Kirstin’s Birthday by stegaliu
September 26, 2009, 7:13 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

The fates aligned for my birthday weekend/week!  Amy and Nick were in town long enough to have brunch, it was restaurant week in Philly, our rained out game from the Girls Weekend visit in May was rescheduled for Sunday and I was far enough along to get the sonogram to find out we are having a girl!!!  Libby and Nell came down from NYC to join Erin, Patrick and me for a prix fixe Restaurant week dinner at Jose Garces’ AMAZING Amada.



Afterwards we sat through what was possibly the most boring baseball game I’ve ever witnessed (1 run in the 1st and then no one even got to 3rd base the rest of the night!) but we still won!



I’m so glad I was able to spend the day with my besties!  Hey look! finally a prego shot of me!


And here’s a nice shot of our little beauty!


Patrick is so happy it’s a girl that he keeps playing the song Daughter by Loudon Wainright III.  It makes me smile every time I hear it.  I recommend a download of it as well as many of his other songs.  They make great, non-nerve grating kids music.


Very Belated Post by stegaliu
September 12, 2009, 4:44 pm
Filed under: Friends, Holidays, PA

I’m letting Patrick do the Minneapolis post but I figured since I had a few minutes I would post some pics and a quick roundup of our camping trip that was over a month and a half ago with Marty, Martha, Michelle and Ajay. At the end of July we headed up to the Poconos to Hickory Run State Park.  We arrived Friday night, after work, with light dying quickly and thunderheads rolling in.  We raced against the clock to get the tents and the pop up up so we wouldn’t end up sleeping in our cars while Patrick optimistically started the fire.  It all turned out well and as Marty and I drove in the last stake right before the heavens opened and poured down its contents on us for about 45 minutes.  We dove for the pop up and spent our time making food and stopping Maddie from crying at the thunder claps.  The rain cleared and miraculously the fire was still going at full tilt.  Only Patrick can make that happen.

It was a great weekend full of ladderball, hiking, stone skipping and much needed rest.  (I’m ignoring the part of the story where it started raining non stop on Saturday night and we ran away to my parents Pocono house to sleep since it was only 30 minutes away)

Minnesota…on a stick! by stegaliu
September 12, 2009, 8:24 am
Filed under: Family, Holidays, Misc

If you have ever had the pleasure of visiting the Minnesota State Fair then you already know that one of their claims to fame are the multitude of things available “on a stick”.  Now some things see very straightforward.  Things like


cotton candy and


hot dogs.

But then things take a turn for the wierd.  Could I interest you in some…


Teriyaki ostrich.

Or perhaps some


pork chops

(show here with the original food on a stick, the Jumbo Smoked Turkey Leg).

Or how about some


Spaghetti and Meatballs!

What does spaghetti and meatballs look like on a stick?  Glad you asked.  We did too.


(It was underwhelming, tastewise)

Eating food on a stick just makes life better.  You don’t need a plate.  You can run about town doing errands while enjoying your so-and-so on a stick.  Sticks are biodegradable!  See!  You are being green by eating on a stick.  And isn’t being green and environmentally conscious what the Minnesota State Fair is all about?  Well, it’s really more about…


Live piglet birth!

Anywho, back to the sticks.  By far and away the favorites of the day were…




(with this disclaimer)

and, drumroll please……………….



Yes, folks.  That is beer on a stick.  And when you are done you have your very own paddle!


Some folks even come dressed to face the “on a stick” onslaught, like this guy…


There are so many foods on a stick at the fair that I’ll just give you the gallery to browse through.  My personal favorite (just to say because it sounds like it should be in a Dr. Seuss book) is Walleye, in a bun, on a stick, in a boat.

Enjoy the gallery below and I’ll leave you with my other personal favorite…


Johnny on a stick!  Tastes delicious!