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Broccoli Sheep by Ann Treacy
December 19, 2009, 12:47 am
Filed under: St Paul

So I work with a fun company (Learning ZoneXPress) that does nutritional curriculum, games, posters and stuff for schools. They have a great series of foodscape cards, posters, stuffed animals… Foodscapes are animals and other things created from fruit and vegetables.

Anyways, LZE has started to post ingredients for Foodscapes! So we took on the challenge and create our own cauliflower and broccoli sheep. Ours do not look as good as the originals – but I have to say that Aine ate the rest of the broccoli over the next two days so maybe we’re going to start making more foodscapes.

Here are our creations!

El Vez in Minneapolis by Ann Treacy
December 15, 2009, 2:01 am
Filed under: Minneapolis

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is going to see El Vez with Billy and Anita. This year I signed us up to get a picture with El Vez before the show. So we’re kind of like the famous people. Before the show we had a yummy dinner at Solera. And we got a sneak peek at life in Sex in the City watching the other people at the bar. I’m pretty sure we were the only ones drinking beer and certainly ate more than anyone else at the bar.

Back to El Vez – the show was really different this year. To start he played with Los Straightjackets – not after. It was a great mix. I tried to take some video during the slow songs; I danced during the fast songs. The Elvettes were new. Billy was pretty quick to pick up on that one. He had to move during the last few songs to be nearer her favorite Elvette – Lisa Maria.

There were lots of great costume changes. I was super sad that there wasn’t a secret set after the holiday show – but it was a great show. What was fun about the after show was that there was an ages disco. There was some really awkward dancing; one guy brought his own hula hoop; and there was one good break dancer.

And here are some more videos:




A snowstorm before we go by Ann Treacy
December 15, 2009, 1:02 am
Filed under: St Paul

The girls were worried that we wouldn’t see any snow before we left for Ireland. That would not have made me sad – but in the end we did get snow. All told we’ll have almost a month of snow before we go back to Dublin.

The girls built a kind of fort in the front yard. And we spent a good day sledding in Grandma’s backyard. Unfortunately, Lily had a little run in with a bush. We’re hoping it won’t leave any scars.

Lily’s Band Concert by Ann Treacy
December 15, 2009, 1:00 am
Filed under: St Paul

Lily has been taking trombone for two years now. I voted for the flute – or anything else that’s easier to carry but Lily wanted the trombone. She has been great about practicing and I was really proud of how well she’s been playing. Actually the whole band concert was very good.

The video is a little shaky – I hired a videographer who would be able to sneak into the front row – but the sound is good.


Grand Meander Penguin by Ann Treacy
December 15, 2009, 12:53 am
Filed under: St Paul

On December 5 we took a tiny trip to the Grand Meander – specifically we went to see the penguin. I love that Grand Ave has events like that – and it’s so close we can walk.

Thanksgiving Weekend in Chicago by Ann Treacy
December 15, 2009, 12:21 am
Filed under: Chicago

This year we spent Thanksgiving in Chicago. We drove as far as the Dells on Wednesday. Stayed in a hotel and left the next morning for Chicago. We convoyed with Grandma, Grandpa and Uncle Billy. Actually Aine drove in that car and the rest of us in our car.

Thanksgiving Dinner

We got to the Lynches just in time for dinner. I think Katie had 25 people over for dinner. They made 3 turkeys; one was grilled, one deep fried and one was cooked the usual way. There was stuffing, pumpkin pies and a lot of other secondary foods. (Well secondary in my opinion.) Everything was great. The kids had a fun time with their cousins.

Friday Pedicure

Instead of going shopping on Black Friday, Katie, Mom and I went and got pedicures. That’s a trend that I think we should continue.

Horse Drawn Carriage

Friday night all 13 of us toured downtown Chicago on horse drawn carriages. Kate got us great Groupon bargains. It wasn’t too cold – and we got a fun trip around Michigan Avenue towards Navy Pier. I don’t think we had ever done a tour like that – it was fun. On the way to the carriage we stopped in the largest ER hospital in Chicago. We just had to use the bathroom and warm up – but it felt a little bit like ER – without Dr Carter.

After the carriage rides we went to Greek Town for dinner. Greek Town is always fun! Our group of 13 was hardly the biggest group there – we weren’t even the loudest. Our favorite part is when the set the Saganaki on fire.

Saturday Café Too

Saturday we went swimming at Grandma & Grandpa’s hotel. That was fun. Then we went to the Lynches chirch to make Advent Calendars. But the very fun activity of the day was trying out a new (for us) restaurant in Chicago called Café Too. It’s a small restaurant. They hire homeless and low income workers to learn the restaurant business. You can get a 6-course meal for $24; bet yet, they don’t have a liquor license so you can bring in your own wine.

The food was very good and the service was even better. They should open a restaurant in St Paul.

Sunday we drove home. There was a lot of fun hanging out, walking around Katie’s neighborhood and stuff over the weekend too.

Google Sketchup by Ann Treacy
December 14, 2009, 2:16 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

I don’t think I’ve mentioned the Google Sketchup class yet. Kate and I went one Saturday. It was run by The Walker but held at the University of Minnesota. Google Sketchup “is software that you can use to create 3D models of anything you like.”

It’s surprisingly easy to use – especially if you have any ability to appreciate 3D. (I don’t feel like I’ll all that good in 3D, but Kate was.) We ended up creating 3D pictures of dream homes in the class.

Also it was fun to hang out on the U of M campus. It is huge! The buildings are huge the campuses are huge. We walked around a little bit. We walked by the Weisman Art Galley and over to the West Bank. We walked over the Mississippi, near where the 35W Bridge went down. We were able to see pieces of the bridge that they are apparently trying to put together. (You can see the picture.) It’s a little creepy but kind of amazing to see how they can recreate the bridge.

Finally we saw a wild turkey. I tried to get Kate to get near it for a picture, but she wouldn’t. I was able to get a picture of the turkey though.

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