AD came to surprise me in FL for New Years!!! We are getting all dressed up and going to the B and T tonight! Here is a picture of my new look these days for you all to see! :) Everyone have fun tonight and be safe, see you all in 2006!!!
Saturday, December 31, 2005
Thursday, December 29, 2005
Woo Hoo! I got to wear my brand new Tux to a fun party tonight, And I dind;t hav anyting toi drink at all.... or maybe I had som e daguireies and some wine and stuff, but bot did I look hot. I was like James Bond. I was swimmning artt the beach today and then I got all dreesed up in myt Tux. I was awesome!! :) Check iout these pics!!!
Me and Aunt
Me and Sis
** Edit: I was slightly hung over this morning if anyone was wondering. And it wasn't helped by this cold that I seem to have developed... But I had a good time last night, as you could tell!!
Rambling by Tyler at 12:45 AM
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
We left the dock and headed along the Intercoastal Waterway, checking out all the huge houses and big yachts that line the water. It is always fun to see the houses from the water because it gives you a much different view than from the land. This house and the 5 acres surrounding it just sold for $50 million. The wind was coming from the west, so since the ocean was nice and calm, we decided to head out the inlet into the ocean for a bit. There are plenty of nice big houses on that side of the island as well!
As we were headed out the inlet, there was a huge carrier ship coming into port bring some nice new sport fishing boats. Too bad they weren’t delivering one to us! Once we got out in the ocean, we broke out the fixings and made some sandwiches for lunch. We cruised past the house which Trump bought last year and is having one of his “Apprentice’s” manage the construction going on. I don’t think it’s a very attractive place though… But I think he is awful anyway.
After enough ocean cruising we headed back into the Intercoastal to check out some more boats and new construction going on in the area. In one of the marinas, we ran across the boat of my favorite singer!! Unfortunately, he was not out on it. By this time, it was getting late, so we headed back to the dock, where we saw this little creature on one of the boats. It was a great time had by all. I need to get my own boat now so that I can go out whenever I want to!!
Rambling by Tyler at 9:00 AM
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Now this is what I woke up to on Tuesday morning, the 27th. There was the jackhammer knocking away concrete and a bunch of workers hammering in nails and sawing wood.
“It’s just another shitty day in Paradise!”
Rambling by Tyler at 5:00 PM
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Merry Christmas to everyone!!
I hope that everyone has a great day! Here is the Christmas card picture of me and my sister that we sent this year. It has my little babies in it also! It was taken in NC at Thanksgiving on my favorite hole on the golf course, # 8.
Here are a couple of out takes from the photo shoots:
Out take #1
Out take #2
Out take #3
Out take #4
Out take #5
Rambling by Tyler at 1:47 PM
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
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Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Friday afternoon I headed home from work, took the dogs to the dog park, and headed to National Airport to jump a Northwest flight to cold Minneapolis, Minnesota. I had been watching the weather during the week, and it seemed as though winter was finally starting to set in up in the frozen tundra. I have been to Minneapolis-St. Paul airport many years ago, but I had never really set foot in MN, so this would be a new state for me. I have quite kept up with my mom and sister on the state front, but I’ve done pretty well.
My freshman year college roommate, Nate, decided that he was going to move back home to MN about a year and a half ago. About 4 years ago, I had taken Nate up to the burgh to go to a Vikings – Steelers game, his first Vikings game. When I was trying to figure out a time to go out to MN to visit Nate, I ran across the 2005 NFL match-ups. I saw that the Steelers were playing an away game against the Vikings this year. So I decided that I would visit that weekend, and we could go to the game!
I was hoping that it would be a nice early game, in September or October when the leaves would be changing and the weather would still be pretty nice up there. Well, when the actual 2005 schedule came out, there was a moment of horror. “Dec. 18th??? No way, that can’t be right!” Well, I figured it was better than January or February up there, so that was what led me to the airport last Friday.
Northwest decided to switch my flight on Friday going out, and since I had booked it so long ago, I hadn’t realized that my new flight was not direct, I had to go through Detroit. (I secretly wished that the Steelers would be going through that airport about 7 weeks from then. But I guess now it isn’t so secret a wish…) Plus, I arrived a lot later than I did before, at about midnight. Nate lives really close to the airport, so I called him when we landed and we had perfect timing at the curb, he didn’t have to circle. We stopped off at this total dive bar right near his house that was pretty cool. It is a tiny place and they have karaoke pool, and they completely violate the smoking ban.
