Sunday, August 31, 2014

Awesome Front Door While Running

I've been getting a ton of flack for my glib tweet after running nearly 6 miles on Sunday.
Just completed a 5.83 mi run - Just a short Sunday run.
 Pfft, they're just jealous.

Yes, I did it. There was a three minute walk at the 37 minute mark, but I hit my second wind and pushed through to the full hour. It's amazing what you can do with practice. I attempted to run to the river back in July and couldn't make it back without walking the whole way, which was only a 3 mile round trip.

Even better, I spotted this house along the way:

Check out that door

It's been over a year, but still in love with the grey and yellow look. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

State Fair II

What? You'd be a fool to only go to the State Fair once. Alicia and I ain't no fools. 

Here's Alicia eating Frozen Key Lime Pie on a Stick

Here's Har Mar Superstar shirtless

Here's Brian's first hip-hop show in real life (it's Doomtree)

Alright - we mostly went again to see the Minnesota Music on a Stick festival. But we stayed for the food. Cheese Curds, Hawaiian Shaved Ice, Beef Kabobs, Texas Steak Dinner on a Stick. Yum!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Deviled Eggs

Alicia and I visited Tiny Diner on Thursday. Whenever we see deviled eggs on the menu, we order. We were pleasantly surprised: 

That's some food art if I've ever seen it.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

State Fair Time

Gotta visit the State Fair, yo. Why?

... check out squirrel taxidermy!

...see pigs drinking water like it's going out of style! 

...awesome, award winning chair art!

...tons of food pictures, even a few meta food pictures!

As for food consumed, I took it easy. Pork Chop, Big Fat Bacon, Cheese Curds, French Fries, Beer, Big Fat Bacon again. Oh man, I think that's it! 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My Office Floor!

Thursday, my team at Target headed out to catch a Twin's game for a team-offsite. Kind of an end-of-the-summer thing.

We've all debated whether you could see our office from Target Field and I decided to put it to the test. I enlisted a colleague on my floor and provided them my strobe light. Via email, they turned it on at sharply 2pm. Behold:

What, you don't see it?!?

Circled in red, that's my strobe light!!!

Finally, proof you can see a light from City Center. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Vegas Inspiration

It's my blog, I can do what I want. Here are some of the things I liked, for no other reason than the color or design.

Fancy Scarf

It's a Starbucks, I think

Whoa!! 24 hour watch!!

Candied Apples were as pretty in real life as this picture suggests

The desert, with an artsy tree in the center of the path. Cuz why not?

That's some fancy wood design-in' on the ceiling... and everywhere

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Vegas Highlights

For our fifth Wedding Anniversary, Alicia and I revisited the spot of our nuptials - Las Vegas, NV. Here are some photo highlights. 

Our view from the Encore Hotel 

I had a Whopper with Bleu Cheese at the Rio

Alicia and I revisited the Wynn Buffet, where our Wedding dinner was held

The Aria had multiple portraits of Christopher Walken - definitely gotta stay there now

I scrambled up rocks in the desert before Alicia could see the "People get killed scrambling up rocks" sign

The Neon Museum was amazing

Oh yeah! Got to spend a ton of time with my wife!

Friday, August 08, 2014

Vikings Pre-Season

August equals cheap Vikings tickets. And an excuse to finally ride the Green Line! 

 Check out this math-y art at one U of M stop!

A gorgeous view of that one building... you know the one. 

Oh yeah! First Vikings game at TCF Stadium! (that was regularly scheduled - I'm looking at you, dome-collapse-game)

Just a beautiful sunset, too 

Even better? Vikings won! Huzzah!

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

National Night Out

Tuesday was National Night Out - an excuse to have a block party and get to know your neighbors. My neighbor three hours down organized again this year and it drew a great crowd. Alicia and I met some neighbors and relearned a ton of names.

Even two great stories came out of the night.

1) There's a house on our block that hasn't been lived in since 1978. It's a tiny... TINY House.

I'm embarrassed to say I hadn't even noticed it - it's pretty covered by shrubs. The neighbors claim it's owner moved away for family reasons and just sits on it because it's so cheap. They have an agreement with him to mow the lawn in exchange for using the yard space. Crazy.

2) There's another house on our block that looks like the Amityville Horror house. I don't see it, but I do see that they embraced the look. Here's the house at night:

Spooky Scary!