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Farwell 2009, Hello 2010

January 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Well, 2009 is officially behind us and it is time to start fresh with 2010!  This year for New Year’s Eve, Andrew and I had the opportunity to spend time together and with friends.

We started off the evening with a wonderful home cooked meal. Andrew wanted to make something special, so I sat back while he busied himself in the kitchen making Lamb Chops with Mint Pan Sauce and Homemade Potato Chips.  After dinner, we headed to the movie theater and saw Up in the Air. A good movie (well anything with George Clooney could be classified as a “good” movie) with not your typical happy ending, which was both refreshing and unsatisfying.

We rang in the new year with Dick Clark and some of our friends from college. Our friends, Maggie and Aaron, were in town for Christmas and we wanted the opportunity to see them again (we saw them on the 23rd for a pre-Christmas party) before they left.  We played several rounds of Mafia, a game my friend Maggie is obsessed with and I happen to enjoy a lot as well. We got home a little after one and hit the sack. I’d been up since 5am (why we met my father-in-law for breakfast at 6am on New Years Eve is beyond me), so I was completely wiped out.

Happy New Year everyone!

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Good Food, Good Wine, Good Friends

December 6, 2009 Leave a comment

When we were out in California this summer, we joined a wine club at our favorite winery, August Briggs (Andrew and I visited the winery while on our honeymoon). We had a few friends over last night to drink the bottles of wine from our first shipment from California.

The dinner menu consisted of steaks, scalloped potatoes, Caesar salad, and, of course, dessert (a Raspberry Truffle Tarte)!  I think over the course of the evening we ended up drinking 11 bottles of wine.  Needless to say, I was tipsy halfway through dinner. We had a blast and I can’t wait until we get to do it again in the spring when our next shipment comes in.

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Reliving the Good ‘ol Days

November 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Back in high school, sleepovers were a regular occurrence with my group of friends.  We would usually have them at Lindsay’s house, sometimes at mine or Joan’s to mix things up, and occasionally at Tracy’s house. We would watch movies, eat snacks, and stay up really late (sometimes as late as 3 or 4  in the morning).  While we never drank or did drugs, we did occasionally get into a little trouble.  There are 4 instances  in particular that immediately come to mind:

1) We were spending the night at Lindsay’s house one Halloween and we decided to sneak out of the house and cut down a plastic penguin that hung from a tree, year round, at a house in the neighborhood. We waited until after her parents went to bed, we sneaked out of  the house, and made our way to the house where we successfully cut the penguin down (I still have a scar on my ankle from when I accidentally slipped down the wet hill). However, on our way back home, Lindsay’s dad, who had heard us leave and came looking for us in the car, intercepted us and sent us straight home.  He was pretty mad.

2) Once when we stayed at Tracy’s house, we decided to go TP someone’s house.  I don’t remember how we chose our victim.  As we were finishing our work, I stumbled upon some bags of warm, smelly grass clippings at the end of the driveway.  Jackpot.  After sprinkling them all over the driveway and sidewalks, I shoved a bunch in between the front door and the storm door.  I  finished the job by filling their mailbox, making sure to flip up their mailbox flag before we left.  You’ve got mail!

3) New Year’s 1999 we had a sleepover at my house. If you remember, that was when everyone was panicked over Y2K. Nobody knew what was going to happen, so when the clock struck 12 and the power went out at my house, we all screamed. Turns out it was just my dad playing a joke on us and all was well in the world.  We were feeling antsy after that, so my dad agreed we could all go out and TP the house of my neighbor (and friend of the family) Randy, who lived at the other end of the block.  We set out and, of course, we were giggly.  My dad, who came with us, told us we needed to be quiet or we’d turn around and go home.  We all quieted down, and began our work. What we didn’t know, and soon found out, was that my dad brought a bunch of M80’s (large firecrackers) along.  So, while we were instructed not to make a peep, he started setting them off outside Randy’s house.  The neighbor next door burst out of his house, mistaking the blasts for gunshots.

4) After our last day of Junior year, our catch phrase became “We’re seniors…holy shit!”  We, of course, celebrated with a sleepover (at Joan’s, I think).  At one point in the evening, we decided it would be fun to drive my car on senior circle, a small circular patch of grass in the parking lot that the seniors parked around. (Oddly enough, the school got rid of it during some major renovations to the school and we never got to park around it).  Our new favorite inside joke became “Look, we’re on senior circle!”  Afterward, since that wasn’t enough fun, I drove my car around on the precious Guido Kauls Soccer Field. The event became known as “dandelions” because, when I got home the next morning, I noticed I had grass and dandelions stuck in my front license plate.

Our crazy group, Christmas 2001
Top Row: Briana, Lindsay
Middle Row: Liz, Sarah, Joan, Jessi
Front Row: Me, Tracy

Since Andrew was up North hunting this weekend, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to have the girls over to relive one of our favorite activities in high school.  Unfortunately, due to two girls living out of the country and conflicting work schedules, only 3 girls were able to make it last night – Liz, Lindsay, and Natalie.  It was a pretty laid back evening: we ate some snacks, watched YouTube videos, got visited by my dad (in the words of Lindsay, “It wouldn’t be a sleepover without the parents checking in on us”), watched movies (Wallace & Gromit:  A Close Shave and Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone), caught up on each others’ lives, and then went to bed relatively early (around 1:30am).

While it wasn’t a typical sleepover in the sense that everyone slept crammed on the floor in one room (hey, we’re getting old and prefer to sleep on comfy surfaces!), it was still a lot of fun.  It brought back a lot of great memories from high school with a group of wonderful girls who played an influential role in the person I am today.

