Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Go, Gophers


I am a mega-fan of the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

I didn't know that I was such a great fan… but… apparently, I am.

How did I discover this little-known fact?

Well, let me tell you… as succinctly as I can...

Yesterday I did something I've never done before. No, I didn't purchase Gopher clothing… or a Gopher window sticker for my car…

I done got my hair colored.

It's been colored before… but only by me. But I am going on a trip this weekend… and I wanted to look better than normal. (As if that is even possible… apparently…)

I went to a stylist whose work I've seen and liked. (That that was a good idea.) I had her color my hair all over and then do some subtle highlights.

Anyway, when she got done I thought everything looked great. I headed home. When I looked in the mirror in my bathroom… which had much better lighting… I was surprised at how purple-y, brown my hair was... and at how golden the highlights were.

I made a cocktail… and sat on the porch with the Stern German. He said it didn't look purple-y… and that the highlights weren't too golden… that it looked good. (But remember… he's the guy that says I look beautiful in the dim light… so…)

Then the Angsty Teen got home and joined us on the porch. Her first comment? Are you a Minnesota Vikings fan or a Minnesota Gophers fan?

Purple and gold??? Maroon and gold??? Upon closer inspection I'm going with maroon and gold.

Go, Gophers.

I'm going to go on Amazon and buy one of these to wear for the next few weeks...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


I'm not at home. I'm not even in my town. I ran away from home...
… except, not really. "Running away" implies it was unplanned and secretive. This was neither of those things.

I have my cooking class tomorrow night… woohoo!!!! It's held an hour and a half from my home. 

I've tried to leave home early the day of the class so I can run some fun errands in the Minneapolis area… Mall of America, IKEA, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, World Market… you get the picture. But it's tricky to get out of town early enough to get to run errands and get around the metro before rush hour.

I've tried staying in a hotel after the cooking class… but by the time I get to the south metro where I want to stay… I could just drive home. I'd be home in an hour… So that never worked all that well.

Well, I had an epiphany last week… I could come up to the Twin Cities the day before the cooking class!

Priceline was not being all the cooperative… in fact, I think Priceline was mocking me for my $35 bids…

But… eventually I found a 2 1/2 star… for $41. Not the best Priceline deal I've ever gotten… but fine enough. And the hotel doesn't suck… so that's nice.

So… try not to be jealous. I'm currently watching the Food Network… and sipping on a margarita. No one is needing anything from me at this moment in time. 

I could get used to this.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

In the News...

Well, my sleepy, little town made the news… not just the local news either… We made the national news…. CNN, The Washington Post, Fox News, MSNBC, etc. Dang.

Did you hear/read about the high school junior whose plans to kill his family and fellow students was thwarted? That happened here… in my little town.

Click here to read the story.
Or click on this video link… it might work...

He went to school with the Angsty Teen. She knew who he was. He wasn't really odd. Seemed normal enough. He made eye contact with people in the halls. Dressed normally.

But, obviously, something was amiss.

Such a bizarre situation… here… in my little town.

So thankful that it turned out the way it did.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

So Much Angst

It is snowing… kind of… guess this is "Wintry Mix" and that's not one of my favorite things.

Along with the snowy, rainy goodness I've been dealing with a variety of life issues… my geriatric mom with her medical issues; the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric blind guy and his issues; and the Angsty Teen and her health - or lack thereof- issues.
Not a new dance move… this is the Angsty Teen elevating her arm...
The Angsty Teen has been having headaches again and last week she had to go in for an IV for some headache relief. The first nurse blew out the vein in her arm when she first tried to insert the IV needle. So now her arm is killing her. (Hence the elevating of the arm in the first pic.)

The arm… the headaches… the shoulder… the knee… the concussion… the... well… I'm sure I'm forgetting something. The past year has a long, long, long, long year with that child. Things have been going better… but… having headaches back is wearing me down.

She has been texting me about coming home from school today… I've been concerned about her. It has weighed on me constantly today… but then… she just sent me this Snap Chat…
Honey, you don't look Irish…
So... I'm going with "I think she's feeling fine." and celebrate with a drink… It's a little early… but really? Is it?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Oh, Mother.

