Tuesday, February 27, 2007


This story about people wowin' out on the bus is really funny - because it's true :)

RSS Bus Tales, esp. since it's from Minneapolis it's fun.


Monday, February 19, 2007

Need to make an appetizer?

At my party I had Tortilla Pinwheels and received several compliments. I'm sharing the wealth - here's the recipe:

Tortilla Pinwheels
8 oz sour cream
8 oz cream cheese
4 oz can diced green chiles (drained)
4 oz can chopped black olives (drained)
1 c. shredded cheese
1/2 c. chopped green onions
garlic powder to taste
seasoning salt (Lawry's) to taste
5 10-in flour tortillas

Soften cream cheese. Mix all ingredients. Spread on tortilla, roll. Chill in plastic wrap overnight. Cut to 1/2 inch slices. Makes 50.

I feel like Amy is the only person who might attempt this, but that's okay.


Sunday, February 18, 2007

WOW! Craigslist works

Aside from selling furniture, I've never posted on Craigslist. Until tonight.

I got a pair of tix to Tuesday night's Wild vs Stars hockey game and decided to try something I saw on Boston's Craigslist a few years ago. This is what I posted:

Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars

I am a single 27 year old female, living in Uptown. Through work, I got two tickets to Tuesday's Wild game. Rather than going to the game with a friend, I thought it would be fun to use this as a tool to meet someone - random but could be fun. Just drop me an email telling me about yourself, where you live, and your picture - I'll decide who is going to the game by Monday.

I must admit I'm more of a Gopher fan than a Wild fan and this will actually be my first NHL game ever so I thought a fun date to the game might make it memorable.

So far, I've gotten over 30 responses -- and I posted it just a few hours ago. I feel very popular even though I know people just want me for my free hockey tickets. I'd say 1/2 of the responses are from people that seem normal and nice (I have a few oddballs, certainly [read: 40 year old limo driver offering to drive us to the game in his limo]) and one person I know in real life that responded not knowing I'm me, hehe.

I'm now starting to reply to the normal cute boys to determine who I'm picking as my date for the game. I have high hopes it's somebody that doesn't suck - and that I can roll the people I don't pick but that seem nice into dates outside of my ticket promotion.

UPDATE: I have 50 responses, and have it narrowed down to my top 4. It's tough to pick.

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Prepare to vomit

Sorry I didn't put this up pre-VD because I know you were looking to buy your sweetie The Smitten to show your love. "The Smitten is a single heart-shaped mitten (containing two cuffs). You and your honey will be able to hold hands while waiting on line at the ski lift or crunching along on a brisk, romantic stroll."

As my aunt Jeanne would say, "Gag a maggot".

I hate everyone who think this is a cool idea. Just a heads up on that.


Saturday, February 17, 2007

See you later, decorator

As a designer gets tossed off of Top Design, instead of Project Runway's Heidi Klum's "Auf Weidersehn", Jonathan Adler sends you off with "See you later, decorator".


It's so hokey, you've got to feel like he doesn't want to be saying it, but is forced to.


Tuesday, February 13, 2007


The news may be old, but still -- how much more evidence do I need to abstain from daily showers? I've got SCIENCE on my side, bitches.

Daily Shower Could Cause Brain Damage
The Gold Coast Bulletin
July 4, 2005

Taking regular showers could pose a health risk and even result in permanent brain damage, scientists claim.

US researchers believe that breathing in small amounts of manganese dissolved in the water may harm the nervous system. The damage may occur even at levels of the naturally occurring metal normally considered safe. Although manganese levels in public water supplies are monitored, regulators have not considered the long-term effects of inhaling vaporised manganese while showering, they claim.

"Inhaling manganese, rather than eating or drinking it, is far more efficient at delivering manganese to the brain," said Dr John Spangler of New Carolina. "The nerve cells involved in smell are a direct pathway for toxins to enter the brain."

