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Meeting Elder Smith

Colin autographed my copy of the program.

I gave Dan a trip to Minneapolis for his Birthday and we went this past weekend! We stayed at the W Hotel using our Starwood Points and saw the Book Of Mormon featuring our old neighbor, Colin Anderson.

rental car
We rented a car at the small airport in South Saint Paul and they drove it right up to the plane!
W view
Our view from our room at the W. Notice the half-staff flag. It was Sept. 11, 2014

What a TREAT it was to watch a touring Broadway Play with a cast member that we actually knew! It was Colin’s 30th show….but some cast members had been performing for 700 shows! The play was in Minneapolis at the Orpheum Theater for a few weeks. The actors perform 8 shows a week and have Monday off…..just like Broadway.

Minneapolis Orpheum
The Minneapolis Orpheum Theater was about 3 blocks from our hotel.
BreakALeg Cookies
He actually came out before the show to get the cookies I baked for him!

We took Colin some Break-A-Leg Chocolate Chip Cookies and he met us out front before the show started.

Book of Mormon Cast Board
It was SO fun to watch a Broadway show starring someone we knew!
Book of Mormon Books
What a really good show!

Colin autographed my copy of the program.
Colin Anderson Autograph
Colin Anderson Autograph

The Ring

Today is my 28th Wedding Anniversary.  I’ve worn this ring for 28 and a half years. This was the First ring we saw. I liked it immediately. But, I’m a shopper…..and I wanted to see what else was out there. But we came back to this one.

The Ring

Dan paid on it for several months.

I was almost unable to function, I spent so much time LOOKING at it! The diamond was so BIG and SPARKLY. The Emeralds were so UNIQUE and LARGE. It made me catch my breath when I would see it out of the corner of my eye. That Diamond was so full of promise  and dreams and who knew what!

Blink. Fast Forward 28 years. Blink.
I had lost one of the emeralds. It needed to be fixed.
But I put off taking it to Borsheim’s because I didn’t want to be apart from it. Even though I wasn’t wearing it (so as not to ruin the open setting) I HAD it with me.

Eventually, Dan and I took it in to be repaired. I listened as the woman behind the counter told me ALL THE THINGS WRONG with my RING.
“This is WORN OUT and that is BROKEN and over here is DAMAGED and that there is ALMOST GONE”.
I grew dizzy and sweaty and emotional. I told her I’d think about the repairs. I put the ring back in the little baggie and back in my coin purse. I quickly walked out of Borsheim’s.

It really bothered me. Those things she said about my ring.
My LARGE and SHINY and UNIQUE ring that I’ve worn for 28 and a half years.

What I HEARD was that my LIFE and MARRIAGE was broken and worn out and damaged and almost gone.
She was talking about the RING. I heard her criticize my LIFE!
None of it was true. It was just the ring.

Eventually, I took the ring back to be repaired. I picked it up a few days ago and excitedly put it back on. It was Sparkly and the Emeralds were fixed. It made my heart skip a beat.

The funny thing was…..that Diamond seemed smaller.
28 and a half years of LIFE had happened to that ring.
28 and a half years of dreams come true and wishes that happened and problems that were solved and children and dinners and laundry and living had changed that ring.
My sweet husband and our 2 children and 2 dogs and 4 houses and 6 cars and 50 trips and 2 surgeries and 9700 dinners and 16 years of school & homework & carpool and 3 fights and job changes and a million kisses and hugs had been wrung out of that ring.  My little diamond ring with 2 emeralds. The first one we saw at the first store we shopped.

28 years

Dan and I have made a great family and we have given each other a great life. He is truly my partner. This man who chose me has made every one of my dreams come true. He really has.

I hope in the NEXT 28 years, my shiny diamond almost disappears! Because that will mean we have squeezed all we could out of this life we have made!

My 6th Grade Folder

IMG_2408 IMG_2392A friend of Megan’s picked this up for me at a thrift store. I’m SO TOUCHED that she would do this!  I used this folder in 6th grade and hardly ever took my eyes off that cover.

The BEST part is that the inside was filled with the Teen Magazines of the time!

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These last 2 are interesting to me. Jeremy Gelbwacks was the FIRST Chris on The Partridge Family TV show. The 2nd season, a new BLOND Chris was playing the drums and there was never a mention of the change! This article implies his family moved and they decided to take their child off the Highest Rated Show of the Season. Right. What really happened….is that this kid could NOT get along with the cast, especially Danny Bonaduce, so they fired him.

Last article shows lots of pictures of Peter Noone, who appeared this past September with David Cassidy in the Biggest Teen Idols tour in Spencer, Iowa, at the Clay County Fair. (yes. I was there.)

But THIS is the best part of the magazines. The Centerfold! These all went up on my wall 🙂IMG_2395

The Giant Grocery Store

I stayed over another night in Philadelphia and had a nice dinner at a Bistro in the neighborhood. I had plans on Monday to visit the Market, but it was raining and I could NOT find parking, so I started home. I took a wrong turn and ended up at a Giant Grocery Store. I LOVE grocery stores, so I went in to see what I could find. It was a great visit 🙂

Frozen Pasta
I’d love to have access to this pasta! So many different shapes and types.
Total Mileage
Total Mileage so far.
Turnpike Ticket
I’ve never driven on a Turnpike…it is expensive in Pennsylvania.
Giant Store
It might be weird but I LOVE visiting grocery stores! Today I went to a Giant Store.
Flower Section
The Giant Store had SUCH a huge Flower section. They were fresh and very pretty.
Tazo Tea Bottles
I was wandering the store wishing I could find some Tazo Tea and Ta-Dah! There it Was!
A whole section devoted to fresh Mozzarella. Don’t have THAT at the Hy-Vee!
TasteyBake Display
Another brand I’ve heard of but don’t see in Nebraska.
Barilla Cut Pasta
I have the HARDEST time finding this Barilla Cut Spaghetti. I bought a couple of boxes.
My Salad
My Salad. Lots of Broccoli!

What’s Behind Door Number 3?

I have never seen a hotel room like mine before! I smile every time I exit the elevator on my floor and take 2 steps and put my key in the door.
Can you see it there between the elevators?

My Hotel Room

I’ve posted a few pics before, but I really like the carpet and wallpaper in this hotel in Philadelphia.

Circuit Board CarpetBlack & Mustard WallpaperMustard & Black Wallpaper

My EatWriteRetreat meeting is over, and I celebrated by walking around my neighborhood and having a good, filling meal at a 2nd floor bistro. I even had a drink! Megan calls it a VodkaTronic. I like that name!

Vodka Tonic

Eating and Writing but no Retreating

Long day at the EatWriteRetreat blog conference here in Philadelphia. We started bright and early and went like Energizer Bunnies all day. They threw in lots of raffle prizes and competition prizes all day just to keep it fun. I won some eggs from Safest Choice Eggs! Not many photos today as I was taking pages of notes and listening and talking and eating Hershey’s Kisses.

Philadelphia Apartment
I can’t imagine living way up there!
OXO Container with Hershey Kisses
Chocolate Kisses in an OXO Container
Speakers talk about Mushrooms
Mushrooms in a Package
Listening at Eat Write Retreat
Sometimes all you can do is Listen because the information is so great!


Power Point
Power Point
View from R2L Restaurant
View from R2L Restaurant in Philadelphia
View from R2L Restaurant
View from R2L Restaurant
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Dinner was Peanut Butter and Jelly in my room.