Hey Twenty-six, I like you!

My birthday was about a week ago and since then I’ve been too busy to properly document my birthday happenings (but let’s be honest, birthday celebrating really takes up the entire month of February, so posting now is just fine).  I’ve also decided that so far being 26 is pretty great.  Did not see that one coming after the mini-mid life crisis I had of turning 25…some favorite birthday celebrations:

Celebrating my birthday at work. You may think, “why would you want to work on your birthday?”  Answer: because my co-workers love celebrating my birthday with me.  Evident in the plants, brownies, balloon, cinnamon roll, birthday greetings and general merriment.  For the first time since working at the Office, no one said, “Are you old enough to vote now???”
Celebrating my birthday with friends.   Laura suggested going out for fro-yo on my birthday.  Clearly, my friends know the way to my happiness.

Yes, those are 26 candles in my fro-yo! The next day I got the most amazing fro-yo present ever (thanks Laura and Tiffany!)

Celebrating my birthday with the Twins.  Sadly, I did not go to Florida for this one (shocking, I know)…but Scott our “idea’s man” (see you got another shout out Scott!)  suggested that Laura and I invite our friends over to watch Game 7 of the 1991 World Series.  Best. idea. ever.  Laura wrote a stellar post on the party and if I tried to write one it would not even compare.  Just read her blog.

Surprisingly none of the Twins made it into this photo with us.

And that about rounds out the birthday celebrating (for this past week).  It’s pretty clear I have the BEST family and friends.

A few failures

You could say I’m a glass half full person, I like to look at the positives in every situation.  Lately I’ve had a few failures, most of them laughable that I will share.

The first one happened about 2 weeks ago.  I was out for a seemingly nice run, trying not to concentrate on a post-work headache and out of NOWHERE I found myself on the ground.  Yes, I tripped over something (maybe the sidewalk or my own feet) fell and rolled.  Not. even. kidding.  I had a very bruised knee, scrapes through my shorts and a scraped arm.  I withered in pain for about 2 minutes and then got up, walked it off and continued with my run.  The knee bruise was nasty and it’s still there and still hurts. Fail.

Later that week I went to a movie in the park with about 30 of my closest friends.  The movie ended early because of eminent storms.  I went to my car and it would not start, the battery was dead (and no Dad I did not leave my lights on).  Car fail.  The next day a few of my awesome friends helped me jump my car and replace my battery (which I will count as a success).

I will not write anymore about this: Twins road trip in Milwaukee= MAJOR FAIL.

Lastly, a success story.  Recently it was discovered that there were ants making a home in our house.  They probably thought they were welcomed into my home because I once had an ant farm and I’m sure they heard stories about my hospitality towards their ant friends.

OH I had one of these…the ants came in the mail.

Today I decided to put an end to this ant hospitality and they are now feasting on ant poison and we are saying things like, “Die ants, die!”  Ant friendship over.

…and let’s not even talk about the automatic paper towel dispensers that I am in a fight with…


Dear Kev, say it ain’t so.

Several people have let me know this week: Kevin Slowey might be traded.  Now I knew about this before anyone emailed/chatted/texted but I was living in denial.  Now blogs tell me that it’s likely going to happen, so it’s time to face reality and fondly look to the past.

It may have started with reading Kev’s brother’s blog.  His brother is hilarious and has once copied me in his blog posts.  Regardless, we exchanged Christmas book cards this year, sealing (what I would hope will be a life)  friendship with the Slowey brothers.

The prized Christmas card from the Sloweys

Our friendship became the real deal when we met.

Twinsfest -where Kev I first became friends.

Great that we met at Twinsfest since it really opened doors for all of us in Florida with lots of other Twins players.

Clearly Kev is going to have a hard time saying goodbye. We are his favorite.

So Kev, we will miss you if you do leave…you should probably re-consider and start pitching better.  If you do leave remember to send us all a few letters.

Weekend WIN!

This weekend was filled with so much FUN!  We threw Jenna a Bachelorette Party!

We've come so far from our East Lake days!

We had a GREAT time: dinner at Chino Latino, fun games and ridiculous stories were told.

Best of all I was reunited with these lovely roommates! Love them!

