Sunday, December 31, 2006

happy almost new year!!!

i had another awesome, awesome trip back to minnesota and am ready to bring in the new year in CA! just a few short hours until i can put 2006 to rest. i shoulda known better than to start 2006 with the attitude of "life is 90% attitude " 10% what happens to you..."

i'm also trying something're not getting updated on the last couple weeks...i'm just movin' forward with the blog. crazy.

Friday, December 22, 2006

growin’ up

it's my last night in minneapolis...this week flew by! i saw a ton of fabulous people and have enjoyed every minute of it. ending on this high note of a polyester party is the best thing ever! i even have a purple polyester dress to wear.

i wanted to comment on how a ton of my friends are all grown up...many have moved from talk of marriage to talk of babies...from talk of getting a job to talk of's awesome.

we all grow up in our own ways, eh?

Thursday, December 21, 2006

lercher’s new tv

it's ginormous

roseville volleyball court

it's snowing!!!

gary bloom was right

the coffee in roseville is nasty.
(they were out of green tea, so i had no choice)

it’s already thursday

time flies when it's action-packed " all sorts of fun.
and i learned to come to the office early to get some work done. seems i get distracted quite easily by fun people i knew well a couple years ago.
and the blog has been a bit boring this week 'cause i just don't have time to add much. i'll make up for it!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

the new coffee

it's green tea

from wiki:
Green tea enthusiasts believe it to be useful for:

Stopping certain neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's
Preventing/treating cancer
Treating arthritis
Treating multiple sclerosis
Preventing the degradation of cell membranes by neutralizing the spread of free radicals (which occurs during the process of oxidation). [1]
Increases fat oxidation (helps the body use fat as an energy source) and raises metabolism. [2]
Lowering LDL cholesterol (in high doses in lab tests)
Preventing lowered T-Cells due to HIV - In lab tests, EGCG, found in green tea, was found to prevent HIV from attacking T-Cells. However, it is not known if this has any effect on humans yet. [3]
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rejected claims of health benefits for green tea. [4]

"There is no credible scientific evidence that drinking green tea reduces the risk of heart disease."
"FDA concludes there is no credible evidence to support qualified health claims for green tea or green tea extract and a reduction of a number of risk factors associated with CVD" (cardiovascular disease)."
The FDA has said that green tea likely does not reduce breast, prostate, or any other type of cancer risk.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

food & people

my life revolves around food and people.
this is exemplified in far i have seen tons " tons of fabulous people...and eaten at many of my old favorites.

list o' mn favorite food:
Jimmy John's
Buffalo Wild Wings (BW3's)
Goodie Day at the Roseville office
Don Pablos (dip sampler!)

list o' favorite mn people:
you know who you are

Monday, December 18, 2006

california love

it was hard to leave California this time because of the amazing people i get to call my friends. seriously, my friends are the most intelligent, interesting, fun, exciting people ever. i am blown away by the quality of my friends...and the fact that they would choose me to be friends with. (you're probably reading this, cool friend)

i had a crazy last couple of weeks in CA for the year...really, i was out of control. it's mostly a blur, but holiday parties were had, finals are over and the semester was closed out with a bang of a celebration. i'm thankful for my friends who find me "fun" (hopefully more) and stick around. i can certainly provide some entertainment. of course, not getting let back into the bar was a bummer...but it was probably time to end the night, anyway.

thanks, all, for helping me see who i am! i value your friendships more than you'll ever know.
(and, minnesota...i'm here! and i love you, too!)

Goodie Day in Roseville, MN

I made it back to Roseville's annual Goodie Day, which happens to be my favorite day of the year (in Roseville). Check out all those crock pots " Hot Dishes!!!

Saturday, December 16, 2006


i locked the key to my bedroom door INSIDE my bedroom. idiot move, i know. i am gifted.

do i need to call a lock smith? other ideas? i've tried picking it with a paper clip, but i can't get the door to open...
(oh, and i have to leave for the airport in a half-hour)

Friday, December 15, 2006


that's how it feels to be done with this semester. i have all this free time now - i can watch as much tv as i want, read any book i want, make time for friends that used to be allotted to homework - it's amazing. freedom...i love it.

and i really don't think any semester can get worse than one filled with finance " stats busywork. i'm home free. (well...8 more classes to get through for the degree, but...)

friday funny


Thursday, December 14, 2006

communication preferences

(since i'm not in school for a few weeks, i figured i'd use big words to make myself feel smart)

tonite i realized i often choose email over the phone because it's not as intrusive. people can pick up my emails, texts or IMs when it's convenient for them. if i call, it's more in their face.

i dunno. i guess i just prefer to make everything easier for those around me.

this is a bummer when it comes to keeping in touch with my family, though. i don't email them as i should call..but i don't take the time to call.

new year's resolution #2: call each member of my family at least once a month

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

i got a sheep!

for Christmas, my boss bought me a sheep.

of course, it's through Heifer International, so i won't see the sheep. he's going to a good home to take care of that family somehow.

what an awesome gift. wish i got her something more meaningful than See's chocolates. :-)

tension scream

around 6:30 tonite you may hear the loudest scream ever. don't worry about it - i'm just trying to release all the dang tension inside me from these stupid finals. i really wanted to scream last night, but i knew finance was looming over my head...that'll be turned in at 6 tonite and i'm officially done!

then i just have to hope that i passed so i don't have to go through this again.

i look forward to this scream...i do.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

good luck buddha

i just got an ecard with a good luck buddha so i could rub his belly...awesome. i have good friends. and i love the belly. maybe if you rub your mouse over it, it'll send me more good luck...
(or say a prayer...again)

the end of my rope…

i have reached the end of my rope a couple days too early. my take-home finance final is due tomorrow nite and i've got my stats final tonite...and i'm fried. i woke up yesterday morning completely burned out " can't seem to shake it. somehow i "finished" my finance final and studied a little for stats yesterday...and now i've got a slow day at work so i can focus some more on stats. finals suck. this semester from h-e-double-hockey-sticks sucks. in 36 hours i'll be done with it all, but dang...36 hours is a long time!

good thing i learned a cool phrase when i was a youngin'...
When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Monday, December 11, 2006

jury duty

i was told that as soon as i registered to vote in CA i would be summoned for jury duty...and it has proven true. contrary to most peeps' feelings, though, i'm excited about it! i think it'd be interesting to get called in " learn somethin' about our court system. maybe even sit in on an exciting drug bust, or somethin' (no murders, please)

of course, it's not until the end of january. if it conflicts with my birthday month, there's gonna be a problem...

Sunday, December 10, 2006

this is how i feel about many of my school papers…

Typos are very important to all written form. It gives the reader something to look for so they aren't distracted by the total lack of content in your writing.
- Randy K. Milholland

(of course, this absolutely does not apply to my blog)

more on breakfast

i've recently made a huge discovery about breakfast...

back in october i blogged about making breakfast more of a priority, and i have. more importantly, i just found out how awesome oatmeal is. not only is it pretty dang good for me, it lasts freaking forever in my stomach. i don't get hungry until at least noon after a bowl of instant oatmeal in the's awesome.

eat oatmeal. it'll make life better....and the low fat stuff's ok, as long as there's flavor in it.

Thursday, December 7, 2006


i hate lines. i just do. if there's a way for me to get out of standing in line, i will...even if i have to sacrifice getting something i want. i just don't have the patience to stand in line.

i'm catching up on my stats homework before the final, and realized i missed the lecture on waiting lines. that lecture probably could have given so much data to make me feel better about my extreme impatience, and i missed it. hopefully the book can teach me a thing or two.

quote to start the chapter:
Standing in line - at the bank, the market, the movies - is the time-waster everyone loves to hate. Stand in just one 15-minute line a day, every day, and kiss goodbye to almost four days of idle time by year's end. Kathleen Doheny

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

mom’s famous beans

they did the trick again at today's pot luck! these things are awesome...and so midwestern people don't know what to expect. i did have a coworker ask me for the recipe, though, 'cause they tasted like her aunts in wisconsin.

start of an IM conversation

one of the funniest ways a friend has started an instant messenger conversation with me:

Who was the first person to see an egg come from a chicken's butt and think, "I'll bet that would be good to eat?

Monday, December 4, 2006

writing papers…

as i write this paper about some statisticial forecasting i did for my final project, i am blown away with the crap i come up with. apparently i've learned a thing or two about sounding smart. honestly, i don't really even know what i'm trying to analyze...but hopefully the professor buys into it.

1 1/2 weeks left of this semester...i can do this! (keep praying)

holiday parties rule

my company just knows how to throw a get me in a party situation with tons of great people all around and i'm bound to have a GREAT time. this year was a Masquerade Ball. JJ " B pulled off the costumes amazingly well...handcrafted by B. and slb was my hot date for the night. :-)

Saturday, December 2, 2006


roommate " i participated in a victim/offender mediation this morning...with one of the kids who broke into our house. he was the only one caught on the street that morning in july with some of "other roommate's" stuff.

i confess, i went in thinkin' i'd meet a hard-hearted kid who had given up hope in himself. i wasn't really sure what to expect, but i was definitely caught off guard. the kid truly seemed to hear what we said...and understood what he'd done was wrong. he's in a good program that's teaching him all sorts of stuff about living a non-criminal life, and truly seems to want to lead that life. i saw it in his eyes, which is where i find the most hope. we had a good, two hour discussion with him about what had happened, its effects and where we're all headed. my favorite part was when he smiled about the many options he has once he gets out of juve...where he can work, how he can finish school, etc. he's excited, and that's AWESOME.

life is choices. people make choices " those choices pave the way for life. this kid's got hope....he's just gotta make most of the right choices. (let's be real - we all mess up once in a while)

he apologized several times. i realized this is a hot button for me - people spend so much time apologizing and dwelling on what was wrong with what happened, forgetting to move on. IMO - admit it, apologize, learn from it " move on. we've got to move on.

roommate " i both told him we truly believed in him " have great hopes for his future. here's to you, kid!

