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December 29th, 2011

I was going to write about my awesome & relaxing Christmas vacation in WI this week.  But after last night, I can’t make it the full focus of this blog.  In short, it was awesome.  Mom showed me how to be an awesome old lady 20 something year old and knit correctly.  I whipped out […]



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I was going to write about my awesome & relaxing Christmas vacation in WI this week.  But after last night, I can’t make it the full focus of this blog.  In short, it was awesome.  Mom showed me how to be an awesome old lady 20 something year old and knit correctly.  I whipped out a hat in no time.  Its amazing when you have the right yarn, sized needles & know the knitting lingo how much more fun & easier knitting is.  Mom & I also put together a 2000 piece puzzle full of all sorts of different pretty shoes.  Both things, along with eating delicious food & seeing my family, made my trip amazing.  Aren’t you glad I summed that all up in a paragraph vs. drawing it out for a whole post?

 

I debated posting this, because its probably not nice to mock my neighbor.  But Connie (her name is changed to protect the innocent) gets the nickname “Crazy Connie” for a reason (side note – she is super sweet & means well).  The lady is CRAZY.   She runs a fine line between institutionally crazy & “I’m a wacky gal” kind of crazy.  In the short 3 years I’ve lived in my house, I probably have more than a dozen examples of her nuttiness (I could write a few blogs – or maybe 1/month for a few years).

 

Its approximately 8:30pm last night when I’m sitting at the kitchen table and got the bajeezus scared out of me because out of the corner of my eye I saw a man dressed in all dark park & walk in front of the house.  I know, you people are probably thinking “what’s wrong w/ that?”.  But when you live in a fairly safe neighborhood, but shenanigans is definitely not out of the norm & you aren’t expecting someone, it can kind of startle you.  I then saw his bright flashing lights (funny how I missed those initially).

C: Matt, a police officer w/ his lights on just parked in front of the house
M: Wha?
C: yeah, I saw him walk across the street…kind of odd

Soon this was the scene in front of our house – except it’s missing the 1 extra fire truck, ladder truck & you can’t see the ambulance (again mom, someday I’ll get to using windex on the windows).

 

C: Ohh…super drama.  I hope they aren’t going to Ada’s house! (she’s our sweet old neighbor, I was legitimately concerned right here)
M: It looks like he went into Connie’s house.

C: *chuckle* oh…Crazy Connie, I wonder what she did this time – I bet Jim (her husband) isn’t home.

C: ohh…the fire men are walking into her house all suited up with an axe & fire extinguisher

*Crazy Connie just NOW walks out of her apparently burning down house*

Approximately 3 minutes has passed & the officer is walking back to his car.

*Matt steps outside & asks him what is going on (I’ve finally trained him into becoming a nosy neighbor & getting the gossip on everything an informed member of the neighborhood).*

*Matt comes back into the house chuckling*

C: soo…what’s going on?
M: Apparently she filled her entire house up w/ smoke using the microwave.

C: That Crazy Connie!

C: I won’t lie babes, if our house is so filled with smoke that I need to call 911 – Lucy & I are calling from the sidewalk, after I grab a clean pair of underwear & socks.

M: Babes, that’s what any normal person would do, but she’s crazy…

 

You really need to hear all the other stories to maybe find the humor in this & realize that this is not surprising that she A) almost burned her house down via the microwave & B) called 911 for something that maybe opening a few windows might have solved.

 

Also, we picked Lucy up from the doggie hotel yesterday and she was so exhausted she didn’t care about her favorite men outside her house.  I even tried to tell her it was better than last time because they were in full uniform, not just fire pants, suspenders, & a t-shirt.

 


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San Antonio – why are your colors so bright?

December 22nd, 2011

After a wild goose chase to a job site today (that was really a school, not the medical office building that it was supposed to be) I found myself in a very Hispanic neighborhood.  I’m going to preface this with – stereo types wouldn’t be stereotypes if they weren’t true.  I knew I was in […]



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After a wild goose chase to a job site today (that was really a school, not the medical office building that it was supposed to be) I found myself in a very Hispanic neighborhood.  I’m going to preface this with – stereo types wouldn’t be stereotypes if they weren’t true.  I knew I was in a predominately Hispanic neighborhood due to the large amount of F-150’s & Chihuahua dogs running around…oh, and most things were in Spanish.

