Thursday, December 31, 2009
I should take pictures of the snow piles here. It makes the KC white christmas look SORRY. And they won't be going anywhere, as we will be ringing in the new year with a low of -15, and a low of -25 later this weekend.
Well, it's been a helluva 2009. I particularly enjoyed the part where I married Paul because he's the bestest. He is being a wonderful househusband this week while I am at work - cleaning, cooking, doing the shopping. I still won't let him near my laundry though. But he is such a good grocery shopper that I am trying to make this his job.
We are having some friends over tonight, so we'll be safe and sound in our basement. Everyone else be safe, call cabs if necessary, etc etc. Happy New Year!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
I am carefully monitering the forecast so as to plan my trip south accordingly. All of the presents are wrapped and packed and ready to go. I have the Dady & Garner holiday party tonight. I was the official party planner this year, so let's hope that everyone has a good time. Otherwise, they'll come bitching at me. Luckily, my budget included an open bar, so that should help.
Tomorrow we have Paul's family for Christmas at our house. It's going to be insane, a true exercise in domestication. I think there are going to be 20 people or so. I am little nervous. Paul is going to clean tomorrow and I am going to get the food together. Not too much cooking involved, and hopefully some people will bring some stuff. That's the plan, anyway.
Alright all, weather permitting, we'll be on the road on Wednesday morning. Charlie Brown is excited to see you all. He wants to give you all hugs and kisses.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Mom, can you go over to Kevin's and take pictures of his puppy and put them on the blog, or email them to me and I will put the on the blog? I hear that Kev named the sweet baby "Rampage." Personally, I liked Mario.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
It was nice to see all the fam this weekend, despite the somber occassion. I say we continue to celebration of Grandma K's life through the Xmas season.
Grandma H provided Paul and I with quite the Holiday decoration: a giant Snoopy in a Santa suit. And I mean GIANT. It's sitting on the couch in our family room. Charlie Brown (the dog) is afraid of it. He likes to sit by the couch and bark at it. I love it. It is very festive, and fun to cuddle with.
Anyway, I am almost finished with my Xmas shopping, and hope that you all can say the same. Except for pd. I have not gotten him anything. Argg.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
It sounds like you all had a nice Thanksgiving. I hear Katie got domesticated, apple pie style. Only 8 more days of illegality, my dear. Congrats, you made it.
DK, how was your birthday? Did the Jayhawks ruin it with their sad loss to Mizzou? I watched most of that game, and enjoyed the first half - and then they blew it. Uggg. Basketball. Right?
Our Thanksgiving was pretty calm. We spent a lot of time with Paul's brother and sister in law, Mike and Heather, because they were in town from Duluth and we don't know if we will see them over Xmas. We made not one, but two appearances at Grumpy's. (Mom and Dad, Jess says hi and she missed you.) I worked on my general domesticated and tried to sew and knit some stuff. It's pretty fun. I successfully (kinda) sewed pleats into a bag, and made pockets. I like the sewing machine.
PD is excited for his first participation in the name exchange. I hope he can pull it off. I am ready for Christmas. I am taking Wed-Mon off work, so that should be nice. Right now, I am suffering from a bit of a cold, but I guess that is good - get it out of my system between the holidays, right?
Well, sorry for the somewhat boring post. OH YEAH I hung xmas lights on a bush outside my house. It is sweet. And we put our tree up. And I want to buy more xmas decorations, so I think that I am going to go to Target over lunch and do just that. Fun!
Happy Holidays to all. C. Brown says hi. He's adorable and can't wait to see you all at xmas.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
I'm super excited about my birthday, I got really cool gifts from mom and dad - and I got a little of my Christmas shopping done with dad on Saturday! I'm super excited to have everyone home again for the holidays, I love Christmas!
Mary - sorry you missed the giving of thanks, I ate extra sweet potatoes for you. And you didn't get to experience my apple pie, but maybe I'll make one for Christmas.
Danny - I hope you had a good birthday - sorry the Hawks couldn't deliver a victory - a safety?! REALLY MISSOURI!?!? I mean come on...
Kevin and Andrew - I had fun hangin out with you guy this weekend, I'll see you on Christmas - good luck with work and stuff during the holiday season!
Sean - see you in like....I dunno - a couple hours.
Mom and dad - Thank you SO much for all you did for us this weekend. I LOVE my birthday gifts and I had a lot of fun putting up the christmas lights and tree. Dinner was AMAZINGLY delicious and spending time iwth you two is always my favorite part of the holiday!
Family - LOVE YOU ALL. Everyone stay happy and healthy! UPDATE THE BLOG!!!!!!!!!! I like to know what you are doing instead of just boring you with me doing nothing...soooo ya.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
I'm so excited to go home for Thanksgiving, I was afraid I wouldn't be able to because of the good Old Chicago, but I got my shifts covered luckily! School is finally starting to slow down after a few CRAZY weeks, but it is luckily getting better - this break will not come a moment too soon!
