Saturday, July 26, 2014

Target Express

What can I say? I'm a fan-boy for companies I work for. Today, Alicia and I went out to DinkyTown to check out the brand new Target Express:


It's a small format Target that looks like a Wallgreen's. The Star Tribune says it's a sixth of the size of a normal Target at only 20,000-square-feet. What was cool, however, is it seemed to have every department a regular Target would. Electronics, home, clothing, etc. Whomever chose what belonged in the Target did it really well - it would have been amazing to have one back in Brooklyn.

Also, very pretty:


We followed up the Target stop with a drive down University, which of course included a trip to Ax-Man. Yay! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

All-Star Game

If you follow my twitter feed, you saw my All-Star Game shenanigans. For one night only, Minneapolis bars and restaurants were open until 4am. I may not have attended the All-Star Game, but I was all for napping and hitting the town at midnight to take advantage.

Me just passed midnight enjoying a beer at Lyon's

I managed to talk one co-worker into joining me, and we headed over to Kieran's to enjoy their patio. Unfortunately, the patio closed at 2am, so we had to head inside. 

Then, it was just a short 1 1/2 hours until the house lights came on.

House lights up for last call at Kieran's at 3:35am

Can you believe that? Not even serving through 4am. Boo!!

Lest you don't believe me, I snapped a shot of the light rail monitor on my way home. 


It was pretty quiet, frankly. But lots of fun things to mention: 

  • A random guy on the street called me cute
  • Kathy Wurzer of Minnesota Public Radio tweeted at me
  • I got to see Budweiser man
  • I finished the day in a hammock watching the sun-rise
Definitely worth the terribly groggy day after.



Saturday, July 12, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Evening in Summer

Sorry for the double post on Twitter, but it was a fantastic Friday evening.


Hammock, fire, cats, cool weather....

Yup, it's been just great weather this summer. Though I'll be watching to see if MPR's Updraft blog is right about Monday's polar vortex.

Bonus Friday Post - Lifetime Triathon Prep

Was biking Friday night and stumbled upon the setup of tomorrow's Lifetime Tri at Lake Nokomis:


The finish line!


Bike parking for one leg of the race

I'm certainly not attending nor participating - quite the opposite - I'm going to avoid driving in the area. Yuk.

Also exciting, it looks like Sandcastle has opened on Lake Nokomis. Look for a post with food pictures soon.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Cat Sitting

Poor Loki doesn't know how close to danger he is, does he?


Talk about tempting fate...

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

All-Star Game is Coming

It'd be hard to walk around downtown and not know the All-Star game is coming next week. Here's some sidewalk markings that have popped up on Nicollet Ave.


I'm personally excited that local bars can apply to stay open until 4am the night of the game. I'm debating a nap during the game (it's Tuesday, 7/15), then going out just to say I did it. After all, the last time it happened was in 2008 for the RNC. It may just be a once-a-decade kind of thing.


Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Baby Falcons

My building in downtown Minneapolis (City Center) has a web cam on the 33rd floor of a peregrine falcon nest. The building has a live feed displayed in the lobby and there's been a couple babies lately! Here's the mother feeding them:


Turns out, you can read about the project and watch them live on the web, too! They're still there right now (Saturday, 7/12). Enjoy!

Monday, July 07, 2014

Friday, July 04, 2014

Fourth of July Afternoon

Spent the fourth in the backyard enjoying the weather. Steak on the grill, scratch-off lotto tickets, and... 


The SWORD FROM HELL

MARVEL AT ITS MIGHT! 



Thursday, July 03, 2014

Twins Fans CAN'T BELIEVE THERE AREN'T MORE TRAINS!!!


Above, you're looking at a Blue Line light rail train after the Yankees took the Twins 7-4. I've never seen a whiny-er train in my life. Everyone here is _shocked_ that it would be busy after a Twins game gets out. 

In these people's defense, I think they had to wait fifteen minutes for the train, since the Green Line was backed up. When I say defense, of course, I mean PFFFT. 

Kudos to the guy holding the ceiling on the right side of the picture. I can't believe he reached it. 

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

A+, would see again.

Saw this pumping gas on Wednesday:


If I ever have a trailer, I hope I use it to transport large letters. 

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

World Cup Heartbreak

Here's me watching the game (unaware of the pain coming about twenty minutes after this photo was taken)  in the basement of the 508 Bar in downtown Minneapolis:

That's a fuzzy wallpaper, if you're curious

Yep, USA lost and I've given up on life. 

The bar was pretty swanky, though. Nice space to have your dreams dashed, I guess. Stupid World Cup - I'm cheering for Costa Rica now.