Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
So Sunday morning I began my adventure to search for my descended treasure by a "treasure map" that led to a starting destination to receive another clue (another piece of a burnt/worn road map) that led to yet another clue, and so on and so on.
The pirate heritage is spread all throughout the Twin Cities, and it turned out that all Dustin's and my closest friends are descendents of Greenbeard as well. Who knew?
Two-and-a-half hours later I found myself wandering the woods of Sucker Park, following a green trail left by Greenbeard (designed by Dustin) which led to an X in the snow. Laughing, and digging with my frozen, bare hands I found the Pirat box (from Pirat rum) gifted to Dustin last year which beheld the Christmas spirits (champaign & two glasses) and a tiny box holding Greenbeard's dearest treaure -- MY RING!
The Captain popped out of the cattails in time to get on a knee before his hysterical Pirate Queen to propose and say many lovely things that were filmed by his brother still hidden.
There are many more details to my adventure that would exhaust too many here, but if you're close I'd like to sip over some bubbly and share more about the exciting tale!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Late on the Christmas shopping this year? All done?
And are you a fan of creative gifts vs. convenient gifts?
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
I'm going Christmas shopping this Friday to try and buy some good finds for the fam. Not sure yet where to go...but if I were shopping for myself I would definitely head to H&M. Haven't been there in forever, and love the new hip, European look.
There's a function on the website to create your own Style Guide Party look.
My top five finds:
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Anyways, during the cleaning I noticed many neat, old items such as old, old photographs of great grandparents, the grandfather's high school diploma, lots of retro clothes, etc. And when we were finished I came away with some lovely, enjoyable pieces for my apartment!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Thanksgiving is one of the best days in my calendar. I clear it of all to-do's and get ready to just relax, converse and laugh with lots of family. Since I've been dating Dustin holidays have become even more enjoyable. We have the luxury of both of our families living in the Twin Cities so we never have to decide on one over the other. AND, we don't need to compromise time spent with each side. My family celebrates during daylight and his, the evening. Two feasts in one day - but absolutely nothing to complain about.
Lots of thanking to be given. Bless and be blessed.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Date night was wonderful on Friday night. We went to Benihana in Maple Grove and had some of the best Japanese food I've had in a long time. Lots of great seafood, fresh sushi and filet mignon. Mmmmm....
Then we headed on over to AMC with our pre-ordered tickets to stand in the largest line I've ever stood in for a movie. For some crazy reason that I am failing to recall we decided to go on the opening night. I’ve never waited in a line for a movie before, haven’t been crazy enough to go on an opening night, especially not for a teenage drama-action packed movie with tons and tons of screaming girls. Never will I do that again. The movie met my expectations; the atmosphere was just a little nightmarish. The screaming in the theater is still ringing in my ears...
Monday, November 23, 2009
We talked about some overall goal ideas and she gave me some to do’s…which I like a lot. My big “to do” is to figure out some things I don’t want in a job, which is a lot easier for me to figure out than things I want in a job because there are so many things I think I want.
Anyone else building relationships with mentors? What impact has it made with your goals and career decisions?
Friday, November 20, 2009
AND! Maybe we'll catch Twilight tonight also!! Whoot whoot!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Hi earth lovers, I recently found out that the 2010 Living Green Expo has been canceled. As a former volunteer, I'm pretty disappointed and saddened. The Pollution Control Agency decided to invest their money elsewhere, although this event formerly held at the MN State Fair grounds has attracted tons of local businesses, volunteers and supporters of living a greener lifestyle.
"We believe this event has made a considerable impact on the environmental sustainability of Minnesota. The future is bright — many organizations and individuals have seen the economic and environmental benefits of living green. We hope that you continue to invest your time and energy into environmentally sustainable products and practices."
Please join me in the pursuit for continuing to live green by investing time into sustainable practices and money toward more sustainable products.
Actions for Living Green
Monday, November 16, 2009
I think tea is very interesting...some like it and some don't. Some drink it only for sicknesses, others in order to calm down. And then there's those like me, who love it for it's aroma, taste, ingredients, delicacy and it's ability to warm the heart.
Friday, November 13, 2009
I like this post by Alex Fayle of Someday Syndrome. The things he writes about on increasing creativity in everyday life are consistent with many of the things I'm learning in a Creative Process class I'm taking.
Six suggestions Fayle elaborate on:
- Don’t always do things the same way
- Make yourself accountable for every minute
- Do things you wouldn’t normally do
- Live in someone else’s shoes
- Explore a new environment
- Learn to do absolutely nothing
One of the ways I'm trying to increase my Creativity is to take more time for reflection and processing. In my comment on Fayle's post I wrote, "One thing we have been challenged to do recently (in my Creative Process class) is to daily strive to be surprised, and to surprise. Maintain a daily journal and reflect on something in your day that was unique, out of the ordinary, unlikely, etc. And, try to surprise someone else. Maybe it’s a phone call to someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time, a suggestion you normally wouldn’t make, a thought that is out of line with what fits your normal process, etc."
Thursday, November 12, 2009
First tip to increase civility in our world:
Be the "yes person" for those around you.
When your friends, family, or coworkers have an idea, need to talk, want feedback, or just need a listener, be the "yes person" -- the person who listens with an open mind and always says "yes, I can see your side of it" or "yes, I can help you with that " or "yes, I can see how that might work" or "yes, I am listening."
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
"You may think you don't have a creative bone in your body. That's probably because you haven't met Glenn Karwoski.
Karwoski has forged a unique resume over the past decade and a half, teaching a class on the creative process to graduate business communications students at the University of St. Thomas while running Minneapolis-based public relations firm Karwoski & Courage.
Earlier this year, he took his classroom-tested insights on creativity and innovation into the corporate world, launching The Business of Ideas."
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
"...these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor"
— John Hancock