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Does he play for Phoenix?

Posted Thursday, February 28th, 2013 07:36 pm GMT -5 in Hockey at 7:36 PM

Animal in hockey gear

Originally published by DK on February 28, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Becca Dilley @ Marvel Bar

Posted Thursday, February 28th, 2013 04:58 pm GMT -5 in Food,Links,Photography at 4:58 PM

http://beccadilley.com/blog/2013/02/28/marvel-bar-new-whisky-menu/

Originally published by DK on February 28, 2013 at 4:58 pm

The color of kings

Posted Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 06:38 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 6:38 PM

Canadian Amethyst

Originally published by DK on February 27, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Red lights are bad, m’kay?

Posted Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 07:21 pm GMT -5 in Television,Work at 7:21 PM

Our busted phone system

Originally published by DK on February 26, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Ring of Fire

Posted Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 10:49 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 10:49 AM

And it burns, burns, burns…

Originally published by DK on February 26, 2013 at 10:49 am

The Making of the Fiction

Posted Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 10:10 am GMT -5 in Links,Movies at 10:10 AM

http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2013/03/making-of-pulp-fiction-oral-history

Originally published by DK on February 26, 2013 at 10:10 am

Another One Bites the Dust

Posted Monday, February 25th, 2013 11:35 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 11:35 PM

Are you happy? Are you satisfied?

Originally published by DK on February 25, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Worth the wait

Posted Monday, February 25th, 2013 10:22 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 10:22 PM

Stuffed chicken (28 minute prep time), Seven Fires, Black Bear, Carlton, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 25, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Richard Thompson: Electric

Posted Monday, February 25th, 2013 04:19 pm GMT -5 in Links,Music at 4:19 PM

http://www.richardthompson-music.com/

Originally published by DK on February 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Even more of a bad boy now

Posted Monday, February 25th, 2013 04:11 pm GMT -5 in Photography,Technology at 4:11 PM

The Nikon D600 with the MBD14 battery pack

Originally published by DK on February 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm

They’re still here

Posted Monday, February 25th, 2013 10:55 am GMT -5 in Sports,Weather at 10:55 AM

Sleds outside Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 25, 2013 at 10:55 am

Shirley Bassey

Posted Sunday, February 24th, 2013 09:28 pm GMT -5 in Personal,Quotes at 9:28 PM

He loves gold!

Originally published by DK on February 24, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Nice intersection

Posted Sunday, February 24th, 2013 07:49 pm GMT -5 in Golf,Personal at 7:49 PM

Corner of Hazeltine and Interlachen, Eagan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 24, 2013 at 7:49 pm

These guys are good

Posted Sunday, February 24th, 2013 12:01 am GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Personal at 12:01 AM

Very pleased with our POD experience

Originally published by DK on February 24, 2013 at 12:01 am

The end is near

Posted Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 05:42 pm GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Personal at 5:42 PM

The pod leftovers, Eagan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 23, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Jason Gay

Posted Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 12:08 pm GMT -5 in Quotes,Running at 12:08 PM

The best gym on earth is outside, and it’s totally free.

Originally published by DK on February 23, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Can’t wait for summer

Posted Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 12:07 pm GMT -5 in Running,Weather at 12:07 PM

Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 23, 2013 at 12:07 pm

YA Exercise Room

Posted Friday, February 22nd, 2013 12:09 am GMT -5 in Biking,Running at 12:09 AM

Best Western Dakota Ridge, Eagan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 22, 2013 at 12:09 am

Homework at Al Baker’s

Posted Thursday, February 21st, 2013 09:10 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 9:10 PM

Kid one working hard while I have a late dinner, Eagan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 21, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Man in a Suitcase

Posted Thursday, February 21st, 2013 12:54 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 12:54 PM

The world’s my oyster, a hotel room’s a prison cell…

Originally published by DK on February 21, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Pancake Day

Posted Thursday, February 21st, 2013 09:13 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 9:13 AM

Buttermilk pancakes, eggs and sausage, Tamarack, Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 21, 2013 at 9:13 am

Panoramic Exercise

Posted Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 09:17 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Running at 9:17 PM

Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 20, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Nice Pillow

Posted Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 07:12 pm GMT -5 in Family,Shopping at 7:12 PM

Kid one at IKEA, Bloomington, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 20, 2013 at 7:12 pm

William Goldman

Posted Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 07:10 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Quotes at 7:10 PM

Nobody knows anything.

