Tuesday, September 29, 2009

More local talent

I just wanted to share these pins and necklaces made by another talented local! Miss Maureen is a former student of mine. Such a lovely gal with so many talents! I'm lovin' her latest crafty endeavour. If you want some of your own, give her a shout here.
more images here

Monday, September 21, 2009

The latest

The latest web design

i. Keating Furniture World 5K Giveaway

Friday, September 18, 2009

Thoughts from a three year old

Ok, my kid is awesome. I know, I know, what mother doesn't think their kid is awesome...but he does things all the time that just make me shake my head in amazement at his total awesomeness. I try not to inundate this blog with many mommy stories, but I just had to share this with you today.

Last night as I finished pulling my 3-year-old's bedding out of the wash and I walked past him to go put the comforter on the bed. He stops and says, "Oh, thank you mommy. Thanks for keeping my bed clean." Now, I ask you, what three year old thanks his mommy for washing his bedding??? AWESOMENESS!

I just hope that appreciation continues into his teen years! (yea right)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Featured Photographer

Jason Lindsey. Love, love, love his work. He has done the majority of the photography for the vivid images you see in the North Dakota Legendary campaign by Odney. I haven't had the chance to work with him directly, but admire his enormous talent!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Picture Day: 2009 style

What happened to the good ol' days of Picture Day; where you got one shot, take it or leave it. Ok, perhaps your mom and dad let you take advantage of Retake Day if your eyes were closed, but other then that, it was pretty much take what you get...curly tight perms, missing or crooked teeth, hair flyaways and all!

My coworker was recently showing me all the options now provided in the Jr. High Portrait Package. It's enough to stress any parent out. Standing option, sitting option, collage option, plain background, artsy background, black and white, etc. etc. etc. Not only that, but they now send the elementary kids home with their photo imprinted on everything from mugs to bookmarks...BEFORE they are even paid for. What parent wants to break their little one's heart and send them back to just be destroyed? Oh the horror. (oh the cleverness of the portrait company)

But the one thing that really caught my attention was the Retouching Option. You'd think I would be all for this idea, being a Photoshop junkie myself, but seriously? They will now remove blemishes, scars and flyaway hair, even skin tone, and whiten teeth! Really!?!? What little sixth grader needs their teeth whitened??

I say let the kids deal with it. Body image is hard at that age, but we really should encourage our kids to accept the way they are. We had to. And in the years to come, they can look back at themselves and laugh hysterically at how dorky they looked. Just like we do now!
picture courtesy of my very brave co-worker!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

If a man can than I can

A friend of mine just gave me the heads up to this product making some news recently. It's a FUD (female urinary device) that folds up and fits neatly into your purse. Apparently the FUD (ok, I just love saying that name...FUD, FUD, FUD) isn't a new idea, as they have used it in Europe for years. Some of you may be completely disgusted by the idea, but some of you may be quite intrigued. I'll let you decide.

From the website:

If you camp, you’ll love GoGirl. If you ski, you’ll love GoGirl. If you
boat, you’ll love GoGirl. If you travel, you’ll love GoGirl. If you just want to
avoid the germs you find in nasty public toilets, you’ll love GoGirl. GoGirl is
for active women of all types and ages.

You have to admit, whether you love or hate the actual product idea, their marketing efforts should be commended. Personally, I love the logo and especially the tagline, Don't Take Life Sitting Down. The naming, GoGirl is clever and memorable. And I love how the logo mimics the women's public bathroom symbol in a playful manner. Kudos to their design/marketing team!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Who says there's nothing to do in Minot?

I was just thinking today of everything going on this month and thought it was worth a post. You may find yourself looking for something fun to do this month and it seems as though the nice weather has finally arrived! Just off the top of my head:

9-2-09: Young Professionals Ambassador Team Bring Your Own Picnic
Casual, bring your own food, meeting by the splash pad in Oak Park. 5:30-7:30 Come socialize or bring the kids for a playdate.

9-3-09: Youth Outdoor Festival
Never been to this, but it sounds interesting. 5:30-7:30 at the ND State Fairgrounds Game and Fish Pond Area. Local wildlife clubs will host outdoor activities for area youth! Waterfowl, upland game, fishing, archery, and more outdoor activities! Come join us for outdoor education, BBQ prizes and more!

9-05-09: MSU's first home football game. Tailgating and a 'Red Out' and hello....FREE FOOD! Go Beavers!!

Labor Day weekend: Motor Magic
Drag Racing, Historic Military Vehicle Display, Nodak Speedway Racing, Motorcycle Poker Run, Classic Car Auction, Classic Car Show, SCCA Auto Cross, Enduro Race, Demolition Derby, Vendor Displays, Simulated Impaired Driving Experience, Vintage & Racing Snowmobile Display

9-10-09: Chamber Business After Hours at the Norsk Hostfest
Always a good time to socialize and network. Hostfest is in September this year. UffDa

9-12-09: Downtown Fall Festival
Fun for the family. We like to check out the places downtown, including the Railroad museum. My son loves trains and we even walked away with some 'Thomas' treasures last year and a conductors hat. Festival filled with dance and drumline performances, classic car show, carnival games, bingo, rhubarb baking contest, craft and food booths, historic Minot book signing and presentation, and Farmer's Market. There will also be a petting zoo, horse and trailer rides, in store demonstrations, scavenger hunt, Classic Rock DJ, and so much more!

