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May 29, 2005

Fun is in the air!

I spent pretty much the entire day at my mom's today. We're putting together a scrapbook about the family for each of my brother's twins. It was so much fun looking through all of those pictures. For some reason, there seems to be a large number of them of me as a baby running around in nothing but a diaper. My mom says it was hot and that's why, but come on, have some decency not to take incriminating photos!

The photo that made me the saddest was an aerial shot of our old house from the early '80s before we put the addition on. My cousin drove by there yesterday and said it's been torn down. I grew up in the country (yes, Woodbury was the country way back in the day) and our closest neighbor was 1/2 a mile away.

Back in the early '90s they built an outlet mall right next to us. Shortly after that, developers started buying up all of the land around us. We ended up selling our house to some guy who's ex-wife owned a lot of the surrounding property. He evidently wanted to hold on to our parcel to piss her off. And now, 11 years after we moved, the house is no more. My brother and I want to go and see if they've removed the foundation yet. When we remodeled in 1985, we put in a new furnace and poured new concrete in the location of the old one. My brother and I put our hand-prints in the wet cement and dated it. We'd really like to see if it's still there and we can get it out somehow.

I have a lot of great memories there and I'm really sad to see it go. It was always one of my dreams after we moved that I'd buy the house one day and keep it in the family. I can still remember the door frame in my bedroom and the marks on it for my height. I remember climbing on the roof of the barn and jumping down into the snow drifts. Playing baseball in the back, shooting golf balls into the field (we never would find them all, I'm sure the farmer loved us). My dad sitting in the back yard with his rifle trying to shoot the gophers that were tearing up the yard. Mowing the lawn on the yard tractor my dad had jury-rigged (because you had to weigh enough in order to trigger the starter).

All that's left now are the pictures we have and the memories. Those will have to be enough.

Posted by Jenny at 12:31 AM | Comments (1)

May 25, 2005

What a way...

What a way to end a season. I watched the finales of Lost and Alias tonight and all I can say is "Oh my goodness!"

***If you haven't watched and don't want to know what happened, just stop now. There be spoilers ahead!***

Lost - Not exactly sure about what was going on, since I haven't really watched it all that much this season. But who were those people on the boat who took the kid and what was up with the hatch? You mean to tell me I'm going to have to wait all summer to find out what the hell was down that long-ass shaft withoug a ladder?


Alias - I get the main story-line of the episode. Elena wants to destroy the world and Sydney, Vaughn, Nadia, Irina and Jack are there to stop it. That's old news. Elana taking a bullet in the head was great, as was Jack whacking Sloan with the rifle. :) Sydney said yes to Vaughn's marriage proposal (Yeah, it's about time!!!!!) However, the last scene caused me to jump back in my seat and my only response was "What?" Sydney and Vaughn are driving in the country talking about eloping, and Vaughn tells her that there shouldn't be any secrets between them so he had something to tell her. Syd jokingly responds with something like "What, are you a bad guy?" and Vaughn doesn't say anything except "Well..."! What is that? You're a bad guy? NO, that's just not allowed!! And then he follows it up with "My name isn't Michael Vaughn, it's..." and out of nowhere, their car is t-boned!!!!!!! And that's how the season ended. I just stared at the TV for several minutes muttering to myself "what", "who" and "damn" over and over.

And to make things even worse, I don't think the new season starts until January. JANUARY, PEOPLE!!! That's 6 months of waiting for some type of resolution!! Is Vaughn a Russian spy? Was he part of SD-6? Is he Sloan's kid? That picture of Elena holding a baby we saw earlier this season, is that him? I guess my only response to the whole thing was shock. Alas, I will wait somewhat patiently for the new season to start, and they better be getting married when it does!

Posted by Jenny at 11:21 PM | Comments (0)

May 24, 2005

It's a boy (and a girl)!

Just got an e-mail from my brother with pictures from the latest ultrasound for the babies. They found out yesterday that they're having a boy and a girl! How exciting is that! Everyone I know is saying now they don't have to try for any more kids!

Anyway, my brother started the e-mail as follows:

Attached are the latest baby pictures from our May 23 high-definition ultrasound. As the final chapter is Star Wars was just released I thought it was fitting that our ultrasound was High-Def.