I'm glad to hear that everything went well in St. Louis and in Minnesota! (well, except for Mary's singing which we all know isn't that pleasant!) Haha! And its great to hear that mom and dad are finally getting to enjoy the life they deserve and travel!! You go, parents!!
I'm super excited for Christmas when everyone will be home - I LOVE THE HOLIDAYS!! :)
Anyway, not much going on here, heading home on Wednesday night all the way to Sunday! Hawks basketball is legit, Hawks football - not so legit. And what is the deal with Mangino!? Is he gonna get fired?? Vote?
Rock Chalk, love you all! Can't wait to see everyone!
1) Mary, you should reconsider your choice of surgeons next time you have a root canal. You do know that your regular dentist is not qualified to do the RC, right? I'm sure it was not near as painful as our having to listen to your kareoke (however you spell it).
2) Katie - what the hell is a dichotomous??? I've never done fishing for ethics -- is it tasty?
3) Grienke is a stud - I saved the special in the paper for you Sean
4) Kev - thanks for returning my rakes. Oh, I guess I can just tell you at Thanksgiving
5) I guess we are definitely back to "just wait until basketball season". The game at Arrowhead is going to be less than exciting and after that, Mangenius is done!! Let's have a pool on who our next coach will be. Charley Weiss will certainly be available but hopefully we don't stoop that low.
6)Sean - BB season at the Phog is what you have been waiting to experience for a long time. I know it is worth it, especially with such a talented team. By the way, have you talked to Bob yet? If Greg Gurley and do sports announcing, then you are a shoe-in!! By the way, Greg Gurley's daughter is in the same class as Carloine -- maybe she could introduce you.
Enough about the previously crafted information. Now it's time for my update. Mom and I have been very busy as you can imagine. We did have a great trip to St. Louis to visit Danny and Brigid althought the time went way too fast. Lesson learned -- do not go to Wal-Mart on Halloween. It is packed, they were none too friendly and shut down my line right when it was our turn (all I wanted was some tums). We met Brigid's parents at dinner on Saturday night and had a really nice time (by the way, Danny paid so others should follow suit). Two weeks after St. Louis, we went to the great north to visit Mary and Paul and also had a great time. Lesson learned -- "Take a chance on me" is not a good kareoke song for Mary to sing. We all met up with Bobbie and Tim and Chad and Laurie for dinner on Friday night and had a great visit. I was disappointed that there was no snow for us to enjoy but I'm sure we will all get some this year.
Work has been really busy with year end sales push, establishing budgets for 2010 and 2011. Although the economy is bad, HNTB is expecting record setting year for sales, revenues and earnings in 2009. The preliminary numbers for employee shareholders is a 61% increase in stock value. Woohoo, I may get to retire some day after all!! Mom has also been staying very busy and has a pretty set schedule of babysitting and working at the Tree where, as we all know, she is a superstar!
Sean, I played poker up at Mike Fitz's on Friday -- 3rd place again!! Mike won and Vince took 2nd place -- he was almost strategic, which is very surprising as you know. Connor was there and I found out that he bailed on KU at the last minute and ended up at Northwest Missouri State. Probably a better choice for him. No wonder you have not seen him on campus.
Mom and I have a few trips planned over the next few months -- man this empty nest deal is kind of cool. We are going to New Orleans from December 1o through 13th for the HNTB Louisiana Christmas party. Flanagan's are going too so it should be fun. Then at the end of January, we will be going to Amelia Island Florida for the HNTB officer's meeting. The weather is not all that great in January, but the place is beautiful. Finally, we are going to go to Las Vegas with Pat and Lisa Ryan from March 17th through the 22nd. You might note that this is the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. Pat and I will be placing some very strategic bets on games and spending quality time in the sportsbook at the Mirage and expect that Lisa and mom will enjoy the pool and some gambling excitement too.
We are really looking forward to the holidays and having everyone home. Will miss Mary and Paul at Thanksgiving but look forward to seeing them at Christmas. Everyone stay healthy and safe!!
Love you all,
Thursday, November 19, 2009
2. having complications from said root canal that cause serious pain
3. remembering that i attempted to sing karaoke to "take a chance on me"
4. seeing people in north carolina gear
5. not getting to see the surprising close kansas/memphis game
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
"Zack Greinke has always been a potentially tremendous talent and we were all fortunate to watch him perform this past year," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. "He was everything that he and all of us expected him someday to be."
Greinke, 26, became the third Cy Young winner in club history. Bret Saberhagen won in 1985 and 1989, and David Cone won in 1994.
Zack is set to get married to his long time girlfriend this coming Saturday.
You do work, Zack.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Well, I will start my post with an update on the weather (because I know you guys care) and my domestication. It's really nice today, but that doesn't really matter to me because I am stuck in the great ranch on the sky (aka my ofice; those of you who have been here know what I am taking about). However, it is supposed to be sunny and 60 again tomorrow, so I think I am going to try to mow over the leaves and dog poop in my backyard in my attempt to make it look respectable. The problem is that I recently learned that garage door openers take batteries, and my battery is dead. Therefore, I have been unable to access the lawn mower. So first I have to go to Target and get a battery. While there, I might pick up a rake. Haven't decided yet.
