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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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