June 19, 2015

2015 Summer Plans

I doubt we'll make it to much this summer, but this is a tradition and helps me get excited for warmer weather, so here we go.

May 3: May Day Parade
May 15-17: Art-A-Whirl

May 16: Van Stee at Bauhaus, 6pm
May 17: Romantica at Anchor, 6pm

June 7: Cactus Blossoms at Grand Old Day, 12:30pm
June 13-14: Northern Spark
June 16: Celebrate NE Parade
June 20-21: Stone Arch Festival
June 20: Summer Solstice performance 5pm
June 23: Northeast Nightmarket at Bauhaus, 6pm
June 27 & 28: PRIDE festival
June 28: PRIDE Parade, Uptown Food Truck Fair

July 4: Walker free first Saturday, concert at 11am, bike parade at 12pm
July 5: Mpls Pops Orchestra at Lake Harriet Bandshell, 5:30pm
July 12: Bastille Day Block Party, Open Streets Northeast
July 19: Midtown Global Music Festival
July 21: Northeast Nightmarket at Bauhaus, 6pm
July 23: River Rats show, 6pm
July 25-26: Red Hot Art
July 25: St. Paul Food Truck Fair, Art Car Parade, Midtown Phillips Festival, Aquatennial Fireworks

August 1: Walker free first Saturday, Mpls Art Lending Library, 12-4pm
August 2: Open Streets East Lake St
August 8-9: Powderhorn, Uptown, and Loring Art Fairs
August 9: MIA Birthday Block Party, 11am-5pm
August 12: Internet Cat Video Festival
August 16: Open Streets Franklin Ave
August 18: Northeast Nightmarket at Bauhaus, 6pm
August 23: Open Streets Downtown

September 11: John Mark Nelson cd release at First Ave
September 12: Open Streets University Ave, Monarch Festival at Lake Nokomis, Art Shanties at MIA
September 20: Open Streets Nicollet Ave
September 26: Open Streets Lowry Ave

Caponi Art Park
Normandale Japanese garden
Fort Snelling Park

April 22, 2015

When I first see you

Sufjan's tumblr is super random and bizarre, but nestled among the Donny Hathaway videos and People covers of Nancy Kerrigan are tiny gems like this.
Also, if you are overdue for a very long, sad, ugly cry, make sure to pick up Carrie & Lowell today!

February 9, 2015

life with child

Every time I think that I've got this thing locked down, something [...] happens and keeps me in check. First kids get so much love and attention, but they certainly become a victim of first time parenting, right?

And don’t get me started on ‘common sense’. You can convince yourself that every theory/method of parenting is common sense if you want to. It’s common sense to make him eat as much as he can so he sleeps through the night, but it’s also common sense to just give him the food and he’ll eat as much as his body wants. It’s common sense to go in and comfort your child in the middle of the night when they are crying, but it’s also common sense that if you do that every time they will start to expect it and cry just for the comfort. I can go on for 15 pages about this.

Here’s the thing: the first year of motherhood is ONE big dichotomy- a total emotional whack, actually. I feel powerful because I DID THAT and every day I continue to do that. BUT I feel powerless because I am tied emotionally to him at all times and I feel like I can’t make my own decisions any more. I feel beautiful because when people are in love they are more beautiful, and my smile is so broad and genuine. But I feel ugly because my body isn’t exactly up to par and I went ‘mom’ real fast. I feel like I nail it because there are days when the home-baked frittatas are received with a huge YUM, and naps are totally effortless. And yet I miss it constantly because, I mean…  so many reasons - he’s still drinking bottles at night, he only has like 2 play dates a week, his ‘brushing of the teeth’ is a total joke, etc. You name it, I feel like I’m missing it. I feel so grateful and like the luckiest person on the planet, while at the same time feeling like a total martyr; as if I do everything. I don’t. Brian is a serious 50/50 parent but it doesn’t negate that weight on my body. I feel so much pressure and I feel so tired all the time, but so does Brian. It’s easy to feel like a martyr when you are a parent, no matter how much of the work you are doing.

Emily Henderson, on her 14 month old

January 28, 2015

oh, lemurs.


when I saw the thumbnail of this photo, I was like, "dang that is one chill tarantula."