On Sat. we decided we’d do a driving tour of the Twin Cities, or the Cities, as the locals call them. There was a bunch of snow on the ground and the lakes were about frozen over. There are a number of lakes in the area near where Nate lives and they looked beautiful in the snow. Around most of the lakes and in-between them are miles and miles of running and biking trails. I was very surprised by the number of people that were out in the cold weather running and being active. What a great place it is to do that. I can imagine that it is 10 times better in the summer when it is warm. :)
We continued our tour of the city, seeing all the fun places to go hang out, restaurants to have dinner, and bars to have drinks. We went to the sculpture garden and saw the Spoon and Apple and saw the Frank Gehry glass fish. We ate brunch at this small little shack that served Cuban food and the mango waffle that I had was really good. We saw the U of MN and the first official lock and dams on the Mississippi River, even though they aren’t called locks 1 and 2. Then we headed home to gear up for the long Saturday night that we had ahead of us.
One of Nate’s friends, Hannah, from high school was having a Christmas party up near when Nate grew up, so we went up there to say hi and see his old stomping grounds. Then, Nate had surprised me with tickets to the hockey game, so we went to St. Paul to see the Wild – Canadians game. It was an amazing arena!! If the Penguins don’t leave the burgh and we get a new one, I hope it is built like the Excel Center. The game was great too, and the Wild won in overtime! From there, we were headed out to meet a group of Nate’s cousins and a few co-workers at a neat German place that has polka and huge mugs of beer. We stayed there for a while and I had 2 big mugs of beer. It was a good night and I certainly had no problem falling asleep. (passing out as some may call it.)
I wake up the next morning, very early, to some beer bottles clanging as they are being prepared to head to tailgating for the big game that afternoon. However, it was waaay to early for me to be getting up. It was just Nate on his way out the door to church. I was still out of it and needed some extra rest before it was time for drinking games in the parking lot. I got up with a few minutes to spare, got all my Steelers gear on, grabbed a quick drink of water and some hot chocolate to warm up, and out the door I went to catch the 9:50 light-rail into the city to meet Nate at the Metrodome.
We headed off to find some of Nate’s bosses who had gotten up early to drag a bunch of food, drinks, firewood, and games down to the stadium to do some hardcore tailgating. I was very impressed with the set-up that they had. There was a shelter area, a grill, a fire-pit, and a games area. We had some burgers, drank some Leinie’s, a Wisconsin beer, and then played Beer Darts and a golf ball throwing game. All of this in the wonderful 3-degree weather!! My toes and fingers got a little cold, but then we would head over to the fire to stay warm. It was almost noon and time to head to the game!
There were a good amount of Steelers fans in attendance, so I had some good company. All the scalpers who sold their tickets to the enemy were blasted by Tice. It was interesting being inside a nice warm building, quite a change from the weather outside. It almost felt surreal though, like it wasn’t a real football game. The game was a lot of fun and the fans around me weren’t too bad. They didn’t even say anything when the Steelers would do well and I would stand up and wave my towel. Must be that mid-western hospitality. At one point Cowher was really pissed at the refs. But it was nice to walk away from the game with a win. It made the 3-degree weather worth it. :)
After the game we stayed up in the city and walked around, shopped, ate dinner, and waited until the Holidazzle parade was going to begin. We went to the corner where my relatives used to live, or something like that. Then I bought a few Christmas presents in town. For dinner we went to an Irish place, Britt's Pub, and caught the boring second half of the Skins game. Finally it was time for Holidazzle! And what a parade it was. I think there were about 10 floats and it lasted about 30 minutes. There was a train, a snowman, light bulbs and Santa. They do it every evening. After that, it was back to Nate’s to watch some Sunday night football and crash after the long day that we had.
I was leaving Monday at 1:00, so we had the morning to tour around St. Paul and to stop by the Mall of America. St. Paul is a nice city, not nearly as busy as Minneapolis, or as big, but still nice. There are some great homes and a lot of small colleges in the area. It is also the state capitol and it is a beautiful building. The Mall of America was pretty cool though. It’s laid out in a nice way, with rollercoaster’s and rides in the middle of the building and all the stores in a square around it. I did a little bit of my shopping there, enough that I had to check my bag on the way home so I could carry on the gifts. However, a few of them I bought for myself. :)
I had a fabulous weekend up in MN visiting Nate and seeing the Twin Cities in the cold. I am definitely glad that I didn’t go further into the winter and I am now looking forward to going back when the weather is nice so that we can explore the lakes and the outdoors.
Rambling by Tyler at 3:45 PM
Thursday, December 15, 2005
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Monday, December 05, 2005
Well, after my last trip home to see the Pens and Steelers I was 1-1. This past weekend I went to see them again. This time against the Calgary Flames and the Cinci Bungles. Well, the Flames lit the Pens up in the 3rs Period and the Bungles should no longer be called that anymore as the Steelers handed them the game on a silver platter. So this past weekend I was 0-2. Yay! (sarcasm....) The very very very small victory that I am taking out of the weekend was that Chad Johnson did not get into the end zone and was unable to perform his special dance for us all. Now here's a pic of Ben on the last play that the Steelers had the ball. Very fitting.
Rambling by Tyler at 3:45 PM