So yeah, home ownership, sometimes not so cool.
Sean and Kate seem to be doing well, or at least still being gross on Facebook. I might have to close down my facebook because I have become violently ill as a result of their mushiness too many times.
C. Brown and Mouse are also doing well. C. Brown was recently named Best Pog in the World. Yup. Pretty awesome. When he heard that he won the award, he just started pogging out like a maniac. It was great. He loves tennis balls that squeak, destroying stuff, and destroying tennis balls that squeak. So if you are looking to get him an xmas present...he's easy to shop for. He also likes dog treats and whatever meat Papa K is cooking or slicing at any given time.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Hopefully the basketball team comes out firing tonight!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
-Two chapters of Child Development due with matching, study questions, journals, and multiple choice questions.
-A dichotomous key for both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.
-A multiple page microbiology formal lab write-up.
-A make-up fishbowl for my ethics class.
-Make-up a microbiology lab.
-A microbiology lab test on Thursday.
-Work on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
That is all I can remember for now, but it is a busy one. I hope you are all having good weeks, on the up-side, I'm feeling much better, and obviously back to school.
Oh well, that's what school is! Work, work, work!
Love you all,
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I've been doing a lot of sitting around, its getting kind of boring. The Hawks put up a sad fight today, it was tough to watch, but I watched it anyway. We'll get them next time...hopefully.
Anyway, I'm only writing this because Mary told me to, but there really isn't that much going on, so I wont make you guys read anymore.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
P.S. They saw through the bone.
Charlie Brown says hi. He ripped his dewclaw so he's been kind of a sad pup, but he'll snap out of it. He just got a really awesome new dog bed for costco (DK - they have awesome ones there for $20. They are indestructible. You just need to make friends with someone with a Costco card).
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Mary - I think that a Jayhawk would be the only acceptable costume for said party.
I don't really have much going on, I just thought I'd write a little bit since no one else does (with the exception of Mrs. DesCombaz).
Well, off to class.
On Saturday we went to a wedding that was not nearly as good as mine. No surprise, I am sure. We left at about 9:30, as I need more recovery from the Toronto trip. (FYI, no fishing in Toronto, but it is an awesome city and I want to go back).
Now, life goes on in fear of the snow. Things are relatively quiet for the next few weeks, which is good, as I am swamped at work. PD is busy with school and work. We need to get a mini fridge and cable back pronto, aka before basketball season starts. Very important. We are going to see Norm MacDonald do stand up on Saturday, and that is about all we have going on. We are going to a Halloween party and I need a costume idea, suggestions are welcome.
Hope all is well in the lower midwest. Check in on the Blog. Come on, Kevie, I am waiting....
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
- G Sherron (Can't get away from Sean) Collins
- G Tyshawn (T-Baby) Taylor
- C Cole (I eat Hansbrough) Aldrich
- G Elijah (Dr. E.) Johnson
- F Xavier (X) Henry (That's Zah-Vee-Ay)
- F Thomas (The Next DJ) Robinson
- Marcus Morris
- Markieff Morris
- Travis Releford
- Mario Little
The Coach of the basketball Jayhawks is the following:
- Bill Self
- "Do I" by Luke Bryan
- "History in the Making" by Darius Rucker
- "Toes" by Zac Brown Band
- "Fifteen" by Taylor Swift
- "Only You Can Love Me This Way" by Keith Urban
- "Big Green Tractor" by Jason Aldean
- "Why" by Rascal Flatts
- "Cowboy Casanova" by Carrie Underwood
- "I'm Alive" by Kenny Chesney Feat. Dave Matthews
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I am leaving for Ca-nah-dee-ah in a couple of hours. Flying to Toronto. I will not be fishing; I will be learning about franchise law and schmoozing (over free booze, otherwise known as boozing) with other franchise lawyer types. I will NOT be allowed to use my Crackberry and will therefore go through withdraw. If you need me, efax (read: email) or facebook me. The pog and pd are going to miss me very much. I will be at the the Westin Harbour Castle, which is a fancy hotel for people who are kind of a big deal (like myself).
Katie, I want another pair of sweat pants, no elastic at the bottom, prob. XL, what's the discount? Maybe pick some up for me and I will pay you back? Also, can you still find National Championship gear? I do not have a shirt that I am happy with. Otherwise, the DesCombaz household is sitting pretty with the necessary gear for the upcoming season.
Sean, I hope you cheered for Nebraska in the game last Thursday. I am afraid that your precious little lady friend might taint you.
Whoever's name I get better like knitted goods, ahahahahahaha.
Also, is PD part of the xmas name drawing now? I mean, ya'll were drunkenly calling him brother at the wedding...I think that he should be in.
