Tuesday, August 29, 2006

A Workout

Rikki and I worked out this morning!! Supposedly, we are going to do it 2x a week. (My commitment is more doubtful than hers). We met at UNI at 8:30 a.m. I did the elliptical machine for 5 minutes and then I rode the bike for 8 minutes. It was a recumbent bike and I chose "random". That setting made it change the resistance like I was biking up and down hills. It would tell me to pedal faster or slower. I went a total of 3 miles. I noticed it takes a HELL of a lot of exercise to burn any significant amount of calories! We ended with some hand weights and stretching. We didn't exercise for long, but at least we did it!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Pink Shirt

I finally convince Kurt to get a pink dress shirt. I think he's way sexy in it. He's got the right coloring for it (being of Danish and Swedish stock and all). We got one at Kohl's on sale. It's a $50 shirt for around $12. Wrap it up we'll take it home!

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

Weekend Wrap Up

Well, the children and I survived our week together. It wasn't without tears and frustration on any of our parts though. Another vacation done. This year our highlight was trip to Rochester to stay with Kurt's brother, Greg and Sister-in-law, Kim. Their two boys, Sterling and Chandler are 19 and 14 (I think). It was nice. Great "hotel". They provided all the food and entertainment. The kids were glued to the TV playing video games, only breaking to eat sweets or get in the pool. The lack of organized meals, limits, and bedtimes was making me crazy. We were there from Friday afternoon until Sunday noon.

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

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This entertainment director stuff is tiring. Today we just chilled at home. These children have turned me into my mother (again). I just told them to go run around the house. They are banging around and annoying the snot out of me. I just sent the red headed demons to the park. Christy is busy crafting away. She's made a flower, feather, flag and sticker arrangement on floral foam. She's repaired her dagger. Now she is making a shield. I've got blueberry muffins in the oven and am hoping for a nap.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

A Visit from Grandpa and Grandma

Kurt's parents are here for the weekend. They came Saturday afternoon while I was at the Cootchie Campout. I premade a lasgne so they'd have something to eat when they arrived. I didn't get home until 9:30pm. Today we had a big turkey dinner, read the paper, and did an Independence mini tour. We spent the afternoon playing Trivial Pursuit and Outburst. Grandpa and Grandma treated us to Pizza Hut tonite. We'd won a free movie from the video store so we rented "Duma". It's about a kid and his cheetah. It was very good.

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


It's not what you think. I'm stripping wallpaper in our bedroom. The bottom half came off easily in full sheets. Above the chair rail however is awful. I'm using the blue gel stuff and the add in the really hot water stuff. The lady at the paint store told me vinegar water was the way to go. I don't want to stink up the room though. Kurt's parents are suppossed to be coming this weekend so they will sleep in our room. I'd at least like to have it all stripped before they get here. I know getting it painted isn't going to be possible. We have the hearing and school registration tomorrow and Friday I go to the cootchie campout.