Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tonight's going to be a good night

The countdown is on! Time to celebrate with friends, laugh and have a good time.

Thank you for sharing this video, Rising Moon Video!

Grace Studios Holiday Spectacular from Rising Moon Video on Vimeo.

Happy New Year!!

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Such a sparkling connection between wedding blitz, blissful snowfall and holiday happenings.

Sparkles today!
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Thursday, December 24, 2009

A little pirate treasure and Christmas spirt

This past weekend was a bit crazy! Went to lots of parties to celebrate the Christmas season with great friends, did some last minute wrapping, etc. And, Dustin and I started celebrating Christmas a little early on Sunday. He had this running story that began mid-last week that included our pirate alter egos and supposed heritage stemming from Greenbeard. Well, Greenbeard scattered clues that would lead to his precious "Christmas spirits and treasure" all thorugh MN and it was prophesized (so the story goes) that Lovebug (my pet name) would be the one to recover it someday.

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!


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Monday, December 21, 2009

Tempting children

So cute! A friend of mine shared this video with me last week and I just think it's great. Hope you do too!

Oh, The Temptation from Steve V on Vimeo.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

It's Friday and time to party!

Thank heavens my finals are over, and I had my last classes for the semester this week. This weekend is packed with Christmas parties and get togethers!

Tonight: my boyfriend and I are the entertainment for some family friends, we are to dress up as Tiger and Elin. A little risky...we'll see how it goes.

Tomorrow: going to a Christmas party where we have to dress up like a Christmas carol. Not sure what i'm going to be yet, but I’m thinking of being Rudolph or Cindy Lou.

And, the last half of the evening we are skipping on over to another Christmas ugly sweater Christmas party!

busy busy busy time of year -- but wonderful!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas shopping, check!

I finished my Christmas shopping this past weekend! Like most girls, I love shopping, especially for others. I feel a lot less guilty about spending money when it’s not on me. Some of my presents are creative, others are not. Also, I’m trying to think about each person and their interests/wants/needs before buying them a gift. It’s my goal to buy as few gift cards as possible this year. And so far, I'm pretty successful.

Late on the Christmas shopping this year? All done?

And are you a fan of creative gifts vs. convenient gifts?

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Play, an analogy of dogs and humans

 playful pups:

*like tug-o-war, frisbee, catch, or other games
*run to the door when you arrive
*whine when you leave
*beg when you are eating
*demand your attention when you're working
*run around the yard to chase squirrels
*say hello to other dogs

playful people:
*play games, sports, competitions, etc.
*give hugs/kisses at the door
*laugh with you
*cry with you
*serve and be served food/drinks/conversation
*ask how you're doing, or if you need any help
*go out of their way for others
*greet others, including strangers

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Life's a party

Finals are done! I have a couple more classes next week and then seven weeks of Christmas Va-cay! Hoorah!

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:

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Blouse: $24.95
Jeans: $39.95
Shoes: $34.95
Bracelet: $5.95
Scarf: $12.95

Total: under $120

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Final season

I'm so busy working on final projects, papers and presentations, but making sure to take some R&R once in a while with my favorite cold season drink: spiced, spiked apple cider. Mmmm...

-mulled cider mix
-spiced rum
-cinnamon stix
-apple cider

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Spark a little creativity with weird

It’s difficult to put into words what creativity means to me. As I’ve read, my right brain is more creative than my left, so putting meaning into words can be difficult to express what my eyes see, what my ears hear and what my heart feels. Creativity is triggered extrinsically for me, but reacts internally. All meaning behind what is creative to me is in response to what’s inside me. This creativity is therefore subjective, but beautiful and unique. For me creativity requires reflection and time, and some risk. Learning to be more creative has definitely been about learning to see and think differently, and to try new things in order to get different results.

Just as my boyfriend and I are learning into our already three-hour long game of Lord of the Rings Risk, you don’t succeed by being passive and defensive. It’s necessary that you think strategically and act in order to win and produce results.

It's necessary that you go into the weird a little bit. Write to Done writes just about this:  Why weird stuff makes you creative.

"When is your creativity is at its peak? What circumstances are optimal? Because if you  know that, then you can try to replicate the circumstances of maximum creativity."

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Make 2010 resolution and break immediately

Recently bought this wonderful 2010 wall calendar from Little Brown Pen on Etsy via a recommendation from Holly @ Decor8. They are downloadable and only $5! Spunky and spoofy, I look forward to people reading them at my abode!

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Monday, November 30, 2009

One's junk is another's treasure

Over a week ago I helped my boyfriend’s family go through his grandparent’s house to clear it out. After going through the entire basement we filled two large-sized dumpsters and made several different piles in the house and garage: one for donation, one to sift through, one for electronics and chemicals to dispose of properly, and one for a garage or estate sale. We had about ten people in all, and it took us nearly six hours to clear the basement alone. ‘Why, you ask?’ because his grandparent’s used the basement for the last 20 years purely for storage (and they are moving into assisted living). Silly, I know. It could have easily be used to finish two more bedrooms and a bathroom, or one bedroom and bath with an entertainment area. I wonder if 20 years ago they purposely decided to keep the basement for storage, or if it just became that way.

