Saturday, October 24, 2009

Flight School

Have you ever wondered where pilots go to get their training to fly you around the world in a commercial airliner? Well, wonder no more; my mom and I discovered the truth when we were in the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport last week.

Pilots train in fighter pilot video games at the airport arcades. At only a quarter per game, it's a pretty cheap education! And we thought education wasn't affordable!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Start Seeing Motorcycles

I got the following as a fowarded email today. Thought I would share on my blog rather than forwarding in an email.
Do you see the motorcycle?

How about now?

The Honda crotch rocket rider was traveling at approximately 85 mph. The VW driver was talking on a cell phone when she pulled out from a side street, apparently not seeing the motorcycle. The riders reaction time was not sufficient enough to avoid this accident. The car had two passengers and the bike rider was found INSIDE the car with them. The Volkswagen actually flipped over from the force of impact and landed 20 feet from where the collision took place. All three involved (two in the car and the bike rider) were killed instantly. This graphic demonstration was placed at the Motorcycle Fair by the Police and Road Safety Department. A picture is worth a thousand words.

So anyway, the moral of the story isn't "don't ride motorcycles" (of course that's fine) or "don't talk on the phone while driving" (unless you live in a state where it's illegal like CA). Just be careful out there, pay attention, and if you are getting too distracted with your phone call, hang up and drive.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

2 Push Ups

If you read my post about setting goals, you will remember that one of them was to be able to do a "real" push up.

Well, today I did two! They were not in a row. One was around noon and the other was just a few minutes ago (9:20pm).


Saturday, October 10, 2009

What I love...

I love when my dad, mom or one of my brothers puts a comment on my blog.

I love when other people do, too, but I really love it when my family does. Just saying....

True Story

We got snow last night.
Enough to stick.
Cold enough to still be on my car at 10am.

(PS: aren't my new tires great? And my new starter and Clutch Byspass wiring? haha)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

A Short Story

Once upon a time an average girl, with an average job, and an average life was trying to get her finances under control. She restructured her budget and consolidated her debt and made a huge effort to not spend any more money than she needed.

She even tried to anticipate and save for those expenses that were out of the ordinary. For example, when she knew she had a large, upcoming expense (4 new tires) she saved her money to make sure she could pay cash rather than having to put the expense on her credit card.

Everything was going great.

Then the universe bit her in the butt and her car broke down.

$520.00 later it was fixed.

The end.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

2 new goals

I like having goals.

Sometimes they are big and huge goals that take a lot of time, effort, planning, and are certain to have a lot of failures and successes before I have reached my goal. For example: Re-doing my budget and manage my spending better.

Other times, they are small goals that don't take much time but are nice to accomplish and then move on with my life. For example: Each day I hope to record my voicemail at work without stumbling over my words and having to start over.

Well, I have a new goal. Well, two new goals. And one actually stems from the other.

This year in hockey I am going to be playing Center. This means I will be the person trying to win the face-offs. After my first few attempts at facing off during a practice a few weeks ago it became very apparent that I do not have the upper body strength necessary to be overwhelmingly successful at winning face-offs. I realized that it would be a good idea to work on building my arm strength. And the day after my practice, my extremely sore triceps confirmed my idea!

So, I set out to build up my arm strength. (This is goal #1)

In the process, I solicited help from someone at work who also works out when I do and they helped me learn a few exercises to build up my arm strength as well as shoulder, chest, etc. Obviously one exercise that can contribute to this new goal would be the simple push up. Except for me, they are not so simple. I can definitely do the "girl" push ups (on my knees) but I cannot do a real push up. Well, I can do half of one.... I can lower my body towards the earth but the coming back up part gets me every time.

I really want to be able to do a *real* push up (This is goal #2 and eventually I will expand this goal to be able to do more than one push up!)

Even though I have been trying to do this for a few weeks now, I have yet to actually do a push up. But, I can tell I am getting closer to reaching this goal. Tonight, I almost did one... I could feel it; but my arms are still rebelling. I will try again every few days though!

Obviously goal #2 is easy to measure: I can either do a push up or I can't.

Goal #1 will take time to measure. The official hockey season for my team hasn't even started yet so I am not regularly doing face offs at this point. But through the year, hopefully I will become stronger as well as learn some techniques on how to become more effective at winning face offs.


It's raining here in Minnesota.

And not just outside.

I have a leaky ceiling in my bedroom. And about 2' x 2' "T" shape in the ceiling that is soft and squishy.

And now I am waiting for the maintenance guy to come and fix it.

Frankly, I'm not surprised there is a leak because when I moved in, there was discoloration on my ceiling that is clearly a water mark.

Luckily, it's not dripping on any of my stuff (yet!).

The worst part of it all: I was gonna take a nap when I got home!

  • After no maintenance guy and no call from the apartment after an hour, I called and found out that the maintenance guy went on the roof, discovered some drain was clogged with leaves and that they will be here tomorrow to address the leak in my room. TOMORROW? Seriously?
  • I got my nap in!

Sunday, October 4, 2009


I love hockey.

And it's officially hockey season for the pros! Even though Minnesota Wild lost their first game, I have high hopes for them. They are under new management and coaching this year and have undergone some big changes in regards to how they play the game (positioning, breakouts, etc) so even though it might take them a bit to catch on and get the new system down, I think we'll see a lot of good things from them this year! And if not, it's still fun to watch the Wild!

In about 3 weeks, my AHA hockey season begins, too! My team, the Diablos, have already been practicing, played in a tournament, and have had a scrimmage game. I think it's going to be a blast this season and I am so excited to be back on the ice!

When I am not watching a MN Wild game or playing with the Diablos, I hope to spend time playing JMS hockey (indoor pick-up hockey), pond hockey or broomball (OR taking a nap)! =)