Monday, August 30, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Aqua Fun and Ikea Wins Again

This is going to be so awesome

Singing the unsung praises of the Aqua Jogger. It's usually only taken up by people after injury strikes, but I'm excited to make this Workout Type #4 after running, biking, and swimming even if I'm fine. Options!

And, I don't know how I always forget that procuring furniture from Ikea involves assembly.
Attach pug to board with the 10mm flat head brackets....

I love Ikea furniture because it tends to be small like the proportions of our house. But the buzz kind of dies when you remember that it won't be of any use until you put it together. Put it together using wordless picture instructions that can be so exasperating that I have most certainly had to walk away from them on numerous occasions in a huff...and allow myself to return only after I've had a snack.

Then, just when you have everything in place to do kung fu on Step 1, stealthy dog appears out of nowhere and into personal workspace, dropping a sock toy silently next to your hand, licking part of what will eventually be a shelf, tripping through piles of screws carefully sorted by type, ultimately facing you expectantly to please play now.

All to say that I have succeeded in assembling an Ikea dresser and playing with a dog at the same time.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Public Service Announcement

Believe it or not, a couple thousand dollars worth of car damage can look as innocent as this.

When hit by the car that was hit by this car on I-94 in bumper-to-bumper traffic at 4pm on a Thursday.

As in, I can't close my trunk.

As in, hey, I've had to replace the front bumper after a 15 passenger van somehow ripped it off while parked, so it must be about time to do some damage to the REAR one!

So here are my two seconds of bossy:
Can we please stop texting while driving? And if no, how about only at really long red lights when not moving?

Because when I blew out my birthday candles, I know I didn't wish for the fun that is working with insurance companies over the course of several weeks.

Of course I'm incredibly fortunate it wasn't worse, or that I wasn't the 20 year-old driving the car in Position #1 whose driver's license didn't have a current address and who didn't have a current proof of insurance. I bet that was fun.

Anyway, please just don't text while driving. It can actually be a bigger risk than most of the ones MacGyver took. You dig me?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

Roadtrip with My Trusty Sidekick


We did it! Gus and I traveled the Northwoods - Cass Lake, Bemidji, Itasca State Park, Kabekona, Lake George, Emmaville (pop. 4), Dorset area lake roads, Nevis, and Akeley, with our home base at the cabin.

With a few exceptions, this was mostly uncharted territory for me and I was dying to check it out after outlining a basic route with my new Minnesota topographical atlas. (N-E-R-D!)

The Husband was in Madison this weekend, previewing the Ironman bike course. So while he biked 200-some miles in two days, I threw Gus in the back of the car in his pop-up travel crate and we hit the road. My main fixation was Bemidji, having never been there. I had to see what a town large enough to house a university was doing north of Leech Lake.

Highlights included:
  • Chancing upon a massive dragon boat race event in Bemidji, where Gus met approximately 400 children and greeted each one with equal enthusiasm. I also bought a $1 fab green purse at the Goodwill crazy days sale. Interesting town.
  • The 1o mi. Wilderness Drive in Itasca with a stop at the park's tallest white pine (112 ft). Initially I didn't think we'd drive this extra loop, but then reminded myself that the whole theme of the trip was "YES."
  • Treasure City in Royalton on the initial drive up. Dogs can go inside if held! Which sort of became like shopping with the heaviest bowling ball on record under my arm, but I wasn't about to deny Gus the experience...the experience of viewing the mind-boggling, though sadly overpriced, merchandise. But if that's what it takes to keep it in business, then c'est la vie. There's nothing like the thrill of buying completely non-functional blue sunglasses on a whim. (See picture below.)
Here are some other photos from our adventure trek. And you can bet we were pumping Madonna through the speakers!