Posts tagged Mugshot Monday

Mugshot Monday -  “Leaning Tower of Pisa” coffee mug with Starbucks Breakfast Blend
I’ve never been to Italy. But I may need to go so I can buy this coffee mug!
My coworker Linz took a vacation recently and brought back this amazing coffee mug. She said she picked it up from a street vendor for a minimal amount of Euros, too. It’s perfect.
Thanks Linz for letting me borrow your awesome coffee mug!
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Mugshot Monday -  “Leaning Tower of Pisa” coffee mug with Starbucks Breakfast Blend

I’ve never been to Italy. But I may need to go so I can buy this coffee mug!

My coworker Linz took a vacation recently and brought back this amazing coffee mug. She said she picked it up from a street vendor for a minimal amount of Euros, too. It’s perfect.

Thanks Linz for letting me borrow your awesome coffee mug!

See all my many other Mugshot Mondays here.

Mugshot Monday -  “Good Morning Asshole” coffee mug with Guatemalan Light Roast by Peace Coffee
Sometimes, you need to just laugh at Mondays. Or at least call them out with insults!
I hope you’re enjoying your Monday, asshole. JUST KIDDING CHILL OUT! You know you’re awesome. Love that mug. Thanks to my friend Linz for lending it to me.
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Mugshot Monday -  “Good Morning Asshole” coffee mug with Guatemalan Light Roast by Peace Coffee

Sometimes, you need to just laugh at Mondays. Or at least call them out with insults!

I hope you’re enjoying your Monday, asshole. JUST KIDDING CHILL OUT! You know you’re awesome. Love that mug. Thanks to my friend Linz for lending it to me.

See all my many other Mugshot Mondays here.

Mugshot Monday -  “I Need More Coffee [_]D” *prototype* coffee mug with Guatemalan Light Roast by Peace Coffee
Today is National Coffee Day, so I made a prototype of a new coffee mug! What think? I love this empty coffee mug text:

[_]D

I envision using an awesome typeface by Chank Fonts in the final production — that’s my penmanship with a dry-erase marker currently.
If enough people like this prototype I’ll make a bunch of mugs and give some away. Leave a reply or comment or just ‘like’ and I’ll tally up the votes!
Now go drink some coffee already!
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Mugshot Monday -  “I Need More Coffee [_]D” *prototype* coffee mug with Guatemalan Light Roast by Peace Coffee

Today is National Coffee Day, so I made a prototype of a new coffee mug! What think? I love this empty coffee mug text:

[_]D

I envision using an awesome typeface by Chank Fonts in the final production — that’s my penmanship with a dry-erase marker currently.

If enough people like this prototype I’ll make a bunch of mugs and give some away. Leave a reply or comment or just ‘like’ and I’ll tally up the votes!

Now go drink some coffee already!

» See all of my ‘Mugshot Mondays’ here.

Mugshot Monday -  “Starbucks High Polished Stainless Steel & Ceramic Tumbler” coffee mug with Starbucks Breakfast Blend
I rarely buy another coffee mug when I break one.
But I’ve made an exception twice — once with my @bigboxcar Twitter mug and once with my Starbucks steel/ceramic tumblr travel mug.
This one is technically a little different because it’s high polished steel instead of brushed steel, so check the SWEET REFLECTION of buildings in the downtown warehouse district. Very cool mug. 
I found this serendipitously when I was in Chicago for Riot Fest waiting in line for coffee and figured it was destiny. I’ll try to be more careful with this one!
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Mugshot Monday -  “Starbucks High Polished Stainless Steel & Ceramic Tumbler” coffee mug with Starbucks Breakfast Blend

I rarely buy another coffee mug when I break one.

But I’ve made an exception twice — once with my @bigboxcar Twitter mug and once with my Starbucks steel/ceramic tumblr travel mug.

This one is technically a little different because it’s high polished steel instead of brushed steel, so check the SWEET REFLECTION of buildings in the downtown warehouse district. Very cool mug. 

I found this serendipitously when I was in Chicago for Riot Fest waiting in line for coffee and figured it was destiny. I’ll try to be more careful with this one!

See all of my Mugshot Mondays here.