 

I loved this area and I wish I would have brought my camera.  I had to call matt & tell him that this part of San Antonia is Texas’ version of Vegas (for my anyways).  Hear me out.

 

Over Thanksgiving, I posted about the lights of Vegas.  How during the day, they aren’t on, and I feel like I’m not missing anything, but in the evening, when they are bright & flashing, it’s a whole other story!!   I found myself wanting to go into EVERY ESTABLISHMENT in Vegas at night, even though I knew it was a strip club or someplace I didn’t want to be.  But the lights…oh the bright flashy lights, they draw you in & make you feel like you’re missing out if you don’t at least step inside the door to see what its all about.

 

This area of San Antonio didn’t have the lights, but they had bright & vibrant colors…and huge signs.  I wanted to go into the local markets, pawn shops, bakeries, and restaurants.  I laughed at myself as I was driving by a tamales restaurant.  I don’t even really like tamales, but the building was BRIGHT YELLOW and it said “delicious tamales”. I seriously almost stopped.  I thought (and still think)  – how could I not love a tamale from there?  I feel like I missed out on so much not going into all the very attractive places.

 

If I ever go into business, I’m taking lessons from this neighborhood – bright colors & huge signs – it makes it SO tempting to stop in & see what its all about.

 

On a completely different note – I’ve had an urge to start knitting again.  After starting back up on Saturday night, I was quickly reminding why my knitting things are collecting dust in the closet.  I’m determined to knit a hat, it seems so simple, but it’s not turning out right (please help mom!).  Apparently Lucy feels the same way.

 


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Work Travel

December 18th, 2011

C: I’m staying in an Embassy Suites tomorrow in San Antonio.  Know why that’s exciting? M: Nope C: They have complimentary happy hour. M: Babes, you can’t even drink C: Ummm….It also includes Kiddie Cocktails – ON THE ROCKS! M: *silence, but a smirk* C: and all you can eat popcorn.  I hope they have […]



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C: I’m staying in an Embassy Suites tomorrow in San Antonio.  Know why that’s exciting?

M: Nope

C: They have complimentary happy hour.

M: Babes, you can’t even drink

C: Ummm….It also includes Kiddie Cocktails – ON THE ROCKS!

M: *silence, but a smirk*

C: and all you can eat popcorn.  I hope they have glass elevators like the one in Minneapolis

M: *still silent*

C: OH!  Their continental breakfast is pretty big too.  How will I ever chose between sugary cereal, bagels, pancakes, donuts or french toast?

M: I’m not sure…

C: The Embassy Suites is the high life – I like living the high life.

M: Babes, someday I’ll show you living the high life

C: you mean free kiddie cocktails & an awesome continental breakfast at the Embassy Suites isn’t the high life?

M: Nope…

C: Oh…


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I think I’ll fit

December 9th, 2011

M: So what happens if the weather remains really cold & snowy & we can’t put up the outdoor Christmas lights?   C: Did you forget who you married & where she’s from? M: wha? C: I’m from WI, we put up outdoor lights in the cold & snow every year. M: I’m not putting […]


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M: So what happens if the weather remains really cold & snowy & we can’t put up the outdoor Christmas lights?

 

C: Did you forget who you married & where she’s from?

M: wha?

C: I’m from WI, we put up outdoor lights in the cold & snow every year.

M: I’m not putting them up if its below zero

C: Fine, then i’ll put them up myself

 

M: How are you going to get them out of the attic?

C: I’ll find a way to make the ladder talle enough so I can get into the attic

M: your pregnant belly won’t fit through the attic hole

C: my pregnant belly is still smaller than yours

M: *laughs* oh really? How big do you think you are around?

 

C: probably 48″.

