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(and they’re all true)

And You Should, Too December 6, 2008

Filed under: life in the city,Minnesota — Diana @ 6:25 pm

I Voted in 89.3 The Current's Top 89 Albums of 2006


Gardening is Crack July 11, 2008

Filed under: home life,life in the city — Diana @ 1:55 pm

I grew these!  From seed!  All by myself!  In my own garden!  And we are going to eat them for dinner tonight!!!


Our Tax Dollars, Hard At Work May 9, 2008

Filed under: bitching,life in the city,Minnesota — Diana @ 11:20 am

I heard about this on the radio this morning. In short, this asshole wants to fight about an education bill because it would make hockey the official sport of Minnesota. What I heard him say on the radio this morning was basically: all sports are important. We can’t just single one out to the be “official” sport of Minnesota. If kids are going to play a sport, they will feel “pressured” to play hockey because it is the “official” sport of Minnesota.

Because I was in the shower when I heard this, and I do my best thinking in the shower, I got to thinking about this statement. Does saying that something is the “official” something of the state really do anything?

The State Muffin of Minnesota is the blueberry muffin. Does that mean, when I am in the market for a muffin, that I let that sway my muffin decision? No. Jeff will always get a blueberry muffin because he likes them, and I will generally get something else because I’m not a big fan of the blueberry. The fact that some school children in 1988 brought Governor Perpich a batch of blueberry muffins has nothing to do with my decision. In that way, all muffins are still important.

When I have my muffin (I prefer cherry chocolate chip, thank you), I can guarentee you that I will not have it with the Minnesota State Drink, milk. I don’t like it, and I’m not going to drink it. I don’t care if it is the state drink.

The State Photo is Grace. (I actually always thought it was a painting. Whoops.) The next time I look for something to cover my walls, is the fact that this is the official photo of the State going to “pressure” me into getting this one?

Seriously. Not only is this an absolutely inane argument, I can’t believe that someone is (a) making a fuss about it, and (b) that there is so much coverage. In fact, I’m a wee bit embarrassed to have put my two cents in. I will admit, however, that I have a deep love for useless knowledge, and did happen to know the State Muffin off the top of my head. If you want to learn more about the official whathaveyous of Minnesota, check this out.


Instead of a real post, we have a meme. February 7, 2008

Filed under: life in the city,memememe — Diana @ 9:38 am

Stolen from Christy.

Minnesota survey

1. Where in Minnesota do you live?

2. What’s your favorite lake in MN?
Oh, that’s a hard one. I think Lake of the Isles – it’s nice to walk, and kind of meanders. I like meandering.
3. Have you ever been ice fishing?
Hell, no
5. Do you go four-wheeling?
Hell, no
6. Do you go snowmobiling?
Again, she says no.
7. Did you go trick-or-treating in that snow storm of 1991?
I wasn’t here then. And even if I had been, I was far too old for trick or treating by then.
8. Do you go camping?
Kind of – in general, I am against camping, but I don’t mind spending the odd night in a tent.
9. Do you ever use the word “spendy”?
Uh, yeah.  🙂

10. Does your vehicle have rust on it or salt damage?
Not yet, but give it time.
11. Have your locks ever frozen shut?
12. Have you ever built a snow fort taller than you?
No, my snow fort skills were pretty bad.

13. Where did you go sledding as a child?
At the park down the street from my house.
14. Have you ever ice skated outdoors?
Yep. My mother, the Canadian, taught me how when I was little. In grade school, we actually had a rink on the school grounds, and “gym class” would be there a few times a year.
15. Did you ever get your tongue stuck to something outside in the winter?
Oh, yes. My bus stop was all boys, and me, and they dared me. I can still remember the sting.

16. Did you ever pour water over something on purpose in the winter to make it slippery?
Yep. Sledding runs.
17. Did you ever have snow slushies?
No – never even heard of them.
18. Have you ever accidentally gone to school on a day where school was canceled due to weather?
No way. Our school cancelled so little that I took advantage of every single one!
19. Did you ever throw a snowball in someone’s face?
20. Do you prefer St. Cloud area or Twin Cities area?
St. Cloud is for suckers.
21. Do you like city or country?
City. The country makes me a bit stabby. I mean, it’s nice to spend some time, but not to live.
22. Have you ever had more than one tick on you at a time?
23. Have you ever burned garbage in a bon fire?
Possibly. I’ve been to bon fires, and I’m assuming garbage was burned. But not as a regular method of garbage disposal.
24. Have you ever gone to a Twins game?
Yep. The Saints are more fun.  🙂

