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Friday, January 30, 2004

Time for fun

D.W.Q.M.: "Why is a mouse when it spins?" - the Fourth Doctor

*heehee* just a little something to amuse you on this cold, wintery Friday afternoon. :) (thanks, Jerm!)

You are Kermit the Frog.
You are reliable, responsible and caring. And you
have a habit of waving your arms about

"Hi ho!" "Yaaay!" and
"How Green Was My Mother"

"Surfin' the Webfoot: A Frog's Guide to the

Sitting in the swamp playing banjo.

"Hmm, my banjo is wet."

What Muppet are you?
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Tuesday, January 27, 2004

The Daleks' Masterplan

D.W.Q.M.: "Have you ever thought what it's like, to be wanderers in the fourth dimension? Have you? To be exiles?" -the First Doctor

Woo-hoo! Massive DWdvd release ahead for the next 2 years! I was checking out

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com and came across this article. There are 2 stories/serials set to be released, with another 8 planned from now into 2005. Yay! Also, somewhere along the line, they are planning on releasing 'The Daleks' Masterplan', a William Hartnell story. It was originally thought to have been unreleasable, because episode 2 of the story was thought to have been lost. Earlier this month, the BBC reported that a 16mm film containing the story had been saved from the garbage can and sent to the restoration team. Check out the story here. This now brings the number of missing Doctor Who episodes down to 108. The other cool thing about this find is that it contains scenes with charaters that have very little visual material that still exists, like the Doctor's short-lived companions Katrina and Sara Kingdom. (I'm not sure i've seen any stories with them in it...)

If you find restoration projects for shows and movies as fascinating as I do, check out the episode and archive information from Outpost Gallifrey for this episode.
posted by Romana1 on 1:11 PM | *

Monday, January 26, 2004


D.W.Q.M.: "Homo sapiens. What an inventive, invincible species...They're indomitable! Indomitable!" -the Fourth Doctor

My mom called me today to tell me that my cousin Janey just had a baby girl!! Yay!! :) A^2 is Janey's second child. My Uncle Johnny is really excited-he told my mom that buying baby clothes for girls is more fun than boys. (sorry, guys. ;) ) She also said that now he's caught up with my Aunt Pat-they each have the same number of grandchildren now. (apparently my cousin Robin's step daughters don't count in this contest-my mom thinks it's because they are so old- [they are between my sister and me] she thinks that Kyle and T count for her.) I asked my mom if she was feeling like she was getting behind in the grandchildren race, and if so...she better start talkin' to my sister!!! ;) Yay! Another January birthday for my family!! :) Another girl!!! Hmmm...I should really start to work on my family tree again...

Congrats, Janey!!
posted by Romana1 on 12:35 AM | *

Sunday, January 25, 2004

"This room is cursed!"

D.W.Q.M.: the Fourth Doctor: "Never cared for the word impregnable. Sounds too much like 'unsinkable'."
Lt. Harry Sullivan: "What's wrong with unsinkable?"
Doctor: "Nothing, as the iceberg said to the Titanic."
Harry: "What?"
Doctor:(while making a sinking gesture) "Glug, glug, glug..."

Once, just once, I'd like there to be a "normal" day at work this year...just once, only once!! It seems that so far, 2004 has been filled with nothing but problems.

I guess it has something to do with the sudden onslaught of books-we weren't getting any, complained, and now they're coming in huge waves!! As the backlog grew, we needed a place to store the trucks of books waiting to be received and the unopened boxes. Someone suggestsed the office that had just recently been vacated (after, like, 2 or 3 days) for storage. We got the approval from administration, so I put 3 trucks and 24 boxes in the there for safe keeping.

