Monday, May 13, 2013

Screening the Screen

Choosing whether or not to have the fetal DNA blood test run for chromosomal abnormalities wasn't easy. Did we want to know? Would it help us prepare if there was a problem? Would it put our minds at ease to know all is clear?

We decided to do it and I'm so glad we did. The results are good/normal and we do feel relief and now do not have to do any invasive testing (amniocentesis). As a bonus, we can find out the gender already...

Monday, March 08, 2010

Bad Star Tribune. Bad.

I feel like a horrible “pageant Mother” but this really got under my skin. Star Tribune made the mistake of showing vote counts in Nika’s "Cutest Canine" round.

Five dogs had a silly number of votes. While you want to believe they just had big support or were simply *that* cute, they weren’t. To vote, you must log in and are limited to one vote per hour in a 23 hour round. It's not humanly possible to have a single voter every minute.

Isn’t it suspicious when 5 entries have over 1000 votes when the next closest is 75? Even after several independent inquiries were sent and responded to by contest support, these 5 cheating dog owners still make the Top 5. It doesn’t bother me one bit that Nika didn’t make it, but it pains me that they did! Boo!

Somehow I feel better for making a tactful but direct comment on the contest link on their Facebook page. I also feel ridiculous for letting this irk me so much.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Feeling Guilty

For not calling my Grandpa in way too long.

It was nice to talk to you today - can't wait to see you on Sunday!

Friday, March 03, 2006

Feeling Guilty

For upgrading my Movable Type. Until 4am.

Apparently, version 2.661 had some security issues as well as a labor-intensive comment spam control plugin. I loved MT-blacklist, it was effective, but those spammers get smart quick. I was having to manage that blacklist daily.

Anyway, the upgrade itself was pretty easy. The database upgrade was another story. Me, being the overachiever I am, figured I might as well switch from the BerkleyDB to MySQL while I was messing with the configuration. Turns out, the cgi script to build and convert the d/b left out 2 tables. So after rebuilding the MySQL d/b 4 times, converting the data (which took 40 minutes each time), encountering errors, performing shot-in-the-dark-troubleshooting, I finally stumbled upon the call-out to the missing tables. I built them and miraculously, we're live on 3.2.

I took the 3 in-between hours to build my profile on myspace because everybody-else-is-doing-it and sharing pictures that I can't see without a profile. When did everyone get so virtual? Have I been living in a shoebox? I actually hate these things. "Here, take a look at the photos from last weekend, but you have to sign up, join every mailing list known to man, and share personal information about yourself." Sweet.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Feeling Guilty

For being so damned boy-crazy.

And for not realizing it until being a week removed from it all.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Feeling Guilty

For disrespecting time.

It matters.
When you get there. Sometimes when you leave. How much you spend. And how. With who.

Quality supercedes quantity. At least it should.

Focus is focused. Obsessing is wasteful. It's just such a damn fine line.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Feeling Guilty

For justifying the HDTV. Because Time Warner upgraded my cable box to the HD DVR for my siding trouble and because technically, I don't have to finish paying for it until 2007. Bravo to the Bravia!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Feeling Guilty

For technically spending over $250,000 in 30 days.

But my car payment is actually lower now. As is my insurance. Justification is so easy.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Feeling Guilty

For missing Jolynn and taking it personally. :)

Friday, September 30, 2005

Feeling Guilty

For ever doubting that the right house was out there.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Feeling Guilty

For allowing this house-search to take over my life. Well, except for volleyball, softball, kickball, bowling and the Vikings.

I have faith I will find what I want, where I want and within my budget. Hopefully before retirement age.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Feeling Guilty

For playing the game and gratifying idiocy with multiple responses.

I formerly apologize for my immaturity in doing so.

Also, for not posting this sooner to clean up the main page.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Feeling Guilty

I am no longer allowed to post after drinking any beer.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Feeling Guilty

For not knowing where my feet are. And it freaks me out so I just put 'em down in places that I shouldn't.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Feeling Guilty

For having the tiniest nagging doubt that the Vikes will win on Sunday.

Friday, October 29, 2004

Feeling Guilty

For getting so caught up in turkey making that I didn't call some of my friends until today. I hope it's not too late of notice for tailgating!!!! 2 Turkeys. 3 lbs of potatoes. Beer to infinity. You should come.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Feeling Guilty

For running late to my Mom's birthday lunch turned dinner and having to leave right after the bill settling for a volleyball game the other team forfeited.

