Sunday, September 27, 2009

I Say It's My Birthday,,,

It's My Sister's Birthday Too!

That's what happens when you have a twin. Many years ago, my sister and I grew tired of duking it out in the womb for room. She shoved me aside and emerged into the world and before she could warn me that it was cold and bright and loud out there, I followed her.

And now we celebrate.

First stop for birthday celebration was Psycho Suzi's on Friday night, where some friends joined me and David for large drinks and little pickles wrapped in cream cheese and ham.

That's me with my very large, flaming drink. At first it seemed awfully strong, but I got used to it. As a birthday present, the Tiki gods smiled on me and allowed me to wake up the next morning hangover free. Yay!

Saturday we headed to the 'burbs where my Dad and Kathy took us to a Japanese steakhouse, where we were serenaded while wearing this odd mask.

That was fun.

Here's all of us, full of steak and shrimp and salmon and lots of fried rice.

It was fun evening, and capped off with something only my sister and I would enjoy (trust me, her husband was less than excited about it). A trip to Target! A chance to roam around, just the two of us. It doesn't happen much anymore. We were pretty excited. Yup...doesn't take much to make us happy.

Happy Birthday, Sis! I'm so glad to be able to go through life you with you! Thanks for being the brave one all those years ago and deciding to see what life was like on the outside. :-)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Biking, Biking, Biking

There hasn't been too much knitting or blogging going on around here lately. There has been a lot of biking, so I'll update you all a bit about that. I know my brother and sister-in-law are into biking, so this post is sort of for them.

Labor Day, David and I and our friend Kym headed southeast-ish along the river towards St. Paul, crossed the river, and then headed back towards home on the other side.

It was a beautiful day for a ride and we were lucky enough to see this bald eagle enjoying the day as much as we were.

I think we biked about 30 miles that day. The day was capped off with lunch at the Longfellow Grill in Minneapolis. I should have taken a picture of the area around the Grill. It is right along the bike trail along East River Road and gets a lot of bicyclists stopping for drinks and food. It was crazy how many bikes there were!

The next week, September 13th, we rode in the St. Paul Bike Classic with Kym and Michael.

The St. Paul Bike Classic is so much fun. We did the 30 mile route. There is live music and amazing food at all the rest stops. I ate so more fresh fruit than I usually do and the cookies were amazing!

We also took a side trip down to Crosby Farms Park where there were park rangers along the river with information about bugs and flood plains and other stuff like that. It was quite lovely.

In non-biking related news, we went to the Minneapolis Oktoberfest this Saturday and met Kym and Kyle. There was much beer drinking from a boot.

Sunday the 20th, David and I did the Minneapolis Bike Tour. Not as cool as the St. Paul Bike Classic. No live bands, the food was so-so, when it existed, and it started with a huge hill that made me cranky from the get go.

Then we got to the end, and there were cheerleaders!

And beer!
And Chicago dogs!

And this.

We did 42 miles total yesterday. It was six miles from David's place to the start of the tour. The tour was 37 miles. Since we didn't want to have a 50 mile day, we skipped the southern part of the tour, headed east across the Midtown Greenway from Lake of the Isles and then hooked up with the tour along the river. This worked out great! We got to the Midtown Bike shop right when they opened at 9 a.m. so I finally got some coffee and a pastry. Mmmm...

So, that is what I have been up to. I do intend to knit again...soon. Really.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New Uses for Knitting Books

Did you know, that in a pinch, a knitting pattern book can serve as a bedtime story? When Gigi and the Little Guy spent the night Saturday, he was not interested in the book Gig brought, so I searched on my shelves and could only come up with this.

Turns out, the Little Guy enjoyed looking at the pictures of little kids and animals...

counting birds...
and the truck blanket was a hit.

And here is where I am with Flair. I got to this point last week and just have not been able to get any further. Hopefully over the weekend I can get some sleeves on this thing.

State Fair, Take 2

Can it really be that I have not updated my blog since August? Why yes! It can. It's been a crazy last few days of summer around here: multiple trips to the State Fair, more biking and swimming, gearing up for the always crazy first day of classes at the fourth largest university in the nation (well, last year anyway), thinking about knitting.

Sunday, Gigi, David, the Little Guy and I headed to the State Fair. We were there about 7 a.m., which is a great time to go to the fair. There are hardly any people there, and there is breakfast to be had!
We passed by the Giant Slide on the way to Machinery Hill.

This is one of my favorite things at the Fair and Gigi and I went down while the Little Guy waited with David. As soon as we got off, the Little Guy ran up and wanted to go down the slide. He decided he wanted to go with me so we climbed the stairs and he was so excited all the way up. I thought for sure when we got up there he would change his mind, but nope...I held on tight and down the slide we went. Wheee!

Well, not so much for the Little Guy. He ran right to Gigi to be picked up and told her, "Mommy...when I was on the slide I wanted to be with you". I felt so bad for him. Gigi and David both said the look on his face was one of, "maybe this wasn't a good idea".

Fortunately, machinery hill cheered him right up! He loved all the tractors

and pretending David was a cow.

Then it was off to the Little Farm Hands, which is about the cutest thing there. Well, other than the Little Guy.
And to end the day, some spin painting!