Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Day After Your Birthday, Mom!!!

I love you very much.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Stuck in my head

Last week Mary-Claire sent me a very funny video. I got a kick out of it. Who doesn't like a song where people sing about making a telescope?

Then the song got stuck in my head. For the past two days it has been going through my head.

I hope you enjoy the song, and that it does not get stuck in your head.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Megan's Wedding

Last weekend I headed up to Sheldon for Megan's wedding. The weather was nice, and the company was exceptional. I'm lucky to have such a fun family.

I told Stimmel I would pick him up at nine. I was late. By an hour. I spent most of the drive worrying that we wouldn't make it in time. I was probably not very fun to ride with. It turns out I didn't need to worry, we made it to the church with plenty of time to spare.

Megan & Erin celebrate before the reception

After the wedding we headed out to the farm for some snacks before the reception. There were a lot of people there. Claire, Gjergji, Stimmel, and I found a spot, had some cider, and passed the time catching up.

Gjergji & Claire

I didn't get much of a chance to talk to Mom or her sisters. They seemed to be having a lovely time. I'm sure that Kathy will fill me in when we play cards this weekend.

Margaret, Kathy, and Mom

I was able to spend a lot of time talking to my cousins. David, Nate, and I had a lot to talk about. We talked and danced the night away. We didn't leave the reception until after midnight.

Mary-Claire, David, me, and Nathan

I did learn a valuable lesson at the wedding: never leave your boyfriend and sister alone with a camera. What follows is a collection of shots they took when I was dancing.

Stimmel & Mary-Claire

Stimmel Pumpkinface

Pumpkin Vampire Mary-Claire

Cooper's Haircut

Cooper got his haircut today. He looks much cuter with long hair, but he smells much less with short hair. With the mud and fallen leaves of fall, he's also much easier to keep clean with a shorn look.

In addition to smelling better, after his haircut you can tell that his tumor did not grow over the summer, so that is great news. We are off to take a walk now, Cooper likes showing off after he gets a haircut.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

RIP Pumpkin Nuts Beer

Tonight I went to happy hour with Allyson, Beth, and Ryan. It started out as a wonderful time. We got caught up on all sorts of work gossip, our lives, etc. The merriment lasted for about an hour before something quite sad happened. Court Ave. ran out of Pumpkin Nuts beer.

James erases Pumpkin Nuts from the beer list

Pumpkin Nuts beer was a great beer. It tasted like a good beer with a hint of pumpkin. Most pumpkin beers taste like pie. Don't get me wrong, I like pie, but I prefer my beer to taste more like, well, beer.

So it was with a sad note that we ended happy hour. I'm sure I'll be able to recover from the loss of the pumpkin beer, but it may take some time (and a few more happy hours).

Friday, October 17, 2008

Right on, Amanda

My friend Amanda recently blogged about the Cubs. I was going to blog about the Cubs eventually, but I don't need to, as she wrote the perfect post.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Last Friday I spent the afternoon with TC and Seymour celebrating Ourtoberfest. It was our third year of celebrating. Due to scheduling conflicts attendance was half of what it usually is. That was OK with us.

We had a pretty mellow afternoon, with Seymour and I having lunch at the Hessen Haus. TC was supposed to meet us, but a haircut debacle made him an hour late.

TC pointed out that the sign was right - next time he should bring his wife.

We spent the afternoon wandering around downtown. Ourtoberfest started as, and remains a bar crawl. It's different than a normal bar crawl; we didn't get crazy. After an afternoon of moderation I headed home for a run.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Let's Go Cubs!

Hats Off to Procrastination

I was planning on getting a lot done this weekend. I was going to clean my house, get some reading done, run, and catch up on school. Instead I made a hat. It is warm, pretty, and almost makes up for the fact that I am typing this blog while sitting in a dirty house.