Monday, July 31, 2006

Mrs.

I forgot to mention in my weekend recap that we booked our honeymoon tickets on Saturday. Happily we were able to use some frequent flyer miles that Steve had saved up and we used our escrow refund from this year for my ticket and we are all set! We're even flying in and out of Duluth which is such a treat - something I've never done before - and will save 2 1/2 hours of drive time (if we were flying in/out of Minneapolis). Yay!

The coolest and weirdest thing about the whole deal is....they emailed me my itinerary and it had my NEW name on it! Mrs. Carrie B-

ack!!!!!!

I will have to admit...it gave me a little thrill.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Weekend Recap

Another weekend has come and gone so quickly. How in the hell does that happen?

Friday night....let's see...what DID I do Friday night? Ah yes, I worked on some cards that I'm making and kept chasing the cats in from impending storms (big ones) that were blowing through. Steve magically appeared with a pizza when he got home which THANK GOD because it was nine billion degrees in the kitchen and we hadn't gone grocery shopping yet ANYWAY. After the pizza was consumed (and the skies cleared) we headed (via bike) to this week's installment of "movies-in-the-park." It was The Breakfast Club this week and was a lot of fun to watch. I had forgotten how totally obsessesed my particular clique in high school was with this film and how I could pretty much recite it verbatim (much to the annoyance of Steve, I'm sure). There was also a fantastic lightening display across the lake happening in Wisconsin that we could watch. It was amazing. Sideways lightening, big ol ' thunder bolts, the whole deal. Very impressive.

Boy did it storm. Actually both Friday and Saturday nights. Friday night as we tried to sleep the winds and rain made it seem like we were in the middle of a hurricane! It was amazing and the rain was so needed. I love hearing the rumble of thunder and seeing the lightening flashes when I'm safely tucked in my bed at night.

Saturday was off and on cloudy & sunny. I took Beavis to the vet (yearly shots & check up) and then putzed around home a bit. Steve & I ran a bunch of errands including adding some items to our Target registry and returning a few things at OfficeMax, getting glasses readjusted at Lens Crafters and finally the mother-lode of grocery shopping at Cub. We are STOCKED UP now. We spent a lot but we should be good for a long time. We rarely stock up on meat, and boy did our freezer need it. So there should be a fair amount of time when we're not saying "what do you want for dinner?" in a whiny voice - trying to ask the other person first as the ideas have dried up.

Last night we visited Steve's Mom and gave her a belated b-day present - one of which was our engagement picture (finally). We also had dinner at his Dad's house. After which I came home and blissfuly spent the evening in card-making mode as well as knitting-mode while watching the movie GLASS HOUSE on Oxygen. (it was okay).

Today I slept in which was heavenly - of course. Steve made fabulous waffles for 'brunch' and this afternoon I took Miss M to a children's play called "The Planets" which was very cute. After which I bounced from activity to activity - working on DVDSP (which I'm about to throw out the window) on a wedding vid I'm editing, scrubbing cat boxes (which is oh so fun), scraping/sanding the front door, trying to get blogger to upload photos, uploading photos into KodakGallery for sending to family and finally attending a fabulous dinner party.

The theme was "fresh fish" and boy did we eat. The meal started with muscles (which, I tried to try but the oog me out, sorry, I'm a wimp). I did enjoy the artichoke/crayfish hot dip (w/cayenne, yum), the smoked (by our host) lake trout (so frickin' good), wild rice and northern pike 'cakes,' couscous with something or other (cucs? maybe?) breads, crackers, beer, etc... I was surprised that I liked as much as I did - I passed on the deep fried mahi-mahi (I can't stand mahi-mahi!) but I was filled up anyway.

Now I'm home and I'm going to try to NOT throw my computer (the other one) out the window as it "encodes" my test DVD (grrrr) and I think I'll watch a little SATC and knit and go to bed at a decent hour.

It's hot though and leaving this one and only air conditioned room will be my challenge.....


Hope you had a good weekend!
g'night!

Friday, July 28, 2006

102 feels like 106

Um, yeah, hi....This is Minnesota...this HEAT? We don't understand it. We don't like it and we're confused by it's constantness. I am right next to the biggest fresh water lake in the world. Also probably the biggest + coldest....it freezes over people...and it "feels like" 106 RIGHT NEXT TO IT. Usually it's considered our "air conditioner" for the summer, but apparently we need to get the a/c charged or something because this is not working.

