Ziggy zaggy, ziggy zaggy, hoi hoi hoi!

I'm a bit delinquent in my posts, but I wanted this one to be great - witty, well-written, and totally awesome to best represent the story.  Turns out that waiting didn't make it any more witty, well-written, or totally awesome -- but all I ask is that it's not boring. :)

So, last weekend, some of my awesome cousins -- Holly, Dianne, Colene, and Chelsey -- came to visit and I think I can speak for everyone (based on the emails I've gotten over the past few days from them) that we all had a blast! I was a little worried when, days before they got here, the rule was set: What happens in Maple Grove stays in Maple Grove.  If you've been here, it's not exactly Vegas... so what were they planning to do?!  Let's face it, though - my family enjoys a good party. And we're good at it. That being said, this is the for-public-consumption version of the story and we're stickin' to it.

Things started off tame enough.  We had lunch with Keith at Granite City, which is always good, and bloody mary's were had. And food, of course; I don't just feed my visitors bloody mary's. When we parted ways with Keith and he headed out of town and we headed to Minneapolis where I gave them the grand tour of all of the most interesting things in town - my office, the Guthrie, where the big ice skating rink is, and the deflated metrodome.  You know, big city livin'.  We went to the Midtown Global Market, which is place with a bunch of different kiosk-type shops with international foods, jewlery, clothes, and other goods from various countries around the world.  If you haven't been there, it's a great place to try something new for lunch and just look around.  Holly found some cool earrings, Chelsey found a cool ... well, I don't really know how to explain it... but it was cool, and in the local foods area, they even sell Spring Grove pop! The strawberry is good with ice cream, and the lemon sour is good with vodka, in case you were wondering. :)

After that, we drove did some more driving around, saw a few big houses/mansions, and made our way over to the sculpture garden. 

... Maybe this is a good time to break in and give you some context.  We were in Dianne's really awesome mini-van and I was driving. They were convinced that people were a) pointing, b) laughing, and c) giving strange looks to them on the way up to my place, in the van.  I wasn't sure about it, until someone pointed and laughed at us.  I told Dianne that, on the bright side, I'm driving and they all think it's my really cool van and that they are all stuck with me. haha!  It wasn't the first look, apparently, and it wasn't the last.  But we just laughed.  So, I think that means that they were laughing with us? or we were laughing with them?  It doesn't matter.  We were all laughing. ...

And now, back to the sculpture garden.  It's much cooler there in the summer because you can see the rest of the sculptures that were snow covered, but we just wanted to see the spoon & cherry.  We all got our picture by it, but I don't have a copy (hint, girls - please send copies of photos), but I do have this one with Chelsey!  And for what it's worth, my shadow is in it, also. And I think the other one is Holly.

We hit downtown for a little while after this and went to the big Target (2 levels) to get some coffee for the next morning and just to be there because Target is awesome.  And you can't be on Nicollet Mall while visiting here without without getting your picture taken by the Mary Tyler Moore statue. 

Can you find Chelsey?  It's like Where's Waldo? 

So, after GC for lunch, MGM for shopping, sculpture garden, target, and a visit with Mary (we're on a  first name basis now), we went to a restuarant I really like called Spill the Wine.  And this, I think, was the turning point from really fun to hilarious and awesome. And this is also where Kate joined in and it was great to see her!  We had appetizers, wine, a couple of us had dinner, a few of us had wine. I'm not pointing fingers. And we had conversation and laughs, and it was a good chance for us all to get to know each other a little better, too... outside of a standard holiday. 

Spill the Wine was fun, but it's not a party place.  It's a wine bar and it would be weird if someone got up to start dancing. So, we headed off to our next destination - Psycho Suzi's, which recently moved into a new location and I haven't been to the new site, yet.  But according to their website, they have 3 themed bars and a couple of my friends have told me how awesome it is there. 

Apparently it's really SUPER awesome because when we go in the vicinity there were cars everywhere and nowhere to park my awesome van. We drove around. And around. And then parked a few blocks away to call Kate -- we needed a new plan. 

So, we headed to the Gasthof - a German restuarant/bar that's pretty popular... you've probably heard of it or maybe you've been there.  When we walked in, the entire dining room was singing and it's a really fun atmosphere -- but we spent most of the time downstairs.

  • Picture this: lots of young people (under 80) hanging out in the basement of a building to listen to (and often dance) to polka music.  On purpose. Having fun. And drinking.  And then the band plays AC/DC Shook me all night long - polka-style.     
As hard as the girls' tried to convince Kate to stay out all night, she did have to leave us after a while.  Kate: next time we'll have to arrange for you to stay... you missed some of the interesting stuff! ha.  I won't get into all the detail, but I will say that we had a few drinks, did a little dancin', and made some new friends... and decided that next time they come, we're skipping the rest and going straight to Gasthof for some hearty German food and to get our polka on -- maybe during Oktoberfest! 

I don't have many photos to share, because by this point the rule had kicked in - and was extended to to be What happens in the Minneapolis-area...  Don't worry, though - nothing illegal, and nothing highly inappropriate.  And maybe we just want to leave a little to the imagination. :)  So I'll leave you with this:

And then we went home and had pizza.

Thanks for coming, girls!  Until next time... ziggy zaggy, ziggy zaggy, hoi hoi hoi!


  1. Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun! It's nice to see people take advantage of what in your back yard; so to speak. I have been to the cities many times over the years, but have never seen or been anywhere but the Mall of America, zoo's or a few ice rinks . . . oops, forgot, and the capital, of course. We have to remember that, the midwest, is, a hot tourist area, so there must be more out there to see in our area, than we know about. You ladies can be the . . . . Magellans, Davy Crockets, or Columbus' of our time. Polka on, Girls . . . Polka on!

  2. Oh Brenda - I don't know what to say - except that first of all, this blog was very well written, as usual. I LMAO while reading the entire blog - especially the part about the van! Last weekend was most definitely a weekend to always remember and cherish! And like you mentioned - we continued to laugh this entire week with our e-mail's back and forth! I am looking forward to our next adventure together........let's get planning!!

  3. Nicely written indeed my fair cousin Brenda! You highlighted the right points in the right way. Just wanted to add that we didn't bring home and scratch-n-sniff stickers, had our share of wrong turns (not while Brenda was driving) and lived out our own version of Desperate Housewives (I'm Gabby, Colene is Bree-SURPRISE!, Dianne is Lynette, Chelsey is Renee and Brenda did a grand job narrating this event to be chosen as Mary Alice Young!)
    "Dinner is Poured"!!!!

  4. Sounds like a fun fun time. The Gasthof is a very fun German restaurant. I'll always will remember our visit there. I think Gary will too about sniffing on their pipe. Good Post, Brenda and all I can say is ZIGGY ZAGGY ZIGGY ZAGGY ZIGGY ZAGGY HOI HOI HOI!!!!! MOM


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