What’s On My Mindgrapes

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Why I blog less often than I should

My home computer is very slow. I sit at a computer all day at work, so the last thing I want to do is go home and sit in front of a slow one. This is supposed to be a food blog, but I honestly can’t remember the last thing I cooked, let alone wanted to share with you, dear reader. Tonight for dinner, I had cereal. 

It feels so good to get this off my chest. Read the rest of this entry »

Somewhat older, growing wiser.

Best twenty-fifth birthday ever! >20 min. wait for a new license at the DMV, delicious dinner, DQ cake, friends, family, Easter candy, matzah ball soup, Mates of State, and not one but two Andrew Bird shows.

I won tickets from the Current for an exclusive in-studio performance. Who said compulsive redialing while at work doesn’t pay off??

Rox and I were lucky (or ballsy?) enough to snag front row seats!! We’re not hard to spot. (also see Rox’s photos here)

Everything’s coming up Iowa!

Today marks a historic day for the U.S., especially the state of Iowa. The Iowa Supreme Court rejected the state law banning same-sex marriage, opening the door to a constituional amendment that will be sent to voters. This state has a special place in my heart because I spent four years there, met some of the most important people in my life, and did most of the growing up that led me to become the person I am today. This makes me proud of the sometimes-underestimated state and its citizens. This is a small step (only 47 more states to go!) but I have faith that things will change for the better.

Since my life is slowly becoming more and more immersed in books (especially children’s), I think this quote from Dr. Suess is very fitting for a time like this.

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind, don’t matter and those who matter, don’t mind.

On a sort-of related note, I’ll be traveling to Iowa City next week to see the Hold Steady and visit some of our old haunts. What a great start to the birthday week!


Last week, I started writing a rather depressing post about the miserable cold and my lack of enthusiasm for most things in life. The SAD was so much. Luckily I was too lethargic to finish, and I can now move on because SPRING IS HERE! So long, SAD. I had my first artichoke recently, and though it was pretty measly ($1.99) I’m looking forward to many, many more.

The coming of spring is about new life. Snow is melting, puddles are forming, bulbs are sprouting (as Jake S. identified as we walked the streets of Chicago this past weekend). This season ties with fall for my favorite. I love me some jeans and t-shirts, cool breezes, and sunsets I can stand outside long enough to appreciate. Read the rest of this entry »

Silver Linings Amid Winter Blahs

Talk about Spring weather fake-out. At this time last week, I was admiring the brown grass, puddles, and lack of wind chill. I could taste the artichokes, asparagus, and greens and berries and all the stuff that’s only available in Spring. Now I’m back in stew-mode, eating buttered noodles, watching the ice build up on the sidewalks and windshields of this once-again desolate place. Remind me in October to start planning my winter getaway. I’ll aim for early February, when morale is at its lowest.

On the bright side (because there is always a bright side), Valentine’s weekend was quite the love-fest. Yes, Jake did get me flowers and we went out to brunch at the Red Stag, but also we went out with some friends and saw an amazing show at the Entry. The highlight was Lucy Michelle (and one of her Velvet Lapelles backing her up.) I’d never seen her before, but she is the current sweetheart of the Twin Cities’ music scene. And the girl can out-whistle Andrew Bird AND she sang a version of “Not in Nottingham” from the animated Robin Hood (with foxes!) In addition to the wonderful set by Lucy, Big Trouble kept her up on stage for their set of all. cover. songs. All about love! It was so much fun and a great way to spend Valentine’s eve. (Chris Koza played after Big Trouble, but I wasn’t really feeling it. I mean, how can you top a cover of “I Will Always Love You” on Valentine’s Day?) Read the rest of this entry »