Ugh.

I'm thinking my near future includes: ice cream, beach-time, shade, margaritas, movie theater and grocery shopping. ack!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Book Reviews

Hey lookey here. My book reviews from earlier this summer are up over at ClarkSchpiell.

Go check out that site!!!!

Go! Now!

Cupcakes

If it wasn't so hot right now I would have to bake me some cupcakes after visiting this site. How delicious and pretty and cute and lovely are they?!?

I am so hungry right now.

RSVP

I received 3 RSVP's today for the wedding. Now, it's been clearly noted how much of a dork I am but DAMN I'm excited!

My Knot list has already been updated.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Rubber Sidewalks....

intriguing...

Skunkalicious

We have skunks. Lots of them. For a while this spring they were making their home underneath our front porch. We knew because sometimes our house would smell like a cross between skunk & dirty diaper. I don't know why but it did. Mostly down in the basement which is near an opening which goes into the area under our front porch. There was also considerable digging on each side of the front steps and Steve saw a skunk out there one night.

We (well, Steve) plugged up the holes in front with a combo of dirt, sand and boards and the skunks, being the wanderers that they are moved on.

Last year Iko, one of our cats, was sprayed by a skunk during a bbq that we were having (boy was that fun). Needless to say we've become a bit wary of skunks.

Well, they returned in full force last week. There is a mama and a baby that like to hang out in our yard. They also like to hang out in our neighbors yard who like to leave garbage near their garage. I think they like our yard because we left the back corner a bit 'jungly' and the cats love it so why wouldn't the skunks!?

So, we've been making sure the cats are in by nightfall because I'm pretty sure they'd try to 'defend' their territory and then we'd end up in tomato bath hell again.

A couple of nights ago I was standing outside talking on the phone to my FMIL (we have NO reception actually IN the house which is oh-so-annoying). As I was out there wandering back and forth on the side walk the stench of skunk came to me. STRONG. Gaggingly strong. I thought I was going to throw up. I quickly ended the phone conversation, confirmed that the cats were indeed inside and we ran around closing all the windows to try to prevent pure skunk saturation. Ugh. Nothing like 90 degrees in the house and closing up all the windows! Luckily it passed.

Last night at about 4:15am both Steve and I woke up at the same time to another gaggingly strong scent of skunk! It was disgusting and since we had fans blowing in, we got the full force. Again we had to run around shutting windows and Steve went out to investigate (not sure why....). We think possibly a dog had been sprayed as to coincide with the awful stench we had a dog barking and barking and barking which doesn't normally happen.

After about 15 minutes or so the smell began to subside and we were able to re-open the windows and put the fan back in (thank god because it gets pretty stuffy pretty fast...) and go back to bed. Luckily I didn't have too much of a problem getting back to sleep.

This morning as I walked to the garage I could smell the distinct odor again. I'm pretty sure the smelly-incident happened in the alley very near to our house. Ick. I can only hope that it doesn't happen again. My olfactory senses can't handle much more.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Meme-ology

Meme-ology


Via Megan
This was just too fun - I had to play along (and boy am I bored at work today...sheesh!)

GRUB-OLOGY

What is your salad dressing of choice?
caesar

What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
In-n-Out (but they don't have any here in Minnesota

What is your favorite sit down restaurant?
I don't actually think I have one!

On average, what size tip do you leave at a restaurant?
about 15% - depends on the service and my cash flow

What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of?
baked lays, macaroni & cheese and edamame

Name three foods you detest above all others.
green peppers, fishy-fish, pickles

What is your favorite dish to order in a Chinese restaurant?
ham fried rice

What are your pizza toppings of choice?
sausage & canadian bacon

What do you like to put on your toast?
butter or peanut butter

What is your favorite type of gum?
Big Red


TECH-OLOGY

Number of contacts in your cell phone?
no idea...not that many

Number of contacts in your email address book?
305

What is your wallpaper on your computer?
webshots - various

What is your screensaver on your computer?
ditto

Are there naked pictures saved on your computer?
No!

How many land line phones do you have in your house?
0

How many televisions are in your house?
3 (doh!)

What kitchen appliance do you use the least?
the foreman grill (ditto)

What is the format of the radio station you listen to the most?
"adult alternative" (ack!)

How many sex toys do you own that require batteries?
Hmmm....why do you want to know.....


BI-OLOGY

What do you consider to be your best physical attribute?
my blue eyes

Are you right handed or left handed?
right handed

Do you like your smile?
most days!

Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
not that I'm aware of

Would you like to?
No, I like all my parts.

Do you prefer to read when you go to the bathroom?
no reading in the bathroom.

Which of your five senses do you think is keenest?
touch - my skin is uber sensitive

When was the last time you had a cavity?
3 1/2 years ago

What is the heaviest item you lift regularly?
my cat

Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
no, but I have fainted


MISC-OLOGY

If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
no way

If you could change your first name, what would you change it to?
I don't think I would...I'm kind of used to Carrie by now...

How do you express your artistic side?
how DON'T I? crafts (knitting, card making, scrapbooking, beading, sewing, etc), music, writing

What color do you think you look best in?
bright colors, as my mother would say

How long do you think you could last in a medium security prison?
I'm not sure, I've never tried it!

Have you ever swallowed a non-food item by mistake?
bugs, maybe.

If we weren’t bound by society’s conventions, do you have a relative you would make a pass at?
not even close. ewwwww.

How often do you go to church?
now and then

Have you ever saved someone’s life?
Not that I'm aware of.

Has someone ever saved yours?
literally? I don't know? Figuratively - many times!


DARE-OLOGY

For this last section, if you would do it for less or more money, indicate how much. Oooh, goody, I love dares!

Would you walk naked for a half mile down a public street for $100,000?
Probably! If it wasn't in the winter time!!

Would you kiss a member of the same sex for $100?
maybe

Would you have sex with a member of the same sex for $10,000?
probably not

Would you allow one of your little fingers to be cut off for $200,000?
no way

Would you never blog again for $50,000?
sure!

Would you pose naked in a magazine for $250,000?
depends on the mag ;)

Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000?
no way

Would you, without fear of punishment, take a human life for $1,000,000?
not a chance

Would you shave your head and get your entire body waxed for $5,000?
YEOUCH! I don't think $5k is enough....

Would you give up watching television for a year for $25,000?
totally

anyone else want to play along? Let me know!
:)

Numbers

30 days til I go to Vegas for my Birthday-Bachelorette Party Extravaganza! (okay, maybe it's not "technically" an extravaganza but I'm looking forward to it!)

87 degrees here + at least 80% humidity and 0 breeze - ugh

64 oz of water consumed so far...

60 days til our wedding

Monday, July 24, 2006

finally a WORLD PREMIERE!!!!!

Newton's Disease is about to have its very own WORLD PREMIERE! I've just agreed to send a guy at a theater more money than I have right now to give us the evening to show the film on a BIG BIG BIG screen in full 70's splendor (the theater, not the movie).

I'm excited but I need HELP! If you know ANYONE IN MINNEAPOLIS (or surrounding metro area)...please tell them about our little film and direct them here or here so I can pimp the movie and pack the house. We get any box office proceeds from this screening so I'm REALLY hoping that we can make back my recent...uh...investment.

Anyone interested can email me at carrie [at] newtonsdisease [dot] com

Wheeeeee!

It's Official!

The wedding invitations were mailed on my lunchhour.

It's officially offical now that we're having a wedding in September. Eeeeeek!

(I'm so excited)

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Weekend Update

Another good (but way too short) of a weekend.

Friday night we hosted a super-duper impromptu bbq at our house. Only a handful of people, all guys (I seriously need some girflriends that are local...) and very mellow. We just grilled up some hot dogs & brats, had beans, potato salad and beer. Simple.

I went to the movies-in-the-park (Shrek) and Steve was going to bike down and meet me there and whoever else wanted to come. Well, apparently no one wanted to come as the last of our guests never left - ha! Steve came after there was a mass exodus from the park due to a very very slight and light rain and watched about the last 20 mins of the movie or so. Yes, I felt like a bit of a big ol' loser being there by myself but oh well.

We just came home after a slow walk back to the truck and called it a night. Well, I called it a night. Steve ended up meeting up with his brorther and friends later. I went to bed.

Yesterday morning we SLEPT IN. Super late which was just fantastic. I loved it. I haven't done that in ages. I spent most of the day addressing wedding invitations and last night we held impromptu bbq #2 with Steve's Dad & his SO and his brother. The menu closely resembled the menu from the night before: hot dogs, beans, potato salad, chips (!), corn on the cob (!) and beer. It was fun and relaxing and nice to have them over. They left and our neighbors came over (hi Anna!! you lurker you! ha ha) and we spent the evening just relaxing in the back yard and having semi-philosophical conversations (semi because some of them were not - ha!) til about 1am. Of course we had to have dessert (almond pound cake w/fresh picked raspberries) and the requisite beer. But Anna brought the tequila (heh). (okay we didn't actually HAVE any tequila but she still brought it over).