Thursday morning, I decided to look over the stuff and figure out what my student could do next when he came into work. I walked in and the first thing I noticed was the smell...
'Hmmm...' I said to myself, 'smells kinda fishy in here....' That's when I heard it-the distinct sound of 'drip, drip, drip' Slowly I turned towards the sound and looked up-a section of the ceiling had fallen and was dripping water-another section was obviously wet and looked like it was on the verge of falling... I followed the path of the dripping water, and my worst fears were confirmed: the chunk of ceiling had landed smack dab on two of the book trucks. "Oh, God!" I said quickly, and then walked out of the office in kind of a daze and said, "You're not going to believe this..." Quickly we removed the trucks from the office, I ran down to administration and was greeted by Gina. She asked if I was looking for someone and said that she was it-everyone else was gone. "Uhhh...you're not gonna like this..." She followed me back, took one look at the ceiling and said, "Where's the phone in here?" While she was getting ahold of Plant Services, Pat made a call to Sharlane, our preservationist-so she could assess the damage to the books. Amazingly, only 12 books were soaked-so she set them up next to the fan to dry out. I went in search of 2 empty trucks so we could remove the rest of the books and then clean the trucks that were hit by the ceiling. It was a pretty chaotic morning-not one that I would care to repeat anytime soon. Turns out the problem started from the third floor-probably from leakage from our supposedly state-of-the-art heating/cooling system and roof. Later that afternoon, Tony walked by, stuck his head into the room, laughed and said, 'This room is cursed!' Ah, well. ;)

I just realized (with Karen's help ;) ) that I never mentioned what my mom and I got my sister for Christmas. It was a model Carosaul with a music box in the base that turns while playing. The carosaul animals can be removed and placed in different orders. It also has a canvas top and mirrors in the center-it's approximately 1.5 ft in diameter. My sister absolutely loves it! When she opened it, she was speechless for a few seconds, and then said, 'Oh, WOW this is so cool!! She had absolutely no clue what we got her. My mom was really smart-the box it was in only had a piece of paper with it's picture on it-so she removed the picture, then placed it between several other unmarked boxes in her bedroom. My sister had gone in there several times since September and had no clue it was there the entire time!! ;)
posted by Romana1 on 3:20 PM | *

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Astro Alert

D.W.Q.M.: Ian Chesterton: "What are we going to see and learn next, Doctor?"
The 1st Doctor: "Well, unlike the old adage, my boy, our destiny is in the stars, so let's go and search for it..."

Woo-hoo!! A middle-latitude aurora watch has been issued starting today at 4pm EDT, and will last until 7pm EDT Friday, January 23rd. According to the
Solar Terrestrial Dispatch a series of complex solar events the past couple of days, including a major solar flare (M-6.1) resulted in a well-definied CME, headed toward earth, and should reach us during the wee hours of the 22nd (for North America, that would be in the evening hours tonight...) As a result, auroral activity may be observed in the northern U.S., northern Europe, southern New Zealand and extreme southeastern Australia. As with most astronomical predictions, you never really know, but if you happen to be out this evening, take a look up into the sky and see if you see anything. :)
posted by Romana1 on 1:18 PM | *

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

hey, isn't it January?!? ;)

D.W.Q.M.: "There's no point in being grownup if you can't be childish sometimes." -the Fourth Doctor

Ah, Christmas time-brings out the child in all of us. ;) I always feel sad when I have to start taking down my Christmas decorations. I always start late with this task-I leave them up through Epiphany (the 12th day of Christmas), but I always decide to wait to take them down after my birthday (after all, what's another six days?) Of course, then I think I need to wait until the weekend after my birthday to start. So, here I am, the middle of January, with only a couple of boxes packed up, taking a "break" from the grueling work to tell you about our Christmas in Shafer. *warning-long post ahead.* ;)

This tale actually begins on the 23rd-Al, who had to work that night, dropped off Boo on her way to work. I was just finishing up baking cookies-a batch of chocolate chips with candy trees and stockings, and a batch of chocolate and peanute butter chip cookies. My mom and I had been watching 'the Music Man' (one of her favorite movies) and were now watching 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory'. (*heehee* the perfect movie to watch while making chocolate chip cookies. ;) ) After they had cooled, we divided them up-set aside some to for gifts, and some to bring to Al's for Christmas. We must have set aside 3 dozen for Al. (Remember that-there'll be a quiz later.) ;)

The next day we began to get ready for Christmas-cleaning up, finishing the very last touches to the Christmas decorations. My mom and Boo made homemade hot chocolate mix which they filled into little snack baggies and placed in mugs for Christmas gifts. That afternoon we brought my mom's neighbor June some Christmas cookies and hot chocolate mix, and she had some gifts for us, too-she also fed us dinner! After visiting awhile, we headed back and watched one of the showings of TNT's 'A Christmas Story' marathon. (I love that movie!!!!) Then we got ready for the midnight candlelight service at church.

