Wednesday, April 30, 2008

jump around!

Months ago, I decided that this was my favorite song. I think it began one night at The Sportsman when we played a couple songs on the jukebox...House of Pain came on and we jumped...and jumped...and didn't stop until the song was over. That’s a big reason I love it – I can just jump and pretend I’m dancing. Perfect for a white girl from the Midwest.

Roommate made sure it played as I hit 30, texts come my way when it’s on the radio and if I play softball or kickball this year, it’ll be my walk-up-to-the-plate song…

The only problem I’m running in to now is that any time I hear it, I have to jump around…literally. It’s hard to run when my ipod plays it…it’s hard to drive…shower…put my make-up on…

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


please don't ever send out a resume with a typo. it's that detail thing - managers want everyone to be able to deal with details. and so does the recruiter...i try really hard to see past a typo, but it's a pretty huge ding to start out with.

it's bioanalytical, not bioanaltyical.

and that's my advice for the day.

Monday, April 28, 2008


i've found it to be a pain to make appointments - hair, doctor, eye dude, etc. it's just not easy to listen to the operator voice long enough to know when to push 1, 2 or 3...or to coordinate schedules...or talk to strangers. so i've discovered as many ways as possible to make appointments on the internet. it's awesome.

i bet this online appointment thing is a Bay Area/Silicon Valley bonus. i'll take it!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

the 10k

this morning i decided that the 10k is about the perfect race. 6+ miles is a challenge, but's double digits...and there are lots of them. i ran the Marine Discovery 10k this morning in Santa Cruz and we ran about 4 of the 6 miles along the coast, which is my favorite place to run. to top it off, we saw a whale at the end of the run. what a life i live...

i'm now more confident that i'll be able to run the half-marathon in june. phew.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

harold & kumar are back

and for what you should expect from them, it was pretty great. laughs, nastiness, one-liners...and then true love. quality cinema.

this lady didn't think so...said they tried too hard this time. understandable, as they had a lot to live up to.

go see it, i say. just have your expectations set.

Friday, April 25, 2008

best outfit of the week

this dude totally wins the contest. stripes everywhere!
(i had to be very sneaky in taking his picture, so it's not perfect...but you can still see the striped pants, shirt & tie)

happy friday!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

gooooooo Twins!

they won! but cuddy didn't play. :( but mauer & morneau did. :)

it's awesome when A's fans yell out "you suck" to the guys who are beating them (morneau, mauer). there were almost fists.

happy earth day!

i'm accidentally wearing green...but i'll just go with it and think i'm trendy.

turn off a light when you leave the room today.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

vegas revisited!

it was another awesome vegas trip! relaxing (honestly), refreshing, quality conversation, fun, fun times.

i highly recommend Cirque's KA - it's the best cirque show i've ever was fantastic!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

stress goes away...

...when the day comes that you have a flight booked to Vegas. yay!

this little weekend break is just about as perfectly timed as it could be. my brain has stopped working 'cause i'm moving too fast, so i just gotta stop and chill. what better way than with my college girls in vegas?

have a great weekend!

(go wild!)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

if i had a dream...

...that i got fired, how possible would it be that it will happen?

hopefully it's limited, 'cause i told my bosses today about my dream and they laughed it off.

it's still a rough way to wake up, man.

(penguins are cute and the sharks and wild now have the same play-off record...twins lost, too)

talkin' smack

while i can, i figure i should throw this out there...
the Wild are up 2 games to 1
the Sharks are down 1 game to 2

Monday, April 14, 2008

a chill coach

Two days ago I was telling SC friend about how I think I’ve grown as a coach – I used to crash after every tournament from emotional exhaustion. I’d just get so wrapped up in each game, in each girl, that I’d be DONE by the end of the day. It’s not really the case any more…I stay fairly chill throughout the day and can plan activities for after a tourney ‘cause I’ll still have some energy left. Seems more healthy to me – I ain’t playin’, afterall.

But then we had a tourney yesterday. Oy vey…I crashed after that one. Another coach really ticked me off…and then my girls were exhausted and just couldn’t play any more…and then we lost to the evil coach. Grrrrrrrrrr…I had to take at least two walks throughout the day to try to chill out. And then last night I pouted at home with my In N Out burger and a sauna…and lots of whining to anyone who would listen.

Guess I still have some learnin’ to do…

Sunday, April 13, 2008

faith sunday #3

everybody has their own Faith (of some some thing). even people within the same "religion" have their own interpretation. my christian Faith is sometimes different from my other christian friends'. i think that's neat. we're all so different that it only makes sense that we each get our own personal Faith...or our own denomination to hang with...or...

God was thinkin' when he made Faith personal.

Friday, April 11, 2008

index finger, stay away!

