Friday, February 17, 2017

It’s Spring In February

Yep--

Here in MN it was in the 50’s today. Actually I think it might have been warmer than the west coast. And it was beautifully sunny with a lovely sunset last night.

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That sunset is from my new camera and I think it’s the best one yet.

I got a new cybershot which has wifi so I can send pics to my iPhone and then text them round the world. Actually, it would be easier to send them to my computer but I have a Dell with Windows 10 so nuff said.

Anyway, it was sunny and warm and looking to get warmer. So Tuesday I’m leaving for Seattle for one night then off to Stitches in Santa Clara where the weather is going to be in the 50’s and rain. Lovely. I could stay home and have better weather. But I wouldn’t be at Stitches. The best knitting party ever.

I got my hair cut off for the occasion-

IMG_0133Ugh, bad selfie. Really bad selfie. At least I hope it’s a bad selfie and I don’t really look like that.

I also got some new casual wear for the trip—my Filly Flair Addiction…

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Angie’s boutique got some fun new rubber boots which I might have totally bought for my Ireland trip but I already got some little boots for that.

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Our remodel is almost done. We just need to replace the cracked sink. The stone place that is supposed to do the replacement (for free because they somehow didn’t notice the crack for three weeks-OR they cracked it-either way) is going to call my by Friday to schedule. Which is today. And they didn’t call. So I’ll have to work on that some more next week. Ugh. Remodels. Nothing but trouble. The floors were supposed to be about 90 percent done with just a little work on Saturday. They finished last Monday. I guess that was only a couple of days over schedule, however, our weekend plans to clean up the house and put everything back were dashed. So I guess this weekend will be the big clean up.

IMG_0158At least they untrapped me from my home—cause that’s the way to the garage…the only way to the garage.

Anyway here’s some pictures--

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New Kitchen countertops and backsplash-

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And new wood floors

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OK—you can’t see the floors but you can see Puddy coughing on my new area rug.

She didn’t barf on it though….yet.

Puddy had a bad bad cold this month. So bad that she just laid around for a whole week.

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She sneezed about 17 times in a row. For several days. She sneezed up some mucus on my computer screen. It was pretty epic.

The only fun she had was watching TV on the computer. Whlie sneezing on it.

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Chat actually gave her the cold but she wasn’t nearly as sick as Puddy. And she covered her sneeze.

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Oh, and on Superbowl Sunday I taught the 11th Annual Superbowl Mystery Quilt—11 years. Jeepers.

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My peeps—they did so good!

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They had a LOT to do!

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Yes they did. And they did fab.

I don’t have a picture of the quilt. Dang it. I’ll find one though…

Lastly and bestly--

Laura and Mary came by to see the new floors and stuff.

and Mary is a girl after my own heart.

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Helloooo! Delicious Daube’s cupcakes. When you see the Daube’s box, as Mary says, it’s as familiar as, say, a Tiffany box, only about twice as priceless.

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Aren’t we the most fab??? hahaha. Well we are. Laura and I were our usual loudness. And we talked about Ireland even though we are trying NOT to talk about Ireland.

We just can’t help it.

So that’s what happened so far. Next up—Stitches West 2017. Bring it

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

FYI—Because BlogSpot

Just so you know there are two new posts—one video and then one below it with all the news that’s fit to print. So while you are listening you can check out what’s happened here in January.

Train - Play That Song (Official Video)