9-13-09: Grandparents Day at the Zoo
Free for grandma and gramps to take the little ones. And our zoo rocks!! We love it there. My son's favorites are the Otters and Giraffes. Penguins are always cute, too!

9-14-09: Young Professionals Network Membership Meeting
If you are between the ages of 21-39 and haven't checked out what YP is all about, here is your chance. Grand International at 6:30. Current members can also take care of their dues (a whole $25 a year) and offer input for what they would like to see in the next year. At 7:30, Dr. John Girard will presenting Social Media for Business Purposes and afterward, there will be a cash bar and Monday Night Football on the big screen.

9-15-09: YP Power Hour
Grand International 12:05pm. Lunch and speaker Alan Walter, Public Works Director, talking about infrastructure projects going on in and around Minot. Who knew this stuff would ever interest me, but it is a nice chance to hear things you may never have heard before. Any type of professional development is a good thing, not to mention, to know the ins and outs of what's going on in our community.

9-17-09: Downtown's Association Wine Walk
Oh my my, did I have fun at this last year. Not only do you get to sample wine (and a little sock-it-to-ya Saki) in every establishment downtown, there is food and socializing. Should your goal be to fill up your passport, make sure you have a DD waiting for you (or they will provide a ride home if you need it)! I think this idea is just great. It's a wonderful way to visit businesses downtown that you may never known existed before. Very cool!

9-17-09: The View's Best Burger Cook-off Benefit
If Burgers and Beer are more your thing, this may be the way to go. IT sounds interesting to me. Probably because everyone at the View is so awesome and those ol' folks just know how to have a good time!! (Did you know they have Happy Hour and a bar at The View?) This event is a fundraiser to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Local celebrities will begin judging the burgers at 4:30pm. Following the judging, diners are welcome to sample the burgers any time between 5pm and 6:30pm. To complete the meal, beans, chips and condiments will be provided. A cash bar will also be available.

9-19-09: Souris Valley Garlic and Grape Festival
More wine!! I haven't been to this before, but it sounds fun. (Bring your Altoids) Hosted by Zone 3A Lions Clubs. Wine tasting, garlic laced foods, and craft booths. Educational classes and entertainment offered all day. Festival hours are 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

9-21-09: Unity in Our Community
YP and MSU team up together again this year to bring an informative speaker to our community. Bill Rancic is slated to speak this year at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at 6:30pm. For those that don't know, Bill Rancic was Trump's original Apprentice and can be seen on the A&E channel series, "We Mean Business" Saturday mornings. His bio is filled with much success, so it should prove to be a very interesting and informative evening.

9-21-09 thru 9-26-09 MSU Homecoming Week
Lots and lots of events to take it. Support your community's University! If you haven't been on the campuses of MSU in awhile, take some time to visit and attend some events. It's sure a lot different from the days I was there! Go Beavers!

9-26-09: Kiwanis Pancake Day
I've never been, but I'm thinking everyone should go get their grub on before the MSU Homecoming festivities for the day!

9-26-09: MSU Homecoming Football
Parade in the morning. And again, tailgating and football in the fall. I don't think many could ask for more...I know my husband would agree

9-26-09: YP MSU Homecoming United Way Social
Come to the Barley Pop after the MSU Homecoming football game (5pm-8pm) for all you can eat and drink (keg beer) for just $10. Door prizes will be given away throughout the event. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Souris Valley United Way. Rah Rah Rah and a keg of beer!

So there you have it. Nothing like a Community Calendar by Candace, huh? I'm sure there are a lot more things going on around town. It looks like September will prove to be a very fun filled month with my family and friends!

more events here and here

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

When to BS and when not to BS

A random thought today...I saw an email recently where the signature had the name and the contact info, etc. No big deal. Just a regular email signature, right? But after the first and last name, it listed the letters BS, University of XYZ. Bachelor of Science. I get it. But, are we really doing this now?? Is this something that is the norm and I'm just out of the loop?

I always thought that attaching initials to your name was pretty much standard practice for these groups:

1. You are an MBA, a MFA, whatever. If you have your masters degree and went through all that additional work, then heck yes, display it proudly!! Same for PhD and so forth.
2. Anyone in the medical profession
3. Anyone in the military

Now, don't get me wrong, I am very proud of my educational background and the fact that I hold a few degrees. But enough to place it in my email signature? I think not.

Tell me your thoughts.

Is stamping your BS just a bunch of BS?