Thursday, July 29, 2010


Ethan and Dawn left about 3 hours ago to make the 12 hour drive to Cincinnati to visit with Andy and Lauren.

Now, Ethan is gone ALL the time, so it shouldn’t feel strange at all that he isn’t here, but it is strange. It’s strange because I KNOW he isn’t here. I know he’s in a car driving, and they will be driving, all night long until they get to the 4th and Plum apartment.

Lauren will probably already have left for work, and Andy would normally be sleeping, but I bet he’ll be sleeping with one eye and one ear open, waiting for Ethan and Dawn to arrive.

I wish I was going, I miss him.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Fine Dining…

Andy just sent a Facebook post…Just cooked a truffled halibut en pappiote for OWNER or the food network. Said it was the best halibut he’s ever had.

Yes!! I said he’s a fabulous cook, and mother’s ALWAYS know best!!

I expect to see him in a Food magazine someday as a featured Chef of some fancy, fine restaurant. He will be well known in some capacity.

Good job Andy Baby!

He’s just a little bit happy…go figure.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Last night I decided I just better get started on packing up all of Kira’s stuff. While Kira and I were driving to Arizona, David packed up all of Andy’s leftovers and took them downstairs and then he and Ethan brought all of Kira’s things upstairs. Andy’s room was filled with plastic boxes and assorted containers. I used up a whole roll of packing tape and stuffed 10 medium U-haul boxes with stuff, just stuff. Stuff that she really could do without, but it isn’t my stuff, so I’m not partial to it. Anyway, I told David that I packed it all up, so he gets to take them downstairs and out to the truck and over to the post office or some such place. There are at least another 10 boxes worth of stuff left to pack.

Kira is partial to plastic containers, (wonder where she got that from?!?) and I’d like to find a box that they would fit in. Some of the containers are the under-the-bed ones and others are almost square, but not quite, so putting them in a medium box by themselves doesn’t work and I’m having a hard time finding smaller soft things to pack around them. Such a problem I have, tsk! I think a smart idea might be to look at box sizes on line. Hmmm, I think I will do that now.

Sunday, July 4, 2010


Andy got a job!! Yes! He will be working as a cook at Boca in Cincinnati. He went in and talked to them, worked for free for two days (loved every minute of it) and the person in charge asked him what he thought of the place and would he like a job. Duh!!

I’m very happy for him. I think this is just what he needs, to work at a high end restaurant making the kinds of foods he’s interested in and not having to worry about the management side of it. Go in, cook, go home.

Minnesota won’t be quite so strong in his mind now.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Phoenix Zoo…

Kira is all settled in Scottsdale. She really likes her job and can’t wait to learn more and get to start handling the animals more. The people she works with are great and nice and crazy just like her. She likes her roomie and her cats. Shayna gets her to do things she doesn’t normally do and makes her talk if she’s holed up in her room too much. Arizona is great, although it would be nice to have some clouds and a little less heat. All in all she is happy, which ultimately makes my life much, much better.

Doing well…

Andy had a day of (staging?!) at Boca in Cincinnati, an upscale restaurant featuring fine dining. They told him they have had Chefs stage before and they were not very bright. Andy got asked to come back another day. Of course, he’s brilliant!! He’s really hoping they give him a job. They said it would be a full 40 hr. week…hahahahaha! That is EXACTLY what he wants, cooking at a fabulous restaurant for 40 hrs a week. Totally unlike what he had been doing, which was scheduling, ordering, overseeing and working 14 hr days. This would be a walk in the park and he would be doing what he loves, which is COOKING. I’ve got my fingers crossed.

Stopover in Chicago…

P1010244 P1010247 P1010249 P1010254 We had a 3 1/2 hour stop in Chicago, and of course it was raining. We attempted to put our stuff in a locker, but it only took exact bills which of course we did not have. So we decided to eat lunch, and ended up sharing a table with some really interesting people from Mississippi. After lunch, it stopped raining, so we went outside and sat on a wall, watching people go by. A woman came by and started talking to us, because she saw my HomeGoods bag. I ended up telling her all about moving Andy and then going home to start the drive to Arizona. She thought we were crazy to drive our truck all that way and risk having it break down. She suggested we mail all of Kira’s stuff instead. We hadn’t thought of that!! Duh!

We caught our train home and called Kira about our decision…it wasn’t pretty. She had to go through all her boxes and decide what she needed and how much would fit in her car, along with trying to see though all the tears that were falling down her face. But she pulled through! David was soooooo relieved he didn’t have to drive nearly 2000 miles that there were tears in his eyes. It was a great weight off our shoulders.

About 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Kira and I and a loaded down car took off for Arizona. We made it to Witchita Kansas and stayed there the first night. A storm was coming in the morning from the west, exactly where we wanted to go, so we ended up making a little detour and went south instead, right through the Bible Belt! Driving though the ‘Bible Belt’ was a little frightening and uncomfortable, ‘Jesus Saves’ signs all over the place, the largest cross in North America, southern accents. We stopped at a KFC for lunch and while listening to the southern accents, I felt like I should cover up my tattoos. Strange! We stopped for the night in Albequerque, New Mexico.

Once out of New Mexico, as we were driving into Arizona, we noticed one of the mountain peaks had snow on it. I knew that it had snowed not too terribly long before that, but I didn’t expect to see any. We drove down the Oak Creek Canyon again…breathtaking and stomach dropping going around those curves in the road. Sedona was gorgeous! On and on we drove, I kept waiting for the flat desert to appear. We started to see cactus here and there, and all of a sudden, we went over a hill and saguaro cactus all over the mountains, growing just like trees. WOW! I was not expecting that.

Shayna was texting Kira to see how much farther we had to go, as we were supposed to be at the Apartment office by 6:00 p.m. We got there just a few minutes late. Shayna said Hi, then went to Kira and said, ‘I don’t know…do we hug?’ so they did and it’s working out just great. It turns out the manager used to be manager of an apartment on 63rd and Boone here in MN. Small world!

They got all checked in, and we started moving stuff, what little they actually had. They still don’t have very much, but Kira’s waiting until she gets paid so she knows what she’s got to work with. She did get a full size mattress and a desk/wall unit  and two chairs from IKEA, and a small kitchen table from Gramma Goettsch. We went for a visit to Jean and Carl’s trailer and had a visit with Gramma too. I told Kira that Jean will talk your ear off, and she now agrees with me.