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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Clutter's Last Stand

My most recent read by Don Aslett, "America's #1 Cleaning Expert," was packed full of motivation to clean out my home. It also motivated me to want to clean out my parents' home. I think they have a clutter problem. It's time for the intervention mom and dad. I thought the following excerpt may motivate you as well. We all want to cherish a good memory or experience forever, but preoccupation with physical reminders can lead us to live in the past. One of the toughest and most necessary things in the world for growth and happiness is to release our hold on things, places, and people we've outgrown. Too many people never grow and gain expanding new experiences because they can't see the wisdom of releasing old ones. Junk crowds out new life. It's more fun being a present or future hero or heroine than a past one. For my parents and anyone else struggling with a junk problem, here are some ways to determine if it is indeed junk: It's broken or obsolete (and fixing it is unrealistic). You've outgrown it, physically or emotionally. You've always hated it. It's the wrong size, wrong color, or wrong style. Using it is more bother than it's worth. It wouldn't really affect you if you never saw it again. It generates bad feelings. You have to clean it, store it, and insure it (but you don't get much use or enjoyment out of it). It will shock, bore, or burden the coming generation. If you can check one or more of the above truthfully, then it's probably junk. Do yourself, your house, and posterity a favor--pitch it! It's robbing you of peace of mind and space. I hope this has been helpful!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Cold Feet

It has been a cold, cold day here in LAX. I decided to stay rooted right here through lunch so as not to have to deal with the cold windiness whipping around outside. However, it isn't much better in our building. My feet have been frozen pretty much all morning and after a brief bought without my coat, it has helped contain my heat this morning as best a coat can. This morning on Z93 I heard the DJ state that it is brisker in our bathrooms at the radio station than it is outside. It may be true, Tuna. I'm praying for some fiery hellness this afternoon. One can only hope. Tonight is bowling night. I'm not really feeling up for it, but am attempting to raise my enthusiasm before it is bowling time. If my scores tonight do not live up to my expectations, I may need to blame the cold feet.

Monday, November 26, 2007

A Heck of a Holiday

DHM was fabulous on Wednesday. We drank way too much, danced just enough, and had the toastiest hotel room in Mankato. On top of that, I only have one injury, so that has got to be good! Good times all around. Friday proved to be a marathon drinking day with Z93 Turkey Bowling starting at 2pm. The beers just really tasted good. We continued the turkey fest at Neuie's North Star for a boot of beer (k, not me), Sams Bar for some shuffleboard, and George Street Pub to sing a few songs. I retired to my homestead around midnight to prepare for my big turkey day on Saturday. Saturday started abruptly at 7:30am. When the turkey was supposed to be hopping in the oven, I was hopping out of bed. I tried to read the turkey packaging for the prepping directions, but my eyes were still half closed. After two phone calls to Shirley and Sam, my bird was in the oven. I have to say that is the most disgusting thing I've ever done. Ever. Next, I needed to go pick up stuffing ingredients right away so I could get them in the slow cooker. The Hansen's IGA lady was much too talkative for me at 9:00am. After stuffing preparation, things went more smoothly and we had a lovely holiday feast with my family. Peanut had a long day and was tuckered out. Sunday proved restful. I finished "Clutter's Last Stand" (stay tuned to a blog coming to your city for my comments on this), took down my party lights from the garage, and hung my greenery and lights on the front of my house. Happy holidays.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

DHM

Another busy week! I've been working on redesigning comedy this week due to a change in venue. This is a complete overhaul of all the design work we do for the club as well as meetings to iron out all the details. I'm hoping to get a good chunk of this stuff done today and leave the rest for next week. I've decided to go to Mankato tonight for a Dazy Head Mazy show. Promises to be riotous good times. I just have to stay focused today to get that aforementioned work done. At least today we are getting off work early. We have a champagne toast at 3pm to celebrate reaching our 2007 goals and then we're on the road! Focus. Tomorrow I'm heading to the folks' house for lasagna. I love Thanksgiving! After that I better get on that whole Thanksgiving day feast planning for my house on Saturday. Wish me luck.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Roasty Roasterson