Originally published by DK on February 20, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Almost as good as Vegas…not

Posted Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 12:06 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Work at 12:06 PM

iGaming opening session webcast from Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas

Originally published by DK on February 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm

NYT – Addictive Junk Food

Posted Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 11:04 am GMT -5 in Food,Links at 11:04 AM

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/magazine/the-extraordinary-science-of-junk-food.html

Originally published by DK on February 20, 2013 at 11:04 am

The Move

Posted Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 10:02 am GMT -5 in Housekeeping,Personal at 10:02 AM

The adventure continues this week, as we reverse the process started a week ago when we moved out of the house we’ve lived in for more than twelve years. I haven’t written much about it until now, as it’s been stressful, humbling and a whole host of other emotions. There are many, many others in the same situation, but that doesn’t make it any easier for me to process.

I would like to thank a few people, starting with attorney Jerry Probst. I can’t say enough good things about the work he and his team did to assist us through the short sale process. Special thanks to Michelle, Stephanie, Jacqueline, Genna and closer Kelly – I was delighted by your professionalism, attention to detail, tenacity and kindness throughout the long, long process (it took nearly eight months).

Our realtors Shirley and Phil Larson also stuck with us throughout the arduous journey. This type of transaction requires a special type of marketing and specific knowledge on how lenders and appraisers operate and there is a huge advantage if you have agents with those skills. If you need to sell your house, you should email or call them at 952-997-9466.

The saga started back in July when the house was first listed. We had an offer a day after the first open house, but the bank countered back. We had to re-list the house at a higher price and start showings again after the first buyer dropped out.

After a few weeks, we actually had two new offers and submitted the higher of the two bids. Thanks to the miracle workers at Probst Law, an agreement was reached with all of the parties, but the new buyer didn’t think they could meet the time deadlines. Eventually a closing date was set – one week out. We weren’t sure we could get everything out of the house that fast, but it all worked out and we closed on February 8.

The move out was quite a circus. I rented a huge 17-foot dumpster that was full within a day. We took multiple trips to Goodwill, sold a few things, gave some furniture to relatives and took many car trips to my parents and other family members for temporary storage. Then the largest POD they have arrived and we jammed that full from floor to ceiling. Oh, and filled another dumpster too. We left with the last car load full of stuff five minutes before the final buyer walk-through on Thursday night.

The lease on our new place was originally scheduled to start March 1, but we were able to move that up a week. That still left two weeks of floating, which has actually now involved five hotels (if you count Fortune Bay). That all ends on Friday morning, when I can sign the final papers and get the new keys. The POD should be delivered sometime that day and there will be a long weekend of hauling stuff around again.

I’m really hoping the new place works out. It’s a two-story, three-bedroom rental town home in Eagan with underground parking, a workout room and outdoor pool. There are bus stops for each kid right outside that go to their same exact schools, which is way cool (and surprising). They will still have their own rooms and painting and nails are on the approved list. Hopefully noise is not an issue (both from the neighbors and the kids).

It feels weird not owning a house any more, but I won’t miss mowing, shoveling, yard work and a whole slew of other things. My credit rating took a hit for the first time in my life and taxes might be interesting next year, but I plan to hire an expert for that (also for the first time in my life).

Suburban homeowner life was…different. After growing up in the city, I never thought I would end up living like that for as long as I did. If it weren’t for the schools, I would’ve found an apartment in Minneapolis or St. Paul for sure (or a lake cabin). The new setup is the best education option for the girls, though, so we’ll make it work.

I have a lot of great memories from that house and neighborhood – it’s the only house kid two has ever known. There were also a lot of rough times, but it’s best to move on and not dwell on the negativity. As Nina says, “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me and I’m feeling good.”

Originally published by DK on February 20, 2013 at 10:02 am

Benjamin Franklin

Posted Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 09:47 am GMT -5 in History,Quotes at 9:47 AM

Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.

Originally published by DK on February 20, 2013 at 9:47 am

The petite club sandwich

Posted Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 06:44 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 6:44 PM

From the employee menu, Tower, MN

Originally published by DK on February 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Beach Boys in the House

Posted Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 10:06 am GMT -5 in Casinos at 10:06 AM

Bally’s Beach Boys slot machine, Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 19, 2013 at 10:06 am

The Twilight Zone

Posted Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 08:57 am GMT -5 in Quotes,Television at 8:57 AM

You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas…

Originally published by DK on February 19, 2013 at 8:57 am

Running Plans for 2013

Posted Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 12:34 am GMT -5 in Marathons,Running at 12:34 AM