Friday, August 13, 2004

Football Fiender

For seriously contemplating tailgating on Saturday.

For a pre-season game.

It feels wrong to be excited about football already. I hate to wish the summer away, but... 27 days until kick-off!

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Busy BBQ-er

For over-doing? I know, I know. I say I'm too busy and then I go all out crazy on an impromptu BBQ...

But it was fun and I really enjoyed getting all of our friends together. Besides, seeing everyone savor the meal I'd prepared made everything worth it.

Even the 3 hours I spent on the chicken salad :)

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Picture Procastinator

For finally processing pictures in Photoshop and getting prints at Sam's Club.

From 2002.

Thursday, July 01, 2004


For never being satisfied, over-scheduling myself, over-spending and forgetting about what's really important. Must start taking better care of myself.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

The Unlifter

For not working out for 2 whole weeks.

I finally start making progress and then backtrack 30 days. Amazing that you can miss just 2 weeks but it sets you back a whole month. Now I understand why people fall out of their routines. It's frustrating when you've been working really hard to inch forward as fast as great-grandma drives at night only to slip back to square 1 in an instant.

How am I supposed to keep Ryan in line if I don't have any muscle???

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Belated Birthday Bulletin

For letting a whole week go by before writing about my birthday. It was totally worth writing about. It was only the best birthday EVER.

Friday, May 07, 2004

Birthday Begger

For wishing the weekend away because I'm THAT excited for my birthday.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Shoe Shopper

For ordering these shoes thinking that if I dress summer it will be summer.

But they had a 5 1/2. I couldn't pass up sandals that actually fit. Could I?

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Schedule Saturator

I know I'm to blame for my schedule.

I try to do it all. Somehow I manage to fit everything in but not without steamrolling myself into near oblivion.

Today I found myself trying to figure out a way to be at 3 bachelorette parties at once.

Is there a support group for stuff like this?

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Work Wailer

For actually crying on Sunday because I didn't want to go to work on Monday.

Friday, February 20, 2004

Car Cryer

For actually almost crying.

Over a car.

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Car Crasher

For realizing have spent over $1900 on my car in the past 4 months. $1300 since mid-December. Not including the car payments. That stinks. But when I get it back, it'll be like brand new. And that's a good thing.

Monday, January 12, 2004

Wellness unwisher

For that split-second of wishing I felt as sick as I did over the weekend when I woke up this morning. I've had lots of time off of work lately, I should not be looking for a reason to have more!

Monday, December 22, 2003

Dreadful Detective

For knowing that those 3 - 15 year old scumbags were probably guilty of firing the shot but being too scared and worried about unfairly stereotyping them that I let them go without much explanation.

Somehow I managed to not let this ruin our day or the shopping experience.

Also, I found a very nice glass guy who's fixing it as we speak. Ryan was also kind enough to drive me to and from work today. It's too bad this had to happen, but I have no-deductible glass insurance and nobody was hurt. And that's what's really important.

Monday, December 15, 2003

Serious Selfer

For taking myself too seriously. And forgetting how to slow down and take things in stride. This schedule has me running so hot and nearly on empty - think this Friday afternoon 'tune-up' may be just what the doctor ordered. It's hard for me to recognize when I need to set aside some time for myself. Even harder for me not to feel guilty about it. Sounds like a new year's resolution waiting to happen.

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Behind Blogger

For being so busy and behind that I've been using this as an on-line journal (which can't be interesting in the least). But good God it's the only way for me to keep track of where I am! I'm not trying to say this was even interesting before but at least there were some juicy stories or miscellaneous tidbits. Not just yet another day in the life of me. Ah hell, who am I kidding? I'm just sorry I haven't had time to try coming up with ways to keep this changing enough to be considered worthwhile to anyone but me.

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Schoolgirl Slacker

For waiting until the day of the test to do all of the homework given so far this semester. And for foregoing the all-nighter cramming to watch Average Joe. Reality TV? I need therapy.

Friday, November 21, 2003

Burger Begger

For going home to run and instead eating a stuffed burger at Tuggs. Although I got to catch up with Danielle which pretty much nullifies the guilt. Well, almost.