You Are a Ring Finger

You are romantic, expressive, and hopeful. You see the best in everything.

You are very artistic, and you see the world as your canvas. You are also drawn to the written word.

Inventive and unique, you are often away in your own inner world.

You get along well with: The Pinky

Stay away from: The Index Finger

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

at the gym

those who go to the gym and take the elevator instead of the stairs make me laugh. i mean, it is three flights, but...

i guess stairs are tough on the knees and such. i'll start giving these peeps the benefit of the doubt.

these five words i swear to you...

yet, another great show by JBJ. and the rest of the boys. totally worth seeing twice in one week. our seats were behind the stage a little, but it really didn't matter...we were so close that i'm pretty sure he smiled at me.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

ha...ha...funny, dad

so last night i was chatting with mom & dad and we started talking cars. i've only put about 15k miles on my car every year since i moved out to CA. i used to put on at least 24k/year. my dad said, "well, you're slowing down. now that you're over 30, these things are going to happen. just wait until you get to'll be putting on 10k/year."

i appreciate that everyone gave me at least a month to be ok with 30 before making jokes...but jeesh.

Monday, April 7, 2008

snow in april!

when i opened this email this morning, i couldn't figure out if this was recent, or not...but then i talked to ma & pa and they got 28" of snow this past weekend. here are my nephews playin' in it...and my sister's house buried. yeesh.

why in the world did i move to CA?


we got a new couch over the weekend! i saw this posting in our laundry room while...well, doing laundry...shot brooke this picture and we decided to get it. it's so beautifully old lady i don't know what to do with myself. and it's comfy. we win!

(that "new" post was an accident...i was trying to learn how to post from my iPhone)

Saturday, April 5, 2008


Sent from my iPhone

a good day

today i am having one of those "holy crap, i have a lot to be thankful for" days. i am simply amazed at the great life that i get to lead. i am amazed that i can drive 45 minutes to the ocean to write a paper at a cool coffee shop. i am amazed that i get to go run along the ocean shore as soon as this paper is done. i am amazed that i have great friends to hang out with this weekend. i am amazed that i have a cute apartment near the hills that i get to live in with a great roommate. i am amazed that i have an awesome family in minnesota and i get to visit in june.

as you can see, i'm going a little crazy...but i'm gonna enjoy it and keep on smilin'. :-)

Friday, April 4, 2008


the rumors are true...
“We’ve got some new material. We’re very exciting,” Wahlberg said. But, he said, the group will remain true to the high-energy choreography that made them famous. “We’re going to dance, we’re going to sing, we’re going to do it all.”

My Tivo is set to record the Today Show on May 16...and my credit card is ready to buy some concert tickets. I'm pretty excited to see these almost-40-year olds sing, dance and do it all...

money and school

i'm about to go hand the ATM$100 over to the kinda feels like he tried to make this a date, so we're keeping it to a morning Starbucks run. though it would be an awesome "how'd you meet?" story, i'm suspicious...

in other news, roommate posted an ad on craigslist for an entrepreneur to interview and we got a ton of responses...some nasty, some legit. fortunately, a friend hooked me up with a former boss, so i'm good to go. but these craigslisters are being forwarded to others in my class. handy.

Thursday, April 3, 2008


Dear Kristie,
We are pleased to inform you that you have been admitted to candidacy for the Master's degree.
Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations

some of my favorite lyrics

Is there anybody out there
Just like everybody out there
Just want somebody out there just like me

It's ok, to be a little broken
Everybody's broken, in this life

I'll be there for you
These five words I swear to you

I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive

Faith: you know you're gonna live thru the rain
Lord you got to keep the faith
Faith: don't let your love turn to hate

Whooah, we're half way there
Livin' on a prayer
Take my hand and we'll make it - I swear
Livin' on a prayer

Yeah I'm busting loose, I'm letting go
Out on this open road
It's independence day on this lost highway

Welcome to wherever you are
This is your life, you made it this far
Welcome, you gotta believe
That right here right now, you're exactly where you're supposed to be
Welcome, to wherever you are

Bon Jovi can be cheesy...and I love it!
(and, yes, i fell in luv with him again tonight)

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Bon Jovi returns...

yup, we're going to see him tonight! good times and swoonin' are in my future.
i don't know if i can get this extreme again, but ya never know...

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

canadian? my home town? me?

Canada eying purchase of Ely, eh?
Officials say recreation town could be moved to other side of BWCAW
Staff Writer
Published: Monday, March 31, 2008 10:59 PM CDT
ELY — Could Ely really disappear from the map of Minnesota next year? Will Ely really soon belong to Canada?