Friday, December 1, 2006


i've gone baking mad! in the past two weeks i've made a birthday cake, cookies " birthday cupcakes. granted, i have a few burns from doing stupid things with hot pans, but it's been worth it. i'm quite the decorator, even!

yes, i bake. cool.
(it's all come from store bought mixes, but,'s a start!)

Happy December!!!

this is the pic on my calendar this month. it's my mom...isn't that awesome?!? i love that mom " dad get to snowmobile all the time now, and that mom loves it so much. we went ridin' one day " she totally flew by was impressive.

anyway, love you, mom " i can't wait to see you in three weeks!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

a winter without sports

i believe it was after i watched the Vikings fall to the Niners that i decided i didn't like football anymore. i'm takin' a season off. my dad tried to tell me that i was making a mistake, and it would be a loooong winter without i decided i'll watch the superbowl. that should be enough football for me.

now that the Wild have fallen to the Sharks twice, the thought of giving up hockey went through my mind, too. fortunately, hockey is in my blood, as i grew up in the arena watching my brothers, so i can't give up. i love the Wild and the awesome sport of hockey. go team! (now someone get me to a Sharks game when they're not playing the Wild so i can cheer)

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

BNL still rocks

i just love their shows. they're hilarious...they're smart...they're wicked talented...they're real. i think that's what i like the most - they've stayed true to themselves. they kinda seem like a bunch of dorks who got together one day to form a band, had an awesome time, sang a few songs and eventually made it huge (probably with the million dollars song).

and if i'm way off, i'm sorry, guys...but i love your stuff " this is why i love it. (suddenly, i'm talking to BNL on my blog)

anyway, it was an awesome, awesome, happy show! i smiled the whole freaking time. they just write fun music and make it a great time. lots of fan interaction...

you know you’ve got a good friend when…

...she asks the opener to sign your newly purchased cd AND a**.

let me paint the picture:
sandra " i cruised to the city right after work to grab a little dindin and get to the opener for BNL on time. you see, i'd heard from a couple friends that Mike Doughty was great " i should make effort to get there to hear him. after a couple songs and entertaining interludes, i decided i luved him. i sent jj a text to let him know i agreed with his recommendation " the dude was aweso. just needed me. (i do crack myself up) anyway, when Mr Doughty's guitar string broke, his piano player guy jumped in to let everyone know they'd be signing autographs after their set...and they'd sign any thing. so i jokingly turned to sandra " suggested having him sign my butt. i was mostly kidding...

we went back to check out the merchandise " ended up standing in line with my newly purchased cd...and after sandra had him sign that, she requested he sign my a**. he said, "sure i'll sign her a**." with encouragement from all fans around, i turned around, lifted my shirt " let him sign my lower back. (see? i ain't so bad.)

and i got a great story out of it. i was torn between having him sign my back or jeans...went with the back...

i just have to say it again…

without me, it's just aweso

i wanna put it in my email signature line, but if it went to the wrong person, i'd be in i'll just repost it. and use it with friends whenever i can.


BNL tonite!
i'm currently trying to catch up on their new stuff...oy vey. good thing i know they're entertaining whether i know their music, or not. and, apparently, i went for the best seats i could get...i ain't sittin' as cheap this time.

big night out in the City!

Monday, November 27, 2006

love without expectation

love (n): 1. A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness. 2. A feeling of intense desire and attraction toward a person with whom one is disposed to make a pair; the emotion of sex and romance. 3. An intense emotional attachment, as for a pet or treasured object. 4. A person who is the object of deep or intense affection or attraction; beloved. Often used as a term of endearment. 5. An expression of one's affection.

my new life to love without expectation. like God does. He doesn't expect anything of us...He just loves us. i have lots of love to give...and when i put expectations on it, i get hurt.

i'm still working on what all this means, but this is a start...and a reason for the title change of this blog.

gift idea

without me it's just aweso

Minnesota Nice

the Today Show just did a feature on Rude America...

they sent people out throughout the country to see if strangers would help them when catastrophe struck. mostly, bags ripped open " everything fell to the floor. it was a sad story until they got to minnesota - strangers jumped in to help a guy when his bag ripped open 15 out of 20 times. in new york, they sent a lady out with her skirt tucked in her undies, and very few people stopped to tell her. that's just not right...they were takin' pics " stuff. sheesh.

go Minnesota Nice! now all you Californians know where i get it from.
(ps i saw Caribou Coffee in the video...i miss Cari bou...i'll get some in a few weeks)

Sunday, November 26, 2006

thank goodness for friends

first of all, quite a few people asked me about Thanksgiving this morning...generally to see if i was with family. granted, i had an awesome Thanksgiving, but it did sting a little that i didn't get to be with my family. but the sting was little because i do have some awesome friends out here " was able to spend time with a few. and cooking with slb was fabulous.

now i've got a school friend helping me with my stats project. i'm clueless...i've spent a few hours on it, and i'm still clueless. he's cool enough to help me out. i'm really glad i've gotten more social at school 'cause accounting was nasty when i suffered through it alone. i'm not sure how i did it, to be honest. school friends have been helpin' me through both finance " stats this semester. let's just hope i can repay the favor when a management or HR-y class comes along.

i'm very thankful for the awesome friends in my life.

Saturday, November 25, 2006


i kinda/sorta made fun of my company " this band a couple months ago when i heard about it. well, last week i got a myspace message from:

Date: Nov 19 2006 6:08 PM
Subject: rockdotrock
Body: hi am sasha the singer and am sory if u feel that way about the band

go get ‘em…*growl*

today marks six months of a date-free life.
it's weird...for so long i've just had it in my head that i'm not dating 'cause i set this timeline for myself. it feels a bit like forever. and suddenly, i don't have the "i'm not dating for six months" excuse. there was power in was an instant "out." but now i'm just not dating...

i've grown a lot in six months. i've become more comfortable with myself. i like who i am now, knowing i'm getting better with time " will continue working on certain areas of my life. my Faith has become more evident...and more on the forefront of my thinking, which was one of the main reasons for not dating - boys tend to distract me from God. and God deserves more than that.

i still have my teenybopper crushes, but i don't feel i need to be dating. i'm pretty dang comfortable with being a singleton. of course, i won't complain if some amazing man walks into my life tomorrow...

i had to title this entry "go get 'em..." because the other night i told my school friends about my not dating for six months and cj immediately responded with this..."go get 'em...*growl*" hilarious.

oh, was kristie " God celebrate the six months...and it was good. i need to do it more often...the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the ocean, La Paloma, bakin' cookies, dyin' hair...good stuff.

Paul Bunyan

i just saw a Dodge commercial that featured Paul Bunyan " Babe, the blue ox. i thought they were a northern minnesota thing, so i had to look it up. apparently he's

his footsteps made all the lakes in minnesota, though.

Friday, November 24, 2006

another brilliant idea…my birthday

i'm thinkin' i need to head to Vegas for the big 2-9. of course, it's difficult with my coaching schedule...but i hope to be there 12/11 - 13 or 14. sunday afternoon through tuesday or wednesday. my bday's on monday.

it'd be most awesome if peeps would join me...shoot me an email if you think it could happen. i'll spring for the room, so you just gotta get there " feed yourself. oh, and we'll see a show.

fun times!!!

great turkey meal

slb " i cooked up quite the impressive meal yesterday for ashley " her family. they've been hit by many health issues, so it was the least we could do. me " my bright ideas, i tell ya. good thing i can count on others to help me pull through on them. slb did an awesome job planning it all out, and i pitched in where i could. we had enough food to serve twice as many people...always a good thing.

also, when i was at the grocery store picking up a couple things, i caught myself thinking about the others i saw...i hoped they weren't alone on this holiday. then i realized i'm kinda/sorta alone...i mean, i'm without family or sigother. but i don't feel that way at all...i feel like i've got awesome, awesome friends " am not even close to being alone. cool realization. it seems the holidays are a time people can feel alone...and i'm not anywhere near lonely. awesome.

i'm thankful for my entire freaking life. and the people in it. woot! woot!
(of course, it woulda been great to be with my family in MN, but Christmas is coming)

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!!!

Enjoy the long weekend " continually remember the many things we have to be thankful for.

I still love the holidays. Permagrin...that's what's on my face.

Here’s Your Sign

you've seen Bill Engvall, right? he's the dude who gives signs to stupid people...or people who say stupid things...

i have a new one for him:
"I got a new tattoo the other day and when my classmates saw it, the first question they asked was, 'Did it hurt?' I said, 'Nope, I am made of steel and feel no pain. Heeeeeeeeere's your sign."

