Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Hi Lovelies!
No, I did not vanish. Just been living under a rock, lol. I have had zero free time, and it has not been really great for my stress level, so that is something I am working on.

I am SO excited for our L.A. trip this Friday! I get to fly first class (which is a first) because I had to use so many miles over a holiday weekend. The best part-spend the weekend loving America with two of my fav people. Should be so great! What are your plans for the holiday weekend?


Monday, June 28, 2010


I am going to China!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will be headed to Beijing and Xi'an at the end of July. We haven't exactly decided what were doing each day but we have a general idea and will be booking that stuff hopefully this week! The tickets cost my left leg but I know it will be worth it. My aunt and uncle were located there for 3 years due to her job. They have been there almost 1 1/2 years and they know their way around and a lot of the language. I am meeting my aunt and cousin (live in Denver) in Beijing and then my uncle and cousin (living in China) in Xi'an. Should be a great time and I can't wait!!!

Have you been to China? Any tips/must see places?!

Sorry we have been slacking lately. We have just both been swamped but don't fret... were back!!


Friday, June 25, 2010

Furry Fridays


Name: Pookie
Age: Approximately 12 weeks old
Weight: 2 lbs
Favorite Things: Cuddling with people, playing with her siblings
Waiting for her home since May, 2010
Pookie's Story: Pookie was rescued from a local pound. Her and her siblings were found roaming the streets together. Pookie is a great little kitten. She is a little shy at first, but quickly warms up and then loves attention.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

First Day of Summer-A Look Back at Spring!

It's officially SUMMER!!!

Here is our Best of Spring...

Favorite Movie:
Both: Sex and the City 2

Favorite TV show:
Kelly: Chuck or NCIS

Favorite Food:
Kelly: Steak Fajita Meat with lots of garlic

Favorite Memory:
Sara: Ummm day drinking on patios?
Kelly: The weekends

Favorite Clothes Item:
Sara: Dresses
Kelly: Flip Flops and comfy skirts

Favorite Event:
Sara: not having work/school during the summer, wait I have a
real job nevermind
Kelly: Andrew getting a job!

Favorite Read:
Sara: Whatever my book club book is reading
Kelly: Who has time to read, I am reading my 3D Engineering Class book, ROUGH

Favorite Cocktail/ Drink:
Sara: Vodka soda or Cosmo
Kelly: Margaritas or Red Wine

Most looking forward to for Summer:
Sara: Going to China
Kelly:Couple small weekend trips :)

Hope you all had a great weekend and a great Spring! We are hoping for a Summer of more relaxation and less stress than this Spring can always hope right?!

Sara and Kelly

Friday, June 18, 2010

WTF?!?! Will 2012 be too late?

President Obama has a solution to the Gulf oil spill: $7-a-gallon gas.

That's a Harvard University study's estimate of the per-gallon price of the president's global-warming agenda. And Obama made clear this week that this agenda is a part of his plan for addressing the Gulf mess.

So what does global-warming legislation have to do with the oil spill?

Good question, because such measures wouldn't do a thing to clean up the oil or fix the problems that led to the leak.

The answer can be found in Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's now-famous words, "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste -- and what I mean by that is it's an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before."

AFP/Getty Images
Obama: Using Gulf crisis to push unpopular cap-and-trade bill.
That sure was true of global-warming policy, and especially the cap-and-trade bill. Many observers thought the measure, introduced last year in the House by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.), was dead: The American people didn't seem to think that the so-called global-warming crisis justified a price-hiking, job-killing, economy-crushing redesign of our energy supply amid a fragile recovery. Passing another major piece of legislation, one every bit as unpopular as ObamaCare, appeared unlikely in an election year.

So Obama and congressional proponents of cap-and-trade spent several months rebranding it -- downplaying the global-warming rationale and claiming that it was really a jobs bill (the so-called green jobs were supposed to spring from the new clean-energy economy) and an energy-independence bill (that will somehow stick it to OPEC).

Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) even reportedly declined to introduce their new cap-and-trade proposal in the Senate on Earth Day, because they wanted to de-emphasize the global-warming message. Instead, Kerry called the American Power Act "a plan that creates jobs and sets us on a course toward energy independence and economic resurgence."

But the new marketing strategy wasn't working. Few believe the green-jobs hype -- with good reason. In Spain, for example, green jobs have been an expensive bust, with each position created requiring, on average, $774,000 in government subsidies. And the logic of getting us off oil imports via a unilateral measure that punishes American coal, oil and natural gas never made any sense at all.

Now the president is repackaging cap-and-trade -- again -- as a long-term solution to the oil spill. But it's the same old agenda, a huge energy tax that will raise the cost of gasoline and electricity high enough so that we're forced to use less.

The logic linking cap-and-trade to the spill in the Gulf should frighten anyone who owns a car or truck. Such measures force up the price at the pump -- Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs thinks it "may require gas prices greater than $7 a gallon by 2020" to meet Obama's stated goal of reducing emissions 14 percent from the transportation sector.

Of course, doing so would reduce gasoline use and also raise market share for hugely expensive alternative fuels and vehicles that could never compete otherwise. Less gasoline demand means less need for drilling and thus a slightly reduced chance of a repeat of the Deepwater Horizon spill -- but only slightly. Oil will still be a vital part of America's energy mix.

Oil-spill risks should be addressed directly -- such as finding out why the leak occurred and requiring new preventive measures or preparing an improved cleanup plan for the next incident. Cap-and-trade is no fix and would cause trillions of dollars in collateral economic damage along the way.

Emanuel was wrong. The administration shouldn't view each crisis -- including the oil spill -- as an opportunity to be exploited, but as a problem to be addressed. And America can't afford $7-a-gallon gas.

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***$7 per gallon gas will cost millions of jobs. Independent truckers and farmers will be hit so hard by this that many will fold overnight. Weren't people (especially liberals) up in arms and blaming Bush when gas was $4+ a gallon?
The bleading hearts were accusing "Bush and his cronies" of "profiting off the blood and sweat and tears of the American people". It was sadly the turning point for his administration. The lefties accuse Bush of ruining the economy but we had record years of prosperity under George Bush until Nazi Pelosi and the democrats took control of congess.

Not only should people who own a car or truck be frightened. How about everyone that eats!! Everything we eat relies on tractors, trucks, etc. Two of the biggest variable costs in food production are employees and energy.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

This and That

I finally saw Sex and the City 2. I don't care what anyone says I LOVED IT!!! I love the girls no matter where they are. They are always there for eachother no matter what and always do what is best. I wish all of my friends would be this great!

I am not posting this week on the Bachelorette because I didnt get to watch it all. I am keeping my picks the same and am confident!! haha we will see.


Monday, June 14, 2010

Just When You Thought They Couldn't Get Any Crazier!

Hello lovelies! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend :)! Mine was pretty low-key , just getting things done around the house. Which is nice because lately I feel like I am running around like such a crazy person and am never home. I spent my first night alone since being married. Andrew went up to Green Bay to see one of his friends, so I was a little nervous about that. Clearly I made it, haha! As I told you before, such a chicken.

Tonight I am finally able to get my hair done, and I think I am going to finally take the plunge and go brunette. I have been little by little adding more and more lowlights, but still doing highlights too (always been blonde and just love it!). This time, only lowlights. We shall see how it goes.

Did anyone watch Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami last night? I know, I know, kind of ridiculous, but it's like a train just can't look away! They are very entertaining! This season from the previews looks insane! Just when you thought they had done all the crazy they could do, nope there's more! I can't believe how bad that their store had been let go! Sara and I were talking last night and we want to try to go to their store when we are in L.A.

From what the previews look like Scott just keeps getting worse and worse...never thought that was possible right? Some of my friends do this too. Why do such pretty, successful, nice girls put up with such garbage?!

What are some of your favorite/craziest Kardashian moments?


