Thursday, October 30, 2008
The staff signs up to work various "aspects" of the dinner...from selling tickets, to serving meals, to cleaning up after it's all over. Janet and I worked the "dish room" again this year for a shift. We had a BLAST last year, scraping trays, and running them through the "dishwasher", so thought we'd give it a try again this year.
I have to admit, LAST YEAR was more fun...this year there was WAY more "washing of hands" (we're scraping dishes...what's up with that??!!), "netting of hair" (I lucked out because my hair was short enough that it didn't NEED to be netted), and "following of rules" (how CAN you spray the "cleaning hose" at each other, if people keep telling you NOT to??!!).
Good cause...our shift didn't have much "business" (too early in the evening)...and we can now say that we HELPED with the cause...what more can you ask for??!!
Here's a picture from LAST year's fun:
Hope YOUR day involved some "good clean fun"!!!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
You can piece it together yourself. Fill in the "blanks" with your own sordid details...grrrr again....
...and what an alliterative weekend it was...chock FULL of exhilarating "B's", including "baccuuming, "blaundry", and "bwinterizing the deck", but here are the highlights...
Duane and I went to see the historic Rock Island swing bridge over the Mississippi River Saturday afternoon. The county park association gave the tour as an "awareness" project to possibly help save part of the bridge from being destroyed.
BIG BLANK SECTION...
The beverage of choice was something called a "beergarita". It wasn't BAD, but not exactly what I would have chosen...beer, tequila, margarita mix, and a couple of other things that I've forgotten...
BIG BLANK SECTION...
It was a GREAT time, and really fun to spend time OUTSIDE of work with everyone (well...not EVERYONE...but the "everyone" who bothered to show up!). I've decided, though, that I'm TOO OLD to party until the wee hours of the morning...I'm PAYING FOR IT today!!!!
BIG BLANK SECTION...
This morning, I met my friend Pat, her "BFF" from Willmar- Sarah, and Kate and Josh W. at Jake's for brunch. It was nice to FINALLY meet Sarah...very fun. Brunch was a hoot, and it was a GREAT chance to eat WAY too much food, and spend MORE time "catching up" with work people (since we DON'T, apparently, do that enough at school...which actually IS a cool thing...to enjoy hanging out with people that you see every day even when you don't HAVE to!).Now, however, I'm paying for staying up too late, and drinking a "beergarita" (ick now!), and eating too much breakfasty stuff...I'm thinking I'll be spending the afternoon lying on the sofa...there might even be some moaning involved...ugh!
Hope YOUR weekend had some adventure in it, but that YOU are not paying for it now!!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
After walking in the park, we all came back to get ready for the wedding. I had ANOTHER rehearsal at 4:30, so went to that, and then met up with Tena and Duane at the civic center.
After the ceremony, the guests were ushered into the "convention hall" part of the civic center for a catered dinner. The decorations were AMAZING...candles EVERYWHERE...red and black silk and tulle draped over everything...a dance floor surrounded by a lighted framework (which Mandie's dad ALSO built!)...china and crystal...a draped dias along the center edge of the seating area for the bride and groom...a chicken and ham buffet for 250 people (featuring a mashed potato bar, almond green beans, salad, marinated chicken, ham sliced as you went through the line by the chef, a dessert bar...wow!).
Duane and me
At the reception, I had a chance to chat with Mandie's father. He wanted to let me know that a guest had asked if Emily and I had flown up from Branson, Missouri (where Mandie is a recording artist) to sing at the ceremony. Mandie's dad replied "yes...yes they did"! Nice to be thought of by SOMEONE as a professional singer!!!
After the reception Duane, Tena, and I went back to her place and got out of our UNCOMFORTABLE clothes. We put on our COMFORTABLE clothes to finish the evening with more "catching up"! Then...we went to bed!!!
Sunday, we got up, Tena went to teach Sunday school, and Duane and I tried to find coffee (Revelations is CLOSED on Sunday!). We found a cafe around the corner, got coffee, then spent a few minutes looking for my "brick" in the FAIRFIELD garden nearby. I FINALLY found it (with Daune's help!). After that, we got back in our cars, drove to Cedar Rapids (after a stop at Steak and Shake in Coralville, dropped the car off at the airport, and continued on to the cities in MY car.
Hope YOUR weekend was full of "reconnections", and that YOU got to eat cake as well!
Gives new meaning to the phrase "can't we all just get along?", doesn't it??!!
FOR ANOTHER GIGGLE, CHECK OUT http://www.palinaspresident.com/! Click on the door SEVERAL times to see a VARIETY of interesting "Palinesque" motifs!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I got a message stating the SOMEONE had reported my blog as containing "abusive content", so I wasn't able to post the URL. WHAT??!! "Abusive content"??? WHERE??? Granted, my buttermilk cheddar herb scone recipe IS enough to make you want to bang your head against a wall, and Tina Fey IS amazing as Sarah Palin (even though the REAL Ms. Palin makes my skin crawl...but that's HARDLY "abusive" in content, and I can name about FIFTY other people who feel the exact same way that I do!!).
