25 April 2010

My Neighborhood is Quirky

I've noticed on my daily drive to and from work that I drive past a LOT of churches, even for Minnesota. It strikes me that the French would find this very odd - why isn't there just one big church in the middle of town like where they live? In any case, of the 5 churches I pass twice daily, the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community is by far the most non-traditional of the lot. The second most non-traditional is the Quaker Minnesota Friends house, but I digress. Last week, this was the notice board at LHSC:


Their sign is always fairly off the wall, but I think this one takes the cake. My grandmother would be appalled if she'd seen it. So, everyone - thoughts? It seems an appropriate discussion for a Sunday. Well, sort of. I hope everyone had a nice weekend! It rained too much for my liking, but other than that I really can't complain.

18 April 2010

Target Field!

Today was the first weekend for the Twins to play in their brand new Target Field. Andy and I went on Saturday and it was glorious:

The statue of Kirby Puckett greets fans as the walk to the field through Target Plaza.

Gate 34, numbered for Puckett, is just past the statue honoring him. Check out the crowd, more than a full hour before game time.

Andy and I out in left field. It was a beautiful, sunny day - a perfect, wonderful day for outdoor baseball.

Andy standing in front of our seats - Section 230, row 1. Thanks to Andy's dad for the free tickets!

The view from said seats. The game-winning home run bounced off the front of the balcony directly in front of us. If it had been a few feet higher it would have smacked us right in the face. You can see us (sort of) in the video here: Twins Highlights - Hudson's Solo Blast. When they follow the ball when it's first hit, we're standing up just above the E in Management on the video board. Then he runs the bases and they zoom in on the second deck. We're standing up and clapping just above the "M" in Home Run. Andy's got a bright red polo shirt on and I'm wearing a white Twins jersey. We were on TV! My 5 seconds of fame. Or something.

Today was another glorious day. I was supposed to go for a bike ride after a lovely brunch with Jill, Maren, and friends but I got an emergency phone call from Andy. He had fallen down at the end of his bike ride and mumbled something about teeth and emergency dental care. I immediately rushed off to go pick him up, calling both of my cousins-who-are-dentists as I went. They both got back to me and were very helpful - thanks John & Mark! Anyway, I found Andy at his house and his teeth looked ok - slightly chipped but nothing serious. However, he had a huge gash on his chin as well. After spending 2 hours at the ER, Andy discovered that his jaw is NOT broken (a pretty pressing concern) and that the gash needed 10 stiches! 10!. But they gave him some Vicodin and he should make a full recovery. Rubber side down please, everyone. But we still managed to have a nice afternoon after all that - ice cream helps a lot of things. :-)

08 April 2010

A cold spring day

As many of my fellow office workers (and former office workers) can attest, one of the worst things about working in an office is being able to look outside and see the sunshine and beautiful blue sky and NOT being able to go outside and enjoy it. All. Day. Long. So even though I had planned to go to the gym this afternoon immediately post-work, I was too enticed by all that sunshine and blue sky. Instead, I decided to go home and take a walk around my lake.

Doesn't this walking path just look super tempting?

It may have looked like spring but there was a bit of a cold north wind blowing. I endeavored to persevere. Other signs of it being not-quite-yet spring? They have not yet brought the fishing docks back to shore:

However, the native warm weather water fowl were out in force. Some geese:

And to go with them, a pair of ducks:

When I got to the far north side of the lake, just a bit shy of the bandshell, it turned out to be the time of glistening waters:

Of course I had to stop and take a photo of that. :-) It was a lovely walk - it takes just shy of an hour to go all the way around and it was super refreshing after a long day of being stuck in an office. I would have gone biking but unlike some other members of my family, I don't really have the proper gear for sub-50 degrees.

And now back to watching our MN Twins try to win the series against the Angels. Only a few more days until opening day at Target Field, yay!