And finished it up like this:

Steph, Andy and the boy and girl to be named later (I tried for Luke and Leia – but Steph wasn’t going for the Star Wars inspired names – they were twins too!!)

In case you didn't notice, my brother is a Star Wars freak. Not quite to the point of dressing up for opening day, but he did make sure he went to every episode the first day. And there is no doubt in my mind that a little part of him really does want his twins named Luke and Leia.

And you all wonder why I'm a little off...

Posted by Jenny at 11:30 PM | Comments (0)

I should eat like this all of the time!

I spent the entire day in meetings with clients today. Me being the only peon in the entire group, also the only single one. I'm talking about being in meetings with high-level managers and a CFO that I have absolutely nothing in common with. So for lunch I was just going to hang out at my desk and get some production done while they were all at lunch. I was pulled aside by my boss as they were getting ready to head out and was told that I should really go to lunch with them. You can't really say no when your boss says you should go to lunch with clients (cause you know it's on the company's dime) so off I went.

When we get to the restaurant, the waitress comes out with this appetizer platter containing jumbo shrimp, lobster tails and a lobster salad thing. You should know that seafood is not something I eat. Ever. But, having tried lobster while in Boston last July, I knew it wasn't going to kill me, so I had a little. I gotta say, I could really get used to being fed like this on a daily basis.

And the main course? A succulent plate of tenderlion tips on fettucini. Mmm, mmm good!

I think I need to spend more time in meetings with clients!

Posted by Jenny at 11:07 PM | Comments (0)

May 22, 2005

Help!!!!

I think my body was possessed today! I went to the mall to do a little shopping for a cute dress to wear to Alyssa and Mark's wedding. That's right, I said dress. I don't even know the last time I wore a dress. I think I was about 10. And I'm voluntarily shopping for one now. Does that mean I'm growing up?

Then I wound up at the book store. I bought a grilling cookbook and proceeded to make peppered rib-eye steak and roasted potato wedges on the grill. This is more cooking in one day than I've done in the last month!

And the worst part? I never really found anything totally cute to wear!!!! Arg! I guess I'll have to go shopping again at some point in the near future.

Posted by Jenny at 11:35 PM | Comments (0)

May 16, 2005

Two, four, six, eight...

One of the great things about working near the government center here in Minneapolis is you occasionally get protests going on in the plaza. Today they're protesting about Palestine and Israel.

This is how it usually works. I'll be sitting at my desk in the afternoon and I start thinking I'm hearing something, like someone's radio. So I wander around the area trying to figure out who left theirs on. After I can't find it, I walk over to the windows to see if I can see any emergency vehicles, and that's when I figure out there are protesters.

As long as they don't bother me when I go to get on the train in a few minutes, they can chant about whatever the hell they want to. But if someone tries to stop me, there'll be hell to pay.

Posted by Jenny at 04:39 PM | Comments (0)

May 15, 2005

Flat...

Just read this article on one of our local news sites.

More Compensation For Minnesota CEOs

May 15, 2005 11:44 am US/Central Minneapolis (AP) Last year was a very good year to be a chief executive officer at a Minnesota company, with total compensation up nearly 20 percent, to over a million dollars, for more than half of them.

While the top executives were reaping windfalls from stock options, the workers on the bottom rungs of the economic ladder were struggling.

"Real wages" for average U.S. hourly workers fell in 2004 by 0.6 percent, after adjusting for inflation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For the past three years, real hourly wages have remained flat.

I know the pittance of a raise I received puts me into the average hourly worker category. It was les than a cost of living increase. I also know I probably shouldn't complain about this, because I have a house, food to eat, lots of stuff, and there are a lot of people a lot worse off than me, but it just irks me that these CEO's get all of this money and yet we who are the workers get the shaft.

Bitching about it isn't going to change anything, but it does make me feel a little bit better.

Posted by Jenny at 10:11 PM | Comments (1)

May 14, 2005

Rain, rain, go away...

Dad came by to take me to the races down at Elko this evening. It'd been raining off and on all day (the last few weeks really) but we thought we were going to be able to get some racing in tonight. Alas, we got down there, got in to the grandstand, and the sky opened up. I mean opened up. They decided to call the races and rescheduled them for July 29. So we ended up at BW3's instead and watched the Nextel Cup race from Richmond. I didn't get to watch the races live tonight, but at least there was racing elsewhere in the world. All in all, not a bad birthday evening with pops.