Mugshot Monday - “Official Substitute Riot Fest Chicago Skyline” coffee mug with Airport Potbelly Mocha

My wife Cindy and I are at the airport heading back to Minneapolis after 3 awesome days of live music at Riot Fest in Chicago.

Unfortunately, they don’t sell Riot Fest coffee mugs — just t-shirts and can koozies — which is too bad. Us “old-school punk rockers” need that coffee on a Monday after a 3 day music festival!

So this Chicago skyline mug I found at will suffice as a substitute.

We saw a ton of great shows, but the highlight of the festival has to be seeing The Cure. This band is amazing live and they played for 2hrs+ straight! I wouldn’t have thought to see them if my wife wasn’t such a huge fan, but I’m so glad I did. Robert Smith sounded EXACTLY the same and the performance had a lot of energy. They’ve been playing since freaking 1978, and that’s pretty damn inspiring to me.

Hats off to all the bands that played Riot Fest and to all the people who made it possible!

But please! Please make us some coffee mugs next year!

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Mugshot Monday -  “Minnesota” coffee mug by Spyhouse Coffee Roasting Company with Las Nubes/El Salvador coffee
Caffeinated Minnesota, represent!
I’ve adored the Minnesota themed coffee mugs by Spyhouse for a long time now. Pictured is the Latte cup and saucer, but they also have a super cute Cappuccino cup and saucer, which I bought this morning because I couldn’t help myself. Love the design.
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Mugshot Monday -  “Minnesota” coffee mug by Spyhouse Coffee Roasting Company with Las Nubes/El Salvador coffee

Caffeinated Minnesota, represent!

I’ve adored the Minnesota themed coffee mugs by Spyhouse for a long time now. Pictured is the Latte cup and saucer, but they also have a super cute Cappuccino cup and saucer, which I bought this morning because I couldn’t help myself. Love the design.

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Mugshot Monday -  “’Unofficial’ FRWD" coffee mug with Bike Fuel Blend by Just Coffee
It’s Labor Day today and I am not at work.
I’m sitting on my front porch in South Minneapolis enjoying a cup of coffee in my ‘Unauthorized’ FRWD coffee mug.
It seemed a fitting day to post this mugshot because I now work at FRWD, a digital marketing agency in the Minneapolis warehouse district. More specifically I am Director — Digital Strategy and Production at CYCL, the creative arm of FRWD. 
I’m stoked to be working with Chris Henderson, John Grudnowski, Aimee Reker, Kathryn Duncan, Doug Moore, and the entire FRWD family. It’s a tight group of very talented people. I feel very lucky to be here.
Allegedly, an ‘OFFICIAL’ FRWD coffee mug is in the works. On Friday, I grabbed a plain black coffee mug from the FRWD kitchen and stuck one of the decals on it. Pretty cool prototype I must say!
Happy Labor Day to you and yours!
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Mugshot Monday -  “’Unofficial’ FRWD" coffee mug with Bike Fuel Blend by Just Coffee

It’s Labor Day today and I am not at work.

I’m sitting on my front porch in South Minneapolis enjoying a cup of coffee in my ‘Unauthorized’ FRWD coffee mug.

It seemed a fitting day to post this mugshot because I now work at FRWD, a digital marketing agency in the Minneapolis warehouse district. More specifically I am Director — Digital Strategy and Production at CYCL, the creative arm of FRWD. 

I’m stoked to be working with Chris HendersonJohn Grudnowski, Aimee Reker, Kathryn Duncan, Doug Moore, and the entire FRWD family. It’s a tight group of very talented people. I feel very lucky to be here.

Allegedly, an ‘OFFICIAL’ FRWD coffee mug is in the works. On Friday, I grabbed a plain black coffee mug from the FRWD kitchen and stuck one of the decals on it. Pretty cool prototype I must say!

Happy Labor Day to you and yours!

See more of my Mugshot Mondays here.

Mugshot Monday -  “Cape and Tiara” coffee mug by Curly Girl Design with Guatemalan Dark Roast by Peace Coffee
Today is the first day of school in Minneapolis for my boys and this is my wife’s coffee mug. It says:

“I am fairly certain that given a Cape and a nice tiara, I could save the world.”

