Saturday, October 31, 2009
When Andi came home last night, we talked about my frustration with our lack of time together. He asked me what the solution was. I said I had no clue. I don't expect him to let his company faulter because I need him to be home every night. But I don't want to feel like this forever either. The answer's clear as mud.
This morning we got up and went to breakfast. It was nice to catch up. Nice to spend quality time. We're always better when we're together.
Andi's back to work now. I'm heading to the Gopher football game shortly. What am I going to be on this Halloween night? A Marketing Manager :) I'm handing out treats to kids dressed up at the stadium tonight so that'll be fun. Here's hoping tonight flies by like a witch on a broom!
Tomorrow I get to spend time with my Husband. We're going to pick up his new car! Ah, Sunday Funday.
Friday, October 30, 2009
even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.
So, I'm prayfully working to support my husband. Asking God to help us balance work and life. Asking God to take care of Andi; to give him strength and wisdom to lead his company. Asking God for strength and patience as he achieves his dream.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
There's nothing interesting happening in my life this week. Nothing worth noting. Super, duper average. And I guess average is good sometimes.
Andi came home sick from work yesterday. We're not sure if it's the pig flu (he says maybe; I say no). I think he's overly exhausted from working non-stop for the last few weeks. He's up and at work before the sun comes up and not home until I'm already in bed most nights. Love his dedication and drive ... but it's gotta be catching up with him. Although, it must be said - I don't have the greatest bedside manner so if he's really sick, sorry for doubting you Husband.
I have tonight free to myself and I'm so darn EXCITED I can barely contain myself. I'm not sure what I'll do with myself. Maybe clean my house (not that I really want to do that). Maybe go to the grocery store. Maybe make Shepard's Pie Casserole or a pot of chili. Hmmm... the opportunities are endless.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
ONE: The street light is FINALLY functional again by our main office at work. I know this sounds like a silly thing to be so darn excited about ... but it was seriously a pain in my neck. For the last 2 months, the construction on Highway 280 has forced the street leading to my office into a four-way stop situation. And apparently there was a secret code of lanes to follow that only people who drove this way every AM and PM knew about. Much honking insued. My feeling were hurt many times. But all is good now.
TWO: I am so totally obsessed with nachos from Zoca, a Mexican concept we oprerate at the U. I think about them day and night. The way the cheese melts; how salty the chips are...I need serious help.
THREE: We bought a new down comforter, duvet cover and sheets with some of our wedding gift cards. I am in absolute heaven! Last night Andi said, "Man, our bed is so comfortable." And strangely, I was thinking the exact same thing at the same time. THAT'S how wonderful it is.
FOUR: It's been a few days since I got my Jetta back from the auto body shop. At first, I was a little gun-shy driving it since I hadn't in over 3 weeks. But now we're in our groove...and I'm so, so happy to have my car back! One of the best things? Having satellite radio again. I'm such a creature of habit and LOVE listening to Headline News on my way home from work. Welcome back Jane Velez-Mitchell, Nancy Grace and Prime News!
FIVE: TV trays. When's the last time you used one? We got two for a shower gift and might I just say they are AMAZING. Who knew? We often eat dinner with our butts planted in the sofa, watching tv (I know, some great quality time together right?) and tv trays make this experience so much better. They're great for writing notes or as a computer desk for my laptop. Best gift of the year. You may all be getting them as Christmas presents.
SIX: Speaking of, I'm ready to bypass Thanksgiving and move onto Christmas. Ready for Christmas music. Ready to decorate my house. Ready to spend a week in Nebraska at my parent's house. Ready, ready, ready.
SEVEN: Facebook protocol...do you every friend someone you don't know? A friend of a friend who I've never met "friended" me today. I felt bad by not accepting this person, but I've seriously never met them. Does this happen to you? And what's the rule of thumb? Accept and then block? Deny all the way? Accept and roll with it? I'm all on-the-fence.
EIGHT: I have to work the Gopher football game on Halloween night. And I'm really not that upset about it (other than the working part, that stinks). Halloween is my least favorite holiday. I'm looking forward to watching all the drunk jackasses at the stadium stumble all over themselves and then go home, get up on Sunday and feel good (when everyone else will be all hungover and feeling like garbage).
Monday, October 26, 2009
Cut to four years later ...
I'm not sure Andi can recite every celebrity couple, their kids names and favorite hang outs ... but I did develop a LOVE for traveling. Thank you Husband for blessing me with the travel bug. We try to take a couple trips a year, even if they're just little weekend ones. So far, we've been to ...