The last time I posted was when I was going to take my mom to a series of doctor appointments for her back… and I talked about The Big Three items I needed to be sure to take along.
The appointment didn't go as planned, I'll write about that another day, but before that  appointment my mom had one here in our town.

At that appointment, my mom asked me the nurse's name after the nurse had left the room.

"Her name is Cassie," I responded.
"Cathy?" my mom said.

"No, CASSIE," I enunciated more clearly… or so I thought.
"Oh… CATHY!" my mom tried again.

"No," I said shaking my head.
"Spell it," my mom said to me.

"C-A-S-S-I-E," I replied.
"Ok... Cathy," she said.

"No, Cas-sie… as in short for Cassandra?" I tried.
"Oh, I see… Cathy!" she said excitedly.

(Really, mom? Every name you've tried has BEEN THE SAME NAME!)

"C-A-S-S-I-E…. with an 's' sound," I attempted one last time.

"SASSY?" my mom said quizzically.

Yes, because that's what everyone names their kid.

This. is. my. life.

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Big Three

Today I'm taking my mom to a series of appointments at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Nothing serious… She just needs to have a procedure done on her back that she's had done a couple of times over the years.

When the Stern German's kids and Kati were little we would play a game in the car. You'd say "I'm going to Grandma's house and I'm bringing a…. " The first person would take the letter A… the second person would repeat the "A" item and name something  that began with a "B".

I think we probably played it with the Angsty Teen when she was younger… but I have a vague impression of the game getting shut down with someone yelling, "I CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT SHE SAID. THIS IS A DUMB GAME!" That may or may not have happened...

So, in this case… I'm taking G-ma to the doctor and I'm bringing...

No, I'm not going to go through the entire alphabet. I won't need an elephant, a kite, or an x-ray machine… (I never said the item had to make sense... or fit in the car.)

Here are The Big Three items that are important for me to bring:

Well, that damn hearing aid, for one thing… 
1. Bring the hearing aid.
Last time we went to Rochester for the consultation for today's appointments. She forgot her hearing aid. I said, "SHE FORGOT HER HEARING AID!"

I'd never even thought to ask her if she had it in her ear… because even though she forgets it on a day-to-day basis, she has always remembered it for appointments… until now. That was a long day.

2. Bring her glasses. 

Also, that same day… she forgot her glasses. So when we checked in for her appointment… and there were eight pages of forms to fill out… I had to do it. That was unfortunate.

3. Bring The Kit.
There have been a number of times over the past three years where this has been necessary to the survival of the day.  I have two words for you… the first one is: explosive. I think I'll spare you the second one.

My mantra? I can do anything with gloves on.

I hate that mantra.

So I guess those are the Big Three items that need to be brought on today's adventure… along with the various assortment of items I always bring.

If I wasn't driving I would be sure to pack my flask. But… can't bring that today. That's unfortunate.

At least with The Big Three items stowed in my bag I just might make it through the day. Remember… "I can do anything with gloves on."


Friday, March 14, 2014

High Five for Friday

Can't believe I haven't blogged all week… again. Life is still crazy… so many different doctor appointments for so many different family members…

But I will take a couple of minutes to let you know what the highlights of my week have been:

1. Kati is coming home for her spring break!
So cute...
 Getting a Spring Break is definitely a great perk for a teacher! Due to some changes in her life, that child is the happiest she has been in many months. I'm excited to have her around for a few days.

2. The diabetic, geriatric, bariatric blind guy is walking again.
"Suck it up, Buttercup!" I wanted to tell him. But instead, I just kept taking him to physical therapy and to work out... and then I kind of tricked him into walking.

3. The Angsty Teen is on the mend from her latest injury…
Yes, she does look more-than-slightly unamused  that I took her picture.
You're pretty observant to have noticed that...
This time it's a shoulder thing… Let's see, in the past year it's been concussion, ankle, knee, lump on eyebrow, wisdom teeth, hmmm… maybe that's it… but probably not an exhaustive list… just an exhausting one!

4. Our small town population showed up in droves to honor a soldier from our town who died.
The people of my town lined the streets to wait for the procession of military people, the hearse, family, and friends of the young man to honor him.

5. I've decided to pitch the onions I have and buy new, milder ones.
Tears were just running down my face
when I had to cut those onions!
Pretty exciting week… huh?