Friday, July 22, 2016

Paul turns 22

He knew what his birthday present was because of the cake. He asked for Chuck DVDs and I couldn't help myself decorating the cake with reference to the show, which we all LOVED.

Love fondant for decorating (for eating, not so much). The H22BD stands for Happy 22nd birthday, in case you were to lazy to think about it. The freehanded letters and circles look better from a distance, but even close up, they taste good.

What Chuck does when he sees something that has a file in the Intersect.

The code word for "clear out, a disaster is imminent" at the Buy More

The organizations responsible for the Intersect

The Intersect
It was a tasty cake. But then cake is always tasty, unless it's carrot cake, which is a MUFFIN, and we don't eat MUFFINS on special occasions, do we? We eat CAKE.

Anyway, Paul is 22, which is a long way from how old he was when I started this blog. A picture of Paul at the beginning of the blog can be found here back in 2008, which was 8 years ago, so Paul was 14.

Monday, July 11, 2016

New little granddaughter

I couldn't help posting these recent pictures! On Saturday, Emma was born and her La La and Granddaddy and I were there to witness it!  PopPop had the important job of watching Emma's older brother (and we thank him very much!). 

Grandma and Emma

Granddaddy and Emma

A few minutes old and curious about this new place

Sunday, July 3, 2016

I should really just relax

Rifftrax  MST3k

These are important to me. I quote MST3k almost as much as I make up my own sentences. Someday I hope to cosplay Pearl, and to see every ep of MST3k. I've seen most of them (and I own many of the official DVDs).

Last Tuesday Rifftrax put on an MST3K reunion and WE HAD TO GO. Jim got to see Sir Paul, so I had to see Joel, Mike, Kevin, Trace, Bill, Mary Jo, Frank, Bridget, and the newbie Jonah.
Tickets and t-shirt

happy children with their Castleton t-shirts. Several people made Castleton remarks as we passed by, which made the evening even more fun for these two Msties.
"OK, don't smile!"

Me with a very-supportive-of-my-fandom husband.  You can't really see it, but he wore a Beatles shirt to the event. I teased that I should have worn an MST3k shirt to the McCartney concert. In his defense, he was wearing a Rifftrax shirt until he got sauce on it at dinner. So he had to change. 
The actual event was so much fun. Small groups riffed shorts of the educational kind and every group was great. There was not a dud in the bunch. At the end, all nine came out and riffed two shorts all together. I was in fan heaven.

My favorite riff that I can remember off the top of my head as from the Dates for Kay short. Kay is on a mission to find as many dates for her Fridee and Saturdee nights.  One of her prospects comments that he likes dogs, Kay, ever the conversationalist, replies "Do you have a dog?" The poor sap she's talking to says, "No we can't keep a dog." And whoever was riffing the short said, "We live above a Korean restaurant." Hayley thought it was particularly funny and we nearly choked ourselves with laughter.

My year is made.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Last weekend, which I'm glad is over, but I miss the ice

The view from room 820, really very nice.

the mesh glove over the second IV port

pt is dehydrated a little so a saline drip IV

The other antibiotic, the one the nurse thought the patient was allergic to. Pt wasn't allergic, just in pain and had one of his syncope episodes as a result.

ER bed and my knee

fabulous hospital soft, chewable ice pellets
For all that machinery in the bed, it is still not very comfortable.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Petroglyphs and water towers

I crossed something off my bucket list today: Jeffers Petroglyphs. It was a three-hours-one-way drive that was mostly pleasant, especially when I was sleeping. No, I really do love rural MN and this time of year it is particularly GREEN. Almost aggressively green. Almost the kind of green that isn't seen in nature...except that...uh....

And it rained a lot. We hid out in a Hardee's (we have no Hardee's in urban MN, but they are all over rural MN, same with Casey's convenience stores) for lunch wait out the rainstorm. Jim had it all worked out from his favorite app (Accuweather? I'm not sure, but it's a weather app) that the rain would be gone by the time we reached the historical site and he was right. When we started the drive back, the rain resumed. Lucky us!

