Monthly Archives: June 2013

Wrap it up.

We don’t have a lot of time to visit eating establishments due to the fact that we are still living in a sea of boxes and I won’t let T have any excuse to not help me unpack. Not even for the 30 minutes it would take to visit Chipotle. Yes, I’m a mean wife.

Instead, we bring the restaurant to us. Semi-successfully.




After some super-sleuth-like detective work, I have discovered that our hot water heater makes noise. A lot of noise. More noise than a normal hot water heater should…I think. I say this because half of the time it sounds like the inside of a tree when the Keebler elves are hard at work and the other half of the time it sounds like an evil wizard is having his army of orcs build him a muscle car.

Now, you tell me if that’s normal.


Minnesota School

Seeing as how I’m learning new Minnesota things each week, I’m going to start a regular ‘series’ of posts that I am calling Minnesota School. This state never fails to teach me something each day.  -K

1. Things have different names here. Ranch-style homes are Ramblers. Casseroles are Hot Dishes. Native MInnesotans will look at you like you’re an idiot if you use the wrong term.

2. Replacing a broken garbage disposal in the Stein household requires more tools than I’ve ever seen used in our home, 4 days of the sink being unusable, the entire Team Stein roster, 1 phone call to my dad, the patience of a monk and the IQ of Stephen Hawking. It also takes a minimum of 3 separate trips to Home Depot.

Go Team Stein Garbage Disposal Repair

3. The road trips from MN to NE are way better with travel buddies. They are also much more crowded, require twice the packing time and will leave no sooner than 2 hours after the desired departure time.

A Full Weekend

The previous weekend was filled with many eventful…events. There’s got to be a better way to say that. The previous weekend was filled with many eventful…things. Lets start at the beginning. Continue reading

Things I’ve Learned in MN This Week

1. Leaving 15 minutes earlier results in 20 minutes being knocked off my drive time. Rush hour in the cities is a very different beast than Omaha.

2. I’ve forgotten how to live in the same house as my husband. Having someone to talk to that is of the human species is much different than regular conversations with a German Shepherd that doesn’t have an opinion about anything.

3. I hate unpacking boxes more than packing them.

4. Having a garage full of stuff means you have to park outside again after parking inside for 5 years. This is especially annoying when it’s raining every morning and you haven’t found your umbrella yet.

5. There is no Hobby Lobby here. What’s a crafty girl to do?

6. Creating a garden from a patch of grass is much tougher when you don’t have in-laws doing the manual labor.

7. Moving into a house that hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned since the year I was born is gross. Like chocolate-chips-stuck-in-the-back-of-kitchen-cupboards gross.

8. Lining shelves with contact paper sucks the life out of me. And that damn paper will always get stuck to itself no matter what you do.

Little Victories

After getting made fun of by T last night regarding my use of Siri to get to work, I am happy to say that today I was able to navigate both to AND from the office completely without the use of any GPS device.

Anyone who knows me and my impeccable sense of direction will understand just how big of an accomplishment this is. Seriously, I get lost in the city I’ve lived in my entire life.

Suck it, T.

Off the grid

Excuse the delay in posts, we are completely Internet-free at our new home for a few more days. In the meantime, enjoy this short video of T kicking off the moving extravaganza by driving the moving truck out of the rental place.