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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

One Last Hurrah

I'm spending my very last night with my old friend VT.

We spent months preparing to transition to a new traffic system and it's been months transitioning out of the old traffic system. But the end is finally here. I'm still running all the reports I can think of to save data from the last seven or so years of history here. What am I forgetting? I'm going to think of something important tomorrow aren't I?

The end is near for the two of us and I will be moving on. *tear* You will be missed VT. You will be missed.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Pass Out Peanut

Have I ever mentioned I love my dog? Lots.

Peanut sleeps a lot these days and he was passed out for this entire photo shoot. But I just had to have another picture of him sleeping. He's just the cutest.

Here he is snoozing on his new foam mat next to my bed with his head snuggled on the gigantic pet bed my parents bought him that he won't lay on. He loves to snuggle it like a pillow, though. He's special.

In all fairness, we had a big day of watching movies, snuggling on the couch, and party planning for a Memorial Day cook out. He'll probably get a better chance to rest tomorrow as I tackle all the housework, errands, and work I didn't do today.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I Can Taste It

The holiday weekend is so close, I can taste it!

My brain was already checking out today. I need to focus! I need to take advantage of every last moment of this work week. I have so much to accomplish.

And once the weekend comes, I don't really even have any plans. I'm not even traveling, which feels strange for a holiday weekend.

I've got Wisconsin brats and brat buns that are calling out for some grilling. I've got a Better Homes & Gardens magazine that is calling out for porch time. And I've got this nagging feeling that I should accomplish something this weekend. But what?

I actually did a little planting thanks to my parents last weekend. I got pepper plants, parsley, basil, and mint. I'm so excited for that. I got another perennial, but I decided I need more color. And ferns are still on my want list for the porch.

So many possibilities...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Enough With The Tornadoes

Tornado watch was supposed to expire at 10pm, so I'm hoping I'm safe for the night. I'm already sick of the threats. Tonight I hunkered down in the Docker's storm shelter with a beer to ease the nervousness. It would have been incredibly unsafe to drive home with the weather so unpredictable and as Boss Man pointed out, it was quite unsafe to work late on the internet. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. By the time I headed home everything was much more peaceful.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tough Times

It has been a really long week.

I traveled to Wisconsin last weekend, so that always seems to put my week at a deficit from the get go...and especially after the wienerastic times I had celebrating Wienerfest!

I've actually been getting out of work at a decent time all week and even enjoyed the long-forgotten happy hour at Docker's one evening.

I also dove into the idea of juicing by picking up a juicer over my lunch hour the other day. I may have gotten carried away with fruit and veggie shopping, but I've loved everything I've tried so far. I need to find a berry recipe for tomorrow. I'm craving the juice like nobody's business. You think all those nutrients would perk me up, right? No.

Today was incredibly frustrating all around. Tired and grouchy and frustrated. I brought a tv home to try out and couldn't get more than four stations to come in. So I had to put everything back together again. I made a huge mess, so I decide to pour a glass of beer and sit back to watch my one station for a few minutes. Peanut comes over, throws himself down in front of the couch, bumps the end table, it wobbles, the beer glass wobbles, and as I try to catch it, I pretty much throw the entire glass of beer across the room onto the carpet, couch, wood floors, picture frames, walls, and end table. Needless to say, I lost it.

On the bright side, all that frustration and the gigantic mess motivated me to embark on a cleaning streak. I give up. I'm finally doing what I should have done hours ago...I'm going to bed.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Infatuated

I think I'm infatuated with a lawn mower. After letting my lawn get WAY out of control, I finally tackled the lawn mowing project on Saturday morning. After a few rounds around the backyard, the mower died.

I rolled it over to the patio thinking it was out of gas and noticed the oil had spurted all over the deck. I parked it and headed indoors. I cannot believe I've ruined a second mower since moving here. I swear I never killed a mower in Wisconsin. A quick check of my bank account revealed that I would not be buying a new mower this weekend. I decided to take the rest of the day off.

Sunday I puttered around the house doing this and that and avoiding the inevitable lawn situation. I finally made arrangements to borrow an electric mower and within a short time it was delivered right to my door. I headed out to tackle the yard and was incredibly impressed with the outcome.

The mower turns on by squeezing the handle...the first time. It is quiet! It made quick work of the knee-high grass. And the battery lasted for the whole yard even though I had to double cut a lot of it. Even better is that there is no oil, no gas, and no maintenance. I want one! I really want one. I haven't felt this way about a mower...well ever. I've found my perfect match!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Travel Time!

Man, I wish I had this brand new set of luggage last weekend for my Minneapolis adventure! I could have kept my bag from rubbing on that gigantor bruise on my leg by using the rolling duffle. And the heavy carry-on wouldn't have been so heavy with my new rolling carry-on (or full-size suitcase). And it's super snazzy too in it's bright red attire. A perfect perk-me-up for long, dreary days in the airport.

Can you tell I'm excited about the four-piece luggage set I won today in our all-stations contest? Super excited! What's even better is that after tracking all of my points-winning actives for a few weeks, my boss noticed I do a lot around the office. They don't notice Administrative Professionals Day or anniversary dates, but if you write down what you do every day it really does the trick. Handy. Well thanks for the suitcase. It is exactly what I wanted.

You know, my last set of luggage I got as a graduation gift....many years ago. Here's some luggage...why don't you pack your bags. I hope to use this luggage for fun things for years to come. It's more of an optimistic set of luggage. I hope it wants to see some beach on the ocean as much as I do.

Monday, May 2, 2011

A Few Pictures

Jet Setting

So, I started my Saturday with a drive to the Peoria airport. (I think I can still remember where I parked). After a quick stop in Chicago, I was landing at MSP by 1 pm.

Kohlrabi picked me up from the airport and we proceeded to run a few errands. By 5:30 pm we were heading out of the city all gussied up for a good time. We arrived at Cedarhurst mansion just before our car load of friends from the south.

We navigated the muddy driveway (some of us in heels) and made it inside in time to drop off our gifts and find our seats within the cozy hall.

Apparently the wedding was supposed to take place in the garden, but the clouds and mud moved the whole party indoors. The place was in line with an old plantation and I took advantage of the picturesque scene to get a few shots of my friends.

After the wedding ceremony, we enjoyed champaign and appetizers on the veranda before being seated under the heaters for dinner. The wedding party was indoors, so we missed everything that happened after that. After dinner at about 9:30 pm we finally headed inside to try to catch the last of the toasts from the entryway. I thoroughly enjoyed a hot cup of coffee while others dined on desserts before we decided to leave.

It was an early night for us in Minneapolis and I'm sure a long drive home that night for our southern friends.

Kohlrabi and I made a special trip to the casino on Sunday where I paid a lot for a few hours of entertainment. We rounded off the weekend with some quality time in front of the tube and were only up late because of the big news from the President.

The long lines at the airport came really early for me, but I made it though with plenty of time to spare and rested comfortably on the plane the whole way to Chicago. Now that I'm here, I need to cool my jets for a few hours before my connecting flight to Peoria. I'm finally enjoying a Starbucks delightful treat and day-dreaming about snuggling Peanut's velvet ears.

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