Saturday, December 30, 2006
Anyway, it was a very nice time. Good food, good margaritas, and very nice people. The ones who had lied to me didn't remember me. I answered questions about my time with the company in a positive manner, I kept my snorts of disbelief in check, and I didn't drink as much as I wanted. I even wore pantyhose...and you all know how much I hate that!
We played games with the kids and tried to visit. We got in UNO, checkers, Trouble, and Battleship. We also managed to wolf down two pizzas and catch up a little.
It wasn't the evening we thought it would be, but it was still fun.
We decided to try the place down the street for dinner. It to was a bar, but looked like it had a separate dining room. When we entered we ran smack into a bride. It brought back memories of being a wedding photographer. (It also reaffirmed my belief that I made the right decision to quit the biz). Kurt and I made our way to the "dining" side of the bar and got menus. There was an empty salad bar against one wall so I started to lose hope. The waitress said we could order anything off the menu. Kurt and I each got a 6 0z Sirloin which came with salad, a baked potato, and a roll. He got a beer and I had soda. It was DELICIOUS!! Our bill came to....gotta love smalltown Iowa....$17.12.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Marnie and I had a great time in the Twin Cities. We saw White Christmas at the Ordway. We had fantastic seats. We were in the last row of the Mezzazine level. We were actually the two seats closest to the aisle. We were seated in side chairs/arm chairs! It was great! Our buckets fit and we could push the chairs back so we didn't have to stand up for people to go in and out. Plus we could stretch out our legs and had room on each side of us.
David Odgen Steirs (Winchester from M*A*S*H) was playing General Waverly. I think I recognized the lady that was the housekeeper, too. I can't remember her name offhand. We took the skywalk to the theater. It took us 35 minutes to get there! After the show we chose to walk outside. We were in the room and in our jammies in 10 minutes!
Wednesday morning we had the 99 cent breakfast at IKEA and then shopped. Not my cup of tea. It's a huge warehouse of a store. They did have some good prices on somethings though. The one thing I really liked was a double porcelain (sp) sink.
Today was the kids' last day of school. I'm taking them shopping tomorrow. Pray for me.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
I don't have to go back to school until January 8th. I bet it will go really fast and I won't get half the things done I want to get done.
I need a good book to read. Anyone have any suggestions? I just reread A Year in Provence for bookclub. I realized though that I won't be able to go because my sister and I are going to the Twin Cities to see White Christmas at the Ordway. It's my Christmas present to her. "Sisters, Sisters...there were never such devoted Sisters!" Maybe we will wear blue dresses!
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
They walked here after school, had a snack, and got to the playing. I asked Christy when the girl had to be home and what her last name was. She said "I don't know" and "I"ll ask" to both the questions.
As it was getting darker I went down and asked the girl what time she had to be home. She said, "My mom doesn't care. Whenever. I should probably be home before it's too dark though." Well it's winter in Iowa. It was already 5 o'clock and pitch dark. Now keep in mind the girl's mom has virtually NO idea where her 11 year old daughter is, when she'll be back, and whether or not there are any adults present! Once it hit 5:30 I had Alex and Christy walk her home. Christy asked if she could come over again tomorrow. I wonder what the family situation is at that house.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
The semester is winding down. I have a test tomorrow and a final on Thursday. I also get a take home final tomorrow. My final final is on Monday. I tried to sell back my Accounting book yesterday. A new edition has been picked up. It isn't worth a thin dime now. You do have to love the continued screwing of the college student.
For some reason 9 x out of 10 I can't answer my cell phone without hanging up on the caller. Evidently, a flip phone is too complicated for me!
Thursday, November 30, 2006
The stylist chick straightened it when she dried it. My friends have tried to tell me it would be the way too go. I'm WAY too much of a roll out of bed at the last possible minute to deal with that ever day.
If we hadn't bought Nicky a new bed today, I'd have Kurt take me out tonight!
I'm not really handling 35 very well. It seems pretty stinking old to me.
I should have had the eyebrows done too. Doesn't look like a little make-up would kill me either!
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Alex came over to see his grandparents and cousins, go for pizza, and swimming while Nicky and Christy declined. We had a 48th Anniversary party for Lyle and Audra Kae at Pizza Ranch. Everyone really enjoyed the buffet and the chocolate cake we brought.
I need to write a memo for my staffing class and I'm having trouble finding an article for it.
We'll have a houseful trying to solve the problems of the world again. It's exhausting!
Anyone for leftovers?
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
On the menu we have:
- Mashed potatoes
- Gravy (hopefully mom can make it)
- Dressing (courtesy of my mom)
- Cranberry relish (ditto)
- Seven Layer salad (ditto, ditto)
- Assorted crudite - pickles, black olives, cheese and crackers, radishes, carrots, pickled beets
- Pumpkin Pie
- Apple Pie
- Waldorf Salad
- Green Bean casserole
- Corn Pudding
I think that may be it. Hosting is expensive!
