May 31, 2011

Yikes... Almost a month gone by again

So here I sit, the last day of May.  I just got home from the gym... I've also been tanning which is new to me but I don't want to get burned on my trip where I will be relaxing on the beach in Hyannis, Mass for 4 full days and then wandering through the old twisted cobblestone streets of Boston for 4 days.  We leave in 11 days and I can barely handle the excitement.

The last three weeks have been incredibly busy.  Here is a brief list of things done and accomplished.  I'm sorry if you're looking for more detail, but I just can't provide it at this time.  See, I just purchased the 3rd season of True Blood and I go into work later tomorrow and I'm trying Sam Adams new East-West Kolsch.
  • took Kenzy to the zoo and rode the teacups, the choochoo train, she ate her first ice cream cone and rode on the swings all by herself for the first time... she drug us back to the giraffes time after time
  • had a VIP dinner with my grandparents at Schroeder's and half the Gregerson family joined us - it was Papa's birthday and their dining room was full, so they set up the upstairs private party room and lit candles and served us upstairs.  It was such a special dinner.
  • went to the Usher concert and danced my ass off at Sneaky Pete's with Justin, Jason & Kirsten - it was amazing
  • got a hotel in downtown Minneapolis that was super swanky and had a staycation
  • turned 26
  • J turned 28
  • had a fantastic dinner with kendra & adam including beers and ice cream sundaes
  • J went to milwaukee for work and I went to happy hour 2 nights in a row for my birthday surprising him with a double slice of death by chocolate cake as soon as he returned
  • Papa fell on spilled ice cream at the mall and broke his hip (he's recovering now at the good samaritan center transitional unit)
  • Hosted a birthday party at my parent's house with about 15-20 of our best friends
  • Saw pirates of the caribbean (the newest one) on stranger tides and Hangover 2
One night in bangkok and the world's your oyster... classic movie.

I'll attempt to check in again before our trip, but it will be hard... I will be busy.  I have a crazy work week and then garage sale saturday and then family photos on sunday... then another crazy work week and then we leave at the crack of dawn on Saturday 6/11.  WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 9, 2011

I'm Married to Ron Swanson

I love the Bennewitz sisters who have gotten me & Justin hooked on Parks & Rec.  Also, they think my husband is a tad bit like Ron Swanson.  Here is the email we received last night:


OK Kids- this is a montage of Justin AKA Ron Swanson.

Justin you asked why in the hell Maddie and I think of you as Ron Swanson.. first of all, it is not 100% of the time. But, so many lines and scenes have us in tears both saying.." OMG SO JUSTIN"

It is the delivery he has, the sarcasm, the uncomfortableness in different situations that makes not only Ron Swanson, but YOU hilarious. Thank you for being who you are and marrying my best friend. I hope you find this a HIGH compliment.

LOVES

May 4, 2011

Keith Sweat

So, this morning, a lady called into our local radio station's morning show talking about her 1994 prom experience.  She wrote in her diary that she was extra excited because they played "freak me." Obviously, my husband and I instantly launched into a discussion about that song and who sang it.  We both guessed, Justin said Silk & I said Keith Sweat... neither of us knowing the answer, we went about singing the dirty lyrics of the song and not arguing about it or instantly rushing to the internet to find out who was right  (odd for us.)

My husband couldn't resist and since we usually spend our lunch hour reading other blogs and internet news sites and looking up ridiculous things on google, he looked it up.  Here is the email I received:
So it turns out when I said Silk I was right…you also nailed it when you said Keith Sweat…AWESOME!

"Freak Me" is an R&B ballad recorded by Atlanta, Georgia-based vocal quintet Silk in 1992. It was co-written and co-produced by Keith Sweat, for whom Silk was a touring opening act. Sweat also performed this on his 2003 Live Album.
So today, my song of choice is "freak me" by Keith Sweat and/or Silk.

P.S. Apparently, I was 7 when that song came out and I know all the lyrics... something is wrong with that picture - or maybe it's what makes me classy??  More to come on that I'm sure.


May 2, 2011

Celebrating Other Marriages


Congrats to one of the girls from my high school hockey team.  Anytime you see a young intelligent woman speaking up for what she believes, it should energize you... even if you aren't a raging feminist.  This is classy.  Good for you Maddie!

Obama takes down Osama

A moment almost 10 years in the making, Osama Bin Laden is dead.  He was killed by a group of navy seals and it was announced by the president last night about 10:30.  It's been so long.  The crazy thing is that it was the most patriotic day I've had in a while and what a marvelous ending.

I woke up in the morning and went to see Water for Elephants with my lovely husband.  It was a wonderful movie.  It was really hard to watch some of the scenes with the animals, but the story was really good and I was very impressed by Robert Pattison's ability to actually act when not in a teen movie.  After the movie, we came home and relaxed watching Parks & Rec, which I had never really given much of a chance... gotta love netflix streaming to my wii.

At around 4, Quincy and I walked over to my brother's friends' parent's house... wow, that's hard to follow.  My brother's best friend growing up was Brian.  I spent a lot of time carting them around and got to know his whole family.  He is being deployed in a few weeks to Afghanistan.  His mom was putting stuff together for care packages to send to 3 other young men that are already in Afghanistan.  My niece even drew some pictures for them where she traced her hand.


Once I saw the email about these boys, I searched online for somethings that are good to send in these care packages.  I picked up some hardcore socks, easy mac, caffeinated gum (I know, right?), beef jerky, deodorant, hand sanitizer, wet ones, chapstick and the cheesiest cards I could find.  I think next month I'll send them all a Maxim.  Anyways, I felt pretty good after leaving her house.  It feels good to give some energy and love and send it far away.  I came home, went to the gym, tanned (that's a whole different blog entry) and then I put on my red, white & blue pajamas to watch Celebrity Apprentice.  Yes, I was watching the man who has been doubting our president is a citizen moments before the historic speech.  

It was funny because I was laying on the couch and you can't see the bottom of the tv, so when we were waiting for the president to come on, it said Osama bin Laden has been killed across the bottom of the screen and I had no idea.  Justin was laughing out loud that I was totally clueless.  Of course.  Anyways, I am glad I stayed up late.  It was very emotional.

It's been a long 24 hours to think about it.  Many mixed emotions.  I mean, I was happy that someone had been killed.  There is a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. that I really like.
‎"I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."
I explained this to Justin today on our way home.  The issue I'm faced with is that I'm still so happy for this country that something that we've worked for for almost a decade was accomplished.  Is it going to stop the terrorism madness???  Probably not, but it's a step in some direction.  The thing that made me sooo happy was the state of the citizens in this country last night.  Telebrating and coming together all night long.  Congrats to President Obama for making this happen.

Picture from Washington Post