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That's right. Second annual. If you didn't make it last year, make a better effort this time around.

Start Time: Sunday, April 6, 2008 at 8:00pm
End Time: Monday, April 7, 2008 at 12:30pm
Location: Chatterbox Pub, corner of Cleveland and Ford in Highland Park in St. Paul

Well, it's a birthday extravaganza. At Chatterbox Pub. And, unlike last year, my birthday falls on a karaoke night. So be there, folks, it'll blow your mindhole.

If anything changes, I'll add edits on this sites.

Also, I'm having a bit of a barbecue on the night of the 5th (weather permitting) at my parent's house.  What can I say - it's my brother's idea.  If anyone's interested, let me know - I'll be in New Prague for the afternoon at a "bird house making deal" my aunt and uncle is throwing.  Bring your own meat - we'll cook it up.  It'll be awesome.

I was browsing through craigslist's writing gigs postings today looking for freelance opportunities, when I noticed a new link at the top of the page: Personal Safety Tips

I thought "Thank You" toward Craigslist a little bitterly.  I hope that everyone who uses that site heeds these warnings.  I then immediately thought, "What if they'd had this up sooner?"

Missing you, Katherine.

cross-posted from bodice_goddess
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Our Newest Edition


Over the weekend, on one of our "Let's Go to the Mall!" trips to the Mall of America, we added a new kid to the apartment. We would like to welcome The Dark Lord Lincoln Smorgas to the fold. The Sharper Image offered me their floor model for 75% off the regular price of the product, and I couldn't resist.  He's just so cute! 

EDIT: 14 Feb 2008
The above video is the first of many for the Smorgaslord.  It's also the first time he's been programmed (at least, by us).  This video was taken on a Motorola RIZR cell phone video camera, however, if the presence of tripods and digital cameras at Taliawesome was any indication, many more will follow, and with better quality.

My new home

One of the greatest and most-bestest things about my new home is my drive to and from work every weekday.  It sounds terrible - I mean, who wants to deal with traffic, really, but it's definitely a perk.  Living in the city and working in the suburbs, I have a tendency to be driving against the flow of traffic, so I miss it.  But that's not the best part. 

You see, I am in love with the city of St. Paul.  There's no ifs, ands or buts about it.  I even felt like I was cheating on my ex-fiance when we were together because it got to a point where I would rather be in my car, driving around the city just looking out the windows than spending time with him.  But my drive to work now takes me along 94 to 52 south in the morning, and north in the evening.  Just the other day, I was driving along 94 and saw the sun rise over downtown.  It was breathtaking - the way the rosy hues of the morning caught the steam rising from the heat exchange.  As I came around downtown and onto the Lafayette bridge, it was another view of the way the tawny color of the sky seemed to nudge the old warehouses of Lowertown to rub the sleep from their eyes and ready for a new day.  I looked at the river, laying at the foot of it all, looking much like my kitchen windows - encrusted in ice in some places, yet clear and reflective in others.

Eight hours of work later, I made my way back towards my city at sunset.  This time, the failing light caught the windows and the metals on the westerly sides of downtown, reflecting the golden sunlight back into the frozen sky.  Though the sun was yet to set, the lights of the trees on Wabasha Street park gleamed a purpley-magenta color from a distance, warding off any impending darkness, just enough light to sleep or be awake by.

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