Since my mom was singing in the choir, we had to be there almost 2 hours early. Just before the service started, Boo started to get a little teary-eyed. She wanted to sit with grandma. She was able to sit with her on Sunday because there wasn't that many choir members at the service-everyone thought it was soo sweet! But since everyone in the choir was there on Christmas Eve, Boo would have to sit with me. She was at the verge of tears and I tried to convince her not to cry, that grandma would't want that because she would mess up her pretty little face. She sniffled a little, wiped her eyes and asked if she could have some make-up. (Earlier when I was putting on my makeup, I let her put on some of my lip gloss) I asked her if she would stop crying, and she nodded. I was very glad I had remembered to put the lip gloss in my purse before we left. I put a little on her, she smiled and then settled into my lap. *whew!* Crisis averted. About 15 minutes into the service I felt her head roll and discovered she was fast alseep. :) I absolutely love the Christmas Eve service at my mom's church. I'm not sure what it is-the choir and jubilee ringers, the readings telling of the tale surrounding Jesus's birth, or when they dim the lights and we all light our candles and the quiet and peacefulness that follows. What ever it is, I always feel quite happy and content at the end of the service.

After church, we gave Al a ring and she drove down from Shafer to pick us up so we'd be there in the morning. We piled our stuff, a sleeping Boo, and ourselves into her car and drove off into the night, listening to Christmas music. It was a very pleasant drive-since it was after midnight, there weren't many cars on the road at all, and you could see the Christmas lights reflecting off the snow-very picturesque.

When we arrived at Al's, she told us if any of the kids asked, Santa brought us in his sleigh. She then put Boo to bed and went to bed herself, and my mom and I started to settle down for the night...started is the appropriate word. My mom was anxious to set out some of the things she brought for the kids, so she was busy rustling around the kitchen-now, my mom doesn't always hear very well, so sometimes she doesn't realize what a commotion she makes-I went to see what she was up to, and was startled by a sleepy Kyle, who had come up from his room to see what the commotion was. He looked very distressed and said that it looked like Santa didn't come at all. Before we had a chance to tell him, Al came out and told him to go back to bed. Mom told her what he told us, and Al said that with everything that was going on, they forgot to get stuff for the kids from Santa. My Brilliant Mom, who will always be a kid at heart, had the solution. Every year they have a children's service at church, complete with a manger scene and real animals. After the service they give out bags with assorted goodies and she had picked up three of them for the kids. She also had several small stuffed animals that 'Santa' could give them. Al was like, 'Oooh! good idea!', grabbed a marker and wrote 'To Kyle, from Santa' on one, then gave me a funny 'what do you think?' look. Then the three of us gathered around the tree, and in hushed whispers and muffed giggles, sorted the stuff out. Al grabbed the kids stockings and we argued and laughed over which animal to give each child. Then Al found a cd for each of them, ripped off the wrapping paper, made sure there was no remenants of a price tag, and stuck them in the stockings. After that, we moved into the kitchen, got a plate of cookies, nibbled on some, and left a half empty glass of milk on the table. Then we decided to leave a note, and I suggested I write it because I could probably disguised my handwriting the best. Just as I was finishing it, Al said, "Wait!" and grabbed a carrot from the fridge and took a few bites without washing it. Her reasoning? Rudolf wouldnt' eat a clean, peeled carrot! I quickly added a 'P.S. Rudolf thanks you for the carrot' to my note.

It worked!!! The kids were sooo excited that Santa came, and left them a note to boot! T, who is a huge Rudolf fan, especially liked the carrot (way to go, Al!!) T asked Boo what it was like to ride in Santa's sleigh, and Boo gave her a very indignant, "No, I didn't!" Al, who was listening from the kitchen called out, "How would you know? You were asleep!" after that we all gathered around the tree to open presents. It was alot of fun. Now it was time to get ready for our guests!

