December 30, 2009

what's in YOUR basement?

was downstairs going through old papers when my hand brushed against a dreadlock. Matt was not home at the moment.

turns out, i stumbled upon Matt's very first dread that "left the family". he's been saving it for years in a stack of musical accompaniment books.

December 23, 2009


we've got food, spirits, shovels, salt, Sopranos dvd's, Scrabble, and each other. bring it on Snowpocalypse/Snownami/Snowmag​eddon/Great Christmas Blizzard of 2009! bring. it. on.

December 22, 2009


spent quite a bit of time psyching myself up for the grocery store... made it out with no cart rage and only 2 calls to my mother. that, friends, is a christmas miracle.

December 20, 2009


Does Madeleine Peyroux always sound like David Sedaris' impersonation of Billie Holiday? or is it just on Prairie Home Companion?

December 17, 2009


light rail to Holidazzle. post parade celebration at Kieran's. good night.

December 15, 2009

sun dog

saw the most beautiful parhelion on the way to work this morning, with the Basilica right in the middle. Dangerously cold days do have their perks.

December 13, 2009


PDtM got a mention in this sweet AV Club article. they were filed in the "???" category, which seems quite fitting, yes?

December 9, 2009

be kind to us this year, please.

ah, Winter... that magical season, when Minneapolitans drop trash on the ground because no one will see it until March, when you always know exactly where the dog did his "business", when shoveling the sidewalk 3 times in 24 hours (and driving 10 mph on the highway) is perfectly reasonable... we herald your triumphant juggernaut of a return!

December 6, 2009

hot dish, eh?

made Tater Tot Hot Dish for the first time tonight. still earning my Minnesota stripes, apparently... and it wasn't even the tried-and-true version. it was way better. i used plain ole ground beef instead of bison, and i think next time i'm going to try some feta instead of solely bleu cheese. it was a little overpowering for such a classic Minnesotan recipe.

December 1, 2009


Overheard at the coffeeshop: awkward Christian mentoring conversation, awkward AA sponsor conversation, couple guffawing over crappy YouTube videos. Won't forget the ear buds next time.

November 22, 2009


rufus wainwright, coffee, & pre-thanksgiving cooking on this grey afternoon.

November 7, 2009

saturday radio

i am always caught unawares when Bluegrass Revue switches over to Celtic Nation... 20 minutes later, i find myself asking "why do i feel like i'm at the Rainbow Gathering right now?" oh yeah...

November 3, 2009


work meeting at Como = quality orangutan time.

November 2, 2009


we just finished the last 4 episodes of Six Feet Under. totally exhausted.

October 29, 2009


saw my librarian at Costco, and it totally felt like seeing your teacher outside of school.

October 28, 2009


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October 24, 2009

October 11, 2009

a happy kind of tired

perfect vacation weekend with husband and a friend staying for the weekend: dinner @ Origami, choc ice cream w/raspberries, Six Feet Under, wine, cupcake adventure @ Mitrebox, Walker Art Center, wine @ Nye's, fun times @ the Library recording studio, baked potato soup, more wine, more 6FU, drinks @ Sauce, & Vicky Emerson CD release party @ Bryant Lake Bowl.

August 29, 2009


our stereo is haunted. it likes to turn on and off at random. sometimes we're in the middle of a movie, and suddenly there's no sound. other times we come home to find the stereo on, like today. i mean, either we have a radio ghost or Rocco really like Prairie Home Companion...

August 25, 2009

kids say the best things.

Z says that she doesn't want to kiss boys because they have coochies. "Z, i think you mean cooties."

a FB friend posted this comment from her little girl the other day. it was so amazing i had to archive it for posterity.

August 8, 2009


Matt has made or fetched me coffee every morning since we got married... the man knows his way to this girl's heart.

August 1, 2009

Honeymoon status updates, for posterity.

July 26- bam, married.

July 28- so far- late dinner w/ live jazz, millennium park, VIP treatment at amazing thai restaurant, movie and deep dish pizza, field museum, shedd aquarium, grant park and buckingham fountain. i guess we're having fun. :)

July 29- Second City was amazing, as was dinner before. coffee now and then the Science Museum!
enjoyed the sunset with gelato and coffee on the top of the john hancock building... followed by more deep dish pizza and the tallest glass of wine i've ever been served in a restaurant.

July 30- today- delicious breakfast with lovely company and good conversation, strolling and window shopping in Wicker Park, afternoon resting and eating leftovers... ended the day by plowing through the Art Institute, and seeing my favorite Magritte in person.

July 31- last day- rented a tandem and biked all along Lake Michigan. stopped for pictures, Lincoln Park Zoo, and dipping toes in the water. caffeine pit stop @ Intelligentsia, then train to airport to airport to train to brisk, wet 3 block walk to our house.

eerily accurate.

Corrie completed the quiz "What is your Patronus?" with the result Elephant.
Your Patronus would be an elephant. You are wise and quick-witted, but are slow and clumsy physically. You shy away from fighting and solve problems verbally. You are generally an independent person, but you get along well with everyone..

July 3, 2009


i can no longer say i've never ridden a ride at the Mall of America. best $11.00 we spent today.

June 25, 2009

hopefuly this is the only thing that will go awry.

first, the bad news- Pizza Luce delivered ALL the food for our wedding today... except our wedding is JULY 25, not June. the good news- they apologized and donated all of it to a local homeless shelter! we still get our food a month from now, some homeless guys get some yummy pizza, and the Luce gets a nice tax write-off. everyone wins... whew.

June 18, 2009

matt's 3rd car in 8 months

dear lord baby jesus, sittin' there in yer manger, readin' yer baby einstein flash cards... thanks for the new car. seriously.

May 26, 2009


definitely saw a mouse scurry across the outside of my car while driving home.

May 6, 2009


just saw the wacky boom box/basketball guy by Park Ave. it IS spring, after all.

May 2, 2009

April 29, 2009

The Crowned Virgin? really?

just scanned the '09 Cornerstone line-up. Christians come up with the creepiest band names... other good ones include MyChildren MyBride, Austrian Death Machine, Lordchain, and As Bound With Them.

April 26, 2009


new laces in old chucks just don't look right.

April 23, 2009


dinner outside at the black forest inn, stroll to MIA... nice.

April 15, 2009

puppy whistle

have you met your CUTE OVERLOAD quota for the day? no? here you go.

April 8, 2009

always something new to learn

full-on Orthodox Jewish BBQ at work this morning. grill, music blaring, the works. happy Birchat HaChammah, apparently.

January 20, 2009

January 17, 2009

January 9, 2009

rolling my eyes so hard

he turned then, with a mocking smile, and i stifled a gasp. his white shirt was sleeveless and he wore it unbuttoned, so that the smooth white skin of his throat flowed uninterrupted over the marble contours of his chest, his perfect musculature no longer merely hinted at behind concealing clothes. he was too perfect, i realized with a piercing stab of despair. there was no way this godlike creature could be meant for me.
in related news, i finally succumbed to the Twilight phenomenon. whoever coined the term "abstinence porn" really hit the nail on the head. yeesh.

January 2, 2009

planet earth

thought the rain forest episode was going to be ho-hum... that is, until parasitic fungus spores started exploding from insects' bodies...