I'm writing now because heaven only knows when I'll have time again. Our life is crazy right now. With long hours at work, horrible commutes, concerts the next few nights, Eric’s final paper, Ade visiting, the roadtrip to South Dakota...just to name a few things going on.
This weekend was very fun-filled. After working until 6:30 on Friday, Eric picked me up at the bus station and we went grocery shopping. We picked up quite a few items on Adrian’s list. Ade, Fa and the kids made lists of things they want Ade to bring back to Brazil. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups was a popular item on the list.
Saturday my family came up for our church’s annual Julifest. But first we had to go to Costco…a tradition when my family comes up. After that we had lunch at Pizza Ranch and went to the horse races at Canterbury Downs. My Aunt Bev has never been and boy did she have fun. Eric was telling her everything she needed to know. I don’t really think Eric is much of an expert when it comes to horse racing, we having won millions yet, but he plays the par t well. We stuck around for a few races. It was fun!
After that Greg, Celeste, and Evelyn joined us for the Polka Mass on the church lawn. It was such a pleasant night, actually a tad bit cold…YES COLD! July 27th and the high was barely 60 degrees. A weird thing that happened during the Polka Mass was a car hit the train just blocks away. The train was stopped for almost 2 hours. It was a really long train and blocked streets through the entire city of Shakopee. After the Polka Mass we headed for the tents for dinner, Mom had her German Potato Salad! We also spent some money on the adult games and of course BINGO! Danielle and I even danced some polkas…my calf muscles still hurt! And I dragged Mom out for a two-step. She did well considering she had knee surgery not that long ago. DJ, Beth and Ethan even came to the festival for food and Bingo.
Sunday the family went to my cousins’ house in Columbia Heights. We played cards and had a cook out. It was a fun time.
Yesterday was Eric’s birthday. After work we went to Centennial Lakes to play mini golf and then went out for dinner. It was a nice evening. After Eric finished his homework, we went to Mystic Lake Casino…at 9pm last night. It was such an odd thing for us to do! We walked out 45 minutes later with $6.05 more than we walked in with. I won over $22 on one spin! It was so exciting for me…not so much for Eric. He didn’t win.
So stupid ol’ MnDOT decided that it was a good idea to close one side of the big Bloomington Ferry Bridge across the Minnesota River and divert traffic to the other bridge. So they took 6 lanes of traffic and condensed it to 2...single lane across one bridge. It is a nightmare. The backups are miles long. So we decided to take the other river crossing on MN 101, you know the one that usually floods and is not very popular. Well yesterday it was very popular, so popular that at 7pm it was backed up 8 miles to Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie. We sat in the traffic for about 20 minutes and decided to find another route. Well this morning it took us 25 minutes to get out of Shakopee. It is insane!
Tonight and tomorrow night I have concerts in Minnetonka and Eden Prairie. Hopefully we can figure out a faster way to get home so I can get to my concert on time otherwise I have to hitch a ride with my former boss.
So not only that, but I have to pack for this upcoming weekend. We leave Thursday night for Rapid City, a 10 hour drive. Eric’s parents are celebrating 50 years of marriage this weekend so almost the entire family will be there. Well at least 14 of the 15 kids. One is not coming because her feelings were hurt when everybody was mean to her. But the rest of us will have a good time!