Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Airport Adventures

I dropped Mom off at the airport this morning. It was sad to see her go, but as usual, it was quite an adventure getting her to the airport. The "as usual" statement is generated because a couple of years ago, we were wasting her last day in town away by tooling around town and going out to eat at Culver's. When we returned home, I just happened to glance at her itinerary that was hanging on the fridge and noticed that her plan left in 1/2 an hour and not in the 4 hours that we were planning! YIKES! Mom ran downstairs while I called the airline to see if I could change her flight or if they could hold the plane. Well, we made it there JUST in time for her to catch her flight and all ended up well.

This year, only 2 min after pulling out of the driveway the fun begins! She panics about her itinerary so I have to pull over and get it out of her other bag. Then, we were on 494 and pulled into the fast lane (and I had PLENTY of room to pull into it) and a Mercedes with the vanity plate "Laidy 3" zooms up behind me. I could tell he wanted to go FAST (even though there were cars in front of me), so I pulled back over to the other lane as soon as I could. He proceeds to honk and flip me off - NICE!!! I laugh and of course, that made him made so he tried to cut me off. Then, Mom can't find her license in her purse, so she is all panicky again about that. So, we jump out at the airport and dig through her carry-on - no license. I am starting to shake at this point and she is gasping for breath like a pre-panic attack. I then dig through her purse again (the original location) and it was right where it was supposed to be!

For Mom's next visit, I think we will include a departure checklist and maybe I shouldn't do the driving!

Monday, June 25, 2007


Wow! You can really tell when my life gets busy because I completely stop posting. It has been busy and fun. Currently, my Mom is visiting from PA. We had a busy, fun-filled weekend that involved two trips to the Mall of America on Saturday, a trip to the local swimming pool, and eating lots of not-so-good-for you food! wasn't all bad for you food! We had P.F. Chang's one night and only about half of it involved a large amount of oil or deep-fried food! :)

It has been a great visit with Mom. I had to work today and I have to work most of tomorrow. This is a bummer, but due to the current steps of the project, I need to be there. I did take the time to work from home this morning so that I could drop Mom off at the MOA (yes, again!) today. Kyle picked her up as he passed through from St. Paul which was lucky because I didn't get home from work until 6:45 or so!

Okay, I am off to get ready for bed in order to tackle another day. You might notice a new badge on my blog. It is from One of my good friends, Shawn, talked me into giving it a try. The cool thing is that it is Shawn's birthday today, so I signed up and posted my badge in honor of his b-day!

Happy Birthday, Monk Shack!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

for the love of golf

Lesson #1 with Ali at Hyland Golf course is complete! I had a wonderful time. Ali is hilarious and kept the lesson light and fun. He provided plenty of praise and kept me laughing through the entire lesson. I can't wait to go back next week, but first I need to get my 10 min of practice each day!

Monday, June 04, 2007

A loose conversation

A conversation with Ken this morning:

"Did you go clothes shopping again?"

"Not recently. It is just that you don't see me everyday."

"Oh, that's true."

"I did just buy this a few weeks ago."

"I thought so because I judge newness of your clothes by how baggy or fitting they are on you."

"Ahhh.. that is a good way to determine that."

"Well, the shirt looks nice, too."

"Good catch. I was wondering where you were going with this conversation!"

"Well, I had so much sexual harassment training in the 80's that I am afraid to give compliments!"

Sunday, June 03, 2007

A Rainy Sunday Afternoon

What I "should" be doing:
  • cleaning/sorting my craft space
  • mopping the floors
  • doing some work that I am behind on
What I AM doing:
  • blogging
  • e-mailing
  • waiting for coffee to finish brewing
  • lounging on my bed (my eyes have shut a few time)
  • playing board games with a bored Alexander
I love rainy Sunday afternoons and the laziness that they induce! Why is it that you feel less guilty on rainy days? I also not feeling guilty because I know that from 2-3 I will be under a golf umbrella watching Alexander's soccer practice and game. I really prefer being INSIDE on days like this rather than sitting on a camp chair under an umbrella, so there is no guilty feelings here - I am savoring each moment before I need to leave!

Friday, June 01, 2007

My New Love

I bought these a couple of nights ago:

and I took them to the driving range for the first time today. I am absolutely in love!! I attempted golfing in college, but never got the ball off of the ground. Today was the first time since college that I attempted golfing and I can't say it enough - I'm in love! I can't wait to get back out there and I can't wait to go on an actual course!!