Today we got up at a decent time, went to church, came home and ate breakfast burritos & Steve packed up to hit the road. He & his brother took his Dad to Rochester (Mayo Clinic) today for an MRI tomorrow and *hopefully* surgery on his 2nd carotid artery. I say *hopefully* because they may or may not be able to do it. If it's not fully blocked then they will be able to do it which is a good thing. They won't know til tomorrow afternoon. I miss Steve already. *sigh*

i just got back from hiking with Miss M. And eating pizza. It was good...

Now I'm settling in for an evening of video editing and invitation addressing. I'm thinking about throwing a movie in in a bit. We'll see....


Hope you had a great weekend!

Friday, July 21, 2006

And it is.....


















Wheeeee! Our first wedding gift which we opened tonight under your very wise advice!

SWEET! The backpacking tent that we've been eyeing from Steve's Aunt & cousins. I am so excited. What a fantastically FUN gift to receive!!!

The REI Half-Dome 2-person tent. I cannot wait to use it!

New Baby

congratulations to Stacy over at Daymented who had their baby yesterday - whohooow!

New Assignment

I just received my new writing assignment for the magazine I started writing for in June. It's a FEATURE (yay!) article about independent film making in Minnesota - sweet! I can even write it 1st person if I so desire AND I can plug my own movie. That rocks and the timing is fairly perfect for our upcoming screenings/premieres in Minneapolis and Duluth in October. yay!

Now I just have to write the thing.

doh!

*adds to to-do list*

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Wedding Gift Poll

Okay....we just received a package from REI!!!! We're thinking this must be from our registry as we haven't ordered anything from there lately....

The question is....do we wait to open it?

Remember, I am the kind of person who likes presents on Christmas Day not Christmas Eve but I'm so excited and this feels a little different.

Dear internets, your opinion please.


eeeeek!

Disturbing

I noticed something rather disturbing when I was at Target last night...

SCHOOL SUPPLIES!!!!!

The summer items have been moved to clearance and the school supplies are out in full force.

ACK!!!!!!!!!

Summer can't be waning yet can it?!?

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Postcards From Duluth - 2








Taken on Monday, July 17, 2006

This & That

I got my new battery for Mac. Unfortunately after one night of cord-free lap top use and proper calibration of the new battery, I'm getting the evil "x" again in the battery icon. I'm so sad & frustrated by this! I'm thinking it's definitely my computer and trying to find time when I can send it off for repairs is going to be tough. I have a wedding to finish editing and then I have another one to do, plus compiling our wedding dance music and also pics for a slideshow. Argh! This is not really good timing. I've emailed my contact at Apple and hopefully he'll have some advice. Argh!

I also cannot get pics to post any more from Mac via blogger. It's getting frustrating! What's up with that? Last week it was working just slick.

Last night Miss M & I went to the theatre. You can read about it & see pics here.

It's clouding up so we might actually get some rain. It is LOOOOOOONG overdue and everything is crunchy & dry & brown. My garden is looking fabulous though.

In 37 days I go to Vegas for my Birthday/Bachelorette Extravaganza! I am so looking forward to seeing friends (some whom I haven't seen for 3+ years!) and also cutting loose, relaxing, having a good time. I can't wait! And in 66 days I get married! eeeeeeeeeek! I love having things to look forward to!

And lastly - I have not registered for any FiestaWare in nearly 7 days. A miracle, wouldn't you say? Whew!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Moose!


Moose!
Originally uploaded by carrster.
This was a very cool moment for me indeed.

Rejected Again *sigh*

Another rejection from yet another festival.

This one was free to submit to, is "local" and they show films in a barn.

We're not even good enough to screen in a barn?

*sigh*

I don't even know what to do any more...

:-(

Monday, July 17, 2006

Weekend Update

I'm having a bit of a problem getting photos to upload today so I'll just have to tell you what I did and then send you over to Flickr to check out the pics.

Friday morning we packed everything up. Always a big job. We didn't hit the road until 2pm! A little later than anticipated but oh well. We had no schedule in mind.