Anyway the petroglyphs were hard to pick out at times. The park did offer interpretive signs so you could tell what you were looking at, though, and then I kind of learned what to look for. I was expecting a few little pictures here and there, but on the little outcropping of quartz, there were somewhere in the neighborhood of 4,000-5,000 individual carvings. There are several theories of why the ancient people carved what they did, and Jim's and my theory is that the ancient people's kids were bored, found some rocks, and did the ancient version of drawing on scrap paper, carving squiggles and stick people into the quartz near their settlement when the adults weren't looking.

We also saw an outcropping of rock that had parts of it rubbed smooth by buffalo scratching themselves on it. I touched it and yes, it was really smooth. Glassy almost.

Our feet got wet from the walk, but it was worth the drive. Also saw a bird on the path, presumably stunned due to a smack against the glass of the park building. It was too stunned to fly away when I bent down to touch a feather. I didn't bother it beyond that. I hope it's ok.

On our way home, I got some pictures for my watertower picture collection. Then we stopped at the giant yellow candy store in Belle Plaine for a couple pieces of candy and a pie. They opened for the season today, and it was packed.

Pictures? OK!
Arlington's watertower is disguised as a baseball. Jim liked this one.

Classic style for Winthrop

Nice use of the stem, Franklin, although Catfish Capital? Really?

E's stunned.

prairie flower

outcropping with interpretive signs and ropes to show us where not to step

hard to see, but the petroglyphs are there. There's a bulbous image near the bottom of the picture.

an upside down horse or buffalo

a three-pronged thing

several images near to each other

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Bucket list

These are not New Year's resolutions. It's not the beginning of a new year, nor are any of these, except maybe one, designed to make me into a better person. They are all strictly list items that will give me great satisfaction to cross off and say, DID IT!

1. I have lived in MN for most of my life, and have not yet been to the giant ball of twine in Darwin, MN. I WILL see it this summer. I have scheduled a Saturday in June for this day trip.

2. Jeffers Petroglyphs is another place I have seen signs for and haven't yet gone to see. It also is on my calendar, a week from this Saturday. I have determined that I like to get out of the house and see things and the only way I can do that is if I schedule it and then tell Jim to put it on his calendar.

3. Complete three pages of a quiet book for Jackson. Nuff said. I think I three activities already, and three more will be well on the way to something for Jackson to do during church.

4. Weird Al concert is scheduled in August. Of course I'm going. Mandatory Fun is Al's best album in my opinion and I must go sing along with the songs. I believe three children and husband will be there too, but mostly me.

5. Rifftrax/MST3k reunion, another CANNOT MISS OR I MIGHT DIE event. Plus, I backed the kickstarters and heck yes, I want to see where my money went.

6. Get a granddaughter, obviously not something I have anything to do with, other than providing this baby with a mother. But I look forward to cuddling a newborn and sewing ruffles and bows and pink things. I have to get going on pink things, so far, the things I've sewn have been black, gray, animal print, brown, etc. But they are still cute things.

7. I really want to dig up the hostas in front of the house and freshen up that area. Not that I don't want hostas, but it's getting awfully weedy and I want to dig the place up and put more plants there than just the hostas.  I'm not sure if this is going to get done, but I would like to do it.

8. I need to finish the 2015 photo album. Getting there.

9. I need to put together Paul's 2nd year mission photo/email album.

10. Keep up with the BofM365 daily Book of Mormon reading. There was a big part of March that I did not keep up, but I have since made up the reading and am now all caught up and reading along the daily verses. It's a year-long endeavor so by the end of the year, I'll have read the Book of Mormon again.

Ten things.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

We have 3 kids at home again--a bad poem

One of them bought a car with all his own money.
One of them likes pink now.
One of them still makes random strange noises at odd times.
One of them works on the roads of Minnesota.
One of them has blue hair again.
One of them will have braces removed at the end of May.
One of them goes to bed early.
One of them has been planning Korean food cooking and cake making.
One of them does not want to go to Prom.
One of them is now a gospel doctrine teacher in the singles ward.
One of them wants to sit with me in Relief Society.
One of them has about a month of seminary left this year.

The other two children are doing fine also. One got straight As (as did at least one of the two collegians who just came home--good kids!) and the other one is having a baby shower in a couple of weeks. I get to do the food. Lavender cupcakes again!