U2: It was a beautiful (rainy) day (night)

Last night U2 came to Minneapolis.  This was the biggest concert to come to the Twin Cities in 30 years and I was there…it did not disappoint.  U2. was. amazing.

These are just a few pictures because 5 minutes into U2 coming to the stage it started down pouring and I left my camera in my purse the rest of the night…there should be more pictures coming soon (*cough* Chris).

The stage setup alone is impressive.  It looked like this:

The Claw- offering you a 360 degree view of the band.

Note the green and orange parts on the claw.  They would later offer us an impressive light show.

After the opening act of Interpol we waited with anticipation for Bono and the boys.  The gigantic video board told us lots of interesting facts (which I LOVED).

Waiting...actually entertaining.

When U2 finally took the stage it was phenomenal.  It looked something like this, except 10 times better in person.

Hey U2

I think every 3-5 minutes I jumped up and down and clapped my hands in delight.  Even in the rain…and I hate rain.  It was maybe the happiest I have ever been in the rain…and did I mention we got to see the Aquatennial fireworks?  Amazing.

That is a brief preview and now try to go fix things the rain broke…like my phone and my camera.

The End.

If you live in Minnesota you have probably heard the government shutdown is officially over.  Thank goodness.  People were getting cranky.  When the shutdown ended I got to be part of the festivities.  Imagine a party at work, with the Governor and staff, and all the media…cameras, speeches–yeah there was no cake…just a little signing ceremony to sign some bills into law.

Afterwards I got a party favor…

Yeah that's one (of the many) signing sharpies!

I also got to be on tv…NBD…

Shutdown secrets

Some of you may have heard, the Minnesota state government has been shutdown for 17 days.  This means no home health aides, road construction projects, beer permits for businesses, rest stops and state parks are closed.  This is just a SHORT list of all the very important services the governments does that aren’t offered.  My office is open but building is closed, so let me take this opportunity to share with you the behind the scenes: shutdown secrets.

In my office I still have the remnants of this paper chain.  I can’t bring myself to take down the last link.

The Countdown to the Shutdown remains at 1.

As I mentioned about the building I work in is closed.  There is only one way out and one way in. Actually there are many ways out…especially if your sandwich delivery shows up to the wrong door and the caution taped is ignored…and then you can’t get back in and have to walk all the way around the building.  True story.   It’s mostly just a good idea never to forget your badge.

Building closed unless you are on a list.

On Friday it became evident that they were not replacing soap and toilet paper in the bathroom—-granted we had plenty, but apparently other people noticed too and wanted to tell plant management.

I think this worked, as the note was later removed.

There is absolutely nothing left in the vending machine.  Unfortunately my picture of that did not turn out.  So just imagine.  Nothing.

Lastly, to enter/exit our parking ramp there is usually just a bar that comes up and down when you swipe your badge.  Now they have the gate closed too.  I now call it the Gate of Death.  I have screamed several times (almost every morning) when I am certain that the gate is going to shut on me as I am driving.  One of my co-workers almost got taken out on her bicycle by said gate.

The Gate of Death.

I wish I knew more secrets about when the shutdown was going to end but let’s hope it is soon (it will be…shoot secret out).


You can be adorable too!

It’s easy.  Go to Gap.  Find cute dress.  “Oh hey, it’s on the sale rack.”   Be amazed that it has pockets. (sold!)

Just ignore all the wrinkles, that happens.

Prepare yourself, the price tag says $59.99, but it’s on sale…so…it rings up to $21.59?…confusion abounds.  But then don’t worry you have two $10 rewards cards.  Yes, that brings the total to $1.59.  Awesome? yes.  Deal winner!

Summer is…road trips!

Summer calls for road trips.  I recently embarked on the Great Wisconsin Road Trip.  Destinations included Milwaukee and Appleton.  It was a delightful weekend filled with fun! I enjoyed being out of Minnesota so much (and I really appreciated when things like rest stops were open–esp. after you have a Gaga dance party in your car and your leg cramps up and you need to stop immeadiately).

My first stop was Milwaukee.  About two minutes after arriving in Milwaukee we went on a brewery tour.  They make it well worth your money to take the tour and give you plenty to drink…you also learn about brewing beer (pretty much what you would expect on a brewery tour).

On the tour you get this glass (but don't be fooled because that's not really Lakefront beer in there).

Saturday was spent wandering around Milwaukee.  It was delightful.  There was a walk to the Farmer’s Marker (complete with seeing dogs in strollers and hipster babies); walks around neighborhoods (so many cute houses!) and ice cream and cheese (probably the most cheese I have ate before 11:00 a.m.)

Hello Milwaukee!

Thanks for showing me Milwaukee Chris!

The Great Wisconsin Road Trip continued Saturday afternoon when I went to Appleton to see my sister.  We took a trolley ride around the downtown/river, got chased down by a mascot (frightening) and my sister found $20 at a park (win!).

Mir wanted to show me the Fox Valley of yesteryear so we took a trip to a museum.

We learned all of Harry Houdini's secrets while trying not to be attacked by lions (Fact: WI loves lion and cow statues).

I spent maybe 20 seconds trying to figure out how Harry Houdini broke out of this jail cell. I should be a magician.

Thanks for a fun weekend sister!

Road trip success!  Will I go back to Wisconsin again? Yes in several weeks when I go to the Circus Capitol of the World…stay tuned for that fun adventure—I’ve been told there is plenty of blogging material there.

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