Monday, September 11, 2006

Moving On

I'm moving off blogger to my own website.

Update your links and come visit me at


Five years ago today, I got up, got on the bus, and went to work.
I don't even think I was past my morning emails when Lisa sent me an IM that a plane had crashed into the WTC. By this time the office was buzzing as none of us could get through to any website that would tell us more info.

I'm not even sure when I heard the 2nd plane hit. I know we eventually watched some coverage on a 4" TV in a co-workers cubicle, because the breakroom was full.

We were sent home before noon, as our offices at the time were right next to the IDS Tower (the tallest building) in downtown Minneapolis. The buses were packed mid-day as everyone was being sent home.

I was home by myself. My parents were in Iowa on vacation. My brother was in Colorado for work, and Chad was stuck at work. I didn't have cable, so there was nothing on TV except coverage. So I decided to take advantage of the day off, and mow the lawn. I normally listened to the radio while I mowed, but again, nothing but coverage of the tragedy.

It was a long long day. Chad finally got home from work so I wasn't by myself. My sister-in-law called. Apparently Drew was in the stage where it was fun to push buttons and turn off the TV, so she wasn't getting all the coverage.

A day after I was thinking how I had no personal connections to anyone in NYC. But then I remembered my friend Dan. He lived in Cleveland, but had been working on and off in NYC for the last few months. I called him immediately. He answered! His trip had been cancelled that week at the last minute. He was supposed to be staying in the hotel attached to the towers. He was supposed to be there, but he wasn't.

My brother drove home from Colorado with co-workers shortly after. My parents got back from their trip. And a few days later, my friend Beth got married, and it was a celebration, because everyone was able to make it, even those who had to get on a plane.

I'll always remember where I was (and where my family was), who told me, and that day, and how it changed our world.

More 9.11 stories.

Blog-Light on The Perfect Closet

At The Perfect Closet, the author is remedying her love of shopping with blogging about clothes. It's a great daily fashion "fix" without using cash or credit.

The blog also includes a "Frugal Friday" feature for those of us who pay close attention to our price tags.

So here it is– every Friday, I will attempt to put together an entire
outfit for under $150 with each piece being $50 or less.

It's been a fun blog to read. And if you have kids check out The Perfect Closet Kids.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Wedding, Football, and Birthday

There is a going to be a lot of celebrating this weekend!

First, tomorrow afternoon Nicki and Todd are getting married! Yeah!! Nicki has been a very patient girl and waited a long time for this, so we are thrilled to pieces for them!

Second, the NFL season started yesterday! I'm excited! I love football season for lots of reasons! 1. The Packers 2. Love watching the Vikings never quite measuring up (I know a bit vindictive, but I'm a Packer fan living in MN and I've been mis-treated several times!) 3. I love to have people over for games, because I love food that goes well with football!

And third, we have Jana's 3rd birthday party on Sunday! It is also Jana's mom's birthday tomorrow!

Lots to celebrate!

Mmmm... my favorite!

For those of you that were wondering.

I Am a Chocolate Chip Cookie

Traditional and conservative, most people find you comforting.
You're friendly and easy to get to know. This makes you very popular - without even trying!

Thanks to FridayNightGirl at Another Day for this link!

American Idol in the Air

American Idol has come to Minneapolis. Minneapolis Season 6 Auditions started this morning. I wish I still worked downtown. I think I'd be camped out and people watching!

Coming into work this morning I was also tuned to KS95 and heard "Dead or Alive", but it wasn't Jon singing it was Finalist #4 from last season, Chris Daughtry.

I know not everyone understands the country's fascination with American Idol, but I just can't help myself.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Can't Fight the Moonlight

As the weather has been cool, we have been living without the A/C. At night we leave the windows wide open. 2 of the last 3 nights I have woken up to the Moon shining bright right in my eyes. The first night, I thought it was a spotlight outside. Luckily I have been able to just roll over and fall back asleep.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

More Free Stuff

Boston Gal's Open Wallet has a link to a free sample of Dove Deep Moisture Hand Wash

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Coupon Hunt

If anyone out there has a Bed Bath and Beyond coupon they care to part with I would really appreciate it!

I found curtain hardware, including a rod, that I would like for our living room curtains, but if I can avoid paying full price I would love it!

And I can't believe I don't have any coupons. I've been on spree, where I throw out coupons if they will only tempt me to buy things I don't need. Except now I have the need!

Moving On.. but where to?

I'm seriously considering getting my own space. Moving off of blogspot.

Settling down.

Owning vs. squatting.

I just don't know WHERE to move to? What do you think? VoteWhat should the domain of my blog be?

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Monday, September 04, 2006

Some Laboring on Labor Day

Two "projects" today:

I made a big batch of spaghetti sauce. I froze 4 containers which is probably about 1 1/2 meals each for the 2 of us. And we ate it tonight and have more for a couple lunches this week.

Chad and I also put up this shelf in the main (my) bathroom. This bathroom doesn't have a medicine cabinet and so I tend to clutter the vanity because some things I want right there. I had been looking for a while without much luck. Then a few weeks ago, I found this one in the Pottery Barn catalog. After pricing out others on the internet, I ordered it. It was not super easy to hang. I measured about 4 times before it was finally right, and then it was still tough to get up there. Plus I had to dismantle the drain under the sink after I dropped one of the screws down it! But it's up, without any extra holes in the wall and the drain is back together and the shelf looks great.

Blog-Light on Buzzville

In my meanderings through the blogs I read regularly, I often find several that I will come back to repeatedly.

Just discovered this week. Exciting, because Kelly blogs about crafty things. And she has great pictures (which I love). Plus she and another blogger just opened their own online store for Japanese print fabrics:

You can't help but enjoy a crafty entrepreneur... She's living my dream. (and I like bees... buzzz)


Since as of lately I've been doing a lot of "blog surfing", I thought I'd start sharing some of my interesting finds.

The Perfect Closet - 09/11/06
Buzzville - 09/04/2006

This post will always be accessible from the sidebar under BlogRoll.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Project Wallpaper - Take 2

Whew... Two afternoons of work and all the pink floral wallpaper in our entry and stairway is down! Plus the country blue/pink wallpaper at the bottom of the steps! The walls just need some minor spackling, sanding, and then rinsed, before we can paint!! Yeah!!!

Tomorrow we are not working on the walls. Just getting the house cleaned and running errands. Although I won't have to go grocery shopping, because Chad and I went tonight.
Note to self: Do not take a "Hungry Chad" to the grocery store!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Sunshine and the Rain

Last night Chad and I went to dinner and a movie. Dinner was Mexican. Yummm.. The movie was Little Miss Sunshine. It was a great movie with a great cast (Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell) The movie was about an off-beat (somewhat dysfunctional) family and their trip to get their youngest daughter to the Little Miss Sunshine pageant. The movie was so well cast, and had good timing. It didn't drag and the story and characters were well developed.

Apparently the movie is probably the only sunshine we're going to see all weekend. Ernesto is not allowing the rain to merely pass through, but is trapping it up here for a few days. Not nice. So our goal of staining our deck is out. So I'm ready to tackle Project Wallpaper Part II.