Tonight is book club. We read IN COLD BLOOD. I'm wavering on going. I'm not feeling too hot because I've got a bacterial infection. Mom is going to get us next month's book which is A YEAR IN PROVENCE. Kurt is comatose because he's had a rough 2 weeks at work with 130 am and 530 am conference calls. The 530 calls he has to do at the office so he's been getting up at 4 a.m. That's happened a half a dozen times. Last night they migrated a CMS system so he was gone from 10pm til 830 am this morning.
He was awake long enough (and between conferences calls long enough) for us to have lunch at the tearoom here. It was FANTASTIC! The lump crab cakes are too die for! They say they fly it in from Miami. There were two of them the size of a hamburger for $9.95. It was WAY better than the crab cakes we had in D.C.
Tomorrow is cooking and cleaning. Thursday we're hosting Thanksgiving dinner, Friday Kurt's entire family is arriving. We also have 5oth anniversary to attend as well as the family party for Kurt's parents' 48th anniversary. Saturday is another 50th anniversary party, and Sunday is my Great Uncle Melvin's 90th birthday bash. It looks to be a busy food filled weekend!
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
It was the worst day I've had in a long while.
Today is even worse.
I miss my puppy. I keep looking for him.
For years he was the only thing I had to look forward to at the end of the day.
He was always happy to see me.
I'm glad he didn't suffer much. He got to chase a cat on his last good day.
We buried him in the evergreen grove at my parents.
He's wrapped up in a blue blanket with his favorite tug of war rope.
I wish I had taken the bandages off his legs.
I wish his last memory of me weren't putting him in the crate at the hospital.
I had him for 1 month short of ten years.
I loved him. He was a good boy.
Good-bye Old Friend.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Dr. D gave him an IV and took a blood sample.
Lewie had been throwing up bile, had blood in his stool, has an astronomical white count and his liver function is incredibly high, too. He has congested lungs and is wheezing. He also has a low temp, is dehydrated and pale.
They are going to keep hydrating him and so some xrays. They will call me in the morning. He's not as bad off as he sounds. He's got a serious infection of some sort.
Dr. D will call me in the morning.
My poor baby :(
He's so sick he even let Ryan pet him!
Long story short....WE WON!!!!
The kids have been placed with us except for 3 weekends a month, 4 weeks in the summer and alternating holidays. She has been ordered to pay us child support.
Nick and Christy start school in the morning.
This has renewed our faith (that and the Democrats winning!).
It's been a very good week.
Thank you to everyone for their thoughts, prayers, good wishes, and caring concern. We appreciate it more than you can ever know. Eventually, the kids will, too.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Notre Dame de Chartres is the other model that has been purchased by the Spanish museum. I was especially impressed with this model because I've been to this very cathedral! The artist has even added the rose windows and 110 saints statues on it. All of the models are to scale.
On our way to Gladbrook we swung past the bitty town of Lincoln and went past the EXTREME MAKEOVER HOME EDITION house. It wasn't as impressive as I thought it would be judging from all the press I'd heard and read. However the fact that it and 2 outbuildings were made in a week is astounding.
Overall it was a great day for a drive and a great bargain for the museum!
Friday, November 03, 2006
Weekend plans....we have none for once. I'm sure it will involve laundry, dishes, and cooking. Maybe we can find something fun to do too!
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
We all got flu shots today. Luck had it that the flu shot clinic was the same day as Halloween so we were able to get them vaccinated. I hope it works!
I withdrew from my accounting class. It was kicking my a**. Missing a week of school didn't help either. I still have plenty to do with my remaining 14 hours of class.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
We each have upper respitory infections. Different strains. Different meds. Thanks, kids!
We went to Ryan's first birthday party yesterday. It was fun to watch him explore frosting and get his first taste of sugar. He's such a sweetie. It was WAY crowded in Ms. Marn's house. It made me very thankful we've moved out of our itty bitty Waterloo house.
I missed an entire week of school. I need to study and get back into the groove today.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
- Fred came for last weekend. We haven't seen him since June.
- All the kids went to a hayride and weinie roast last Saturday. The 70 degree weather was perfect for it!
- We all went to see Antigone at Theater UNI. It was a modern adaptation and very well done. Christy especially liked it.
- We had $1 sundaes at McDonald's afterward
- Conference cross country is tomorrow afternoon. I baked 2 doz brownies and am prepared to work in the concessions stand
- Kurt and I had our first big fight. It was a DOOZIE!
- My printer died...at least the portion that prints black ink. Thought it was a bad cartridge. So now I have $70 worth of ink and no printer it will work in. Joy.
- My severance ran out and I'm officially on the dole
- My car needs $2200 in repairs
- I have a math test due Friday, too
- It's snowing outside!
