Brent had trouble too so at least I didn't feel quite as bad. The automatic was nice, but not nicer than the Infiniti and at $43k without navigation... even used with 20K miles, they were asking - and getting - over $30k.

    With the 330ci fresh in my mind, we made our way back to Infiniti to check out the G35 once more. I talked to Aaron again about options and asked to drive the 6-speed. As soon as I released the clutch, I knew I had to have it. We drove, I giggled, I almost ran a stop sign. It was a perfect match. We started talking about cost, options, rebates, discounts, things that only Brent and Aaron understood. The differences between the 05 and the 06 are distinct, but not worth the extra $3k to me. The 05 is already more car than I need. My cell phone isn't even blue tooth compatible and I don't know that I want to risk my key being more intelligent than I am. Plus, I like the taillights on the 05 better and the one on the showfloor was fully loaded and calling my name. Loudly. It wasn't a color I would have picked out of the brochure, but it grew on me quickly tempting "luxury" while the body screamed "speed". I was contemplating the attractiveness of ordering my own color and hand-picking my options when someone else opened the car door and gushed over it as he lowered himself into the driver's seat. I found my heart in my throat while I silently pleaded with him to "Get out! Now!" Yes, I was ready to make the deal. We started working numbers, they test drove my Prelude. We were about $1k off of where I wanted to be with my trade. They met me in the middle but Brent was smart and led the way out. "For now" he whispered as the door closed behind us. I was sad, but knowing it was closing time, making the car safe through Monday, helped. Was even thankful for another ride in the Honda and hurried home to get ready for Josh & Becky's party.

    Thankfully, I had no time to wallow in any amount of disappointment that I wasn't going to show up glitzed, glamoured and G35'd.

    The party was nothing short of perfect. I'd found a great dress, I was greeted with a friendly familiar face (Todd) and Josh & Becky's friends proved to be interesting, enlightening and fun. Some great connections were made, Texas Hold 'Em played and wine and delicacies enjoyed. I even met a wonderful gal who happens to sell blinds! I was worried I'd feel uncomfortable and sure I wouldn't stay long but I didn't leave until after 3am. A sure sign of cocktail party success!

    Sunday = Slipknot = the first metal concert I went to and nearly fell asleep during. Another indication of a successful cocktail party :)

    Monday: further negotiations + bowling intermission + more negotiations + papers signing = new car owner!

    I absolutely LOVE it.

    Thank you again Brent & Shelly. You made this whole experience fun and for the first time ever, I feel like I got an absolute steal at a car dealership!

    And Navigation? The option I swore I didn't need? How in the world did I survive without it? It will even highlight the nearest shoe stores. Or more importantly, gas stations. I might be frequenting the local fill-up stations more now. I think the V6 comes standard with a straw.

    Thursday, November 17, 2005

    Birthday Wishes!

    It's Shelly's birthday today! I'm wishing you the best day ever because you're the best friend ever. We will have Champps wings soon.

    I'll drive :)

    Wednesday, October 19, 2005

    Wanted: Faux Sister

    ... to have a fabulous birthday!

    Happy Birthday Jolynn!

    Here's to more random local band enjoyment!

    You rock the Dim Sum.

    Thursday, September 29, 2005

    News Worthy

  • Chanting or not, System of a Down puts on a great show! Thank you Jolynn, for bringing us and for whatever favors you have to do for those front row seats! (haha)

  • I bought a house! It was the 3rd house Evon showed me on Saturday. It's a 1.5 story in St. Louis Park and it couldn't be more perfect. It's true what they say, I knew it was "the one" immediately.

    So, it took a few weeks of looking before I figured out what it was that I wanted. Evon weathered the flip-flop between single family and condo/townhome like a champion and helped me understand real potential and value. Above and beyond the normal call of duty. It's so great to have worked with someone who really has my best interests in mind. It was never about a paycheck, it's about the investment that will undoubtedly play a huge part in my life.

    Of all the homes we saw, this was the only one with absolutely no maintenance needs. Everything is new. Maintenance free siding, gutters, gutter guards, windows, doors, storm doors, kitchen cabinets/appliances, bathroom cabinets/fixtures/sink/tub/toilet, furnace, a/c, water heater, water softener, washer/dryer. Even the garage is new.

