Thursday, October 30, 2008

Here I am, rock me like a hurricane...

The weird things that pop into your head while thinking about blogging.

We traveled to Minneapolis last Friday. We got into town around 7:30 and hit up the Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery. It was kinda snobby in there. The beer I had was good, but not excellent. Duane had 2 beers, and liked 1 a lot. We moved onto the next place, Stub and Herb's, which was near campus. It was formerly a total college bar but has been renovated up a notch. The atmosphere was a lot nicer. We met up with this guy that Duane was trading beer with. He was wear a hoodie with beagles all over it and his handle on the beer trading site is regalbeagle. Was he a little weird you ask? Yes, just slightly off. We had good beer there, even having a pint of the special beer we were picking up the next day. This did involve talking to the beagle guy for way longer than we wanted to though. Duane also gyyped the waitress (by mistake) and got me to steal a pint glass.

We got to the hotel with no trouble (downtown Hyatt $50/night on Priceline) and checked in. It was a very nice and comfortable room, despite the wireless (not free) access sucking. At least they took it off the bill with no argument. The next morning we were up at 6am and to the brewery by 7 (yeah). It was a little chilly to be sitting in a chair for 5 hours, but it was an experience. It turned out later that they had plenty of beer and we could have gotten there at 3pm and bought what we wanted. I keep trying not to think about that part. After we got our beer ($300 worth), we went to another brewery for lunch. It was a cute place and they have good beer. Duane ordered a chipotle pizza for us to order despite the spicyness disclaimer on the menu. Holy Hell it was spicy!! It was almost too spicy to eat. Eating this pizza involved a CVS stop later in the evening for some Pepto. We went back to the hotel to shower and rest after lunch.

Our hotel was near the sculpture garden (think giant spoon with a cherry on it), so we walked over there. We then walked all around the downtown area. We were looking for somewhere to eat, but also just looking around. We ended up back at the hotel (after the emergency Pepto stop) and picked out a restaurant near the hotel (Nick and Eddie's). It was very nice (despite an anemic beer list) and the food was excellent.

We were up the next morning to travel to Janesville for some family time. We were slow getting out of town (looking for coffee and a LNT that was open). I had a breakfast sandwich from Sonic that was quite tasty but probably all my points for the day. We finally got out of MN and got stopped by a State Trooper! It was weird, we were in mixed traffic and not speeding excessively. He ended up giving us a warning, which made me think that they must have been looking for a car that looked like ours.

We did have a nice family visit even though we were pretty pooped.

This week has been decent so far (despite the internet going down this morning at work). We have still been busy, but work isn't bothering me as much. I did hear something this week that made me laugh. We were in the new office building looking around and I heard: if Carey becomes our IT person in the future she can have this office!! Oh lordy, these people can't guess that I want outta here?

We have a Halloween party on Saturday and our costumes are not ready yet. I have a feeling I will be working on that tomorrow night.

Tonight is Weight Watchers (missed last week). Duane drank a ton of beer over the weekend and still lost 5 lbs! I don't expect to see a loss.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tuesday better than last

Well WW last week was not a loss, partly because I weighed in on Friday morning instead of Thursday evening (it makes a difference) and partly because I drank too much beer last week.

I have to weigh in on Friday again this week but I will not be wearing heavy jeans. I do work at the G Mansion Wednesday and Thursday though, so I will have to stay away from the food.

The weekend was good. Friday involved a movie, a good dinner, and too much beer. Saturday was corn maze and pumpkin carving day. The corn maze was oddly anticlimatic. The last time we went it was night time (much spookier and harder to navigate) and this time it was day time. Last time was with friends and this time was with some of Duane's coworkers. Pumpkin carving was fun though and we ended up with some yummy toasted seeds.

I watched My Own Worst Enemy last night and thought that it was much better than the first episode. Smoother and less cheesy. I am not missing 90210 (or Knight Rider which I have given up on). I am thinking about tossing a few other shows as well.

