Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Anyways...here's the view from the living room. I love looking out this window since the garage is already painted, I just pretend that the house is done too!
Here's what the house looks like from the back. You can see where Mike has been scraping off the painted cinder blocks by the back door.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
For all of you who don't know, Les Stroud (Suvivor Man) goes out into the wilderness and records himself. He basically is teaching you how to survive if you find yourself in the same predicament that he has willingly put himself in. He doesn't have anyone else with him (no camera crew). Each show is usually 2 nights and one full day of taping then he makes it to his specific pick-up area.
There's a big controversy over Man vs. Wild. Bear Grylls does the same basic show as Les Stroud with a few minor differences. Bear has a camera crew with him and sleeps in a hotel every night (they don't portray it that way - but he's been busted recently). All of his shows have the same 'story line' too. Wherever he is Bear always eats a snake -or an equally gross thing, takes off his shirt, and tells a story about how a hiker recently died right where he was. Even if Bear is a fake - I'd still rather watch him.
Friday, June 5, 2009
We went with friends Ben and Kallie - it was great to have other people there because Mike would NEVER just sit in the water and relax. So Ben and Mike entertained each other while Kallie and I just kicked it in our lounge chairs!
and finding things like this - hermit crabs!
We drove down to Key West one day while we were there. It's 95 miles from Key Largo to Key West, but since there's only one road to get there, and you can only go either 45 or 55 mph...it took us a while to get there!
This is Mike at Sloppy Joe's, we had lunch there and found out it's famous for being a place that Ernest Hemingway used to hang out at.
After walking around the tourist-y area of Key West (which Kallie and I compared to Mexico - the same stores on each block all selling the same crappy stuff, oh except there was a Coach outlet which we did go into and it was wonderful!) we asked our waitress at Sloppy Joe's where a good beach to go to was - her response? "Key West is known for the water - not the beaches." What? Key West is an island...are you serious? So She told us to go check out a state park that had the best beach in town. Here's the obligatory 'foot with scenery' pic...
The water was pretty choppy and the beach was really rocky (not sandy) so it was tough for the guys to snorkel and us girls to sit on the beach. One day while we we're back at our hotel beach doing our normal routine (boys snorkeling, girls lounging) Kallie and I noticed a mom and her two kids on the dock pointing into the water and looking at something. We had heard that there were manatees there sometimes, so Kallie and I ran up to the dock to see what they were looking at. There were 4 manatees, and a baby one!
We started yelling at the boys to get their attention cause they still had thier heads in the water. Eventually they heard us and came over to check out what we were yelling at them for!
The baby one!
And one of Mike and I...
I have more pictures but I really better get back to work...I promise to post more soon!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
The thing about yard work is that it is never an immediate gratification like my generation wants. We talked about this with our next door neighbors Travis and Erica, they are the same age as us, getting married soon, and are first time homeowners also! They do yard work just as much as we do and it's nice to be able to share tools like leaf blowers and hedge trimmers without having to go buy everything!
So here's the reason I titled my post the way I did... Two doors down from us (next to Travis and Erica) live Ed and Shirley (a very, very nice older couple). They have the most immaculate yard in the neighborhood. The grass is a perfect 'grass color' green, the hedges are alwyas trimmed perfectly, and the flowers seems to always be in bloom. Granted they have lived there somehwere between 20 and 30 years and they are retired so they have had the time to do it. This is where the whole instant gratification thing would be nice. Ed has had years to get his lawn and yard they way it is, and this is Mike's second summer. We can count last years trial by error year - even though it was practice.
(I'm sure you noticed how I referred to Mike doing the yard work...yeah, he does it all. I've potted some plants and flowers, and I help rake in the fall - but that's about it. )
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Ben spent a good majority of the day Wednesday trying to switch our destination with the time share company (Thanks Benny!) but so was everyone else in the world who had planned on vacationing in Mexico that week. He tried and tried to get us on a beach anywhere in the world - literally, we were considering the Canary Islands for a minute -but the time share company had booked every place they had on a beach. So since we had flights (luckily with no cancellation fees due to the swine flu) we knew we had to go somewhere. We started looking for hotels in southern Florida that had a decent rate. Randomly Kallie and I found a resort on Key Largo that I had looked into for a destination wedding for Mike and I! AND it was only $99 a night - and it was beautiful and right on the beach! SWEET! Done and done. Kallie booked the hotel, switched thier flights, I booked a rental car, switched our flights and here we are.