Al had invited Shan and her family over for dinner (Shan, her husband Lee, the girls, her mom and uncle). She called to say they would be over around 2. As the hour drew near, it seemed Al was constantly asking, "shouldn't she be here by now? What if they got lost? If they weren't coming they'd call, right? If they got lost they'd call, right?" I was getting fed up and told her if she was so worried, why not call and see if they left yet? Al refused to do that, and went about working in the kitchen, barefoot. (wait for it...) She was in the middle of another rant when she suddenly shouted, "Oh, my god! They just drove past the house!!!" She then flew outside, in below freezing temps, without putting her shoes on to wave them down. There was alot of commotion the rest of the day, but it was alot of fun. When it came time for Shan to leave, SumSum refused to go. At first they were going to tease her and pretend to leave without her, but when SumSum simply called out 'Bye!' from the top of the stairs, the moms had a quick conference, and decided to let her spend the night. This was my first experience as an adult watching over little girls at a sleepover. Whoa-I am made to wonder were we this tiring and annoying when we were their age? They refused to go to sleep!! We'd tell them it was time for bed, but would hear them whispering and giggling in T's room. (all three girls decided to hang out there) At one point they were afraid of monsters, so I went in to check the closet and under the bed, and removed anything from the window sill that might cast a scary looking shadow. I reassured them that my mom and I were going to be in the living room, and would keep all the monsters at bay. I don't know when they finally went to sleep, but it must have been after my mom and I, 'cause in the morning, we discovered that all the cookies that we brought for Christmas were completely gone. LOL. When I told Al, she laughed and said, "Remember Shan and the mints!" That, my friends, is another story for another time-but if you ever run into her, be sure to ask her about the mints. ;)
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Monday, January 12, 2004

Afternoon break...

D.W.Q.M.: "My memory is getting poor. 300 years ago I would have recognized this like a shot." - the Fourth Doctor

Hey, just because I'm getting older, doesn't mean I still can't have a fantasy or two tucked away, right? ;)

You are going to Marry orlando Bloom. He will
always treat you right and is very romantic. He
will do anything for you. He is very polite and
has deep brown eyes and is very good looking
(which is another plus!). He can make anythind
cheesy look really good (like sliding down
stairs on a shield shooting arrows or wearing
pointy ears for example). Congrats!!

Which male celebrity are you going to marry? (10 results that have pics!)
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*heehee* Just taking a short break from the seemingly neverending, ever-growing pile of books that need to be received. I really was joking when i told my supervisor he'd probably have to hide the box cutters. ;) Things are pretty crazy here at work-for six months we were lucky if we'd get 150 books a week. And now...? While on vacation, over six hundred arrived. Last week another 700+, and this week, over 500!!! Yikes! Guess we have our work cut out for us. As we have been told several times the past week: job security!

I still have 2 entries in mind from my trip to Minnesota-just haven't had the time to sort and type out what I want to say...hmmm....my writing muse must be on vacation. LOL ;)

posted by Romana1 on 4:33 PM | *

Sunday, January 11, 2004

Route 8

D.W.Q.M.: Romana 2: "Oh, how I love the spring...the leaves, the colors."
The Fourth Doctor: "It's October."
Romana 2: "I thought you said we were coming for May Week."
Fourth Doctor: "I did. May Week's in June."
Romana 2: "I'm confused."
Fourth Doctor: "So was the TARDIS."

Earlier this week I was told that because of my latest Doctor Who and Stargate SG-1 watching trend, this was probably the third or fourth holiday season that has gone by with out the usual viewing of the entire Star Wars Trilogy. D'oh!! Can't have that!!!! So tonight I sat down and decided to watch the first, original, 1977 version of Star Wars on one of those ancient machines we call Video Cassette Recorders. ;) No new special effects added, no THX, no new scenes, no CGI characters-nothing, nada, zip, zero. Heck, this version wasn't even in widescreen, and although it is no longer reflected as such on the tape, on the box 'Star Wars' was written the original way, not in the format we have grown to love. (Oringinally 'Star Wars' was written to follow the same format as the scrolling text in the beginning of the movie-the first video releases kept it the same, but by 1990, the year of my tape, they switched it to match Empire and Jedi.) my tape has been watched so many times the audio is starting to get fuzzy and there is a little interference at the top of the screen. Yes, I do have the THX (released in 1995) and the Special Edition versions of the films, there is just something about the older one that keeps me watching it. This is how it was I first saw Star Wars on tv and fell in love with it. To this day, even with all the Harry Potters and Lord of the Rings, it is still my favorite movie of all time. Ahhh....Star Wars....