Random guy who bought us shots was right in saying, “your lives are so much better now.”  Quote of the night.

Saturday, friends Mike and Amanda got married!  Beautiful ceremony—I wish I had taken a picture or two, but I did not.  Believe when I say it was a great wedding!

Sunday morning I woke up and had a good feeling about the Twins game–maybe it was the sunshine?  Well sunny days do not = Twins win.  Tiffany and I were able to score some SWEET seats right behind the Twins dugout.

Here's Danny Valencia, we go way back to our run in at Spring Training.

We remembered our Metrodome-last-game scalping ways of yore and bought $80 seats for $32.50.  Win? I think so–especially when we found out that we had our own lounge and bathroom.

An even better moment was when Kev came in to pitch. We go even farther back to Christmas card exchanges, Twinsfest and Spring Training; we are practically besties.

At some point in the game I decided I was meant to sit in those seats in the rest of my life.

Weekend WIN? YES! (minus the Twins actually winning)

Sales…get me every time

It’s been awhile since I’ve bought something I didn’t really “need.”  This time I blame the sale of buy-one-get-one-half-off.  I find pair of shoes I like and then I have to find another pair because otherwise I’m not getting the “deal.”  But then really is a deal?  Probably not.  The shoes are cute and I will wear them and this means boot season is over.  Officially.

Hello, spring!

Also, I’d like to note that I bought these with part of the interest I made off my co-worker today.  I bought her lunch since she came up to me in the cafeteria with a sad look on her face and said, “Amber, do you have any money? I forgot my money and didn’t eat breakfast.”  I should probably start putting on people’s calendars, “bring money for lunch.”  I can’t be there all the time.

Lastly, Twins pitcher Frankkkkkkkkie Liriano had a no-hitter last night, this comes directly after I said, “maybe’s he’s not our ace anymore.”  I take it back, clearly he is listening to what I say and working hard to overcome adversity.  Here’s a great quote from espn.com summing up the game:  

So maybe it wasn’t pretty. But Liriano had a zero in that hit column and I’m pretty sure if he lives to be 89 he’ll always remember his first complete game. The Twins added a victory to the win column. And a Tuesday night in May provided a reminder that, in baseball, you can’t predict anything. 

Which is why we watch. 

Holidays, Twins, trees


One of my favorite holidays is Administrative Professionals Day.  Who remembers it? No one.  Some years it is not even remembered until 3:30 in the afternoon.  Not this year at The Office.  The moment I walked in the door my co-worker exclaimed, “There is cake!  Happy Administrative Professionals Day!”  Exciting because I had forgotten about this–even noting a week earlier that I was sure everyone was going to forget.   This year they remembered: a card, a plant, and as we refer to it, awkward cake (aka when we all stand around and have cake and sometimes there is singing and lots of talk about that thing our office does).  It was so wonderful and I loved every moment of it.

Moving on: the Twins.  

Do we want to talk about it? Probably not but it’s happening, so we should.  Last night was my first time this season back at Target Field.  Still very much love it.

If you look close you will see little snowflakes.


  • Everyone is sick with the flue* or injured or doesn’t want to play.
  • Eric Hacker pitched.  Who is Eric Hacker and how is he on our team?
  • How does a Florida team beat a Minnesota team while playing in the snow?
  • Drew Butera’s favorite store is Nordstroms.  Where is Joe?
  • Christmas songs are substituted for all other songs when it snows at TF.  “Twinter Wonderland,” instant hit.
  • The new scoreboard and Twins tower really completes the field.
  • Centerfield looks empty.  Come back pine trees.
  • Justin’s back.  That’s a relief.
  • Sing-a-long still happens.  PTL.
*Flue- when you are sick for months and can’t play baseball.  Example: Joe, Justin, Delmon
I look forward to making some memories of us winning when I return to TF.
From the Star Tribune:

If you’re looking for the shadiest place in Minneapolis this summer, head to the Lynnhurst neighborhood off the southeast shore of Lake Harriet.

The neighborhood ranks first in the city in the proportion of urban tree cover that blankets its homes, businesses and parks. Nearly 49 percent of its area, which includes a portion of Minnehaha Creek, is covered, according to a first-of-its-kind study of the city’s canopy that used high-resolution satellite technology.