    I'm still in disbelief that in 2 1/2 weeks I am going to be a homeowner! I've never been so excited to pay rent in my life - it will be my final rent payment, hopefully ever!

    Party on 10/22! Come on over for food and drink. Call or e-mail for details!

  • New York was fabulous. I will post a couple of pictures when I have a chance. Which might mean next year :)

    Enjoy the weekend!

    Oktoberfest at Gasthof's this weekend. Friday & Saturday 5pm-11pm + post-tent Mario's patronage. This time, I will be pouring beer instead of consuming it. Well, mostly pouring beer anyway.

  • Monday, June 06, 2005

    Happy Birthday Jill Hyser!


    It's officially the most beautiful day of the year so far! Just for you!

    I hope you enjoy your day and can't wait to celebrate with you tonight!

    We will need to continue the celebration into the weekend.

    Because we can.


    Announcing Emily & Luke Marier

    Emily and Luke's wedding was wonderful.

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    Emily was, not surprisingly, a gorgeous bride. Her dress was beautiful as was the smile she wore all day.

    I drove through rain to Treasure Island, but the clouds thinned and skies brightened the closer I got to my destination. I took photos as the girls got ready and we headed to the Afton Orchard around 2:30. Guests arrived and we hid Emily until it was time. They were hay-riding the final guests out to the ceremony clearing when it started downpouring. Not the light, unnoticable kind, the heavy-unmistakable-pounding-on-the-rooftop kind. I saw Emily's heart jump up in her throat but she held herself together extremely well. Little Miss Kennedy was a welcome distraction and the rain stopped after only a few minutes and about 10 minutes later we got the go-ahead that the ceremony would still commence outdoors. We prepared for the hayride and were amazed to be greeted with bright blue skies and warm sunshine. Even the guests and groomsmen stayed fairly dry and nobody complained about the recent shower.

    I'm not kidding you, the weather was amazing during their wedding. The rain had everything bright green and glistening. The birds were chirping and the bugs were still in hiding. Their ceremony was short and sweet and so heartfelt. Not a dry eye was in sight. The rain almost made it even more special. It felt as if the skies cleared just for them. And just long enough too...

    Just as we were wrapping up on pictures, another rain cloud was on its way. Not just any rain cloud, this one resembled Godzilla. We were afraid we were going to be poured on as we approached the darkness but made it safely into the reception dry and happy as could be. If it rained again, we didn't notice and the rest of the evening was wonderful. Great food, wonderful family, fabulous friends, 4 kegs and a fun DJ.

    I took 850 pictures. I will post one of the bride and groom very soon.

    Good luck in Vegas you two! Thank you for involving me in your big day!!

    Wednesday, June 01, 2005

    Becca K

    Becca K turned Becca B turned 28 today!

    Happy birthday Becky, I hope you guys had a great day.

    Hope you're feeling great and getting ready for Beyer Baby number 2!

    Wednesday, May 18, 2005


    Nothing to do with the Florida ballots
    Or the landlocked country in Africa.

    But it is his birthday today and May birthdays rule!

    Hope it's happy Chad. Try to stay awake past 9 :)

    Sunday, May 15, 2005

    Happy Birthday Kris!

    Enjoy your day!

    I will come up to Be-Bops sometime to see you guys at volleyball and celebrate!

    Happy Mother's Day!

    Friday, May 13, 2005


    I drove by Nye's at 9:45pm last night. Which would have been when this guy got bounced.

    He returned at 10:34 and fatally shot the bouncer.

    Sad. Shocked. That's all I can think of right now.

    Wednesday, April 27, 2005

    Happy Bee-lated Birthday


    I'm sorry I'm late to wish you a happy birthday! I hope you had a great day yesterday, Ms. Honeybee.

    Sounds like I may get to see you tonight, but for sure on Sunday!

    Thursday, March 17, 2005

    O' Happy Day

    From Korea to the U.S.
    She flew in on an Airbus
    Swedish her Dad is
    But she arrived on St. Patty's
    And so she thought herself Irish!

    I really need to work on my limerick skills.

    Today we celebrate all that is GREEN.
    The luck o' the Irish, shamrocks, and green beer. You really can't go wrong.

