Sunday, December 28, 2008

home for the holidays

Snowfall on Christmas Eve morning at my parent's house.

Ornament on my parent's Christmas Tree.

Monday, December 08, 2008


The 3rd Annual Christmas Throw Up party was this past Saturday.
It was a joyous occasion full of laughs and glistening lights. Now we are basking in the glow of our Christmas Tree.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

christopher radko

My mind keeps thinking about decorating the Christmas tree. Is it Saturday yet? My favorite type of ornament is like the one pictured here. Glass ornaments from Christopher Radko.

Now, certainly I do not need the originals because they are (in midwestern speak) a little spendy. A couple of years ago Target carried an inexpensive line of Christopher Radko ornaments and I was sure to scoop up a bunch of them. I love getting out my decorations and unwrapping each ornament from it's tissue paper. It's like a magical secret just waiting to be re-discovered each holiday season.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I know your secret.

Minneapolis Central Library

PostSecret Exhibit

I finally made it downtown to check out the Minneapolis Central Library. The new building opened in 2006 and includes a variety of eye-catching features. My attention was drawn to the PostSecret Exhibit on the second floor. The secrets on display cover a full range of emotions. I think one of my favorite things about the secrets is seeing original handwriting. Not every secret is handwritten, but many of them are. Perhaps the handwritten secrets seem more personal - or maybe the reader feels closer to the person sharing the secret because of the handwriting. Either way, all of the secrets are interesting to read.

Did you know the Central Library had a green roof? 18,560 square-feet of green roof to be exact. I guess that means I need to go back in the spring to take a peek at that.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Long Shadows and Echoes

Yesterday was my last bike ride of the year. Here's a recap:

The high temp for the day was set to be 74 degrees. Glorious. I left work early and was out on my bike by 3:45 p.m.

Prior to my departure I had a huge internal debate about taking my camera along for the ride. I knew I would find the urge to take photos along the way... but I also knew that sunset was set for 4:59 and if I spent time stopping for pictures I wouldn't be able to bike as far in the daylight. Sadly, my camera stayed at home.

I started off on University and followed that until I could cut over to the Stone Arch Bridge. The south wind took me by surprise but the additional force made a better workout. From there I picked up 2nd Street and biked in front of the Guthrie Theater and Gold Medal Park. I joined the bike lane on 11th and crossed over Washington Avenue. Traffic was light so my navigation was quite easy.

There is a trail that runs parallel to the light rail, so I took advantage of that to join up with the Midtown Greenway. There is always good people watching as you bike by the Cabooze. The light rail was pretty active and for the first time I really noticed the echo sounds from the rails as the train approaches. I'm not sure how to describe the sound but I like to think of it as a magical hiss.

One of my favorite parts of this route is the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge that goes over Hiawatha Avenue. I especially like the way this bridge looks at night. I really need to trek down there sometime after dark and get some night photos.

The first section of the Greenway after the pedestrian bridge is pretty simple. I think this is where I started to pay more attention to all of the long shadows from people and buildings. At one point I was biking and there was a great shadow of myself to my left. Traffic on the Greenway was light and I found comfort in my increasing speed. I continued on to Uptown and knew I needed to turn back around 4:30 p.m. I didn't want to end up biking through downtown in the dark and rush hour traffic. My bike lights came in handy during the last 20 minutes of my ride and I got back home at 5:00 p.m.

This ride feels like a good way to end the biking season for me. I don't have the cold weather gear to keep riding through the cooler temps. Plus, most of my daylight hours will now be spent indoors at work. My next workout will be tonight - my usual loop around St. Anthony Main. The temps are supposed to stay warm and hopefully I can find something bright to wear so I can be seen as the sun goes down.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

fading fast.

The beautiful colors of fall are fading fast.
Get out and enjoy the season before it's gone.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

concerts to crave

One of the best things about the twin cities is the great access to concerts. I've been averaging more than one concert per month. Fabulous. Here is a snapshot of what's heading to a place near you this fall...

Rachael Yamagata - October 2 at the Fine Line

Yonder Mountain String Band - October 19 at First Avenue

Hotel Cafe Tour - November 6 at the Varsity Theater

Ingrid Michaelson - November 17 at the Pantages Theater

Jason Mraz - November 19 at the Myth
...already have tickets to this one!

Monday, September 22, 2008

things I am loving today...


football on sundays.
and aaron rodgers.

super sweet emails.

fall sunshine.


Monday, September 15, 2008


I took this picture on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus. I was there in July.
I like the simplicity and complexity of the word - both in placement and in practice.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

things that make me smile today

sweet words that make me feel special.

new music.

orange peppers.

and pictures like this:

My sister and my Dad at the Packers vs. Vikes game last Monday night.
Go Pack Go.

Friday, September 05, 2008

photo booth fascination

I can imagine that the inner operations of a photo booth are quite complex. I'm sure that if I ever own one and it broke I wouldn't know the first thing about fixing it. But I still want one. Photo booths are magical. Once inside, with the curtain drawn, you are in your own little world. Free to pretend and play.

Books about photo booths.

