Chinatown, New York City 2005
Drinks with Jessica
Embroidered Fashion Accessory (sorry no photo of my handkerchief that I entered)
Angi and Mary
I wasn't actually up North this weekend, so I don't have any photos of the competition or the ribbons. But Mom assured me she took lots of pictures. I win like $2 per ribbon, nonetheless I'm really happy.
I didn't tell anyone else in Bemidji that I was entering things in the fair. So, when Angi and the rest of the Green Cheese crew saw my entries they were so excited they called me up and told me how proud they were (and surprised to see themselves looking back from the entries). That's probably the best part. That and telling Jessica that she's my blue-ribbon model.
Just think of the tax breaks we could give if we divested in military might.
On another note, a couple of hot soldiers, Mike Lamon and Brian Ness are coming home from Iraq this month!
And I made cookies on Thursday night. Mmmm.
Yesterday, I readied my fair entries. I washed, dried and ironed my pillowcases to perfection. I can only enter one set, so I chose the purple "his and hers". I also entered a handkerchief that I embroidered last minute on Friday night. For photos these are what I chose:
color - grouping, "The Engaged Couple"
color - people, "Angi and Mary"
color - still life, "Drinks with Jessica"
color - cityscape, Chinatown, New York City, 2005
I also spent some time yesterday breaking into my house for the second time since I moved in. Oy.
Also, I'm enjoying Julie Roberts - Men and Mascara, which was a suggestion from a coworker.
Not to mention the cheap iTunes download (6.99 for the whole album), Sara Bareilles - Litte Voice. Her "Love Song" was free on iTunes last week and I highly recommend it.
The different categories I could enter are:
CLASS 503 BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHY
Lot 1 Color, Animals
Lot 2 Color, People
Lot 3 Color, Landscape
Lot 4 Color, Cityscape
Lot 5 Color, Nature
Lot 6 Color, Florals
Lot 7 Color, Still Life
Lot 8 Color, Grouping
Lot 9 Color, Digitally Enhanced
Lot 21 Black and White, Animals
Lot 22 Black and White, People
Lot 23 Black and White, Landscape
Lot 24 Black and white, Cityscape
Lot 25 Black and white, Nature
Lot 26 Black and White, Florals
Lot 27 Black and White, Still Life
Lot 28 Black & White, Grouping
Lot 29 Black & White, Digitally Enhanced
Lot 99 Not Specified
Or the whole alley won due to lovely garden's like my neighbors and we are just riding the coattails.
We do have some pretty grapevine and my impatients are coming along nicely though.
We stopped at Matty B's for Happy Hour first.
We were waaaay far away in the cheap seats, but the Twins won 6-2. When we left we had a car full of St. Paul residents trying to leave Minneapolis - not a good combination. 94 was eluding us. Why does it seem so easy to get around in St. Paul and so illogical in Minneapolis? Guess we just all need to spend more time there.
Friday at work was pretty slow. I was the only one in the office, so I pulled a chair over to the open window and enjoyed the sun until Rachel Ray came on TV.
We spent the beautiful day dripping in sweat - can you tell?
Here is the wedding party plus a few others. I got 2 best men. Oh yea.
Not bad for a first try. It tasted yummy.
Scott's daughter Mary provided a great deal of entertainment for all.
Mmmm. Cake and beer.
Jim and Angi's brother Andy.
Angi's kids Jade and Noah all gussied-up
Angi and her Mom, Sue have a laugh.
The night ended with fireworks. Perfect.
(More pictures on my Flickr.)
Friday when I got into town the carnival was going so Amber, Taylor and I went down to the waterfront to see who was downtown and to play bingo. I actually won $20 after the lady next to pointed out my bingo. I gave her some of my winnings and bought the next round for Amber and Taylor. It paid for our fair food for the rest of the night.
Saturday, I went to my neighbor's graduation party and talked to the City Clerk from Northome. She had nothing but praise to say about Saxhaug's LA, who was helping her get their money from DEED for the new City Hall.
That night I got together with Kate, who I hadn't talked to since I moved a way and Jake who was on leave from Peace Corps in Guatemala. We were partying like it was Junior year again complete with drinking games, bar hoping and karoke.
Sunday I sat back and watched the parade go by. For the first time in about 20 years I didn't walk in it. The band was awesome and the DFL made a good showing. That was also the day Angi called and told me she wanted to move the date of her wedding up from September to the following Saturday. Ack!
Monday the love of my life, Jessica, came up and we worshipped the sun, with breaks for bar runs, for two days. Tuesday night we pretended we were coming from a fabulous event for an excuse to wear pretty dresses to the bar.
My parents and I took Grandpa up to spend the 4th of July in Big Falls, my mom's hometown. Grandpa had the best time talking to all his old students and friends. My cousins were up with their fiances. Everyone up there knows Sen. Bakk. Pretty much the first time I haven't had to explain who I work for. I love the chainsaw competition and the kiddie races and drinking beer at 1:00pm in the Muni Liquor store with my relatives. And Sen. Saxhaug was in the parade! But the kids running around with toy machine guns playing war was a little disturbing.
Thursday I helped my mom clean Grandpa's house and later we brought him to Frank Moe's fundraiser with Al Franken. It was so much fun to talk to all the Dems up there. Later, I went out to Angi's to talk about the wedding and write the ceremony.
Friday I got my car fixed, met Angi for coffee, went with her to talk to the officiant, pick up her marriage license and print flyers to had out at work. Then I went home and baked the wedding cake and helped my mom haul stuff out for her rummage sale. Finally, I took Angi out for an impromptu Bachelorette Party.
Saturday, I got up early and helped with the rummage sale before picking up last minute wedding needs and hauling hanging baskets to Angi's house to get ready for the ceremony and party.
Sunday, I was pooped and stuck in traffic for most of the afternoon.
Now, back to work.