Nassau, Bahamas (December 2005)
Mazatlan, Mexico (March 2006)
San Francisco, California (September 2006)
Kauai, Hawaii (December 2006)
Denver, Colorado (July 2007)
Sanibel Island, Florida (December 2007)
Caribbean Cruise - Honduras, Belize, Cozumel, Bahamas (February 2008)
Anna Maria Island, Florida (December 2008)
Panama (January 2009)
Thailand (August 2009)
Still on our travel bucket list:?
- Seattle, Washington
- San Diego, California
- Key West, Florida
- Yellowstone National Park / Wyoming
- The Grand Canyon
- The Black Hills / Mount Rushmore (dumb, I know...we should have visited when I lived there)!
- The Boundry Water - Ely, Minnesota
- New York City, New York
- Charlston, South Carolina
- Puerto Rico
Sunday, October 25, 2009
(not the best pic of me ... here's hoping my friends send me a better one if they've got it)
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
This is a new recipe I'm trying so I'll have to let you know if they're any good. Actually we'll let Andi be the judge - they're his favorite kind of cookie!
Before I go any further, I must pause to include all my non-Minnesotan friends in the secret that is "hot dish." What is hot dish, you ask? (as I did when I first moved to Minnesota). Hot dish is this: a casserole baked in Minnesota. And, every true-blooded Minnesotan has their own version of Tator Tot Hot Dish ... a delicous and tummy-warming blend of cream of [insert your favorite variety here] soup, tator tots, hamburger and your choice vegetable. As I introduced Andi to all things Nebraska wonderful (Husker football, Runzas and Valentino's pizza) so, too, Andi introduced me to Tator Tot Hot Dish. And it's been a winter diet staple ever since.
So, Andi's working on a video shoot for one of his clients tonight. It's just me and my little dog Chloe. Here's my list of to do's for this evening:
- Hit up Target to get some groceries, something cute to wear this weekend and a pumpkin
- Bake Andi some toffee cookies to snack on during the drive home tomorrow
- Give Chloe a bath
- Carve a pumpkin for my front porch
- Watch Grey's Anatomy (sorry Andi ... I'm not waiting)
Back to recipes ... anyone have a tasty, fall/wintertime recipe they wanna share? I'd better grab this domestic wifey cooking vibe by the horns ... who knows how long it'll stick around!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Fun things to look forward to this weekend:
- Eating a Runza at the game
- Sitting in the "Red Seats" premium section (first time this weekend! whoot!)
- Tailgating outside the stadium and at the Embassy Suites party
- Meeting up with my cousin Tyler at his tailgate
- Stopping by my cousin Jen's house in Lincoln
- Spending time with Ashley & Neal and Val & Brionn
- QT with Andi on the drive to & from Nebraska
Updates to come next week about our fun weekend trip!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Current Drink: Starbucks VIA (have you tried it?) Pretty good and super convenient
Current Food: Zoca Nachos (a Mexican brand at the U of MN)
Current Favorite Show: That's hard to pick one since TV is so good right now ... MadMen, How I Met Your Mother, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, John & Kate Plus 8 (I wish I could say I've vetoed this show but I'm still watching ... )
Current Triumphs: Committment to God & Money class, completing all my fall clean-up in my yard, getting coverage in the MN Daily for a good sustainability report card at work.
Current Bane Of My Existence: My car ... and the drama of dealing with insurance companies. I just want my car back!!!!!!!!!!
Current Celebrity Crush: Hmm ... Jon Hamm from Mad Men. So sexy ...
Current Indulgence: Chips and ice cream. Internet.
Current Blessing: My husband. Do you ever have a moment where you realize EVERYTHING in your life is perfect? I don't think many people have that ... and I'm living it right now. Happy life.
Current Slang: I don't know .. but I'm sure all of you do :)
Current Outfit: Jeans, long-sleeve t's, hoodies, vests. Loving fall clothes right now
Current Excitement: Husker game this weekend! Woot-Woot!
Current Mood: Dreading work at Let's Dish! ... looking forward to being done with that commitment for a while
Current Link: USPS Premium Postcard. That's what we used to send our wedding thank you's -- great site!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I'm not usually one to let a mess pile up but with the wedding, then honeymoon, then fall opening at school, then our recent wedding reception, the mess just grew and grew. And, when it's nice outside on the weekend, the last thing you want to be doing is cleaning your closet. So, I simply shut the door and hid the clutter. Until today. Andi's working at his office right now, so I had a few hours by myself to tackle the job.
Due to our small closet spaces, he keeps his clothes in the spare bedroom closet which is EVEN SMALLER than mine. It needs help too ...
But not today ...
