Saturday, December 20, 2008

Visitors!

Charlie and Greg are down for the weekend and here are a few pics I've taken.
Friday night, we went to the Minnesota Wild vs. NY Islanders game (we won 4-1!!)
The first picture is the boys at the game and the second one is from when we went and played hockey on Saturday; it's Charlie chillaxin' after a long, hard shift!




We got several inches of snow today and had to shovel the ice about every 30 minutes b/c it would accumulate lots of snow very quickly... this is Charlie shoveling...




And Greg Shoveling...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Cold Temps and Lots of Snow! (That is a statement; not a complaint)

If you watch the news, you are fully aware that it is very cold in Minnesota right now and very snowy. Over the past week or so, we've seen -20 to -30 windchills (don't overlook the negative signs) and we've seen inches (some places "feet") of snow.

I'm not gonna lie, I had forgotten what sub zero temperatures felt like. And I had forgotten what frozen nose hairs felt like. I am certainly not complaining though. Besides one particular moment of trying to repeatedly get my rear, driver side door to close (it sticks sometimes) in negative temps + wind/windchill, I have enjoyed every moment of the cold.

So far, I have played broomball and hockey in these sub zero temps and as the snow accumulates. It doesn't stop the fun - for me or any of my broomball/hockey loving friends - it just makes the games more interesting. Here are a few examples...

We'll start with hockey. I have played pond hockey 3 times now: once while it was snowing (the kind of snow where it's accumulating in inches) and then tonight, I played and the temperature was exactly zero (I think I have a mild case of frost bite, too, because my right, big toe feels like a rock. But like I told my mom, it's all good as long as it doesn't fall off...). The ice was really bad tonight because in between the snowy night and tonight, we had this random 38 degree day where the ice kind of melted a little bit and the sides of the rink had about 2 inches of water sitting on it. It re-froze, but it was soft in some spots and chiped easily in other areas so there were many moments of random falling on your face. Speaking of the warm hockey day though, there were a few times where we fell in the water so we were pretty wet, but pressed on.

Temperature is all relative, though. I mean, in California, 38 degrees in December is super cold and no one knows what to do. Everyone, if they dare to go outside their warm house, is in layers of clothes, wearing hats, mittens, boots, and carrying a cup of Starbucks to keep them warm. In Minnesota, however, 38 degrees in December is a warm day! No one has a hat or mittens on, you might have a sweatshirt on over your long-sleeved t-shirt, but it's really not necessary, and everyone is outside enjoying the day! Which is what we were doing on that warm, December day when the ice was melting. Wet shirts and pants and water in our skates, sloshing around (literally) was almost equivelent to wearing wet shorts after you've spent the day at the beach... no big deal.

Now for Broomball. Last night we had our second game... and we won... and I got two goals... It was about 3 degrees and it was snowing - but not the thick, heavy snow - it was light, fluffy and slippery. Even with the amazing Broomball shoes, it was still very hard to run on the ice so you relied on your passing game and taking a few dives every now and then to get to the ball before the opponent did! It's so much fun... I wish I was in a league for every night of the week! I suspect that tomorrow, I may end up with the Broomball cough (last time, I got it the 2nd day). We'll see though. Last time, I was in worse physical shape than I am in now - not that I am "in shape" - but I have been playing Broomball or hockey a few times a week so I can definitely handle physical activity a little better now!

I forgot my point - let me go read what my first paragraph said... Oh yeah, it's cold here... So anyway, while most of my fellow Minnesotans (if you didn't read that last phrase with the Minnesotan accent, you should go back and do that - It'll be fun)... anyway, while most of my fellow Minnesotans are not happy about the cold weather or the snow fall that is causing some of my coworkers 2.5 hour long commutes - one way (not exaggerating), I am loving every minute of it! But then again, I love winter sports and I have a 1 mile commute that takes about 3 minutes, IF I hit the stop light.

Check back in March to see if I'm still loving the cold and snow! But if broomball and/or hockey are still going, I suspect I will be just as content with the cold as I am now!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Last night, I went to an Ugly Christmas Sweater party with my roommate Angelene and friend/old roommate, Jenny. The picture basically speaks for itself...


(L-R: Me, Jenny, Angelene)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A few updates....

I realized it has been a while since I have posted any picture of nieces.