We got up towards where were were going at about 4pm....we saw a campground that looked intriguing so we pulled in to check it out. We discovered a beautiful campgrond at Baker Lake. Baker Lake is in the Superior National Forest and is also the border of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Unbelieveable. The campground was small and rustic. There were only 4 sites, no services (other than a pit toilet and a water pump). It was quiet, it was beautiful, it was peaceful. The site we chose (since we were 'early' for a Friday) was filled with red & white pines that towered over the site. The fire pit had a couple of nice big rocks around it (perfect for sitting). We set up camp and kicked off our weekend. A friend of Steve's was maybe going to meet us (at the other campground where we THOUGHT we were going to stay) and we left him a note on the side of the road (very remote area) on Steve's truck and he saw it! And joined us....it was a lot of fun. Steve & I took a quick canoe paddle in the evening and then we shared some hot dogs and brats with Nick who camped next to us that night.

Saturday morning we slept in which was heavenly. When we got up we spent a long time just lounging about. Steve had his coffee, I had my diet coke and my book and it was awesome. We packed up a lunch and took to the water at about 2pm. We canoed Baker Lake and had a small portage into Peterson Lake. It was HOT. Very very hot. And the black flies were biting like CRAZY!!!!!!! (that part was miserable). We saw great scenery and drank it all in. We pulled up to the shore and had our picnic (getting eaten the whole time by those g.d. bugs). We canoed until the skies turned dark by clouds and we got nervous about a pending storm. We headed back.

That night for dinner we enjoyed angel hair pasta parmesan, garlic fry-pan bread and sweet peas. It was nice. We were pooped from being in the hot sun and canoeing all day so hit the hay rather early that night.

Sunday morning was another leisurely one. I did some reading and some knitting and just enjoyed sitting in my camp chair under the protective shade canopy from the trees. Steve helped a neighbor who needed a jump for his car battery and I slowly started packing up camp. We had a huge brunch - eggs & bacon, OJ and muffins and then cleaned up our campsite. We took one last quick paddle before hitting the road.

On the way back towards the main hwy (Hwy 61) we were tooling along when I spotted a road sign (one of those informational signs "learn about the _____ here!" kind of things" And as I kept my head turned I said "MOOSE MOOSE MOOSE!!!" and there below us in a pond on the side of the road was a mama moose & a baby moose! It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen!!! It was so hot out that the Mama was obviously all about keeping cool and keeping her baby right there with her. She looked at us and I frantically was snapping photos. A couple of other cars saw us stopped and also pulled over to gawk. The moose were out there for quite a while. It was awesome. The only other moose I've ever seen in 'real life' was in Yellowstone and that was from afar. So after a while the moose headed into the woods and the other two cars left. We stayed a few more minutes (binocs out) and they came back into the pond! More cars stopped though and I think the moose was sick of putting on a show. So....we left. It was so cool though it made my day.

We went for a hike after that. Part of the Superior Hiking Trail which crosses the road we were on (Hwy 2 or the Sawbill Trail). To the north is Britton Peak and to the south is Carlton Peak. We hiked to Carlton Peak. It's quite a hike! And with that heat I thought I would keel over!!!! But the views were spectactular and I'm so glad we made it to the top.

After our hike we had a little tailgate picnic and then headed on down the road back towards Duluth.

It was a fabulous camping trip even with the heat, the mosquitoes and the biting black flies. I would go again tomorrow if I could!

Friday, July 14, 2006

Beavis is One Hot Cat

It was a hot night.....




And he was oh so tired....

Thursday, July 13, 2006

The FiestaWare Dilemma Goes on!!

okay - so I get home from work after going shopping for this weekend's camping trip and I'm pooped. I unload the groceries, eat dinner with Steve outside (under the shade of a big tree because it's WAY too hot to eat inside...) and am starting to pack up the goods when my Mom calls.

"Did you get my email?"

"No, I haven't checked my email yet"

"well...I just stopped in to Younkers...."

And it goes on. Apparently she was a little appalled by the prices at JC Pennys for the FiestaWare and also discovered that the items online are "factory ship" only so you can't go to the store and buy them...WTF? I guess if I would've paid more attention I would've realized that.

Anyway - she went to Younkers and talked to some nice 'registry' people and learned all about coupons, promotions, etc etc and had to call (and email) me right away.

So, because I'm leaving (hopefully) bright & early tomorrow morning the only time I had to check it out was RIGHT THEN. So off to Younkers I went to do a little MORE registering. *sigh* It's fun...but it's getting kind of repetitive. ha.

