Archive for June, 2003

This is the first time I can remember a Monday feeling like a Friday. I realize that many people are on vacation this week, but downtown St. Paul is very quiet. I think there may only be one other person on the 4th floor of my office building.

Even weirder is that I woke up pretty well this morning (and that’s saying a lot for a Monday), especially since I stayed up late to finish Harry Potter.

Of course, it helps that I’ve figured out that I’ve got an extra 1 1/2 hours for the month, so I HAVE to leave early today.

Tonight will probably be my last night house sitting. The oldest daughter returns on Wednesday, so we’ll stop by tomorrow night and change the sheets and stuff and then head back home.

Today’s my mother’s birthday. It’s kind of funny because my “step-sister” and her husband had a little girl on my sister’s birthday and it looks like there will another arrival today because my “step sister” was induced this morning. This is the family that I am making the baby afghan for. Obviously, it won’t be done on time–even though I am leaving work early!

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Katharine Hepburn, one of my favorite celebrities died yesterday. http://www.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/Movies/06/29/hepburn.obit/index.html
There was just something about her attitude and personality that I really admired.

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No Spoilers Here!

For those of you who don’t know, I made the mistake of pre-ordering Harry Potter last Wednesday. This means that I did not receive the book on Saturday like everyone else in the world. I debated about heading over to a bookstore to pick up a copy on Friday night but decided that I would bide my time and reread the Goblet of Fire.

In the meantime, the local Target has oodles of the book–AND for only $16.97!!!!!! Granted, I only paid $17.09, but then add in the shipping and the fact that I don’t have the book yet and you can see why I almost clobbered J when he pointed them out to me!

It finally arrived at my father’s yesterday, but I am in the Cities house-sitting. Yes, it is very tempting to drive down and grab it. However, by the time I get down there and back, my whole evening will be gone. He’s bringing it with him to a BBQ at my brother’s on Saturday. So, I think we all know what I will be doing this weekend. I really hope it rains so that I don’t feel too guilty about curling up in a corner.

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Okay, so technically it was the first day of summer, but wedding number 5 went off without a hitch. The couple were good friends of J’s, so he knew everyone in the wedding party. We had such a good time. This was the first time that I spent with all of J’s friends at once. This is a group of people who do a lot of things together, but work different schedules from the normal 8-5 M-F thing, so we seldom get together with any of them.

I was rather nervous, but everyone treated me very nicely. J said that he was threatened by several of his friends not to screw up our relationship. So I guess they liked me.

The bride looked great; she had 6 bridesmaids and 2 adorable flower girls. J’s brother and his best friend were both groomsmen. The weather was absolutely perfect. It really couldn’t have been any better. I think that things will go well for this couple.

However, there is a rumor that another one of J’s friends will be getting married in September. But after this spring, September seems a long ways off.

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It’s the Friday Five. Brought to you by our friends at http://www.fridayfive.org….

This week it’s all about hair!

1. Is your hair naturally curly, wavy, or straight? Long or short?

My hair is naturally straight with a tiny bit of wave. I am currently wearing it short.

2. How has your hair changed over your lifetime?

I always dreamed of having long, flowing hair. However, my gene pool doesn’t have that in the mix and after several years of trying to have long hair, I have accepted the fact that my hair looks better short. In my 20s, I experimented with hair colors. My favorite color was a wine color that actually turned my hair black with purple highlights and would fade to a red/purple.

3. How do your normally wear your hair?

Whatever it looks like after I run a brush through it in the morning. Actually, I have bangs and tuck the sides behind my ears.

4. If you could change your hair this minute, what would it look like?

It would be red and have some body to it.

5. Ever had a hair disaster? What happened?

I wanted to change my hair style so I found a picture in a magazine (this is the only time I have ever done this) of a blonde with a chin length bob that had a lot of movement to it. I realized that I would not look like the model, but the stylist kept insisting that she knew how to make the style work for me. I thought that I had picked a style very similar to the way I was wearing it, just shorter. I left the salon looking like the stylist and not like the picture. For example, I had very short bangs–the picture didn’t have any bangs–just a shaping around the face. I was mortified, but tipped the witch anyway (I don’t know why, I think I was in shock) and cried all the way home. My husband took one look at me and called another salon who fit me in that day to try to repair the damage. My husband was busy, so he sent one of his co-workers (i.e., fellow Marine) to supervise. Turns out it was prom weekend and the owner of the salon worked on me himself. He did what he could and I had to wait for the disaster to grow out!

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Magic Number 12
Job Serial Killer
Personality Paranoid And With Good Reason
Temperament Steely
Sexual Just Say No
Likely To Win A Place On The Bench (For The Reserves)
Me – In A Word Belligerent
Brought to you by MemeJack

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For those of you who knew me when I lived in Austin and had the misfortune of being a passenger while I was driving, this will be very typical and may bring back some fond memories.

I was driving to work on Monday morning. Please bear in mind that I am housesitting and that it was only my fourth day driving in from this direction (I know not a real excuse). Anyway, I was taking 35W into Minneapolis and needed to get onto 94. So I’m following all the signs that say to stay in my lane for 35W. I follow the signs that point that 94 East will be coming up to the right. There are highways that have exit ramps to the left, so the trick is to follow the 35W signs until 94 branches off. Because of highways that merge on to 35W North and add lanes, I have to cross two lanes to get to 94. At least that’s what’s supposed to happen when I’m paying attention. I got so wrapped up on following 35W North that I changed lanes because the signs showed it going to the left just as I remembered that the other half of that sign says that 94 is branching off to the right.

In my defense, the merge from 94 to 35W is a left exit on the way home, but that really doesn’t pertain here. I am now heading towards the U. I always avoid the U because it is huge (there is a west bank and an east bank campus) I couldn’t see any signs to get me back onto any highway, so I decided that I would simply go around a campus block and retrace my steps. Except the block I chose had a one way where I needed to cut back and I wound up on a street taking me further away from St. Paul.

Finally, 94 West! Okay, so I need east, but I realize that I have to take what I can get at this point. I decide that I’ll just cross over at the first overpass. I mean how hard can this be?

There are no overpasses. I decide to take the Lyndale/Hennepin exit. I’ll just make a left turn from one of there and go around the block. I chose the Lyndale portion of the exit because I’m familiar with that street several miles down the road so I can’t get too lost. Whatever.

The problem is that I need find a way to make a left turn that will take me back to where 94 is running. Helpful tourist hint: there are no legal left turns on Lyndale for several miles. By the time I reach an intersection where I can legally make a left turn, I realize that I will never find 94 using the “go around the block method”. So, I pull a “U”ie.

This eventually gets me back to the 94 entrance ramps and miraculously I take the right one. I pass the 35W merge only 40 minutes after missing that exit in the first place!

What’s even funnier, is that one of our board members today needed directions to the parking garage that we have vouchers for. I actually went outside and checked out the streets and which directions they ran (there are a lot of one ways by the office). Why am I not surprised that she didn’t make it to the meeting?

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