Deck the Halls

Target Hall

Deck the Halls (or Target’s Great Hall, as it were.) Other photos of the room this year can be found here and here.

December 21st, 2012|General|Comments Off on Deck the Halls


South Dakota rest stop tipi

A tipi-like structure marks every rest area in South Dakota. This particular rest area is on I-29 at the Vermillion exit, and this may have been my second stop here (ever) because it’s only 8 miles from home. (The first being a geocaching adventure.)

South Dakota rest stop teepee tipi
South Dakota rest stop tipi
south dakota rest stop teepee


December 21st, 2012|General, Travel|Comments Off on Tipi


Notre Dame

What though the odds be great or small,
old Notre Dame will win over all,
while her loyal sons are marching onward to victory.

December 21st, 2012|General, People|1 Comment


Adirondack chairs

Today the sun shines through the crisp fall air, but soon the snow will fall.

December 17th, 2012|General|Comments Off on Adirondack

Chinese Dragon


I never would have guessed that dragons would appear twice in this yearlong project. But, indeed it has.

December 12th, 2012|General|Comments Off on Chinese Dragon


Toyland music box

This music box has been in my childhood bedroom for as long as I can remember. The paint is chipped and hot glue keeps it together, but the music sounds the same as it did when I was a niño. [Click to play Toyland.]

Toyland, toyland
Little girl and boy land
While you dwell within it
You are ever happy there

Childhood joyland
Mystic merry toyland
Once you pass its borders
You can never return again

While you dwell within it
You are ever happy there

Childhood joyland
Mystic merry toyland
Once you pass its borders
You can never return again

For once you pass its borders
You can never return again.

December 8th, 2012|General|Comments Off on Toyland

Election Night

Election Night

Another election season has come and gone. And so have the political TV ads.

December 6th, 2012|General|Comments Off on Election Night


Barnes & Noble bookstore

Reading in a corner nook of the bookstore is always most appealing in the winter.

December 4th, 2012|General|Comments Off on Bookstore

Go Vote

Scrabble - Vote

I voted early this year. Civic duty = check!

December 4th, 2012|General|Comments Off on Go Vote


University of Minnesota Admissions Ambassadors

I was a volunteer tour guide at the University of Minnesota all four years of college…the kind that walk backwards for 90 minutes highlighting campus classrooms, residence halls,  opportunities and extracurriculars. We met each Tuesday night to learn the facts and folklore of our beloved campus. And it was my pleasure to (attempt to) inspire high school students and educate their parents about the U in their pursuit of higher education. Today, we had the first Admissions Ambassadors Alumni Reunion. In many ways, all those campus tours prepared me for a career in PR and communications. After all, at the very basics, it’s about knowing your audience and storytelling, whether it’s a good, service or an experience.

Here with my friends Ben and Heidi Meyer, an Ambassador of the Year in 1995. (Sorry Heidi, I just gave away your age, but not really because you started college at 14, right?)

December 3rd, 2012|General|Comments Off on Admissions