Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Packing Up


This is my life right now! Fun, huh?

We had our final walk thru today at our new house. Apparently the owners were embarassed by how dirty it was, but man it was cleaner than our house is dirty! So that says a LOT!

Lots to do in the next 10 days! Busy Busy!Posted by Hello

Monday, June 27, 2005

Guilty Pleasure

I've been watching 90210 reruns on SoapNet. It's pretty cheesy, but I've been sucked in! :)

Brenda is just starring in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", so you know she's ready to leave for London any day with Roy Randolph. So in the next week or so... enter Valerie...

Speed Walking

You learn how fast you can walk when you're caught in a downpour 4 blocks from home!

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Last Hurrah in Columbia Heights

Last night Chad and I probably had our last night of "entertainment" in Columbia Heights. We went down to the carnival set up for Columbia Heights Jamboree. It was pretty typical, small town carnival, unfortunately there were not even a lot of people out for the Saturday night. We each had a sandwich and chips from the C.H. Athletic Booster Stand, and a beer in the beer garden. We split some mini-donuts for the walk home. Interesting people watching and some nostalgia from our younger days. The "Starship 2000" ride, is now the "Sta Hip 2000" ride. There was no zipper, so we didn't ride any rides.

When we got home, we built a fire in the fire pit out back. Burned a bunch of dead branches that fell in the last storm, and finished off the bottle of Captain Morgan (There was only enough for 1 drink each). It was such a nice night out, except for the mosquitos, we even got to see some of the Jamboree fireworks through the trees. It was a very nice night, especially since we realized it is probably our last night like that before moving, although we do have more branches, so you never know. :)

Friday, June 24, 2005

Moving South

A week from today we are able to start moving in, but the "big" move doesn't happen until the week after that on the 8th!

We hired movers, so we're going to try and move boxes and smaller stuff before that. It's all exciting...

On another note, if you have a key to my house I'll need it back! Thanks Anne for reminding me! There are several out there floating around, I think :)

Such exciting stuff!

Thursday, June 23, 2005

30 Days

I'd like to thank Kyra for reminding me to tune in on Wednesday's to FX! We just watched the first episode of 30 Days. (Yesterday was the 2nd show, but we haven't watched it yet, and now there is basketball on) 30 Days is created by Morgan Spurlock who created the movie Super Size Me. And the whole premise of the show is that he tries something for 30 days and the cameras follow him around.

In episode 1, the show we just watched, Morgan and his girlfriend move to Columbus, Ohio, and both live off minimum wage jobs for 30 days! They give up their credit cards, health insurance, and eat a lot of beans and rice. They have no car so they ride the bus or walk. They actually had to pay a down payment on their electricity (they figure because of the neighborhood they rented in). Of course the whole show is studded with all kinds of facts and figures. It was just really sad, because they could have made it, except they each ended up in the ER at one point during the month, and they figured if they had kept going they would have had to pay it off maybe over 3 months. They celebrated his girlfriend's 30th birthday with a $23 meal, and a $11 cab ride (because they found out the buses stopped running in the evening) and they felt bad about that!

He worked 2 jobs; was gone on average 18 hours a day from "home". They had one guy who said he made $7.70 in 1979, but now was working a temp job for less than that! Just made me appreciate my job (that I know I complain about) and also the situations of all the people I ride the bus with! I ride the bus to save money, not really because I can't "afford" it!

It was very sad, but a great show! Appreciate what you got! Wednesday evenings on FX. I think yesterday's show was about some guy who takes an Anti-Aging serum for 30 days. I'm excited to watch. After tonight, NO more basketball!

The Last Juror



Yesterday I finished reading The Last Juror, by John Grisham. It's been a long time since I have read one of his books (besides Skipping Christmas, which was sooo different). And I really enjoyed it. It wasn't hard to get into at all, and I really enjoyed the characters and story. It was hard to put down. It's divided into parts, and I felt like the portion of the plot in Part 1, was the whole book, until I got to the end of that part, and realized there was more. (Did that make sense?)

Anyway, very good. If you enjoy John Grisham, especially his earlier stuff, you will like this. Again if you want to borrow let me know, before I give it away!

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

New Show


I found a new interesting show on TLC. It's called Property Ladder, and it's all about first time "flippers", people that go out and buy a property with the intent to renovate and turn around and re-sell it.

It's a great idea, and I can see where it is profitable, but also very risky. It's pretty interesting to watch people, because it always seems to me when I make plans to do something to my house that it costs more money and/or takes more time that I planned. So some people don't come out that far ahead, but the first episode I watched a 23 year old girl, made about $60,000 in 4 months. Not bad, but it's a high stress job!

