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The Princess and the Pea

Our spoiled little princess loves to be on the softest thing possible. When she was a puppy she hated being on tile. She would do anything to not be on any hard surface like tile. Now she’ll tolerate being on tile but if there’s any way for her to be on a softer surface she makes it happen. A bed isn’t soft enough, she wants to be on the blanket, on the pillow, on the bed. Here is a picture of her on the couch that illustrates it perfectly.


I’m not sure how the pillows got like that exactly but she was loving it. Silly, spoiled, little puppy.

Fourth Anniversary Trip

Joel and I aren’t swimming in money right now but we wanted to do something fun and spontaneous for our anniversary this year. Joel had never been to the Mall of America and I hadn’t been since I was 12 years old. We checked the flights and they were wide open so we decided to take a day trip up there. We left on the first flight Saturday morning. It was so strange to travel without a suitcase. Of course we didn’t need any luggage since we were only going to be gone for several hours. We just brought a backpack with toothbrushes and a change of underwear just in case we got stranded. Even though the flights were wide open and there was no bad weather in sight you never know with air travel.

The flight up was a breeze. Got an entire row to ourselves. Joel and I chatted over the SkyMall catalog. They have the coolest crap in those.

The first thing we did once we got to MOA was check out the roller coasters. I hadn’t been to MOA in 12 years and they certainly have added a lot since then. I mean, duh, but still I barely recognized it.

One of my favorite things about carnivals?

Cotton candy! Om nom nom

Speaking of delicious food, we also found some chocolate covered potato chips. These sound weird but they are so delicious! The only time I’d ever had them was 12 years ago when I went Minnesota to visit my grandma and I’ve been craving them ever since.

I almost forgot to take a picture, I was too busy eating them.

There was just so much silliness as you can probably tell by the pictures.

It was such a perfect way for us to celebrate being married for four years. This is who we are. We’re best friends and we love each other so much.

Can’t you tell?


Joel and I had a great anniversary yesterday. The spontaneity, fun and silliness fit us perfectly. Today we followed up by relaxing around the house, going to the movies, eating sushi and more relaxing around the house. It was heaven. I’m still super sleepy though and my wisdom tooth is trying to kill me. I think it knows that I have it’s extraction scheduled and is trying to punish me for it. It hadn’t hurt in months and I kid you not the day after I went to the dentist it decided to flare up. My oral surgery is on the 27th. I can’t wait and I’m scared to death at the same time. Once it’s over I’ll be glad though. In the meantime I’m living on ibuprofen and orajel.

Anyway, all that to say I’m not going to get a post done about our trip until tomorrow. I started it but *yaaaawn* I’ll be able to put together something much more interesting tomorrow. Night all!

Four Years

Four years ago today we gathered together in the simplest of ceremonies and vowed to be together forever. We’ve had so many ups and downs but through the worst we never stopped loving each other. Joel is still my very best friend and the best husband a girl could ever ask for. I love him more and more every day. Every day is an adventure and I’m so glad I get to spend it with my soul mate.

Happy Anniversary to us

Current favorite song

I found this song while reading through EmmieBee’s* blog. So beautiful. I’ve listened to it sooo many times over the last couple of weeks. See how the view count on YouTube is almost 3.5 million? Yeah it was at like 2.5 million when I found it… Ok not really but I love it. Hope you enjoy.

*she has a pretty neat blog, you should check her out. 🙂

Denver Pics: part three

Our last (real) day in Denver  we had a lot of free time to just wander around.

First on the agenda was coffee because, well, coffee is awesome. It’s also necessary when you get several short nights of sleep in a row.

After the coffee we wandered around Denver and explored some pretty cool spots.

Like this huge record store. We didn’t buy any records but we did find some Atari shot glasses. Atari shot glasses people! How nerdy awesome is that?! We think they’re pretty sweet anyway.

Along the way we encountered an extremely friendly squirrel.

Look how close he is to me! I’m pretty sure that’s not normal.

We kept backing up so I’m not sure how close he would have gotten. He had an adorable little face but his behavior made me nervous. I’m hoping he was just raised by humans or something and not actually sick or rabid.

That evening we had a cookout with several members of the band, people who helped with the DVD and a few fans. Unfortunately our camera (which I got in 2004) got dropped and was being a jerk about taking normal pictures.

See? What the heck? I can’t wait to get a decent camera.

Despite the crummy camera the cookout was a lot of fun.


Thanks to Kevin and Sarah for this picture.

I can’t say enough times how much fun the weekend was. Besides getting there and back it was super relaxing. We also made a bunch of really neat friends. I can’t wait until our next adventure. Wonder where we’ll go next….

Denver Pics: Part Two

If you missed part one make sure you check it out first.

After we finished the Coors tour we headed over to Scum of the Earth Church to set up for the Five Iron Frenzy DVD screening.

Our new friend Michael vacuuming like a champ.

My job was the popcorn. What’s a movie screening without popcorn after all?

On a side note, this church building is incredible. It was owned by an artist before Scum bought it and I have never seen anything quite like it. Here is a little tour:

The best part though? The bathroom. No joke guys, check this out.