New vacation, a little more expensive, but we're still going somewhere on the ocean! I have never been to the Keys before so I am looking forward to doing a bit of sightseeing in the area and addition to a bunch of nothing but lounging in the sun!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
He had it all planned out with out me knowing a thing! He bought the ring on Wednesday, and made the call to both my parents to let them know of his intentions, ask for their blessing, and get them in on his plans. My mom called me on Wednesday afternoon while I was at work and asked me if Mike and I could come over on Friday after work to help them move furniture and then they'd take us out to eat. They got a new flat screen TV and were moving the living room furniture and a couple large bookcases...I knew they were doing this so it was no surprise to me that they were asking for our help. So I called Mike and told him that my mom called and asked for our help and he said 'ok sure'.
My parents got out the champagne and I called my sister and grandparents while Mike called his 3 siblings. I'm not really that much taller than Mike...but when he forced me to dress up I had to have the appropriate shoes!So here we are now, trying to plan a wedding sometime within the next year, and hopefully it will be in either Mexico or Florida!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Boy to his mother: Well, why don’t all Minnesotans get in a circle, link hands and sing “Here Comes the Sun!” THEN MAYBE IT’LL GET WARMER AND I’LL CHEER THE FUDGE UP.
This is from overheardinminneapolis.com
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Last weekend my dad helped me get the wallpaper border off of my kitchen walls! One thing I forgot to do was take a picture of it. Oh well, I'd rather not remember it! I'll take a picture before any paint goes up so all you peeps who haven't seen it can see the before and after!
There was one totally gross thing that my dad helped me with also. While I was sitting on top of my refridgerator (scraping wallpaper) I noticed there were a couple things that had fallen behind there from the previous owner (his name is Phil). I could see a hotpad and a bottle of food coloring. So my dad said that we should move the fridge, the stove, and the small counter that sits in between them and clean back there. Ho-ly nas-ty!! I take full responsibility for not cleaning back there after we moved in but I didn't think it could possibly be that bad. I don't think Phil cleaned back there once in the 7 years he lived there. I literally had to take a scraper and scrape food and grime off the floor under the stove. Something must have boiled over once upon a time and Phil (being the 50 year old bachelor he was) never cleaned it up. But now thanks to my dad for helping me move the appliances, it's squeaky clean! And now I won't have a nasty suprise when I move the appliances again to paint!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Aly's coming home from school this weekend! I'm excited about that! I'm getting my hair cut by the one and only Farrah on Saturday. I could write a whole entry on Farrah...she is my hair miracle worker - and my mom's! I have reccomended Farrah to two ladies in my office and they both go to her now and one takes both of her teenage daughters to her too! I'm not planning on doing anything very drastic to my hair, I just want a little style to it. It's almost all one length again after cutting my bangs last spring!
I also want to work on my kitchen a bit this weekend. I want to paint it but before I do that I need to rip down the really pretty fruit wallpaper border that goes around it. I'll have to bring the ladder up cause it's way up near the ceiling. Fun times.
Mike is still in Colorado, working away. I had fun visiting him there last weekend! We went to "The Garden of the Gods" in Colorado Springs which was very picturesque. And we also went to the Denver Aquarium where Mike, and his niece Toni, fed sting rays by hand! . I'll have to post pictures when Mike gets back with the camera!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Mom to cashier: And we'll have a water.
Little girl: But I want Pepsi!
Mom: We're getting water Pepsi!
Little girl: Yaaaaay!
Mom, winking at amused cashier: When you have kids of your own, water Pepsi is the greatest invention ever.
Somehow I can see my mom getting away with this when my sister and I were younger...