This is my neighborhood! Win!

Somebody has a birthday!

Our favorite catcher is 28 today!  Happy Birthday Joe Mauer!  Enjoy these two videos.  One terrible and one great.  I’ll let you figure out which one is which.

Twins Series Opening Day Special: How to get on the field

Last season I had the amazing opportunity to go on the field before two baseball games!  Even I’m not quite sure how it all happened–mostly know the right people, have a boss that “needs” staff with him and you will be on the field in no time!  Here are some things you should do when you are on Target Field.

You should embrace the fact that you get to go to -1 (the elevators to the field) and walk out by the third base line.

The stadium is gigantic from down here!

You should be sure to wear the right colors for your team.  In my attempt to look professional the first time I went on the field I drove to the park wearing *gasp* yellow and blue.  Guess who we were playing, that’s right–the Brewers.

You should take a picture with TC.  There are 5 other people on the field with you who are not Twins employees or baseball players.  Take a picture with the bear.

TC and I are pretty much BFF by this point.

You should probably take stalker field pictures of the players since you could run and give them a high five.  (Note: there is also a lot of security so you probably shouldn’t run towards a player).

You should walk on the grass.  I’ve done it and they did not yell at me.  I just heard when you take the tours they are very adamant about no grass walking.

You should ask to stay on the field especially if there are parachuter’s jumping on to the field.  You will probably lean against the opposing team’s dugout when this is happening–plus they might forget you are not suppose to be on the field and you will be able to go sit with by the Twins for the game–this didn’t happen to me but I’m optimistic that it might happen, one day.

Hanging out with the players, seeing a parachuter before the game.

Twin Series: Ticket purchase complete!

Twins tickets for the 2011 season are purchased.  Success?  Partly.  We came prepared to the field with necessities from last year: coffee, mittens and the spreadsheet.  However, we did not factor in the mob of people that camped there since Friday morning to get tickets.  The line was out of control.  After assessing the situation we took a deep breath, looked around at the signs and noticed something new–we could only buy a total of 8 tickets per game and 24 tickets total per person!  This meant with three people we would not buy the bazillion tickets we were planning on.  We did the next best thing we could think of…we call in reinforcements.  Our friend David recognized the dire situation after three phone calls and came down to TF to help us out.

We waited a considerable time to get tickets (2.5 hours)–which gave us plenty of time to see a bride and groom get their pictures taken in front of the stadium, hear the people in front of us worry about not being able to get any tickets and organize and re-organize the spreadsheet.

The spreadsheet.

In the end we walked away with tickets for most of the games we wanted, but not all.  Clearly Joe and the boys were planning to invite us to some of the games themselves–so it will all work out.

Tickets organized and ready for friends (or to sell in a sketchy alley).

20 days until Opening Day!

Twin Series: What to expect from Target Field

You have your tickets.  You have your friends.  It is time to go to your first game at Target Field.  What do you do?  When do you arrive?  What can you expect?

If it is your first time to Target Field you want to give yourself plenty of time to walk around the plaza, take pictures and check out the stadium.  Sometimes if you are there ahead of time you will get to see the team warm-up.  If it is your lucky day you could be asked to run and catch some baseballs, you never know (really unlikely).

Here are some fun photo ops you don’t want to miss:

The glove is a popular place for photos.

Joe is around town, in person (and statued) at TF!

It is always a good idea to take some pictures from your seats just make sure you do not do this in the middle of an amazing play.

Another benefit to getting to the stadium really early is the opportunity to get the give-aways!  Last year I got the Minnie and Paul-shaking-hands bobble head.  Amazing? Yes.

Worth going to the field two hours early? Yes, yes it was--people were trying to buy these!

Once the game starts you can expect the following: sing-a-long in the 8th inning (which I LOVE), the kiss cam (which can be awkward) and seeing at least one marriage proposal (be more creative guys!).  If you go on certain nights you can play TWIN-GO, which is a variation of BINGO and you might even win a prize if you are good at paying attention.  There may also be fireworks when there is a homerun and you will for sure hear U2’s “Beautiful Day” if it is a Twins Win.  Your experience will probably be magical and you will be excited to go back again and again.

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