My wife is a clinical social worker at a middle school — she’s back to school today, too, but her kids start next week. Not only is this mug inspirational for her, but also to the kids she sees who happen to look at it on her desk. 
I LOVE the spirit of this coffee mug. I have three boys and I guarantee they’d totally wear a tiara if it gave them the bit of extra confidence they’d need to save the world. 
The coffee mug is designed by Leigh Standley of Curly Girl Design. Here’s where you can buy a Cape and Tiara mug, although the design is a little different than my wife’s mug. Still a lot of awesome, though!
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Mugshot Monday -  “Cape and Tiara” coffee mug by Curly Girl Design with Guatemalan Dark Roast by Peace Coffee

Today is the first day of school in Minneapolis for my boys and this is my wife’s coffee mug. It says:

“I am fairly certain that given a Cape and a nice tiara, I could save the world.”

My wife is a clinical social worker at a middle school — she’s back to school today, too, but her kids start next week. Not only is this mug inspirational for her, but also to the kids she sees who happen to look at it on her desk. 

I LOVE the spirit of this coffee mug. I have three boys and I guarantee they’d totally wear a tiara if it gave them the bit of extra confidence they’d need to save the world. 

The coffee mug is designed by Leigh Standley of Curly Girl Design. Here’s where you can buy a Cape and Tiara mug, although the design is a little different than my wife’s mug. Still a lot of awesome, though!

See more of my Mugshot Mondays here.

Mugshot Monday -  “Deneen Pottery” Norg Tankard mug with Empty Rowboat IPA by Lake Monster Brewing — with special guest, Chris Henderson!
I’m not drinking coffee in this photo.
Deneen Pottery was kind enough to send me two mugs recently — one for really good coffee and one for really good beer. So today Chris and I indulged in a tasty IPA brewed by the newest Minnesota microbrewery and tap room, Lake Monster Brewery! They’re getting busy building out a new space in the Vandalia Tower complex located at 550 Vandalia Street in Saint Paul (Read all about it on MN Beer Activists). Congrats!
Chris and I go way back — we worked at City Pages together. Recently he founded CYCL — the creative arm of FRWD — and as luck would have it, needed a guy like me on his team. And now we’re redesigning and launching (soon!) the new Lake Monster website. The new site is going to be fabulous.
Cheers!

Mugshot Monday -  “Deneen Pottery” Norg Tankard mug with Empty Rowboat IPA by Lake Monster Brewing — with special guest, Chris Henderson!

I’m not drinking coffee in this photo.

Deneen Pottery was kind enough to send me two mugs recently — one for really good coffee and one for really good beer. So today Chris and I indulged in a tasty IPA brewed by the newest Minnesota microbrewery and tap room, Lake Monster Brewery! They’re getting busy building out a new space in the Vandalia Tower complex located at 550 Vandalia Street in Saint Paul (Read all about it on MN Beer Activists). Congrats!

Chris and I go way back — we worked at City Pages together. Recently he founded CYCL — the creative arm of FRWD — and as luck would have it, needed a guy like me on his team. And now we’re redesigning and launching (soon!) the new Lake Monster website. The new site is going to be fabulous.

Cheers!

Mugshot Monday -  “Disappearing Dinosaurs” coffee mug with Guatemalan Dark Roast by Peace Coffee
You can totally tell I’m drinking HOT HOT coffee in this coffee mug. It’s one of those heat sensitive mugs — the dino-skin magically melted away when I poured my cup of coffee this morning revealing the dinosaur skeletons!
Thanks to my new coworker Linz Kieffer for lending me this coffee mug! Because it’s awesome. (Btw, that’s Sue behind me if you were wondering.)
Here’s an animated GIF of the Disappearing Dinosaurs. I may need to buy my own!


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Mugshot Monday -  “Disappearing Dinosaurs” coffee mug with Guatemalan Dark Roast by Peace Coffee

You can totally tell I’m drinking HOT HOT coffee in this coffee mug. It’s one of those heat sensitive mugs — the dino-skin magically melted away when I poured my cup of coffee this morning revealing the dinosaur skeletons!

