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I’m Engaged! :)

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Feb 092008
 

I proposed to Tara on Saturday, February 9th … She said yes! It’s been a great relationship and I’m excited to move to the next step. We now start planning for the big day, there is a lot to do. The wedding will be at the St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha, Ne. It will happen in August of 2008.

I’ll keep you posted with any other details.

The Game

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Aug 092006
 

Last night I had a great time playing ‘The Game’, a version of the Amazing Race. It’s been done in Omaha by a small group of people, probably years before Amazing Race ever hit the TV Screen. There were a series of clues that we followed around Omaha, trying to be the first to the finish line. Our team was Gerry, Raul, Kim, Christine and I. All of us figuring out clues as we got through the game.

We did really well for not having many Omaha ‘natives’ on the team. Our whole team had a great time. It ended with a barbeque and cake, so I’d say it was a great night.

Surprise 28th Birthday Party

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Jul 172006
 

I turned 28th, yesterday. And my friends in Omaha threw a Birthday party that really surprised me, it was a lot of fun. That was a clever little scheme, Christine picked me up. She had a story about going to Thuc’s house and getting Gerry at his sister’s house. We got to Thuc’s house and we went to the basement to ‘take care of some stuff’ and Dan walks around the corner, saying “Happy Birthday”. I figured he was just hanging out at Thuc’s house. Then the real surprise came when everyone else popped out. My initial response was a cross between shock and amazement. I think Gerry was going for some tears, but there was none of that. :)

I coulnd’t believe that my brother’s were there. I had asked them the day before to hang out in Omaha for my Birthday, but they gave me a story about how they had other things to do. I was really impressed by the amount of work that was put into getting everyone there. This was my first surprise B-day, so that was real cool.

Christy just bought a camera this week for her Birday and took a lot of pictures:

http://www.brandonpetersen.com/gallery/v/family/birthdays/

St. Cecilia Graduation

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May 142006
 

Brandon, Derek, Brian & Brandon

I went to the St. Cecilia Graduation today (in Hastings). It was really good to see all the kids there again. This is another exceptional class of kids, I’m can’t wait to see what they end up doing. Brian Nielson was the Salutatorian. Talk about a smart kid, he’s planning to go to UNL and enroll in their Honors Engineering Program.

I was happy to catch up with Cross Country and Track athletes, they look so excited. They had a really good season of Track, there was so much improvement this year. They can’t wait for the next Cross Country season, they are expecting to have one of their best years, yet.

Thanks Mom!

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May 142006
 

Thanks Mom, for everything that you’ve done for me and the rest of the family. As I reflect on the past, I see that we’re really lucky. We have the best mother you could get. I look back, and there’s too many examples to explain of the great things that you did for us. Let me brag a little bit …
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B-5 District Champs!!!!

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May 112006
 

A very big win for St. Cecilia Boys, the smallest school in the B-5 District. Even with some important athletes missing from injury, they managed to come out on top. The girls team placed 5th in the same district. This really makes me proud, I know how great these kids are. Dedicated and driven, they were absolutely the best kids to coach, last year. I’m wishing them the best at the State Meet, I’ll be there to cheer them on.
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Hastings College is Building a New Track

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Apr 192006
 

It’s finally happening!! A new track and field is being built at Hastings College. It will be a part of the Osborne Family Sports Complex, east of the Football field on the corner of 12th Street and 6th Avenue. They plan to have the track and field complex complete in the Fall of 2006.

Good news, Coach Clay is planning to host the first home Track Meet at the new track in the Spring of 2007. So you got a year to train and enter a race unattached, get on it. :-)

If you’re interested in donating to the track, you can call Mike Karloff at 800.775.2585. You can send your contribution to:

Hastings College Foundation
11422 Miracle Hills Drive, Suite 550
Omaha, Ne 68154

Enrolled in Classes this Summer

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Apr 102006
 

University of Nebraska at Omaha I enrolled into my MBA Classes for the Summer Session this morning. I’ll be starting my first class on May 8th, it will be one of those Prerequisite classes for the program. So, I have about a month of freedom until the classes start, I’m going to enjoy it as much as I can. The only downside is that I was planning a trip to New York from May 5th to the 10th, so I’m going to have to cancel that. Maybe I can rechedule later this summer.