And to make it all better, my NASCAR boyfriend Kasey Kahne won his first ever Cup race tonight. After an awesome rookie year where he had a ton of top 10 and top 5's and a few heartbreaks where he was in the lead with only a couple of laps left and a tire went down or he got involved in a wreck, he finally one one. And he is so damned hot!!!!!

And.... my favorite driver, Rusty, managed to move up a couple of more spots in the standings. Yep, I love me some racing.

Okay, that is all for tonight.

Posted by Jenny at 10:43 PM | Comments (0)

May 13, 2005

We're the best!

Well, okay not really the best, we're only #20 on the list. But we're the best in the US!

World's 10 best airports and lounges

Only 3 of the top 10 were in Europe, and none were in the United States. The best-performing American airport was Minneapolis, ranked No. 20 overall.

I know we have a nice airport, but I really didn't think it would be considered the best in the US.

Posted by Jenny at 04:52 PM | Comments (1)

May 08, 2005

What a weekend!

I am totally exausted after this weekend. In the last 36 hours I've gotten about an hour of sleep. Wendy took me to the St. Paul Saints game Saturday followed by a sleepover on the ball field. All sorts of fun (if you ignore the fact that it rained on us at about 2:00 in the morning)!

And what did she have her buddy Ron put up on the big screen?

Why, this of course...

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Yes indeedy, a good weekend.

Posted by Jenny at 08:19 PM | Comments (2)

May 05, 2005

Doh!

I almost drove myself off the road tonight. Yes, drove myself off the road. How, you may ask does one do this? Well, you check your mirrors to keep track of the traffic around you and you part of a rainbow. Then you have to turn your head to see it for real, all of it. You proceed to berate yourself for not having your camera (which should be on you at all times) with you this evening. And you check out the really cool rainbow again. Look out at the road, and guess what, the curb is fast approaching!

Thankfully, I caught myself in time, or else I'd probably be looking at a nice dented rim and a flat tire.

But it really was a beautiful rainbow. You could see both ends clearly, and it kind of disapeared up at the top of the arc, but it was so wide and colorful! I really am mad I didn't have the camera with. I'll just have to make sure I don't continue to forget it.

Posted by Jenny at 09:10 PM | Comments (0)

May 03, 2005

Kegger!

Ran across this story while I was catching up on my news this evening.

Beer Truck Heist In Downtown Mpls.

May 3, 2005 6:06 pm US/Central Minneapolis (WCCO) A suspect stole a Budweiser beer truck from outside Target Center in downtown Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The funny thing is, there's this bar near the office I used to work in called 'Half Time Rec'. Every other day there was Guinness truck out front in the morning and I always used to think about how great it would be to steal the alcohol truck (this was back in my drinking days). Granted, I never acted on my thoughts, but still, it's nice to see someone else thought it was a good idea.

Too bad the thief didn't wasn't able to get his drunk on, since all the kegs were empty.

Posted by Jenny at 08:35 PM | Comments (0)

Honey

I stop at the gas station a couple of mornings every week, and there's a lady who works there that I love. The first thing she always says to me is "How's it going Hon?" And every time I'm checking out, she asks if I've gotten their rewards thing yet. Of course my response is always no, because I keep forgetting to do it.

This morning, she says "Well why not? You know it's free and you can earn free stuff here!" "I know, I know" I tell her. "Well, stop back later so I can pick on you some more. Have a good day Honey."

See, I love her. She always brightens up my mornings and makes it easier to go to work. In fact, I think she's one of the main reasons I actually stop at the gas station, even if I really don't need to.

Posted by Jenny at 09:47 AM | Comments (3)

May 01, 2005

Another Grr!

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Do you see the #2 car? This is the second week in a row that I've had to yell at another driver for wrecking my car. This time, our friendly Dale Earnhardt Jr. is to blame for taking out 23 cars. That's 23 cars out of 43. Over half the field. Dale, your lucky Rusty only dropped 3 places in the overall standings, cause otherwise I'd have to find you and beat you up.

And this is what you would have heard over Rusty's radio:

Rusty: Can you tell how the car looks?
Crew Member: I can't see the front end, but the back end is pretty smushed.

Really, who says it's smushed? With a southern accent of course.

Posted by Jenny at 06:57 PM | Comments (0)