    Today also makes me feel patriotic and humbled; thankful to be here. 26 years ago today, I was on a plane, sleeping soundly while my life changed forever. I've always been lucky. I have parents who loved my every step, friends who have been and will be forever, a great career, shelter, food. Choices. Being the only Korean-Swede-but-Irish-by-default, is just an extra perk.

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

    Have Fun.
    Be Safe.

    Saturday, March 12, 2005

    Happy Birthday Susie & Stacy!

    I got to celebrate Susie & Stacy's birthdays last night.

    We dished at Buffalo Wild Wings for awhile, then headed to Time Out and eventually to The Venue. White Castle's rock!

    Thanks for inviting me out, Girls. & for putting me up for the night. Or putting up with me; however you look at it :)

    I love you guys!

    Monday, March 07, 2005

    Small World

    I've been having the usual work history talk with some of the telecom guys here - it's funny how we all seem to have just fallen into the industry. I credit my start to Dominic DesMarais who hired me into Call Management at Damark so many years ago.

    I just applied for a mortgage last Tuesday.

    These seem unrelated, but Wednesday night, I got a mass mail postcard with Dominic's photo on it. He's a Mortage Advisor. I wrote him and we caught up briefly - he may be able to help me with my mortgage and I may be able to help him with a website. Funny how things work out! If you're looking for a home > e-mail Dominic!

    Kennedy should be coming home in 2 weeks. I'm so excited for Sus & Keith! Also, it was Susie's birthday yesterday. Oh to be 25 again :)

    Hey did you know that you can get Internet connection at HOME? I'm going to splurge so I should have more time to devote to this, and which Cory will be happy about. I'm SO sorry that I haven't been a faster worker. It's hard to work when you have to transfer files all over the place and wait in line for 20 minutes at the business office only to realize you have the wrong version on the flash drive.

    Sherry & Randy's baby chihuahuas are the cutest, sweetest, tiniest packages of love ever. I will post pictures. I just can't promise when.

    Speaking of cute, I bought a cute little plant from Target. I didn't want to over-water it, so I under-watered it and it's waifing away. Now I've probably drowned it. I'm sure there's a happy medium in there somewhere. If I could only find it.

    Such is life. There's more to tell but I'm not sure how and right now isn't probably the best time since I have to start work. I love my job but man, does work get in the way :)

    Happy Monday everyone.

    Wednesday, February 09, 2005


    Sorry I've been MIA for so long!

    I hope that everything is well with you!

    Wow a lot is new.

    Susie and Keith welcomed Kennedy Susan into this brave new world on Thursday January 27th. She was a precious 2 lbs. 6 oz. but she's grown very strong and was even breathing on her own on the 28th. She's impressing everyone daily - doing things that nobody thought was possible! Mom and Dad are doing very well as well, but can't wait to bring Kennedy home.

    Ryan and I both have new jobs. I start mine on the 14th... & I can hardly wait!! I'm sad to leave BT though. I will miss working with my friends. I'm going to Guidant which ironically, is in the same building. My new office will be upstairs and around the corner. It's a great opportunity and I'm sure it was the right move. I just hope the transition goes well here. I've been busy the past 2 weeks creating a web guide to Telecom. My replacement has no call center or telecom background so they have a lot to chew on. I hope the guide will be helpful to them. I'm reminded by everyone I'm surrounded by, not to worry so much - that it's not my responsibility, but well, apparently I'm not convinced.

    Ryan's going to Rosemount Office Systems to engineer customized office furniture/storage/equipment. He starts on the 21st. It's a smaller company and seems to be a real laid back atmosphere so he's sure to love it. Most definitely getting paid benefits will be cause for celebration.

    Friday > Blue Fox > Celebrate.

    More later.

    Wednesday, December 29, 2004


    I forgot to wish all of you a Merry Christmas! I'm so sorry... belated wishes to you now - and cheers to a very happy new year!

    We're getting very close to cutting to the new Avaya solution at work. I'm excited. I'm nervous. Scratch that. Scared to death, and totally, utterly overprepared.

    I'm excited about the progress on the website I'm designing. I hope that it brings Cory a lot of business. And maybe, just maybe, he'll recommend me to do other sites! We should be cutting the red ribbon in a couple of weeks, so expect a more formal announcement soon!

