Tuesday, December 14, 2010


This is my kitty Emmett. I have wanted a little furry animal companion for about 5 years now. I kept waiting until I had just the right job and just the right home to welcome just the right kitty. In August, the stars aligned and I went with my sister and nephews to the Human Society to check out my options. It was completely overwhelming. There were entirely too many cats in one cramped, stinky room. The sick kitties were in dirty cages and all the other kitties on every flat surfaces. I looked up and saw a little orange and white kitty on a ledge with his eyes closed but looking around. I asked if that kitty was blind because he wasn't opening his eyes. They said he just had allergies and he was fine. I picked him up and he immediately nestled into my arms. I have difficulty making decisions, especially in chaotic situations so we decided to leave. All night I kept thinking of that poor little guy who couldn't open his eyes. The next day, I went back to the shelter and got the cat and at the low price of $10 and a free trip to the vet. When I got him home he ran under my bed and was shaking. When I picked him up I realized he smelled exactly like the shelter- which was something like burnt hair and pooh. When I took him to the vet they said he had parasites and a really bad eye infection. He probably would have gone blind if it wasn't treated. After much medication and and a few bathes, Emmett has grown to be a healthy, fluffy, plump, sweetie-pie. He follows me everywhere in the house and demands a nightly game of fetch. I put a little sweater on him and he prances around the place like the dandy he is. I couldn't have asked for a better kitty.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Perfect Holiday Shop

I just discovered Dobbin Mews Holiday Shop unfortunately a little too late to buy their dala horse ornament. But it is a perfect place to find unique gifts.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pie Innovation Indeed

Oh man, I have been dreaming of a Pie Shoppe and now the NYTimes tells me its all the rave in New York and San Francisco. Hopefully in two years it will be all the thing in Baraboo, WI. I hope to soon post a recipe I invented for cranberry pie.

Friday, November 5, 2010


My friend Shea once said he wished we had evolved from bears instead of apes so we could allow ourselves a period of hibernation without feeling guilt. I have felt this recently as I have begun drinking scotch and wondering if 8pm is too early to go to bed. I have also transitioned into winter foods of squash soup, biscuits and veggie meatloaf. Although it is not such a beautiful food, here is my recipe for veggie meatloaf:

  • 12 oz pack of veggie ground meat
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/3 c. panko
  • 1 leek- halved and thinly cut
  • 4 garlic gloves-crushed
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 1/4 c. parsley
  • 1/4 c. ketchup
  • 2 T olive oil or butter
  • Greased loaf pan


  • Preheat over to 350
  • In a large pan heat butter or oil, leeks and garlic until leeks are soft.
  • Add soy sauce, ketchup and veggie meat, cook until veggie meat is warm.
  • Place meat mix in large bowl and stir in panko and parsley.
  • Stir in beaten eggs
  • Place mix in pan, form into loaf.
  • Bake in oven for 45 minutes
  • Remove from oven and lightly coat with ketchup.
  • Bake an additional 15 minutes.
  • Eat

Monday, November 1, 2010

Eddie Ross on Shopping at Flea Markets

This is a nice NYTimes article on shopping at flea markets. I particularily liked Ross's comment on having to love whatever you buy. I have made too many purchasing mistakes when buying something I didn't really like but thought it was a good price or passed on something I loved because it cost a little too much.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! I hope everyone has a fun day of candy, costumes and frolicking with friends and family.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Fell in Love with the Land

Since moving to Wisconsin I have fallen in love with the farmsteads. I have lived in North Dakota, Minnesota and Oregon but I feel that Wisconsin has the sweetest, traditional farms. Here are a few of the photos I have taken. I want to go on a photo safari and explore some of the older, more decrepit farms.


I have promised to publish photos of my apartment for a while. The photo of the clock is the image outside my living room window.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Rock the Garden

On June 19th, my friend Eli and I went to Rock the Garden . It was so much fun! Since it was at the Walker Art Museum which is only a couple block from my flat we could walk through a nice little park on our way to the show. We were running a little late so we missed all of Retribution Gospel Choir and most of OK Go. But we got to see all of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and MGMT. Sharon Jones was amazing- so much energy! I felt a little bad for MGMT for having to come on after the Dap-Kings; it just seemed a bit lackluster.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Los Angeles!

I am so excited to be going to Los Angeles tomorrow to visit my dear friend Mary! I bought this ticket in the deep cold darkness of January. Now that I am leaving the weather in LA is almost the same as Minneapolis. But it will be great to spend time with a good friend and have new experiences. We will also be making a pit stop in Las Vegas. So, if anyone has suggestions on interesting, cheap things to do-I am open to them!

Friday, January 29, 2010

JD Salinger

I am mourning Salinger's death today. He is above all my favorite author. His writing makes me fall in love with the English language. He gave up publishing his writing in 1965, and I can only hope that the heirs to his estate will share his work since then.

“…I have scars on my hands from touching certain people… Certain heads, certain colours and textures of human hair leave permanent marks on me. Other things, too. Charlotte once ran away from me, outside the studio, and I grabbed her dress to stop her, to keep her near me. A yellow cotton dress I loved because it was too long for her. I still have a lemon-yellow mark on the palm of my right hand. Oh, God, if I’m anything by a clinical name, I’m kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy….”
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Happiness Is Where You Find It

I was thinking this morning as I was warming up my car in below zero temperature: "where do I find joy?" I am a bit strapped on the finances so I can't really go shopping, travel or have nice dinners out and about, plus the weather is such that long walks and sitting in the park are out of the question; therefore, I am trying to find happiness and activities to do with poor weather and little to no income. Lately, I have been reading good books, watching old movies, learning to play the banjo and making elaborate dinners at home. But this is fun for only so long before it becomes routine and a bit monotonous. So, my question is where do you (readers) find happiness and ways to fill your time in the cold dark winter?

Saturday, January 2, 2010

MIA Trip

Sorry for the long lapse in blogging. Holidays, travels, etc. However, I got a camera in the time since I last blogged which I am very excited about. Its a nice little PowerShot that I hope to bring around with me.

The other day my mom and I went to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to see the Louvre exhibit. It was a treat, particularly Georges De la Tour's The Card Sharp with Ace of Diamonds. I was good at not taking any photos in the exhibit but I did sneak one of my mama in the hallway. She looked so happy to be in the midst of great art. After the museum we went to the 112 eatery. Oh, gnocchi and butterscotch budino...

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