C. Brown can't wait to see you all at Xmas.
Mary is going to Canada?
-She didn't blog that
I want to get a Crackberry.
-Thoughts on this matter?
In my Microbiology class I took a quiz on Friday, midterm on Monday, and lab quiz today.
-What is the world coming to?
Midterms are almost over, I am going home with Sean on Thursday for John Powell's service.
-Shoot Megan and/or Lakin a text and/or facebook message on that day.
The Hawks scored a bunch of touchdowns during the last game, so I am heading from my Child Development class to the bookstore to look at what I can get for a good price which it's hot. If I see anything that any of you will like for Christmas, I will buy it and strategically get your name in the drawing. :)
Well, I'm off. Have a wonderful week you non-bloggers, you.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
By the way, speaking of my new alligence to Minnesota sports (which extends to only professional sports and not college sports), how 'bout that Twinkies game on Tuesday? So much fun to watch. Hope they can pull it out against the Yankees.
Ok, but I have been out of the loop for Kansas football, being that we have not gotten any games on TV up here, but I just checked the standings and was amazed to see that we are No. 16. So awesome! And, Mama & Papa K will be making the trip up to Minnesota on November 14th to watch us take on Nebraska at Tiff's. Good stuff.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The chiefs of course have been somewhat disappointing but I am optimistic we will get a dub-ya in the next 5 weeks if not more than one. Just to keep everyone informed, I am currently dominating the family fantasy football league known as The Doodles League. After I take care of uncle Matt this weekend, I will still be the only undefeated team.
Katie and Sean have been in town once or twice each sine I've been around so it was nice to see them. I got to see Kevin at the royals game last weekend for their last home series. Other than that, I am basically learning all I can each day as I push towards graduation in May.
Oh yea, the American Society of Health-system Pharmacists has a yearly meeting that displays all the residencies for the following year. I just booked a hotel and registered for it. Just need to get my flight.... to Vegas... I mean its not my fault they are having it there. Treasure Island will be a nice place to stay considering last time I went I stayed at the Imperial Palace.
I will in fact be back for Thanksgiving considering the KU-MU game is the following saturday. Hope to see everyone then, if not before.
Monday, October 5, 2009
But FYI, it went from highs in the 80's here to highs in the LOW 50's (if that) in about one day, we got no 60 degree days, we need to turn on the heat because it gets to freezing a night already, but we haven't even got the window units out. Sadness.
BIG GAME tonight for us Northerners/Vikings fans. Rock Chalk Brent Favor!
Big game for the Twinkies tomorrow, thanks to the Royals not-so-stellar performance in the dome this weekend. Go Twinkies!
I can't believe that all my Go Vikings comments have failed to result in a post from Kevie. Sadness. Maybe I am losing my ability to bug people?
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
By: Alex Beecher, University Daily Kansan, Tuesday, September 29, 2009
"Kansas sports has spent an inordinate amount of time in the headlines this past week. I don't think I need to tell you why. But despite the rampant coverage, people still have questions. 'How could this have been pre-empted?' they ask. 'Surely there must have been signs we missed.'
Indeed there were signs. Most notably, Tyshawn Taylor's facebook stauses ought to have served as red flags. Unfortunately, not many are fluent in 'G' around these parts. But, as anoted connoisseur of the thug life, 'G' is a language with which I am quite familiar. So, I've devoted this past week to translating Taylor's stauses, so the picture might become more clear to everyone else."
***Katie's note: Keep in mind family, this is a really, really small goofy looking guy, which adds a comical twist to this article.***
"Taylor: keep my name out ya' mouth for you get smacked in it
Translation: Do not speak ill of me, sir. Should you fail to comply, I will be forced to respond with violence.
Taylor: never get outta character .. I'm always a G about it
Translation: In my actions, I am a consistent gentleman. Thus you can be assured that I always act with intergrity.
Taylor: n****s be muggin me - you know I'm muggin back
Translation: It has often been said that ciolence does no more than breed further violence. I must confess taht I find truth in that. For, having been assailed, I responded in kind.
After these posts, Taylor proceded to injure himself in a fight. Following his release from Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Taylor explained matters.
Taylor: real n****s do real things .. point plankn
Translation: Whosever calls himself a man must occasionally take action to prove said point. This is a simple matter, and not to be questioned.
Taylor: I got a dislocated finger ... from throwing a punch ... so don't let the mews paper gas yall up aite
Translation: A recent Gallup Pool found that only 36 percent of adults fine media outlets to be trustworthy. Cynical though that may sound, I too believe that media ought not be trusted implicitly. And so, lest any newspapers attempt to portray things otherwise, i shoudl like to clearly state the circumstances under which I dislocated my finger. That is, by striking another man with my fist.
Having now shed ligh on these preciously dark areas, it is my sincere hope that Kansas Athletics can move forward and - through both the passage of time and the taking of proper actions - reclaim its 'G' status."
