Thursday, July 28, 2011

Free Pizza, now who doesn't like that?

I think the college student in all of us still jumps for joy at the sound of 'free pizza'. It brings us back to the days of sustaining only on pizza, bread sticks and cereal for sustenance. And so, without further ado, I bring you back to days of yore with...FREE PIZZA!

Go to...  starting today! You will sign up for a reminder email about Free Freschetta by the slice pizza day on August 4th.

What's more to love than free pizza? Happy Thursday!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Travel Photos

Weekend Craft Project...contain your excitement. It's a fun one though. Even Jeremy thought it was pretty cool.

I was looking for a way to display our travel pictures, in an easy, simple way, that did not require hanging or buying a bunch of frames, lining them up, planning for more to come in the future etc... That sounded annoying. Furthermore, I wanted to be able to switch them out easily and frequently.

So this is what I came up with...
I purchased a cool old antique frame at this shop near my office. It was the perfect shape and size, but needed a bit of TLC.
It was long, rectangular, and did not have a glossy finish, which would make it easier to refinish. It also had some cool wormholes and marks which made it look pretty awesome. In a wormhole kind-of way.
I  purchased a standard paint for wood and brushed it on using a foam brush. At first I thought I wanted it to be a light coat of paint, and quickly decided that the color of the original wood was pretty ugly, so I should do two full coats, and distress it if I wanted it to look a little less perfect. 
(After two coats of paint)
 Once it was dry, I took a piece of medium gauge sandpaper and roughed up the edges a bit to look a little 'time-worn'. I'm not usually much of an 'aged look' person, but I think it softens up a modern look, and seemed really appropriate for displaying photos of the past.

Once we moved into our house, we quickly realized that if you buy everything that is exactally your taste, it starts to look a little boring and expected. It helps to mix it up with things that are a little outside of your design box. I found it was really helpful to bring a friend along shopping that had very different taste from yours, but whom you think has great style.
Okay, so here is the crazy simple part. You hang a piece of picture wire from the back, at your desired tension...

hang some of these (which you can buy at any fabric store - they're curtain clips)

Hang it on the wall...and organize your photos! Seriously, one of the easiest projects I have done in a long time, and it looks awesome.

Give it a shot! It's a really fun, and very simple project. Sure you can buy stuff that is along the same lines, but where's the fun in that?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Ice Cream Social - party on

Well ya know, being the good citizens of Golden Valley that we are, we felt it would just be un-neighborly to miss the summer Ice Cream social. Yea, that's kindof a lie, we went for the free ice cream.

The promotions touted a band. I expected something along these lines...
It was much more along these lines...
And that is no exaggeration. Except that there were more of them. Like 35 senior citizens playing in this band. It was honestly pretty darn cute. But ya know, not quite what I expected when I heard 'band'.

We went with some friends, who are also Golden Valley residents. Our friend Sam wore dark black dress pants and a dress shirt. Apparently Sam missed the memo that it is 150+ degrees in Minnesota this week. He swears he assumed it would be inside, but I say....Ice Cream Social inside? Come on Sam, clearly you need to attend more neighborhood functions. We party outside.
It was a lovely evening, Senior Citizen band, 150+ degree temperature, and the slowest ice cream cone scooper of all time and all. (seriously, this man made a turtle look fast. And when it is 150+ degrees, Kara is hot, and waiting in line for ice cream, you don't want to make her wait. I'm just sayin'. This Golden Valley volunteer ice cream scooper should probably lose his un-paid, volunteer job). 

It was a pretty rockin' night. We live on the wild side. 

***Random Statistic of the day, February 22nd in Minnesota the temperature was a high of 0 degrees, and a low of -16 degrees, with a windchill of -20. July 19th the Minnesota low temperature is 80, with a high of 98 degrees, and a heat index of 115 degrees.

In case you are wondering, this is a 'feels like' temerature swing of 135 degress, and an actual temperature swing of 114 degrees in 5 months.

That is absurd.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ice Cream

We are driving home this past weekend from a run around the lake.

We drive past this sign.
My head darts to the right hand side of the car where the sign sits.

Jeremy's head darts to the right.

And simultaneously, we both shout, "ICE CREAM SOCIAL!..."

Yes, we run so we can eat ice cream. And yes, we will probably be attending the neighborhood ice cream social. Because who turns down free ice cream!?

Reason enough to buy a house and move into a cream socials.

Full ice cream social update to follow after event!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Art Update

Well...we are making great progress on the decorating/art front in our house! Woo hoo.

I thought we would forever live in a home with Benjamin Moore color #1529 (Sting Ray) walls and perhaps an accent wall of Benjamin Moore color #2116-20 (Vintage Wine) devoid of any accoutrements.

Not so!

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have a great aversion to random art. Every once in a while I see something at Target/Ikea/Home Goods that is fun, pretty or makes me smile, and then it's a winner. However, generally, it seems odd to buy a faux giclee of flowers in a field that mean nothing to me. That is not to say I like expensive art. In fact...these particular pieces are some of my favorite...
But that makes me laugh. Because how hilarious are they? And I've always loved cows...and our last name is dog...get it? Fun!

So here is how we have progressed with the art in our home...

A local brewery opened up in Minneapolis, and while I thought their beer was delicious, what I really loved was the label on their beer. It was a beautiful picture of Lake Harriet with the Minneapolis skyline in the background. After about a month of stalking the brewery to find the artist, I finally found him. And, he was actually one of the owners! I chatted with him for a while, and he agreed to paint a replica for me because I loved it so much! Here is a link to his website... He is very talented, and his stuff is even more beautiful in real life.

And here it is at our home!

