Monthly Archives: May 2013

Last Night of Luxury

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Well, this is possibly the last night I’ll be spending on the “Air Bed of Wonder,” which is the name I just came up with for the double-stacked air mattress/throw pillow/blanket covered area on which I sleep. To find out why I’m sleeping on top of two air mattresses we need a quick recap. About a month ago, K and the Dude came to visit my basement dwelling. The one air mattress we had at the time was suitable for K and I…but it was also 4 inches off the ground, making it not suitable for two humans and a giant German Shepard who thought it would be fun to see if we could break the weight limit. Needless to say, he succeeded, which caused a “slow leak” situation that I discovered after they left when I woke up laying on a plastic covered floor.

Basically, because of this slow leak, every evening I would go to sleep on an inflated air mattress; and every morning I would wake up as the mystery meat in an air mattress hotdog. It’s hard to describe unless you’ve experienced it. (If only there was a Mythbusters episode about slowly deflating air mattresses. Then I would have felt more prepared for this situation.) For the inquiring minds out there, when the bed deflates, air pushes to the sides of the bed so that as you slowly sink to the floor, you’re enveloped in a cocoon of vinyl. It’s half comforting, half frightening.

Fast-forward to a week of basically sleeping on a tile floor for half of the evening and K decided we could spend the money to get another one. (Noble of her, since I was the one using the bed.) K purchased a new mattress for me, which I picked up on a trip home. But, when I got it back to Minnesota, I discovered that our pump did not have the correct nozzle to inflate the new bed…which meant another night of joy.

Eventually, I got the new bed exchanged for one with a pump, but after removing the deflated bed back at the apartment and watching multiple bugs scatter in various directions, I decided it would be best to do a double-stack…to get 8 inches away from the insects. (Well, 8 inches at the start of the evening, 4 by the morning.)

And that’s why I’m sleeping on the “Air Bed of Wonder”…and why I’m not terribly sad to retire it after tonight. At least I get to wake up to this one more day. Then it’s off to life in the burbs.

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I’m So Hungry I Could Eat At Arby’s…

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I have discovered the oldest Arby’s sign known to man. It appears to be pre-war. Civil War. (It’s advertising the existence of a fully-functional restaurant, by the way.)

Life is unfair.

This is how T spent the weekend.

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This is how I spent the weekend.

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Totally unfair.

The thing you must buy.

instax polaroid go team stein

Let’s take a minute to talk about one of the best purchases that I’ve made in recent history. Yes, I know that shirt I bought last week was super cute and went great with my blue eyes and red hair. Of course, I am fully aware that the arrow bracelet is adorable. You don’t have to tell me twice that the dinner from Maria’s was awesome and totally hit the spot. But this Fujifilm Instax camera is the shit. Continue reading

And so it begins…

go team stein

Today marks the start of our 2 week countdown to moving day!

In 2 weeks, we’ll be renting the moving truck, loading up our stuff, driving up to MN, closing on a new home, spending time showing off the sites to my parents and settling into our new place. I know that these last 2 weeks will be challenging, as I am still learning a new job while packing up my house and saying my final goodbyes, but I cannot express how exciting it is to finally have that light at the end of the tunnel. I’m really looking forward to getting into a normal routine, not living with half of my stuff in boxes, ditching the never ending to-do list in my head, exploring a new town and not eating dinner alone.

Most of all, I’m looking forward to getting my permanent roommate back. This girl is REALLY tired of cleaning up the dog’s poop on her own.

Broken Things

After receiving the image of the broken down truck on the side of the interstate last night along with 2 missed calls and a voicemail from T, I should have known that a fresh start on Monday would not be enough to lighten the stress in my life right now. I mean, let’s be serious….I live with a Stein.

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4/2/13

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

Even through a floor, a coffee grinder (or blender) sounds a lot like a table saw at 6:30 in the morning.  In case you were wondering.

Breakdown

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Well…something has happened. The old truck had a slight problem on a return trip from Omaha to Minneapolis…and by slight problem I mean catastrophic failure. Here’s the situation:

I was driving back to Minneapolis after a perfectly wonderful weekend in Omaha. The drive was going fine for about 4 hours. Around this time, I needed to stop for gas. So, I pulled off at my usual stop in Mason City, IA. As I was waiting at the light behind a couple semi’s, while not moving mind you, I heard a distinct pop/crunch. Continue reading

3/18/13

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

At roughly 12:10 this morning, the animal in the vents returned.  I’m not sure from where, but it’s definitely back.  Now I’m hoping it’s Fival and he just decided, “The West wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.”  Either that or this creature can make a mean Ratatouille.

3/15/13

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

I woke up at 5am this morning.  I was awake until at least 6:18 a.m.  I know because I checked my phone.  Why does one wake up at 5 a.m. for approximately an hour and eighteen minutes when they don’t have to?  I’ll tell you why.  They wake up at that hour because they can hear the quite distinguishable sound of animal claws resonating off of aluminum.  In this case, the type of animal claw is yet to be determined, but the aluminum was the air ducts in my basement dwelling.  I sleep underneath one of the air ducts.  Continue reading