The New York Road Runners continue to hold sway over my future running plans. Yes, they refunded my $255 entry fee this week from the 2012 (non)marathon. The trouble is, they also posted a note that said they haven’t decided yet if there will be an open lottery for 2013, nor what they will do for people who didn’t get in for three years in a row (2012 would have been my third year). So I really don’t want to sign up for any long races until I know for sure whether NYC is an option this November or not. This is a bit of a problem, as there are several alternative options for this year that may or may not fill up before I find out about New York:

  • Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon, June 2 – my next 50 states option (plus I’d get to check out the Deadwood casino scene)
  • Grandma’s, June 22 – really missed running it last year
  • Med City Marathon, May 26 – continue to hear good things about this southern Minnesota race (and the price is right)
  • Twin Cities, October 6 – I’d love to have Ms. Medtronic 1) get the TCM monkey off her back and 2) break that 4 hour mark
  • Goofy Challenge, January 12, 2014 – not really 2013, but the cost would probably mean not running any other marathons in 2013

I’m currently registered for two shorter races: the Get in Gear 10K (April 27) and the TC 1 Mile (May 9). There are a few other ones I was thinking about too:

I also plan to cheer on Megan and her dad at the Zumbro 50 Miler on April 13, which I think is completely crazy. Of course I say that after looking at bikes today that could be used in the Arrowhead 135 next year, so I guess it’s all relative, right?

Mileage so far this year has been a little on the light side, but I’m mostly OK with the current state of things. I’m planning to focus on treadmill speed work until I can get outside more, which should help prevent another knee issue at the 1 Mile. The 17 miler this weekend was a total surprise, as I was only planning to run 9 or 12 when I left the house. I love the calorie benefits from longer runs, though, so warmer weather can’t come fast enough.

Same goes for news from New York…

Originally published by DK on February 19, 2013 at 12:34 am

Winter at the VC

Posted Monday, February 18th, 2013 07:06 pm GMT -5 in Food at 7:06 PM

Monday is pizza night, Vermilion Club, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 18, 2013 at 7:06 pm

200 calories in pictures

Posted Monday, February 18th, 2013 04:04 pm GMT -5 in Food,Links at 4:04 PM

http://bzfd.it/12Drtuo

Originally published by DK on February 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I and Love and You

Posted Monday, February 18th, 2013 03:48 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 3:48 PM

Grab your bag and grab your coat. Tell the ones that need to know. We are headed north…

Originally published by DK on February 18, 2013 at 3:48 pm

The view from the exercise room

Posted Monday, February 18th, 2013 09:48 am GMT -5 in Running,Travel at 9:48 AM

Twelfth floor exercise room, Saint Paul Hotel

Originally published by DK on February 18, 2013 at 9:48 am

The Saint Hendrick

Posted Monday, February 18th, 2013 09:13 am GMT -5 in Food at 9:13 AM

The St. Paul Grill

Originally published by DK on February 18, 2013 at 9:13 am

Residence of Lorenzo Allis, Esq.

Posted Sunday, February 17th, 2013 07:44 pm GMT -5 in History,Travel at 7:44 PM

Room 421, St. Paul Hotel

Originally published by DK on February 17, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Birthday lunch at IKEA

Posted Sunday, February 17th, 2013 12:32 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 12:32 PM

That’s what she wanted – Bloomington, MN

Originally published by DK on February 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Kid One Reaches Driving Age

Posted Sunday, February 17th, 2013 11:27 am GMT -5 in Personal at 11:27 AM

Happy birthday to my wonderful daughter

Originally published by DK on February 17, 2013 at 11:27 am

Brisk

Posted Saturday, February 16th, 2013 06:05 pm GMT -5 in Running at 6:05 PM

Winter run along Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 16, 2013 at 6:05 pm

The Cave

Posted Saturday, February 16th, 2013 02:22 pm GMT -5 in Personal at 2:22 PM

You take what is yours and I’ll take mine. Now let me at the truth, which will refresh my broken mind…

Originally published by DK on February 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Southview/Tapemark Booth

Posted Saturday, February 16th, 2013 10:34 am GMT -5 in Golf at 10:34 AM

Southview and Tapemark booth, Minnesota Golf Show, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 16, 2013 at 10:34 am

Our booth

Posted Saturday, February 16th, 2013 10:28 am GMT -5 in Golf at 10:28 AM

The Wilderness at Fortune Bay booth, Minnesota Golf Show, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 16, 2013 at 10:28 am

I heart SVCC too

Posted Saturday, February 16th, 2013 10:26 am GMT -5 in Golf at 10:26 AM

Southview Country Club booth, Minnesota Golf Show, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 16, 2013 at 10:26 am

I Heart TBF

Posted Friday, February 15th, 2013 09:50 pm GMT -5 in Food at 9:50 PM

The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 15, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Nice plowing, St. Paul

