Sunday, July 31, 2005
Friday, July 29, 2005
Can I be frank here? Of course I can. It’s my ‘blog.<>I want to talk about poop. There I said it.>
<>I know I’m not the first to talk about this (Dooce for one) nor am I the first to talk about poop at work (ClarkSchpiell) but it is a very delicate subject for me so it’s a first in that sense.>
Thursday, July 28, 2005
So, positive vibes appreciated.
Oh - and my vacation is scheduled for smack in the middle of the rehearsal process. Maybe I can use that as an excuse if I do not make it. ha. I'm really good at rationalizing.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Saturday morning we got up around 8 or so – oh – LOONS all night – they were so beautiful. Steve got up around 6 or so and went to the outhouse or for a walk or something (I was sleeping, I didn’t care!) and came across the campground host. She said that there was a bear cub around the campground and to make sure and keep all of our food in our car as it’s been tearing into screen tents (where people left food out – stupid!). Apparently the bear cub had just been “left” by it’s mother – it was time to leave the nest, so to speak, and had been hanging out at the campground. Yikes. We never saw it. Bummer (not really). I’m glad I didn’t know about that when we went for our nighttime walk!!!
We packed up camp and headed up the Gunflint – north north north! We stopped at Magnetic Rock Trail . We hiked 3.5 miles (there and back)…the trail goes through an area that had a prescribed burn after the big blow down storm in ’99 (?). It’s amazing to see all the new growth – trees everywhere! Sadly, it’s pretty wide open (due to the blow down and the fire). Steve said it used to be a much more beautiful trail. Part of it is still very woodsy which was nice. There were blueberries EVERYWHERE which was awesome. Soooo tasty. It was cloudy which was good because otherwise we would’ve been DYING of heat!! The rock was pretty cool – it really makes your compass go wonky – which is fun if you’re a dork like me and Steve and EVERYONE there (there was one other older couple playing with their compass and then as we were leaving a dad, a son and a friend/uncle (?) )
After our hike we headed further up the Gunflint. We stopped at a cute little store (totally Northern Exposure-esque) to buy some marshmallows and then we were off again. We got to Trail’s End Campground (not my pictures but shows the beauty of this campground!!) (also part of the Superior National Forest Campground system). That website has some great pics from someone’s personal website. It is SOOOOOOOOOOO beautiful. We were nervous about finding a site because it really gets filled up and half of the sites (well, maybe not half) were closed due to an Eagle nesting. Steve has come to this campground with his Dad since 1981! I was as far north in MN as I’ve ever been. We lucked out and found a PRIMO spot! . Our site had a short trail down to the site area….right on Seagull River/Lake. Quite private with one campsite kind of close. We had direct lake access and put the canoe in there both Saturday and Sunday. We set up camp and headed out for a paddle. I actually paddled in the Boundary Waters! Whoo-hoo! It’s very close and there’s a sign marking the border so we made sure to go through so I could say that I have officially been there. We didn’t want to go too far because we didn’t bring a self-issued day-permit with us. We also went swimming by the canoe landing (close to our site) (thank GOD for Tevas because NO WAY would I swim near those algae laden rocks otherwise!!). We had a nice campfire, tin foil dinners and beers. It was sooo awesome. The lake was SO SMOOTH when we went out – just like glass (okay, a little ripply but so nice). It’s so beautiful. It reminded me a lto of when I went up to
Our neighbors turned out to be 4 or 5 guys with HUGE trucks and lots of gear. (they were not “cool” extreme guys – we were worried). They were drinking beer (busch light) when they pulled up at about 7pm. Ugh. We were worried. They were loud, they blasted music from their truck and played your game (name that artist) for a while – we were very worried….but they were all passed out and asleep by 10:30!! And they SNORED SO D*MN LOUDLY! Oh my god. Yikes. They were headed into Quetico the next day so they were up and gone early. Whew.
Sunday we got up and made breakfast….and went for a paddle. It was super windy and not much fun. Out on
Upon getting home, we were pooped. Ugh. Unloading the truck sucked….but we got it all unloaded and some cleaning done. There’s more work to do but it was worth it. Such a beautiful trip. I can’t wait to go back! I’m tempted to say ‘screw
Monday, July 25, 2005
If I met the person I was 10 years ago….would I like her?
