February 10, 2019

Todd & Sheri's 25 Year Anniversary Party

Todd & Sheri's 25 Year Anniversary Party
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for February 10, 2019

It was time to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary so Miss Sheri and I rented out a room at the American Legion in Savage, Minnesota to throw a party.

So hard to believe it's already been 25 years since we've been married.  It sure doesn't seem that long.  Well, maybe for Sheri it does.

We had a great turn-out with so many of our good friends in attendance.  We found it interesting that not a single person who came actually was at our wedding.  Of course we've been in Minnesota for more than 25 years now and were married in Iowa, but we actually had several people who were at our wedding and for different reasons, none of them were able to make it.  Interesting coincidence.  It's also interesting having a party like this because we had friends from different eras in our lives show up.  Most of this group were friends we made while the boys were in cub scouts and boy scouts.

These are friends we made while I was working at Nor-Tech.

More Nor-Tech friends.

These are a couple of our friends from my current job at Oracle.

We became tight with this group mostly from the boys adventures in the robotics program at school.

More robotics friends.

We go way back with Portia when our boys joined Cub Scouts together.

We've been friends with our neighbor, Jim, since we moved across the street from him back in 2001.

We first met Kirk and Debbie through Robotics, but Tom and Kellie go back to elementary school when the boys were playing basketball and Tom was their first coach.

We know Tom & Lynn mainly through Karaoke which makes them officially our first karaoke friends.  So we got that going for us.  Which is nice.

All in all, we had a pretty great time at our party.  Our only regret is that throughout the evening's wonderful good time and pleasant conversations, we forgot to get a picture of Miss Sheri and I together.  Oh well.  People know what we look like.

I think everyone knows how much we love the albino squirrels who come in our backyard to visit us.  However, this week one of them did something to get on Miss Sheri's naughty list.  He figured out how to get on our hanging bird feeder!  We had to let the dogs out to remind him this is a no no.


  Here's the video!

February 3, 2019

67 Below in Prior Lake, Minnesota

67 Below in Prior Lake, Minnesota
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for February 3, 2019

On January 29, 2019, I experienced a new record low temperature outside in my 48 years of being alive. I asked Alexa to tell me what the temperature was outside of my house at the time and her response really surprised me.

Despite it being dangerously cold outside, we still had to escape the warmth and safety of our igloo.  What a perfect night to visit the hot new restaurant in nearby Savage, Minnesota called Whiskey Inferno.

For some reason, the Applebees that stood here previously went out of business.  The new restaurant built off the framework of the old place, but added a lot of great amenities to make it feel like a place you want to go to eat steaks and have cocktails.

We went with our old friends, Sue and Ron Korkoski.  They are always up for new adventures!

It's known for it's steaks and high end cocktails including the Manhattan, Bee’s Knees and the Old Fashioned. Upon request, drinks are delivered in handheld smoke lockers that infuse smoke into the drinks. It's a great place to go with friends.

When it started warming up on Thursday, we were amazed at all the birds and other critters coming out of the woodwork to attack our bird feeders. It must get pretty hungry being locked up inside a tree when it's 67 degrees below zero.

We were glad to see our friendly albino squirrel skittering across the back fence. We always worry about their safety.

We searched for fun things to do when it's Mega Cold outside and heard about the banana hammer trick. We were going to try it but apparently waited too long when one of the squirrels came up and stole it. Unfortunately we didn't catch a picture of him running up the tree, but it looked pretty hilarious watching him try to climb with it jammed in his mouth.

On Friday night, we were out and about when we heard our old friends, Karl and Tina Zitzewitz, were checking out Whiskey Inferno. I had to crash their romantic dinner to grab this picture. Then I left.

I bumped into my old buddy, Ted Fristad, shopping at Hy-Vee. It's always good to see Ted!

Ted starred in one of my favorite photos from 2017!