Monthly Archives: September 2012

Pride of Minnesota


Joining the Pride of Minnesota marching band in 1999 was one of the best decisions I made after, of course, deciding to attend the University of Minnesota. It’s hard to count how many times I’ve played The Minnesota Rouser on saxophone or harmonized in song to the alma mater Hail! Minnesota. Or of course, the chant we’d shout out while circling the Metrodome: “Eat raw, eat ’em. Eat raw, eat ’em. Eat raw, eat up the guts, spit out the bones, march on.” [listen here]

And you thought the marching band was nice.

September 30th, 2012|Minneapolis, People|Comments Off on Pride of Minnesota

Stone Arch by Day


A couple months ago, I discovered a ‘secret’ stairway next to the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. Walking down 75 steps or so, you’re rewarded with a serene view from the banks of the Mississippi. (See a rooftop view from the Mill City Museum and a view at night.)

September 24th, 2012|Minneapolis, Nature|Comments Off on Stone Arch by Day

Peter’s Grill

Peter's Grill

Peter’s Grill has been a Minneapolis institution since it opened in 1914 with homemade food, large portions, and affordable meals. Don’t forget to grab a slice of green apple pie!

September 24th, 2012|Minneapolis|Comments Off on Peter’s Grill



Barney the mule, from the farm, is wondering if I have any treats. Like an apple wafer or two. And, of course, I do.

September 24th, 2012|General, Nature|Comments Off on Barney

Phone Stack


Ever gone to dinner or the bar with friends, and everyone’s nose is buried in their smartphones? They’re checking in on Foursquare, updating Facebook, tweeting, taking Instagram photos, reading reviews on Yelp, or texting people who haven’t gotten to the restaurant or bar yet. (I’m guilty, for sure.)

Next time, play the “phone stack” game. Everyone’s phones get stacked face down on the table. Anyone who reaches to answer their phone during dinner (if it’s not an emergency) has to pay part of the tab!

September 23rd, 2012|General|Comments Off on Phone Stack

Window Art


Street window graphics on the Target HQ building: vintage 60’s Target ads with modern images of models and today’s fashion.

September 23rd, 2012|Minneapolis|Comments Off on Window Art



Good to know something’s enjoying the water feature on my patio, as you can toad-ally see.

September 23rd, 2012|Nature|Comments Off on Toads

Garden Hose


My lawn is calling out for help and saying “Water me.” Don’t worry, blades of grass, soon you will be getting lawn sprinklers and need only rely on the automatic timer.

September 22nd, 2012|General|Comments Off on Garden Hose

Wallpaper Party


I went from happy hour with friends from the Target Spots at CRAVE downtown to a wallpaper removing party west of town. West of town being my house. Four of us–my mom, me, aunt, and one of her neighbor friends–removed this border wallpaper from my basement TV room (pictured below). If you’ve ever considered wallpapering a room in your house, don’t do it. Just don’t. Because removing it is a beast.

September 21st, 2012|General|Comments Off on Wallpaper Party

Capella Tower


September 21st, 2012|Minneapolis|Comments Off on Capella Tower