Sunset harbor cruise

Life got completely surreal last night when Jonathan and I decided to go on a sunset harbor cruise with 8 other people.

For $15 per person you can show some dock boy your driver’s license and captain a boat for a few hours.  Do they care where you go? Nope!  Do they care if you’ve ever been on a boat before?  Nope!  Booze?  Why not, Captain!

I had no idea places in America still existed like that.

Anyway, we got settled in and took out to sea.

The trip was filled with wonder and delight.  Or at least, it could have been filled with wonder and delight had our boat load of people not been screaming, “I WANT TO SEE DOLPHINS!”

Nonetheless, we took in some sights.

The Queen Mary (ever-present in this blog’s narrative):

Thar she blows

Tons of oil rigs:

The oil rigs are presented to you in sepia in order to minimize feelings of rage.

Chevron’s lovely oil tanker, The Mississippi Voyager:

We got so close, the workers aboard the ship stopped to see if we were planning on crashing right into their side.

My favorite sight of all was the seals:

I would like to say this was a zoomed shot, but this is actually how close we were. At this point, a few passengers aboard thought it would be a great idea to toss them some shrimp cocktail. It was terrifying.

We just so happened to cruise on the same day as the Jazz Festival in the Marina.  Over 1,000 jazz fans packed the marina.  Most of the people were walking casually about the marina, but a large number of them were also on (incredibly expensive) docked boats in the harbor.

Packed marina.

Needless to say, parallel parking a rental boat was tricky.

Captain Greg had no boating experience, but we all put our faith in him.


When it was time to pull the boat forward to readjust, the engine slipped and Captain Greg gunned it in reverse.

Directly into one of those expensive boats filled with people.

A thousand jazz fans collectively went “Woah”.

It wasn’t pretty.

This was my cue to step off the boat and run away.

And so ended a lovely sunset cruise in the harbor.

Have you ever been in a boating mishap?  

What’s the craziest animal you have seen in the wild?  


Reading Rainbow Roundup

I believe it’s about time to share what I’ve been reading this summer.  Here goes:

Bossypants by Tina Fey

I love Tina Fey.  She’s self-deprecating, liberal, and a raging feminist.  Plus, I have a soft spot in my heart for female comediennes.  They fight the good fight.

Bossypants was a hilarious look at Fey’s childhood, breaking into show-biz, and backstage at SNL and 30 Rock.  The last chapter or two felt rushed, but I was generally pleased with what she chose to include in this memoir.  This is one of those quick beach reads that is fun for a minute or two.

1984 by George Orwell

For some reason, I’m the only person who didn’t have this on a required reading list in high school.  I know the public education system failed me, but c’mon!

I pretty much love any book with Utopia/Dystopia themes, so this was a win!  I’m also amazed that something something written in the 1940s could be so timeless.  The problems in 1984 are still threats to us today.  Bravo, Orwell.  Bravo.

The Devil in The White City by Eric Larson

This took me an embarrassingly long time to finish.  I would pick it up, read the first chapter, and then completely forget that I was reading it.  So, I’ve been meaning to finish it for over two years now.  *shame*

I finally made the commitment and I’m ohsoglad I did.  The Devil in The White City is a blow-your-socks-off non-fiction piece that parallels the Chicago World’s Fair to the story of a serial murderer.  I couldn’t put it down and it inspired me to hop on the ole Google to find out more about the fair.  I’m not sure I’ve ever been so moved by a book as to investigate the history for myself.  I’m so excited they are making this into a movie!

What are you reading this summer?  What books are you stoked to see turn into movies?


Hot Dog A-Go-Go

My go-to flight plan includes: iPod, book, and sometimes a last-minute airport kiosk magazine.  I think maybe I have an illegitimate fear of boredom?  I’m not sure why I bring so many options.  In reality, I’m usually fast asleep doing the “head bob” while we are still on the runway.

On my most recent trip to Minneapolis, I let the boredom anxiety get the better of me and added a crossword puzzle book and six-too-many airport magazines to the mix.  One of those magazines was Food Network’s June 2011 issue featuring Hot Dogs.

I wish you all could have seen Jonathan’s face when I presented him with this magazine.  I’m pretty sure I saw a single tear of joy roll down his cheek.

As you can understand, we had to have a hot dog party.  As in, we provide the dogs, everyone brings their favorite toppings.

It was the perfect way to celebrate the 4th of July, and we also whipped up a batch of homemade Mojitos!

Oh, AND!  Food Network Magazine included 50 condiment recipes.

Click on the image to be redirected to the recipes.

The big wiener (heehee) was Curry Ketchup!


1/4 cup diced onions – sauteed in some butter
1 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. paprika
pinch cayenne pepper
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup water
Sautee the onions. 
Add the seasonings.
Mix in ketchup and water.  
Simmer until desired consistency.  


Since we have a Costco pack of hot dogs, we will probably be eating them until the end of time.

Do you have any creative ideas for our leftover processed meat sticks?  

How did you do up the 4th this year?


Vegas Bound

T-minus 30 seconds until it’s time to get in the car and vroom vroom vroom to VEGAS!

I say I hate Vegas, and I do, but I kinda sorta love it anyway.  You know what I mean?

Let’s hope there is some karaoke, so I can reenact this gem of a moment:

No doubt sounding awesome


ADIOS pour le weekend!  (How many languages was that?)


Twins Win!

I don’t like baseball.

Call me unAmerican, but I have little patience for a 3 hour game which consists of players standing around for the majority of the time.

Why, you ask, do I still attend baseball games year after year?  Three reasons:

1) Beer

All hail the beer gods

2) People watching

3) I love Minnesota, and it’s fun to be with a huge group of people who feel the same way.

Lame?  Maybe.  Fun?  Absolutely.

This year was my first adventure seeing the new stadium.  It was beautiful!  Not a bad seat in the house!

And then night falls and it gets prettier…

And then we panic as the game is tied in the bottom of the 9th…

And then the Twins win and we celebrate with grilled cheese…

This might be the happiest I have ever seen my friend Katie.