Thanks to my new coworker Linz Kieffer for lending me this coffee mug! Because it’s awesome. (Btw, that’s Sue behind me if you were wondering.)

Here’s an animated GIF of the Disappearing Dinosaurs. I may need to buy my own!

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Mugshot Monday -  “Flag of Colorado” coffee mug with Guatemalan Dark Roast by Peace Coffee
This is the only *Colorado* coffee mug I bought on a trip to the Rockies this summer.
There were MANY MUGS to choose from — I posted a gallery of the ones I didn’t buy here and I did buy a “I <3 YURTS" mug, but that was more about yurts than it was about Colorado.
I was amazed that this flag design was introduced in 1911 — it really holds up, I think. I figured it was something new, but check out how the flag’s design evolved:

The flag was designed by Andrew Carlisle Johnson in 1911 and adopted by the Colorado General Assembly on June 5 of the same year. However, the legislature did not specify the size of the “C” or the exact shade of blue or red. Thus, some flags were in slightly different colors and had the “C” wholly within the center stripe. On February 28, 1929, the General Assembly added to the description of the flag that the blue and red would be the same color as the flag of the United States. On March 31, 1964, the legislature further dictated the diameter of the gold disc to be equal to the center stripe.

Best state flag I’ve seen, I think! Well done, Colorado!
I’ll be posting more photos from the trip, but here’s one of my favorites so far. I miss Colorado already.

Mugshot Monday -  “Flag of Colorado” coffee mug with Guatemalan Dark Roast by Peace Coffee

This is the only *Colorado* coffee mug I bought on a trip to the Rockies this summer.

There were MANY MUGS to choose from — I posted a gallery of the ones I didn’t buy here and I did buy a “I <3 YURTS" mug, but that was more about yurts than it was about Colorado.

I was amazed that this flag design was introduced in 1911 — it really holds up, I think. I figured it was something new, but check out how the flag’s design evolved:

The flag was designed by Andrew Carlisle Johnson in 1911 and adopted by the Colorado General Assembly on June 5 of the same year. However, the legislature did not specify the size of the “C” or the exact shade of blue or red. Thus, some flags were in slightly different colors and had the “C” wholly within the center stripe. On February 28, 1929, the General Assembly added to the description of the flag that the blue and red would be the same color as the flag of the United States. On March 31, 1964, the legislature further dictated the diameter of the gold disc to be equal to the center stripe.

Best state flag I’ve seen, I think! Well done, Colorado!

I’ll be posting more photos from the trip, but here’s one of my favorites so far. I miss Colorado already.

Mugshot Monday - My Great Grandfather&#8217;s “Think of me” coffee mug with Guatemalan Dark Roast by Peace Coffee
I love the story behind this coffee mug. It belonged to my Great Grandfather Karl Hoessel and was given to him by my Great Grandmother Kate. My mom tells me back when they were in love and recently engaged, Kate sent Karl this coffee mug when he was away studying at the Lutheran Seminary in Buffalo, NY.
The coffee mug says &#8220;Think of me&#8221; on the side and has a decorative mustache protector &#8212; Great Grandfather Karl always had a beard and mustache, my mom said. I love this. Most mugs have a message that reflects the owner&#8217;s likes/dislikes or point of view. But this coffee mug is so intimate. I can visualize Karl sitting and sipping morning coffee from this mug and thinking about Kate back home. So lovely.
I did try growing a big beard for this mugshot so I could experience the mustache protector &#8212; it still works! 
Thanks, Mom for lending me Great Grandpa Karl&#8217;s coffee mug &#8212; and for sharing this awesome story.

Mugshot Monday - My Great Grandfather’s “Think of me” coffee mug with Guatemalan Dark Roast by Peace Coffee

I love the story behind this coffee mug. It belonged to my Great Grandfather Karl Hoessel and was given to him by my Great Grandmother Kate. My mom tells me back when they were in love and recently engaged, Kate sent Karl this coffee mug when he was away studying at the Lutheran Seminary in Buffalo, NY.