Friday, June 11, 2010

Furry Friday

American Staffordshire Terrier, Shar Pei

Name: Rosie
Age: 7 months old
Weight: 40 lbs
Favorite Things: Cuddling!, playing with other dogs, licking peanut butter out of Kongs
Waiting for her home since: February, 2010

Rosie was rescued from a local pound shortly before she was scheduled to be euthanized. She has an incredibly sweet disposition and loves to cuddle. She is also really smart and has learned basic commands like sit, wait and down very quickly. She can be very energetic when it is play time outside, but also is great at snuggling up to watch a movie with her foster people. Rosie loves people and gets along with dogs that are her size or larger.

This picture does not do her justice. Rosie is beautiful, her coat has colors like you wouldn't believe to be on a dog. She is so sweet and very calm for her age. Loves to play with people and would like to be the center of attention if possible!!

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Mimi (last week's HOT dog hehe) found her forever home!
Steve found his forever home and things have been going great. He seems to really enjoy the 2 cats he is now living with and is continuing to try to gain more weight!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thoughts and Prayers - Update!

Please keep up the thoughts and prayers for Dash, he has a long road of recovery ahead of him. Here is the latest story:

Three Duluth Juveniles remain in custody tonight and are being held without bail pending future court appearances in connection with last month's brutal Lakewalk attack.

Multimedia Watch The Video The assault left a 21 year old UMD student hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury.

The Court has deemed the three teens a public safety concern and that's why they remain in custody.

17 year old Julie Ann Isham, 16 year old Markus Lee St. Clair, and 16 year old Myron Ellis Clark...were all charged yesterday with first degree assault and first degree aggravated robbery...Clark is also charged with attempted murder.

According to the criminal complaints...the three give very different accounts of what happened on May 20th...the night 21 year old Dash Johnson was severely beaten, robbed, and left unconscious on the Lakewalk.

Clark told police the three of them plus a 14 year old male were on the Lakewalk that night when they saw Dash walking.

Clark, who is charged with attempted murder in the incident, told police it was St. Clair and the 14 year old who hit the victim three times and that his only involvement was handling the Dash's wallet.

However the statement of the 14 year old, who has not yet been charged, paints a very different picture of the incident.

He told police that Isham and St. Clair asked Dash Johnson for a cigarette and lighter, he says St. Clair then punched Dash in the face.
He says it was Clark who then began kicking and stomping on Dash, while St. Clair tried to get him to stop.

The 14 year old said after the attack, Isham rolled Dash over and took his cell phone while Clark took his wallet.

He also told officers he later heard Clark bragging about trying to kill the victim.

As for Dash Johnson, the assault left him with a traumatic brain injury and he still can't quite remember what happened that night.

The court has also ordered some of the suspects to undergo psychological and chemical dependency evaluations.

A certification motion has been requested to try both Clark and Isham as adults.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


So where are all the "Save the Gulf" concerts? Where are the TV benefits with the celebrities & musicians giving heartfelt speeches on the poor fisherman, wildlife, beaches, loss of income and sabotaged Gulf economy? I find it strange how these people(including our own government) are so quick to help Haiti & other countries, but sit on their asses for this American disaster.

So Excited!!!

I am so excited, because today I am getting my Evo!!! Have you guys taken a look at it? It is awesome. We are changing from Verizon to Sprint to join this discount plan and I just loved this phone from the minute I tried it.

Also, Sara and I have booked a trip to go see our good friend Kelly in L.A. over 4th of July weekend :) I have been to SanDiego, but never to L.A. Anyone a L.A. pro, that has some fun (and economical) things to do while we are there? We were thinking mabye a winery, a parade (LOVE America)...but what else? Would appreciate any tips you might have!

Hope all you lovelies are having a great week!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Thoughts and Prayers part 2

Thank you all so much for your support, thoughts and prayers. We had a little bit of a break through... they caught FOUR people who did it. I have put up the long newspaper article but short story: they were investigating a huge rape case when they found blood on a young boys shoe. They tested it and matched it to Dash, CSI style! I visited him at the hospital today and he still has a long way to go cognitively so please keep up the thoughts and prayers.

