Stop! Hammer Time!

This past weekend I attended “Hammer’s House Party”. It was a 90’s throw back, hip hop show featuring Tone Loc, Kid N Play, Rob Base, and MC Hammer.
It really was about as cheesy as it sounds but it was awesome! It was a show I could not pass up and well worth the $65 just for the people watching alone! To be completely honest, I like hip hop but I am much more of a hairband or classic rock kind of gal. But who doesn’t love a little blast from the past and have some time to relive the glory days?!
Tone Loc pretty much had his back up singers do all the work with him jumping in a few times. The crowd did go ape shit when he sang Wild Thing. Kid n Play came one stage and I was struggling to remember who they were. None of their music stood out to me but they were FUNNY! They said their new sponsors were Icy Hot and Ben Gay! Men that understand me.. Rob Base was pretty awesome and he performed the 2 songs were played non-stop in the late 80’s.. Then there was Hammer… He sucked. However, I did LOVE how he payed tribute to Prince by doing a combination of Pray and one of Princes songs. I am going to go to hell for saying this but I was not a massive prince fan so I don’t know a ton of his music. Anytime people come to town they pay homage to our hometown legend. Being from MN, it seems that you are required that you idolize him…I don’t. I can appreciate his music and do think he was a genius but I am still not a mega fan.
Hammer did 2 encore songs…2 Legit and U Can’t Touch This. He did NOT do the typewritter dance nor did he wear his iconic low crotch pants. He had his son there and he did the dance (lame). I wonder if he is feeling his age like me and wanted to be able to walk in the morning?
The concert was at Treasure Island Casino near Red Wing, MN. They have been having a lot of big names roll through there in recent months.. It is not my favorite venue. It is an hour away from Minneapolis. The outdoor venue is a cluster shit show. Not a good place to take a person with a disability. The indoor venue was okay but you have to walk though the casino to get to the auditorium. I find casinos chaotic and I am not a fan of the smoke ( it is one of the last places on earth you can smoke).. I felt like was a dying a slow death breathing in all the toxic fumes!
Despite the bad venue and cheese factor, my concert girls are made the night. They are about as fun as you can get! I left that night with what felt like a broken rib from laughing! My one friend donned gold metallic “hammer” pants. They were amazing! She is so short that they made her look like an Ooompa Loompa and I wasted no time to point that out to her.
I danced and danced! The music may have brought my youth back to me but my 45 year, out of shape body brought me back to reality pretty damned fast. We danced our hearts out. At one point while pounding my arm in the air and jumping I felt my elbow crack and it let out a huge pop. It felt like my knees where on FIRE, and while I jumped, I pissed my pants. Then at the end of the show, it was about 11Ish I turned to my friend and asked if we could go home because I had an early day. That was the icing on the cake..The minivan, my aching muscles and me headed for home at 11 Pm on a Saturday night. My 18 year old self would have just been getting ready to go out!

Pinteresting Night

I kept looking at my calendar in disbelief when there was not one thing on it. I mean NOTHING!!! There was not an appointment, not a meeting, and the most shocking thing…NO SPORTS! This is a rare day in our house. Usually I get kind of twitchy when there is nothing on the calendar because I always feel like I am missing something. Since I had some “free” time, I pulled up Pinterest and decided to do something CRAFTY.

My daughter’s hockey team has a pizza party after their game tomorrow. I decided to make some Halloween treats to share with the team. I have a Holiday board dedicated to cute Halloween crafts and desserts and this was the perfect time to actually make something. I don’t think a bunch of 12 year old hockey players will judge me too harshly if they didn’t look like the inspiration photo.

Knowing I that I am a complete shit show when it comes to crafting and being in the kitchen, I chose something EASY. Three ingredients, that was it. I could handle that. Plus this brilliant Pinterest Poster used pre-made Rice Krispie treats. A person after my own heart!

I went to Costco and bought the 60 count box of Rice Krispie Treats. There was going to be more than enough to make a few mistakes (I know that about myself so I need to plan ahead!) I bought the candy melts, eye balls, and treat bags at Michaels. I am not advertising for these stores at all, I am just stating where I went for supplies. When I tally what I spent on this little project (approximately $30), I would have been better off buying custom cupcakes or a tray of cookies. But if I had been thinking, I could have done this a bit smarter and done it for about $10-$12 bucks. I definitely have lots of left over supplies.

