Archive for April, 2005

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Thursday April 28, 2005

Today is the 24th birthday of my most favorite person!

Happy Birthday Jake!

I love you and I cannot wait to see you this weekend to help you move into your new apartment!!! LMK

blue vintage

Wednesday April 27, 2005

I saw my Auntie Sue, Grandmother, and cousin Stacy today! We went vintage dress shopping for Stacy (senior prom in a week and a half). We stopped at Lula’s on Selby, it wasn’t open. Then we drove to Vi’s Vintage in Uptown and it was open! Stacy tried on about six different dresses…but the blue one was perfect! I have to admit she looks absolutely beautiful! It was so fun to be out shopping and hanging out with my cousin and aunt. They are so funny.

We eventually headed over to surprise my Grandma (the one with the cup and saucers) and went to lunch at Highland Grill. I had carrot and gorgonzola cheese soup and the goat cheese salad!! (“Typical” Amanda choice!!!)

Last night I had an appointment with a YWCA personal trainer (free with a new membership) and it she was so helpful. I learned how to use the machines correctly and which settings work best for me and what weight I should start with and how many repitions to do. I felt really good afterwards and can’t wait to continue the program. I also joined a class so tonight I am off to Yoga at the Y!

stealing the internet

Monday April 25, 2005

It is a rare occasion when I can use my iBook G4 in my apartment…a few months ago I canceled my cable modem connection (60 dollars a month) when I found out I could just as easily “steal the internet” with my airport wireless connection (thanks to my friend Paige who brought her PowerBook to my place for knitting club and had a strong wireless connection, I got really upset for about 5 minutes and cancelled the next day). My connection was great for a while but has been inconsistent lately…..

I go through the same routine when I get home…turn on my computer to check if there is a signal for an open network…I despise the little screen that pops up that says, “www.google.com cannot be found.” I feel frustrated and discouraged and wonder, Why are these people not opening their connection for me to take advantage of?!!?

Well, I just got home from grocery shopping at my local neighborhood co-op and I flipped up my screen….what ya know there were two black bars!!! I clicked on Firefox and here I am typing in my rocking chair looking out my window. I love it!

Gmail greeted me with 9 new messages and three new blog comments! Thanks to all who e-mailed or commented! I really appreciate your interest!

Work was 6-2:30 today, I biked in the cold again. Made some more scones this afternoon and am going to start a vegetable soup. I like to plan and (if I can) prepare my meals for the week. I finished A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith last night, which is a just as wonderful as Allisa said it would be. I started Take the Cannoli by Sarah Vowell this afternoon which is just as hilarious as I thought it would be!

lion king

Sunday April 24, 2005

I have started to notice that I blog what I did the day before….hmmm.

Yesterday, I went to the Lion King! My morning started out slow and I was feeling a little bummed. My apartment was a mess and I just cannot function when it is like that…I feel paralyzed and procrastinate and then feel perturbed with myself. I sit on my bed and stare at my mess. Anyway, I made the decision to clean it up and after awhile I looked at the time…1 o’clock….“need to be in downtown Minneapolis in one hour….don’t know how to get to theater…need to shower…it takes me 20 minutes or more to get downtown….”

I was going to the Lion King with my parents and some family friends. My mom had already called twice and I hadn’t picked up…I wasn’t avoiding her I was just in-a-zone and knew exactly what she was going to say, “Where are you? When are you going to get here? Do you know how to get here? Where should we meet you to give you the ticket?”

I am officially dressed and ready to go at 1:35, more than enough time to get downtown (I think). Right then my phone rings, it is my Mom, “Where are you? My apartment. Oh my gosh! It starts at 2! I know, I am only in St. Paul. When are you leaving? Right now Mom. Do you know how to get here? Not really but I think I can find it. Okay well…it is on 8th street…and Hennepin…by Marshall Fields..where are you going to park? You could park at Marshall Fields…or there is a ramp on LaSalle. Just get off on 5th and go 3 blocks south to 8th...I guess we will just have to look for you to give you your ticket. Okay Mom, thanks.

Dad calls back 2 minutes later, “Hi Anne, we are going to leave your ticket at the Will Call window. They close the doors at 2…Good luck.” Did I mention that I am notorious for “instinctually” going to the wrong way…ALL of the time?

Long story short…I got into downtown, found 9th street (which has to be close to 8th street), never did find Hennepin, and eventually saw LaSalle (remembering my Mom had mentioned something about LaSalle) and just parked my car and ran. I made it with about 1 minute to spare!

The Lion King was amazing. Absolutely amazing. It brought tears to my eyes the first 5 minutes. The costumes, the make-up, the music, the dancing, and the singing were unbelievable. I loved it!

After the show we all went out to dinner and ate delicious food, drank some wine, and had some fine dessert. My kind of night!

art crawl

Saturday April 23, 2005

Brrrr…it is chilly these days. What happened to spring? I had to wear my wind proof fleece yesterday biking to work.

I ate at a little coffee shop really close to my apartment for dinner last night. Then I headed over to the Art Crawl in downtown St. Paul. Paige, Luke and I started in the Rossmor. It was so cool! I was impressed with the art and the people. I bought a pair of earrings. Paige and I spoke with this photographer who has done photographic studies of Lake Street in Minneapolis and Frogtown in St. Paul, he was very cool.

Today I am going to the Lion King and out to dinner in Minneapolis with my parents and some family friends. Should be fun.