But, I digress....

Shafer, MN
On December 22nd, I got to see my sister's new house for the very first time since it had been completed. Early that morning Shan and her two girls(SumSum and Maddy) drove up to my Mom's from Minneapolis, and Al, with the rest of the kiddies (Kyle and T-Boo was still with us) drove down from Shafer so we could follow her back up. First car, Al, my mom, and all the girls, minus Maddy, who rode with Shan, Kyle and me in the other car.)

My sister truly lives out in the boonies...I'm not quite sure if it qualifies as Buttf@&*, but it's pretty far out there. By the time you get to her place, no one, I mean absolutely no one can get a strong cell phone signal out there-not Sprint, not AT&T, not even 'can you here me now?'Verison. My sister once said her town is so small that if you sneezed, you'd miss it. As we were driving along Route 8, Shan said that she could never stand to live out this far from civilization. Even though it seemed like a long drive, I loved it-Route 8 takes you right through several small towns/cities: Chisago City, Lindstrom, Taylors Falls are the bigger ones with populations of more than 1,000 (but less than 5,000...although Chisago City might actually be more than 6) and each one of these towns/cities is a sister city to one in Sweden. I love driving through the small towns-the streets and storefronts were all decorated for Christmas-Lindstrom even had lighted garland signs that said 'Göd Jul' (Merry Christmas in Swedish), which were hung over the streets. As we were driving, Al called me on my cell (still had the signal) and said, 'Look for the buffalo.' I said, 'Buffalo?' 'Yeah, when we drive by them I'll stick my arm out and point to it.' About 5 minutes later she was waving her arm frantically out the window-we turned and saw a buffalo farm-whoa, my sister lives out past the buffalo! ;) The farm also had a small store, so there was a statue of a huge buffalo next to a giant mouse with a freakin' huge piece of cheese. I wish I had had my camera out then. Maybe next time I'm there...

We decided to stop at the Cub in Taylors Falls to grab some pizzas for lunch-I was elected to go in and get them, and T, Boo, and SumSum all wanted to tag along. Since I wanted to be a cool Auntie, I said 'Sure,' not quite realizing what I was getting myself into...

After convincing the girls that we really didn't need a shopping cart with a car attatched to it just for pizza, we picked up a basket and all three of them wanted to hold it. T took one handle, and SumSum and Boo, the other. Because it was rather akward to move around like that, I ended up 'steering' them through the store. Of course, the first area we passed was the bakery section-they were immediately drawn to the brownies. Once again the 'Cool Auntie Syndrome', CAS, took over, and we had a pakage of brownies with little Christmas trees, stockings, and snowmen on them in our basket. Next they came across a woman giving away free samples-little donut holes and a small glass of milk. They immediately made a beeline to her. 'Ok, you can all have some milk, but Mom will have to pour it for you' (Yikes! Mom?!? *heehee* I didn't mind, though) Turns out they were demonstrated a new gallon jug for milk that was easier to pour. I was a little skepticle until I tried it-it really was easier to pour!! It's designed to distribute the weight differently, and I hope that Ohio dairy companies will soon follow suit... While the girls were munching happily on their doughnut holes the woman commented, 'aw, they are just darling!' Yeah, they were a handful, but they were pretty cute. :) We finally got to the pizza, and just as we were about to get in line, my sister called me and asked where the heck we were. My mom even came in looking for us! As we left the store, I asked Al where she had parked-she jumped out of the car and started jumping up and down so we could see her. LOL. Back on the road we go...