Friday, October 06, 2006
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Monday, October 02, 2006
We went to the Fenelon Place Elevators which is billed as the world's "shortest, steepest incline" via a train. It goes up the side of a bluff where there is then a beautiful 3 state view. There was a busload of screaming kids when we got there, but we stayed anyway.
Following our ride we boarded the Spirit of Dubuque for a 1 1/2 hour river cruise. We steamed up river to just below the lock and damn, turned around, and headed south to the Julian Dubuque Monument. Along the way we saw piles of coal and road salt, a bald eagle, some spectacular homes, a nunnery, and several barges. The sun came out and made the water glisten. Nick, of course, was a bump on a log, but Alex and Christy really enjoyed themselves.
After the boat ride we decided to drive to the Julian Dubuque Monument and check it out. It was quite the adventure! The way wasn't clearly marked so we got to see quite a bit of the country side. Hwy 52 heading south is pretty "Deliverance"-esque! We had less than an 1/8 of a tank of gas so we headed back to town. We eventually managed to find the place. It has spectacular views, a free viewing telescope, and lots of fresh air.
It was getting late and the herd was hungry. We called some friends in town and has dinner with them at a local Mexican restaurant. There was a strolling guitar player along with lots of warm chips and hot salsa. It was a great end to a great day.
When we got home Christy said she had " a great time" and she hoped Sunday was just as great. I'm afraid she was sadly disappointed.
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
The pool picture is from our vacation at Kurt's brother Greg's house. The other one is from the murder mystery dinner we got for a wedding gift from my parents and sister and brother-in-law. (I did it by the way!). It was and the Lion and the Lamb B & B.
Monday, September 11, 2006
Mom and I rode to DSM together since she was going to babysit the munchkin while we cropped. He is getting soo big and verbal. He stands and walks along things. He likes to be naughty and check to see if you are paying attention. That kid can army crawl VERY fast if there is an open door. He's a sweetie.
Unfortunately, once we got home it's back to the books. I don't know what in the hell I am doing in my accounting class and my first test is on Friday.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
I wanted to see the World War II Memorial since that's new since I've last been there. We walked in the blowing sheets of rain and falling branches from there to the Lincoln Memorial and
back. The Vietnam Wall in on the right hand side of the reflecting pool and the Korean War Memorial is on the left. The Korean Memorial is pretty neat. It looks like a platoon out on patrol. Due to the weather there weren't all kinds of tributes and veterns at the Wall like the other times I've been there.
Kurt was really impressed with the Lincoln Memorial. It is quite grand. Abe is HUGE. The Gettysburg Address is on one wall and his 2nd Inauguarl Address was on the other. The steps were WAY slippery. I'm surprised I didn't biff it.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Now he resisted the pink shirt for a long time. He didn't think it was manly enough. He didn't want to be a metrosexual. Who knows what the reason was.
He wore the shirt yesterday with his new khaki dress pants (he calls 'em slacks). He got a flat tire on the way to work. He was in the process of changing it; standing there deciding how to best get the power bolted on lug nuts off...When a WOMAN offered to do it for him. Since he was in his dress clothes and she had on her work clothes. I asked if she worked at the truck stop. He said no but she did have on more "work" type clothes. He declined her offer feeling a bit humiliated. A bit later a trucker came over and asked if everything was alright wondering if Kurt needed help changing the tire.
He told me about it when he got home. He was M - A - D!!! "Just because I'm wearing a pink shirt people think I'm helpless!" It was the best laugh I've had all week. I wonder if he'll wear it again?
Monday, August 14, 2006
On the way up we stopped at Niagara Cave in Harmony, MN. It's one of the top ten caves in the US. Pretty good as caves go. Not that I've been in many. You go on a walking tour down and into the thing. It's like 80 feet underground and then you wind your way back in there a half mile. Christy REALLY loved it. "Take a picture! Take a picture!" I got a little claustrophobic at one point. Kurt was walking in front of me, so he was blocking the little light there was. The walls were only about 6 inches on each side of me. Check it out at www.niagaracave.com
I'll post some pictures as soon as I unearth the camera and get caught up on the laundry!
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Tomorrow starts our week's vacation with the kids. Since Kurt switched jobs he doesn't have any vacation so it's me entertaining the munchkins all week. It should be interesting!
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Monday, July 31, 2006
I went to DSM on Sunday afternoon. Marn and I went and "scrapped" today. (We also got some scrappin' in last night while baby boo was napping). I got 13 pages done and I only spent 8.75 at the store. We had breakfast this morning at HY-VEE. It was like a retirement community in there. Wall to wall old people. I have seen my future and it looks like Hy-Vee at 9 am!
My plans for tomorrow are: go to the library and wait for my mom to come pick up the pickle crocks. That's it. :)
Friday, July 28, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Only 3 more days of work. YAY! I called the unemployment office today and spoke with 2 different people. The information they gave me was 100% contradictory. Trying to collect is going to be a real good time, I can already tell.