More than just my classmates would get a's the first question anyone asks...

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

three superstars in one season! go Twins!

Justin Morneau was named the AL MVP for 2006!
Johan got the Cy Young, and Mauer took the batting title.
Next year is gonna be good...
Plus, they're all good lookin' lads.

more thoughts on peeps readin’ my blog…

my life is pretty dang public...most of it is posted here. this fact is a bit freaky, yet, i think it's super cool that i get to share my thoughts on life (kinda like anne lamott, but she's way better at it - and i'm ok with that).

the other day i blogged about my family finding my blog " i used the word "shocking." that was definitely the wrong word to use. relatively speaking, my life is pretty tame...and i honestly don't hide anything, anyway. i'm still trying to figure out why it freaked me out a bit...maybe i just like to think i'm a rebel. :-)

one of the biggest downsides to posting almost everything on my blog is that people already know about something i've experienced or thought about before i get to talk to them. it steals my thunder! last nite i called home and mom " dad already knew about almost everything i brought up.

oh, well...the blogging continues...and everyone who wants to, gets to read it!

(thanks for the comment, big bro. i'm so thankful for my awesome, incredible family.)

a recommended author

Anne Lamott - i love her stuff. i've only read three of her books, but highly recommend 'em. she provides a real, honest, witty perspective on the lives we live.

The 3 I read:
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith, 1999 (nonfiction)
Blue Shoe, 2002
Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith, 2005

I found this on her:
Lamott describes herself as a left-wing hippy. Her pale skin and dreadlocks seem to contradict one another, as does her foul mouth and her desire to raise a clean-talking, church-attending son. In short, Lamott is like so many of us, but she lives out loud on paper. She helps us see that we're not alone, no matter how screwed up we might feel. Her books are written in such a non-nonsense conversational style, it's as if she's sitting right next to the reader, talking up a storm. She takes her chaotic life and makes some sense out of it, through her undeniably affective writing talent.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

crazy day with sandra

Happy Feet is an awesome movie. The political, save the earth theme at the end is a little overdone, but a good idea. Also, the 5 year old girl who went down to the front of the theatre to dance with the penguins throughout the credits made our night...and then her father got up and danced with her. Now that's the kinda man I wanna marry...makin' a fool of himself with his daughter in front of the whole theatre.

We also paid a visit to this place, and they did this to me. Of course, I paid for it.

The things we do for a story. And to make sure our friends get their goal for the year taken care of. Yay for bonding with friends!

(family, thanks for lovin' me for who i am)

the Chicks still rock

'twas a fun show. the Chicks just have some great music and are wicked talented. i love that they play their own instruments...and have great personalities...and have lyrics that hit home...and put on a fun show. i don't really agree with all the Bush-bashing, but there's that whole freedom of speech thing we've got going on in this country. i'm not sayin' i like Bush...i don't know enough about politics to talk about it...but he is our president. anyway, the Chicks still rock.

lessons learned about concerts:
- BART takes freaking forever,'s worth scheduling out to make sure you don't miss the opening act (when it's a great opener like Bob Schneider)
- payin' for better seats is totally worth it (some obnoxious talkers sat behind eventually we stood up " didn't care if they couldn't about revenge)
- smaller venues are better
- wear comfy shoes for stand-up and listen shows

why i dig this blog

the other day i realized that when i experience things, i almost immediately start to think about how i would blog 'em. that sounds ubergeeky, but it's cool to realize that this blog pushes my mind a little...i experience things and actually think about them and how i would portray them to others...if they're worth sharing. i realize there are many, many things you don't want to know about, so i hold back on those (though i still write about some of them...hahaha).

here's to exercising my mind! i feel i've come a long way in the past 5 years, or so...

Friday, November 17, 2006

techy kristie strikes again

i got my new tivo set up all by myself...and it's connected to my wireless network at home. color me proud.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

coffee & me

i *heart* coffee. i do. i try to dump it every once in a while, but i always go back...and now i think i'm here to stay. one or two coffees a day ain't all that bad for me.

my favorite thing about coffee? if i'm crabby " feelin' down, i can just have a cup of coffee and suddenly i'm hyper and happy and lovin' life. just like that. mornings turn into beautiful things after a cup of coffee.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Cy Young Award

Johan did it again.

I love random emails from the just makes my day. I have a great feeling about next year and our young bucks (and Torii)!

parental reading material

tonite my parents busted me out on this blog.
apparently my older bro has been reading up on my life and gave the heads up to my parents that it exists. at first, i was taken aback. the conversation went like this:
dad, "i've been reading up on your blog..."
me, trying to ignore the comment, "yeah, blah, blah, blah"
dad, "kenny pointed it out to us...something about a"
me, "wow...i'm not sure that's parent reading material...uh...uh...well, i guess i have nothing to hide."
dad, "well, it's on the internet."
mom, "is that safe?"
me, "yeah, i guess it's public...and my name's in many more spots than's all over and someone could easily find me if they wanted to..."

and so it is. mom " dad read a bunch of my blog today. my bro's been reading it.
ya know what? now that the shock's over, it's totally cool. i'm super tight with my family " don't think much of this will be a shocker. granted, some of it might be...but we can talk about it.

love you, mom, dad, bro " family! :-)

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

cuttin’ people off…a ramble

in the past few days i've let a couple people in my life know that i wasn't interested in friendship with them, anymore. it's stretched me a TON, and i'm still workin' it out in my head. you see, i generally like everybody " will act friendly with just about anyone. i say i "act friendly" because there are a few people who i would bet call me their friend...while i wouldn't consider them as much. (no one reading this, of course)

i realized last week that there are a few people i keep in my life in hopes that they'll meet someone else i know " become friends. these people get invited to parties, gatherings, events...because i know there will be others there that they may become friends with. i guess i'm a matchmaker...romantic, or not. i like to see people happy, meeting new people. is that so bad?

i decided that it's bad when it impacts my life negatively. either by adding too much stress, or taking up time i should be spending elsewhere just 'cause i can't say no.

in the end, i feel pretty good about cutting these people off. since my break-up in May, i've really focused on making myself healthy. i wasn't a very good friend for a while because i couldn't handle anyone else's issues...but i've made my way back into a healthy lifestyle, i think. i love being a good friend to my good friends. to those who bring me down, i'm sorry...i need to learn to let go.

i have to bring my Faith into this, as it's where my heart is...God is Faith is all about i do my best to pour out a ton of love into this world. to everyone. every human is worthy of love. i'm slowly learning to put boundaries in place so that i'm not drug down or hurt, though. does that make sense? i hope so...there's gotta be a way for me to pour out love without hurting myself. (and that includes cutting off those who misuse or misinterpet it)

wow. this is one of those entries i probably should have written in my personal journal. oh, well...hope you got something out of it.

fun at work

[15:11] ghouly : Gosh....
[15:12] kristie_rsv: 'sup?
[15:12] ghouly : it's soooo gross, it smells like updog in here!!! >:P
[15:13] kristie_rsv: uh oh
[15:13] kristie_rsv: that's not ok
[15:14] ghouly : how would you know?
[15:15] kristie_rsv: just a guess
[15:15] kristie_rsv: updog doesn't sound like it smells good
[15:15] ghouly : welll....
[15:15] ghouly : you still wouldn't really know
[15:15] ghouly : maybe it's a flower.....
[15:15] kristie_rsv: wait!!! you said it was 'gross'
[15:15] ghouly : I know what updog is :->
[15:15] kristie_rsv: what's updog???
[15:16] ghouly : not much, what's up with you!!? =)) :)) =))
[15:16] ghouly : LOL, GOTCHA!!!

Monday, November 13, 2006

notes from Kristie’s life:

- tryouts for my 13s team went awesome " i have 9 out of the 13 i wanted already committed. that rules. i just need 2-3 more, and i'm set. i always forget how stressful tryout time is, as once i pick my team from the many that show up, i have to call and tell them all the wonderful reasons they should play for me. you see, they try out for several teams " pick the one that's best for them. anyway, i was quite distracted at dinner last night 'cause i was thinking about my team " i feel bad for putting my friends through that. oh, well.

- i golfed 27 holes over the weekend " now consider myself a doublebogey golfer. i am pleased.

- softball was cancelled tonite because of a few sprinkles. it's my first winter season, so i wasn't sure what to MN, we'd still be playing tonite. wow.

- my little bro's life is going better

- Dixie Chicks are in town on Friday " i'm superexcited!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 12, 2006


when i was talking to borsari about my homework and how i was waiting for a classmate to finish his so i could check it out, he said:
It's not cheating, it's working backward


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everyone should have at least three tide for home, office " car...ooh, maybe even your purse. the thing is amazing...just rub it on the coffee stain on your white tshirt in the morning and it's gone! no more embarassing stains to live through the day with.

Tide to Go. get one. or four.

Friday, November 10, 2006


i was told by my club that there's no longer going to be an 18s team...and i should just act like it was a dream. nice.

here's to coaching the 13s!

Meeting Bingo, from RachelH

Do you keep falling asleep in meetings and seminars?
What about those long and boring conference calls?

Here's away to change all of that.

1. Before (or during) your next meeting, seminar, or conference call,
prepare yourself by drawing a square. (I find that 5" x 5" is a good size.)