Blogging is Hard—As I Try to Fix the Latest Bug with Live Writer vs Blogspot

Wow—January is almost done. Last post was December-I’m now monthly I guess. Sadly.
One of the problems with my blog recently is my external hard drive. Because of the crazy world of Microsoft 10, my Simpletech Hard Drive with all my pictures on it doesn’t get read on the first try. It might be the 10th or 12th or 20th try before it gets read. I have been on all the effing help sites, done all the suggested fixes, and sometimes it works but mostly doesn’t. So to download the pictures to the hard drive, THEN try to blog using said pictures can be a long frustrating drama. I keep saying I’m going to do it more often then after 15 minutes of struggle I sort of give in. Oh well.
I am almost done with this quarter at school. Next quarter I am taking two classes so I might be very absent. Of course, the two I plan to take together have more books than almost all my courses put together. That was a happy moment. The only thing that will be worse will be if there is group work. I HATE group work. After this quarter, I have one class left—then I am taking the fall off and will hopefully complete a practicum winter quarter. Woot woot.
I was able to do an enterprise wide presentation about Palliative care with a coworker. That was stressful. BUT, will look good on the resume. Thinking that maybe it’s getting a little late for me to worry about resumes.
For New Years Eve, since that happened since the last blog, we celebrated in Minneapolis at Insight Brewing with the gang!
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Dylan, Ilan, Cody and Ben. High School Reunion.
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Maral was there too.
There was lots of food and delicious beers. We stayed less than a mile away so after the ball dropped we went down the street to our hotel. It was really really fun and one of the best New Years Eves in recent history.
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Minneapolis on New Years Eve
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Hello 2017!
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We were supposed to brunch with Maral and Cody but due to technical difficulties and them not getting to their hotel till after three, we instead came back home and started New Years at 5 West
HELLO 2017! That’s what I’m talkin’ about.
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Cody came down to visit and opened his presents--
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Dave got him the VR glasses--
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And we enjoyed the visit.
We had some great and exciting football games and we were on a winning high until we weren’t
January 14th the Seahawks lost to Atlanta…..
But not for the lack of fan wear on our parts
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Happy was a little bummed…
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At least it wasn’t an embarrassing blow out like the Packers and Atlanta the following week.
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Yeah, I saw that coming. So the Superbowl is around the corner. I am teaching a Mystery Quilt that day for a few hours. It should be fun.
We got new carpet in the bedrooms and moved all our crap in the living room which motivated me to throw out a ton of crap-including 5 bags of clothing.
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Of course, I have a recent problem of replacing them—Filly Flair is not my friend…at….all.
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We have updated the kitchen with a new fridge (do NOT ever in life buy a Samsung fridge….), new countertops, new cracked sink with fixtures, and soon new floors.
Here’s the preliminary pics--
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It’s hard to tell in pictures but it looks so much better and updated than before. All that’s left are the floors—oh, and to replace the cracked sink. We ordered from All Modern and the first sink was cracked. So then we reordered and had it sent to the Silestone place as they requested. Three weeks later they came to install and sink #2 was cracked. In the same place. Gawd. So they put it in but will have to replace it when sink #3 comes. I’m used to bad things happening when it comes to remodels so it doesn’t surprise me. Our contractor LOVES me. But I love him so it’s all good.
This month is Stitches West so in a few weeks I’ll be off to the Pacific NW and Cali.
The following month we go to SoCal and run in Encinitas and enjoy the sun and ocean.
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Then we wait it out till July when Blane and Melanie are getting married. At least I think that’s the plan.
September is Ireland—Laura and I have got our tickets and we are ready to go. And it’s only February. I think she’s going to Italy pretty soon. She’s a total world traveler. Much more than me.
I am also signing up for another Ragnar at the end of September in Michigan. Oh why not. At least I can drive there and Tiff is in.
Ragnar, 2015
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She’s not getting out of this one. I think we can drive from Rochester so it’s going to be road trippin!
November is Tulsa and December is Texas. Jeepers. It sounds busy but I think it will be so.much.fun. Besides, 2018 Mayo is rolling out Epic so we can’t leave from March till May. So I have to do double duty before, and maybe after.
It’s been snowy and grey out but today—today is a sunny day.
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I tried to look at some blue sky at Mayo but we have a bit of a crow issue. As my coworker said—It’s partly crowy out.
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Train has a new song out called Play that Song. I can’t embed it and I can’t copy it but I can add it as a post so I'll do that next...hopefully.  I tried really hard to get it to work. I hate Live Writer and Blog Spot. I need to figure out my own page because this won’t even let me publish and I am now on hour 2 of trying to make it work.
Which is why I don’t blog as much…….
Anyway, enjoy the toe tap.
Puddy did.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Well, Christmas has past and it really was a fine Christmas, if I can judge by the amount of beer and food consumed.

Dave got an early Christmas present in a new phone and VR glasses--

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The first time I wore them for a while it made me a wee bit nauseated. They gave Laura a headache. I guess it’s either a guy thing or something you have to get used to…..I have yet to find something that’s really fun to play or watch.

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We prepared for a white Christmas.

PreChristmas , after it was up for a week,  we put the ornaments on the tree and decorated the house a bit---

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The cat hut got some Christmas love

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And no Christmas is complete without Thing One

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I’m not sure I’d decorate in such a manner but Dave loves a tree. And once you’ve committed to a tree then you may as well go for it all.

We also put up some new lighting which we do love-a lot

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I think people are going to have to come see the ambiance in person to appreciate the changes.

Blane and Melanie showed up on Christmas Morning. They outran the storms and made it just in time before the the hiway closed.

Blane got some sweet Seattle gear.

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Melanie hid for the picture—she also has some Hawks gear on. Too bad Seattle couldn’t win the game on Saturday……

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Dave and I did a practice selfie

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He has shorts on. I’m wearing the rest of the layers he should be wearing. AND I’m also wearing a Sonics Sweatshirt.

The cats enjoyed their day relaxing and getting jacked up on catnip

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Puddy showed the world why we can’t have nice things. She was pretty stoked about snapping the antlers off our stocking holder

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After a day of nonstop eating (well, Blane and Melanie had a bit of a nap since they’d been up driving since about 4 AM) we had a huge dinner and the required Christmas portrait. And in our usual fashion, it was NOT a one take session.

Not quite…..

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No, no, and all the nopes

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And the winner is…..

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Again, I’m laughing way too hard but after this no one would sit anymore.

So—Hope the holidays was everything everyone wanted it to be.

 

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On to 2017.