25. Have you ever gone to a Vikings game?

26. Have you ever gone to a Wild game?
No, but I’ve been to a decent amount of college hockey.
27. Did you ever forget to wear pants under your snow pants?
Uh, no. How could you?
28. Do you eat icicles?
30. Do you own a dog that has gotten sprayed by a skunk?
Never had a dog.
31. Do you drink Boone’s Farm?
Can’t say that I have.
32. Do you drink beer?
I’ve been known to.
33. Do you have at least one friend who has a beard?
34. Do you say “so” before you start a sentence most the time?
(She hangs head). Many times.
35. Do you carry an ice scraper in your car all year?
Where else would it be?
36. Do you have to add sand bags to the bed of your truck?
No truck
37. Have you ever gotten a leech stuck to you?
See: not a fan of the out doors.
38. Have you ever caught a snapper?
Never been fishing.
39. Do you own your own fishing pole?
40. What’s your favorite restaurant?
Honestly, since the Mud Pie closed down, I haven’t had the heart to have a new favorite restaurant.
41. What’s your favorite club?
My clubbing days are over. Carla and I used to have a good time at Banana Joe’s, which has been closed for a good long time.
42. What’s your favorite park?
Itasca State Park.
43. Which place in Minnesota has the best scenery/view?
Itasca. Or along highway 61
44. Where’s your favorite place to cruise?
The Carribean? 😉

45. Which grocery store do you shop at?
Mostly SuperTarget.
46. Have you ever partied in a barn?
Hells no.
47. Do you like keg beer?
“Like” isn’t the word. “Accept because it’s free” is closer to it.
48. Have you ever gone hunting?
49. Do you have a tattoo of a butterfly?
No. I don’t have stupid tattoos. I have good tattoos.

50. Do you smoke cigarettes?
51. Does your heritage include Polish, German, or Scandinavian?
A wee bit of German, but my family isn’t from around here.
52. Are you catholic?
Nope. I don’t love Jebus.
53. Have you ever been swimming in a river in Minnesota?
54. what’s your favorite thing about Minnesota?
I can’t narrow it down…I love St. Paul and Minneapolis in different ways, and overall I heart the state. I’ve lived here a long time, and lived other places, and I think this is the place for me.
55. What’s one thing you don’t like about Minnesota?
The passive-aggressive. The two weeks in the winter when it’s damned unbearable, and the two weeks in the summer when it’s damned unbearable.


To the Guy Driving the Giant White Jacked PickUp with the Enourmous Harley-Davidson Sticker in the Back Driving Like a Complete Asshole Downtown this Morning October 16, 2007

Filed under: life in the city — Diana @ 8:46 am

Sorry about your penis.


Teh Interwebs. Let me show you them. October 5, 2007

Filed under: blog dump,cuteness,fun stuff,hedgies,knitting,life in the city — Diana @ 2:55 pm

Cute Overload! 🙂

Feets! on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Vörös sün on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

I love this one, because I think that kitties feets are cute, but also because it’s so fun to see exactly how they curl all up like that!
Hovercat…is hovering. « I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER?

an dats when i new « I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER?

I need this, post haste, after I’m knocked up:


Uh, Fuck no:  Big Fat Deal » To Whom It May Concern

Beware:  AnonymousCoworker » Verizon Wireless is Selling Your Information

Life, What the hell is going on?: Warning. Rant ahead.

Chokolatez Rain! « I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER?
chokolatez rain! lol!!!


“Don’t you wish there were a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence? There’s one marked ‘Brightness,’ but it doesn’t work.”

Jean Kerr

“The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible.”

Overheard Everywhere | We’ll Get Ours When We Turn on Bill O’Reilly
Father to squirmy two-year-old looking out bus window: No, honey, that’s a church. We can’t go there — they’ll give you a lobotomy.

San Francisco, California

Overheard by: Rebekah

Overheard Everywhere | Ugh, Noun-Adjective Marriages Are So Unnatural
Guy: I don’t understand! What is a pork roll?
Jersey girl: It’s hard to explain… It’s like if bacon married awesome and they had delicious babies.

Shout-out: eavesdropdc.blogspot.com

Overheard In Minneapolis – What Happens in Minneapolis… Goes on the Internet.

That Should Be On The Tab Wikipedia Page.

Curly: Ever had Tab before?

Grizzly: No, what is it?

Curly: It’s diet coke before diet coke was diet coke.

Grizzly: How’s it taste?

Curly: Like a big gulp of dammit.

Overheard in New York | Kindly Clarify Your Objection
Girl #1: I’m living the good life.
Girl #2: No, you’re not! You just sit around eating pie all day.

–The Bowery

Overheard in New York | Um… Yes?
Tourist lady, very slowly: Uhhh, can you… Um, excuse me, can you… um, tell me where… that place downtown… I think it’s, ummm…
Lady suit, interrupting: Christ on a crutch! What are you, Canadian or retarded?!

–4 train, Wall St station

HOWTO knit marzipan – Boing Boing

More Awesome Minneapolis Graffiti…
DSCF9701.JPG on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Stop War Build Bridges on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Part of this nutritious breakfast on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

LOLTheist: Blasphemy is Teh Funneh » Blog Archive » My own little pink bunny rabbit … err … lamb
OMG.  Christy pointed this site out to me, and I’m in lolve.
i shall huggeth thee and squeezeth thee and calleth thee george

LOLTheist: Blasphemy is Teh Funneh » Blog Archive » Dont Hold Your Breath
Heavy Load

i will fuck you up hedgehog on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Prickly Ball Hedgehog Hospital on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Stuff On My Cat: So that’s what cats are made of.