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Our still crazy group, Christmas 2007
Top row: Me
Middle row: Briana, Lindsay, Sarah
Front row: Natalie, Joan, Jesus, Liz

Categories: Friends Are Forever, Just for Fun Tags: , ,

The Hold Steady at St. Olaf

October 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Andrew and I headed down to St. Olaf  Saturday afternoon with our friends (and old college roommates) Adam and Mel for a Hold Steady concert. After meeting up with Adam’s sister Emily and making some necessary purchases in the bookstore, we headed to The Contented Cow (know to most as simply “The Cow”) for some pre-dinner drinks while we waited for our other friends (Nate, Kim, and Ben) to arrive.

It was a little too early in the day  for us girls to get started, but the boys ordered some beers and we sat around on the comfy couches and talked for a couple of hours.  Before we left to meet our friends for dinner, we each did a round of shots – the boys and Emily did Irish Car Bombs while Mel and I did “Apple Pie” shots (and, just for the record, they did taste an awful lot like Apple Pie).

We had dinner at Hogan Brother’s, where Nate promptly “caught up” to us by chugging two beers.  We headed back to The Cow for more drinks, where we promptly did another round of shots (Irish Car Bombs and Apple Pie shots).  We decided to edge out the nice people near the couches, but it turned out that two of the people were the owners of that fine establishment and we ended up striking up a conversation with them instead.  They were very nice, but I’m not entirely sure they appreciated our antics.

Andrew bought me two more shots and Nate stupidly challenged me to a drinking contest.  I say “stupidly” because he wanted me to try to take my shot faster than he could chug his beer and the winner would by the other a drink.  When I accepted and won,  he promptly offered a double or nothing deal on the same drinking contest.  I don’t think anyone will be shocked to find out he lost again, and afterwords we convinced him to buy everyone another round of drinks, at which point we realized we needed to get back up to campus soon.

Needless to say, we forgot to pick a sober driver and we had to call a cab to get us back to St. Olaf.  We forgot to have them send a van, so we ended up cramming 7 people into a car.  I was the lucky one that got to ride laying across the four guys in the back seat and it reminded me a bit of my good ‘ol college days.

The concert was fun, despite the obnoxious people.  First there was the big, sweaty “ogre” that Nate almost got into a fight with.  Oh, and let’s not forget the crowd-surfers, one of which fell on top of me.  Adam lost the really nice flask that Ben had borrowed from a friend (now would be a good time to mention that St. Olaf is a dry campus, hence the need for it in the first place) at the security checkpoint when it slid from his crotch down the leg of his pants.  After Nate hunted down the person who had confiscated it, Adam fought with some chick on a power trip to get it back after the concert (she gave it to him because she “didn’t know what else to do with it”), and then we all piled back into the same taxi (the driver seemed less entertained by us the second time around) and we concluded the evening with 3 extra large Gyro pizzas from Basil’s.

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Lindsay & Liz

September 29, 2009 Leave a comment

On Saturday, I got together with my high school friend Lindsay.  We spent some time catching up (it had been a little over a month since we last saw each other), grabbed some lunch at Baker Square, took a much needed walk through a park near where she lives, and then collapsed into comas back at her place.  Oh, and we tortured her animals Jazz (cat) and Lila (leopard gecko).  We were way more amused than they were, as evidenced below.

Lila & Jazz by you.

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Lila by you.

And then tonight, I got together with my high school friend Liz, whom I hadn’t seen since our Margarita night last spring.  She spent the summer working on art – charcoal drawings and watercolor paintings – at her cottage in Wisconsin.  We had considerably much more to catch up on, which we did over dinner at El Norteño, a great little Mexican place near where we went to high school.  After stuffing ourselves silly on chips, salsa, and enchiladas, we took her parents dog Loki for a walk, Liz showed me some of the art she’d been working on this summer, and we caught a little of the Twins game before I headed home.

All-in-all, a good couple days with good friends and lots of food.

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New Sectional!

August 30, 2009 Leave a comment

We’ve known since we moved into our house last July that we would eventually need to get new furniture for the basement.  My parents gave us the nice leather living room set they received when my grandpa passed away (couch, love seat, and recliner), which was all fine and dandy until we discovered the couch would not fit down our very narrow (28”) stairwell.  So, for the past year, we have lived with only a love seat and a recliner.  Not ideal, but we have made it work for the two of us.  (But forget about having people over, though, unless they really don’t mind uncomfortably sharing the love seat or sitting on the floor.)

Earlier this year, my parents decided it didn’t make much sense for both of us to have partial sets, so they offered to purchase us something in exchange for the other half of the living room set.  We happily agreed and began our quest for a sectional, about the only thing we figured we could get down the stairs. We soon discovered that we were even limited in the sectionals that we could get because most corner pieces were too big.  I was starting to lose hope that we would ever find something and that we would be destined to be uncomfortable while we watched TV.

We were meeting some friends at Canterbury Downs last Saturday (a yearly tradition) and we were very early, so I suggested, on a complete whim, that we stop at Ashley Furniture and have a looksy.  We really didn’t think we would find anything, but it never hurts to look (hey, atleast we could say we were trying).

Well, long story short, it turned out to be our lucky day and we left the store proud owners of a brand new sectional and ottoman.  While it’s not exactly what we envisioned purchasing, we liked it AND it would fit down the stairs (a winning combination in our book).

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(The set also had a cool  round chair that I loved, but we opted not to purchase it at this time because we weren’t sure if there would be enough room for it. )

The new set was delivered yesterday and, while we didn’t get the chance to enjoy it because we were out of town at a wedding, we fully enjoyed it today.  Lucky too.

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Now all we need is a bigger TV.  :)