HAHA, I just HAD to type this and share it with all of you, I thought it was too funny for you all not to read. Rock Chalk G's.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Started off with some baked potatoes smothered in butter, cheese, and light sour cream.
Followed by an 8 ounce rib eye cooked to perfection, pappa k style.
Some squatter-nut-bash drizzled in some brown sugar.
AND - if you weren't jealous enough yet...
Mom made a homemade apple pie and with 3 pounds of jonathan apples and we each enjoyed a slice of that...a la mode.
It was phenomenal. I hope you are all jealous...correction...I KNOW you are all jealous.
Anyway, my life is going well. I'm working a lot still, pretty much all weekend every weekend. Classes are going well, my microbiology class is really hard but I'm going to get through it I'm sure. I am starting the long process of nursing school applications, I am applying to KUMed, Avila, Rockhurst, and St. Luke's. Hopefully you all will hear good news about that around...February. Ha.
Megan Mincher is engaged, I'm sure you all have either heard that or saw that coming.
Sean and I are...hanging...in Lawrence, dinner every now and then, but in general, the hawks are awesome and Late Night is October 16th.
Andy just turned 21 so we went out and had some delicious sushi, and my 21st is rapidly approaching (just so none of you forget!).
Uhh, lets see, what else do I know? .... Nothing really. I stopped off and saw my friend Lauren Goulding from high school if any of you remember her, she had a baby about a year and 3 months ago, so I was checking up on baby Emma. My other friend whom I'm sure some of you remember, Cadie Williams, is also preggers now. Yikes. But yup, thats about it!
Keep me posted everyone.
In other news, poeple up here call the Royals "lowly" (Lame). The Twinkies should be thanking us for beating up on Detroit. I have a growing headache and am hoping to leave work soon. The temp dropped about 20 degrees, if not more, in an hour yesterday, and it's now 50-something and windy as hell. And there may be frost tonight. Awesome. We don't really get fall here, it sucks. I pulled out the down alternative (no animals hurt in the product of this) comforter last night, and it's quite lovely. But damn, I hate Minnesota winters. Hate hate hate.
Haven't heard from many family members recently. Sean and I had a phone date not too long ago, and I talked to Mom last week, but the rest of you should update me on life.
Rock Chalk Vikings.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Like Mangino said "You all wear crimson and blue, you're all Jayhawks, so what the f*** is your problem."
Like a wise student said, "Save it for Missouri, you idiots."
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
No, I am not preggers. Everytime I have "big news," people assume that is the deal. Please remember that I use the term "big news" rather loosely.
I JUST SAW THAT KEVIN KELLERMAN IS NOW A CONTRIBUTOR TO THE BLOG.
Pretty exciting. I highly anticipate the first blog from The Big Guy.
No one but mom got back to me about the KU/MU game. Who's going to go? Is it worth a trip south? Anyone?
Weather should be lovely this weekend, 75-80 and sunny, but there's a fire watch for the state because it has been so dry. Hasn't rained in about a month (i.e., not since PD & I were at the cabin, when of course it rained amost the entire time). We are having a grill and chill tomorrow night, possibly one of the last ones. I am going to do yard work either tonight or tomorrow, put down some mulch where the dogs have torn up the dying grass. I don't know how to take care of a yard, other than to mow and pick up dog poo, but apparently it requires more than that, because ours is not looking that hot. I have taken to solving all problems with mulch.
I think we are going to have to buy a rake, too, and use it, as we have too giant trees in our backyard. Lucky for us, all we have in the front is a pine tree, so life should be good for that 1/2 of the yard.
I know this is terribly interesting to all of you. But now I must return to work and perhaps harrassing Sean and Kate on facebook, one of my favorite passtimes.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
We've been working in the upstairs bathroom - floor tile is down but not grouted, celing is painted and 1/2 of the beadboard is up. Slowly but surely we are making progress and hopefully it will be done by the Holidays! We had all the trees trimmed this week around the house and had the one down by the shed cut down completely, which really makes a difference.
Mom is coming downtown to have lunch with me tomorrow -- we plan to eat outside since the weather is so beautiful. I'm looking forward to getting a whole lunch hour or more instead of the usual 15 minutes at my desk. We are going to Mathew (the baby) Beck's wedding on Saturday. It's a 1:30 wedding but the reception is not until 6:00 -- guess I can work in the bathroom in between! Unfortunately this means I can't get up to L-town for the FB game but at least its on TV this week so I can watch the first half or so.
How about them Royals fnally getting some runs for Zack Grienke? if they could do that for his final 3 starts, he could win the Cy Young (PD, that is a baseball award for the best pitcher in the league). Like Sean, Andrew and I are still following the team hoping that they will not break 100 in the "L" column this year. Disappointing but there is always next year.
Well I hope everyone has a GREAT weekend - could be the last nice one in the great North!! Be safe. I love you all,
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Brig and I have started to play a little golf. It's actually pretty fun - although she gets more frustrated than I do, which is kind of surprising considering my competitiveness with sports.