Thursday, November 06, 2003


For keeping myself too busy. I promised I'd start making more time for myself and even though I only have 1 class this semester I swear I'm even busier now than before. I haven't run in a week! And have been drinking my weight in beer. Luckily have not felt its affects but I will if I don't get back on that treadmill dammit! Dang drinking's getting in the way of my wellness program. Oh well, I guess that's better than the other way around!

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Lazy Bones

For not working out for 4 days in a row. After drinking about a case of beer and eating everything in sight. Must run tonight. Hopefully the foot will cooperate or I might have to make good on the threat to cut it off.

Monday, September 29, 2003

Boysroom Borrower

For using the men's bathroom because the line for the women's was down the hallway, out the door, over the mountains and through the woods.

Also for falling off of a chair. And being reminded of said chair incident last night when said, "I have a mystery bruise on the small of my back. And it hurts." to which Ryan politely said, "It's probably from that chair jumping out from under you last night."

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Jäg Bull Binger

For drinking Jägermeister on a Wednesday. I mean seriously, there should be rules about these types of things. Also, Red Bull is the devil. Anything that makes you jittery for a full 24 hours off of half-a-tiny-can can't be good for you.

Friday, September 05, 2003

Auto Apathy

For not working on the T-bird when have prospective buyer looking at it tomorrow. Need to get priorities straight as went to garage and drove by t-bird to wash the prelude half-knowing I wouldn't have enough time afterwards to work on the bird. Bad girl. But my baby looks so nice all shiny and new!

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Disappearing Daughter

For not spending enough time with my family. Yes, I've been really busy, but I've found time to go out with friends. I should be better about seeing my parents. Else I will have to resort to letter writing.

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Sports Slacker

For leaving the Saints game early because the Jägermeister put me in a 'downtown' mood.

Also for not being prepared for my fantasy football draft. I should be on top of this stuff - after all, you do have to pay to play!

Thursday, August 14, 2003

Tire Tester

Not only for not buying an air filter as I'd publicly promised, but for driving on going-flat tire long enough to force rubber off of it completely. Am lucky said tire stayed on long enough to protect rim from damage.

Also for gaining possession of scotch in less than ideal fashion.

And for eating ice cream 3 times this week.

Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Apathetic Auto Owner

For driving on bald, flat tires. Also for general auto maintenance neglect.

I will buy a new air filter for my car by this weekend
I will buy a new air filter for my car by this weekend
I will buy a new air filter for my car by this weekend

Spark plugs and brakes would be great too. I'm SO looking forward to my 60K tune-up.

Friday, July 25, 2003

Food Foregoer

For foregoing the afternoon-snack in anticipation of an after-work-beer even though was almost successful at convincing self that the desire to drink was actually a desire to work out.

Thursday, July 24, 2003

Smug Sprinter

For pushing extra hard at the end of the race just to beat the guy who'd been playing cat & mouse with me the whole way. Also for taking 3 nutrition bars at the refreshment stands. I only took 1 at first but went back for 2nds... er 3rds... when I saw other people with stacks.

Wednesday, July 23, 2003


For making the popcorn even though I knew I'd eat more than I should. Also for obsessing about race day. It's only a 5K. I don't think it matters if I don't follow a race-day-eating-plan.

Friday, July 18, 2003

Beer Dieter

For consuming over half of my daily calories in beer yesterday. Also because will likely repeat ratio today.

Monday, July 14, 2003


For not knowing when to go to bed anymore. Dawn breaking is God's way of letting one know they should have been sleeping long ago.

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

Vicious Volley-er

Because I know I'm going to play on Sunday, injured or not, wrist wrapped or not. And I'll probably end up setting some of the time. Just like I know I can't stay out of the dirt no matter how much it burns the shins and forearms. Pshh.

Monday, June 30, 2003

Chipotle Craver

For wanting Chipotle so badly actually thinking of driving to Minneapolis for it.

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Pizza Partier

For being sad that bowling is over until September. Also for eating about 18 pieces of pizza last night at pizza party.

Thursday, June 19, 2003

Sun Baker

For not wearing sunscreen. Also for rekindling my relationship with Coors Light. Dang it if just the thought of it doesn't make me want to 2-step.

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Accident Premeditator

For making a list of things to bring tomorrow and actually including ace bandages and crutches.

