So yesterday I ventured to the "Big City" aka Minneapolis. With my trusty GPS (Edna) plugged in I was confident that I could find my way to both my destinations. First stop Minnetonka Moccasin. Yep that would be right off of Hennepin Ave. I'm not a huge fan of the Twin Cities or having to drive into it especially on a snowy day but for the type of business I'm in I find myself there on more occasions then I care to partake. I would much rather work from the comfort of my office out in thesticks ofHutchinson~Yes thats like 50 mile west of Minneapolis. Anyways Edna (my trusty GPS) did not take me to the correct location. On occasion she tends to do this,and believe me I tell her exactly how she makes me feel! Anyways, good thing I always leave early and had plenty of time to pull over, re-enter the address and get back on track. I arrived in pleanty of time to find a place to park, check my email and tuck my pants into my boots so the snow would not get my pants wet. BTW-the meeting went well.
Next stop-The Creative Group located on Nicollet Mall. I had been to that location a few times in my life shopping ~I'm assuming the last time I was there was 18 or more so years ago when I went to Rush's Bridal to buy my dream wedding dress that I only wore for 4 hours-but thats a different story. Anyways I got lost. Where in the HEDOUBLEHOCKEYSTICKS are you supposed to park in this stupid town. I opted for the Target parking ramp and called to get directions from there. Thank God I was only like one block away. As I rode the elevator up to ground level all I could think about was "Should I take my iPhone out of the front pocket of my purse so if it gets jacked I still have that to call for help" yes as you can see I am very, very country. I still get spooked and scared of all the stuff you hear about going on in the cities. I took my phone out of my purse and put it into my coat pocket along with my keys, so my mind could stop worrying about how I would get home with no keys or cell phone.
I arrive at the main entrance of Target and there was a security guard standing in the entry way. As I walked past him I thought "Why are there always security guards at the doors? When I go to Target in Hutchinson there aren't any." I was running behind so I tied my scarf and pulled my hat down and ventured out into the cold and dismissed my thought and moved to "What was the name of that restaurant Nes mentioned?" Ugg! just walk forward Carrey, you will find the bank building. As I walked past the restaurant there was the entrance of the bank building. Thankful I hurried in and up to the 27th floor I went. Really 27th floor and 3 sets of elevators? WHATINTHEHELL ok yes I am a hick, we don't have building in Hutchison 27 floors high, just as I was about to panic because the elevator seemed to be going 100 miles per hour it stopped and let me out. I started to breathe again.
My meeting was short and sweet and I was off to face the challenge of getting back home. Down the elevator of death, back to Target, where I now saw that there were two more security guards just inside the door. Nes had mentioned that if I spent $20 at Target that I would get free parking. I had thought that maybe I would check it out to see the difference but as soon as I saw 2 more guards and another walking towards the door I thought to myself. "Nope not worth it, lets just go home."
Now to find my car, um what level did I park it in...oh yes, P1. I found my way to "The Grandpa go Getter"(aka my car) and locked myself in. Got out Edna and hit home. Now to get out of here. I paid my $5 and guessed what direction to head in. I was right and as Edna acquired her signal & was just telling me what direction to turn next she lost here signal. Panic set in, UGG how am I going to get home. I though to myself. Ok, just settle down you can do this. Hennepin ave is not that far away and forsure you will be able to see signs to 94 or 394 soon. I missed one turn but was able to pick up another that was even better and took me straight to 394 or HWY 12 as us hicks call it! At last, I am headed home.
As I drove home,I reflected on my day. As much as I love my career path there is no way in HELL that I would drive into the cities every day. I guess I would much rather make half the wages to stay in the comfort of my home office and only travel to the "Big City" when needed.
I wonder if the "City Folk" ever get scared in "The Hicks"?
~I have to think about that...um...Footloose (The new one, not the 1980 something one)
3. What is your least favorite TV program?
4. If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?
~One Girl With some BIG IDEAS!
5. What 3 places that are on your bucket list to visit?
~Hawaii-with the family. I was there in 7th grade with my grandparent. Promised my grandpa I would talk my boys. Germany-because I was promise that if I took 3 years of German we would go. Another broken promise by my dad. Somewhere with a white sand beach and blue water.
I'm a big fan of handmade gifts and I always tell my boys that if they are going to get me something I would much rather them make me something. I usually get a few grumps and gravels out of them but in the end I usually get a handmade card with a hug and kiss!
This year I must have gotten my point across, this is what I found on my computer desk this morning along with a handwritten note.
I have to say that this has to be the best Valentines Day present I have ever received! So much better then flowers that will die!
Below is what I made for the hubs:
Along with this card
This is the card I made my my son
I also made this card and Photo Frame for my sons girlfriend
After a recent Facebook conversation (Documented on the Right) I found out that not only does my son read my blog but so do his friends.
After this conversation it occurred to me that my audience is just not moms or my friends and family, apparently my reach is much broader then my friends and social community. Let me tell you not only was I surprised but quit honored. Can you believe it my son's friends actually read my blog. After the entail coolness wore off fear set in. OMG~what I have I wrote that might not sit to well with the younger crowd or what did I write that might have embarrassed my son. UGG! What have I done!!! and now how am I supposed to have my own space without worrying that I might or might not write something inappropriate. Then I though you know what Carrey....this is your blog and you have always wrote what you want, when you want so just calm down and chill and continue to do as you always have. But there will be one change. I still have to write a blog post about Blake because he really, really wants one! :-)
The Husband told me to get a Lotto ticket this morning so now all I have been thinking about was what I would do with the $250 Million Dollar Jackpot....
First I would by my Dream House in Colorado.....(you can find some of my options here) Then I would send my boys to Mies Outland on a shopping spree to accessorize it. You know fill it with toys like these:
Next I would by a plane, my son says we should by a Helicopter but we disagree on the type. I want a decked out luxury jet and he wants a Huey. Maybe I will just buy both and avoid the fight.
Then I would by a place on an Island in the sun. Fully stocked and staffed with a waiter named Jose who will bring my BFF Carrie and I any drink we desire. Plus it would be a place for us to escape....Did I mention I would give Carrie enough money to live on so she would not have to work anymore either and so she could come and play with me whenever she wanted!!! :-)
Then I would give the Endometriosis Foundation a million or so to help find a cure for the evil monster.
I would of course make sure my parents were taken care of and that they could move to New Mexico or Southern Colorado like they want to. And I would make sure my husbands father could finally retire and not have to worry about paying for medical bills.
I would give the Dummer's enough to retire on so Darren could come and play in the snow with my boys and Eileen could just come and relax in my Mountain home and not have to worry about where Parker would go because there would be enough room in the house or guest house for them to stay as long as they wanted!
Then I would buy an advertising/marketing agency and give all my blogging/marketing friends great jobs where they all can work at home and do what they love without worrying about how the bills are going to get paid.
I'm sure I would do more but I think this is a great start....What would you do with $250 million?