Recovered from the weekend

I had a very nice weekend. Went a wedding on Saturday, which was fun, but the dangers of too much champagne loomed on Sunday. I somehow managed to drink champagne for half the people at our table. Even Travis' (the empty seat which we used to get extra food and cake, and obviously champagne)

It was fun getting to see all our friends, who we now realize we have not seen for weeks! And I have to give a "shout out" to Aaron who reads my blog (even though my husband does not!) just to keep up on a day in the life of the Myerseses. Aaron, I am still waiting for that recipe you promised!

I did eat and drink a little more than WW would recommend, but I only went up .8 lbs, and was still under my goal weight, so I have 5 more weeks to maintain before I get my lifetime membership. Not so bad... I found the key to going to weddings with Chad's friends is to sit with Sac, because he does not eat vegetables, and he was happy to give them to me. And then I ate part of my cake and gave it to Fat Mike... We were one happy table. Travis shared with all of us, and we still shared with each other.

Moving day is looming quickly. Right now we are scheduled for July 9th, and looking for volunteers! Let us know if you are interested! ;-)

I packed another box last night... only about 50 more to go. :)

Friday, June 17, 2005

Geessh..

I'm halfway through June and I haven't tried any new recipes! I've been slacking! We've been grilling out a lot!

I just got my new Weight Watcher's magazine, so I'll find something in there to try, I'm sure!

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Day to ReCoup

I took today off to visit my grandma. She is back in the hospital for the 2nd time in two weeks and was doing pretty poorly yesterday morning. She is bouncing back though. I spent the afternoon with her and she was in good spirits, but will have to go to the nursing home tomorrow morning for a couple weeks to build her strength back up. Please pray for her. But it was just nice to get to visit with her. I have not spent much time with my grandma the last few years outside of holiday gatherings, so it was nice to get to talk with her, and I think she enjoyed it too!

It was a nice day for me to have off. The weather was great, and I needed some de-stressing from the traveling and meetings. I mowed the lawn this morning too, and as far as I'm concerned we could sell the house this weekend, so we don't have to mow anymore!

Chad's parents just got back from vacation tonight too, and they took me out to dinner. Poor Chad is bored in Toledo by himself! I am off to gather the recycling and then to bed. I need to get up and go for a walk or hit the gym as dinner was at Jake's tonight!

Enjoy your Friday!

Exhausted in Orlando

I've been in Orlando the last couple days. And the hour delay tonight of my flight was a breeze compared to Monday night!

Our flight was initially delayed because of mechanical problems... so we (myself and 4 co-workers) were fine with that, because it meant we could sit in the bar and watch the MJ verdict come back. Also while this is going on, they are trying to bump people, because they've overbooked our flight (3:10) so were offering vouchers to people who would take the 7:30, and I considered it, but I didn't want to just fly in to Orlando, work for two days and fly out... But, then they had to switch planes, which meant switching gates. And then the plane came in, but a kid had gotten sick and they actually had to switch out rows! Of course, once we got to the runway, storms roll in and we were stagnant on the ground! We landed in Orlando 5 hours behind schedule! The flight itself was very turbulent, and this is the kicker... 30 minutes into the flight, the lady across the aisle from me opened a can of... TUNA(!) and started making tuna salad! I am totally serious! It stunk! I love tuna, but not the smell of it, especially in a confined area!

Once we got to Orlando, we met up with a co-worker who flew in from Philadelphia, and his luggage was lost! We didn't get to our hotel until after 1:30 am, and had meetings starting at 8:30 am. I was exhausted! I ended up in tears after our meeting, because I couldn't fathom going to dinner with the Oracle team. I was just not able to function.

So last night while everyone was at dinner, I spent 15 minutes at the pool (it was hot) and then enjoyed room service and "Along Came Polly" on HBO.

In other news, I reached (and exceeded) my goal weight! Now I just have to maintain for 6 weeks and I will be a lifetime member, which basically means that I never have to pay for a meeting as long as I am 2 lbs within my goal weight. Pretty cool, huh! I lost a total of 16.4 lbs in 11 weeks, without totally giving up fries, pizza, and cheese!

I'm exhausted. I'm off to bed to sleep in the middle as Chad went to Toledo today. Sucks I don't see him all week, but it made it easy to get home from the airport, as I only had to get my car from Short Term parking!

g'night y'all!

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Bookends



I just finished reading Bookends, by Jane Green. It's a good book Would definitely be characterized as "Chick Lit" I really enjoyed it! She does such a great job with characters and in this book she developed the relationships between this group of friends so well. At the end of the book you realize that there isn't a real substantial plot, but the characters are so good, that it was still a really enjoyable read!