Anyway - it was nice. There's an actual person there to help you and walk you through things and show you where things are. And they had all the colors, DISPLAYED and it was so pretty. And I scanned and picked out pieces (forgot a couple things I want to add later) and strolled through the rest of the store...I picked out an electric knife and the KitchenAid mixer (again) and a SWEET ASS Cuisinart which is probably too expensive and I'll remove it lataer and some nice "serving" pieces (for candy, chips/dip, etc) so I"M DONE!

That's it - no more.

I deleted everything from my Kohl's and Penney's registries (although I can't seem to find out how to delete the actual registery....) and I'm moving on. This has taken up way too much time.

We still need to figure out a vacuum cleaner and some wine glasses (I found some at target.com just have to get the "okay" from the groom) and that should do it.

Whew!

Now, back to packing and laundry, and editing and....I think I need a diet coke.

It's still very hot in here.

I'd like to sit outside in a hammock. But I don't have a hammock....maybe I should register for one...hmmmm.....

Postcards From Duluth - 1

In honor of having my new camera, I will be posting pics of my beloved city from time to time. I have been walking at work on my breaks and seeing so many things I'd like to share...now I am going to! I'm not a great photographer or anything I just want to show the world how much I love Duluth.

And I'm a big dork...

The Lift Bridge

The Lift Bridge.

A look down the pier.

A family on vacation having their picture taken.

This lighthouse is at the end of the pier. The big lake lies beyond.

A view of the Aerial Lift Bridge from the end of the pier

The end of the south pier and a ship in the distance.

A look towards the city. I love those big clouds. I wish they'd bring rain!!

George Washington decorates the corner of my work building.

90 degrees outside, 90 degrees inside.

The FiestaWare Dilemma

As "the big day" approaches I'm sure I'll be posting more and more wedding-related topics. Hopefully they will be light hearted, maybe even funny or touching. If I post pictures of myself pulling my hair out, you know I've gone too far.

So, what's a girl to do? I'm in mid-registry season for my upcoming nuptials. We probably should've started doing this a month ago, but we didn't. We're slow like that. We've talked about doing it, I've tried to convince Steve it's a necessary thing to do or we're going to end up with a million silver picture frames and crystal bowls and we're just now getting to the nitty gritty. The only reason we even started last week was because I have a couple of showers coming up and the invitations went out last week saying WHERE we're registered at - and we weren't! Crap. At any rate...we've made a start. I feel better.

So the FiestaWare. I LOVE dishes. I love love love love love dishes. Glassware, serving pieces, vintage pieces, colorful pieces. Stoneware, pottery, china - I love it. I have to control myself because really? We don't need a "good" set, an "everyday" set, an "eating outside" set, a "fall" set, a "spring" set, an Easter set, etc. You get my drift (I'm drawing the line at Christmas because wouldn't a set of cranberry dishware be perfect for all those holiday meals in our future?

Anyway....I inherited a set of Winfield China from my (still living) Grandmother (they're both still living, that's beside the point). I LOVE it. I think she bought it from a traveling salesman or the county fair or something in the late 50's. So it's not ancient, it's just cool. The plates have lips, there is a painted funky flower design on it, they're tan with brown accents and a smidge of pink. The set is huge - dinner plates, luncheon plates, cups, saucers, different sizes of bowls, serving pieces, etc etc and ASH TRAYS for each place setting!!! I have to set them out even though we DEFINITELY have a no-smoking in the house policy. I just think it's cool. So we don't need china. I'm not giving up this Winfield for anything. I love it. It's what I remember eating Turkey on when I was a kid (that and that cranberry dishware previously mentioned at my other Grandma's house).

So, when my Mother said "I think you would love FiestaWare" about a million years ago, she was right! I love it. I love the 1930's style (very popular in the 30's - something people saved up for during the depression and FEATURED in the Smithsonian - how cool is that?), I love the bright colors, I love the idea that you can mix & match. I like that the plates feel sturdy yet are not so thick and heavy. I like my dishware to have some weight to it. To feel the curves of the cup in my hand and the ridges on the dinner plates and the sleek design of the pitcher - I love it! Get it?

My intention was to register at REI, Target and Kohl's because REI kicks ass, Target also kicks ass and as most everything we could want/need and Kohl's because they have FiestaWare.