10 years ago I was living in the same town I am now…but I was filled with dreams, aspirations and this whole big emptiness in front of me called my future. I don’t mean it was empty it was a clean slate. I had so many possibilities and ideas and I knew enough but not everything. I didn’t worry bout “what I’d be doing in 10 years” because I figured I’d be doing something. It didn’t occur to me to worry about it! The future would take care of itself.
I was 21. I had just graduated college. My college roomie and I had just moved out of our non-descript cookie cutter apartment. We thought it would be a good idea to sub-let a really really crappy apartment from our friend who needed some help. Well, you know $175 a piece per month wasn’t that bad of a deal. My folks were once again shocked at my living quarters but ah well…it’s something they were used to by now.
I was dating a guy that I would end up dating and living with for a long time. It was still fun then – just hanging out on a few random weekends and the rest of the time enjoying a summer in
I think I would’ve liked her. She was goofy and fun, energetic and always up to do something. She also was so full of optimism and a certain care-free nature…some of which has gotten lost along the way. It was before I gave up too much of myself to really have changed and after I had gained some life experience and maturity. There was nothing jaded, nothing scared, nothing outside of my reach.
A lot of water has passed under the bridge. 10 years worth. I’ve moved across country and back. I’ve gotten my heart broken more than once. I’ve worked in the professional world and I’ve traveled to Europe and
Friday, July 22, 2005
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Today I saw a Geo Prizm (circa 1988?) with two white haired individuals in the front seat with a silver-armed wheelchair in the back screaming around the corner. It cracked me up.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Monday, July 18, 2005
So - today - work...it was busy - yay! My company is on the block. We all found out via the front page of our local paper on Saturday (nice, huh?). I knew though because I can put 2 and 2 together pretty easily. And I work for the CFO....why would he need what he's been asking for...? After work - a nice hike in Chester Park, grocery shopping for an hour and 10 minutes (we timed it), picked up leftover b-day cake from Steve's mom, came home ate and now I'm baking a b-day cake for his Dad. So many birthdays! I should go because it would be really bad form to burn his cake.
Sunday, July 17, 2005
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Sunday, July 10, 2005
I will have pics soon - but now I'm going to kick back and relax. Back to work tomorrow. Blech.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
I mowed the lawn.
I washed my car.
I ran errands.
I put together a "goody basket" for the bride & groom's wedding suite (snacks, fruit, water).
I went through photos and wrote on the backs of about 20 and put them in an album for my friend Sam - which I have to mail tomorrow.
I fixed the necklace I'm wearing to he wedding.
I watched some pretty bad tv out of the corner of my eye.
I hung out with the cool neighbors for a bit - we did the key exchange for cat-care.
And now - I have to pack! Ack!!!
I also need to go to bed....
I am in yoga pants and I DID have pizza but sadly no SATC....
crap! I have to paint my toes too - hmmm...that may have to happen tomorrow. Doh! Too many things to do, too little time!
But now....since I have nothing to say....I will go, do some 'abs of steel' and then mow the lawn. Oh and I also don't want to work on the film tonight. I have to much to do, including - lounging around in my yoga pants and eating Party Pizzas! And watching at least 2 episodes of SATC (season 4) and oh yeah, cleaning the bahtroom, washing my car and running to Cub. You know, I'm BUSY!!
I'm heading out of town tomorrow for Steve's sister's wedding. He's already in the cities (that's Minneapolis/St. Paul if you didn't know) and I will be there by early afternoon tomorrow. I'm looking forward to this weekend - lots of partying, socializing, and imagining my "big day" sometime in my future..... And I'm a girl so I'm VERY excited to wear my new very cute and girly shoes on Saturday.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Mother fuckers who lit of fireworks until 5:30am
BBQ - steak!
"roses" and fountains and other fireworks which are pretty but not loud
Sheets on the line
BBQ - Chicken!
PEOPLE IN OUR SUPER-SECRET HILLSIDE SPOT!! Grrrrr
Friday, July 01, 2005
I had a nice lunch today with an old friend, CW. It was a lot of fun to see him. I've known him for probably 15 years almost and we go in and out of contact (mostly I don't hear from him but I'm always a corresponder). We chatted and caught up and it was good. I wish he still lived here in town.
Now I'm off to the Hacienda for some delightful Mexican food. I wish I was hungrier! I also wish I had more money because YIKES. Eating out 2 times in one day is DEFINITELY not in the budget. Steve's bro just got back from 7 months in Japan and is craving Mexican food. Well, you can imagine! Their margaritas are to die for so we'll see how my willpower is.