I bought this at Half Price Books after reading Mr. Maybe. It was the first time I was ever in a Half Price Book store, and it was a really nice store! I will definitely go back (There is a store in Apple Valley just about 5 miles from our new house). If anyone wants to borrow the book, let me know!

Friday, June 10, 2005

Patio Furniture

My new favorite website: minneapolis.craigslist.org

It's got everything! I am just out there watching for good deals on furniture or a freezer right now, but last night we made our first purchase off it.

We bought patio furniture for our screened in porch at our new house!
And we got a deal! The people bought the set at Target last fall.



Currently it is $600 for the set (2 chairs, loveseat, and coffee table), and we got it for $400, plus a fake palm tree, which we don't need, but maybe it'll be cool :) Now we'll just watch for the ottoman to go on clearance this fall...

It's the only space we had no furniture for, and we wanted to be able to enjoy the porch this summer!

Now we find some end tables.. they had some for sale too, but we just want to pick up some cheapies right now or do without...

Anyway, Have a good weekend, folks! Gotta love the weekends!

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Harold and Kumar

Yes, we watched Harold and Kumar go to White Castle.

Pretty dumb! The best part of the movie was when at the end they were lip synching Wilson Philips' "Hold On". Oh and also when they picked up Neil Patrick Harris (aka. Doogie Howser) if you could watch only those 2 parts, that would be ok. or maybe it wasn't that funny, and I was just waiting for something to really laugh at, after sitting there for an hour... That was probably it...

Anyway, consider yourself warned. You don't need to see it.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Weight Loss

Only 0.2 lbs until my goal!

Crash

Chad and I went to see Crash on Saturday night. Other than being one of the worst movie experiences ever (no air conditioning, technical difficulties, and lack of theatre managers), it was a really good movie!

Not a feel good movie, but I think it had a lot of truths. Living in Minnesota is so different. We are not without our prejudices, but our ethnicity is not as diverse. The movie just pointed out a lot of stereotypes and judgments that people of many racial and ethnic groups make. And we are so bound to the same social circles, I think, that you may not even realize the prejudices surrounding usor the ones pointed towards us. I highly recommend this movie. Stellar cast (love Don Cheadle and Matt Dillon), great acting, great script and story.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Clarks

I ran some errands tonight. First and foremost, I had to go to Tiffany's to get my necklace polished. Turns out it's a big "No No" to wear silver jewelry in a hot tub! Oops! $10 and 30 minutes later it was back to new!

Then I headed over to the MOA because I had a coupon at New York & Company. I like shopping for clothes now that I've lost weight, because it's fun to see what I can fit into, but I'm still hesitant to buy too much, because never know if this will last, but I hope so!

Then(!) I started walking back to my car, and I saw a store I have never paid any attention to before. The Clarks shoe store. I have recently become a fan! After tonight I have 3 pairs of Clark shoes. They always seemed pretty conservative to me, comfortable, but conservative. But they have a new line called "Indigo by Clark" and all very updated! I bought a pair last fall at Herberger's (Cute wedges with bows). My other Clarks aren't "indigo" and I got them at DSW last month. These are just cute casual brown (and blue) sandals.

It'll be nice to finally have casual and comfortable brown sandals besides my Berkenstocks! I'm so excited! Don't tell Chad! Sometimes it's nice that he doesn't read my blog! Because I can tell all my shopping adventures!

Friday With No Plans!

Wow. 4 Day weeks can go by fast! And I have really no plans for this weekend! Crazy!

This week has been mostly about relaxing and catching up at work (but not working overtime) which has been very nice! Also our evenings are pretty wide open, without all the darn tv! I think it every May, but maybe I should just give it up next season! Last night we watched 'Van Wilder' and then I ran out to JoAnn fabrics for a butterfly cake pan for Drew's birthday next weekend!



Van Wilder was not a great movie. It had funny parts, but Tara Reid is pretty annoying. It was basically an attempt at the American Pie type humor, but not so funny.

This weekend we are going to see our house as our realtor hasn't seen it yet! And maybe negotiate with the owners on some furniture. We'll see. Should probably look into getting some boxes and packing up the place too! Moving day (week) is coming up fast!

We're planning on moving the big stuff out of our home on Saturday July 9th, but are going to try to get some stuff from my parents in Rochester and out of Chad's parents basement before that, and move a lot of boxes over too, so it's mainly just furniture when we have help. We'll see it'll be interesting! Last time I moved I was living with Sarah, so it was easy to pack up all my stuff, because I could still just use hers!

K. I'm off to jump in the shower! Later gators!