Friday, June 13, 2003

Freak Exerciser

For obsessing about food and over-exercising yesterday.

Monday, June 09, 2003

Jäger Shooter

For drinking Jägermeister on Saturday. Also for being impatient. And for partying like a rock star 3 days in a row.

Thursday, June 05, 2003


For eating every 4th starburst candy I thought about eating. It wouldn't be such a bad thing if I hadn't been thinking of eating 100 of them. In a row.

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Cell-Phone Scammer

My cell phone cuts in and out a lot. More than my 5150 did. Even when I first bought my 5150, I had to take it into the Sprint PCS store and they exchanged it because the signal was so bad. I even talked them into exchanging it with a brand new one instead of a refurbished as initially offered. The problem is that I bought my 5150 from a dealer vs. the 5300 from e-bay.

Not to be outdone, I took it to the PCS store. It failed one of the tests and they explained the whole refurbished thing and suggested I go back to the dealer where I bought it for exchange. I told them that they were out of stock and asked if they would be willing to exchange it. I felt a little shifty but on the other hand I just signed another 2 year agreement and am forking over $70/month so I don't feel that horrible. They obliged and now I have a new phone (yay!). We switched boxes after I assured him that everything was inside. When I got to work I unpacked its contents to place them in my desk drawer. Guess what I found... the other battery. So not only did I scam out a new phone, but alas I have a 3rd battery.

Now I feel guilty.

Thursday, May 22, 2003

Officer Ogler

For semi-flirting with 50-something cop in vain attempt to get out of speeding ticket.

Monday, May 19, 2003

Phone Finder

For finding my old cell phone 1 day after ordering new phone. Should re-name this to "Feeling Stupid" since should have thought to look there before ordering new phone. Thinking of legitimate reasons why need newfangled camera phone.

Also, found valet key in my Vikings coat. How did it get there? I don't know but I'm pretty sure David Blaine has been to my house.

Friday, May 16, 2003

Bar Crutcher

For contemplating going to the bar tonight with Wendy... on crutches.

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Bandwagon Jumper

For jumping on the bandwagon and buying a camera phone. I mean what am I really going to take pictures of?

Friday, May 09, 2003

Bored Outfielder

For being mad that noone hit to me during last night's game.

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

Softball Song Writer

For ripping off 1980's Bon Jovi lyrics to write pitiful softball song #3.

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

Lush Bowler

For bowling.
In the summer.

Also for playing too many sports that involve drinking. Volleyball Sundays, Bowling Mondays, and Softball Thursdays. I may need to be committed.

Friday, May 02, 2003

Late Sleeper

For oversleeping again today.

Actually I could blame the bed. My Dad was getting a new bed so I was going to use his old bed. Turns out Dad isn't getting a new bed now. So I'm using the good old coleman airmattress. Yes, I live in style.

Guess I'll have to break down and buy the Beautyrest. Pllbbbt.

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Nail Biter

For taking up chewing on my thumbnail again. 50 times in the last 10 minutes.

Also for counting how many times have chewed on said nail.

Friday, April 25, 2003

Anti-Rain Dancer

For actually believing I can control the weather by closing my eyes tightly and blowing up the storm clouds in my mind. Also for obsessing about rain that is supposed to pass before I'm even awake on Sunday.

Thursday, April 24, 2003

Travelling Gloater

For feeling snotty and triumphant that stupid guy in a hurry got a ticket. He probably had a good reason to drive like a half-brained maniac and getting caught probably ruined his day. Also he is probably losing his hair.

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Addicted Bowler

For missing bowling. When it's golf season.

Monday, April 21, 2003

Lazy Packer

For getting home last night with mighty intentions to pack, only to pack 1 box before deciding was too tired to continue. Then watching the Food Network until 1am.

Friday, April 18, 2003

Obsessive Clicker

For cursing for 2 straight hours because the comment forms wouldn't cooperate. And then for clicking the links over and over even though I know they work now. I've actually convinced myself that the little Internet guy is going to eat my templates and so will revert to mess I had 2 hours ago. Have saved 3 copies of back-up files. Need psychiatrist.

Thursday, April 17, 2003

Hasty Publisher

For spending an excessive amount of time trying to redesign the site only to prematurely publish the homepage because am too impatient to wait until project is complete.

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