26 June 2010

A break in the storms

Maren and I had big plans for yesterday. We were going to have a group over and have a picnic/potluck in the park next door. Sadly, it was not to be. The worst storm of the summer came through at about 6, exactly when people would be making their way over to our house. But Desi and Andy had already made it over, so they helped us make a dent in the large batch of chicken we'd prepared. We played some Yahtzee and watched the hail come down. When it finally did clear up briefly, Desi made a break for it (although I'm not sure how she got home - even 35W was flooded) and the rest of us walked over to Sebastian Joe's where there was NO line.

Despite the not so auspicious start to the weekend, today dawned sunny and coolish. I decided biking was in order. By the time I got out there, it had become humid and warm, but I endeavored to persevere. I was confronted by some evidence of last night's storm before I even got out of my neighborhood:



I think the car is fixable, but they were extremely lucky. I chatted a bit with the guy who had started to clean it up and he said he usually parks his car across the street and had moved it about 30 minutes before the tree fell. He dodged a bullet there.

I took my usual route with a short detour here:



The river looked pretty high - all that rain  had to go somewhere. Mostly, I just wanted to climb back up the hill from the Lock & Dam. It's killer, so I took another break very shortly thereafter:


More evidence that all that rain has to go somewhere - the falls were absolutely roaring. It quickly became too hot to stand in one place for too long (evaporative cooling only works when you're moving), so I headed for home. Plus, there is very important soccer on TV.

Oh, I almost forgot! Last weekend, a professional bike race came to town. Maren and I met Andy at the Minneapolis/Uptown leg of the race. Those riders are FAST:


I mean, it is just my crappy cell phone camera, but I don't think my regular camera would have gotten a much better shot of these ladies. It was amazing! Here are the men, stretching and preparing before their leg of the race got started:


Lance's team was here, but obviously none of the truly famous riders were participating. Still, all of them were way, way faster than me. Or Andy. Or anyone I know in real life. It was fun to see.

16 June 2010

Summer

According to one of the local news outlets, it has rained here all but two days in the month of June. I guess all that rain in Paris was just a warm-up to prepare me for home? Something like that. Despite all that rain, I have still been able to take part in some quintessential Minneapolis summer activities.

For my birthday last week, my parents, Andy and I went to Target Field to watch the Twins beat up on Kansas City. This is the view from our seats:


Pretty nice, huh? It had rained earlier in the day but cleared up just in time for a lovely evening at the ballpark. Then, over this past weekend, Andy and I persevered and went to the farmer's market. This is me on the walk back:


Andy says "Look at the French girl." And he's not wrong. :-) It rained a bit after I got that excellent baguette home just in time for lunch - it went well with the cheese we got at the market and the salad we made with the wonderful fresh veggies. Yay for farmer's market season. 

Yesterday it was POURING down rain in the morning (are you noticing a theme...?) and I was a little concerned for my planned evening activities. Fortunately, it started to clear up and we were able to have our concert as planned:


That's us playing at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. The band has been around for a while and actually inaugurated the band shell when they massively remodeled it back in the late 80s. Last year we got rained out, so I was glad it was nice yesterday. Andy came, so I even had a fan. So far, I'm two for two on fan attendance! 

Finally, today turned out to be OOTNDITHD (tm Gino). Sunny and in the 80s. After dealing with a minor Australia related crisis, I went home for some excellent biking. Remember my super cool new bike? It's still awesome. I went on my 5 lake, 1 river, 1 creek tour and took my food break/pit stop here:


There were LOTS of other people at the Falls who had the same idea as me. Tomorrow is going to bring more rain, so I doubt the summer concert series is going to continue it's no rain out streak. But who knows - my luck has been holding so far!

07 June 2010

No Place Like Home

I knew that my Paris trip was going to have to come to an end. And yet... a little bit more time would have been really nice. And perhaps slightly less rain. In any case, all of the photos from the trip are now up on Flickr - you can find the complete set here.

But I did have to get home, despite the loveliness of the City of Lights. You see, I had something really important to go to this weekend. One of my best friends (and a former roomie!), Jill, got married this weekend. She is now Mrs. Andrej Maczka! Congratulations to Jill and Andrej! They are in Panama by now, hopefully enjoying their honeymoon. And if they don't take a picture of the famous canal while they are there, they will have to answer to me. :-) Or something. I was the personal assistant to the bride, which essentially means I was running errands before the ceremony to make sure that everyone was where they were supposed to be, when they were supposed to be. Oh, and I was in charge of flower distribution. It was wonderful to be able to help Jill out on her big day and I know that they will be super happy together. Here are a few photos from the reception. There a few more and a video on Flickr as well:

The wedding party dancing together at the reception.

The happy bride and her 3 college roommates. It's the first time we've all been in the same place since we graduated in 2005.

It was a beautiful ceremony and the reception was super fun - good food, lots of excellent dance-able music and I got to catch up with some friends. 

This week is going to be pretty busy as well - I've got tickets to TWO Twins games. The one on my birthday vs. the Kansas City Royals and then Andy has his dad's tickets for Friday vs. Atlanta. It's going to be a very baseball intensive week. So tonight, I am being lazy and enjoying my last full week of cable TV.