I ran across this video of Taylor from a few weeks ago:



video


And I found this picture of Hannah...






And my friend Rachel asked me to post a few pics of my new apartment. The only thing I have pictures of is my room - and I wish it was still this clean...
The view from my door

The view of the door from my bed

And the view down my hall to my bathroom (in my room)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Would you rather...?

Would you rather totally lose your sight, your hearing or your voice?

And why did you pick the choice you did?
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Tag, YOU'RE it!: I am not going to officially "tag" anyone becuase I don't feel like linking blogs right now, but if you have a blog, you should put a "Would you rather...?" on yours, too!
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Confession: I didn't think of this one on my own, although I have pondered this very thought before and have had an answer to this question for years - which I will wait to reveal until others have commented. I googled it to save time because the creative juices were just not flowing tonight.
=)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Snow!

I might be posting about snow a lot because I just love it so much! It is snowing again right now! I tried to take a picture and a video but it just doesn't turn out. Between now and tomorrow morning we are supposed to get up to 8 inches (or so, each weather report is a little different). I am so excited; mostly because I am not out driving in it. I can enjoy it from my apartment. About 100 yards from my apartment window is one of the freeways and it is pretty much crawling at about 10 mph and there are snowplows out trying to keep it clear. It is times like this that I am especially glad to be .9miles from work (yes, that is "point nine" miles, not nine).

Snowfall like this will make things a little busier at work though. We all forget how to drive in snow from one year to the next. We think we can push the limits further than we really can when it's snowing and then end up hitting someone or going into a ditch. I hope everyone exercises safety and good judgement while driving (not because I don't wantextra claims at work - there is always work to do with or without a snowstorm- but because accidents are just bad in general).

Tomorrow I am taking a test on property insurance. I have to get 70% to pass and I honestly don't think I will pass. I haven't studied like I should and it's not exactly the most exciting material. I am easily distracted (like I write pointless blogs about snow).

I guess that is it for now!

Another pointless blog...

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Amazing site!

My parents flew to Santa, Fe, New Mexico in my dad's plane since their business is in it's "winter break." My dad's brother Mike, his wife Madeline, and their daughter Meghan are flying to meet my parents because my uncle has his pilot's license too!

What is this amazing site that my "title" alludes to?? My mom is HIKING! For those of you who know my mom, this is big news! hehe (love you mom!!)


And if you don't believe me, here is the proof:



And a pic of my dad, the man who witnessed this phenomena in person:



Side note: Isn't it cool how we can send pictures to our friends and family anywhere in the world in just a moment's time!

Two posts in one day... keep reading... =)

Winter Wonderland

And so it has begun. Winter is officially here to stay in Minnesota. It's been cold (last night, it was about 4 degrees) and it has been snowing off and on this whole weeked! And, I've been thoroughly enjoying the winter! My broomball team played our first game last Tuesday and I played pond hockey on Friday. A few pics I've taken this winter so far...

This is the view out my living room porch right now... it's snowing, although it's kind of hard to tell from the picture.

This is the view out one of the windows at work; again, you can't really tell but it was snowing.
And just another winter-related pic: my ice skates with my new, pink laces and my stick with pink tape.

And a picture of the Minnesota Wild game that mom, dad, John and I went to when they were here to help me move a few weekends ago (we won't discuss whether they won or lost).

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Broomball game #1

Last night was my first Broomball game... OMGosh it was so much fun!!

I haven't ran around like that for a long time so it was a little tiring... ok, a LOT tiring! I hope I will build more endurance soon between broomball and pond hockey.

Today, I am pretty sore... I am sore in places I didn't even know I could be sore like the arches of my feet! What the heck?? And I have some stuff in my lungs from running around in the "cold" - although it wasn't really that cold out. It was probably around 32 degrees last night (couldn't have been much more than that because it snowed about 10 minutes after our game).

Oh, and we lost the game. By a lot! We had one goal and we stopped counting theirs after 8 goals. But I had so much fun I didn't really mind the loss.

Our next game isn't for a few weeks but I am already looking forward to it!

PS: Broomball shoes are amazing! You really don't slip on the ice at all! I am attaching a picture I have already posted once before so you can see the shoes again. The soles are soft and squishy and grip the ice!