The coffee mug says “Think of me” on the side and has a decorative mustache protector — Great Grandfather Karl always had a beard and mustache, my mom said. I love this. Most mugs have a message that reflects the owner’s likes/dislikes or point of view. But this coffee mug is so intimate. I can visualize Karl sitting and sipping morning coffee from this mug and thinking about Kate back home. So lovely.

I did try growing a big beard for this mugshot so I could experience the mustache protector — it still works! 

Thanks, Mom for lending me Great Grandpa Karl’s coffee mug — and for sharing this awesome story.

Mugshot Monday &#8212; &#8220;I &lt;3 Yurts! Snow Mountain Ranch" coffee mug with NESCAFÉ Alegria coffee
Check me out &#8212; I&#8217;m all YURT-BURLY!
This last week, I stayed in a yurt in Colorado with my family at the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch and it was awesome. I highly recommend it! No, seriously. It&#8217;s like camping, but you have electricity and the tent is already up!
Also, the mountains were amazing and there was a ton of stuff to do with Cindy and our 3 kids &#8212; zip line jumping, hiking, horseback riding, summer snow tubing (no, really!), white water rafting, and more. 
By the way &#8212; The NESCAFÉ Alegria coffee is free to all guests at the Buck Board restaurant in the main lodge. It was very good. And very free.
Interesting Disclaimer: I&#8217;ve posted 236&#160;Mugshot Mondays and this is the first one that was not taken on a Monday. I&#8217;m home in Minneapolis today, but I wanted the lovely yurts in the background for the shot! I took this on Saturday, the day we left. I miss the mountains already. And the yurt.

Mugshot Monday — “I <3 Yurts! Snow Mountain Ranch" coffee mug with NESCAFÉ Alegria coffee

Check me out — I’m all YURT-BURLY!

This last week, I stayed in a yurt in Colorado with my family at the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch and it was awesome. I highly recommend it! No, seriously. It’s like camping, but you have electricity and the tent is already up!

Also, the mountains were amazing and there was a ton of stuff to do with Cindy and our 3 kids — zip line jumping, hiking, horseback riding, summer snow tubing (no, really!), white water rafting, and more. 

By the way — The NESCAFÉ Alegria coffee is free to all guests at the Buck Board restaurant in the main lodge. It was very good. And very free.

Interesting Disclaimer: I’ve posted 236 Mugshot Mondays and this is the first one that was not taken on a Monday. I’m home in Minneapolis today, but I wanted the lovely yurts in the background for the shot! I took this on Saturday, the day we left. I miss the mountains already. And the yurt.

Mugshot Monday - “Anonymous Red Square Grid” coffee mug with Earl Grey White Tip tea by TeaSource

I bought this coffee mug two weeks ago for $.10 at a thrift store in Hayward, Wisconsin. I have no clue who made it or why, but I love it. So simple and continuous. I’m drinking this AMAZING loose leaf Earl Grey White Tip tea — highly recommend it.

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Mugshot Monday - “Anonymous Red Square Grid” coffee mug with Earl Grey White Tip tea by TeaSource

I bought this coffee mug two weeks ago for $.10 at a thrift store in Hayward, Wisconsin. I have no clue who made it or why, but I love it. So simple and continuous. I’m drinking this AMAZING loose leaf Earl Grey White Tip tea — highly recommend it.

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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&#8217;s at the beginning of the tour and many people shuffle right through it. But I stop and visualize living there &#8212; 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&#8217;s sort of represented by my coffee mug even though there aren&#8217;t any actual carrousel &#8220;horses&#8221; on it! Instead there are 269 handcrafted carousel animals. The installation is mesmerizing. Take a seat and let your brain notice all the details &#8212; the mythical &#8220;horses&#8221;, the decorated mannequins flying above, the movement and the music. 
Now, I&#8217;ve never indulged in a mind altering substance while looking at the carousel at The House on the Rock, but I really can&#8217;t see that helping much or being a pleasurable experience. I recommend drinking strong coffee in the morning to heighten your experience!
If you&#8217;ve never been to The House on the Rock it&#8217;s basically a massive collection of collections. And it&#8217;s terribly overwhelming! It&#8217;s equal parts Art Museum, Historical Museum and Freak Show. It&#8217;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 &#8220;House on the Rock&#8221; posted to Tumblr.
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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.