Our second new art addition is also a local artist. One random Sunday, after brunch with some friends, we decided to go to a craft show at the State Fair. Yes, I understand that sounds very Minnesotan, but this was more of an like craft show. And this girl, she loves So, we went, and in fact, it was quite fun!   I fell in love with these screen printed prints of the Warehouse District/Northeast Minneapolis. It is one of my favorite parts of town, and also the site of a lot of Minnesota business history.

And so, they are art addition #2...

They're still a bit small for the wall. So (don't tell Jeremy), but they might find a new home in our house if we can find something larger for that wall. For the time being, they're happy in their new home.

And finally, this is less in the art category, more in the exciting find section...but I found a new end table for our family room!

Don't tell anyone (except all of the people who read this blog), but it is really supposed to be a garden stool. I don't really even know what a garden stool is.
I don't go in the garden to sit on a stool.
And this stool is too high to sit on it and pick weeds (which is what I do in the garden).
And is too beautiful to be a 'garden stool' and so it is now an end table.
(note Punky running past the camera in the foreground). With the addition of felt pads on the bottom, so the ceramic did not scratch the floors, this lovely garden stool is my new end table!
I am in end table love!
It's true.
A love affair with an unintentional end table.

So there you have update on the decor situation in our house. I know you were waiting with baited breath. The wait is over!

Thursday, July 7, 2011


I have this strange love of selling things. It's truly abnormal. I hate buying old things, but I LOVE selling them.

Cases in point:

7 year old sofa and chaise lounge set. Purchased in college. Enjoyed for many years. Didn't fit in the new house. Housed many, many friends overnight on this sofa.
Purchased for $799     Sold on Craig's list for $600

Jeremy's sofa which he purchased as a bachelor without sitting on. Yes, he purchased a sofa without ever sitting on it before he bought it. I think they must have secretly tried to discourage people from trying it out before purchasing. The buyer sees how pretty it is, and don't discover how horribly uncomfortable it is. It was terrible. And yet, we used it for about a year after he moved in with me. Punky enjoyed chewing the leg. That was the only enjoyable thing about this sofa.
Purchased $800   Sold on Craig's List $700

Coach sneakers. Once, these babies were oh, so cool. "C's" emblazoned upon the shoes. I thought I was pretty hot when I wore these at one time.
Purchased circa 2001 on clearance for somewhere around $50        Sold on eBay in 2010 for $49

Yes, I love selling things on ebay and Craig's list. Buying things? Not my deal. But selling it.

It's strange, I know. I think it stems from a great distaste for excess. I hate having extra stuff around (my parents influence). Extra furniture, clothing, knick knacks, drive me insane. But throwing things away also drives me insane. And so....I love to sell.

In case you are wondering, this blog has no real purpose, except to tell you that I love to sell things. And if you want me to do so for you, I will gladly oblige. You can stop reading now if you want. I have a more fun blog post coming up, but I forgot to take photos last night. Stay tuned. It will get more exciting than selling things. I hope.

My current items for sale:
2 hair straighteners that came free when I purchased my new, amazing, life altering hair straightener. Why would a person want 2 free hair straighteners when they purchase 1? I'm not sure. But if you are Kara, you find it a great opportunity to sell the other two, and recoup the cost of the amazing, life altering hair straightener.

SOLD: 4 tickets for the U2 concert coming up later this month. We purchased these tickets 2 1/2 years ago. Our friend Debra had just started dating this guy, who didn't want to go to the show. They have now been married for 6 months.  But we sold the tickets for a boat load of money. WIN!

Okay, I'm done boring you with my stories of selling random crap. But take it as a reminder that one man's trash, is another man's treasure. There is always a buyer out there for your random junk. You just have to know where to find them. And I don't recommend calling it "junk" whilst trying to sell said items. And if you need help selling it, let me know. I'm running out of things to sell. Next thing you know, these two will be on eBay.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Holiday Weekend

What do you do on a long holiday weekend when you remarkably have very few plans? WHATEVER THE HECK YOU WANT!  Which is quite lovely indeed.

And so, the weekend included a slue of activities surrounding the weekend plan: "Whatever we do, it is going to be fun and exciting."
And so we....

  • Rented a paddle boat and attempted not to look like total idiots running into every rock and duck we saw...

  • Took a trip to the Farmer's Market
  • Tried a fun new workout class on spin bikes that move from side to side and turn as you turn. Hard to describe, but a great workout. And fun. Trust me, it really is fun.
  • Visited a pool/water slide park and rode the slides with friends. No, there were no children with us. And no, we didn't care. Yes, I am 27 and still love water slides, swimming pools, and all things water related. We even convinced Chicken Little (aka Jeremy) to ride the slides. (convinced him by demonstrating that the slides were being enjoyed by small children. So, surely he would survive if he rode them)

  • Tried another great new restaurant (delish! I highly recommend it!) and then saw some fireworks with my family. 
A perfect weekend full of exciting activities. Lovely. How did you spend your 4th of July?

Friday, July 1, 2011

Bad blogger

I'm sorry I've been a bad blogger these past few weeks. Work and life have been a bit crazy. But, I'm back!

Do you remember this post?

Well, turns out that storm destroyed our're getting a new roof. Ya know, 6 months is plenty for a roof. Time for a new one. I was getting bored of the other one already. Maybe we should change the color for a little excitement.

In other news...I visited this place for the first time last week while in California.
My thoughts? Slightly over-hyped, but delish. If you haven't had an animal burger, I highly recommend. Unless you're a vegetarian. In which case you would hate it.

Happy 4th of July to everyone!  Have a wonderful and safe holiday. I promise I will be back, next week with more entertaining stories and life nonsense.