Posted Friday, February 15th, 2013 03:25 pm GMT -5 in Cars,Travel at 3:25 PM

Lombard Avenue in the winter, St. Paul, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 15, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Skeet-skeet on vacation

Posted Friday, February 15th, 2013 02:44 pm GMT -5 in Family at 2:44 PM

The bird at the temporary location, St. Paul, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 15, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Back at the Hinckley office

Posted Thursday, February 14th, 2013 07:30 pm GMT -5 in Food,Work at 7:30 PM

Dinner and wifi, McDonald’s, Hinckley, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Long Duk Dong

Posted Thursday, February 14th, 2013 12:26 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Quotes at 12:26 PM

No more yankie my wankie. The Donger need food!

Originally published by DK on February 14, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Congrats to Mr. Beaudry

Posted Thursday, February 14th, 2013 12:25 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Links at 12:25 PM

http://minnesotapga.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/meet-our-minnesota-pga-award-winners-3/

Originally published by DK on February 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Beautiful day at The Wilderness

Posted Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 03:53 pm GMT -5 in Golf at 3:53 PM

View of the tenth hole from the pro shop, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm

The Big Kid Table

Posted Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 01:48 pm GMT -5 in Family,Photography at 1:48 PM

Kid two at pre-school

Originally published by DK on February 13, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Otto

Posted Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 01:48 pm GMT -5 in Movies,Quotes at 1:48 PM

May I kiss you, Ken?

Originally published by DK on February 13, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Back in the day

Posted Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 01:46 pm GMT -5 in Family,Photography at 1:46 PM

Kid one, but not sure what year…

Originally published by DK on February 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm

First book I’ve finished in ages

Posted Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 02:41 am GMT -5 in Golf,Reading at 2:41 AM

Amen Corner by Rick Shefchik – very entertaining read for golfers

Originally published by DK on February 13, 2013 at 2:41 am

Tower of Terror 10 Miler

Posted Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 05:27 pm GMT -5 in Links,Running at 5:27 PM

http://www.rundisney.com/tower-of-terror-10-miler/

Originally published by DK on February 12, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Once in a Lifetime

Posted Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 01:59 pm GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 1:59 PM

And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack. And you may find yourself in another part of the world…

Originally published by DK on February 12, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Well these are new this week

Posted Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 01:56 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 1:56 PM

All-in-one shampoo, conditioner and body wash dispenser, Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Winter can be pretty

Posted Monday, February 11th, 2013 05:34 pm GMT -5 in Casinos at 5:34 PM

Icicles hanging from the main building, Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 11, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Yum

Posted Monday, February 11th, 2013 01:15 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 1:15 PM

Petite sirloin, Tamarack, Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 11, 2013 at 1:15 pm

End of the Road

Posted Monday, February 11th, 2013 10:15 am GMT -5 in Travel at 10:15 AM

Highway 169 from Virginia to Tower, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 11, 2013 at 10:15 am

Yay Fish!

Posted Sunday, February 10th, 2013 04:11 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 4:11 PM

New 100 back PR for kid two

Originally published by DK on February 10, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Nice and warm in here

Posted Sunday, February 10th, 2013 01:48 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 1:48 PM

Day two of kid two’s swim meet, Apple Valley, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 10, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Get Down

Posted Sunday, February 10th, 2013 01:11 am GMT -5 in Music,Quotes at 1:11 AM

Bad credit, no credit, should’ve never paid back…

Originally published by DK on February 10, 2013 at 1:11 am

New birthday Wild Gear

Posted Saturday, February 9th, 2013 08:17 pm GMT -5 in Family,Hockey at 8:17 PM

Colleen and kid two at the X

Originally published by DK on February 9, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Happy to have hockey back

Posted Saturday, February 9th, 2013 07:45 pm GMT -5 in Hockey at 7:45 PM

Wild-Preds Game, St. Paul, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 9, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Suite 4 at the X

Posted Saturday, February 9th, 2013 06:59 pm GMT -5 in Family,Hockey at 6:59 PM

Kid one and two before the Wild-Preds game, Xcel Energy Center, St . Paul, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Jake Ryan

Posted Saturday, February 9th, 2013 04:49 pm GMT -5 in Quotes at 4:49 PM

You’re either married and bored or single and lonely, ain’t no happiness no where…

Originally published by DK on February 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Creamy goodness

Posted Friday, February 8th, 2013 10:03 pm GMT -5 in Food at 10:03 PM

Mac and cheese with smoked bacon, Lone Oak Grill, Eagan, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on February 8, 2013 at 10:03 pm
 

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