December 7, 2009

Happy Holidays 2009

I felt like sharing my new favorite holiday wallpapers for my computer.  If they had a smell, it would be evergreen and holly berry.



I also discovered that ABC Family does the "25 Days of Christmas" which I decided I would check in with every night.  It saves me from having to Netflix all the holiday movies that I LOVE to watch, but refuse to spend $20.00 since I only watch them once a year.  The first night was Santa Clause 3 with Tim Allen & Martin Short.  They had a Harry Potter weekend, which doesn't make much sense to me other than the fact that the Half Blood Prince comes out on dvd tomorrow and Warner Bros paid them to pump fans up to buy the new release, which we totally will.

My dumb ass purchased christmas cards this year from shutterfly, but instead of selecting 50, apparently I only bought 12 and paid the same for shipping.  So tonight, I had to order more.  It's stupid things like that that really make me feel like an idiot.

Although it may not seem like it with all my ramblings of christmas cards and movie marathons, I do look forward to the holiday party season.  We went to the Johnson's 4th annual naughty or nice party this past weekend.  It was an absolute blast.  We haven't found funny presents in the past to bring, but this year we looked in advance and found "jingle jugs" which bounce up and down to the song "titties and beer" and we bought a mouse pad that instead of a gel wrist pad, there are boobs there to support your wrist and save you from carpel tunnel (spelling?)  Needless to say, they were quite a hit.  We came home empty handed.  I fought over some scratch offs that were big fat losers.  Holly did pack us numerous tupperwares full of food leftover.  Below is a picture of the Fatty Patty, which was by far the most hysterical gift there.

Horrible or classy?  Remember, I'm still trying to define that word.  Anyways, this weekend the party circuit envolves holiday "open house" with all the high level managers from work at the owner's house, my mother's famous cookie exchange (I never get invited, I just show up and steal cookies) and some good old fashioned drunk baking with Mary on sunday.  In the meantime, I'll let everyone know if I find any good holiday deals.  Cheers to full glasses of eggnog and Fatty Patty.

August 18, 2009

Bike Rides and Bad Minnesota Accents

Justin and I started our "exercise" plan last night.  We took the dogs for a walk, only about a 1/2 mile because they were naughty and barked at just about everything.  Lola was apparently threatened by the plastic they have on the side of the school right now while they are doing renovations.  The plastic would blow in the wind and she would lunge towards the school with the hair up on her back like she was about to attack.  Quincy on the other hand, spotted a white fluffy dog (his personal favorite) and started barking and it took him 3 long blocks to stop.  If he's really trying to impress these white dogs, I don't understand why he chooses the girly squeals and screeches when he tries to communicate.  Following our doggy adventure, we took a bike ride.  I'm just thankful and shocked that my legs aren't too sore to walk this morning.

After our exercise, we watched the movie Fargo that we had netflixed.  A few things:
  1. I didn't see Paul Bunyon's name in the credits, but I'm pretty sure they showed his statue like 15 times in the movie, with no real relevance.  
  2. I am not pleased with the ending.  I don't feel like I figured anything out.  I really liked the Coen Brothers stuff I have seen so far, like the Big Lebowski, Burn After Reading and O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  3. The Minnesota accents were so ridiculous that I think they may have been the sole reason why Justin did not like the movie.  He gave it a 6.  Better luck next time.
So far this morning, Justin has already dropped blackberry in toilet and I will be having peanut butter and banana toast.  We'll see how this week pans out.

August 12, 2009

Looking Back

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I love this photo of Duluth taken by a girl I knew in college.  Some days, I think back on my crazy out of control times there and miss it a tad bit.  Then, I think of how much it helped me grow up and how much I've changed since smoking "all natural" cigarettes at the rate of a pack a day, drinking cheap beer and whiskey and I mean CHEAP, and not giving a crap about school.  If I could go back and change a few things, I think I would.  I would have at least raised my GPA and shown more appreciation to the teachers who actually inspired me to go to class more than once a week.  Doc Martin still tops my list.  That is a little surprising because he taught the stats class I dreaded when I registered for it.  He made it fun and gave me an A+.  I never thought I'd figure it out.

I'm still sicker than crap.  I don't understand the phrase "sick as a dog" because the entire time I've been trying to sleep and rest like the doctor says, the dogs are running around, barking and playing.  They are helping take care of me a little by just being absolutely hysterical and adorable.

While being sick, I was able to finish Bitter is the New Black.  It was extremely entertaining.  She is a very talented writer and I found myself laughing out loud often.  I really respect people who write about their own lives and are confident enough that someone will find them interesting.  I am not really too concerned about people thinking I'm entertaining, I just hope that I will find myself entertaining in 20 years when I look back on all of this.

I'm still on my healthy eating week, but seeing as though I've been sick, I've been only eating a little a few times a day.  Yesterday I was content with a breakfast bar when I tried to go to work in the morning.  I had a banana as a mid morning snack.  Lunch was out of the question because my stomach didn't feel so hot.  I had a few slices of cucumber in the afternoon and for dinner, I had egg whites in a tortilla wrap with cheddar cheese and green peppers.  I'm going to try the veggie wrap for lunch tomorrow.

Last but not least, our air conditioning works again.  J will be home from his business trip tomorrow evening and will walk into to a beautifully temperatured home and his wife and dogs that get REALLY bored when he's not around.