Four teens held in Duluth Lakewalk beating

Four juveniles — three 17-year-olds and a 14-year-old — have been taken into custody as suspects in the May 20 beating of University of Minnesota Duluth student “Dash’’ Johnson, who was left unconscious on the Duluth Lakewalk.

Four juveniles — three 17-year-olds and a 14-year-old — have been taken into custody as suspects in the May 20 beating of University of Minnesota Duluth student “Dash’’ Johnson, who was left unconscious on the Lakewalk.

Sgt. Mike Ceynowa, supervisor of the Duluth police Violent Crimes Unit, said evidence that investigators gathered at a sexual assault scene led them to the people involved in the savage beating of Johnson, a popular 21-year-old UMD communications major who just finished his junior year.

While investigating a rape case, Investigator Jared Blomdahl noticed some dried blood on a pair of shoes in the residence where two or three juvenile males and two juvenile females were allegedly involved in the sexual assault, Ceynowa said.

“He went back and looked at the Dash Johnson case because we had suspicions about this group prior to the criminal sexual conduct case,’’ Ceynowa said. “Jared went back with crime scene investigators and compared the evidence and they were able to determine that they were probably related.’’

Ceynowa said investigators showed one of the suspects the front page of the May 28 News Tribune where a large photograph was published of a smiling Johnson drinking from a cup.

“Basically, it was a really long process,’’ Ceynowa said. “We used your article in the interview process. We showed him (one of the 17-year-old males) a picture of what Dash looked like before and after the assault and really played upon his emotions to do the right thing.’’

Ceynowa said that 17-year-old identified Johnson from the photo as the person they had beaten. “He still only gave us bits and pieces of this, but he did establish some of the other people that were there,’’ he said.

Ceynowa said the youth has admitted his involvement, as has the 14-year-old boy. Another 17-year-old admitted to being there and touching the victim’s wallet but denied taking part in the assault, Ceynowa said. A 17-year-old girl, allegedly involved, was being interviewed by police Thursday evening.

Wally and Ruth Johnson, of Arden Hills, Minn., were reached by phone at Health East Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul, where they were visiting their son in a traumatic brain injury unit.

“We are glad that they caught the kids that did this to Dash,’’ Wally Johnson said. “But it doesn’t really help Dash’s recovery. We don’t want something like what happened to Dash to happen to anyone else, so we are glad they were caught. We appreciate the efforts of Investigator Jared Blomdahl and the Duluth Police Department.’’

Johnson said his family has had a heart-warming response from their son’s many friends. Dash was working as a host at Little Angie’s Cantina and Grill in Canal Park and as a student intern with Visit Duluth.

The father said his son is improving daily, but that “it will be a long-term recovery.’’

St. Paul police Officer Charlie Anderson, Dash Johnson’s cousin, traveled to Duluth last week to bring the case to the public’s attention in hopes of leading to the suspects.

“I’m just happy that things are turning out to at least bring some justice to what happened,’’ Anderson said. “It by no means erases the hurt or harm that Dash received. In fact, we’re looking to a long road to recovery. While we’re happy about how the investigation went, the real tragedy is playing itself out. Dash may not ever fully recover. It’s bittersweet, but we can’t be more proud of the work of the Duluth Police Department and we really send our appreciation to the wider Duluth community.”

The Duluth News Tribune and the Herald are Forum Communications Co. newspapers.

The Bachelorette

My Top 3 Picks (for this week...)


I really am liking him thus keeping him around for another week on my top faves. He was jealous of the other guys and doesn't want her kissing others. This is what would really happen in a real relationship. I hope his problem with the other guys doesn't make him turn into a psycho.


Another repeat for this week on my list. He is HOT and I loved when they just kept kissing even when the director called cut! Showed what they had was real and they were not acting.

Chris L

Down to Earth guy who seems to have some chemestry with Ali. AND he wants her to play flip cup with her and his family, sign me up!


