Monthly Archives: April 2013

3/3/13

For those who don’t know, T has been living in MN since early February when he started his job. While adjusting to life in the great north, he had plenty time to jot down his thoughts, knowing that this blog would be coming as soon as K made the news public. The next series of posts will be from Ts logs while living on his own for the first time in forever and adjusting to a new job, apartment and life without a wife.  Enjoy!  -K

I went to a Timberwolves game by myself tonight, which is not sad in any way so I don’t know why that even crept into your mind.  I thought about buying two tickets and casually saying to people at work, “Hey…I’ve got an extra ticket to the T-Wolves game tonight if you want to go,” but that seemed a little desperate…and not the good kind of desperate…the “Lindsey Lohan does Playboy” kind of desperate.

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2/19/13

For those who don’t know, T has been living in MN since early February when he started his job. While adjusting to life in the great north, he had plenty time to jot down his thoughts, knowing that this blog would be coming as soon as K made the news public. The next series of posts will be from Ts logs while living on his own for the first time in forever and adjusting to a new job, apartment and life without a wife.  Enjoy!  -K

So the kitchenette in my apartment came with a tiny stove that had two working burners and no working oven.  I knew this going in, so K’s dad let me take one of his old toaster ovens up to Minnesota.  I had been brave enough to make a few bagels in it the first week I was here, but after I set off the smoke alarm I was hesitant to use it again.  Well, I got brave out of desperation because I had some mini-pizzas I needed to cook.  So, I plugged it in, made sure I turned the fan above the stove on, and hoped for the best.  15 minutes later, success!  One mini-pizza down, one to go (because you can’t just have one mini-pizza).  It was around this time that my mother-in-law called to see how things were going.  This is when the story starts to become a blur, which is to be expected when you’re eating one mini-pizza, talking to your mother-in-law on the phone, and cooking another mini-pizza.  That’s a lot going on for one human.  Continue reading

2/18/13

For those who don’t know, T has been living in MN since early February when he started his job. While adjusting to life in the great north, he had plenty time to jot down his thoughts, knowing that this blog would be coming as soon as K made the news public. The next series of posts will be from Ts logs while living on his own for the first time in forever and adjusting to a new job, apartment and life without a wife.  Enjoy!  -K

I finally figured out how to work the shower in the basement rental today.  Yes, I realize it has been over a week since I moved up here and yes, I have bathed since then.  The problem was with the water temperature.  It was always a crapshoot.  One day I would turn it on and it would be fine, the next day it was scalding.  And I won’t forget the day I had to take a cold shower in a freezing basement anytime soon.  But it’s not my fault!  The damn shower knob doesn’t turn any which way.  Believe me, it looks like it should turn.  The key to the whole thing is, after you turn the shower on, you have to gently swivel the knob a quarter-inch left for scalding water, or a quarter-inch right for freezing water.  I believe I’ve found the happy medium after 10 long days of just dealing with whatever the pipes gave me.  I would like to just leave it running non-stop so I don’t lose the magic spot, but I don’t want Al Gore to haunt my dreams.

2/16-17/13

For those who don’t know, T has been living in MN since early February when he started his job. While adjusting to life in the great north, he had plenty time to jot down his thoughts, knowing that this blog would be coming as soon as K made the news public. The next series of posts will be from Ts logs while living on his own for the first time in forever and adjusting to a new job, apartment and life without a wife.  Enjoy!  -K

After I got off work I was planning to head to my Grandma and Grandpa’s house up in Alexandria, MN to meet up with the fam.  Mom, Dad, K and The Dude were embarking on a road trip from Omaha so that I could see everybody after my first week of work.  Little did I know, their normally 7 ½ hour drive was going to take them 9 hours because Dad has trouble driving The Bruiser late at night.  (The Bruiser is the nickname we gave the “band van” after numerous endeavors that included smashing the front of Paul’s old car and jack-knifing the trailer with all the band gear into the bumper.)  If we’re being honest here, Dad just has trouble driving the Bruiser at all.  It’s a 1992 conversion van that drives like a tank…and you feel like you’re in a tank because you can’t see anything around you…all you can do is drive straight and hope for the best. Continue reading

2/15/13

For those who don’t know, T has been living in MN since early February when he started his job. While adjusting to life in the great north, he had plenty time to jot down his thoughts, knowing that this blog would be coming as soon as K made the news public. The next series of posts will be from Ts logs while living on his own for the first time in forever and adjusting to a new job, apartment and life without a wife.  Enjoy!  -K

About every three days I find a random bug or spider in my apartment that I have to apologize to before I kill.  This is rather disturbing because I sleep on an air mattress.  So every night before I go to bed, I do my best to shake off each blanket that I have, just in case something is crawling around in there.  It’s more of a peace-of-mind thing, but I still end up slapping my face or head a few times a night because I think I feel something.   Maybe I should get a cat to help with the bug situation…like the Pink Panther…he was always good at solving bug problems…I think…I don’t really remember what went on in that cartoon…

2/11/13

For those who don’t know, T has been living in MN since early February when he started his job. While adjusting to life in the great north, he had plenty time to jot down his thoughts, knowing that this blog would be coming as soon as K made the news public. The next series of posts will be from Ts logs while living on his own for the first time in forever and adjusting to a new job, apartment and life without a wife.  Enjoy!  -K

First day of work was kind of fun, kind of nerve-wracking.  After meeting like 60 people and learning 100 new things, I’m not sure what to think.  Then again, I’ve never really had a “new” job where I didn’t know anybody.  When I started at KPTM/KXVO in 2002, a good friend of mine worked there.  Then I worked in the same building, for the same company, for over a decade so I pretty much knew everybody there.  I guess time will tell if it was the right call to head up north.  Right now, I feel like I should buy a volleyball, Tom Hanks style, so at least I have someone to yell to when I make a fire.  Good thing I have my friends Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer to keep me company when I’m hanging out at the new place.

Today is a big day

So, this happened today. Excuse the tiny cell phone photo, but this just couldn’t wait for a real one!!

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Let The Great Experiment Begin!

Well, in the Stein household, 2012 was “The Year of Adventures.” It was a mixture of traveling to far off places (Iceland, Italy, Switzerland…Denver), coupled with various life experiments (including healthy eating, a new job, and the use of the phrase, “Don’t be a donkey,”) and a solid dose of winning. But, 2012 has come and gone. So what lies ahead in 2013? For us, it’s “The Year of Change.” Keegan took that to heart pretty early in the year, dying her blond locks a beautiful shade of red, as well as finding plenty of new recipes to try. Taylor took it to a whole new level when he got a job in Minneapolis, MN, meaning a change of address was in the not-too-distant-future. Not one to be outdone, Keegan was also quick to receive a job offer in the Twin Cities. Our blue house in Ponderosa, that we’ve called home since we started Team Stein back in 2008, will soon be turned over to a new family, so that they can make the same types of lasting memories that we did in good old Ralston proper for the last five years.

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