There are many questions still to be answered, more information yet to be told.
But, according to the Ely Chamber of Commerce, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has reportedly entered into negotiations with the state governor’s office to buy the town of Ely and move it to the Canadian side of the border in an attempt to boost tourism. If a satisfactory price can be determined, Ely could “reappear” on a new map come early-2009 — the map of Ontario, Canada.

The chamber’s just-announced “news” of Canada’s unprecedented offer to buy Ely — a virtually unbelievable circumstance — has come as quite a shock to everyone from the mayor of Ely to local resort owners and canoe outfitters.

“This is truly amazing,” said Linda Fryer, administrative director of the Ely Chamber of Commerce. “This came as such a surprise that we haven’t even had a chance to react. Who would have thought that someone would be interested in buying Ely?”

Blayne Hall of Williams and Hall Outfitters in Ely was a bit dumbfounded by the chamber’s announcement, but not completely surprised.

“We were all shocked to learn of how serious the parties were to complete the transaction,” he said. Yet, “it’s an event that was bound to happen sooner or later, with a resource like the Boundary Waters sitting so near Canada.”

In a prepared statement, the Premier of Ontario has pledged that the town will retain its worldwide reputation as the entryway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness — only from the other side of the border, according to the chamber. Street names, buildings, homes, restaurants, gift shops and museums will also remain the same.

The story of the sale, though, has left Minnesota residents wondering if this might be the last summer to enjoy the 1 million acres of unspoiled wilderness the Ely area is known for worldwide, Fryer said.

“I think it’s really important that if we’re going to be locked in negotiations for a long time before it happens that it’s in the best interest for people to visit Ely sooner than later,” Hall said.

John Schiefelbein, owner of North Country Canoe Outfitters and Pine Point Lodge, agrees.

“With the coming change and passport situation going into Canada, I hope Minnesota people and U.S. people will take the summer of 2008 as their opportunity to visit Ely while it’s still on our side of the border,” he said, referring to the pending passport requirement to cross the border.

Ely Mayor Chuck Novak was stunned by the chamber’s incredible announcement.

“I’m not really sure whether it’s real or not,” he said. “I’ve had several phone calls from a lot of people inquiring about a potential offer to buy the city, but I have no document at City Hall.”

Novak said he was awaiting the next delivery of mail to see if anything official had arrived. “Until then, I don’t know what to do.”

He said he would seek the advice of council members and “walk around and ask our citizens” for their input.

“We have to figure out what position to take as a City Council,” Novak said. “I don’t think anyone on the council would entertain the position to sell the city.”

Hall said his customers have been concerned about the situation. “Everybody’s been calling to find out if they need to change their money before coming up and if they need passports.”

Schiefelbein has experienced a similar situation.

“There’s been a demand from past customers to keep us as the home of Ely,” he said.

After all, there’d be many adjustments if Canada took over Ely.

“I’m not sure how easy it will be to use loonie coins instead of dollar bills,” Schiefelbein said. “Personally, I’m very proud of the U.S. eagle. It will take some getting used to the Canadian beaver.”

However, “with the U.S. dollar on par with the Canadian, valued essentially the same,” it may help some, he said.

But “there will be an economic impact,” he added. For instance, phone numbers will have to be changed, and “I understand the mail to Canada is slower and it will take us longer to get our brochures out. ... It concerns us.”

Additionally, he said, “the Minnesota DNR will lose out on state fishing license revenue from all the people who come to Ely for the fantastic fishing.”

And there’s no telling how long it will take United States tourists to get to the new Canadian Ely.

“I’m not sure where they’ll put the Canadian Customs station to get into Ely,” said Schiefelbein, who envisions visitors backed up to Duluth “with the number of people trying to get through Canada Customs (to Ely).”

But he does understand Canada’s interest in Ely.

“Any place would be lucky to have Ely,” Schiefelbein said. “It would be a tremendous boon to Canadian tourism to have the central entrance into the Boundary Waters, (a place) which is unparalleled anywhere in the world with such a huge number of lakes and wildlife and fishing opportunities.”

Schiefelbein said there is a petition residents can sign to try to stop the sale of Ely to Canada, and he urges people to do so by visiting the Ely Chamber of Commerce’s Web site at

“Voice your support” of Ely remaining in Minnesota, he said.

The April 1 announcement has been truly “amazing,” Hall said.

Could it be a coincidence that it was made on April Fools Day?

“It was totally out of the blue,” Schiefelbein said. All of a sudden on April 1st, bang, they hit us with this. You’ve got to kidding, eh?”


Additional information on this ongoing story will appear in tomorrow’s Mesabi Daily News.


i need an entrepreneur to spend 45 minutes with me and tell me all about being an entrepreneur. then i gotta write a big ol' paper on our chat. help!