Erin Virginia

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Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Monday, March 31, 2008

What homework?

Conclusion of the weekend: Chris and I did not do as much homework as we should have. On Saturday morning, Chris had to throw on a suit and drive to school for an oral argument, which sounds as though went really well. For the rest of the weekend, we took advantage of being in Boston: running along the Charles River with Greta, eating dinner at a Columbian restaurant, grocery shopping at a Russian bazaar and eating Sunday lunch after church at one of our favorite restaurants: La Casa de Pedro (Venezuelan). In the absence of spending time with family (and friends), we really enjoy trying out new restaurants. Next weekend we have National Guard... hmmm.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter Weekend

At 5:30 this past Thursday morning, I flew from Boston to Milwaukee for a business trip. I had decided earlier in the week, rather spur-of-the-moment, that after I finished in Milwaukee, I would rent a car and drive to my parents' house north of St. Paul. Even though I encountered a few flight delays, I still managed to finish my work and drive about five hours west, arriving by late Thursday night. Friday morning a snow storm blanketed the lawn, trees and flock of turkeys huddling in the tall grass. I spent most of the day with my mom and brother Michael and went out to eat with Sean and Bonny later. Saturday, my mom cooked a great meal for everyone. Unfortunately, Jamie already had a trip booked for San Francisco, the girls had a party on their mother's side, and Bonny had to work. I had a chance to see everyone else though, even my dad who flew in from Finland on Saturday and Brigita (who weighs only a bit over 2 pounds!) I also stopped by to see my friends, Audra and JP. Early Sunday morning, I flew back home, sadly missing Easter morning church service, but Chris and I spent the rest of the sunny Boston day together.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Brigita

My brother and his wife, Bonny, welcomed a new addition: Brigita. She's a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel and is just a few weeks old. Greta finally has a cousin on my side of the family... Sean and Bonny picked her up from a breeder near Brainerd on Saturday. I hope I can meet Brigita before she's all grown up!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Key Largo

Four days in Key Largo was not enough. Chris and I flew to Ft. Lauderdale last Friday, met Chris' family at the airport and drove to a rented townhome in Key Largo. We had lots of sunshine, even though the winds intensified by Tuesday when we left. Most mornings we crowded the pool, slathered with varying degrees of sunscreen, depending on the previous day's burn. Chris rented a jet-ski one afternoon and toted Katie, Hannah (the awesome Korean foreign exchange student staying with Mike and Rhonda) and me out around the key and among the fishing boats, crab traps and diving buoys.

Sunday we boarded a mid-sized boat to snorkel through the coral reefs, but the winds gusted the waves so high that our guide nixed the excursion. Instead, we boated to the mangrove canals and snorkeled a bit there, but besides a stingray and small fish, we didn't see much of interest. On the ride there and back, we were pounded with waves - Hannah closed herself into one of the storage bins on the return trip to avoid the sloshes of salt water. Rhonda, who never even intended to go in the water, remarked sarcastically as she wrung her clothes out, "The sea wind in my face, salt spray on my skin - what more can I want from a vacation?"

On Monday, we drove down the keys to Key West, the southernmost island. We walked around, shopped a bit and pointed out all the roosters infesting the area. That night, Mike and Rhonda prepared an incredible meal of stone crab and shrimp they bought at a pier that morning. We didn't have anything to crack the crab, so we had to smash them with the handles of dinner knives - for a while, all you could hear was the tap of metal on shards of crab.

Townhome Hot Tub Grotto and Pool
Snorkeling Trip
Key West Southernmost Point of the Continental U.S.
Final Dinner