Mom and Dad are coming in town for a night in October - so that should be fun. I think Smokey and B Hansen are coming in next weekend because Brig will be in NYC for a bachelorette party. B has never been here - so it will be nice to show him some of the city and possibly go to a baseball game. It's weird being in a town with a good team.
Any and all are welcome whenever you would like. Andrew - you should still try to come over while you're living in K.C. I'm sure Kevin will come sometime before winter (he was supposed to in August).
Hope all is well. Katie and Sean - glad to hear things are going well in L-town. Stay away from the swine flu!
Monday, September 7, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I hope everything is going well for everyone, my 21st birthday is quickly approaching. I'm excited to finally turn 21, but I feel like I am growing up so fast! I apply for nursing school in October, so there are going to be a lot of life changing experiences going on for me here pretty quickly. Just gotta believe I can do it and keep trucking through!
I miss you all and I'm sad we are going through this drought where I probably won't see many of you because it is always that way between summer and Thanksgiving. But I can't wait until we all get to get together again, I miss you all very much.
I love you!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Things in St. Paul are dandy. Fall is approaching quickly - highs in the low 60's this weekend. Overall, this summer was lame. Hardly any thunderstorms (except when I was out of town - a tornado literally hit downtown Minneapolis while we were at the cabin last week). Only a handful of days in the 90's, and it's still only 55 or so when I got to work in the morning. Add that to the fact that this past winter was about 10 months long and I am still shivering from it, and you can see why I am not that excited for fall. I am also realizing that we are going to have to buy a rake...sounds like a husband job to me.
The state fair starts on Thursday. People here love the state fair. It is INSANE. Seriously, they wait all year for it. We'll probably go this year, considering that we live, literally, across the street from the fair grounds. This location, while wonderful for transporting yourself to the fair, sucks for transporting yourself anywhere else. 12 days of fun for Minnesotans, 12 days of traffic hell for MK and PD. We are going to have to use our garage for the first time because there is no street parking. Let's hope it doesn't collapse while a car is in there, or if it does, that insurance covers the car as well as the garage.
So yeah, that's about it from here...we have a comedy show tonight, a bbq tomorrow and a wedding on Friday, so keeping busy in general.
I would like to pose a question for the blog: Should I just become a Vikings fan this year?
Monday, August 24, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sean moved in, and it is really fun having him so close, he says he is loving dorm life, which is awesome because dorm life is the shit!
Mom and dad are still in N.O. and I hope you guys are having fun!
Football season is quickly approaching! :)
I really have nothing else to say, I hope everything is well with everyone. I just felt like writing on this blog because I hadn't in a while.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Just be who you are - there will be plenty of kids who are in nearly the same situation, and you know what you're doing or aspiring to do - so you're already in a better situation. Call me whenever you want. I know there are tons of things to do in the upcoming weeks as school starts, so if you have some free time, call.
Get your books, but try to have fun and soak it in as much as possible.
Not much going on here, although I did see a commercial for the channel ESPNU when I was at the gym yesterday and noted that EVERY college basketball highlight involved a certain fairly neat basketball team from Lawrence, Kansas. Seriously. Every basketball highlight. It was swell.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
After near certain death from the Kansas heat, I am back to life as normal, and busier than I have been at work all summer. However, PD, C. Brown and I head to a cabin on a lake next Wednesday, so that should be nice. (Mouse is going to stay with his grandmother Roberta.) It will only be about 70 degrees while we are there, but oh well, a lake is a lake.
I took a wild trip for work up to Park Rapids, Minnesota, a tiny little down where the lawyer's office shuts down from noon to one so people can go home for lunch. It was awesome and I think that I have a future as a country bumpkin lawyer as soon as I get sick of this downtown Minneapolis madness.
Not much going on otherwise. I am gearing up to spit some law at Katie's ex-landlord if he gives her anymore trouble. Esquire that, scumball.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I had fun with everyone at the wedding, sorry I had to cut it short, I had a headache and then had to wake up at 8:00 a.m. and work for a solid 9 hours. Ugh. But I made over $120 at Old Chicago that day, so it was all well.
Moved in and getting the place decorated! It's a lot of fun, this place already feels a lot more like home than my other place did, so I'm really excited.
Sean is moving up on Sunday, I was supposed to work but Andy (my new boy) is going to cover my shift so that I can help get Sean settled and go to Wally World with the parents and the newborn.
Love you all!
Friday, August 7, 2009
I'm all moved in to my new place, HUGE THANKS TO PAPPA K, and a half-sized HUGE THANKS TO SEAN. (Even though he ditched me to take care of his girlfriend, I guess I can let it slide.) But I'm really excited, its looking really good.
My sister, Mary, is in Lawrence today so when I get off work I am going to bond with her. You should all be jealous.
Have a fabulous day and I will see you all tomorrow.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Regardless, I plan on being in KC at some point Friday night or Saturday morning, preparing for the par-tay thing. I guess I have to Amy's wedding because Sean didn't get me a Toby Urban ticket. Booo.