2. Divide the square into columns - five across and five down. That will
give you 25 one-inch blocks.

3. Write one of the following words/phrases in each block:

* synergy
* strategic fit
* core competencies
* best practice
* bottom line
* revisit
* expeditious
* to tell you the truth (or "the truth is")
* 24/7
* out of the loop
* benchmark
* value-added
* pro-active
* win-win
* think outside the box
* fast track
* result-driven
* empower (or empowerment)
* knowledge based
* at the end of the day
* touch base
* mind-set
* client focused
* paradigm
* game plan
* leverage

4. Check off the appropriate block when you hear one of those

5. When you get five blocks horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, stand
up and shout "BULLSHIT!"**

Testimonials from satisfied "Bullshit Bingo" players:

"I had been in the meeting for only five minutes when I won."- Adam,

"My attention span at meetings has improved dramatically." - David, Florida

"What a gas! Meetings will never be the same for me after my first win." -
Dan. New York City

"The atmosphere was tense in the last process meeting as 14 of us waited
for the fifth box." - Ben,Denver

"The speaker was stunned as eight of us screamed 'BULLSHIT!' for the third
time in two hours." - Paul, Cleveland

"When I won and yelled "BULLSHIT!" the woman sleeping next to me slid off
her chair!" - Joseph,Los Angeles

Thursday, November 9, 2006

tivo and The OC

i ordered a second tivo just now so i can record The OC, Grey's Anatomy and CSI at my house from now on. they all conflict and we can only record up to two shows at once. pathetic.

turns out it's just $6.95 more a month. the box is free with service. sweet.

goin’ with my heart

i'm coaching the 18s...i'm excited " can't seem to convince myself to coach the 13s, if the 18s are being offered.
here's to a great challenge!

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

13s or 18s

do i coach 13s or 18s this year? i was set to do 13s, but they just offered me the 18s. i'm torn...i kinda want the 18s, but EVERYONE i ask tells me to stick with the 13s...

13s thoughts
young " impressionable
parents will get them to practice
learning the basics
i know them

18s thoughts
old " more mature
know what they're doing " what they want to focus on
could contribute more, making my job easier
more fun plays (advanced)
potential attitude " less parental involvement

what am i missing?

Starbucks, The Way I See It #168

The human brain is the only object in the known universe that can predict its own future and tell its own fortune. The fact that we can make disastrous decisions even as we foresee their consequences is the great, unsolved mystery of human behavior. When you hold your fate in your hands, why would you ever make a fist?
~Daniel Gilbert


i've gotten quite a bit of bad news about the lives of those i love in the past couple days, and it breaks my heart. why does life have to be so hard some times???

and, honestly, it makes me feel pretty guilty for the awesome, awesome life i have. if there was a way to give my little bro even half of my life, i would. free tix to NHL games, a well-payin' job, good friends...

i have to believe it will all work out in the end.

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

i voted!

i wish i'd known more about my choices before going in, but i did a little research...and did my best to have an opinion. there were two easy propositions - the firefighters had asked me to vote no, so i did. always listen to firemen.

thoughts on the weekend

- the grazier girls " MB rule...and my lifetime tasting pass at St Supery is awesome, too
- Zachary's in Berkeley is the best pizza in the world...or, at least, in the US (according to AOL)
- the stupid vikings are annoying...and stupid...and there was a LOT of purple at the game on sunday. i was not alone. my favorite guy said, "aw, sweetie, you're too pretty to pick on for wearing purple"
- my new dream job is to be the person who raises the net behind the goal post when field goals are kicked
- an afternoon sleeping on the beach is amazing. and the ocean has an effect on people...we ladies were very, very chatty until we got to the ocean. then we were all kinda awestruck. it's cool.
- work is better after a great weekend away

Friday, November 3, 2006

The Catch

i've got tickets to the niners/vikings game that is to be on sunday. i'm quite excited to visit candlestick park " show my purple pride...but i just found out i'll be witnessing an even greater event. The Catch is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and joe montana " dwight clark will be reenacting the whole thing.

i hadn't heard of "The Catch" before this morning, but am now well-versed.

rain theory

when my favorite people come visit, it rains.
lercher's came last spring, it rained.
the graziergirls " mb come this week, and it rains.

i don't like rain. but i like my favorite people to visit. i just can't win.

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

tan lines & big hair at halloween

craziness...and i don't have a pic of all the lucky case girls

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

happy halloween!

hope it's been a great day for ya'll! i've been trying to get some work done before our big work party starts up...we've got quite the event, which includes several department skits. we're aiming to win this year, but i can't disclose the skit until afterwards...just in case someone else in cupertino is reading this. it's gonna be good!

friday night i was a SpeedBump at a halloween one really got it " i got a lot of funny looks when i told people what i was...but that's was still fun. (wore black with orange duct tape stripes on me). i shoulda worn it today, but i tore it up over the weekend...

yay for fun costumes " candy! happy birthday, djg!

Monday, October 30, 2006



2006 goal accomplished

i did it! i ran a half-marathon. it took me 2 hours " 16 minutes, or so, which is ok. i only missed my goal by a minute.

'twas quite a bit harder than i expected. i rocked the first half...and then my legs got very, very tired. with a few walking breaks, i managed to finish all 13.1 miles. today my hams " calf muscles are a bit sore...but i'm doing ok. no need to cut my legs off at my knees 'cause of shin splints.

around mile 11 a very cool couple came up behind me " started to cheer me on...the husband was obviously in great shape doing this for fun...and it seemed the wife was feelin' much like me. john " julia made sure i kept up with them, or was within eyesight for the end of the race...which was a HUGE help. plus, sonja found me at mile 11 " 13 to take pics " movies...i'll post them as soon as i find my camera.

thanks to all, for the good wishes! as of this moment, i will not ever be doing a full marathon...the half is plenty. God didn't make this body to go 26.2 miles, i don't think.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

sitting & standing

just for today, don't take sitting " standing for honor of the pain i feel whenever i sit, stand or do stairs.

Friday, October 27, 2006

i laugh every time…

...i see this. it's just funny.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Talent Retention

i spent today at a Talent Retention workshop. i love these workshops because it's fun for me to learn about HR type stuff...manager do's " don't's, bonus programs to use, importance of pay, where employees find job satisfaciton, etc...and, of course, i apply it to my own life.

i figured out today that i've got it freaking awesome. of the top five things employees are looking for, i have all five in my current work situation. i'm going off of memory, 'cause my notes are in the car, but they are challenge, learning opportunities, good boss, fair pay and growth potential (last one's a guess)

the thing i hate about these workshops is that it's difficult to pull something out of them that's applicable to my job. a lot of it is high level stuff i have no control over. but, who knows, maybe i'll influence our CEO with some of my newfound wisdom...

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

tonight my pastor said something like…

Raiders fans will get all decked out " support their team no matter what the record...yet, if a pastor says ONE thing wrong, people are runnin' out the door so fast it doesn't have time to him 'em where the good Lord split 'em."

i've never heard that saying...the good Lord split 'em...cracks me up...

(yes, I went to church instead of class tonight...and shopped...i needed some me " God time...and i don't think i'm done...i may cut back on my social life for a bit...)

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

woot! woot!

i have started to say " type this phrase when i'm excited about something, and i'm not sure why. i don't really like it, but it's fun to say. woot! woot!

half way through the semester " i've got an A- and a B+ going in my classes. i'm not so excited about the B+ 'cause i thought i nailed it, but whateve'. i just need to pass.

woot! woot!

best line ever, stolen!

Good Morning, Silicon Valley stole the best line ever used on me...
It's Google's world. We just live in it and, increasingly, serve in it.

Monday, October 23, 2006

purple & firemen

i have built a reputation for myself.
if others i know see the color purple, or firemen, they think of me.

i just got this email from my roommie:
4 firemen just came down the hall and I thought of you
However, the paramedics are cuter.
We had a kid faint.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

refreshing weekends

i miss refreshing weekends. my life has gotten so insanely crazy busy, and my weekends are so insanely packed that i'm never refreshed on monday morning. it's like i try to catch up on sleep all week and then another weekend hits. i want to blame singleness, as i remember refreshing weekends when i was coupled off...but i think it's much more. it's school, work, running, golf, and lots of play.

ya know, i shouldn't complain...i had a TON of fun this weekend. went out friday night; saturday was sleeping, cleaning, resting, housewarming party " the AWESOME Wild game; today was coaching, golf, movie " studying.

i did learn that i have more fun when i drink a little than when i drink way too much...i remember more, get in less trouble " enjoy my company that much more. i need to remember this in the future.