We are off to Minneapolis this weekend. Someone is watching the dogs so I really need to get to cleaning up the house. It seems like it is always a mess!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hey twice in one week!

Well work yesterday was not better by any means. Today has been fine, mostly because it has been slow. Maybe I should do a countdown till our vacation.


My Own Worst Enemy (Christian Slater show) - Not 100% awesome, but worth watching again. The spy version of CS was very creepy while the dad version was good lookin'. It has started off as a hardcore spy show more Alias like. Plot and dialog could use a little work.

Eleventh Hour - Liked the pregnant cheerleader from the movie Sugar&Spice as the hardass FBI chick. The science guy is a little better than so-so. They started off with a hot topic (cloning babies) and didn't distort the science of it too badly. I will watch it again next week.

90210 was not on this week and I didn't miss it. I will be taking it off the DVR list.

Tomorrow is weigh in. We shall see how it goes. It should be a loss, but probably not a huge one.

Monday, October 13, 2008

My mood

My mood is not anything remotely related to "good" or "happy" at this moment, but I am posting anyway.

I am enjoying the new show Valentine on the CW and 90210 still sucks. The Mentalist and Fringe are 2 outstanding new tv shows. I haven't watched the Eleventh hour yet, so I can't comment on that one. Christian Slater is on tonight, so that is something to be happy about.

I was down 1.2 lbs at WWs this past week for a net loss of .6 (I was up .6 the week before). I am going to have to go to the gym at some point if I want this to move any faster. The reward at 15 lbs is a tattoo and I am already behind by a couple of lbs to my WWs partner.

We went to an apple orchard on Saturday and got a shit ton of yummy apples. The afternoon probably would have been a little better if the other people we invited hadn't been over an hour late. We then had a yummy dinner (flank steak and chimchurri).

Sunday was pretty uneventful. There was some cleaning and some laying around feeling like doing absolutely nothing but catching up on some tv watching. The weather was warm for the weekend so that was nice. We are heading back into regular fall weather so it will be time to switch the closets. I did get a garbage bag full of clothes out of the current closet, but I need to do the other closet. I was thinking about clothes shopping after work, but I am not sure if I still feel like it.

Mondays suck.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Geez Louise

I didn't realize that it had been that long since I posted. Duane is down 20 lbs and I am down 7 lbs. Last week was a bust for me as far as WWs goes. I worked at the Governor's Mansion twice and I ate a days worth of points in Brie the night before weigh in. Whoops!

The tv is getting scary. I think I have 18 or 19 shows that we watch. 90210 has gotten a smidge better, but may have to drop off the list. I just can't imagine why they put the effort into bringing that show back and then have it be so lackluster. The Mentalist is an awesome show, and is going into regular rotation. I was looking forward to Knight Rider, but it is terrible (awful, no good, waste of energy). They cancel the Bionic Woman for this crap? I just watched Valentine last night on the CW and it is a cute, funny show. Cannot wait for the new Christian Slater show which starts next week.

Duane and I successfully completed a charity bike ride at Tyranena (local brewery) on Saturday. Duane biked 26 miles (with lots of hills) and I biked 18 miles. I was pretty much by myself out in the country and it was a nice ride. I wanted to quit at mile 12, but I pushed through.

I am on the edge of a head cold, and trying to keep it at bay with Airborne. My eyes are all gunked up too. I have a 5 hour roundtrip drive tomorrow for a 4 hour training session. At least I don't have to drive. I do, however, have to get up way earlier than I would ever get up on purpose.

No laptop for me at work yet and it is back to super sucking. Mornings have been awesome when I get up and think about how I really don't want to go to work and how am I even go to figure out what to wear when I really don't want to go? I am doing a big closet purge tonight. I have too many things I do not wear. Some new clothes might make me feel a bit better.
Duane is in St. Louis till Wednesday night.

Better go look like I am working.