Thursday, December 10, 2009

It's a Winter Wonderland!

Jess & I were closely monitoring the first major winter storm for Boone - and the ENTIRE state of Iowa, for that matter, on Tuesday night. We were anticipating 10-15 inches of snow, 40-ish mile an hour winds the next day. So at 10:15 pm, we decided to step outside to measure the damage up to that point.

We opened the front door and saw the snow piled up on top of our garbage can.
Using the ruler method we saw on the news, our front step had about 5 inches of snow at that point.
Jess and her boots braved the measuring of our sidewalk.
It measured about 7-8 inches.Our landlord's son had come sometime earlier in the day to plow out our driveway as best he could, so it had only accumulated about 3 more inches.
The drift by our mailbox measured about 11 inches.
Our neighbor Rose (who lives downstairs) had not done any shoveling yet, so her step had about 9 inches or so.
My car didn't get much more covered than what you see here - the drifts accumulated with about 1-2 feet away from my car, so it wasn't too hard to shovel her out in the morning. The right side you see here had about 1-2 feet just piled against the side of the car, but the top wasn't too bad.
Jess & I outside braving one of the worst storms in 20 years (according to the NOAA).
Heading back into the house.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Picture update

So, once again, it's time for a photo update. I haven't been very good about keeping up w/ my blog. So here goes:

Nelly & Deniss came in August & started joining our weekly poker nights until Deniss headed back to Latvia. They tried to teach us some Latvian & Russian, but we (I) did not do so well! Jess's NY roommate Megan was also visiting for the weekend.I finally won Der Meister (sometime in September)! After about 4-5 months of weekly poker nights, I came out a winner. Twice, in a row. Haven't won again since then! Nelly's 19th birthday was in September & we had a party at the river - roasted hot dogs, made smores, & had some homemade cake from Nelly. A rousing game of movie charades ensued.
Nick, Katie, Lindsay, Meghan, Jess, Nelly, & Deniss.September also brought the Pufferbilly Days parade - I haven't gone since high school. It was a fun day with family. Kelli & Marcus brought Miya & Isaiah and they were really fun to watch.Isaiah had fun & took off a little down the street to check out the marching band. He kept us all on our toes!For Mom's birthday in September, we took her to see Wicked in Des Moines. We made an evening of it & went to dinner at Centro before the show.We also entertained ourselves with Mom's camera while we waited for the doors to open.

And this one is totally random - but I got a high score on my electronic Yahtzee - notice I had a total of 4 Yahtzee's!! (My previous high score was 535!)For Halloween I made my own costume this year. I like to call it "Shark Attack". I found an actual costume online, but it was $50 so I made my own out of a sleeping bag, some cardboard, styrofoam & paint.The rest of the Halloween party crew (minus Cloudy w/ a chance of rain, a cowgirl & Facebook -Trisha, Emily & Janelle)
Back row: Harry Carey, Sarah & Todd Palin, a cowboy, zombies, & static cling (Sean, Katie, Richard, Tim, John, Brooke & Meghan)
Front row: a pair of blue jeans, shark attack, Rocky, & Troy Polamalu (Nick, Katie, Lindsay, Baldus, & Chiggins)Jess & I took a 2 day trip to Omaha in November to see the Season 5 SYTYCD tour. It was A-MAZING!! (Sadly, no pictures) but we spent the day at the Omaha Zoo before the show. This little guy was too cute. The woman had fur around her shoulders like the skin of a momma gorilla. We watched her change his diaper & feed him. And the best part of the zoo.....they had elephants! We tried to see them a couple years ago, but it was March & they weren't there. It made my day. (Then the tour made my night!!)We were literally standing about 5 feet back from this little embankment & we were straight in front of the elephant as he started walking right toward us. I began to hyperventilate a little & quickly moved away from him. The picture wasn't taken in time, but he extended his trunk to grab some leaves next to that bush. I had no idea how close he could really get to us, but I didn't want to stay there to find out!!I love elephants!!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Birthday weekend

Last week I turned the big 25. We celebrated in style. Sort of.
SUNDAY JULY 26: Family, Spaghetti Works & Shawn Johnson

The snacks at the Burriers - cheese & crackers, champagne, & cupcakes.

The opening of the champagne: The siblings:The parents:The candles:The blowing-out of the candles: The typical ugly-face sister picture:The normal-face sister picture: The dinner at Spaghetti Works:The eager anticipation of Shawn Johnson & Friends:The "Friends" first - The UI Spirit Squad & cheerleaders:The one with Herky:The one with Ballas/Hough Band:The one with Mark's solo - AMAZING GUITAR SKILLS!!!:The one with the Michael Jackson tribute - Corky Ballas, Mark & Derek:The one with the signature move - Gilles & Cheryl:The one with the Argentine Tango - Gilles & Cheryl:
The one with Derek & Chelsie: The one with Steve-O & Lacey:The one with my favorite move (sorry the flash blurred but it's the only shot I have & I LOVED this dance!! I'd try to imitate it & Jess would make fun of me) from Shawn & Mark's Cha-Cha:The one with Shawn & Mark's Argentine Tango:The one with the song from Aladdin: The one for the Finale - the freestyle from the real finale:
The one with the final bow - Lacey, Chelsie, Corky, Shirley Ballas, Shawn, Derek, Cheryl, Gilles, Steve-O, Kristyi Yamaguchi, Mitchel Musso, & Mark:

MONDAY JULY 27 - BIRTHDAY: Poker night
The coveted Der Meister, which I have yet to win:I keep inviting Joshua, but Money Mike keeps crashing the party.Money Mike & Dollar Delores - notice the knee high Halloween socks, my favorite personal touch.Dollar Delores, Money Mike, & Currency, if we don't stop being so cool, people are going to get jealous.
The boys lighting the 25 candles in my tiny little cupcake - they started lighting from the outside. Tsk, tsk, tsk. Should have asked a woman first & you wouldn't have gotten burned :)
Blowing out the candles:I put this up because Sean looks scared...Time for some actual poker.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! Thank you to everyone who helped celebrate! (All the way through Thursday night dinner at the Gigglin' Goat!)