We registered at REI, no problem. Target, no problem. Last night I go to Kohl's start scanning away and NO FIESTAWARE! What? Beautiful dishes. Some lovely "Sonoma" brand, some lovely Italian somethingorother, but no FiestaWare! I asked at Customer Service and after waiting for the Housewares department to come over and then hauling my ass BACK to housewares with her....we discover one lonely turquoise cereal/soup bowl. ONE. That's it. They're "phasing out" of FiestaWare? There was also one place setting in clearance. Sunflower yellow (which I adore) but it's missing a cup. That's it. No more.



Apparently "just our store" is phasing out of the FiestaWare but when I look online they only have about 2 different colors. What's the point of that? I called another Kohls in the Twin Cities area and they are "low" on FiestaWare (as are all the stores in the metro area) and they "probably" will get more but he didn't know when. ????? CRAP! My plan is foiled!

What do I do?

JC Pennys has a RAINBOW of FiestaWare on their website and I'm considering registering there as well but really? four stores? That is a bit much and SO UNGODLY EMBARRASSING. I feel like a greedy little bride. Plus, the stuff I put on the Kohls registry? I could find a Pennys but now the shower invites say we're registered at Kohls! ARGH!!!!

oh the drama, the dilemma....hahahaha

So what do you think? Do I put the FiestaWare on at Pennys and just post that on my Knot site and if people ask me tell them? Am I being ridiculous by registering at 4 places? (granted Kohl's has about 6 things on it)?

Help!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

DIGITAL WORLD


A picture of me, IMing my friend Sarah, both of us on the video chat. My new laptop, my new camera.

heh....

I'm a 21st Century Girl

BUT I STILL DON'T HAVE AN iPOD! What's wrong with me...

maybe that'll be my next extraneous purchase...heh

First Photos



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I took the plunge. I used some of that money from my HUGE pile of money laying around (it's enormous really, do you want some?) and bought myself a digital camera today!

I got a Canon PowerShot something-or-other (it's in the other room and I'm too lazy to go get it) and I think it will suit me just fine. Steve has a previous version and it works great so I'm sort of copying him. Plus I wanted our cameras/computers to be interchangeable if need be so now they will be.

We were getting by "okay" without 2 cameras but the thing is - I want to have a camera with me all the time! I don't take great pictures but I love the idea of documenting things...so I plan on starting more of a photoblog once I get rolling...maybe not, I don't know. I need tofigure out how to link this to that and some other things first.

Every day when I take my walks at work I see so many things I would capture and put up here to show the world how beautiful Duluth is. I also want to be able to have a camera to photograph the garden and the time I spent hanging out with Miss M and for stupid things that may amuse only myself. But Steve needs his camera for work so therefore has it with him most of the time. And showers! I have showers coming up! And a Bachelorette weekend in Vegas and this ALL needs some serious documentation - don't you agree? I'm great at rationalizing, I know....but there you have it. I'm hoping I can rationalize the credit card bill when it comes. Doh!

Ah....I hear the bag piper's out again....that is so weird.

pictures later!

Ferret

I saw a 20-something walking a ferret yesterday.

Or maybe the ferret was walking her as she followed it's whim everywhere.

The ferret was wearing a lovely green harness.

The the 20-something was eating an ice cream cone.

ah summer....

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Me & Miss M

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Weekend Update Pt. II

Well, I can't get any more pictures to post for some reason.

The rest of my weekend included: hiking the new trail w/Steve and watching the moonrise from the hilltop; Sitting on the patio at Sir Ben's and listening to live music; Hanging out with my new mentee "Miss M." We did some sidewalk chalk art, blew bubbles & played in the yard, drank lemonade, made funny pictures on PhotoBooth and ate ice cream bars. Steve & I also registered at Target. Ay yi yi - who know it would be so much work?!?! It took over 2 hours and we still have a few more things to add. Yikes. I was exhausted.

Sunday night we picked out a backpacking tent & light weight sleeping bags and added them to our REI registry. Fun stuff! Now I REALLY want to go camping...

Weekend Update Pt. I

I can't seem to get to doing this on Monday...so here's my belated update in pictures:
It was a very hot day and I just didn't feel like doing anything after my looong work week (3 days) other than sit in the yard and read. And drink a margarita.



We went to "Movies in the Park" at Leif Ericksson Park on the shores of Lake Superior. Our neighbors Dustin & Anna joined us (hi Anna!) and all my pictures are blurry. We watched Back to the Future. It was a lot of fun!