    I won my fantasy football league even though all 3 of my running backs fell short of the 100 yard marker. My opponent's kicker scoring 0 points and the Roy Williams/Jimmy Smith disaster helped. Excellent, now I can afford to eat in January.

    I hope you're all well, warm and comfortable. Enjoy the New Year's celebration, but be safe.

    Thursday, December 09, 2004

    Baby baby!

    I've been going to St. Scholastica for over a year and I just realized today that I can post to my website from here. It might be worth my trouble to bring my laptop in after all!

    I finally bought a computer for home. Anyone have a use for a 133mhz Acer? It has a 2 GB hard drive!!! A great door stop and dust collector.

    Speaking of babies...

    I didn't announce formally that my friends in Sweden, Julian and Annelie had their baby bunting, Albin, on September 30th. He's such a beautiful boy.

    I missed Stephanie & Martos' baby Jazzlyn's birthday - she was born a healthy happy baby girl on October 11th. I can't wait to see you next Thursday!

    Susie and Keith are also expecting, due on April 10th. She's quite possibly the cutest she's ever been - and that's amazing in itself!

    My cousin Debby is expecting her 4th boy.

    Kari and Erik await their bundle of joy.

    And my personal trainer is due at the end of March.


    Monday, December 06, 2004

    Terrible Two's?

    Claudia enters her terrible two's today but I don't see how they'll ever actually be terrible. She's such a sweetheart, full of energy and love. So expressive and intense. And she loves her baby dolls.

    Happy birthday, Princess!

    Friday, October 29, 2004

    Happy Birthday Alex!

    Happy birthday miss gymnast Alex!

    I hope all your birthday wishes come true! I'll be seeing you soon armed with only your birthday present and a big huge bear hug.

    Cari Lynn

    Tuesday, August 10, 2004

    Emily & Luke's Puppy

    Meet Lily.

    She's a pisces who loves long walks in the park and enjoys playing fetch and chewing shoes, preferrably new ones. She's playful, sweet and not afraid of anything. [More Pictures]

    Saturday, June 26, 2004


    Thank you Mandy and Scot for the honor of being so involved in your big day. I'm so glad I got to spend some time with you and your families and get to know more of your friends. I hope your happiness and love grows stronger with each passing day. You truly were meant for each other.

    Volleyball. Soon!

    Tuesday, June 22, 2004

    Every Fraction of an Inch Counts

    I went to the Dr. today.

    I'm 5 foot 1 and a 1/2 inches tall - I grew 1/2 an inch.

    Hanging upside down 4 hours a day must be working!

    Saturday, June 19, 2004

    To A Life Full Of Love

    Cheers to you Laura and Darren. May you find peace and happiness around every corner. Take comfort in each other and never stop dreaming.

    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.

    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 07, 2004


    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!

    Thursday, April 29, 2004

    Franklin, My Dear

    In 1 day and a wake-up, Chad and Wendy will be Mr. and Mrs. Franklin.

    And I couldn't be happier!

    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.

    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.

    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!!

    Wednesday, August 20, 2003

    Local News Worthy

    After the Friday night softball game was won, Mom and I headed to Hudson. We stopped for dinner at the IHOP - their Country Griddle Pancakes have got to be illegal. I'm not allowed to run races anymore. I'm a total bottomless pit the day before. It's ridiculous! I got up at 6am, had a bowl of cereal and we headed to the races. It was hot. The worst kind - not only was there no breeze but it was incredibly humid. I didn't drink enough water - in fact I didn't have any water the night before or in the morning - I won't make that mistake again! After the first mile I didn't think I was going to make it! I actually considered walking after 2 miles. Even with the heat and the hills, I ended up improving by about a minute - 24:37! I made top 20 overall and was the 11th female. I was 5th in my age group. The best part of the whole thing was breakfast? the race director recommended San Pedros. It was unbelievable! Cool building, excellent food, awesome service. The whole 9 yards. I'd even make the trip just to eat there again!