Whitney’s Engagement & B-Day

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Apr 052006
 

For those of you that hadn’t heard yet, my sister Whitney recently got engaged. She’s planning to get married to Steve Pribnow in the Summer of 2007. They’re a great couple, Steve is a great guy. The whole family is excited.

Also, Whitney had her Birthday this week on April 10th. We got her tickets to a Kenny Chesney concert at the Qwest Center. Sounds like she had a great time.

State Farm 10 mile

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Apr 012006
 

Michelle, Harper and Lance

I ran the State Farm 10 mile Run in Lincoln, today. It was a great race, lots of runners and the course was mostly on a dirt path. We ran past Walton, which is the site for the Cornhusker State Games Footstock. My goal was to run under 1 hour and ten minutes, so I was happy with my performance.

Here’s my results:

Time: 1:08:29
Pace: 6:51
Overall Place: 44 of 485
Division Place (Male 25 to 29): 6 of 26

I ran into Michelle Paxton-Schupbach at the race, an old HC teammate. Amazing, she recently had a baby and she right back into competing. She did very well and ran great race.

Holy Name Fish Fry

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Mar 312006
 

We went to the Holy Name Fish Fry on Friday night. The line was huge! Wrapped around the building, down to the basement, through the tunnel and finally to the cafeteria. Great food and lots of fun. They went through 2,000 pounds of fish, it’s hard to imagine.

When I got in line, I bumped into Elly Hoarty. She darted off and brought over Bob McKeenan. The three of us went to South Korea, Hong Kong and China in the Summer of ’96. We went with the USA Track & Field Cultural Exchange and competed against athletes in each country. Well, the suprise was that Bob and Elly are engaged and planning to get married next summer. It’s really cool, they met each other 10 years ago on a trip to China and now they’re engaged. It was great to see everyone, I also had a chance to catch up with Julie Hoarty and the rest of the family.

Admitted to the UNO Graduate College

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Mar 162006
 

I was admitted to the Graduate College of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I am ready to start classes this Summer, I’ll know more once get a chance to register for classes. It should take 2-3 years to get my Masters in Business Administration. I’ll probably follow the Technology emphasis, of course.

It’s been a good day.

Phone not Working

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Feb 282006
 

If anyone has been attempting to call me in the past 2 days, my phone has been down. So I’m not ignoring anyone, just been dealing with a mess. Alltel says they’ll have it working tommorrow (March 1st).

What a pain.

Back From Vail …

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Feb 272006
 

I got back from Vail, Colorado on Sunday Night. The trip was great, we spent the nights out in Vail Village on Mardi Gras weekend. I had the benefit of having a local, Scott Miller, lead the way around. I’m definitely jealous of everyone that gets to live and work in Vail.

I took snowboarding lessons on Friday, spending the day learning the basics. I went down Lionshead the next day, that was a bit tough. Even though I’m really sore, I had a great time. I can’t wait for my next chance to get back out snowboarding. Update: I developed the pictures from the trip.

I also did the Cordillera Moonlight Snowshoe 5k Race. It was a fun race, we started at 7pm. And despite the name, there wasn’t a Moon. So it was completely dark, and everyone had a headlamp on. It was my first time racing with snowshoes, and I fell a few times on the course. It was a great challenge, I ended up getting 29th overall. Then I won the raffle after, getting a long sleeved shirt and beanie.

2006 USA Cross Country Championships

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Feb 152006
 

Hey runners, set your Tivo’s to record the 2006 USA Cross Country Championships on ESPN2 (Sunday Feb 19th, 11:00pm CST).

The 2006 USA Cross Country Championships and World Cross Country Team Trials, which will be conducted in New York City’s famed Van Cortlandt Park on February 18-19, 2006, features the top distance runners in the USA vying for a spot on the team that will represent the USA at the 2006 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Japan. The weekend will also include the USA Masters 8 km Cross Country Championships.