Red light and Green Line and Blue Sky. And White Poufftastic Clouds. #Minneapolis

Red light and Green Line and Blue Sky. And White Poufftastic Clouds. #Minneapolis

4th of July Parade experiment — Using “PANO” mode without moving my iPhone creates instant clown cars!

Mugshot Monday - “The House on The Rock” coffee mug with Birchwood Blend by Peace Coffee
Have you ever been to The House on the Rock? If so, what was your favorite part? 
I have 2 favorites:
The original house is very cool. It’s at the beginning of the tour and many people shuffle right through it. But I stop and visualize living there — reading a book in one of the nooks or drinking coffee and looking out into the valley while sitting in the infinity room.  
My other favorite part is the crazy-pants carrousel and it’s sort of represented by my coffee mug even though there aren’t any actual carrousel “horses” on it! Instead there are 269 handcrafted carousel animals. The installation is mesmerizing. Take a seat and let your brain notice all the details — the mythical “horses”, the decorated mannequins flying above, the movement and the music. 
Now, I’ve never indulged in a mind altering substance while looking at the carousel at The House on the Rock, but I really can’t see that helping much or being a pleasurable experience. I recommend drinking strong coffee in the morning to heighten your experience!
If you’ve never been to The House on the Rock it’s basically a massive collection of collections. And it’s terribly overwhelming! It’s equal parts Art Museum, Historical Museum and Freak Show. It’s both amazing and disturbing at the same time and you should absolutely experience it some day. Just plan to go canoeing on the serene Wisconsin River later in the day so you can contemplate what you just witnessed!
Check out some excellent photos tagged “House on the Rock” posted to Tumblr.
Check out all of my Mugshot Mondays here.

Mugshot Monday - “The House on The Rock” coffee mug with Birchwood Blend by Peace Coffee

Have you ever been to The House on the Rock? If so, what was your favorite part? 

I have 2 favorites:

The original house is very cool. It’s at the beginning of the tour and many people shuffle right through it. But I stop and visualize living there — reading a book in one of the nooks or drinking coffee and looking out into the valley while sitting in the infinity room.  

My other favorite part is the crazy-pants carrousel and it’s sort of represented by my coffee mug even though there aren’t any actual carrousel “horses” on it! Instead there are 269 handcrafted carousel animals. The installation is mesmerizing. Take a seat and let your brain notice all the details — the mythical “horses”, the decorated mannequins flying above, the movement and the music. 

Now, I’ve never indulged in a mind altering substance while looking at the carousel at The House on the Rock, but I really can’t see that helping much or being a pleasurable experience. I recommend drinking strong coffee in the morning to heighten your experience!

If you’ve never been to The House on the Rock it’s basically a massive collection of collections. And it’s terribly overwhelming! It’s equal parts Art Museum, Historical Museum and Freak Show. It’s both amazing and disturbing at the same time and you should absolutely experience it some day. Just plan to go canoeing on the serene Wisconsin River later in the day so you can contemplate what you just witnessed!

Check out some excellent photos tagged “House on the Rock” posted to Tumblr.

Check out all of my Mugshot Mondays here.

#4thofJuly #Pancake! (Yep, there’s a pancake under all that)

#4thofJuly #Pancake! (Yep, there’s a pancake under all that)

Mugshot Monday - “Deneen Pottery” coffee mug with Birchwood Blend by Peace Coffee

I love the story of this coffee mug. 

I recently bumped into my Seward neighborhood Instagam buddy Squeevey — you should follow him because he takes great photos. We’d never met, but we realized through the photos we posted that we lived nearby! After chatting and high-fives, Squeevey recommends I follow his buddy at Deneen Pottery because I like coffee mugs and they make coffee mugs. 

I did just that. And can I just say I totally want to get this prototype coffee mug they’re working on because it is AWESOME: The Commuter. 

I digress. Basically, an Instagram follow-back and a Facebook comment later, and I’ve got a box of Deneen coffee mugs at my doorstep! I discovered I’ve featured Deneen Pottery as Mugshot Mondays before — here and here. 

These coffee mugs are great. Thanks for sending me some! If you have a minute, check out this video: The Making of a Deneen Pottery Mug. So cool.

Mugshot Monday - “Deneen Pottery” coffee mug with Birchwood Blend by Peace Coffee

I love the story of this coffee mug.

I recently bumped into my Seward neighborhood Instagam buddy Squeevey — you should follow him because he takes great photos. We’d never met, but we realized through the photos we posted that we lived nearby! After chatting and high-fives, Squeevey recommends I follow his buddy at Deneen Pottery because I like coffee mugs and they make coffee mugs.

I did just that. And can I just say I totally want to get this prototype coffee mug they’re working on because it is AWESOME: The Commuter.

I digress. Basically, an Instagram follow-back and a Facebook comment later, and I’ve got a box of Deneen coffee mugs at my doorstep! I discovered I’ve featured Deneen Pottery as Mugshot Mondays before — here and here.

These coffee mugs are great. Thanks for sending me some! If you have a minute, check out this video: The Making of a Deneen Pottery Mug. So cool.

I’ve had these photos — stuck together front and back — sitting in my wallet for a loooong time. Thought I’d share them as my first Throwback Thursday! Me and my girlfriend, Cindy, from when we were sophomores at UWEC.

Destroying a building to start building another building. #Minneapolis

Destroying a building to start building another building. #Minneapolis

Urban Children Crossing. And CLOUDS. And GOD. All in one photo. #Minneapolis

Urban Children Crossing. And CLOUDS. And GOD. All in one photo. #Minneapolis

Youngest is driving the swing set tonight.

Youngest is driving the swing set tonight.

Mugshot Monday - “Mitochondrial DNA Gene Cluster Map” coffee mug by Santa Erik with Guatemalan Dark Roast by Peace Coffee
Santa Erik makes some amazing ceramics. But he’s also an incredible rollerblader, avid biker, accomplished coffee drinker, and the best Santa Claus ever.
He makes his pottery at Northern Clay Center in Seward neighborhood and sells his work on his Etsy shop or at flea markets like the one at Seward Cafe where I bought my mug. Some day I want to take ceramics again because I really enjoyed it.
Thanks for the coffee mug, Erik! It’s awesome.
See all my previous Mugshots: www.MugshotMonday.com

Mugshot Monday - “Mitochondrial DNA Gene Cluster Map” coffee mug by Santa Erik with Guatemalan Dark Roast by Peace Coffee

Santa Erik makes some amazing ceramics. But he’s also an incredible rollerblader, avid biker, accomplished coffee drinker, and the best Santa Claus ever.

He makes his pottery at Northern Clay Center in Seward neighborhood and sells his work on his Etsy shop or at flea markets like the one at Seward Cafe where I bought my mug. Some day I want to take ceramics again because I really enjoyed it.

Thanks for the coffee mug, Erik! It’s awesome.

See all my previous Mugshots: www.MugshotMonday.com

'Sup? (at Paul Bunyan Logging Camp)

'Sup? (at Paul Bunyan Logging Camp)

WELL, FOR CUTE’S SAKE!  Happy summer, y’all!

WELL, FOR CUTE’S SAKE! Happy summer, y’all!

Nothing. Nothing is special today.

Nothing. Nothing is special today.

Car show nearby, I’m guessing. Passing the car-line waiting at the full parking lot at north MN State Fair entrance.