Dad, I will get you set up on the bloggin this weekend, I don't know what happened, I emailed stuff to your gmail account.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
We will be travelling back to K.C. next weekend for the Toby Keith or Keith Urban (or whomever it is) concert. It should be a blast...
Really we are coming back sometime Friday evening and we'll be staying at Kevin's house with Bob and Hampton. Yes, you all get to meet Hampton - although he won't be allowed in Mom and Dad's house because he's a MANIAC. So - whoever is around on Friday, we should do some dinner/cocktails.
Otherwise, STL is going well. The weather is amazing and should be spledid for some relaxing by the pool on Sunday. Glad to hear all is well with everyone. Andrew - good luck. Don't let anyone overdose.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Apparently the owner of the car walked up to her while she was taking the picture and was like, did you hit my car? When she explained her purpose - that she is friends with an insane Jayhawks fan - said owner was happy to allow her to proceed with her photography mission.
On a related note, I was pulling into Target the other day, and noticed that the car in front of my had a Missouri Tigers license plate frame. Gross. Well, the lady was walking in with me, so, in Big 12 spirit, I started up a friendly conversation, noting that you don't see Mizzou stuff up here too often. I told her that I was a Jayhawk and tried to talk hoops with her. Like a true Mizzou alumnus, she was not interested in talking hoops. Wonder why.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Anyway, you all are doing sort of a poor job keeping me up to date with your activities (with the exception of my sister, Mary). So keep in touch and let me know how it is in Des Moines, and STL. It interests me. I miss you guys!
Monday, July 27, 2009
And then yesterday, I made this, also from scratch:
While I don't plan on quitting my day job quite yet, I think I have a real future as a tote bag maker. Now I need one of those green measure board things and rolly cutters. Mom knows what I am talking. Mama K, you should tell me what they are called. I plan on making another bag, unsupervised, with my own sewing machine, sometime this week. I was also so pleased with myself that I signed up for the wrap skirt class in August.
Other highlights from the weekend included drinking Mike's Hard Pink Lemonade (pretty good), taking a nap, and just generally kickin' it.
I am moving in to my new apartment on the 6th of August. My sister, Mary (I'm not sure if you all know her), is going to come down on the 7th and drink some beers and sit at the pool, maybe grill some food. I would like to extend the invitation to all Kellermans including Dan, Kathleen, Danny, Kevin, Andrew, and Sean. Please let me know if you would like to come and sit by the pool whilst drinking beers and eating food with myself and my roommate and my sister. It is the day before Amy's wedding, so some of you will be in town anyway, and it would be quite fun. Let me know.
RSVP via BLOG.
Or, you can text/call me. Hopefully all of you have my number, if not, we have a weird situation.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Three hours until the weekend, which is supposed to be mostly cold and raining. Ugg. Well, not cold really, but not the mid-80's the low-90's that I would enjoy in late July.
An update on Operation Domestication: I both made an enchilada bake and cookies from scratch this week. Pretty exciting. My wedding gift kitchen gadgets are pretty cool. The handmixer I got is even designed so that you can stand it up with the mixing part over the bowl while adding ingredients. Saves quite a bit of counter clean-up. I know you guys care.
I am going to be trying more enchilada recipes, such as the one DK so kindly shared on the blog. They are good vegetarian eats. Sunday: sewing class! I know you all are jealous.
We drove by the new Twinkie's stadium last night, as we were in the neighborhood after seeing a totally awesome coverband at a total dive bar. It was great - the cover band, that is. The stadium looks good, I think outdoors ball will be good for the TC's. As some Kellermans would say, it's neat. Rather neat, actually. Last year it snowed on opening day, so hopefully that will happen again, haha. That would be neat as well. Ya'll should come up for a game next year.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
And if you are wondering what Mousey would've looked like as a puppy:
Just reppin' good ol' L-Town. The knee is up and running again (well, not running, but its up). Not to much new stuff going on here, I'm moving out of my townhouse on the 31st and moving into a new apartment on the 5th, so I'm super excited for that. There is going to be a beer/pool day on August 7th at my apartment that my sister, Mary, is going to join in on if anyone else would like to as well, open invitation.
Amy's wedding is coming up, that'll be fun. Hopefully my knee will be at its highest rug cutting abilities. (Fingers crossed).
Not much has changed in the life of Katie since my last blog. I've been goin on some dates with some people - I've been single for months now, you all should be proud since apparently I'm "never single". I do have my eye on someone. But yanno, for the sake of all of your sanity I'm not making any drastic decisions. We went on a date a couple days ago he took me to the lake and grilled some steaks and veggies at the park then we went and fished until the sunset then watched the sunset and (never thought I would say this) but watched the stars on the hood of his car. I sound like my own country song. But anyway, it was a lot of fun.
