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Open for business

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About damn time

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Welcome – open the gates

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Carpe Damn Diem!

- Opus

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Some assembly required

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Flippin’ good burgers

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Minor league summer fun

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Happy Trails, SK

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Treasure-free Island

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Birthday dinner at Piccolo

Saturday, June 25th, 2016 08:47 pm GMT -5

It’s been almost three years since we visited Doug Flicker’s Piccolo in Minneapolis and Colleen decided that’s where she wanted to go for her birthday this year. Looking back at my post from 2013, just about everything still stands: great service and beautiful food combine for one of best special event restaurants around. The signed birthday card from the staff was a nice touch too – Amy’s idea?

I won’t go over all of the selections we picked for the seven courses, but take a look at the photos after the jump and read over the menu to see the amazing options that were presented Friday night. We had a table by the front window and the room was full by the time we finished, which is a good sign for the current health of the Minneapolis market.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Late lunch in St. Paul

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Birthday Mucci’s

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Wah wah wah

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Sister Uber

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Beignets in Mill Town

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Summer in Minneapolis

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40th Annual Grandma’s Marathon

Sunday, June 19th, 2016 03:41 pm GMT -5

When the good people at Grandma’s Marathon announced plans for the 40th anniversary of the race, I perked up when they said runners who registered early would get a special jacket. When they published a picture of the medal, I signed up right away.

Guess I’m still a sucker for nice bling.

Lots of other people were apparently excited by this year too, with 9,100 runners selling out the race for the first time in quite a while. This was my eighth Grandma’s (and 26th marathon), but I hadn’t been up there to run since 2011. Love the race and how the city embraces the weekend, so I’m not sure why I waited so long to return again.

With my work schedule completely out of control right now, I was not nearly as prepared for this race as I would’ve liked to be. I did get in long runs of 17.5, 21.5 and 15 miles in the weeks leading up to the race, but there wasn’t much in the way of short weekday runs (or any cross-training or speed work). Add in my Garmin dying the week of the race and a forecast for hot and humid weather and my time expectations for this race went out the window.

My A, B, C and D goals were all very low-key: get an official finish under seven hours to get the damn medal, beat my worst Grandma’s time (5:26:54), keep it in the fours and, finally, try to beat my Des Moines time (4:37:23). Three out of four was pretty good on a day when the weather warning flags went from green to yellow to red to black as the day went on.

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I knew it!

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Should’ve stopped here

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Anniversary bling acquired

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Northland sunsets still rule

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Felt weird to be back

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Farewell to my friend

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Another milestone met

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Ready for their tryout

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More like potunlucky

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Robin Hood and Little John, walkin’ through the forest…

- Alan-A-Dale

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Cheers to a special one

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Bandbox Blue Buffalo

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The monitor shortage is over

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Adios Levi’s Stadium

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Goooooooooooooal

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Better than Candlestick

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A pair of Ninerds in the wild

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Our exclusive little club

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Cat Cora lobster mac

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This might be part of it

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Big check time

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Sunday at the Tapemark

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One way or another, I’m gonna find ya, I’m gonna getcha getcha getcha getcha…

- Blondie

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Northland golf flashback

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The new volunteer assignment

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SES Class of 2016

Saturday, June 11th, 2016 09:25 am GMT -5

It’s not everyday one of your kids graduates from high school. It’s even rarer that the commencement ceremony happens in a zoo (with bare feet). Then again the School of Environmental Studies isn’t your typical high school.

I’m happy to report that kid one officially made it on June 2, 2016. We held a party to celebrate the following night over at Trapp Farm Park in Eagan. So proud of my beautiful, creative, talented, artistic, outspoken, expressive and kind daughter.

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This way to freshly mown grass

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Good morning Granny

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Mikey and the waterfalls

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Pash in the house

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Personal Records & Mileage

  • Mile - 6:10
  • 5K - 21:42
  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Marathon - 3:43:32
  • 2016 Mileage: 411.6

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