Thursday, February 26, 2009
We are getting up to ten inches of snow today! It's been snowing since noon... it's 3pm right now and I'm guessing there is almost 4 inches so far. There is a winter storm warning for over 60 counties in MN alone.
There is only one thing this means - ok two things. One - I get to leave work early. Yay! Two - I have to go home and shovel. Since Mike is out of town I have to do it...I'm thinking I'm just going to do my half of the driveway today, and maybe save the other half for tomorrow. It's not that I'm a 'weenie' (as Pat would say)...ok maybe I am, but I don't have to only shovel the driveway. I have to do the sidewalk that goes from our garage to the house, the one that goes from the side of the backyard to the house, and the one from the front door out to our mailbox on the street. Needless to say I'm not looking forward to leaving work early.
Oh, and of course Pat called me at work to make sure I drive home safely. He and my mom are still in AZ...and he told me I had to go home and shovel...thanks dad.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
It's not so bad that Mike is away, yeah I miss him, and I wish I could be out in CO with him, but in addittion to Mike leaving the state, my parents also left to go to AZ for the next two weeks! And not that I hang out with Mike's parents by myself that often, but they are down in Branson for a week and a half. Before Mike left I asked him "Who should I call if I need something?" You know -help with something in the house, something with my car... He listed off a bunch of friends, who would be better with car issues vs. other things. My aunt and uncle live kind of close...but I wouldn't want to call them if it was something small...they'd have to drive almost an hour to my house!
Well yesterday I freaked out a little. During the afternoon I was at a different office than I normally work in (I'll talk about that in my next entry), I went to leave and my car wouldn't start!! I started going through the list of people who could help me in my head...now granted I could just go back inside the office and my boss would help me, but I took it to extreme thinking I was stuck. I did go back in and a couple people came out and my car started after revving the engine a bit while starting it...I guess it was just cold. Now I'm too nervous to go anywhere besides work and home incase my car doesn't start! I talked myself out of working out this morning because I didn't want to be stuck at the gym all sweaty at 6:30am...with no way to get back home.
Well - this is your fair warning Auntie JJ - You might be getting a call from your oldest neice needing to be picked up!!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Update - Mike did it all! His dad come over to help him and in one big truck load they took it all to the dump! YAY! I don't have to do manual labor now!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Mike has been having some digestion issues lately. I'll spare you the details... but he basically has a stomach ache all the time. He has been dealing with this off and on for about 3 months now. Since he works for the family biz, he doesn't have insurance through work. He does have private insurance though, it will cover all expenses up to $1,000 and then anything past $10,000. So that covers basic yearly doctor visits and then any catastrophe (car accident, etc.) that hopefully will never occur.
He finally caved this week and made an appointment with a doctor to figure this stomach thing out. Right now he's waiting to hear back on blood tests and to see if he needs to go see a specialist. He's worried that all these appointments and tests are going to go above and beyond his annual $1,000 coverage. He was thinking about changing his coverage but wasn't sure if he could just do that - so he was talking to his dad about it and his dad relpied "Why don't you and Hanna just get married and you can be covered under her insurance". Brilliant idea if I do say so myself! So just for kicks I told him I was going to ask our HR gal 'hypothetically' how long it would take for Mike to be covered if we got married. She looked it up and it said, as long as he signs up within 30 days of us getting married he's covered from that day on! I told him and he just laughed...and I know why - he wants new insurance, but just how bad?
So moral of the story, if I end up having a quickie wedding, I'm not pregnant - it's for insurance purposes.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Well, now that I have my own place, I love to read all these different blogs about decorating. I'll list out my favorites in case you feel the need to check out what I do every day (or multiple times a day).
Wow, now that I type them out - there are quite a few! So needless to say, my house has not turned out black and white...and I might be slowly turning into my mother.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Dad to little girl: I'm going to feed you to a puppy.
Little girl: Dad! I don't want to eat a puppy.
Dad: I'm not going to feed you a puppy, I'm going to feed you to a puppy.
Little girl: Oh, that's okay, I like puppies.
So just as long as the puppy doesn't get hurt it's ok?