Looking Back...


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001.December 31

posted Dec 31, 2010, 7:31 AM by David Storlie   [ updated Feb 15, 2015, 3:30 PM ]

London, UK


Chicago O'Hare, IL
I continue to wait for my red-eye flight, reading "Jeeves in the Morning", now taking a breather with eyedrops blocking view and hopefully saving vision for tomorrow.  I have been here since 18:45...it is now 22:45.  I caught an early flight from MPLS after taking off work early.  Had dinner in Calhoun Square at a Thai restaurant and took a walk on the frozen Lake Harriet.  Again, I packed more than perhaps I should've.  It's heavier than I enjoy carrying, but at least I won't run out.  Boarding time. 
I arrived at Kate's flat at 2pm and after hanging up my clothes and sorting through recipes for stuffed mushrooms we went to Sainsbury's, picked out £64  worth of food and got back to teh flat to cook.  I took a shower to refresh and get ready for the party while Kate started cooking. Then we got to work wholeheartedly on our dishes. Unfortunately for me, we also started drinking vodka martinis wholeheartedly, and my lasting power was greatly diminished after the many hours on a plane with no sleep whatsoever crossing the Atlantic.  Paola arrived at 19:00 and cut carrots.  She is working as a pr person for something to do with the film industry. Caroline came with her fiance, and I was able to give the 3 women their presents, Quality Chick t-shirts from the Decorah Hatchery in bright colors. I showed off all my stuffed mushrooms and other savoury dishes, and had a brilliant time. We also moved to a party upstairs in Kate's flat, and Malcolm showed up. I started to fade quickly, and ended up in bed with all the guests' jackets and my video camera. While I slept, Caroline and Paola came and videotaped me sleeping and talking in my sleep to them. I can not find this tape, and think I probably taped over it accidently. I slept until the afternoon of the next day, and regret I did not sleep on the plane. 

Barcelona, Spain
Dec 31, 2006SpainBarcelonaGaudi to see you.
We took a train to Barcelona, got a pension in the latin quarter, and spent the night out on the town in several bars toasting the New Year in. We had dinner at a sushi place with a conveyor belt and sushi circling us. Crowds of protesters and revelers passed below on the street most of the day.

Spring Grove, MN
We're holding a New Year's Eve Party at my house in Spring Grove this year. The Christmas tree is still up from our family's christmas parties. We have invited most of our local friends, and most are coming to ring in the new year. Rachel and I have spent the day "cleaning", though I have been watching "Amadeus" while setting up my stereo speakers and dilly dallying. So, she got us ready for the party. I did clean up for last weeks Chrstmas party at our house for both of our families, so maybe we are even now. She made all the food, except I made enough dough for 6 thin crust pizzas, letting them rise until the usual suspects showed up. We had 19 people here, and it was a wonderful way to ring in the new year. Some of us playing Modern Warfare 2, some played Euchre, and others played a game called Party Playoff that Jill gave us for Christmas last year.  Elyse was the star of the party, and facilitated all of our games and prizes that Rachel had printed out to give to the winners of each event. I wore Rachel's new sock monkey onesie and was ridiculed by everyone at the party until they just got used to it. I also used my new Swedish glass drinking horn, held inplace with the lanyard from our Belizean coconut monkey purse. I looked great, and felt so wonderful being the only one in pajamas at a new years party.

A very Festivus New Year to all of us. Sarah and Mark hosted the Seinfeld party on New Years, this year, instead of it's pre-Christmas date, because we were all too busy. I took home the bottle of vodka for winning the Feats of Strength, the annual leg wrestling competition that I usually lose to Tyler. He was taking care of he and Beth's new baby, so I got it all to myself. We played Cards Against Humanity with 16 people and then went home to bed.

002.December 30

posted Dec 30, 2010, 6:21 AM by David Storlie   [ updated Nov 14, 2011, 1:22 PM ]

I am all packed, ready to go. The taxi's waiting,well, no, just my truck. I'll be in London before I sleep two more times, that is if I can sleep on the flight over, which I hope to. I will, if you would wish it as well, contact you after I arrive. I'm getting together with 4 friends from the Rocky Horror Show with at University of Nottingham on New Years Eve. Beyond that, I'm staying with the director of the aformentioned horror, and she has not let me in on what we will do after new years besides going to some theatre, which she seems to reserve for when I'm around. I am sure that I will become tiresome, and she'll want to shake me like a summer rug.

After work, Mark and I stopped at the local brewery in Decorah and bought two growlers from Margi. Then to the liquor store across the street for the rest of Rachel's baking needs: tequila, bourbon, and other liquors for our Boozy Baker's New Years Eve Party tomorrow night. Rachel met me for lunch today, consumed in the car, in between her trips for baking and drinking needs. 
We worked on some of the baked goods at home, and then went to Mark's house, with the turkey he got from Deco. Rachel spent the afternoon baking it in our oven, and we joined Sarah, Mark, Abe and Tyler for an Indian inspired turkey dinner.

003.December 29

posted Dec 29, 2010, 7:18 AM by David Storlie   [ updated Apr 1, 2015, 2:37 PM ]

London, UK

POSTCARD: I arrived in London at 15:00, and checked into the City of London Hostel for five days (for 10 pounds a night), which gives a central location for everything. First, Rebecca and I walked down Fleet Street and saw St. Brides (the inspiration for tiered wedding cakes and the tallest of Wren's churches). A full to bursting moon, and the weather was cool or rather cold. It was a beautiful walk past the area that Dickens wrote about, much changed except for a few landmarks and pubs, all were closed for Boxing Day. We looked for theatres and discount ticket places, but they were closed. CATS was booked until Saturday, so we went to a show called BFG (Big, Friendly Giant). It's a children's play, but with "ripping" comedy and a lead male character that was completely outstanding. 10 pound tickets got us the best seats, because it is not one of the big shows.