M: *laughs*

 

Thankfully it will be warm this weekend, so I won’t have to get my pregnant belly through the attic hole.

 

F0r the record, I’m only 41″ around – I just measured.

 


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All we got was a T-Shirt and its awesome

November 30th, 2011

Update on The Price Is Right – we went & it was AWESOME.  Matt even made it up onto Contestant Row – I think I might have been just as excited as if they called my name.  Unfortunately some grandma outbid him on an iPod surround sound stereo thing…so all he got was a T-shirt.  […]



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Update on The Price Is Right – we went & it was AWESOME.  Matt even made it up onto Contestant Row – I think I might have been just as excited as if they called my name.  Unfortunately some grandma outbid him on an iPod surround sound stereo thing…so all he got was a T-shirt.  I haven’t taken the t-shirt off since, except to shower.  I wear it under my work clothes, to bed, etc.

 

Tomorrow marks only 3 WEEKS until Christmas.  Oh the joy!  I love Christmas.  Unfortunately, I think I’m a total Christmas fail this year….  My house is to small to put up my tree, which is a disappointment in itself (note to self…next house must have large jetted tub, king sized bed, living room big enough for tree & storage).  Fortunately, I haven’t let my small house deter me…I just decorate the outside instead.  I like to have my lights turned on Thanksgiving evening, but this year we were in Vegas.  I just kept telling myself “one week late won’t hurt, you can put them up next weekend”.  I looked at the weather today – its supposed to be cold & snowy this weekend.  Matt mentioned last night that we maybe wouldn’t be able to put lights up this weekend and I almost had a full on melt down.  I hope the weather man is a liar & its a bit nicer so I can hang my lights.  I knew I should have put my lights on the house in October when I started getting into the Christmas Spirit….


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BLACK FRIDAY

November 24th, 2011

Black Friday seriously has me worked.  Being in Vegas, I won’t be able to partake, which makes me feel like I’m missing out, and kind of overwhelms me.  But the most ridiculous part about this is I DON’T NEED ANYTHING that’s on sale for Black Friday.  I just hate missing out on a good deal…I […]



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Black Friday seriously has me worked.  Being in Vegas, I won’t be able to partake, which makes me feel like I’m missing out, and kind of overwhelms me.  But the most ridiculous part about this is I DON’T NEED ANYTHING that’s on sale for Black Friday.  I just hate missing out on a good deal…I love a good deal…and there seems to be PLENTY on Black Friday.

 

As we arrived at our hotel, we passed the Fashion Place Mall, and I thought “i wonder what Friday will be like there…I should go”.  But seriously…that would be pointless.  last year we bought toilet paper on Black Friday – let’s not forget!

 

Also,  Vegas works me too.  We come here with a plan and some things to do, and it all sounds awesome.  Then we get here and there are flashing bright lights that say “Catie, come visit me here”.  When every building (including De Ja Vu Love outside our window) is screaming that at you, it seems like I’ll never see all there is to see here.  *sighs*.  I don’t even want to go to DeJa Vu Love, but the bright lights seems so inviting.  I’m going to stick w/ our plan of the hoover dam, football, & price is right.


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Fruit Salad

November 16th, 2011

Now that the Holiday’s are fastly approaching *squeals of joy* I need to make my Grandma Elizabeth’s apple pie (its amazing, I want to make it all year, but for my waistline’s sake, I save it only for the holiday’s).    I used to hate pie, until she turned me onto the ways of apple […]



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Now that the Holiday’s are fastly approaching *squeals of joy* I need to make my Grandma Elizabeth’s apple pie (its amazing, I want to make it all year, but for my waistline’s sake, I save it only for the holiday’s).    I used to hate pie, until she turned me onto the ways of apple pie.  For that Grandma, my taste buds thank you.