Dr Spangler's team calculated from animal studies the amount of manganese people would absorb by showering for 10 minutes a day. After 10 years of showering in manganese-contaminated water, children would be exposed to levels of the metal three times higher than the doses needed to leave deposits in rats' brains. Adults with a longer history of showering could be exposed to doses 50 per cent higher. Children, pregnant women, the elderly and patients with liver disease were at the highest risk from manganese.

Everyone is exposed to small amounts of manganese, which is found in food and rocks, and enters the air, soil and water. But in sufficient doses manganese damages the brain and spinal cord, leading to learning and co-ordination disabilities, behavioural changes, and tremors.


Monday, February 12, 2007

Weddingpalooza 2007

I should really call it mini-wedding palooza because Natalie #1 takes the cake w/ her I think 13 weddings in 2006 (plus she was IN several of them). But, since that total includes invites from her and her boyfriends' friends, I figure I'm pacing with her because my slate is all mine, none from my BF. Because I don't have a BF.

ANYWAY, mark your calendar (Alicia) and plan for the following fun weddings:

May 5 - Julie and Brandon (aka JBY)
May 19 - Heidi and Joe
June 23 - Damon and Katie
July 28 - Beth and Gregg
September 29 - Rich and Nicole (aka Nicole Ritchie)

If you can come up w/ celebrity nicknames for the other couples, please share.

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Congrats to this tall drink of water on his new job!

Michael will be moving from the Advocate to Conde Nast Traveller next month for a new job within the ad sales dept. I thought the perks of working at the Advocate sounded sweet, I can only imagine what it will be like at the new magazine...


Let it be known

I'm totally getting married in December, year TBD. Looking at pix from this girl's MySpace page of her Dec wedding confirmed it. I thought I'd be a fall bride, but I'm definately learning toward Christmas instead.

PS Several pix make me throw up a little in my mouth, but focus on the church / xmas trees / garland with white lights ones...

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I thought I'd be at least 40%

You Are 28% Nerdy

You're a little nerdy, but no one would ever call you a nerd.
You sometimes get into nerdy things, but only after they've become a part of mainstream culture.


Sunday, February 11, 2007

This is your brain on drugs (alcohol actually)

After going to Plymouth Congregational this morning with Julie and Brandon and his mom and bro, I decided to swing by the grocery store and buy eggs so I could make myself brunch. I walked straight to the back of the store and picked up this:
However, as I was walking to the register I changed my mind and instead decided to buy this:
The only problem was when I got home and started to cook, I realized that I couldn't make what I wanted, namely this:

I am REAL dumb when I am hungover.


Saturday, February 10, 2007


me, Nicola, Missy at the Rugby Pub Crawl in September (fairly well into it, we look wasted)

Allegedly, Missy will be working at Lehman Brothers in London this summer. Yeah, Missy!


Mark your calendar

Minnesota Aids Walk - Sunday, May 20

Who think that the day after a wedding is a good day for an Aids Walk? Hmmm...

Where in the world..

I'm going to travel to Istanbul for a long weekend in April as a side trip from London. Alicia and I are overlapping Missy's spring break and it should be a fabulous time! We're collecting Istanbul travel advice from all who offer it - if you have any, comment.


These makes me giggle

From Overheard in Minneapolis:

Three More Self-Help Books, And He'll Attain His Goal.

Dude: So, I'm a douchebag?

My friend: You're not a douchebag. You lack the confidence to be a douchebag.


Listening Is Far Too Complicated.

Office worker #1: I made really good chicken tacos last night.

Office worker #2: Oh, did you make them with ground turkey?

Office worker #1: No... I made them with chicken.

Downtown Minneapolis Office

Don't Listen To Them. I Say It, And I'm Cool.

Girl #1: O.M.G.

Girl #2: OhMyGod Shelly you can't say O.M.G. in a, like, real convo. It's, like, not cool.

Girl #1: Oh shit, I can't be sayin L.O.L. then can I?

