Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Playlist: Summer 2010

I've made a summer playlist for as long as I can remember... Enjoy the one from 2010!

Groovy Little Summer Song
James Otto

Undo It 
Carrie Underwood

California Girlz 
Katy Perry

Travie McCoy ft. Bruno Mars

Hip to My Heart
The Band Perry


Could it be You (Punk Rock Chick)

Our Kind of Love
Lady Antebellum

Lady Gaga

B.o.B. and Rivers Cuomo

Why Wait
Rascal Flats

All Over Me
Josh Turner

(sorry there's no video... you can just gaze at his dreamy smile while you listen...)

Stuck Like Glue
Sugar Land

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Independence Day

I was somewhat trapped in my own head this Independence Day, celebrating an internal anniversary between God and myself. But we did have a great weekend with Ryan's family in Eau Claire, celebrating together. Here are some pictures to share!

We decided to try grilling a turkey. We brined it first because we were concerned it would dry out in the grill.
Stay tuned for pictures of the end result!

Miss Ava

Ryan havin' a beer...
We had some fun with fire crackers in the driveway before dinner.
Eric's kids: Zennon (7) and Ava (5)
Dinner time!!
It was worth every minute of effort. Let me know if you want the details of technique. I don't care if I eat an oven roasted turkey ever again!
Ava wanted the turkey leg. It might be the best picture of the weekend!
After we just hung around until dark, when the Fireworks and S'mores came out!

We grilled s'mores on the patio... light off "s'more" fireworks... and watched a huge fireworks display in a neighboring yard! What a great and relaxing evening!
Uncle Ryan wanted to play too!

MaryBeth and Ryan toasting...

Ryan: Maxin' and relaxin'...
Zennon: Two-fisted s'mores...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Pizza Jackass

Yesterday McClain and I were headed north on Lexington to Erin's house. We were approaching University and saw a minivan stopped with it's hazards on in the southbound lane, driver's door open. Not too far behind the van was a pudgy white guy holding his pants up, running north, away from the car. We both stared out the window as the guy scurried up the street to salvage the Papa Murphy's Pizza that had apparently fallen off the top of his van when he drove away. The pizza was laying unscathed in the left lane.

This scene made me think 3 things:
1. If his pants fit, he could run a lot faster!
2. Are we on Candid Camera?
3. Remember that episode of Jackass where they put the [empty] carseat on top of the car and drive away just to watch people freak out?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Home, sweet home...

We signed on our new house today!!

Ours as of October 1, 2010
Updated address info coming soon!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Love is Cool

Even though I'm establishing myself in my new job with the Credit Union, I still have been serving part time on the side for a little extra spending money. Last night we had a 50th birthday party for a gentleman, and they went all out. There was a fully catered dinner and dessert buffet, with an open bar, a live band that was pretty good, and a Scotch and cigar bar. They rented full linens and a tent for their back yard with hanging candle lanterns and everything. It was pretty cool.

For those of you who don't know what we do when we say "off-premise catering," we show up with a truck full of equipment and food and set up the party from start to finish, and haul all of our mess back to our HQ.

The party was set up behind their beautiful house in North Oaks... down a huge hill.We had to push our carts and our food and our liquor from the truck down the 2-story grassy hill, without tipping anything, and then push everything back up. It took 2 people on every cart going down, and it took 3 people on most carts, and 4 people on some, to get them back up the hill.

Here's Mona and Paul pushing a cart of glassware back up the hill in the dark...

So the whole day was spent sweating from 3:00 until about 12:15am when we finally clocked out. The 6 of us drank almost 2 cases of bottled water, and all we could think about was going home to a cold shower.

By the time I got home at 1:00 am, Ryan was already in bed and I was going to take my cold shower before I got into bed. When I opened the bedroom door to let him know I was home, what did he have waiting for me??

Oh, yes... timing is everything. What a perfect day for the perfect surprise!

Hello, walk-in-cooler-bedroom.