 

After she passed away, my mom gave me stacks of her old recipes.  Some she wrote herself (anyone good at deciphering her writing?), some she clipped from newspapers & magazines, & some she stole from her friends & family.  I thought for sure I had her pie recipe written down in my trusty family recipe book, but I couldn’t find it.   And even though I have been through the big stack of recipes a million times, and have written down all the important ones, I still went through them to see if I could find her pie recipe.  I couldn’t.  I guess I just call Sarah for it every year.  Not to worry Sarah…I actually wrote it down this year.

 

Anyways, I must have missed a folder of recipes in the past.  Its a gem…a real gem.  For one reason, Grandma wrote a bunch of stuff down on scrap paper, which happens to be old papers my mom must have written for high school or college.  Her typing skills weren’t the greatest (you’ve come a long way mom!), so she must have scrapped them.  FYI…my mom ROCKED at reports in her day.   Second reason – it’s the mother load jackpot for pickle recipes & jell-o w/ fruit salads.

 

I don’t know about anyone else, but jell-o w/ fruit salads were a staple at The Hintzman’s.  Grandma ALWAYS had one out for us to eat w/ our Saturday lunch when we’d come visit.  I think its something w/ their generation…  I loved the ones w/ marshmallows…a sweet surprise when you took a bite.

 

I have been excited about all the jello salad recipes I found in the folder.  I’m pretty much DYING for a reason to make some.  Anyone want to come over?

 

At work today, they were discussing doing a pot-luck for an office Christmas party.  I, again, squealed in joy.  Not only do I LOVE pot-luck’s, but it’s a totally legitimate reason for me to make some jello w/ fruit salads…  When I told the ladies that, they only seemed half excited…

 

Grandma, I hope your jell-o w/ fruit salads are just as awesome as I remember them, otherwise, I’ll be the laughing stock of the office…Don’t let me down.  But seriously, who doesn’t love a little fruit in their jell-o?


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Come On Down!!!

November 9th, 2011

Matt & I have decided to take a mini vacation to Las Vegas over Thanksgiving.  We have never gone anywhere just the two of us, its always going to visit family or for a conference.  This should be fun.  He’s been to Vegas many times, so asked me to figure out things I want to […]



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Matt & I have decided to take a mini vacation to Las Vegas over Thanksgiving.  We have never gone anywhere just the two of us, its always going to visit family or for a conference.  This should be fun.  He’s been to Vegas many times, so asked me to figure out things I want to do, since I’ve only been once (for a conference, for him).

 

Last night I was researching shows.  I’m not much into musicals or the such, but I wanted to see what was out there.  I came across this – The Price Is Right – Vegas Style.  I basically ran frantically through the house ecstatic that we could get as close as possible to making a child hood dream of mine (and I’m pretty sure BethAnn’s) come true.  THE.PRICE.IS.RIGHT – OH.MY.LANTA.  B & I spent countless school days off watching the Price Is Right.  It’s basically the awesomest game show to ever grace this planet.  Bedroom sets, cars, cash, & the big wheel.  *squeels*.

-Our conversation last night, with mass excitement in my voice, and Matt, as usual, “just humoring me”-

C: Matt…I lied about not wanting to see a show.  I found one WE MUST GO TO, you probably aren’t excited like I am, and it sounds kind of cheesey.

M: Babes, I thought you said you didn’t want to see one

C: I lied.  I didn’t know that they had a mock Price Is Right.  You could help me almost fulfill a life long dream of being on The Price Is Right.

M: *rolls eyes* Seriously love?

C: seriously.  My favorite show ever.  Remember how I tell you I had an awesome childhood & tell you about the things that made it awesome?  Like going to Embassy Suites for “vacation” in Minneapolis near the Mall Of America with the Kleist’s?  And how excited, to this day, I am to tell you about it, because our parents made it THAT awesome?

M: Yes…

C: I have that same excitement for The Price Is Right.  It was a staple to my childhood, like Embassy Suites & Yahtzee w/Susie.  B & I religiously watched this game show everyday during summer vacation, Christmas vacation, & sick days.  It was always so funny to watch the people spin the wheel so hard they fell over.  B & I always said we’d be on the show someday.

M: I have a better idea, why don’t we go to Los Angeles & see the real show?