Blog with photo booth pics.

You can rent a photo booth!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

good to know

Here are a few things I have been soaking up...

Minneapolis is going to start a bike share program next spring.

Two great bike events are coming to a city near you!
St. Paul

Go bike the Greenway!

Monday, August 25, 2008


My new favorite picture.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

found this online recently...

Rainer Maria Rilke : Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

birthday girls

My Grandma and I have the same birthday!
Here we are at our birthday party.
I love you Grandma!

Sunday, August 03, 2008

sunday hiking

I really wanted to go biking today. However, with the looming storm clouds I decided to make a trek to Hyland Lake Park Reserve and go for a hike instead. I used my great book and found the trailhead quite easily.

Initially, I left my house without my camera. But before I even got to my car I knew that was a mistake so I went back and grabbed it. Best decision of the day. Right now Hyland Lake Park Reserve is full of wildflowers.

And here is my favorite shot of the day:

P.S. Yesterday was Tell Your Roomie She's Awesome Day.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wish I Was Here

My Dad has been working hard to complete
the new cedar siding on the cabin.
It looks absolutely beautiful!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

another world

Parts of Yellowstone National Park made me feel like I was in another world.

Friday, July 25, 2008


okay. alright. I'll admit it. I don't have any plans to see my favorite band (Gaelic Storm) anytime in the near future. Sad but true.

So to tide myself over I have been watching video clips from here.


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

true story

I'm in Wisconsin. It's hot and humid. The storm clouds have been building in the sky all morning so I make it back to the lovely dorms just before the big rain hits. The alarm system in the dorm announces we are under a severe thunderstorm warning. Then I'm on a conference call for work. The sky is progressively turning dark grey and the winds are picking up. Before I know it the alarms in the building are sounding. I assume - tornado warning - I excuse myself from the conference call and head to the basement.

I run in to a few others along the way. We find it odd that people are outside walking and it appears that the other buildings do not have a similar alarm sounding. So we go to the front desk and learn that it is in fact a fire drill. The fire department is on the way and "why didn't we evacuate sooner?"

Seriously? You are going to have a fire drill in the middle of severe weather? How does that make any sense? We all thought it meant tornado warning and proceeded to the basement. While waiting for the fire department to give the 'all clear' we got to stand out in the rain. Just lovely.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

barefoot runner

I've seen him a few times now. This guy. Running around northeast Minneapolis barefoot. Everytime I spot him I do a doubletake. It's hard to imagine what it would feel like running barefoot through city streets.

After a quick google search I found this article. I don't think this is the guy I have spotted in my neighborhood. But in any event, the barefoot running isn't just a one-man habit.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

someday when I have an airstream camper...

I want these plates to go inside.

2 posts in one day! Woo Hoo!

and this is how i feel today...

reaching for the sun
getting pulled in many ways
the world is a blur

Friday, June 20, 2008

photo friday: the great outdoors

the view from the road by the willow flowage dam.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

wedding blur

wedding night a glow
never leaving the dance floor
this makes me smile most

Friday, May 30, 2008

Most Interesting Stories of the Day

Did you hear about that woman who lived in some guy's closet?

or What about that hidden tribe in Brazil?

And apparently humans aren't supposed to be monogamous. But I don't have a concrete source for that one yet.

It's been an interesting news day. So here is an interesting picture to go along with it.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Take Advantage of the Farmer's Market

Here's a goal for the summer:
Go to the Farmer's Market.
Many, many times.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

pop tarts

You know what happens when you go to the grocery store hungry and you don't have a list to shop with? You buy things you don't need!

Like pop tarts.

Oh but they taste so good!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


I don't have photographic proof of the lovely and delicious desserts from Sunni's Grill. However, I can tell you from first hand experience that they ROCK. If you go to Howard Lake you should really stop in and try one for yourself. I had the strawberry rhubarb pie with ice cream. Yummy! Everything is made from scratch and tastes so fresh.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

75 Things

Hmmm... here's a list of 75 skills that every man should master.

Where's the woman's version?

Friday, May 02, 2008

weekend outlook

it looks like lots of rain this weekend. rain has a purpose. rain makes things green and i like green so rain must be good.

speaking of green. if you are reading this you should really consider going to the living green expo this weekend at the state fairgrounds. i promise you will learn something new. i'll be there on sunday with a smile.

Monday, April 28, 2008


Don't get me wrong... I love sundogs. They make me happy. They are fun. I love seeing them glow in the sky. When I see one I want to point it out to everyone.

However... I saw one yesterday and I really hope it's the last one I see for awhile. I'm ready for sunshine and warmth - not sunshine and ice crystals in the sky.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Love Your Earth

What have you done for the Earth lately?

I've been on a little crusade around the office the past few months to turn off lights when they are not in use. Who knew that so many employees ALWAYS leave the lights on when they leave a conference room? I'm doing what I can to turn them off everytime I walk by.

And also...
Turn off the water when you brush your teeth. It's really not that hard to do.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Apparently I forgot that I had created this blog. I'm going to try to breathe some life back into it and see what happens. Maybe I will share it with friends and maybe not.