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Happy birthday, CK 🎂 🎉

Posted Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 03:36 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 3:36 PM

One more until the big one…

Kid one must be home

Posted Thursday, June 21st, 2018 06:58 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family at 6:58 PM

Such a creative artist 👩‍🎨

Cisco Live! Orlando 2018

Posted Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 03:08 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Food,Technology,Travel,Work at 3:08 PM

Last week I attended my second Cisco Live! conference in Orlando (last year was my first in Vegas; next year will be San Diego). It blows my mind how much it must cost to host 25,000 people in a facility like the Orange County Convention Center – setup, food twice a day, video production for keynotes and sessions, utilities, staffing, etc. And then there was the customer appreciation event Wednesday night at Universal Studios, which not only included exclusive access to the original park for four hours, but also had free food and drinks everywhere and big name concerts from Leon Bridges, Cake and Sam Hunt. No wonder my annual maintenance bill never goes down…

Speaking of bills, I needed to do this trip on the cheap, so I stayed with my brother and his wife and leaned on them for ground transportation (along with some 25% off Lyft rides). He took me to Animal Kingdom on Sunday night after I arrived so I could check out the new(ish) Avatar stuff. Na’vi River Journey has the cool Audio-Animatronics Shaman of Songs, while Flight of Passage lived up to the nearly two hour wait. We had dinner at the excellent Satu’li Canteen, which really elevates the whole theme park food quality experience, in my opinion.

My conference pass this time was a new intermediate “Imagine” badge, so I didn’t get access to all of the sessions (or a T-shirt or backpack). It did get me into all of the keynotes and Innovation Showcase presentations, though, along with the “World of Solutions” trade show, the party at Universal and free food for breakfast and lunch each day. I found most of the sessions to be useful and not just a week-long sales pitch to buy new stuff (like you get at some conferences). I learned about a lot of new technology trends, including improved security techniques, software-defined networking and container-based development, along with the evolution of the Cisco platforms and products we’ve deployed at the stadium (which thankfully I don’t need to replace right away).

After the conference wrapped up, I had a little extra time to kill before flying home (I wish the standby rules for Delta were more customer friendly). I spent some more time checking out all the changes at Disney Springs, where I had had dinner earlier in the week with my brother at Art Smith’s wonderful Homecomin’ restaurant. World of Disney was half-closed for remodeling, but I still managed to find some things for people. It was interesting to see retail additions like UNIQLO and the dining scene continues to impress with the likes of Morimoto Asia, Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar and The Boathouse (in addition to all of the old favorites). Also caught Deadpool 2 at the AMC and made a quick trip to Tampa to check out the very impressive Seminole Hard Rock Tampa complex.

See you in San Diego?

Happy Father’s Day

Posted Sunday, June 17th, 2018 10:47 am GMT -5 in Family,Holidays at 10:47 AM

Wish I could be in Grand Marais with you today

Disney Springs night

Posted Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 06:25 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Food,Travel at 6:25 PM

Iron Chef, no more! Hitting up Art Smith’s Homecomin’

Hard to believe it’s 20 years

Posted Sunday, June 10th, 2018 06:33 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Travel at 6:33 PM

Mr. Safari from day one

The family tree

Posted Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 09:49 am GMT -5 in Family,History at 9:49 AM

Mom, dad and both grandparents on the marryin’ day

Wasn’t expecting this

Posted Monday, May 28th, 2018 08:35 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Shopping at 8:35 PM

Kinda like finding a “Bort”

First hooptie for kid one

Posted Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 11:13 pm GMT -5 in Cars,Family at 11:13 PM

Slug bug blue

Artist at work

Posted Sunday, May 20th, 2018 11:10 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family at 11:10 PM

So nice to have SK back in Lowertown

Sisters reunited

Posted Sunday, May 20th, 2018 04:51 pm GMT -5 in Family at 4:51 PM

SK has returned from Ohio

Barbie tables

Posted Saturday, May 19th, 2018 01:24 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 1:24 PM

MK schooling me @ Big River Pizza

Happy Mother’s Day, CK

Posted Sunday, May 13th, 2018 09:24 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 9:24 PM

Hope Santa made it to the U on time

Up on the roof

Posted Monday, May 7th, 2018 08:08 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 8:08 PM

Took long enough this year

SES Prom 2018

Posted Monday, May 7th, 2018 02:10 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 2:10 PM

Last Friday was MK’s first School of Environmental Studies prom, which was held in the Wabasha Street Caves. We took a few pictures of the fancy couple at the top of Ramsey Hill before a pit stop at Big River Pizza and their dinner at Louis (pics after the jump).

Only one year left. 😕


Posted Sunday, April 29th, 2018 11:54 pm GMT -5 in Family,Housekeeping,Personal at 11:54 PM

So much work left to do

Crawling with art

Posted Sunday, April 29th, 2018 11:53 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family at 11:53 PM

I spy someone’s reflection

BRP first timer

Posted Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 10:08 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 10:08 PM

Finally got Grumps down to see MK

Manhattan Beach FTW

Posted Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 06:34 pm GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 6:34 PM

Still my favorite in South Bay

The beachcomber

Posted Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 06:31 pm GMT -5 in Family,Nature,Travel at 6:31 PM

SK ❤️ seashells

🎶 City of stars… ❤️

Posted Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 06:30 pm GMT -5 in Family,Movies,Travel at 6:30 PM

La La Land Day, part II

Boysenberry everything

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 05:53 pm GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 5:53 PM

This place has changed a lot

Toy Story 1, Buzz 0

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:39 am GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Games,Travel at 11:39 AM