As we drove through Shafer, I started pointing out buildings to Shan. "Here's the city hall (small building), here's their jail, there's the local bar,oooh, don't miss the water tower and school house...and here's the fire department (indicating a small blue building with the white lettering,'Shafer Fire Department.')" Shan was like, "Where? Shouldn't it be a little bigger?" Ah, small towns. :) The development that Al lives in is still building new houses, but there were quite a few completed homes that were already occupied and decorated nicely. There are also a few families with children the kiddies ages, so they have made new friends. My sister loves the fact that they are out this far. The other day she said she went outside at night and could hear wolves howling-not dogs, wolves. My sister loves wolves, and she can tell the difference between dog howling and wolf howling. ;)

I love my sister's new house-it's a split-entry house. She has a bay window in the living room, and sliding glass doors in the dining area (eventually they are going to build a deck there) and in the basement. The girls have their own rooms on the main floor, and they built a room for Kyle in the basement. They also live right next to some wetlands, so there is a small pond behind their house. It's only about 5 feet deep, so this time of year it is frozen solid so the kids can play on the ice. We started the 'kiddie pizzas' first (pepperoni and cheese) then the 'grownups pizza' (supreme) and had fun chatting and making sure the kids stayed out of trouble. Maddy loved my Krismutt-she kept carrying him around and saying, "Puppy!" She even tried to feed him her bottle-I tried to get a picture of it, but I don't know if I was fast enough. ;) We had a great time!! :) :)
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Wednesday, January 07, 2004

A weekend in Minnesota...

D.W.Q.M.: "Trafalgar Square my foot! Not a pigeon in sight!" -Sarah Jane Smith

Ah, the first real day of my vacation, and what do we do? Go shopping!! My mom was looking for the spice Star Anise (i think that's how it's spelled) for some Christmas ornaments she wanted to make, so we bundled up Boo and headed out to Anoka, which had a food co-op that had the right spice. Now, to get there we had to transfer buses at the Northtown Mall. For those of you unfamiliar with the area, Northtown is pretty cool-it's where four cities meet-Fridley, Blaine, Spring Lake Park, and Coon Rapids. Neat, huh? ;) The bus shelters are nice-they are lighted, and can be heated during the winter for brief periods of time (it lasts about 10 minutes, but all you have to do is hit the button again to start the heat cycle over) Boo loves riding on the bus with Grandma, so she wasn't any trouble at all. Krismutt had tagged along too, so I snapped a couple of pics of the two of them waiting for the bus together. (BTW, taking Krismutt pics with a tot in tow is really sweet-she wanted to carry him for me, so everyone thought he was hers, rather than giving me strange looks. LOL ;) ) We had fun-we hit the Co-op in Anoka, then on the way back home, stopped in Northtown for a little while.

Sunday we went to church with my mom and I finally got to see my Uncle Johnny! :) (It had been almost a year since I last saw him) When you walk into the church there is a sign on the door that asked people to refrain from shaking hands during the greeting period, due to the flu that had been going around (apparently the pastor had just gotten over a bout of larengitis himself, so he was being precautious) When I walked up to my Uncle, he said, 'Well, we can't shake hands, but we can hug and kiss each other.' LOL. He always teases my mom-when she walked up with some Advent candles for my Aunt, he said,'Where'd you steal those from?' I chatted with him while my mom and aunt wander off somewhere, and after a while he turned to me and said, 'why don't we look for your mom and my wife? Or, we can look for my sister and your aunt.' :) Ah, I love my Uncle Johnny. :) That night we helped my mom decorate her apartment. If you think my place is overwhelming with Christmas decorations, you should see my mom's!! I definitly think i got my decorating gene from my mom. Her stuff is so cool. She has a little more space than I do to work with, so she can have 'themes'=she has a shelf full of snowmen, one of angels...she even has a tree farm! ;) (the tree farm was a result of a the different size trees she collected over the years-one year, instead of trying to find separate places of all of them, she put them all on a table, and it looked really cool. She's been doing it ever since.) Also, I am a big fan of multicolored Christmas lights, but there's just something about white lights wrapped around Christmas greens... :)

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Monday, January 05, 2004

and they say flying is the worst part of the trip... ;)

D.W.Q.M.: Sarah Jane Smith: "So, providing we don't burn up on re-entry and aren't suffocated on the way down, we'll probably be smashed to a pulp when we land."

The Fourth Doctor: "Exactly. Sarah, you've put your finger on the one tiny flaw in our plan."

Sarah: "Our plan? It's your plan!"

