The view above my kitchen. I dig it.

October 2nd, 2012|General|Comments Off on Skylight

Soup as Art


A case of soup as art, as historical art on soup, photographed as art.

October 2nd, 2012|General|Comments Off on Soup as Art



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

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



If there’s one office that could use some innovation (or at least some inspiration!), it’s the DMV, or Department of Motor Vehicles. It’s not a joyful place in any county I’ve lived in. After waiting two hours, I was none too pleased to learn that you can schedule appointments in Hennepin County (Minneapolis) in 20 minute timeframes and get bumped to the front of the line. What, seriously?!  (PSA: here’s the link, which I just shared with a coworker, so I’m paying it forward.)

One, there is always a form for everything and there’s always a line. Two, they had no pens that worked, so I used my own green pen. After waiting 90 minutes, the DMV informed me that green pens were unacceptable and I’d need to re-do the forms. I threw them a look so fierce, I almost startled myself. Yes, I can use black ink and no, I won’t be sitting down again.

Before I left, I snapped a photo of Minneapolis City Hall, with a copper roof that’s now acquired its characteristic green patina There’s at least one bright spot in every day though, and sometimes you can even taste it. I was pleasantly surprised to find a housewarming gift on my front doorstep: Minnesota cookies made by my friend (and now suburban neighbor) Pauline, which she noted are decorated with and without the lakes.

September 20th, 2012|General, Minneapolis|Comments Off on DMV

Burroughs Adding Machine


While today’s kids have fancy games on Xbox Kinect and the Wii, my siblings, cousins and I had imaginations, an 8-track player, and an adding machine, which we used to ring up sales from bartending–Mad-Men style–at the kids bar, also known as my grandparents’ basement. Except our cabinet contained only water, pop, grenadine and the occasional maraschino cherry, most likely to make a Roy Rogers or Shirley Temple. Of course, it still added up to a great time.

September 17th, 2012|General|Comments Off on Burroughs Adding Machine

Grandpa’s Workshop


While I’ve never actually seen Grandpa working in his basement workshop, there’s always been something magical about it. …The tidy tools on the wall, and the bolts, screws and nails each nestled in their proper drawer. …The paintbrushes waiting to draw faces on fall pumpkins. …Grandpa Joe’s work table that was his dad Joe’s before him and today was being photographed by grandson Joe.

What I have seen is the craftsmanship that results from the care and mastery of the tools within the workshop. From getting annual holiday ornaments as a kid, to kitchen cutting boards, CD stands, living room furniture, fixing odds ‘n ends, and more, it’s pretty handy to have a grandpa who’s a craftsman.

September 14th, 2012|General|Comments Off on Grandpa’s Workshop



Packing and unpacking is the story of my life right now. My Waterford crystal (annual holiday gifts from my past employer) may have finally found a home, where it will see the light of day.

September 5th, 2012|General|Comments Off on Waterford