#6 bus


Baby licenses?

Let me first say that I mean this in the nicest way possible.

We've debated baby licenses before, perhaps this is some sort of evidence in our favor... This man is now a father to baby Samantha (at least that's what I learned from comments on his Myspace). I rest my case.

PS Yes, that is sweat he's soaked in, not beer.

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I bet you didn't know

  1. You can do "backstage tours" at the Guthrie on Saturday mornings at 10am for $8. During the tour, you will "learn about the unique building highlights and key architectural elements". Sign me up?!?
  2. The Guthrie Learning Center has lots of fun classes - "$15, 90 minutes" is the motto. Fun.

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Thursday, February 08, 2007

For the very first time...

I tried Twin Cities Free Market - with great results. I posted my loveseat (below) for free around noon today and at 7pm had a man come to my house and take it away. Wowsers, that was fast.

The downside is no pix on the site, but with 6 responses in 3 hours clearly people are using the site... Easier than hauling it to Goodwill!


Famous friends

I love surfing the StarTribune.com and randomly seeing a picture of my friend Matt, featured in the "Guys' Guide to Valentine's Day" story. Here's Matt:

For his guide to VD and all the other guys' advice, check out the article.


POLL: Fun movie on mute?

I'm preparing a playlist on my iPod to be broadcast on my surround sound for Saturday night's party - but was thinking it could be fun to have a muted movie playing to demo my big ass TV. My first pick would be Borat but it's not out on DVD for another month.

Any suggestions of a fun movie that would be 'background' at the party?

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*** DREAM JOB ***

The U has a new Academic and Corporate Relations Center that is a "go to" for businesses so they don't go in circles trying to track things down at such a big university. It's being compared to a hotel concierge desk - you go to them, they point you in the right direction.

Employed at the ACRC are relationship managers to help their accounts--about 20 companies or organizations each--to navigate the U and identify appropriate people to work as consultants or in sponsored research. The companies include Target, Best Buy, 3M, Boston Scientific, Hormel Foods and Coloplast Corp. in Denmark.)

How much would I LOVE to be a relationship manager?!?!?

U of M + tour guide + being a know-it-all + dealing w/ big companies = FUN job for Laura

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Singles pub crawl

I know my not single friends will bitch about this - sorry. I read about the Pub Mosey that's held annually the middle of October but couldn't go last year. Then they scheduled a Singles Pub Crawl in Nordeast (duh) for the weekend I'm in NYC this month.

BUT they just changed the date to Saturday, March 3. In theory, it could be warm(er) then. Which would be nice. It looks like the night starts w/ dinner which I'm a little bit anti, but I'm not in charge. Plus I like Gastoff's dinner (and there's a vegetarian option) so I'm hoping I can rally some peeps to do this. Right - it would be fun?

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Am I hot or not?

After having VERY good good luck selling some stuff on Craigslist, I'm now deciding I should considering buying MORE stuff. It's my kind of recycling :)

If you've been to my new place, think about the side of the couch by the window - I'm looking for a cheap, quirky table for there. Is this cute or ugly? It's cheap $50 so price isn't an issue - I almost think it's ugly/cute. But it might just be ugly/ugly.

Opinions, please. And fast! Gotta act fast when you're dealing w/ Craigslist.


Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Is it like when I hear trains?

Is it just me, fellow Uptowners, or have there been a lot of helicopter noise in the neighborhood in the last week?!? I swear I've been hearing helicopters once or twice a day.

Tell me I'm not being crazy.


Sunday, February 04, 2007

SuperBowl Commercials

The commercials were so lame this year. Only a few were memorable, and even those weren't great. What if Anheuser-Busch decided to stop advertising at the SuperBowl?!?! They'd be screwed.

Your thoughts?


On the theme of shirtless rockers, I give you Prince


Thursday, February 01, 2007

Shit damn motherfucker

I think D'Angelo may have been describing this week's weather when he wrote that song. It is c-o-l-d.