Ok, I know I promised more updates this past weekend, but I got caught up in a video game I rented, plus a few tv show marathons, hanging out with friends, saw the Return of the King, and I tried to catch up on sleep, so I didn't have much time to update anything online. Good thing I havent' made any New Years resolutions regarding the status of my web page yet. ;)

I seem to always have an adventure before I even get to my destination-and this Christmas was no exception. The day I left, we were under a lake effect snow warning-we had been since the night before, and it was to last until noon the next day. Nothing constant, but they predicted some serious squalls during the day. I spent my last day at work nervously looking out the window and constantly checking the weather report. Then I found out that good 'ole Bessie (for non-Who fans-the car that was to drive me to the airport ;) ) stopped working, and I didn't have the time to arrange any other transportation, so I would have to take the Rapid. Well, since my time was tight, I decided to walk down the hill to the Rapid station-wouldn't it just be my luck that one of those squalls the weathermen were predicting hit just as I was leaving? By the time I got to the Station, I was blanketed in snow and couldn't see a thing. The rest of the trip to the airport was uneventful, but I was not looking forward to spending the rest of my night in damp clothing.

When I got to the gate, I noticed the departure time was for 8:50pm, rather than 8:25-no problem, not too much of a delay. Cleveland had been grounded out during part of the day, so they were pretty backed up in terms of flights landing and taking off, and the airport was swarming with hundreds of irate passengers. I called my Mom and warned her-my sister would be dropping off Boo, and since I couldn't get a hold of her myself, I told my mom to warn her. Well, after about a half an hour, they informed us that we needed to change gates. Oh, great-last time that happened to me, my flight was cancelled. Whooopppee! :p I sat down at the new gate, checked the time-it still read 8:50. About 10 minutes later I looked up and it now said 9:05-oh, boy. I managed to actually get ahold of my sister, and warned her about the delay-she said no problem. 10 minutes after that, the departure time was back to 8:50. I didnt' even bother calling this time-good thing I didn't, because not long after that it was moved up to 9:00. Thank God that was the last change-we were put on the plane and before I knew it, we were in Minneapolis!

I managed to get my lugagge without a problem, then called my sister-she said she was almost there, and would call me when she got to the airport. As I was waiting I noticed that there was a major backup in the pick up area-and almost no security to move people along-I mean, come on-if your party isn't in sight, drive around!!!! Airports are designed for that! (at least Cleveland and Minneapolis are) My sister called and said, 'You're at Humphrey, right?' I said, 'No, I'm at Lindbergh-I'm always at Lindbergh'. 'You're shittin' me! Why aren't you at Humphrey?!? There's only like four people here!!!!' I told her I couldn't help it, so she made her way back round. I decided to go outside and wait-big mistake-considering how I always forget exactly how cold weather in Minnesota feels. (I have totally been spoiled by living in Ohio weather, believe it or not. ;) ) I called her and looking down the long row of cars said 'Please tell me you are almost here' Her reply? 'Honey, I can't even see around the corner yet.' She kept calling me with updates about where she was in the line, until finally she said she saw me and started waving frantically-I saw her too and started jumping up and down. (partially so she could see me, and partially so I could stay warm. ;) ) She was only a few cars away and was being blocked by a little old lady who was afraid to drive. When she finally did get close enough, she jumped out of the car, and we threw my luggage into her trunk and back seat, then I said, 'Quick hug!' we hugged, then she ran around to the driver's side, I ran to the passenger side, we shouted a victory shout, and jumped into the car. :) It only took 45 minutes.

As we are traveling down I-694, we come to an exit, and she turns to me and says, 'should I turn right?' as we are turning left. I looked up and replied, 'well, considering the movie theater that is usually on our left is now on our right, I think we should have turned right.' So we had to do a u-turn. When we finally got to our Mom's, we walked in, and Boo, who was sitting on the couch with Grandma, lept off the couch, ran right past her own mommy and jumped into my arms in a bear hug before I even had my coat off!! :) :) :) That so made the struggles it took to get there worth it. :) :) :)

Hopefully i will be able to bring you more tales from Minnesota soon. :) (and i'm sure Jerm just can't wait. ;) ) LOL.
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