Best in Class

My MBA adventure has begun. I had my first class on Saturday morning (Stats with Professor Lawton). Every Monday starting tonight will be Organizational Behavior. My free time is reserved for homework. And we're trying to launch a Craft'za in November. So that's my life for the next three months.

We need to use a Windows-only program for Statistics and that's a problem with our home setup right now. We have one desktop with a corrupt install (currently disassembled), one desktop running Linux, an iPad, and a MacBook Pro. Kind of a stupid number of computers actually.

But it turns out a new copy of Windows 7 costs over $80, and that didn't make a whole lot of sense when I could get a whole new computer preloaded with Windows for $75 on Craigslist. So I'm now the proud owner of a cute little Eee PC.

Labor Day Weekend

We spent another long weekend at the lake. This was Paisley's very first visit to the Krueger ancestral home! We did the traditional activities: boat ride, grill, and yard games. Group photo!

Natalie watched movies in the car. The short drive up to Alexandria was like nothing at all compared to the previous weekend's Door County trek.

I'm terrible at mini-golf. Natalie had fun. We've been going to Casey's since I was a kid and this year they added 9 new holes to the course.

I like this photo because a trick of the light makes my arm look deceptively buff. I don't need no CrossFit.

The Little Dipper and Cafe has endeared itself to me even more by acquiring a Ms. Pac-Man machine. I destroyed the previous high score while enjoying a root beer/vanilla flavor ice cream cone.


Natalie riding horses at the Carver County Fair

Twins with Natalie

 I mentioned before that our company held an event on the Budweiser Deck earlier this year, and our whole family was there. So this was not, technically, Natalie's first Twins game. But this time we went just the two of us and sat in regular seats and ate ice cream out of tiny helmets.

 Natalie was in a good mood for the first four and a half innings, until the ice cream, popcorn and water ran out. Then she was ready to go home. Also by then it was after 9:00--way past her bedtime. The score was 0-0 when we left Target Field (the Twins ultimately lost 0-1).

More than anything, she was excited to ride the train. We parked on Lake St. and rode the light rail downtown. Next time I could save a lot of money by just buying a light rail pass and taking a round trip without getting off. She would have enjoyed that just as much!

Door County Wedding

Packed the family into the Vue and drove to beautiful Door County, Wisconsin, for our third wedding of the year. The trip out was not too bad. The drive home--well, let's just forget that ever happened and agree to focus on the positive parts of this vacation.

The wedding was outside and it was a hot day. I ditched my coat immediately after the ceremony. There were a lot of children in attendance and our girls had a great time running around. Paisley wiggled her toes in the sand on the beach and I dipped her feet in the waters of Green Bay. Natalie had some trouble though: during dinner she slipped backwards through a folding chair, and later she flew off a swing and landed in a heap on the ground.

The swing incident was already past her bedtime and later during the reception she passed out in my arms. But first, little shawty fire burning on the dance floor! She and I were the first ones dancing when the music started. Paisley was the life of the party while Natalie slept.

The adults had a good time too. We hung out with some friends we don't see very often (the side trip to Appleton was the one good thing about our return trip--well, that and stockpiling wine at the liquor store). I wish our friends would get married more often!