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you thought you’d never have to hear about it again.

but you were wrong… the bowling obsession continues…

Ian and I high five for good luck.

Today was the first Thursday in about 4 months that I’ve actually gotten enough sleep to make it through the work day. Why? Because our bowling league is over.

Our bowling teams: Little Lebowski’s Urban Achievers and Mark it Zero.

And good thing, too, because I’ve got some serious deadlines to meet – 3 manuscripts all need my attention before next Monday, and they are on things I know nothing about… like rodent neuroanatomy. Yeah, that’s right – you can divide their already tiny little rat brains into even smaller sections. It wouldn’t be so tricky, except that their anatomy doesn’t quite match up with human neuroanatomy, and why even bother with rats if we can’t translate what we’re doing to humans. So my quest to understand the rodent brain continues… wish me luck.

Strike! Let’s hope that I can feel this good about my manuscripts.

Anyways, it was a long day, but I came home to find a great surprise: Jason made guacamole! Delish!

Mmm… Jason’s homemade guac!

February 21, 2008 at 9:30 pm Leave a comment

bragging about bowling for the last time

That is, unless any of you want to go bowling sometime so I can show off my moves. No? Oh well.

We finished the season strong as our 5th place team (out of 8 teams) beat the 3rd place team in 2 out of 3 games. Blame it on our high handicap (we actually have the least number of pins knocked down in the league), but it’s still a win. I managed to get a 153. Not too shabby.

February 14, 2008 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

i delivered.

It only took me 2 “warm up” games to reach a new all-time high score: 164. That’s good enough to place yours truly on the league’s high score (w/out counting handicap) list.

If only I was this successful at paper-writing this week…

February 7, 2008 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

expecting big things

My bowling has been on the upswing the last 2 weeks, so I am expecting big things tonight. And, if all goes well, I might even try “spinning” – up till now I’ve only been a straight bowler.

February 6, 2008 at 10:44 am Leave a comment

Bowling vs. Skiing

My scores last night were much improved over my performance in the past 2 weeks. I blame it partially on the free beer (won by Jason in last week’s Simpson’s Trivia). Why is it that you bowl better after a drink? (note: after 2 drinks, the bowling went downhill).

That, combined with Saturday’s forecast, kind of leaves me wishing I was teaching bowling instead of skiing. You know it’s going to be cold when the daily high is a negative number.

Jan 19
Mostly Sunny -1°/-13° 10 %

January 17, 2008 at 1:35 pm Leave a comment

Biting off more than I can chew

I generally like to stay busy. I think I may have overdone it this time, though. I’ve managed to commit to teaching ski lessons Wednesday evenings and all day Saturday at Como Park in St Paul. I also have promised to help coach my cousin’s high school ski team. And we’re still unpacking boxes and getting the house set up, planning a wedding, and working full time. So if you don’t hear from me until… say… the end of February, you’ll know why.

Anyways, updates:

We are loving every minute of living in this house. Yes, it needs a lot of love, but things are slowly coming together. I love being able to take the bus to work, and it’s been great to live so close to a parkway where we can walk Barley.

We managed to score a free stove and fridge, so we officially have kitchen appliances. Unfortunately, we don’t have the appropriate electrical outlet for the stove, and cannot use it. Oops. Should have checked that out before moving the stove into the house. So we’ll continue to cook on the electric griddle, plug-in electric burner, and the microwave that Jeff and Andrea were kind enough to lend to us.

We’ll be starting our first big project – the basement – any day now. The paint is peeling off of the basement walls, so our first step will be to scrape the remaining paint from the walls, and then we’ll fix any cracks in the cement and skim the walls with a laytex cement. We’ll also patch any holes in the cement floor (or at least the ones that aren’t used to access pipes under the foundation), and eventually we’ll paint the basement floor. We’re also eventually going to replace the basement windows with glass block (if anyone knows how to install glass block, we’d love to have you over to teach us!).

Barley continues to crack us up. I think his little paw may have a sore on it – we suspect that he may have gotten some salt lodged into it. Hopefully it will get better without a trip to the vet.

My job is picking up, and I suddenly find myself with a lot to do at work. I’m in the process of designing some experiments and preparing to write a grant.

Wedding planning will resume this month, as we have yet to book a photographer, florist, or DJ.  We will also be working on reserving rooms at a hotel near the reception and building a wedding website so that we can think about sending out save-the-date cards soon.

I am having such a blast out on the hill! My cousin, Catherine, is skiing really great this year, so it’s fun to watch her race. 2 weeks ago, she even won a run! I’d like to take credit, but really, I don’t do much out on the hill other than chat with the kids and give an occasional pointer.

Ski lessons at Como Park are really fun, but also super-exhausting. Wednesday night, I teach 2 classes: the first class has about 15 6-10 year olds who have never skied before, and the second has 4 8-10 year old beginners. On Saturday, I have 5 classes: 2 classes of kids who haven’t skied before, 2 classes of beginners, and an advanced beginner class. The kids have been really great so far, and I’ve only had to deal with tears twice. The only drawback so far has been that my arms are incredibly sore from picking kids up out of the snow.

Bowling has not been great in 2008. And my bowling arm is sore.  But! Jason won another pitcher of beer for our team with his knowledge of the Simpsons.

January 13, 2008 at 10:23 pm 1 comment


I beat my all time high score again last night! I bowled a 143!

And, just to brag for a minute, I have had the highest female score for the last 4 consecutive weeks (after my handicap was added in, of course).

Our team is 5th in the league, but last night we beat the 2nd place team in 2 out of 3 games. The third game was especially intense, as we were 10 pins up when Jason was up for the last time. He managed to get a strike, which allowed us to keep our lead.  He also won our team a round of drinks for his incredible Simpson’s Trivia knowledge.  I’d say he was pretty much MVP of last night.

I am hoping to con my family into doing some family bowling over Christmas so that I can show off my skillz. Yep, skillz – with a z.

December 20, 2007 at 10:38 am Leave a comment

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