(i also think that i've been going so strong for so long that i need a break...but i don't have time to take one, yet, so i'll wait for thanksgiving weekend)

Saturday, October 21, 2006

go Wild!!!

it was good to get back into the hockey season tonight with a brilliant win over the San Jose Sharks. the Wild made the Sharks look pretty dang pathetic, man...I love it!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


last time i was at the grocery store, i bought some eggo's. figured some actual breakfast would do me good during this half-marathon training time...and maybe it'll become a habit that extends beyond the running craze. i hear breakfast is good for you.

anyway, i find it very difficult to make myself sit down for 5 minutes ('cause that's all the time it takes me to inhale my eggos) before heading to work. i'm just not one of those people that takes my time in the morning...i sleep as long as i can, then rush around to get to where i'm going. even if my demeanor is much like Eor...i'm on a mission.

making time for's tough, but i'm not starving by 10:00 any more. that's a good thing.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

running with family

not scissors. i think we should all go see the movie, though.

this morning i realized it would be fun to run a race with my family again. i've done grandma's 5k with my older brother twice, and almost the whole family did it with us once. it's just an awesome family experience...and i've never been so proud of my parents, who finished much more quickly than i expected.

i'm thinking about doing a full marathon next year and grandma's marathon would work out perfectly with my family vacation schedule. i emailed the fam to ask if they'd think about doing it again. i suggested the 5k for them, and my older bro wrote back to suggest the half-marathon, since we have so long to train. i'm super excited!

now to get the rest of the family to buy in.

Monday, October 16, 2006


i like this guy

watch the video " notice that his dancing gets better with time...

Friday, October 13, 2006

Google’s Quote of the Day

"At the age of eleven or thereabouts women acquire a poise and an ability to handle difficult situations which a man, if he is lucky, manages to achieve somewhere in the later seventies."
- PG Wodehouse

running with dog

not scissors.

bad joke for a friday morning. anyway, this morning i went running with Murray, and at least two walkers moved out of our way to let us through. i felt a little bad about it, all running like i own the road, until i realized i would gladly get out of the way of a runner so he/she could run through. do others realize it's the nice thing to do, especially if they're not runners?

i've always suspected that considerate drivers are runners 'cause they get it...but maybe i'm off. or maybe i just expect too much as a runner. huh.

lesson learned: get out of the way of runners so they can keep their pace

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

my bedroom door since saturday

RIP twins.jpg
that says "Twins 2006 RIP"
i know i need to let it go...this is my last post on the Twins this year.

but, yay for Torii coming back!!!!!!!!

good answer

a couple weeks ago i asked a guy what his favorite thing was about his girlfriend...why he loved her so much.
he said, "she laughs when i fart."

that rocks.

Monday, October 9, 2006


how i got into TWO numbers-based classes this semester is beyond me. if i survive and pass, i owe myself something big...really big...

if anyone wants to help with some finance and/or stats, just let me's all above my head.

two buck chuck

this past weekend was my long-awaited Burglar Party. a few people came by " we all had a blast restocking all the alcohol those silly burglars had taken a couple months ago.

i purchased a fire pit for the party and now plan on Firepit Fridays. come on over any Friday you want!

some fabulous person left me a bottle of Charles Shaw chardonnay. out here they call it two buck chuck. it looks nasssssssssssty. and if it's a joke, i'm disappointed that whoever brought it didn't acknowledge his/her humor.

Friday, October 6, 2006

RIP, Twins 2006

'twas a sad, sad day. i woke up to Christmas and am going to sleep as if i have a new year's day hangover (without the alcohol).

i didn't get spit on, but i did get booed several times over. and those around me cheered for the A's extra loudly; with good reason, of course. though i did sit by some nice older men who entertained my Twins fandom and chatted with me about their season. turns out one of them was a Giants fan, so he was there for baseball more than anything.

i don't really understand why i get so wrapped up in a baseball team full of guys i don't know, but i do. sports bring us together, i guess. and the Twins remind me of home. i just love 'em. unfortunately, that love puts a whole lot of extra emotion in my life...i know my blood pressure has increased this past month and they wrecked my Friday night. i'm supposed to be working on my Finance midterm, but i just can't bring myself to do it. i shall clean " play online instead...

i appreciate the sympathy text messages and phone calls today...i do...but i am remaining in mourning until tomorrow sometime. hopefully i'll snap out of it before my burglar party. the nice gentleman next to me gave me his stupid Athletics towel (homer hanky wannabe) so i could burn it in my firepit tomorrow night.

Twins 2006, i will miss you. You made me proud.

friday funny link

worth sharing: white " nerdy

this is as good as Christmas…

i'm so excited to watch the Twins live!!! in just a few short hours...

i will cheer as loud as i can for all the MN peeps asking me to represent. and that's gonna have to be loud.
as my sister said in her email this morning, "This is it, man!"

Thursday, October 5, 2006

i hope i sleep tonight

i'm all nervous about the game tomorrow.
not only am i nervous for the boys...i'm nervous about the amount of taunting i may get as i wear my Twins jersey into the A's stadium. i can take spit...but if i get peed on, it's gonna get ugly. (that won't happen, right?)

funny story from today:
i was giving new hire orientation and the presentation was up on the big screen. i asked a leading question into my next topic and then realized the answer was on the slide showing. i covered up my laptop monitor, thinking that would do the trick. it didn't. the new hires saw the answer up on the screen, told me what it was and i then had to fess up to what i was doing with my hand over my laptop monitor.

at least we all got a good laugh out of it.

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

other people’s funnies

myspace name: "my new boyfriend is alcohol"
new way to spell 'damn': damb!

my Faith, defined a little

i was asked this on myspace:
Lets see.... question for you.... I am not meaning to be offensive in anyway by asking this... On your profile it says Christian - other, what does that mean to you? BTW, to let you know, I will not judge you. I will not preach to you. If you have questions, I will be more than happy to talk with you about them.

my answer was this:
i have to admit, i've wanted to ask about the 'Christian-other' since email #1, but i held back. isn't it interesting that we generally do that? afraid to offend someone. silly, i say. anyway, i love God with all my heart " live to make Him smile. i see Him in all the little (and big) things around me. i say "other" because i go to a nondenominational church " don't appreciate the silly little things denominations argue over. also, i don't appreciate the term "religious" 'cause it feels all negative. i hope to be a witness with my lifestyle, which often falters, yet finds hope, and don't "preach" a whole lot. now hopefully i haven't offended you.

Monday, October 2, 2006

slightly disheartened

i am slightly disheartened by the Twins performance today...but it's the best out of 5. if only i hadn't planned my burglar party for this saturday when my boys will be in town. now i must take friday off to go see them and have my tv's blaring on saturday.

lucky for you, michael cuddyer, my favorite player, is blogging about the playoffs, so i'll try my best to stop. enjoy the read!

a little taste of home…

apparently Caribou Coffee has gone national with some breakfast bars. made me quite happy to see...though it'd be fun to have the choice of Caribou or Starbucks out here in the Bay Area.

lite white raspberry - oh, how i miss you.

age & weddings

it's not so likely to hook up at a wedding these days...seems i've gotten old enough that almost everyone is coupled off. the past few weddings have provided a number of singles that can be counted on one hand. of course, that doesn't stop me from tearing up the dance floor with whoever i can find. :-)

just an observation.

Sunday, October 1, 2006

Rivers & Kevin got married!!!

this weekend was definitely one of the most fun wedding weekends ever! it was so good to hang with the college roomies, make some new friends, spend some time in Lexington " see an awesome couple get married. that makes two excellent marriages starting this year!

yeah, boy

i'll be watching my Twins from the stands in Oakland on Friday night.
woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i'm so happy i could cry.

of course, i was flying all day, so i had to rely on text messages and my phone internet to keep up on the games today. thanks, friends!
(can someone send me a homer hankey?)

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Kentucky, or bust!

woooooooooo, goin' to Kentucky for Rivers' wedding! i hope i become a southern belle over the weekend.
pics of the pretty pink dress are sure to be posted.

good luck with the marathon, rachelh! run like the wind...

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

murray’s butt

my poor puppy's butt itches so bad it's raw in some areas...and the hair is all wet " sticking up...we gotta get him to a vet, i think....but none of us have time. we got the flea " tick stuff, but it doesn't seem to be helping.

tomorrow i will make time. it's not cool to see him so miserable. if anyone has a good website recommending vets, please let me know. :-(
(can you see my pouty lip?)

my nephew & Boof Bonser

In my mom's email this morning:
Jakson is a big fan of Boof. He plays baseball and repeats his name several times. He pretend swings, runs bases, and then says homerun. He slides into base sometimes. He and Tim are partners watching the game on t.v. He is quite a kid!

my boys

And they're in the play-offs. Excellent.
Now I really need them to take the division so they come to Oakland to play the A's. I'd like to see 'em again this year in person, and I'm too poo' to fly to Mpls.

Gardy, Justin, Joe, Torii, Nathan...excellent work!

Monday, September 25, 2006

throwing parties can be stressful

the pressure of seeing who will make it, who can't and who doesn't want to, sucks. i just want everybody to be there to meet each other and have a super great time! and i want people to like me - i confess. if people come to my party, they like me.

go burglars!

evil joke heard on a tv show

If girls with big boobs work at Hooters, where do girls with one leg work?
(Two and a Half Men)

Sunday, September 24, 2006

racing: lessons learned

i ran a 10k this morning and learned a couple valuable lessons that i will carry forward into my half-marathon on october 29:
- do not start near the front of the pack with the 8-minute-mile runners. i am slower than that and it's disheartening to watch several people pass me by. it'd be better to start near the back " pass a bunch of people up.
- bring my ipod. i'm used to running races with others, which provides distraction " entertainment. racing alone requires an ipod.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Dip Heaven!