The Rotund » Roly Poly  I want!!!!

Don’t want!!
Speechless « Shapely Prose

Cullen Hightower

“We may not imagine how our lives could be more frustrating and complex–but Congress can.”

Elbert Hubbard

“Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.”

Now You Can Watch Videos While It Drops Your Calls

Chick: So, what’s so special about this phone other than making millions of people shit their pants simultaneously?
It hasn’t got any buttons, or some-such. It can tell who you want to
call by reading your mind. Also, it smells like flowers and tastes like
bacon. Which is handy, since it can regrow its own skin. And fly.
Chick: Well, I’ll be.

Scottsdale, Arizona

Overheard by: I did NOT shit my pants.

Actually, in Trenton, You Do

Tourist: Is this the 1:13 to Trenton?
Suit: No.
Tourist: Oh, well, where is that?
Suit: Are you just, like, picking track numbers and hoping for the best? Go read the screen, you dumbass.
Tourist: You don’t have to be rude.
Suit: You don’t have to be stupid.

–NJ Transit

Overheard by: Erin

Contemplations of an Ordinary World: My corporate observation for the week
Apparently, Russ and I have the same job.

Life, What the hell is going on?: A Conundrum
What IS the correct answer?  In theory, the correct answer is that fuckwits learn to keep their fuckwittery to themselves, and stop pressing it on other people.

This is just cool:  Artist gets probation for building secret mall apartment – Boing Boing
The apartment.  Not the probation.  That sucks.

African family to adopt Britney’s kids. – By Ellen Tarlin – Slate Magazine

In the spring, I’ll tell you that it’s my favourite season.  But in the fall, well, THAT’S my favourite season.  And here’s why:  confetti skies on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

ufo spotted in MPLS! on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

little Man on a Truck on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

DSCF9875.JPG on Flickr – Photo Sharing!  Love Graffitti!!!

DSCF0289.JPG on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

I love you, TheCurseofBrian!!

Ask Yahoo: Does the Flying Spaghetti Monster Really Exist? at Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Baltimore Sun: His Noodliness reigns unchallenged in Hampden at Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

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In Which She Finally Posts October 1, 2007

Filed under: home life,life in the city — Diana @ 9:41 am

I have been a bad, bad blogger, just giving you blog dumps and randomness. 


I have to say, that when we were finally able to look for a house, I didn’t want to tell anyone anything about the whole deal in case things fell through.  I hate, hate, hate getting all excited about something that doesn’t come to fruition, and I’d been on the New House ride for so long that I couldn’t believe that things were finally coming together.


So, here’s what happened:


At a KnittinKitten meeting at my place (pool/knitting party) I was in the pool with Jorie, who mentioned how much she loved our place, and wished she could live there.  “Really?” I said.  “You can!”  I told her how much I thought we’d ask for rent (which turned out to be $100 more than we actually did, cause I don’t keep track of that stuff, and Jeff does), and she thought it was a fine idea.  We both ran it past our boys, and decided on a date!


Holy crap!  That means that we need to look for somewhere to live!


Enter Trusty Matt, our realtor.  He started us looking at houses the day after our wedding reception, and we saw 20? 30? in three trips out.  There was one that we both loved – a bit more than we were hoping to pay, but we had pretty much settled on it.  We saw it one time…two times…and on the third time, I just wasn’t sure anymore.  I mean, I liked it, but the house just wasn’t “me”.


Of course, we’d be living there now if we hadn’t found The House.


On first blush, it wasn’t much to look at.  I skimmed the listing, but didn’t think much of it.


Until, I walked into the sun room.  With the built in bookcases.  Which I have always, always, always wanted.


Oh, and it had a fireplace.  And cool little closets.  And a porch in addition to the sun room.  And air conditioning.  And pretty much everything we wanted, for $30,000 less than the other house.


Hells yes, we bought it!


We had to get a home equity loan on the condo to get the down payment, and then get a mortgage on the house.  We were lucky – in the time between when we made an offer and locked in our interest rate, they both kept going down! 


We closed on September 19, moved on the 20th, and moved Jorie and Spencer into the condo on the 22nd.  (Ok, I’m acting like I had anything to do with that…it was all Jeff.  I was at the house with Julie and Bill, who kindly came over to fix my computer and have lunch, and Sarah and Dave, who kindly brought a lemon meringue pie that made me need a moment alone.)


We have been in the house for almost two weeks, and things are starting to come together.  It’s been fun to see all my stuff that’s been IN STORAGE and figure out where it goes in our new abode.  I’ve got the craft room/sun room pretty much put together, and the kitchen and dining room are almost there.  I organized all the books yesterday, and this Wednesday, my day off, is the Great Mopping.  We still don’t really have anywhere to sit….my parents are getting us chairs for either side of the fireplace (oh, that feels so good!) and we have a couple of free couches from relatives to choose from…we just have to decide. 


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m a homeowner!