    Jill, Mandy, Scot, Ryan and I met up at Gabe's at 3:30. We headed up to the Saints game at 6 - in plenty of time for us to get our Randy Moss hood ornaments. Instead of everyone carrying their prize, I asked for a bag at the souvenir stand. They handed over a bright red bag that said BIOHAZARD all over it. That's strangely appropriate. We had fun heckling the players and beer always tastes great in the ball park! Channel 5 news interviewed me about the hood ornaments. For about 5 minutes I'm not kidding. I'm not even sure what all I said other than making some digs on Moss. When I came into work on Monday, one of the guys remodeling our building stopped me and asked me if the Saints won on Saturday? yeah I think it's bad when complete strangers recognize you. Worse yet, one of our VP's came by and quipped, "Should I be asking you for your autograph?" He left saying that it looked like I was having a good time. Tell me, does that mean I sounded drunk??? I should have been more prepared to take some heat for this as Ryan & I left the game early and headed downtown. We were hanging out at Brother's with his friends and saw me, in living color, on the big screen. Now I wish it would have had sound so at least I'd know what ridiculous things they used! We eventually made our way to Rosen's and heated up the dance floor the rest of the night. After such a workout we replenished ourselves with Pizza Luce. Ryan's a lot of fun. We have a lot in common such as volleyball (how we met), running and fantasy football. He makes me laugh and well, he's hot.

    Sunday was Hoosier Daddy's first game. We played on turf!! We lost by 5 but we played well considering we didn't get a chance to practice! I went up to BeBops after the game - we lost our games but we had a good time playing for fun afterwards. It's amazing how much the play improves when there's no pressure and everyone's relaxed and having fun.

    Yesterday was my student orientation at St. Scholastica. I got a laptop and my schedule - I'll be taking C++ and Psychology in 2 weeks! I'm excited to get back to it, but not so thrilled about the time sacrifice. I'm worried about finding time to study in between 2 softball leagues, 2 bowling, volleyball, basket class and 2 nights of school. Hmm, more activities than there are days in a week. This ought to be interesting.

    Tonight is my fantasy football draft. I still haven't gotten together my player rankings but I have a good idea of what's going on so I think I'll be OK. I can't do much worse than last year so there isn't too much pressure! Wish me luck...

    Hope you're all having a good week! I'm busy as usual as you might have guessed by yet another super long post - this one only took me 2 days to write though so I'm improving :) Somebody sleep for me!!!

    Thursday, August 14, 2003

    Power Outage

    I'm working on the last week's updates...

    But in the meantime check this out. There has been a major simultaneous power outage in several major cities. Confirmed: New York, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Toronto, and Ottawa.

    Thursday, July 03, 2003

    Engaging News

    Congratulations to Wendy and Chad on their engagement! I can't express how happy I am for them! I wish them the very best and may their love grow stronger every day. They also just closed on their townhouse in Oakdale. It's great to know your friends are happy.

    Friday, June 06, 2003

    My Only Single Girlfriend's Birthday

    It's your birthday
    Jill Hyser
    Rum will be flowing
    Like a geyser

    Are you ready?

    26-year old?

    Save yourself for tomorrow girlfriend. It's gonna be a party, DMX style.

    Wednesday, May 28, 2003

    Cari, You Carry?

    The Conceal-Carry gun law went into effect today.

    There's a large bold-type sign at the front of our building:


    Welcome back to Texas :)

    Maybe this will end some of the road rage - you just never know who's carrying now.

    Wednesday, February 12, 2003

    The Great News Debate

    I'm so frustrated with the local news I could scream. I grew up with Kare 11 and was completely satisfied with their newscast until one fine day late last year when we accidentally watched the KSTP 5 news. As the news anchors fought for the last word in their good-byes, Kelly and I looked at each other in disbelief. So maybe the newspeople aren't as polished, but we felt better informed. It's as if Kare 11 does 5 stories extremely well while channel 5 does 15 stories. 15 stories!? Can't we forgive a few word fumbles here and there? We intended to check out the other news programs to determine which one we favored but now that we know that different stations cover different stories we can never decide which station to tune into. Even the stories you think every channel will feature won't be in the newscast you decide to watch. I believe this is a government conspiracy.

    But seriously, we watched 29 news last night because they were to cover a story about black boxes in some cars that could be used against us and "cost us money" in their words. We were disappointed when the story never aired. How can this be???? I ought to write a strongly worded letter but then again maybe it aired while I was admiring Kare 11's pretty faces during a commercial break. The humanity of it all.

