Monday, July 26, 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010

I forgot to add... Today I discovered a garage completely smashed by a tree where the power line went down Saturday night. Yikes! It didn't look like there was a car inside, so that's good!

Ice Creammmmmmmmm! :)

We got the word on Friday afternoon that Honey is just fine - false alarm, thankfully. :) This weekend we purchased some new food for her. A sales rep at Petco convinced us to go all natural. It was something that was already on my mind so it didn't take much of a push and it's less than a cent more expensive per ounce so why not, right?! In the long run it'll probably be much better for her. In the short term there are claims to different energy levels, a softer coat, less shedding, and less chemicals in your yard (eww). She seems to enjoy it though I'm pretty sure she would eat anything.

On Saturday evening Tyler and I went to Scott and Brooke's house for dinner. We drove because we had been watching the weather on the news for quite a while and knew some icky storms were potentially on the way. After dinner, while playing board games, the tornado sirens went on so we went into the basement. They turned off pretty quickly but we stayed downstairs, just in case. Eventually we went back upstairs, watched the weather on tv, looked out the windows, and watched a few episodes of Cake Boss (amazing show). On our way back home we noticed the stoplight was out in between our two houses and as we expected we had no power at our house. We lit a few candles and soon went to bed. The next day we saw the power company working down the alley and went to the store to get some ice to salvage our food after eating breakfast at a diner in north Minneapolis with Scott and Brooke. Eventually the power went back on at dinner time so we quickly ran to the store to buy ice cream making supplies to utilize the 5 small bags of ice we purchased. Last night we made maple & walnut ice cream. It was so very yummy! Right now we're making lemon yogurt ice cream. I'm so excited! :)

Also, I stayed home from work today. I was feeling really off on Friday, fine on Saturday, and a little weird again on Sunday. I thought I'd be safe and rest a little extra. I've been having a lot more heart palpitations lately than normal and occasionally I get really worn out at the same time. I'd rather have that yucky feeling at home than at work or at a client's house. I hear palpitations sometimes increase for some people during this... time. I also read that I should try eating more foods with magnesium. We'll see!

In conclusion, here are two photos that I added to flickr last week. They've been getting lots of comments. :)


Wednesday, July 14, 2010


So sorry for the delay in posting. I've been a little busy... but mostly tired.

We finally made the purchase (on July 4th)! I own a Canon 7D digital SLR. yay! You can see what I've had fun with in the past couple of weeks here at my flickr.

I've been asked by a coworker friend to photograph an event on July 24th. July 24th is also the northside arts crawl called FLOW, where I hope to take photos for fun. Also, a former coworker friends asked me to take engagement photos of her and her fiance. So... here I go - I guess it's finally happening! **Fingers crossed and praying**

Also, today we started having new gutters installed on our house. The gutters are up and wonderful looking - they're brown to kind of match the roof. The downspouts will be installed tomorrow - those will be red to match the brick on the foundation and chimney of the house. Please ignore the fact that the trim is green and our house will temporarily look like Christmas. Please.

Also also, I think Honey has worms. :( I took a.. um... sample to the vet this morning and we should get a response tomorrow. Hope that works out alright. I'm a little turned off by the fact that humans can contract worms as well. ick. I know you're probably incredibly interested in Honey's intestinal situation so I will keep you updated.

The end - it was time for bed 1.5 hours ago.

Honey love:

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

sweet home chicago. sort of.

Tyler, myself, and our pup took a trip home to Illinois for my family picnic. Honey was successful at not throwing up in the car, so that was lovely. We drove down Friday around three. We had wonderful weather the entire drive and unknowingly left crazy weather back in Mpls. Apparently there were crazy flashfloods and downtown flooded significantly. We ended up at my mom’s house where we lived for the weekend on our air mattress.

On Saturday we waited around for a decent chunk of the day expecting to have a meal with Granny Weaver. Little did we know she was still having a wonderful time in Alabama with her family and had forgotten about our plans – oops! We mostly hung around the house that day and told my mom and Wally some news which was then returned with a gift.

On Sunday we got up early and headed over to my dad’s house before the family picnic, leaving Honey to be confused at mom’s house. We also informed my dad of the same interesting secret via a belated Father’s Day card. We hoped in the car and contemplated the dark stormy clouds that were appearing overhead. We were the 4th, 5th, and 6th attendees to arrive at the picnic and began setting up. This year Pat’s pancake/omelet station was moved inside the pavilion as those clouds continued to look fierce. No long after unloading beverage and other items the clouds opened up and it poured and poured. The pavilion nearly flooded as a biker took shelter with us and relatives who arrived stayed sheltered in their cars. As soon as it let up more people came funneling in from the parking lot. That interesting news mentioned previously continued to spread. Tyler and I played with Adam and Kim’s iPhones. The sky quickly cleared up and the day became quite lovely. Everyone who attended seemed to have a great time. We left around 4 and headed back to my dad’s house to continue the task of digging through and sorting my belongings that have collected over the years. After dinner and a great gift of chocolate we returned to my mom’s. I think we made a quick evening trip to the Oakbrook Mall Apple Store to continue playing with iPhones. After I went to bed Tyler drove to Oak Park to hang out with his sister for a bit.

Our Monday plans had high hopes of including Chicago but we didn’t end up having time. It was nice to not have to rush off to more planned activities though. We packed up and had a good time. I hooked up my old printed to Wally’s computer and I made Wally a new draft of his resume. Per Tyler’s mom’s request we drove one block over to visit her cousin. Tyler’s mom’s cousin, Ron, grew up in the same town (Downers Grove) that my mom and I both grew up and happened to move to Westmont quite a few years ago. He just happened to move one block away from the house that Wally grew up in where my mom and Wally are currently living. We found the house and had an awkward greeting at the door while trying to explain who we were. Ron seemed very happy to see us. He has Parkinson’s and is most likely confined to his house most days. My mom is generally stuck at home as well so she left her phone number and encouraged him to call. Ron suggested they get together to have a coke sometime. Not too long after that nice visit we finished loading up the car, said goodbye to everyone, and ventured back to Minnesota.