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Roller Girls by Ann Treacy
November 27, 2008, 11:47 pm
Filed under: St Paul

So one of the things I missed most when we were in Ireland was the Roller Girl bouts. So last Saturday night we all went. We went with Anita and Uncle Billy.

The Roller Girls skate in the Roy Wilkins. It’s flat-tracked roller derby, which I think has to be a lot harder than a banked track.

Here’s the scoop on the bouts. Usually there are 2 bouts a night (well game night). Two teams play each bout. There are four 20-minute periods. The teams that skate first also skate third. There are several jams in each period. A jam is a scoring opportunity and it lasts 2 minutes or until the lead jammer calls time.

So each team has a jammer, pivots and blockers. Only the jammer can score. The object of the bout is to get your team jammer out ahead of the other team and each time the jammer laps the rest of the group, the team scores.

OK, I don’t really know the nuances – but that’s about it. You can bump and block out other skaters. The skating this time was markedly better than when we left and that blocks looked super painful.
We caught some of the match on video.

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Sunday Shopping with Grandpa by Ann Treacy
November 20, 2008, 2:36 pm
Filed under: St Paul

Sunday the girls and I went shopping with Grandpa at Rosedale. Mostly we tried to get out of Patrick’s way so that he could work on his PhD. I’ll be glad when he gets that done. (It’s not for a while.)

We had a nice dinner at some place with a revolving door – that was kind of the highlihgt for the kids.



Fourpaugh’s and Graphic Novels by Ann Treacy
November 20, 2008, 1:59 pm
Filed under: St Paul

Saturday night Patrick and I went to Forepaugh’s – they recently updated the whole place. It will always be the sort of place that Patrick likes more than I do – but it was very nice. We started with bacon-wrapped shrimp – so how can you go wrong.

After that we went to a show called Hot Ink at the MN Museum of American Art in St Paul. It was all comic books and graphic novels. I thought it was cool. Two of the artists were older than me, otherwise it seems as if they were all born in 1985. So not only is it fun to see the art form but it’s fun to get a feel for what people who are (slightly) younger are thinking about the world.

Lily got a “how to draw cartoons” book out of the library last week so I thought she would enjoy this and the themes weren’t too adult. We’ll see how long the show is there.



American Girl Doll Grand Opening at the MOA by Ann Treacy
November 20, 2008, 1:56 pm
Filed under: Minneapolis

moaSo how does a mom make it up to 3 girls when she has been gone for work all week? Well by waiting in line for an hour to go into the new American Girl Doll Store for the MOA Grand Opening. We were in the shop about half the time we spent waiting in line.

The cookie shop from the MOA gave out cookies in line so that took the edge off –a nd was such a good marketing move! The people in line were in a good modd and the line was ever-growing so we were always ahead of soemone, which makes it easier.

We didn’t buy anything. I’m prety sure we were the only ones who went through who didn’t buy. I do have some dieas for Christmas but we knew going in that we weren’t going to buy.

The shop is not as big as the one in Chicago but it was nice. After the tour we went to lunch at the Twin City Grill and that’s always fun.



Morris, Menahga and Pine City by Ann Treacy
November 20, 2008, 1:53 pm
Filed under: Minnesota

I have started a fun project with Extension Services and the NWAF. They are doing poverty reduction programs in various communities throughout Minnesota. Part of the program is to get community members to blog about their experience and progress.

I get to train the bloggers and offered technical assistance. So Grandpa and I hit the road last week so that I coidl do train 3 night in arow. The people are great and it is fun to see different parts of Minnesota – more fun when you are traveling with somoene – but it is tiring!



Shadowlands by Ann Treacy
November 20, 2008, 1:51 pm
Filed under: Minneapolis

Sunday night Patrick and I went to see Shadowlands at the Guthrie. It’s a biogrpahy of CS Lewis, who wrote the Narnia series. It’s about how he met his wife and their short life together – I won’t go into the details and ruin the surprise for anyone who was thinking about going.

It was good maybe a little long, but good). It’s a tear-jerker – although I was too tough to cry. But the story is good and the stage was amazing!



St Martin’s Day Festival by Ann Treacy
November 20, 2008, 1:50 pm
Filed under: St Paul
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On Sunday we went to a St Martin’s Day festival at the Landmark. It’s a German festival. We made lumiere-type lights and then walked around Rice Park. It was beautiful, but cold.

St Martin (not the real one) showed up on a horse. Most of the significance was lost on us – but we had some excellent struedel.




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