    I found this link on the Internet. There you can even see if your car has a black box recording your every move. I always wanted a big brother, but someone got the wrong idea. I don't know how this could end up costing us money, but my car doesn't have one so plbbbt.

    The Great News Debate

    I'm so frustrated with the local news I could scream. I grew up with Kare 11 and was completely satisfied with their newscast until one fine day late last year when we accidentally watched the KSTP 5 news. As the news anchors fought for the last word in their good-byes, Kelly and I looked at each other in disbelief. So maybe the newspeople aren't as polished, but we felt better informed. It's as if Kare 11 does 5 stories extremely well while channel 5 does 15 stories. 15 stories!? Can't we forgive a few word fumbles here and there? We intended to check out the other news programs to determine which one we favored but now that we know that different stations cover different stories we can never decide which station to tune into. Even the stories you think every channel will feature won't be in the newscast you decide to watch. I believe this is a government conspiracy.

    But seriously, we watched 29 news last night because they were to cover a story about black boxes in some cars that could be used against us and "cost us money" in their words. We were disappointed when the story never aired. How can this be???? I ought to write a strongly worded letter but then again maybe it aired while I was admiring Kare 11's pretty faces during a commercial break. The humanity of it all.

    I found this link on the Internet. There you can even see if your car has a black box recording your every move. I always wanted a big brother, but someone got the wrong idea. I don't know how this could end up costing us money, but my car doesn't have one so plbbbt.

    Saturday, February 08, 2003

    Congratulations to Danielle and Ben!

    Best wishes to you today on your wedding day! May your love grow stronger every day.

    Friday, January 17, 2003

    Happy 26th!

    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to Kelly
    Happy Birthday to you

    Hope this year is full of bliss honey

    Thursday, January 16, 2003

    Bach Does Broadway

    Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar is scheduled to open at the Orpheum theater in downtown Minneapolis on January 28th. I was a bit shocked and a little amused to hear that Sebastian Bach is cast in the part of Jesus.

    For those of you who didn't get into the hair bands of the 80's, Bach was the lead singer of Skid Row famous for "18 and Life", "I Remember You" and "Youth Gone Wild" I was a huge fan.

    Apparently this isn't his first stage appearance as he was cast in Jekyll and Hyde in 2000. What do you know, there is life after hair band!

    Other stories: Citizen Times and Preview

    Wednesday, January 15, 2003

    Announcing Claudia's Webpage!

    Naturally, the beloved God-daughter of the web-geek has her own webpage.

    *Warning: Viewing this webpage may make you want to have your own.

    Monday, January 06, 2003

    31 Glorious Days

    Claudia's a month old today! I can hardly believe it!

    I lost my voice with the new year and apparently haven't caught up with it yet. I was feeling fine on Friday but my condition's worsening daily. My aunt Shari is very sick. I sent her a card today. I hope we're both feeling better soon!

    You know you're really sick when you don't even want to bowl tonight. Well I suppose that's assuming you're a bowlaholic like me.

    Friday, December 20, 2002

    Happy Birthday Dad!

    We went to Benihana last night to celebrate my Dad's birthday. The food was fantastic. Dad had teriyaki beef with shrimp, Kelly had steak and shrimp and I had tenderloin chicken and shrimp. Our chef got a little frustrated a few times when the shrimp tails didn't flip over his head around his shoulder and into his shirt pocket but overall I'd give him a B+ for effort. Word to the wise... you get shrimp saute automatically for an appetizer, no need to order it - all you get is more shrimp! That being said, it's the same shrimp in the appetizer as in your entree, so keep that in mind when ordering. The fried rice is absolutely mouth watering. Order it. The sake martini is everything it sounds like it should be. Drink it if you're not driving.

    Dad - I hope you have a great birthday!

    Friday, December 06, 2002

    She's Here!!!

    Claudia Kathleen Rymer was born at 8:26 pm on Friday, December 6th, 2002!
    She is 6 pounds 10 ounces and 20 1/2 inches of angel.

    She's beautiful from



    I'm a Godmother!