Monday, June 7, 2010

White Water Rafting

So last weekend I went with 5 other friends white water rafting! I mean, it was only in Minnesota but none the less, it was a blast. We woke up early Sunday morning to drive 2 hours North to Cloquet, MN. We were all able to go in 1 raft, we listened to rules/what to do, ect and got into the water! It was a lot of work but oh so much fun. On our first rapid we went down it and I noticed that I kept paddling but was not going anywhere, I looked back and only 1 other person was in the raft! We lost 4 people including the 2 boys who were steering. We didn't have instructors in our boat so they ended up having to kayak over to our boat and help us to pick up everyone in our raft. To get our friends, you have to put your knees on the side and your arms under their arms in their armpits. Well to pull them in they basically are laying on top of you. So because there were 2 of us in the boat we went to pick up the 2 people. Jenna got Steve and I got Steve's girlfriend Kate. All people saw was Steve laying on Jenna and Kate laying on top of me. It was funny! After that little incident we were awesome. I would say the best raft and we worked together and the day was a blast!!!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Thoughts and Prayers

Hi guys,
I am really looking for any thoughts and prayers for one of my brothers bestfriends who needs all the help he can get. He was just transfered from a Duluth Hosp down here to the Cities. He is at a great hospital but still having a slow recovery. Here is the newsstory:

Who left Dash for dead on Duluth's Lakewalk?

Twenty-one-year-old UMD student Walfrid David Ashlie “Dash” Johnson was beaten unconscious and robbed of his wallet and cell phone while walking alone on the Lakewalk early May 20. His family is looking for help in finding his assailants.

By: Mark Stodghill, Duluth News Tribune

Dash Johnson

Walfrid David Ashlie “Dash” Johnson, seen here in 2006, was robbed, beaten and left unconscious along Duluth’s Lakewalk early on the morning of May 20. Johnson’s family is pleading for help in finding his assailants.

St. Paul police Officer Charlie Anderson talks about his cousin, Dash Johnson, who was robbed and beaten on Duluth’s Lakewalk earlier this month. Bob King /
University of Minnesota Duluth student “Dash” Johnson stood out among 300 people interviewed this spring for jobs at Little Angie’s Cantina and Grill, allowing him to land a job as a host at the Canal Park restaurant.

“Of all the mass interviews we conducted, he by far had the biggest personality,” said Matt Baumgartner, Little Angie’s service and beverage manager. “He lit up the room. He’s a wonderful, wonderful guy with a lot of personality. This is extremely unfortunate.”

Twenty-one-year-old Walfrid David Ashlie “Dash” Johnson was beaten unconscious and robbed of his wallet and cell phone while walking alone on the Lakewalk between the Fitger’s complex and Leif Erikson Park about 12:47 a.m. on May 20.

Johnson’s cousin, St. Paul police officer Charlie Anderson, came to Duluth this week seeking the public’s help in trying to identify the assailants.

“Dash always has a smile for his family, friends and all whom he meets,” Anderson said. “He doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. Dash is such a dang good kid that he would never think that anyone would do to him, or to anyone else, what they did to him.”

Johnson, who just finished his junior year in communications at UMD, and his friends were out celebrating the end of finals at UMD on May 20. He is of legal drinking age and had been drinking. Anderson said he was able to read Duluth police investigative reports of the incident and provided the following scenario:

He said his cousin and two of his buddies left Grandma’s Sports Garden and started walking northeast on the Lakewalk. His friends decided they wanted to go to the Fond-du-Luth Casino. Johnson decided to go home alone.

“If you know Dash, you’d know that he will go out and have some beers with you, but he’s not going to waste his money at a casino,” Anderson said. “So he says, ‘You guys have a great time. I’m going to head home.’ One of his buddies piped up something to the effect: ‘It’s after midnight and it’s probably not a great idea to go walking on the Lakewalk right now. Why don’t you come with us?’ Dash said, ‘No guys. I’ll be fine. I’ll see you when you are done.’ ”

Duluth police Sgt. Mike Ceynowa, supervisor of the Violent Crimes Unit, said passersby who later found Johnson first heard vulgar threats directed toward someone on the Lakewalk. The witnesses then saw three men estimated at 18 to 25 years old biking away from where Johnson was found; he was unconscious but breathing.