We went to a pub called The Moon Under Water for coffee in Leicester square, where they have most of the movie theatres. We then took the Tube to the hostel, and are sitting in the hostel writing. It is midnight, the witching hour (when the bad Giants come out and eat people), so I think I'll go to sleep so I can wake up early for the British Museum all day tomorrow. I will go to Blood Brothers tomorrow night, and maybe at 17:00 meet some other Luther students at their hostel, Hampstead Heath.

PS. I'm at the Tate Gallery now, looking at William Blake sketches. It is beautiful.

LEND ME A TENOR! at YOOH will perform Jan 14-15 at 8pm, and Jan 16 at 3pm in our little theatre in Spring Grove, 155 Main street. http://yeoldeoperahouse.com will show you the cast and soon a few photos of the show, not to mention a little more about Ye Olde Opera House if you haven't ever been.
I'm the producer of this show, and I play Max. Most of my friends are in this cast, and it will be fun for us. I know that will show through.
If you are looking for an event to start the New Year off right, this is it. Please come. There will not be advance ticket sales, but feel free to email yoohtenor@yahoo.com if you have any questions or want me to know you are coming so I can set out an extra love-seat. The show is a comedy about Italians, opera, theatre, romance, flings, and other assorted wonderful things. It takes place in a hotel suite that has six fully slamming doors, all from my new house. YAY! Oh, the drafts we endure for theatre. See you there.

004.December 28

posted Dec 28, 2010, 12:07 PM by David Storlie   [ updated Dec 29, 2011, 6:13 AM ]

Rachel spent another day painting the house, and we moved the Lion and the Witch Wardrobe into the front entry room to be used as a cloakroom. I ordered a pancake lens for our Pentax camera that should be very good in low light.
John and Eric came over to bring my Christmas present and help move the wardrobe, which just fits in the new room.

005.December 27

posted Dec 28, 2010, 12:06 PM by David Storlie   [ updated Dec 28, 2011, 10:18 AM ]

Rachel painted the house all day, and when I arrived home, she had most of the rooms done. After dinner and an episode of Numbers, we continued working, finishing up in the new pantry. I installed the flooring in the entry room, and when I finished it was beautiful.

006.December 26

posted Dec 28, 2010, 12:06 PM by David Storlie   [ updated Dec 28, 2011, 10:24 AM ]

We spent most of the day working on our walls, and installed all the cabinets and the counter-top over and under them. Rachel began to paint the walls pea green.

007.December 25

posted Dec 26, 2010, 12:11 AM by David Storlie   [ updated Dec 28, 2011, 10:32 AM ]

We woke at 9:30 and made 4 quiches for our Christmas brunch. Rachel's family arrived at 11:00. We ate and opened presents. They all left at 15:30, except for Jake and Gayle.  They helped us load the car and store the food we didn't eat. We left for my parents house, arriving at 19:00. When we arrived, the coyotes were going mad outside, and we realized that my family had called them in to scare us. They were hidden out in the dark. I found Andrew, and he went in with us. We went out again with the others to look at the stars for a while. Then we went inside. We stayed until 22:00, when our lack of sleep finally had worn us too thin.

008.December 24

posted Dec 26, 2010, 12:10 AM by David Storlie   [ updated Dec 28, 2011, 10:57 AM ]

We left for Wabasha at 08:15, stopping in Caledonia to pick up a pan in Rachel's childhood home and a recipe for rice pudding for our evening meal.  We stopped at Target in Winona to get a few last minute presents. We picked up the keys at the Chocolate shop downtown, and headed off for the Captains Quarters room, right next to Slippery's Restaurant, which had just closed down a few days ago. While we decorated the room, we watched Grumpy Old Men on the TV through the PS3 that I brought along. We baked made a ham, rolls, and green been casserole. 
Gayle dropped off a small silver christmas tree, and we decorated the beautiful thing off and on until Jacob arrived to finish it up. We had dinner and then our guests left to deliver papers for the next four hours. We watched Harry Potter 5 and 6. We played Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Monopoly with Gayle when she arrived. When they were all back, we opened presents and had the rice pudding. We stayed up until 03:50 with Jacob mostly. He took the other room in the apartment, and Rachel and I woke tomorrow and opened the french door blind that looked out on the Mississippi.

009.December 23

posted Dec 26, 2010, 12:10 AM by David Storlie   [ updated Dec 28, 2011, 11:00 AM ]

Festivus! We worked on the house all day, and then went to Sarah's house for the best Festivus ever. I won the leg wrestling competition, and also the ugly sweater competition. Mark made ham and turkey. Everything was perfect and very fun. We ended the evening watching Jen and Sarah's home cooking show.

010.December 22

posted Dec 22, 2010, 6:14 AM by David Storlie   [ updated Jan 13, 2012, 10:42 PM ]

Caroling through the streets of Spring Grove, we nearly followed a caravan of others cars leaving the church and spreading the love. We rode with Sara, and after had a lovely dinner and drinks at Norski's Saloon. 
It was Bob's birthday, and Roxy allowed Rachel to buy him a BDMartini.

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