    Tuesday, October 29, 2002

    Happy 4th Birthday

    Miss Alexandra Rymer

    Monday, October 07, 2002

    Cry Baby

    Saturday night, Heather and Mike asked me to be a Godmother!

    I cried. I just love them and their kids so much! Heather's parents are my Godparents and have always been very special to me. I've always wanted to do the same for Heather's family.

    I'd say that Heather & Mike couldn't know just how incredibly happy I am to have been honored in this way but I think they know. Perhaps the fact that tears fell every time we talked about it, even at Perkins afterwards might have shed some light on just how important this is to me. Thank you so much - my heart is overwhelmed.

    Saturday, September 21, 2002

    Shelly & Brent Johnson!

    Congratulations on your Wedding Day Shelly & Brent!

    It was a beautiful day.

    The girls' met in Champlain to get our hair done. I'm sad to say I'll surely have nightmares about the killer bobby pins for the next week. But happy because this hair is not going to move until I force it to.

    I had to get my nails redone because the guy yesterday airbrushed the french manicure on my nails and the paint chipped off by this morning. Word to the wise - airbrushing doesn't work on natural nails.

    Then it was off to the church for pictures! I forgot my jewelry at home but Kelly got it to the church literally 45 seconds before pictures started. Everything was falling into place.

    Showtime! I can hardly believe this moment is upon us! I'm watching Shelly up by the altar vowing to love this man for life and I'm so happy I cry.

    The reception was so much fun. The slide show was a huge success. The food was fantastic. Dancing was superb. Shelly's day was perfect and noone deserves perfection more. You'll always be my bestest friend Shell-bell. Always. I am so honored to be a part of this incredible day.

    May your love grow stronger every day!

    Thursday, September 12, 2002

    Traffic Report

    We interrupt this website to bring you this morning's Minneapolis traffic report.

    As you may know, many of the downtown streets have been torn up for most of this year as they work to complete the light rail system below street level. You can imagine the traffic delays as road closures seem to change with the workers' underwear. As a token of the Minneapolis Mayor's appreciation for everyone's patience with the traffic problems, he announced he'd be handing out free doughnuts at a central downtown location. Probably thousands of people flooded the streets to indulge themselves thus causing a major traffic jam. Irony is bliss.

    Wednesday, September 11, 2002

    In Remembrance

    We celebrate anniversaries of change every year. The day we first met. The day we were married. The day we came to America. The day we started our jobs. Today is the day when America woke up.

    It's been 1 year and not a day has gone by that something about 9/11 hasn't played through our minds. The way our parents remember where they were when JFK was shot; we will remember where we were when we heard the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

    To the victims and their families; to the tireless firefighters, policemen and emergency workers; to the everyday heroes present wherever you look; to the hopeful; to the children. I lift my eyes to the heavens and pray for you and promise not to forget how you died, saved, carried on, forgave and ultimately won on this infamous day. Our lives are forever changed, but we will not surrender or lose ourselves in this so called war.

    So today and every day...
    Say "thank you" to the bus driver. Wave at a police officer. Pull over when you see an oncoming emergency vehicle. Slow down. Appreciate life. Give someone a flower. Be kind to an elderly person. Love. Make peace. Be true to yourself and you will never be lost.

    Friday, July 26, 2002

    Samantha's Ice Skates

    If you've read the story below about Samantha's birthday party, you'll understand why this picture made me laugh hysterically until my belly ached.

    Monday, July 15, 2002

    Pool Accident Claims Young Life

    My God this happened at our apartment building yesterday...

    Apparently a 13 year old girl drowned in the apartment pool yesterday. She couldn't swim and somehow got the the deep end where her mother tried throwing her a life ring but was too late. Bystanders were trying to resuscitate her when police arrived.

    She'd just moved with her Mother & her 11 yr old brother to the US from South Korea last week. Her Father is trying to get to the US to be with his family.

    I can't even express how sad this makes me. How could this be allowed to happen??? I can't make sense of this.

    Wednesday, June 19, 2002

    Kari has a sister!!

    Kari has a sister!!

    Saturday, March 30, 2002

    To Adam & Heather

    Congratulations on your wedding day! We hope you are having a wonderful time in Las Vegas! Surely luck will be on your side.