C: *sighs*  Because Bob Barker is no longer on the show.

M: I know, its Drew Carey.

C: Yeah…he smudged up the show.  He doesn’t have Bob’s excitement about it and when Bob hit on his beauties, it wasn’t creepy.

 

I’ll let you know in a few weeks if I’ve gotten as close to checking “get on the price is right w/ Bob Barker” off my lifelong to-do list.  I hope there are pictures.  I’ll probably be the only person there to be just as excited as if I were on the real show.

 

Our other option could be to see Viva Elvis by Cirque Du Soleil – which still might be awesome.

 


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Barn Dance, Texas, & Baby Sherwin

November 6th, 2011

Before you get all up in my business about not updating, I’ve been busy.  Shocker…   Last week we spent the majority of the week in WI.  It was my bestie, Susan’s, wedding.  It was really gorgeous!  She had it in a barn…so it was a bit chilly, but a PERFECT setting for her & […]



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Before you get all up in my business about not updating, I’ve been busy.  Shocker…

 

Last week we spent the majority of the week in WI.  It was my bestie, Susan’s, wedding.  It was really gorgeous!  She had it in a barn…so it was a bit chilly, but a PERFECT setting for her & her now husband.  I couldn’t imagine anything different.  Now,I can’t wait to see the pictures!

 

Also, we had Ally’s baptism on Sunday while in WI.  She did awesome, no hysterical screaming of the kind.  She’s a baby rockstar.

I got to catch up with my niece, Abby & Gabe while home too.  Boy, do I miss a lot not being home all the time.  Abby is doing awesome in Kindergarten, and she likes it, except “its a long day” (her quote..not mine).  She’s made lots of friends.  Gabe digs pre school, although he can’t tell us what he does while there.  Must be amazing though!

 

This week, I spent 2 days in San Antonio for work.  I was disappointed.  I thought San Antonio would be really pretty, but it was kind of more run down – lots of great old building pictures to be had.  We did the pontoon river walk tour.  That was nice.  I told Matt that’s what I envision Venice to be like.  Only with a gondola, and a man not wearing khaki cargo shorts, a polo, & straw hat.  But kind of the same thing.  Buildings butting up tot he river & pretty scenery.   He looked at me like I was crazy.  I guess he’ll have to take me there so I can accurately compare.

 

We had an ultrasound this morning to see Baby Sherwin.  He/She is in there and looking’ good.  I kept my eyes open for it’s “bits” but didn’t see them.  She also turned the screen away when she took a closer look at that area.  I made her turn the screen when she was going over the lower half so I wouldn’t accidentally see the bits and ruin it for Matt (he doesn’t want to find out).  I’m a fantastic wife, I know.

 


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Elephant

October 16th, 2011

Beginning of July, Matt & I were at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival when I fell in love w/ this woman’s work.  She is able to take old scrap wood & turn it into amazing looking wall decorations.  I thought some of her animals would someday look great in a baby’s room…then I fell over […]



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Beginning of July, Matt & I were at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival when I fell in love w/ this woman’s work.  She is able to take old scrap wood & turn it into amazing looking wall decorations.  I thought some of her animals would someday look great in a baby’s room…then I fell over when I saw a piece was over $700.

 

I thought I could recreate it, but didn’t quite know how.  I went through about 10 different variations, but still nothing I was completely satisfied with.   Fortunately, the process (or a process that makes sense to me) came, and I was able to make my own.

 

I started by searching craigslist for scrap wood – low & behold, there was an ad for FREE scrap wood from a torn down barn.  JACKPOT!   I acquired quite the collection of wood (more projects?).

 

 

Second, I assembled the wood onto a piece of backer board.

 

I then cleaned the house & took a nap while I waited for the glue to dry.

 

Finally, I worked some jigsaw magic & came up with this.

 

 

I am so happy with how it turned out.  And excited.  Ask my mom.  I was so excited when I called her, I bet she thought I just got my name called to “come on down” on The Price Is Right!