Amazing, right? I want a bathroom just like this. Now I just need to find someone who can do this. Make sure you click on the photos to enlarge although our crummy point and shoot camera doesn’t do it justice.

Anyway, back to the screening.

Joel was very excited to be there.

Members of the band introducing the film.

It was a fun documentary to watch. I’m a fan of the band (although not nearly to the extent of Joel or other invitees there that night) so it was really neat to see the ins and outs of their journey. There are so many good memories associated with Five Iron Frenzy for me. All of them include Joel. We went to several shows together and although we weren’t “together” I definitely had a crush on him back then. It’s fun for me to remember being a 17 year old and driving out to Denver from Chicago for Five Iron’s final show. Joel and I flirted the whole way there and back. There was even a point where I thought he might kiss me. Instead he shoved snow in my face. Years later he told me he thought about kissing me then but decided against it at the last second… *grin* We wouldn’t become anything more than friends for more than two years but I like to think Five Iron was a part of that initial spark that later led to me marrying the love of my life. Seven years later the fact that Five Iron broke up still makes me a little sad. I’m so happy that I’ve made so many neat friends out of it though.

On that happy note I’m going to end this post. More pictures to come tomorrow.

Denver Pics: Part one

Minus the standby fiascos Denver was a perfect trip. I seriously had so much fun and met some really amazing people. I of course took a ton of pictures so I’m going to break them up into a couple of posts.

Beautiful view of Red Rock with Denver off in the distance.

Here we are. It was a beautiful day.

The group walking back to the car.

Next up on the agenda was a tour of the Coors brewery.

Off we go!


The tours were self guided. That’s why we have the awesome phone things up to our ears in most of these pictures.

Joel’s a nerd. “Scanning” his first sample of Coors.

In line for our samples. Which should I get?

This is probably one of the very few times you will every see a beer in my hand. It was free, how could I say no?

This was the first half of our first day. More pictures to come tomorrow!


I am still utterly exhausted from our trip. I slept like a rock last night. By this afternoon I literally couldn’t keep my eyes open so I took a two and half hour nap. I’m still so sleepy. I was going to edit all my Denver pictures and get together a post or two but I just don’t have the energy, sorry. Here is a little teaser and hopefully tomorrow I’ll be rested enough to edit and post the rest of my pictures. This is my favorite picture from the whole weekend.

Sometimes the amount that I love him takes my breath away.

Dorothy can keep Kansas

Ugh, today was another fun filled* day of standby. We woke up at 3am so we could catch a bus to Denver airport. Our flight didn’t actually leave until 8:15 but since it was a Sunday the bus options were very early or too late. We had breakfast and hung around the airport for the better part of three hours. We got on our first flight no problem and slept like rocks the whole time. Unfortunately, that was where our non-rev luck ran out.

All the direct flights from Denver to Chicago looked impossible. Any major city I could think of was equally overbooked. The most open flight was to Kansas City (MCI). That also seemed like a good option because my mom happened to be at a conference in Kansas City so we planned to meet up and fly home together. The flights were a couple people oversold but with a little luck it could have been a quick, easy day. Ha.

Flight after flight went out completely full with a list of standbys left sitting at the gate. Almost all the standbys were paying customers who were trying to get where they were going sooner. For obvious reasons they get priority over employees. While I understand the how and why it was frustrating to watch people walk up and immediately get handed a seat while I was left behind. To be fair, there were some paying customers that didn’t even make it on and they were just as discouraged.

I really think it wouldn’t have been as bad if we hadn’t been at MCI. That airport is ridiculous. There isn’t one security check point like at most airports. At MCI each group of three or four gates has their own enclosed area with individual security. The only thing on the gate side are chairs, restrooms and a little concession stand. Not even a drinking fountain. If you’re hungry or thirsty you’re forced to purchase insanely high priced food and drink. I’m talking $8 for a small, mediocre sandwich or $2.50 for a 20oz bottle of water or pop. There are restaurants on the other side of security but no liquids over 3oz are allowed back in the gate area.

This is what I liked to call the zoo.

There was one poor lady with several rowdy kids. She freaked out on the CSR because there was no way for her to get a cold glass of water without dragging her kids and loads of thing back through security. Not easy to do for anyone much less a lady with screaming kids. In the end I think she was forced to exit because TSA rules are what they are, CSRs can’t break them any more than passenger can.

I wish I could have just stretched out across several chairs and taken a nap but that wasn’t possible because of the armrests.

The skinniest of persons couldn’t fit under those. Just plain cruel.

We ended up spending a grand total of 9 hours in that itty bitty little airport. Finally, we were called for the very last flight of the day. I’ve never been so happy to get a boarding card in my life. The flight was so quick it was almost a joke. Up and down in just about an hour. We literally could have driven home in the time we waited. I love my travel benefits but I’m probably going to think really hard before I go anywhere any time soon unless the flights are wide open. We’re not in Kansas anymore Toto and boy am I glad.

*and by fun filled I mean exhausting

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