Since then, I've been fishing a couple of times, I finally went and got my fishing license, ($20.50 at Wal-Mart) so I'm fishable for a year! I've caught 3 good size carp (gross!) and one baby bluegill that was smaller than the palm of my hand. But, that was my first caught fish at Clinton Lake so it forever has a place in my heart. :)
I'm loving summer, I'm loving life, and I miss you all!
I've been praying for grandma, I hope you all are too!
Keep up the good blogging!
"Good evening everyone, as many of you know, I’m Katie, Mary’s little sister, and I would first like to start out by saying how honored I am to be standing up here as her maid of honor. It’s been a long journey to get to this night, and I’m so glad it’s finally here!
I want to start out by telling you all one of my earliest memories of Paul, and I think I can speak for most of the basketball-crazed Kellermans when I say this, it was the first time he entered our notorious NCAA March Madness bracket and made two memorable decisions. Not only did he enter under the name Paul “Roundball” DesCombaz…but he also chose Kansas as the only number 1 seed in the tournament to be eliminated before the Final 4...which in the Kellerman family, doesn’t typically go over well.
I remember thinking to myself, “who is ‘Roundball’?” And when I asked Mary about Paul’s bracket choices, she defended him in saying that he doesn’t know that much about basketball or the Kansas Jayhawks. Needless to say, he’s been learning. Well because the Kansas Jayhawks didn’t get eliminated after all and ended up winning the national title, “Roundball” obviously didn‘t do too well, and that bracket is something he will never live down in the Kellerman family. However, Paul, as much fun as it has been and will continue to be to call you “Roundball,” I am glad the day has come that I can finally welcome you into our family and call you brother.
Having a big family has been a blessing for myself, my siblings and my parents, and in that family Mary and I fall nearly 8 years apart. That number has never made a difference in the way we have bonded as sisters and as friends. I have always been the “princess” and Mary has always been the “queen”. This was just our little way of sticking together even with all 4 of our brothers. It took a lot to separate myself from all the World Wrestling Federation on the tv, but those were the times I was always able to look to the “queen” as a role model.
Although now everyone is grown up, made their own lives, and luckily have their own tvs, I look to Mary now more than ever as the kind of woman I aspire to be for many different reasons. The confidence she had to leave Kansas, let alone Lawrence, Kansas, and head to Minnesota is the kind of courage and drive I wish to have one day. The desire she has for her career as an attorney has pushed me to work even harder for hopes of attaining that kind of success for myself. The time she has taken and the care she has shown to keep in touch with her family hundreds of miles away, has kept us all in contact, and for that we are all thankful. And most importantly, the relationship and life that she has made with Paul shows the love that I learn from in hopes of experiencing myself.
From the time Paul and Mary stepped into my parent’s house for their first Kellerman family holiday as a couple, I saw the way they looked at and interacted with each other, and I knew this day would come. I know we all wish you the best of luck in everything you do together and every journey your life takes you on.
To my new brother-in-law, we are so glad to have you as part of our family, but one of these years, you’ll realize that in that bracket you have to pick Kansas to win the National title.
And finally, to my big sister, Mary, I know Paul will take care of you the way a true queen should be cared for, and I’m so glad you found that in such a loving man. I wouldn’t have wanted anything less for you and I am so proud to call you my sister.
So, to Mary and Paul DesCombaz.
I promised the bride a few final words, so while our glasses are raised: I love you both, congratulations, good luck, and rock chalk."
Granted, I couldn't get through all of it, so at least this way I don't have to read it in front of a large group of people! :) I bolded an important part of said speech, which is obvious in this blog.
PD and I had a lovely weekend. We went to happy hour with some buddies on Friday. We planned on sitting outside by the river, but being that it was 65 and raining, we opted for inside. Sadness. Saturday was cold and crappy as well, and we spent the day running stupid errands. I went to a bachelorette party for a girl that I'm not very good friends with (but whose betrothed I am good friends with) on Saturday night, and then split right after dinner (Psycho Suzi's deep dish pizza, Danny has been lucky enough to enjoy this this fine piece of pizza art) and then watched the second 1/2 of Animal House with PD.
Summer kinda returned on Sunday...we turned the window units back on and headed for the sculpture garden and the Walker Art Museum. It was a lovely day. We then had a not so good lunch on the rooftop at Brit's. I keep meaning to bring some Kellermans to this place - while the food is subpar and the drinks are expensive, they have rooftop bocce ball in the middle of downtown Minneapolis. So that makes it pretty awesome. Or neat, as Sean would say. Then, I baked some zucchini bread, as my friend and I are having a little competition to see whose is better. Domesticated, I know. It turned out pretty well, I must say. Also neat.
In further attempts to domesticate myself, I will be taking a sewing class next weekend so I can learn to operate my sewing machine and make a tote bag. Fun Stuff!
Now back to my boring old job, where at least I have Sean's blog entry to entertain me. 28 days 'til we go to the cabin...and less than that until I make an appearance in the land of the Rock Chalk.