    Heather & Mike went to Vegas for the wedding and ended up winning lots o' money! Congrats you two! & please don't forget your friends :) Just teasing, buy yourselves something nice or go on vacation (pssst..take me with you!)

    Tuesday, March 19, 2002

    More Participation Than Bargained For

    In Ohio, a 13 year old girl dies after being hit in the side of the head by a puck at a hockey game. And she was a spectator. How awful. I can't even imagine what her family must be going through right now. No words.

    Thursday, March 07, 2002

    Don't Mess With...

    This is why I do not live in Texas anymore!

    Wednesday, February 20, 2002

    Happy 30th Birthday Heather!!

    I gave Heather a pin that was in the shape of lips that flashed. It said "Kiss Me I'm 30". She put it on her pants.

    Chuck is Mike's friend. Chuck went to the Timberwolves game that night. Chuck had several, if not thousands, of beers. Chuck was very drunk. Chuck was yelling "Terri" all night long but I finally realized he was talking to me towards the end of the night. I played along as he introduced me to his friend (I forgot his name, is this ironic?) correcting him only to say my name was Bob. He spent the rest of the evening apologizing for thinking my name was Terri.

    Kelly had conversations with himself all the way home.

    And where IS Taco Johns in New Hope?

    Thursday, January 17, 2002

    Kelly's a quarter century

    Happy birthday Kelly! The best years are yet to come.

    Monday, January 14, 2002

    Brent & Shelly

    I just realized I started this news page after Brent and Shelly's engagement and never wrote about it! On Shelly's birthday, November 17th, Brent had a diver at the Mall of America aquarium swim down with a sign that said, "Shelly, Will you marry me? (Love, Brent, not the diver)" They've set their date for September 2002! Shelly has asked me to be a bridesmaid in their wedding. I'm so honored to be a part of the beginning of their life together. It means so much. My earliest memories include her - we were inseparable when we were small. We're a little taller now, but our friendship will last a lifetime.

    am not. are too. am

    am not. are too. am not. are too. dee too.
    Kelly and my conversation about him being a quarter century old on Thursday

    Thursday, January 10, 2002

    April Fools'!

    Adbusters: Fools Fest ...Um, where the heck was I???

    Friday, December 21, 2001

    Real Realtor

    My cousin Heather is closing on her 3rd house today! Congratulations!

    Thursday, December 20, 2001

    Mind Clutter

    I think I've collected most of the fragments of my brain and pieced them back together. I went shopping at lunchtime. I found a few sweaters for myself.
    Carnac the Magificent says: Marshall Field's 13-hour Sale.
    Inside the envelope: Makes me think I have more money than I have.
    OK, so that wasn't funny. I'll have to work on this.
    Today is my Dad's birthday - Happy Birthday Dad!
    4 more days to wait for Santa!

    Wednesday, December 19, 2001


    Amy Irene Pease
    She's moving away
    Moving away
    to a place called Green Bay

    She will be missed
    I hope that she knows
    We'll think of her lots
    like every time that it snows

    Also in the summer
    When we go to Lone Tree
    Or to the Fine Line
    to butt-wiggle to Boogie

    Us Vikings fans
    We don't mind
    Her favor for Favre
    and the green and yellow kind

    And so I will close
    now that everyone knows
    how much we'll miss Amy
    and her cute little nose :)

    Good Luck Amy!
    We will be tailgating in Green Bay!
    Thank you for being a good friend.

    Thursday, December 06, 2001

    Wal-Mart Kills

    I got this from another blogpage you've got to check this out! and this scares me (Sheryl, have they been to your Wal-mart??).
    Oh and it's been over 24 hours since I've had a cigarette! I think I'm even over the initial crabbiness although the people around me may beg to differ.

    Sunday, November 25, 2001

    The Ribbon is Cut!

    First entry as just made this page today. Not exactly sure what will be accomplished by this page, but what have we got to lose except for a few minutes? Have the post-vacation blues. Look outside and see nothing but snow. Wish I was still in California! Picked up Jazmine from my Mom's last night. I think she's glad to be home but is missing Maddie. Last night also started to put up the Christmas tree. I do not have 9' ceilings, it does not fit. Am trying to figure out a use for a flat-topped tree. If you can think of anything, e-mail me - I need help! Darn thing won't even fit on the patio.

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