Chili's came out with a new menu supplement - the Triple Dipper Dinner! you get to pick three dippable items to make a meal.
As a lover of dipping my food, I am pleased.

thursday tv

grey's anatomy was a bit of a let-down...all this hype " waiting, and i get a transitional show. no less, it's gonna be a great season! i can feel it.

the rest of thursday tv is at home on my tivo. hopefully this weekend i'll have time to watch it. otherwise, i'll be studying like mad, trying to catch up in my classes. dang school.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Murray’s greeting

tonight i walked into my house and Murray came running at me from the kitchen full speed was awesome! it was like i was his favorite person in the whole wide world at that moment. now i know why parents dig it when their kids greet them with hugs and kisses...that's gotta be even more awesome.

of course, i then took murray for a quick stroll around the neighborhood to make him even happier. he sniffed every bush " skittered all around me.

i'm quite fond of Murray

Molly Ringwald

we went to see Sweet Charity last night, and i've gotta say Molly Ringwald is surely no Christina Applegate. it was a fun script with great dancing " singing...except for Molly. good ol' Molly seemed to force every move.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Vespa Gang

these guys followed us through was impressive. a bunch of dudes in their leathers, riding their vespas.

ever feel like you’ve taken on too much in life?

i thought i was past this...but i ain't.

i'm currently trying to balance work, school, training for a half-marathon, travel and friends. this morning i realized i'm getting it all done...but not at 100%. this drives me nuts, but i need to learn to accept the B's, and a little walking during a half-marathon, and less time with friends...

ah, growing pains.

Monday, September 18, 2006

62 Odd Questions

stolen from someone's blog:

[1] What is your middle name? Marie
[2] What color is your mailbox: black
[3] Last time you kissed someone:oops...last saturday
[4] Have you ever hit a deer? close, but not quite
[5] Do you have to drive over a bridge to get home? nah
[6] Who checks the mail in your house? whoever gets home first
[7] How many TVs are in your house? three
[8] Do you know anyone with the same ring tone as you? nope, but some teenybopper out there does
[9] What do you do first in the morning? run or shower
[10] What brand is your printer? none
[11] Do you enjoy fighting with people? despise it
[12] Is your hair naturally straight or curly? straight with some wave
[13] Who was your kindergarten teacher? Mrs Hautala
[14] Are you taller than your mother? yup
[15] Do you have a favorite word? awesome
[16] Are you good? do my best
[17] What do you do to get over a broken heart? cry " talk " keep livin' life
[18] Do you have a deep dark secret? prolly
[19] Drink of choice: water
[20] Do you use colored pens? PURPLE
[21] Does anything on your body hurt? not right now
[22] Do you often cry during movies? nah
[23] Do you hate your life? not at all!
[24] Number of pets: one
[25] Are there any animals that scare you? bugs
[26] Do you get mad easily? only when tired
[27] Can't wait for? to be done with this MBA
[28] What is your biggest pet peeve? leaving spit on the top of the soda can when sharing
[29] Favorite song: right now, Break Stuff
[31] Weather outside: 80 " sunny every day
[32] Most attractive quality about you: positive spirit
[33] You're in the mood for? a run
[34] Do any of your friends have kids? yup
[35] If you could have a threesome with any 2 celebrities, who? ummmm...Matthew M " Josh H
[36] Do you have any friends? sure
[37] Do you have any mean friends? not really...not really, truly mean-spirited
[38] What is the ugliest color in your opinion? puke green
[39] Have you ever liked someone who all your friends couldn't stand? yup
[40] Have you ever felt like driving off a cliff? nope
[41] Have you ever been fired from a job? nope, but i wasn't asked back to work at the book store
[42] What year was your house built? 1939 (but i rent)
[43] When was the last time you slept in someone else’s bed? last night
[44] What brand are the pant/jeans you're wearing? briefly stated
[45] How tall are you? 5'8"
[46] What is the closest green object? dove soap
[47] What is on your feet? those pedicure things dividing my toes
[48] Do you always wear underwear? yup
[49] Do you want to have kids? prolly
[50] Who is the last person who you would expect to be gay? my dad
[51] Do you know how to draw? nope
[52] What’s your mother's middle name? Kay
[53] Stupidest movie you ever saw: Ever? Kill Bill
[54] Do you collect comic books? nah
[55] Do you look like your dad? yup
[56] Do you have any TV shows on DVD? huh, i don't
[57] Are you wearing make up? eye shadow, liner " mascara...or what's left of it
[58] Do you have a tattoo? two/three
[59] You win the lottery and you: pay off my debt
[60] How many pairs of underwear do you have? millions. i hate laundry.
[61] Are you hungry at the moment? nope
[62] Favorite movie of all time: Top Gun

cool proposal

cara " i hit the Diamondbacks game yesterday afternoon...and we got there a bit early. fortunately, we were just in time to see some blonde chick throw the first pitch of the game. suddenly, the catcher stood up " took his helmet off...and was her boyfriend who was serving in Iraq! she ran up " hugged him...then he pointed to the megatron. of course, it said, "will you marry me, ashley?" he got down on one knee " proposed. she was all excited " accepted, of course (loads of pressure). everyone cheered " went crazy. then his buds in Iraq were on the megatron congratulating them, their families were up in the stands holding up a "congrats, tony " ashley" sign, and several congratulations from different people went across the megatron. it was quite impressive.

i've decided it's ok to propose as long as you're involved in the game some how...on the field...on the ice...something. not just in the stands with a big sign on the megatron. that's lame.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

i *heart* phoenix

i understand i came after the heat broke, so i've been spoiled...but it's awesome here! 90-95 " sunny every day. everyone has a pool and there's no better way to finish a run than with a jump into a pool. and it feels a bit midwestern...more real, less status-driven than the bay area. i like the middle of the country.

it's been fabulous to see cara. good times with a good friend. and i got to see heather " steve, who i met at s&b's wedding a month ago.

i ran 7 miles this morning. that's the max i've ever run in my life, so i'm pretty proud. it felt pretty great and my legs are only a little sore. i still can't imagine running 13, but i've got at least 6 weeks left...

here's to a great weekend in a fun new city!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

fall tv

i'm watching the first episode of Men in Trees, and i'm pretty sure i love it. and i'm pretty sure i'll be moving to alaska in the future...maybe.

my favorite card

If I were a scientist working in a big lab, I'd shout "Eureka!" every so often just to boost morale.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


Joe Nathan has been moved to the front of the pack next to a little Torii Hunter. Go Twins!
(my cube is slowly becoming nothin' but Twins Territory)

Monday, September 11, 2006


for reasons beyond his recent studlyness, Michael Cuddyer is my favorite Twins player. he also does a ton of community service, but i can't find the article to post right now...

(and i've got a little wager going on this A's/Twins series...if we sweep, Neal's wearin' my SuperFox Twins jersey on Thursday or Friday)

constant internal struggle…yeah, i’m a Christian

last week i started reading Romans and i'm totally digging it. i'd forgotten how much it defines my Faith. i feel like i'm the queen of internal struggles, often arguing " disappointed in myself, and Romans covers it...and i found this discussion on it, too. good stuff.

i should also say that i find the internal struggle worth it...i think everyone does it, to a certain extent...and God loves me through the being a Christian doesn't put an extra layer of guilt on me, as it may seem. that's all me.

Brief Summary

Saturday, September 9, 2006

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Friday, September 8, 2006

text notifications

i caved in. i paid $4 to receive text messages on my phone with updates on the Twins. september is going to kill me...but gooooooooooooooooo Twins!

Thursday, September 7, 2006

some reporters…

i have to believe there are some smart ones out there, but these idiots who get beat up, kidnapped or have their camera-man continue taping in the middle of chaos are ridiculous. the media just takes most things too far, blowing them out of proportion.

maybe i should start a new, positive news show. unfortunately, it probably won't make any money or last very long.

Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Class Reunion, part 2

ok, i sound more bitter about high school " my home town than i should. i forwarded the update to a HS friend who's overseas and he reminded me of some of the great memories he has of the place. this made me realize that i could come up with a lengthy list myself.

and there are several people i would love to spend an evening with to catch up.

Class Reunion

I just received an email that gave me an overview of my HS class reunion last weekend. for some reason, it threw me for a loop...but it's exactly what i should have expected. i've had a theory about the popular kids in HS, and this email confirmed it.

here goes: within a couple years after graduation, almost everyone goes away to college. it's a fresh start. the popular kids are suddenly treated a little differently (fairly) and hate it. the less popular kids are suddenly treated differently (fairly) and love it. the popular kids eventually end up back home, where it's comfortable.
[note: i don't think this is just a small town syndrome, but it may be]
[note2: this may be a motivated/unmotivated thing vs popular/unpopular...that's debatable]

it also seems easy to fall back into history...sounds like the cliques all reformed " made it through the weekend together.

i'm thankful i didn't make the effort to be there. i'll see just about everybody at the bar over Christmas break.

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Murray, the Protector

He barks! Somethin' startled Murray enough to bark at 5am this's truly bittersweet. It's bitter that someone/thing was close enough to my house to startle Murray, but sweet that we now know he'll alert us when something's not right.

He's so dang friendly " happy all the time, we weren't sure what he'd do. I feel much safer.

