The holiday season, as it's evolved, is often a stressful time of year. That's not a news flash to anyone. Expectations for perfect family gatherings, getting the perfect gift, making the perfect memory, even being on the perfect behavior — are all hard to reach.
But Thanksgiving is different.
No presents to buy. No lofty expectations. No real pressure.
Well no pressure except for the cook (thanks Mom and my sister) or the dude grilling the turkey (my brother-in-law).
At it's best, it's family around the table to share a meal.
What would winter be without days on the ice with blades on your feet? Well, it wouldn't seem like Minnesota. Chilly temperatures made for good ice making Thursday but a warming trend expected this weekend could threaten plans for skating just yet.
Movies are just better on the big screen. That’s if the person next to you isn’t checking their smartphone every 5 minutes (they better be a brain
surgeon waiting for a call to the ER). For some reason they don’t think lighting up a dark room disturbs anyone around them. Seriously? How did
people make it through a 90-minute movie before mobile phones? Must have been a tougher breed of cat in the old days. They were willing to be
off-line to actually munch some overly priced popcorn and focus on a film. That’s why the theater can beat the comfort of the living room. It has your
Lakes area moviegoers are getting an early look at preliminary plans for a renovated Movies 10 in Baxter, complete with new name — Lakeland Theatre.
The plans for the 12-screen movie complex with stadium seating and two additional auditoriums added to the existing Movies 10 theater were recently presented to the Baxter Planning and Zoning Commission and will move on for review by the city council. Check out Biz Buzz for more details on the theater renovations.
Big names are playing doubles at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.
Andy Roddick is playing with Minnesota native Mardy Fish. And America's top doubles team, Bob and Mike Bryan, will be looking for their first BNP Paribas Open title. It's hard to believe the Bryans, who have been so successful on courts across the globe haven't nabbed this title in their home state.
Other tops seeds taking to the doubles court include Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
I have loved tennis for years. While I can't keep a ball in the court or serve to save my life, I find the sport fascinating. It's not just the physical effort or stamina required. Tennis is a mental challenge. For singles players, it requires the fortitude to go out on a large court in front of thousands of people without a teammate for comfort or cover. It requires problem solving on a grand scale and at a fast pace. Points and sets may go by quickly. Or a match may hinge on a few points in a tug-of-wills that last for hours or days.
Minnesota's mercurial spring just took another turn, adding white stuff to the mix after pretty much shunning snow when it was welcome in late December, January, February and even March.
It's good for the fire prevention. After this last downpour of rain, the green-up could be in full flight if the sun came back with just a little punch. While the sun was out this afternoon, it wasn't enough to entirely melt the snow in Brainerd yards.
I guess plans for a massive shopping spree before the world ended Dec. 21, 2012 — according to the Mayan calendar predictors — are off. It sounded like a good idea especially since no one would be around to send the bills. But it turns out the world isn't destined to end that day after all.
In the Guatemalan rain forest, at a noted Mayan site, scientists found the calendar continues well beyond December 2012.
Researchers at Xultun in Guatamala found wall paintings projecting 7,000 years into the future.
If the Olive Garden in Baxter looks a little different to you, it's not just that it's new to the lakes area.
The much-anticipated restaurant addition to the lakes area isn't the same Olive Garden. The chain changed the look for its new restaurants creating a rustic stone exterior and using a farmhouse look with exposed wooden beams and character of a farmhouse in Tuscany, Italy as a model.
"This is how they’ll all be from now on," said Olive Garden General Manager Miranda Ahlers. "We’re one of the newer ones to have the exact layout we have."
Today's date presents a dozen opportunities.
Especially for those who like lists or who see the benefit in taking stock of where things are and where we might like to see them in the future.
Getting through the daily grind tends to absorb all the spare energy, add to that the bustle of the holiday season and December becomes a sleepless blur.
But today is worth taking a few minutes for reflection.
Make a list — it could be 12 things you'd like to achieve in the next 12 months, or 12 things to do in the next 12 years, or maybe it's 12 goals for a lifetime.