Friday, October 16, 2009
I was raised to write thank you's immediately following every birthday, holiday and special event. And, over the years, it's become a natural way for me to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for a thoughtful gift someone's given me. I love when a thank you note arrives in my mailbox as it tells me how special the gift I researched, planned and presented to someone was received. Is this practice becoming a lost art?
If so, I refuse to jump on the bandwagon. Tonight, I'm sending out thank you's to all those who attending our wedding reception last weekend. Andi and I decided to send them via PremiumPostcards.com -- a fabulous service provided by the United States Postal Service. Check it out! For the price of a stamp, you can upload an image, insert your message and send a postcard to anyone in the world.
To those who attended the reception, check your mailbox for a nice note from us coming your way!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I've also been putting off a few things lately. Life's been busy with the wedding, honeymoon, reception and fall opening at work. I finally find myself able to breathe in and out - winter means family, home and relationships.
Bucket List for Winter 2009
- Clean out / build shelving / reorganize basement
- Clean out / reorganize our closets
- Donate unwanted items to reuse centers / sell on CraigsList
- Go on the Summit Brewery Tour in St Paul
- Spend a day at the Afton Alps Ski Resort
- Make baby scrapbooks for our 4 pregnant couple friends
- Finish our wedding / honeymoon scrapbook
- Make Christmas cards
- Take a long 3-day weekend trip with Andi
- Make a turkey dinner
- Host a game night with our friends
- Bake Christmas goodies & give them away
- Volunteer at church
- Visit our friends Derrick & Ellie in Chicago
- Decorate for Christmas
Anything else I can't miss out on this winter?
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
OMG. Best show ever!
Last night's episode was especially funny; in running order:
- The Sexless Inkeeper (going home with someone, then faking to be asleep only to stay at someone's house closer than your own)
- Full of poems and songs by Marshall (awesome - reminds me of the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall)
- Marshall and Lily's couples date nights
- the end of the episode - standing in the rain all "long lost lover-ish"
If you saw the episode, you know that Lily and Marshall invited Barney and Robin over for a couples date night. And they had a miserable time because M & L completely over-processed the date night with food offerings, games and a creepy friend video to follow. Andi and I were wondering if we're more like M&L or B&R?
We think Marshall & Lily.
We, too, make creepy videos of our life and force our friends to watch them. (sorry all)
Your vote? Who are we more alike: Lily & Marshall or Barney & Robin?
Monday, October 12, 2009
... to my Mom & Dad, Ash & Neal, Cheri & Norm, Jen & Zach and Marcy & Mat who traveled from Nebraska to celebrate with us! Also Derrick & Ellie who came in from Chicago and Mel & Brent who drove in from Sioux Falls. It truly meant so much to me (us!) they came all the way to Saint Paul to celebrate our marriage!
Some people spend hundreds of dollars on flowers for their wedding / reception. We spent $10 on two huge bouquets. Stopped by the Farmer's Market on Saturday morning and picked up these beautiful flowers - what a find!
My parents LOVED the Saint Paul Farmer's Market. It was great to share one of Andi & I's favorite weekend activities with them.
FOUR: The wedding reception itself was everything that Andi and I imagined it to be. We loved how the photos showcased in the gallery, loved the way everyone mingled around (lots of smiles and laughter) and loved how warm and energetic the party felt all night long. I loved seeing everyone I care about so much and only wish there would have been more time to chat with everyone who came. We are so truly blessed to have a wonderful family and group of friends.
FIVE: Cut to the after party .... We walked down the street to The Happy Gnome to celebrate with some of our closest friends following the reception. That's when things got a little out of hand ... but so, so much fun! Take a look a few photos from the night:
Our friend Adam (and wedding singer!) & I
Andi & Derrick
Marcy & I
Andi & I
From L to R: Andi, Val and Lindsay
SIX: Our cab driver might have been wanted.
We all hopped in a cab and drove the few blocks home after bar close. As we were approaching our house, the cab driver started to freak out because he noticed a car following him closely. The cab whipped into the Walgreens parking lot and dumped us out in the parking lot! Little did we know, it was our friend Adam following us to our house.
So, we capitalized on the opportunity and bought a few frozen pizzas from Walgreens then hopped in with Adam for the drive 2 blocks down to our house.
At some point during this time, Andi found a women's belt and fastened it around his head. We still aren't sure where this belt came from ... or who it belongs to ... so ladies: if you're missing a belt it's at the Dickson Lost & Found.
SEVEN: The trees puked on me"
In a drunken stupor, Andi ran to the corner of the yard at 4AM to yak, only to somersault over the big, blue planter and land face-first into the evergreen trees. As he got back up, the bush flung back all the yak yak he'd just unloaded. Andi shows back up 20 minutes later saying, "the trees puked on me."