Monday, September 4, 2006

if you pray…

...start praying now for me " Financial Management. i think it's worse than accounting...and i'm not sure this prof is gonna curve like 'accounting-dude' did.

oy vey. midterm is oct 11 " final is dec 13.

great white shark

sonja, jen " i took a last-minute trip to Monterey today to see their new great white shark. he's only been there a couple days, so we didn't get to see much of him in the million gallon tank, but we caught a couple glimpses. and we became student members, so we can go back whenever we want.

i dig that i live close to these types of things.

diversity in my life

i had a few peeps over to bbq on sunday nite - white, asian " indian...christian, buddhist, hindu, jewish, catholic, agnostic " maybe atheist.

that's just plain cool. maybe next time i'll even bring up God.

Friday, September 1, 2006

mood & sleep

i've been waking up in a really good mood the past couple days and i think i finally figured out why...i haven't really touched alcohol for a couple weeks, i've eaten at home more, i've been running on a consistent basis and i've been getting enough sleep (my body's requirement is less with all this exercise).

i'm blogging in hopes that i remember that exercise " eating right does more than help me lose weight.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

blood pressure & baseball

i have a feeling my blood pressure will be increasing throughout the month of september as the Twins close in on the wild card.

i have big plans for my cube during the playoff season, assuming they make it. if you have no other reason to cheer for the Twins, this should be enough. pics will be posted.

end of summer

hard to believe it's august 31. with school starting, it sure feels like the end of summer. thankfully, my summer was out of control fun " chaotic, so it feels kinda nice to get back to a somewhat normal pace...i realized that last nite while talking to a classmate.

there are four months left to get new year's resolutions taken care of...i'm set to run my half-marathon on october 29, which i think was my only resolution, so i'm good. i started aggressively paying off my debt last spring, so that also helps. i think i'm doing ok in 2006. it's been a very trying year, which means tons of personal growth. always a good thing.

here's to a great fall " start of winter! (and here's to another couple months of summer clothes 'cause i live in the Bay Area)

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

direction of the blog

for a few weeks i've been trying to figure out what to do with this's become more of an update on my life than anything, and i don't think that's where i want it to go. i mean, it's cool when i show up in minnesota " everyone already knows everything about me while i know very little of them, but...

a brief history of
my first post - i became more techy
direction #1 - california vs minnesota
direction #2 - historical events that still make me laugh
direction #3 - kristie-isms
direction #4 - announcements
direction #5 - random links
and on and on and on...

i think i want to keep it a mix, while posting less about my life. i'd love to be one of those sought-after bloggers with words of wisdom pouring out from everywhere...i'd love to get "deeper" more often...i'd love to be one of those thinkers i admire so much...but i gotta take me for who i am - a random mix of it all. i like to believe words of wisdom " honesty flow from me often enough to make this blog worth it. here, here, to blogging!

(i forgot to use the word 'uber')


hegman: "the world needs more camels"
burgey: "what would we do with them?"
hegman: "i dunno. maybe we don't need 'em...but i sure love 'em"

(more pics of the oakland zoo)

visits, school, money, my car & uber

i love it when people come to visit me. it's great to show off this uberfabulous area in which i live. i do have to admit, however, that it's nice to get back to a normal routine and sleep in my own bed again. i'm exhausted...even though it was a fairly mellow weekend.

my second class looks to be ok. Quantitative Decision Making, i think it's called. it'll be a lot of work, but as long as i keep up with the uberhomework, it should flow smoothly (according to previous students, anyway). plus, he let us out at 7:20 instead of 8:45 tonite. i love that.

september is officially Spend No Money Month. i've been on an uberspending rampage with no budget to back it. oy vey. i hate how this can completely ruin my mood and almost send me into a depressoin. luckily, i KNOW i can handle a budget, and will force my 'fly by the seat of my pants' spirit to stick to it.

i'm addicted to washing my car. i got home at 7:45 " went to town on Pitter. she looks ubersparkly clean.

"uber" is the word of the week. i've enjoyed using should try, too!

happy 2 year to me!

yesterday was my two year anniversary with california! woooooooo!
hard to believe it's been two years already, and hard to believe it's only been two years. ya know that feeling???

i hit the oakland zoo, which was supercool...and an A's game. i was a Bobby Kielty fan...otherwise, cheered for good baseball, of which there was plenty. 'twas a fun game.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

further notes on Murray

i am 100% not ready to have a child, or anyone/thing i am completely responsible for. today burgey " i took murray along with us to the beach. i'm quite selfish and was tempted to get annoyed with the amount of work that went into this. (luckily, i'm old enough to catch myself " not get annoyed)

first of all, becki helped me pack up all his supplies - a water bowl, leashes, toys and treats. then i had to find a blanket to cover my back seat with, as i'm still allergic to murray " don't want his hair floating around my car. we drove to the beach, all the while having to watch him to make sure he didn't do anything stupid. i got whacked in the face with a tail once. we pulled up at the beach, which said it took leashed dogs online, to find out they didn't allow dogs until 4pm. so we walked around a bit " decided to drive up the coast. after 15 miles, we found a beach that allowed dogs. yay! we walked down the cliff with murray " hung out for a couple hours. i got to watch murray run full speed as he came at me " plowed me over, so that was exciting....and we played around a bit. and i got some homework done. 'twas a good day.

all this to say: i have the most low maintenance dog around, yet still want to whine about how he ties me down if/when i bring him anywhere. i'm the most selfish single person in the world...and, really, i'm ok with that. i have two other roommies " good friends who want to pitch in to care for murray, too.

my dog has it made

he gets to run full speed ahead on the beaches of California...just for fun. i'm jealous of the way he gets to grow up. i ran full speed ahead through the trees of northern minnesota.

Friday, August 25, 2006

guest blogger, burgey

hey there. burgey here.
Ii am Kristies friend from Boston. - yeah I know our baseball team has taken a dive lately.
We are sitting here at the beach in Northern CA - I cant beleive that she can work from here - yup working from the beach.
Good thing I cant take my work with me - I drive an ambulance in Boston - no need to bring any trauma with me on vacation.
Actually I spoke with a freind if mine and he said that since I left my ambulance - the fightin' ambulance 3 - has been workin their butts off - I love mny partners but they can work their bums off with out me - I will stay here in Cali and sit on mine.
Hegman and I are going to the Giants game tonight-then some ocean side hiking on Sat.
Ahhhhh vacation. :)

ps there's always New Cheese out there

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

back to school

i have the Billy Madison song in my head about going back to's kinda fun.

unfortunately, it may be a bit of a challenge to get into classes. seems i took the super-irresponsible route this summer " chose to ignore payment deadlines, so my classes were dropped from my schedule. this was all after missing a couple registration deadlines. obviously, i'm not too enthusiastic about school.

however, my head is back on straight " i'm ready to go....besides the notebook shopping i must do at lunch. i've found two classes i can take that still have room for me, and i gave the professors a heads-up that i'd be dropping in to add the class. hopefully the professors go for it " i can roll with the semester.

i'll be taking Financial Management, which builds off of Accounting (ack!!!) and a Managerial Decisions class. should be a-ok. wish me luck!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

the future

this is the best pic of s&b at their awesome wedding, and they stole jj's baby to give us a vision of the near future. hee hee hee.
congrats, s&b!

Monday, August 21, 2006


i fell in luv with Channing Tatum while watching Step Up yesterday. the boy is just yummy. and, upon further research, i discovered he's 26, which isn't bad, and was 4th in last season's So You Think You Can Dance.

he's made my top five...which is rounded out by Joshy Hotnett, Matthew McConaughey, Vin Diesel and one to be determined.

oh - the movie was a great, mindless, teenybopper flick. pretty bad plot, but awesome dancing

Friday, August 18, 2006

wedding weekend

it's a wedding weekend. bill " sarah are getting married tomorrow. i'm fortunate enough to be included in the pre-wedding celebrations, which guarantees a great time. it also means i've made some great friends who want me to be a part of this awesome event.

it's gonna be a great weekend! the families are both fabulously fun, friends are a-plenty and the wine will be flowing. plus, bill " sarah are perfect for each other. i love going to weddings to see a marriage made that will last...

enjoy your weekend, sarah " bill!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

real live preacher

i sometimes swing by the RLP's blog to see what's new, and the latest was a good read for me. for the past few years i've struggled more with my faith than ever...still holding on, but not absolutely sure why. faith = taking that step, and i take it.

growing up, i was sold out 100%. i truly was an angel child, giving my parents a fairly easy ride through high school. the past few years of digging in, trying to get to the bottom of my faith, have been awesome for me...but it always comes down to my heart " gut...i can't deny God because my heart " gut tell me He's for real...and i trust my heart " gut.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

ice cream

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Murray Rules: Reason #1

when i woke up this morning, i decided i wasn't going to go for a run. it's an optional day for my half-marathon training, so i was going to option out.

as soon as i opened my bedroom door, Murray was in my face, wagging his tail. he pointed his nose towards the door, knowing i'd understand.

i put on my running clothes " shoes, and we went for a quick one. it was a great way to start the day.

couple discrimination

i think i discriminate against couples.

society makes it a little tough to be single, so i've felt discriminated against in the past...some of my friends who are coupled off made it obvious when events were's easier to hang in couples once you are one...guys like to hang with guys, girls like to hang with girls, so when there's an even mix, it's easier...blah, blah, blah.

this morning i realized that i don't call my coupled-off friends as much as i call my single friends, and i sometimes don't invite couples 'cause i think they'll be uncomfortable. i'm discriminating.

i'm gonna work on this somehow. perhaps more events where couplehood doesn't matter?