On Saturday we went to the Duluth Air Show. It was UNGODLY HOT.



After the Air Show we ate Pizza at my favorite pizza place. SAMMY's! Yum. Then Steve took me up to Hartley Nature Center and showed me the section of trail that he 'blazed'. VERY cool.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Ah Duluth.....

Partly Cloudy
91°F
Feels Like
98°F


Gotta love Summer.

Friday, July 07, 2006

H - O - T

And I'm not just talking about myself...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Ah, can you tell it's Friday?

It's hot here in the northland. It's been hot all week. I'm "warming up my core" as Steve says, as the winters here are long and cold and dark and I could really use one of these July days in January. I'm enjoying laying in the grass in the backyard (not currently but just before) and sitting outside til after 9 o'clock with light still in the sky and me just not wanting to go in and do "inside stuff" (ie: cleaning and wedding invitations). We're going to an outdoor movie tonight (movies in the park - yay!) and I feel an ice cream cone or a cold beer on an outside patio coming on. *sigh* Summer. I don't even care if I'm all hot and sweaty because it's SUMMER.

Sadly, no windows on the first floor of our house open (!?!?!?!). I think the previous owners (who had lived here since 1939) were paranoid and put in all picture windows of the non-opening variety. I am currently on the front (enclosed) porch as there are two windows out here that open. And a lovely breeze.

Anyway - nothing of consequence to report...it's hot, it's muggy, it's summer and I love it.

PS

Can anyone help me with some blogger stuff?

I'd like to add my profile to the sidebar...??

I'd like to also put things like a flicker link over there, what I'm currently reading, another page with my "100 things" and I can't seem to figure out ANY of that crap. *sigh*

toodles...I think it's margarita time....

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Salmon


Salmon
Originally uploaded by carrster.
Photos from the garden....more if you click the pic

A Snowy Day

Because my boss is pure evil, I was sent on yet another Blizzard Run. *sigh* How is a girl who is supposed to be DIETING for an upcoming BIG EVENT OF A LIFETIME supposed to keep the calorie count low if I'm being FORCED to do things like go and get Blizzards? ARGH. I have no will power. None at all.

And so now I feel fat (although I get a SMALL even though I get him and another co-worker [we sort of have a "Blizzard Club" - we're all geeks] get mediums) and while I was there I saw that it's the Blizzard's 20TH ANNIVERSARY this year.

How can that be?

I remember when they came out and how odd this new menu item seemed. Not that I ever had them then. We were only allowed to get "novelty items" or a simple cone or crunch cone (still my favorite, actually). Anyway - OF COURSE I remember when they came out because I was TWELVE FOR CRYING. OUT LOUD.

Seriously?

Now I'm dealing with evil, my own fatness and my ancient self.

Ay yi yi

Is it Friday yet?!?!?

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

I finally returned to a Twins' game after an embarrassing absence of 10 years! I love baseball and I love the Twins. I am a hometown girl, through and through and so enjoy a good game. I have extremely fond memories from my childhood of being "Daddy's Girl" and listening to the games on a crackly WCCO during summer storms and watching him lay on his back and throw his ball point pen (the clicky kind) up into the air over and over again as he concentrated on each play-by-play. We went to many games when I was a kid - well, not as many as we would've if we had LIVED in Minneapolis, but still it was a yearly thing for sure. I remember going to the old Met. I remember the first time I went to the Metrodome and that smell. It's not a bad smell just the Metrodome smell! I remember the Dazzle-Man's Grand Slam during the '87 World Series (Peder - do you remember we were doing the Nature Center's haunted walk that night?); I remember the homer hankies, I remember giving my Dad a "gift certificate" good for two Twins tickets and an order of nachos & coke with the condition that he had to use the other ticket for his youngest daughter. Heh. *sigh* Good times....

So, yeah - back to the 'dome and Saturday night. Steve & I and about 23 other family members (and near family members) went to the game. It was fantastic. The crowd was great, our seats weren't bad (10th row behind the left fielder - no homers though) and best of all WE WON! It was a blast and I'm so glad we went.

Now for some photos. I think they are blurry because I cannot for the life of me take a non-blurry picture without the flash on.



Ah the Metrodome...soon to be replaced by a brand-spanking new outdoor stadium



A shot of us in the stands



The annoyingly cute mascot "TC."



A mid-game celebration with my Mom.