During my traditional Thursday lunch with a former co-worker, she mentioned that she had just purchased a new roaster because of a special over at the Shopko (not more than a hop, skip, and a jump from where we were dining). We ended lunch early and I headed over to the Shopko to check it out. If you bought the roaster (with divided tray insert), you got a crock pot and electric knife for free. Score! I had debated whether I wanted to get a roaster this year for Thanksgiving. I thought I would borrow my friend's again, like I did last year, but found out they will be using it this year. Now I have my very own, shiny, new roaster. I can't wait to think up things to use it for at my annual housewarming party! It was a cold and dreary day in Wisconsin when the purchase of a new roaster was able to brighten my day and warm my soul.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

November Is Boring

Ever notice how October is so exciting and then BAM you're kicked right in the teeth with November? The weather is blah, it is dark all the time, and apart from Sherman's birthday, nothing is going on! I did notice that I am behind on my Thanksgiving dinner preparations. I don't know where the time went, but I've got to get my act together and get this dinner planned. The past few years I've been purchasing a pre-cooked dinner from the grocery store that I have to heat up. That was enough stress really, but apparently I need more because I've decided to cook my own food this year. Hopefully it won't be the last time. I've also committed to the Turkey Bowl this year with my regular bowling league team. It is a long weekend, and I'd probably be bored anyhow, right? Besides, what is more fun than bowling with my brand new old bowling ball? I've decided it will be fabulous. I guess I do have a few things to look forward to. I'll try to focus on those.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Bodega Beer Bonanza

After sharing a few beers with my friend, Sherman, for her birthday, I thought I needed to stay out for the Goose Island beer tasting at the Bodega.
It was well worth my time. I enjoyed a few beers and did shooters of the ones that were less than appealing to me. A good time was had by all. I would go back in a heartbeat next time.
I was going to scan in my tasting notes and upload them, but they are much too small to read. The Nut Brown Ale was one of my favorites. The brewery notes say it is "deeply malted with just the right touch of hops to create a rich, complex beer with notes of caramel, chocolate, and honey." My note says "delicious beyond all reason."
Another of my favorites was the Oatmeal Stout. The brewery notes say "Luxurious, rich, and creamy, brimming with oats, chocolate, and roasted malt, it's a dark, decadent treat." I say "f*cking heaven." Good stuff. Good times. Beer.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Let's Bowl! Let's Bowl! Let's Rock And Roll!

At the bowling alley last night I had my new bowling ball weighed. It is just over 14 pounds. Then after league, the guy measured my hands to redrill the holes. He thought the ball would be done today! So, my team is looking into bowling shirts. I'm excited about that. Nothing says I'm going bowling like a retro bowling shirt. Now I just need to look into those shoes and a bowling ball bag. I'll be all pimped out to strut down the alleys. Shirley has agreed to meet me at the Bodega for a birthday happy hour. I'm excited beyond all reason. Oh happy times.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Bowling For Birthdays

I have decided to celebrate birthday week for my friend, Sherman, this week. She has no interest in celebrating her own birthday, so somebody has got to! I went out for happy hour with some co-workers (mine, not hers) for her last night. Tonight I plan to have a little happy hour action before bowling. I'm so excited to finally have my own ball! While helping my aunt move last Saturday, I noticed a bowling ball sitting out for the trash. I inquired within and was granted permission to rescue the ball from the trash pile. It has teeny tiny little finger holes, but I think that can be fixed. I'm am going to need a new bag since the old one is practically falling apart. What next? A bowling shirt and my own shoes? You never know! Tomorrow is actually Sherman's birthday, so it may be she'll be celebrating with me! Details to follow.

Friday, November 2, 2007

The Sun Spills From The Sky

It is unusual how a person can become accustomed to seeing something from a certain perspective. Usually I come into work one way and journey home on a back road away from traffic and with the added beauty of nature and curvy roads. Today I went home for lunch since I was supposed to go out for dinner directly after work and thought my puppy would appreciate the added outing. I came back to work on the winding back road that I usually take home. I was surprised to find that it appeared completely different. There are houses hidden behind trees that you don't even see coming the other way. Each curve in the road is completely foreign and I am surprised to see what is waiting on the other side of the hills. And the bluffs that are usually at my back are prominently displayed against the sky. With the fall colors, it appears to me that the sun has spilled right out of the sky and onto the trees. I'm not sure if it is so beautiful because I appreciate the colors of fall so much or if it is so beautiful because I am viewing it as I've never seen it before. It was a good Friday lesson learned in viewing life from a new perspective.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Groggy

Halloween has come and gone. I'm still recovering and discovering injuries. Here are a few pictures.

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