It was too dark for the witnesses to get a description of the men on bikes or the clothing they were wearing, Ceynowa said.

“We’re interested in any activity that went on there earlier in the evening and if any suspicious people were seen in the area,’’ Ceynowa said. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at (218) 730-5050.

Because of his trusting nature and knack for seeing the best in everyone, Anderson believes that his cousin had no idea the danger he was in until it was too late.

“I saw the medical pictures and I couldn’t even recognize him,” Anderson said. “His whole head was just swollen. They had to have taken joy in whatever they did to him. I don’t think he was hit with a rock or a blunt instrument because it didn’t leave marks that would normally be seen. I think that he was stomped on. His head was stomped on.”

After spending a week in the intensive care unit at St. Luke’s hospital, Johnson was transferred to a St. Paul hospital on Wednesday.

“He had a moderate to a severe brain injury,” Anderson said. “Some days he does better than others. He’s able to recognize his mom, but most of what he says is incoherent and doesn’t make sense. A neurosurgeon estimated the best-case scenario of six to nine months for a possible full recovery.”

Johnson was also working this summer as a student intern for Visit Duluth, where he did research and helped write press releases. “He’s a very personable young man and fit in with office staff very well; he was great to work with,” said Gene Shaw, public relations director of Visit Duluth.

Anderson, the St. Paul cop, wants justice for his cousin and his family, and a full recovery.

“I really want to reach out to all citizens in this city and plead with them that if they saw anything or know anything, the decent thing to do would be to tell Duluth police to bring some kind of peace to Dash’s family,’’ Anderson said. “We just ask for everyone’s thoughts and prayers for Dash’s full recovery.”


Friday, June 4, 2010

Furry Friday

Thanks to Confessions of a Domestic Goddess -
Who has this fabulous idea that I am stealing! As most of you know, I foster dogs and I think everyone should adopt from a local shelter. My Italian Greyhound Steve was adopted last night and I am already missing him! He went to a fabulous home and I wish him the best of luck.

Dog of the week:

Name Mimi
Age: 11 months old
Weight: 6 lbs
Favorite Things: Cuddling with people!
Waiting for her home since: May, 2010

Mimi had a rough start to her life. She is a puppy mill survivor. Despite being mistreated and neglected at the puppy mill, she is a wonderful little girl that loves people. She also gets along very well with other small dogs. Mimi loves to cuddle! Mimi is a beautiful miniature dachshund.

I was able to meet Mimi last weekend and she is so sweet. She loves to cuddle and likes playing with other dogs even though she is tiny!

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Do you have a dog? Where did you get it? How did you pick the name? What is your favorite breed and why?

Positive Steps...Not So Fun-But Hopefully Worth It!

So in attempt to get down to a weight that I am happier with I have been making some changes to my lifestyle. Dang-it, why is food soooo good! So I decided to cut out two of my favs:

I would love to come home after a day of work and just have a glass of red wine to relax, but it is just more calories added every day.

Also, I have cut wayyyyy back on my carbs :( Love them, but I think it will really help take off the lbs.

Now I think my next goals are working out more and giving up diet pop...didn't want to do it all at once because I want to stick with it. Anything you are doing right now that you think might work well?

Hope you all have a great weekend!!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Bachelorette

I wasn't sure if I would like this season but so far I am loving Ali, this season, and her dress from last nights elimination.

My top 5 are:

The first episode I wasn't sure but he is my favorite thus far. Not super hot but cute, smart, funny. Especially when the car broke down, you can tell a lot about someone when that happens. He really stressed that he follows his guy/heart and his career will always be there and its perfect for her! Only downfall is that I hated both their shoes on the date haha!


He was a little self conscious and now that the tool is gone I hope he focuses on Ali and just has fun with it.


Ok, so we haven't see much from him but I went to school in Green Bay and this is the closest to our hometown so I am rooting for him!

Chris L

Liking him!


I think with the dancing and baseball he will get pretty far. He is impressing Ali and I don't think he will win but will make it pretty far.

What are your thoughts?