28 February 2007
I think I'll make a snowman or maybe even go skiing...heck, I'll probably just drive around in it.
25 February 2007
There was actually decent snow - as a large winter storm went through the area and dumped as much as 16" in parts of Minnesota. Duluth only saw about 6-8" but it was very windy and drifts were abound!
We had a great time, and it was nice to get away from the Twin Cities - even if it was for only one weekend.
22 February 2007
Yesterday was gorgeous, sunny and warm - it was 43F on my way home from work! As the evening progressed it got very windy, though. On my way to pick up really good Chinese food for dinner, Jeeves (my Jeep) was attacked and mildly injured. There was a rather large (4'x6') piece of something laying on the side of the street. A big gust of wind picked it up and hurled it right at the windshield. The impact was really loud and made a big crackly spider-web thing.
I'm glad it wasn't warmer and that I wasn't driving a convertible or a motorcycle...because that would have really hurt!
20 February 2007
It was also my birthday! We went out with the in-laws at Granite City for a late lunch to celebrate. They make their own beer and it's quite tasty. I also used my free b-day car wash privileges to make Jeeves (my Jeep) all nice and shiny...at least for a little while. I got some spending money from my parents and my wife's parents, a Best Buy gift certificate from brother- and sister-in-law, and an iTunes gift card from my niece and nephew. My wife bought me a pair of Keen shoes, which are way-cool and really comfy! A last-minute present happened late Sunday night, when we purchased our second Tivo so we can record even more of our favorite shows.
To top it off, our friends Paul and Jennifer welcomed their new baby boy into the world. It's kind of neat to share a birthday with the handsome little guy. So, I stopped by the hospital to visit with them and extend congratulations on their new addition to the family.
16 February 2007
We didn't get anything worth mentioning here in MN, which I consider (probably incorrectly) to still be part of the Midwest region. Whenever the media blares about a storm hitting the Midwest, they almost always mean between Chicago and eastern Ohio. When I sold books door-to-door in MA, some people didn't even know Wisconsin was a state (they thought it was somewhere in upstate NY).
I would give anything to see 100+ inches of snow in 4 days. We used to get really bad winter snow and ice storms when I was a kid growing up in southern WI...where drifts would sometimes be 15+ feet high. Not anymore, and I'm quite jealous of New England for getting all of our winter fun and excitement.
Even if we do get a somewhat big storm in WI/MN, it's barely mentioned on the national scale...because it's either expected or nobody cares. Or, because people don't know where we are. But with New York and Pennsylvania, on the other hand - that deserves extensive coverage for some reason.
So enjoy the snow and winter while you can, northeastern states - because we can't enjoy ours. All we get is arctic cold air - and a little snow for something pretty.
14 February 2007
As the saying goes, "It's the thought that counts!"
Why is it that all of the holidays have to be so commercialized? At this rate, we'll soon have to brave the crowds in the stores to get people their Labor Day present...
12 February 2007
The movie was Fast Forward...a long-time childhood favorite of my darling wife. I'm an 80's fan, Adam's a fanatic, and yet neither of us had ever seen (or heard of) this movie. It was directed by Sidney Poitier and the music was done by none other than Quincy Jones...so it had to be somewhat decent, right?
The movie was actually pretty good. You could obviously tell it was a knockoff of Fame, but it was far less serious and a lot more campy. Think of Fame, combined with an early Michael Jackson video, make it into a HS musical where small-town kids try to make it big at some dancing contest, then get 'challenged' at a NY club for rights to work on the street.
Too much for you? Well, obviously you don't enjoy goofy 80's movies about dancing. *laughs* The four of us had a great time, Adam made popcorn, we had drinks and all was well with the world.
10 February 2007
As I turn 36 in another week, I realized that I was twice as old (if not older) than the kids playing basketball, the cheerleaders, the "Snow Ball" court and the majority of the spectators. It was a little strange being back in a gym for a HS sporting event - but it was still a lot of fun watching everybody.
Common questions/comments in the group included: "Could those jeans be any tighter?" and "Check out that guy's hair." followed by "Are those cheerleader outfits revealing enough?" and finally "LOVE the camoflage jacket with that formal dress!"
And then we laughed, saying that we probably got dismantled the same way when we were that age.
07 February 2007
I like fonts, really I do. So much in fact that I'm burned out on them and can't decide what I want anymore. So, I've decided to start researching the different families, styles and various types of fonts. That way I'll have a better idea of what font will go best with my project.
My wife will surely read this and call me a geek...and that's okay by me.
05 February 2007
I'm not sure what's worse: no shower, or the fact that I'm thirsty...
04 February 2007
03 February 2007
At 10pm, I decided to wait until morning so I wouldn't have to wake up at 3-4am when the tech could possibly make it out. I guess other people had it really bad (no heat, busted pipes, fire sprinklers flooding mansion) so it could have been worse.
Except that I still woke up at 4:33am this morning and haven't been able to go back to sleep. This makes for a grouchy Norwegian. *nod*
18:02 Update: Water is flowing again, after ~26 hours...I blame Phil! *points*
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02 February 2007
February 2, 2007 - around 7:30 am ET - Punxsutawney, PA
Phil did not see his shadow and thus spring is just around the corner!
Apparently this will have no effect on it being -15 degrees F tomorrow morning. Heck, just what exactly does 'just around the corner' mean, anyway?