Not sure WHO is so "clenched" that they'd find ANYTHING on my boring little blog abusive, but when someone starts messing around with MY constitutional freedom of speech, I get a little...SNARKY. BELIEVE ME...the abusive thoughts that started running through my mind were ANYTHING but boring! The phrase "shove it up your tight little Republican ass, and FART back out a diamond" (!!??) has been running though my mind A LOT in the last 24 hours!
How DARE they curtail MY freedom of speech, and cut off MY ability to share MY thoughts with friends on Facebook! These are the same HYPOCRITES who are SURE that you should listen to (and agree with) THEIR point of view (ad nauseum), DESPITE the fact that anyone with half a brain would IMMEDIATELY see them as the ramblings of a clueless MORON...but I digress...they are CERTAINLY entitled to their own opinion, and FAR BE IT from ME to try to curtail THEIR freedom of speech...
This is censorship, plain and simple. So...in an effort to thwart the repressed conservative who feels MY comments are not to be shared with the masses (AS IF my 79 Facebook friends constitute "the masses"!!)...feel free to share my blog address with whoever you can think of, and let's shoot my "counter totals' through the roof...a little bit of "reverse censorship", if you will...!
How YOUR day didn't end with any of YOUR civil rights being "snuffed"!!!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
This was also the first time that Ashley has come up on her own, without Kim, which was also a little weird...since Ash really IS still a KID!! She's such a cool girl though, and very sweet, so it was a blast of a weekend. All I can say though, after the weekend has come to a close, is that COLLEGE KIDS ARE EXHAUSTING!!
It started Thursday night (with her hardly having dropped her bags) with a trip to IKEA (she needed some stuff for her bunk at the Alpha Chi house), then a quick trip to the MOA (which, is, apparently, all a college freshman needs to buy two shirts, a pair a slippers, and a dress for her sorority initiation next weekend...!). Ashley is GORGEOUS, so it was interesting to watch "heads turn" as we walked through the mall. It was also interesting to watch them try and figure out who I was (I'm guessing I got a lot of "father"s...but I'll hope there were at least a COUPLE of "older brother"s in there...!).
Friday night I went back over to Robin and Dave's after work. Dave was in Chicago for business, and his flight back to the cities was delayed, so we ordered pizza from Fat Lorenzo's (LOVE THAT PLACE!), and when Robin took Emilie to swim team, Ashley, Abigail and I went to Target and Verizon (she needed a car charger for her phone). When we got back to Robin and Dave's, he was just getting home. They all went to Cafe Latte for dessert, and I zipped home to get stuff ready for brunch with my friend Kelly Saturday morning.
Saturday morning Kelly came over (after a HORRIBLE detour because 494 was closed for road construction!), and we had an AWESOME time catching up. I met Kelly in grad school at the University of Iowa, and we've managed to keep the friendship going, despite her living in Seattle, and me being back here (what DID we do before e-mail??!!)!
She has family in the area, and was here for a wedding, so we were able to get together between "functions". I LOVE friendships in which you can "pick up where you left off"...no matter how much time has passed. Our friendship is like that...as if we hadn't had any time between conversations at all! Kelly is an absolute HOOT, and it was a great chance to catch up on the last couple of years.
Meanwhile, back at the Nordhues, Robin, Ashley, and the girls went to the outlet mall in Albertville. We were supposed to go to the corn maze Saturday afternoon, but, to be honest, I was OKAY with having the day to get caught up on things, and spend time with Duane.
After Kelly left, Duane and I went to Lindstrom and Chisago Lakes to look in some antique stores we saw on our way back from Taylor's Falls a few weeks ago. The trees are really starting to turn, so there was some GORGEOUS scenery as we got the Riviera out of storage, and drove up Interstate 35. Unfortunately, there were about NINE THOUSAND other vehicles out enjoying the scenery as well, so the traffic was NOT fun.
Saturday night, Dave, Ashley, and the girls came over and we went to the Italian Pie Shoppe for pizza (LOVE THAT PLACE TOO!), then back to my place to hang out for awhile (Robin had a Tupperware thing, so couldn't join us).
Now it's Sunday morning, Ashley is on her way back to Ames, Kelly is getting ready to fly back to Seattle, Dave is getting ready to leave AGAIN for another business trip to Chicago, and I'm going to sit around in a daze all day, make another batch of cheddar buttermilk herb scones, read the Sunday paper with my honey, and try to recover from the last three days. I think I'm getting old...!
Hope YOUR weekend was full of crazy busy fun too!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
I DO however LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Tina Fey's portrayals of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live! Last night's version of the vice presidential debates was HILARIOUS! My new favorite line is "oh...are we not doin' the talent portion?!" (after which she proceeds to pull out a flute, and play a few notes for the crowd). My OLD favorite line was from the FIRST Sarah Palin/Hilary Clinton skit, when they were talking about foreign policy, and Sarah's contribution to the discussion was "I can see Russia from my house!".