for those who are in or around sane

Friday, July 22


i did not think this was possible.

Thursday, July 21

please, if you're down and out...

you need to visit this website. i'm perma-linking it to the sidebar..... 10, let me know what you think... tee heeeeeeee

Wednesday, July 20

Megan and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

it's 10:30am and i'm already having a blonde day.

i was on my way out the door to work when i realized i forgot to make my lunch.

i was halfway to my car when i realized i didnt put any makeup on.

i was halfway to the other side of St. Paul before i went to right way to work.

i forgot my turn signal 3 times.

i nearly collided with 2 execs on my way out of the parking garage.

i've already begged my boss for $100 so i can buy an iPod.

Tuesday, July 19

More Cowbell!!!

This past weekend I participated in the MS SUN 75; a grueling 75 mile rollerblade that takes place over two days, starting in Hinkley and ending in Duluth. For those of you out of state, this weekend went in the record books for the 3rd hottest streak in MN history. The dew point was tropical, the skyline was hazy, and the sun was plentiful. Now, before you get all impressed with my rollerblading tenacity, I should have you know that I only volunteered my services for the cause.

Call me a pansy if you must, but I had a great weekend! I borrowed my bff’s SUV and loaded up my team’s excess goodies (Powerade, snacks, a guitar, boombox & random tent poles) and headed out to rest stop #3 in Rutledge.

From 8am till 12:30pm my pal Amy and I grooved to some oldies and passed out Gatorade, water, grapes, chips and granola bars to sweaty, stinky but enthusiastic skaters. Day 2 lead me to the finish line where I was an official cheerleader, complete with pom-pom and cowbell. My mom would be proud, I tell you. The mantra of the trip was “hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!”… oh, and “more COWBELL!”…

Our team consisted of 21 skaters and 3 volunteers (the other guy was a truck loader/unloader). Every single skater crossed the finish line on the 2nd day. There were a few spills along the way, but overall, everyone had a positive attitude.

If I ever figure out how to post pix from this computer, I’ll post some good ones. But in the meantime, follow the link at the top, and DONATE if you can! The doors don’t close until September and every penny counts!

Friday, July 1

What's your happy hut?

due to the change of topic in the last entry's comments, i thought i'd take a moment to discuss fast food.

i grew up in a Reduced Fat Household. my mother has been a Jazzercise instructor since i was 2 years old. my father had a heart attack early in his life and therefore, i grew up with rice cakes, celebrated Snackwells and can successfully stretch every muscle in my body. Oh, and my parents raised us Catholic (this is important for later in the story).

McDonald's was a huge treat for my sister and i. we loooved the fries and would actually count them out to see who got more. Remember the days when you were small enough to get the free kiddie cone? and the day you finally graduated to your very own chocolate shake? We were total brand name snobs, and therefore McDonald's was waayyyy better than "Booger King". during lent, when rushed, mom actually took us to McD's for fish sandwiches. there is nothing quite like sopping up the tartar sauce with fries - mmmm!!!

i used to savor my fast food experiences b/c they were few and far in between. in high school, during off-campus lunch, i celebrated the $1 menu at Wendy's. i think i actually lived off of chicken nuggets and small frosties for a year. and then in college, the start of "open late" was reason enough to get my nose out of the books for a greasy taco or burger at 2am (well, what wasnt a good reason??).

and now that i'm "all grown up" with a "budget" and making "healthy decisions" for myself, i find i'm reverting to my mother's choices. in fact, for lunch today, i have a small serving of Quakes, a chicken ceasar salad (lite dressing) and a carton of fat free yogurt. and i'm rather looking forward to it! i dont drink soda anymore, unless it's mixed with whiskey... and i'd much rather go to a more "upscale" fast food place than McDonald's any day.

1. Chipotle (veggie burrito w/ guac on the side)
2. Jimmy John's (#12 on wheat)
3. Pizza (preferably Italian Pie Shoppe sausage)
4. Noodles & Co. (pesto capattavi)

and then there's the Happy House . i'm from Chicago and i truely enjoy a hot dog. i celebrate the hot dog in all forms: plain, with ketchup & mustard, the works, in mac & cheese and the greatest of all greats - the chili cheese dog. the Happy Hut (mis-named by yours truely) is a tiny place in West Chicago that my dad found pre-heart attack. they serve any kind of hot dog or brat you could imagine with enough krinkle fries to stuff you silly. it's hard to spot cuz it's tiny. it was started by a guy for reasons unknown (i like to believe that he had a trailer and opened it up as a hot dog shop for construction workers back in the day when nothing existed in that area besides grassland & trees). and the shop has not changed. it looks like a brown shed. you wait in line (it never takes that long) enter through one door, order & pay a rediculously low price, get the food, exit the other door. there are a few picnic tables in the parking lot, and it''s across the street from a forest preserve. ohhhhhh how i love and miss the Happy Hut.

ok, i've gone on long enough about my favorite fast foods. Question of the post: What are your fondest memories/best loved fast food-related things???