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

sinus cold

every summer one of the fourteen members of my family has a cold amd spreads it to the rest of us by the end of the trip...i will not forget this next year.

on a positive note, i've discovered that sudafed has done a much better job of battling my sinuses than tylenol cold " sinus was doing. go sudafed!

the kids & grandparents

this is my favorite shot from last week...what a great family i have!
Jakson (Tim's), Trevor (Jacque's), my mom, Ashley (Kenny's), Andrew (Jacque's), Morgan (Kenny's), my dad, Emma (Kenny's)

Monday, August 14, 2006

i’m back! and we got a dog.

meet Murray. my roommates picked up this awesome 4 year old border collie while i was gone. he's super fun...a bit hyper...but he'll keep the stupid robbers out of my house. yay for Murray!

Friday, August 4, 2006

quick note

i just received my first copy of Sports Illustrated (don't remember ordering it, but whateve') and JoeJoe Mauer is on the cover. what a way to start a subscription.

vacation…minnesota AND wisconsin

i'm flyin' out tonight for a superfun week back in minnesota AND wisconsin. tomorrow is Rivers' shower " bachelorette party, i'm chillin' with friends through tuesday when my mom " sister arrive...and Wednesday we're heading to Wisconsin Dells for family fun. wooooooo!
sunday, 13th, we're hitting the Twins game " i fly back that night. fun times.

i prolly won't be online much, so you can take a vacation from my blog, too.

later tators!

my word!!!!!!!!

Main Entry: auspicious
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: encouraging
Synonyms: advantageous, bright, favorable, felicitous, fortunate, golden, halcyon, happy, hopeful, lucky, opportune, promising, propitious, prosperous, rosy, timely, well-timed

(thanks to a great friend from way back when)

Thursday, August 3, 2006

brilliant quote

this is on the website of one of my potential future professor's:
"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." Bertrand Russell

but don't let this make you hesitate on being cocksure...

bad procrastinator

i am a bad procrastinator. i may claim i'm a procrastinator, and i generally work best under deadlines...but i get all stressed out about whatever it is days before it's due...because i know it's due " i procrastinate.

recent example:
i'm in charge of games for the bachelorette party this weekend. i told nicole several times over that i'd get them done, but it'd be last minute...because that's how i work. however, i've been stressing for at least three days about how i'd procrastinate on this game planning, and then the games wouldn't live up to the bride's expectations. i got it all planned out last nite - two days in advance.

i'm a bad procrastinator.

Tuesday, August 1, 2006


How to make a kristie
5 parts anger
5 parts arrogance
1 part ego
Blend at a low speed for 30 seconds. Add a little cocktail umbrella and a dash of emotion

House of Falafel

I just had yummy falafels for lunch...I'd been told of this great falafel shop just down the street from work, and finally made it in. i was pointed in the right was a fabulous falafel plate.

the joint even played the music i used to rock out to while shopping " eating in Israel for that semester. good memories.

unfortunately, i've also been watching my old stompin' grounds be torn up, thrown around " bombed away on tv. why can't we all just get along?

my word

i'm still thinkin' about it...apparently, "random" is too negative. i have to agree with that...negativity ain't in my bag.
back to the drawing board...

Monday, July 31, 2006

i got it!!! my word…

my one word to describe myself:


i have a new rule: when i go out, i'm the one with the camera. friends need not take pics, as i'll capture the event.
(otherwise, i end up in pictures and that's sometimes not ok)

Bethel professor gone wild

i love it. i've always respected Greg Boyd.
NY Times article

ah, monday

superfun weekends like this past one make monday's worth it to me. if i can jam as much as i did into one weekend, i'm ok with working for five more days...especially knowing that i'm off to minnesota on friday. wooooo!

i feel weird saying that monday's are worth it...but it feels true.

Friday, July 28, 2006

mientkiewicz bat

you can laugh, but i now sleep with my dougy mientkiewicz bat right next to my bed. if any more burglars come near my house, they're gettin' it. it's heavy, too.

to make my friday better

i just got notice that i only need 14 classes to graduate with my MBA, rather than 16! that means i could be done in 2 1/2 more years...10 more is good for me!

good stuff

i feel pretty dang good for not sleeping much. i mean, it's friday, i've got a super fun weekend planned, and i leave for minnesota in a week. woooooooo!

tonite is The OC nite, trying to catch up before the season starts
tomorrow i'm helping build a house with habitat for humanity
sunday i get to coach in the morning, then hit the grand prix in the afternoon
i'll rest somewhere in there, too.

Thursday, July 27, 2006


sleep has escaped me for days's not cool. my body is exhausted, yet my mind won't stop going a million miles a minute. i'm thinking about work, break-ins, friends, family, break-ins, work, relationships, break-ins, who i am, etc. it doesn't slow down.

i don't suppose a three hour time change helps at all. maybe my body still thinks it's 11pm. however, that was bedtime in miami. i was not the party animal at south beach.

i know i'm whiney, but i'm just not used to this. sleeping and eating are the two things i can do no matter what...if i can't do one of them, i know something is seriously wrong. grrrrrrr.


even if we were just broken in to, it's great to be home. all my stuff, my car, my life...i love it.

it all seems to be a bit of a blur...mostly because i didn't sleep well the past couple nites. we got a lot of work done, and had some fun, too. teaching someone who doesn't know much english is very difficult...and tiring. last nite we had dinner at a great restaurant on Biscayne Bay called the Rusty Pelican. 'twas quite tasty.

i'm pretty scattered - lack of sleep will do that. i think i'll try this again later.

for now i'm waiting for papa john's to bring me my pizza so i can go take a nap on my hammock.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

construction workers

construction workers actually still yell out cat least in miami.
we walked to lunch, passing by a construction site, and heard "have a good lunch...SEXY." *whistle*

amazing. for some reason, i'd thought we were beyond that.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


it sucks to be the only one within a city that can only speak one language.

i feel so self-centered and american. everyone around me is speaking spanish, or portuguese, or something i don't understand.

Monday, July 24, 2006


the Twinkies are on quite the roll...YAY!
i heart Liriano.

now to find tickets for august 13...with ma " pa...and whoever. :-)

land of the beautiful

i finally got to miami yesterday morning around 8:30. i caught a cab to my hotel, took a shower " got started on my day. at the front desk's suggestion, i took the train " bus to South Beach...and it was quite easy. goal #1 was to stretch out on the beach " sleep a i did. then i jumped into the Atlantic ocean...then i slept a little...jumped get the point. all the while, i was lookin' for the beautiful people of south beach - unfortunately, i think i was in tourist zone. :-) i continued on to peruse some shops " caught the bus/train back to my hotel. i should mention that i hadn't let my suit dry, so my tank top was wet and my shorts made me look like i'd peed. i didn't exactly fit in with the beautiful people of miami.

i probably shoulda gone out last nite, but i crashed in my hotel room around 8:00. it was a rough weekend for sleep, and i needed to catch up.

now it's off to work! yay for being in miami!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

down with robbers

so our house was broken into again last nite...WHILE WE WERE SLEEPING! it's so not ok. apparently, they searched every window until they found one that i hadn't tightened the lock on enough. dangit! anyway, this time was a bit more was definitely the same people that broke in two months ago 'cause they knew where my alcohol was " took it all. they also opened my roommate's bedroom door to grab her laptop, so they must have been scoping the place out earlier in the night to know where it was. they went through roommate 2's bedroom 'cause she's on vacation, but didn't come near me (praise God!).

roommate1 woke me up when she realized what'd happened, and i called 911. the cops came right over, and actually caught some guy on the corner with one of sarah's purses. they couldn't find the rest of the stuff, however. i asked the cop to punch the guy in the face, and he said he'd do what he could.

ironically, the airline called me as i was about to head out the door to tell me my flight was cancelled and i was bumped to the 8:25 tonite. it's unfortunate, as i'm missing out on a nite in miami...but now i can make sure my house is secure " roommate1 is comfortable enough to stay alone. i'm sad for her.

why is my life always drama?!?!?!?!?

Friday, July 21, 2006

for anyone who knows my high school nickname, this is funny:

What Is Your Animal Personality?

reasons to suck up

remember Ecommerce, my summer class? remember that i enjoyed it? remember that i was a little stressed before the final, but ordered an Ipod as my reward anyway? well, it's all good...

on monday i checked my grade, and was given an A-. i'm content with that A-, but was a little curious, as my friend that got grades a little worse than me also got an A-. i blew it off " was happy for both of us.

let's go back to the final exam - i never blogged about the little note i wrote at the end of the exam to say thanks to the was a great class...i got a lot out of it...blah, blah, blah...and i'm not just saying this to get an A. (I wrote all that) i really wasn't trying to suck up, but wanted him to know that the class was worth my time.

well, this morning i got this email:

Thank you for the nice note on your exam. I have gone back and looked
at all the grades and considered participation in the class and I will
be raising your grade to an A. I hope that is good news and I wish you
a good summer and continued success in the program.

Best Regards, Professor