When I get into a Pinterest Mode, things can go to shit pretty quick. I have a tendency to have attention deficit and lose interest quick or cause an explosive mess. Both happened during this project. I started off with the idea of putting the treats on a stick to make for easier dipping. That went down hill fast, no matter how I attached the stick to the treat, it ended up poking through and ruining my creation. The next thing that proved to be a disaster was using fancy sprinkles. I bought what was left on the shelf (which wasn’t much). I tried one of the treats that had sprinkles and just about broke a tooth. Scrapped that idea because I didn’t want to be responsible for dental work. I finally decided to keep it simple with just dipping them 1/2 way and adding eyes. Once I figured out a process, it went pretty quick.

  • Unwrap Treats
  • Melt discs (do one color at a time)
  • Dip and spread evenly
  • Add eyeballs and brows
  • Set in a glass pan upright

In the end, I am happy with the end product. It cost more than it should, took longer it should, and created one hell of a mess. I got my crafting itch scratched! Nailed it!

Beer Pressure

This past weekend, I met up with two of my fellow hockey mom friends and we caught up over a few beers. We hung out for several hours chatting about our children’s transition to high school, the start of the new hockey season, and celebrated a major accomplishment.

My friend just finished her first full marathon! I was eager to hear all of the gory race details because I watched her diligently train through the summer and she ran my favorite race of all time, Twin Cities Marathon. She talked about how fun the course was, how awesome all of the fans were, and how her race fell apart at mile 22 when she started vomiting. She pushed through the pain and barf and finished the race like a boss. With all that she went through, she said with a big smile, “I WILL do another one soon”!

As we had another beer, we talked more about the race and running in general. I am not what happened, but the conversation went from celebration to the three of us deciding to do a 2020 marathon! I think I may have put up a small fight but in the end I caved. I believe I got “beer pressured” into a marathon commitment.

We all had different reasons for wanting to tackle 26.2 miles. My friend that just ran wanted redemption for getting sick and my other friend has a marathon on her life bucket list. For me, I found myself wanting to be in my friend’s shoes. I realized I missed running…a lot. I am currently in a bit of a rut both mentally an physically and need a scary goal to accomplish with the accountability of my friends.

I am committed. I made a promise and now I have to keep it. The next step is to come up with a plan to go from being an overweight, sedentary person to a marathon runner in 13 short months!!! Stay tuned….it is going to be a wild ride.

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

It is October 12th and we are getting snow. My trees are full of colorful leaves that have not fallen yet, my deck furniture is not put away, and just last week we had the air conditioning on due to heat. Words cannot even describe my seasonal depression right now. We had snow in April, our summer was not great weather wise, and now we are getting cheated out of a nice fall. Welcome to Minnesota! I can’t help but feel a little bitter.

My Facebook feed is nothing but people bitching about the weather. It is comforting we are all in this miserable boat together and we all send the middle finger emojis to our friends that live down south that are posting beach photos. In 6.5 years, after my youngest graduates high school, I hope to be one of those beach bums. If I NEVER saw another winter again, I would be happy!

Looking at the silver lining, the soccer tournament we had scheduled for today was canceled which freed up my morning to tackle some house projects (or drink coffee and reintroduce my self to the blogosphere). So I guess I should express my gratitude to Mother Nature for sparing us the drive and sitting outside in the chilly temps for hours on end.

With my new found time I have been pondering whether or not I should continue this blog. I have not been very consistent posting partially due to available time and not knowing the direction to take it. I even Googled…”Are blogs still relevant?”. I have about 100 posts that I have started that are sitting in the draft state that never were published. Who would read this crap???

While Google’s short answer to my question was YES, blogs are still relevant. I determined that I still need a way to procrastinate and blogging is the perfect way for me to do that. Even if no one reads this crap, it is still better than me keeping a written journal (I hate my handwriting) and it keeps me somewhat accountable. So long story short, I am going to keep my sliver of the internet and post the ramblings of my average life.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to hit up Pinterest to find some comfort food recipes*

*Note: I will pin said recipes and move forward with ordering food to be delivered.