Animal in hockey gear
http://beccadilley.com/blog/2013/02/28/marvel-bar-new-whisky-menu/Originally published by DK on February 28, 2013 at 4:58 pm
Our busted phone system
And it burns, burns, burns…Originally published by DK on February 26, 2013 at 10:49 am
http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2013/03/making-of-pulp-fiction-oral-historyOriginally published by DK on February 26, 2013 at 10:10 am
Are you happy? Are you satisfied?
Stuffed chicken (28 minute prep time), Seven Fires, Black Bear, Carlton, Minnesota
http://www.richardthompson-music.com/Originally published by DK on February 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm
The Nikon D600 with the MBD14 battery pack
Sleds outside Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota
He loves gold!
Corner of Hazeltine and Interlachen, Eagan, Minnesota
Very pleased with our POD experience
The pod leftovers, Eagan, Minnesota
The best gym on earth is outside, and it’s totally free.Originally published by DK on February 23, 2013 at 12:08 pm
Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Best Western Dakota Ridge, Eagan, Minnesota
Kid one working hard while I have a late dinner, Eagan, Minnesota
The world’s my oyster, a hotel room’s a prison cell…Originally published by DK on February 21, 2013 at 12:54 pm
Buttermilk pancakes, eggs and sausage, Tamarack, Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota
Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota
Kid one at IKEA, Bloomington, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on February 20, 2013 at 7:12 pm
Nobody knows anything.Originally published by DK on February 20, 2013 at 7:10 pm
iGaming opening session webcast from Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/magazine/the-extraordinary-science-of-junk-food.htmlOriginally published by DK on February 20, 2013 at 11:04 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
Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.Originally published by DK on February 20, 2013 at 9:47 am
From the employee menu, Tower, MN
Bally’s Beach Boys slot machine, Fortune Bay, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on February 19, 2013 at 10:06 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
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
- Get Lucky Half Marathon, March 16 – not my favorite route, but nice swag
- Goldy’s Run 10 Miler, April 13 – looks like a nice course with a fun finish
- Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon, May 5 – it’s been on my list for years
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
Monday is pizza night, Vermilion Club, Minnesota
Grab your bag and grab your coat. Tell the ones that need to know. We are headed north…
Twelfth floor exercise room, Saint Paul Hotel
The St. Paul Grill
Room 421, St. Paul Hotel
That’s what she wanted – Bloomington, MN
Happy birthday to my wonderful daughterOriginally published by DK on February 17, 2013 at 11:27 am
Winter run along Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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 and Tapemark booth, Minnesota Golf Show, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Wilderness at Fortune Bay booth, Minnesota Golf Show, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Southview Country Club booth, Minnesota Golf Show, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lombard Avenue in the winter, St. Paul, Minnesota
The bird at the temporary location, St. Paul, Minnesota
Dinner and wifi, McDonald’s, Hinckley, Minnesota
No more yankie my wankie. The Donger need food!Originally published by DK on February 14, 2013 at 12:26 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
View of the tenth hole from the pro shop, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota
Kid two at pre-schoolOriginally published by DK on February 13, 2013 at 1:48 pm
May I kiss you, Ken?Originally published by DK on February 13, 2013 at 1:48 pm
Kid one, but not sure what year…Originally published by DK on February 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm
Amen Corner by Rick Shefchik – very entertaining read for golfers
http://www.rundisney.com/tower-of-terror-10-miler/Originally published by DK on February 12, 2013 at 5:27 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
All-in-one shampoo, conditioner and body wash dispenser, Fortune Bay, Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on February 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm
Icicles hanging from the main building, Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota
Petite sirloin, Tamarack, Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota
Highway 169 from Virginia to Tower, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on February 11, 2013 at 10:15 am
New 100 back PR for kid two
Day two of kid two’s swim meet, Apple Valley, Minnesota
Bad credit, no credit, should’ve never paid back…
Colleen and kid two at the X
Wild-Preds Game, St. Paul, Minnesota
Kid one and two before the Wild-Preds game, Xcel Energy Center, St . Paul, Minnesota
You’re either married and bored or single and lonely, ain’t no happiness no where…
Mac and cheese with smoked bacon, Lone Oak Grill, Eagan, Minnesota