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!

Set of two foldable lawn chairs for my balcony.

Green vase!

A giraffe figure :)

And, an old blender. I've been wanting one and this will definitely do until Christmas!

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Thursday, November 26, 2009


I am a turkey, stuffing, gravy, potato, casserole, bread and apple pie affectionista. Kitchens are thankful for the gift of great smells and uses, and we are affectionate with full bellies and great company.

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.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Partial weekend recap

Life's been a little crazy...or, maybe I'm just a little crazy.

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...

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Building a mentor-mentoree relationship

I’ve been meeting with a friend/coach/mentor regularly for the past few months. She’s a communications professional at Wells Fargo and it’s been wonderful to get to know her more, share stories and experiences. For our most recent meeting I went through a mentoree guidebook to have a better idea of what usually happens in a mentoring relationships since I’ve never been in one before. We decided it’s definitely going to be informal since our relationship isn’t all going to be focused on my career path and probably won’t end once I find a job or figure out what I want to do in life.

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?

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Date night!

Date night tonight with my monkey (oops! pet names not allowed??)! I don't know where he's taking me...but he said it's something I'll enjoy. Which probably means it'll be somewhat pricey and include great food. My tastes tend to float toward the expensive, although our budget definitely doesn't allow for that very often. 

AND! Maybe we'll catch Twilight tonight also!! Whoot whoot!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pumpkin bread

I recently participated in a recipe exchange. An email was sent to me from a friend who said to forward a recipe to the person that told her to send the email message to 20 people. “What a great idea,” I thought. “I’ve wanted more recipe ideas.” So, I forwarded my aunt’s awesome pumpkin bread recipe to the person in the email list and then forwarded the message to 20 others. Supposedly if everyone you email participates, you’ll receive 36 recipes from your friends’ contacts. So far, I’ve received none. But at least I was able to share one.

If anyone would like my aunt's recipe, feel free to comment or email :)

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

2010 Living Green Expo...canceled

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

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Monday, November 16, 2009

A tea party

...for everyone, including me.

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.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Repost: Turning off the autopilot

:Six Ways to Bring Creativity to Daily Life

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:
  1. Don’t always do things the same way
  2. Make yourself accountable for every minute
  3. Do things you wouldn’t normally do
  4. Live in someone else’s shoes
  5. Explore a new environment
  6. 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."

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Be the "yes person"

I've been reading reminders for thoughtful civility lately in "Return to Civility," A Speed of Laughter Project by John Sweeney & The Brave New Workshop.

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."

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Repost: Glenn Karwoski: The Idea Man

As you've probably realized by now, I thoroughly enjoy my Creative Process graduate class at the University of St. Thomas. If any of you readers are attending UST, please consider taking this class. If my opinion isn't enough to sway you, read this article by the Star Tribune on my professor, Glenn Karwoski - Mr. Idea.

"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."


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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Brave new experience

Last week my Creative Process class attended the Brave New Workshop to learn more about innovation from Owner John Sweeney. This is what I wrote after leaving:

I love it when a class doesn’t even feel like class, just like I love the idea of having a job that doesn’t feel like work. As I’m sure many are feeling, I am intrinsically pumped about my first experience at the Brave New Workshop. In fact, I just got home. Creative ideas, thoughts and innovative activities are not new to me, but every time I have an encounter with these things I get excited. As a person who’s naturally more in tune with their Feeling-side, these kinds of self-awareness and be-your-best boosters have me sweating in all imaginable places.

However, I know myself only too well. The thought-provoking creative strategies and self-esteem enhancers I’ve been taught have increased my adrenaline and have me ready and wanting anything to jump in my way and just try to stop me, but my critical, analytical-side has me looking behind me, nagging, “It’s only a few days until you forget about being energetically improvisational and start worrying about how others will judge you.” Is it really only a matter of time until the status quo starts knocking at my brain telling me to hurry up and get a job, make a “living,” be successful? I hope and pray not, because my creative wants and needs are to cling to the thoughts and desires of tonight and to my values and beliefs that truly bring me life. How lucky one must be to stay focused. How short-sighted I become so easily. How narrowly my mind becomes fixed. How much courage it takes to overcome risk.

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Understanding of self

"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves."
                                                                                           -- Carl Jung

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Friday, November 6, 2009

I promise to bring my own bag because

Those who know me well know that I'm passionate about saving the environment one person at a time. So naturally my best friend thought of me when she received and start using reusable bags. And consequently her boyfriend now does also. *smiles*

I love my friends. Happy Friday!

For more information on these reusable bags donated by the Minnesota Grocers Association (MGA) and other ways to save visit Reduce Waste.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Independence through revolutionary action

A devotion of justice and independence for the love of mankind, 13 united declared: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

"...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


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