August 10, 2009

Horrible Monday = Trying to Eat Healthy & Being Sick

Justin is gone on business for a few days so I'm trying to eat massive amounts of vegetables and fruits and tofu and other things that he would never touch.  If I can find a few new recipes for him to try, than it will be worth it.  This did not start off so well this morning.  I have some sort of virus that the doctor can't give me medicine for, so there I was, excited about an egg white omelet, but unable to consume anything heavier than water.

I worked until about 11:30 and then the tired eyes started and I came home.  I made it to the doctor where they found a temperature of 101 degrees and still provided no help.  My nap was great and when I woke up, I decided it was time to eat.  I made homemade salsa with organic veggies.  Some diced tomatoes mixed with banana peppers, chopped up green pepper, tomato, cilantro and some pinches of garlic powder and sugar and topped off with some lime juice.  I chopped up 1/3 of a cucumber and cooked up some shrimp and last but not least I had 1/2 cup of whole wheat pasta with olive oil and chopped garlic.

I'm feeling better but still have a high fever, so I will not be taking the dogs for a walk like I was planning on doing.  Instead, I'm watching the cheesy Jonas brothers on the Teen Choice Awards.  Wow.  Miley Cyrus is becoming sluttier everyday.  I guess when you have billions of dollars, you can fool just about anybody.

My sister in law sent out all Kenzy's professional 1 year old photos today.  They are fricking adorable.  I'm including a few of my favorites.  Annette Pare is the photographer.  She also did our wedding and she's absolutely wonderful.  Here is her website if you're interested:  Annette Pare Photography



July 30, 2009

One of those weeks

I'm about ready for another vacation.

Work has been out of control this week.

Funny bit of information, J was reading the Terminator booklet today and the most ironic thing was listed in the info section.  O.J. Simpson was originally the front runner for the terminator but James Cameron did not believe that he could play a vicious killer, so they picked Arnold instead.

Now the guy who played the vicious killer is the governor of the great state of California and the guy who was too nice to play that part is locked up in prison and was the main suspect in a brutal double homicide.  Funny how the world works.

July 26, 2009

Saints Game & a 1st Birthday

Our niece, Mackenzy turned one on friday and we celebrated her first birthday this weekend with a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse birthday party.  She is such a sweetheart.  She is the reason why I'm a firm believer that nieces and nephews are the greatest thing for people like me.  I'm still young, too young to have children, but I do love other people's children. 

For her birthday party, her mother got her a cake that she could stick her fingers into.  Apparently, Kenzy is a clean baby because she seemed to get offended and upset when her father got frosting all over her hands.  

Every gift that came out of a giftbag was Mickey Mouse, so Uncle Justin and I took a different approach.  We bought her all turtle themed presents because she seems to have an obsession with them.

The other gift we found was more from Uncle Justin.  A black hoodie that said rock and roll on the front.  She seemed to get right into character when she put it on, because she made the "justin face".  

On another note, we went to a Saints game this weekend, which I haven't done in a long time and Justin has never done.  Bill Murray knows how to make baseball fun.  It was the night of the nerd pride parade.  The nachos are HUGE and a great price of $4.00 and beer was flowing, also for a good price.  We made friends with the 5 year old behind us who was teaching us new cheers.

I'm hoping that with the new Target Field being built next year, it will feel more like the saints game.  I love the outdoor old-school baseball feel, like Fenway Park.


July 25, 2009

Missouri Baseball and the Home of Budweiser




Traveling to Missouri was a complete blast.  We reached the epidomy of all road trips by traveling down a small portion of Route 66.  I found myself craving a burger and fries and searching through the radio stations to find an oldies station.  We drove through the town of Springfield and saw Lincoln's gravesite.

Pulling into St. Louis, the freeway that went through the middle of town was closed down.  Our hotel was outside of town on the southwest side so we had to take the LONG way around St. Louis.  The hotel was in the most beautiful neighborhood where the local mall had never seen a J.C. Pennys and the closest thing to Macy's was a Saks 5th Avenue.

Busch Stadium was amazing.  It was a sea of red shirts filling the stands.  The temperature was not so great, it was a stifling 103 degrees the entire time we were there.  The Anheiser-Busch brewery was interesting.  At 10:00 in the morning, I wasn't really feeling the free samples at the end, which I'm pretty sure is the biggest reason people take those tours.  We had lunch at Blueberry Hill (I would recommend) which is filled with creepy little toys that you probably haven't seen since you were trading pogs in 3rd grade.  Drank all night at the Big Bang Piano Bar.  Don't go out of your way for this unless your hometown doesn't include a piano bar, because I've seen many and although they are very entertaining, they're essentially all the same.


Leaving St. Louis, we headed out on I70.  Let me tell you, all we saw was XXX bookstores/movie stores, fireworks stands and gas stations.  We got into Kansas City with no idea what to do there.  They have no big landmarks.  So when in doubt, find the local watering hole.

We stayed right downtown near the Power and Lights district.  That's about the only place in the city that has nightlife.   They have an awesome bowling alley that was just what we needed.  Kaufman Stadium was beautiful, but lost a little something because it was not located anywhere near the downtown area.



Another roadtrip, as good as any other...  so happy to have the new car.