At least I beat her on one of them

Luigi knows how to drive

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:29 am GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Travel at 11:29 AM

Such an original “simple” ride

🎶 Remember me… ❤️

Posted Sunday, April 1st, 2018 03:40 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Travel at 3:40 PM

Coco forever

We are all Groot

Posted Sunday, April 1st, 2018 12:34 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Movies,Travel at 12:34 PM

They better leave the Tower alone in Florida

Grand Central = Midtown Global

Posted Sunday, April 1st, 2018 12:13 am GMT -5 in Art,Family,Food,Travel at 12:13 AM

Just warmer (and with pigeons)

Spring has sprung

Posted Thursday, March 29th, 2018 03:34 am GMT -5 in Family,Travel,Weather at 3:34 AM

At least in Nevada

Lions, Tigers and Dolphins

Posted Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 08:19 pm GMT -5 in Family,Nature,Travel at 8:19 PM

MK @ the Secret Garden

Gordo owns Vegas now

Posted Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 12:07 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 12:07 PM

Seriously, he’s everywhere now

These scallops are raw!

Posted Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 03:22 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 3:22 PM

SK @ Gordo’s Vegas

Damn tourists

Posted Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 01:55 pm GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 1:55 PM

Had to stop – it was on the way


Posted Sunday, March 25th, 2018 12:02 am GMT -5 in Family,Music,Quotes at 12:02 AM

I’m an outlaw. Quick on the draw. Somethin’ you’ve never seen before…

Wild vs. Preds, Audi Edition

Posted Saturday, March 24th, 2018 11:42 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Hockey at 11:42 PM

Tonight’s 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators was a great game for the home team, who are in a tight playoff race. It was also a great game for Colleen and I, as we were invited by my uncle to sit with him in the Audi Quattro seats. These seats are not available for every game (it’s the spot where Pierre McGuire stands between the benches when NBC does the broadcast), but they were up for auction to season ticket holders and my uncle bid and won. This was a good thing, because the face value of $1550 per seat is just a little out of my price range.

We had to register our car ahead of time so we could park where the players park. Our little Honda Civic fit right in with the Mercedes, Audis and the Maserati. Our friendly host for the night, Jared, met us at the loading dock and took us to the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Club for dinner. Matt Anderson made an appearance and we had a very nice buffet dinner before down to ice level. The team photographer took shots of us outside the locker room and on the Wild bench before warmups. We also got to watch the team exit the locker room before we hit up the Audi Quattro Club.

Sitting between the two benches was really something else. We couldn’t hear as much banter as I would’ve liked, as the plastic “glass” around us was tall and fairly sound-proof. There were a few f-bombs dropped towards Koivu and Prosser, which was very entertaining. I wish I had a better camera with me than just my phone, but you can see the best shots after the jump.

After the first period, Jared escorted us up to the press box for a tour, which was fun. I’ve been up there before, but never during a game. Got to say hi to Russo in the hallway and took a peek inside their video control room before heading back to the seats (and missing the first Wild goal while riding the elevator back down to main concourse). We skipped going back to the Quattro Club and headed to our car immediately after the game (which had surprise gift bags in the back seat). Nice game experience touches, to be sure…

Winter market almost over

Posted Saturday, March 24th, 2018 01:11 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 1:11 PM

SK @ Octo

Kindle on, dude

Posted Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 06:53 pm GMT -5 in Family,Reading,Shopping at 6:53 PM

Colleen’s Third Kindle

Ready for prom

Posted Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 01:47 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion at 1:47 PM

Beautiful dress for a beautiful girl

She’s back running

Posted Monday, March 12th, 2018 09:59 pm GMT -5 in Family,Running at 9:59 PM

Two miles along the mighty Mississippi

Matching smiles

Posted Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 10:21 pm GMT -5 in Family at 10:21 PM

MK and Piggy

Dad’s new roommate

Posted Monday, March 5th, 2018 05:22 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 5:22 PM

At least for a few weeks

No longer a teen 😢

Posted Saturday, February 17th, 2018 05:22 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays at 5:22 PM

Happy birthday, SK ❤️🎉🎂

Had to do this one

Posted Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 10:00 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal,Sports at 10:00 PM

Miss you, Mom ❤️

Kinda strange, but good

Posted Thursday, February 8th, 2018 02:48 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 2:48 PM

Fish and chips @ Dark Horse

The hats were a hit

Posted Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 10:50 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion,Football at 10:50 PM

Hey kids, line up here in front of the Johnnie Walker

So. Much. Fun.

Posted Saturday, January 20th, 2018 08:58 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends,Holidays at 8:58 PM

The Lowertown Speakeasy was a hit

What a Wonderful World

Posted Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 08:19 am GMT -5 in Family,Music,Quotes at 8:19 AM

I see friends shaking hands, saying how do you do? They’re really saying I love you…

Edge of Seventeen

Posted Thursday, January 11th, 2018 06:04 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays at 6:04 PM

It’s technically birthday week, so she gets presents

RIP Karen Kingsbury, 1944-2017

Posted Monday, January 8th, 2018 11:40 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 11:40 PM

It’s taken me a while to start writing this post, as I’ve been left rather speechless since my mother passed away on December 22. She had multiple health issues over the years, but this all happened too quickly and it seems I’m still stuck in the denial stage of grief. We were just talking a few weeks ago – I told her about the great Christmas tree we got from the farmers market and how I was sorry the Garrison Keillor show I was going to take her to at the Cedar had been cancelled. I read her the list of songs on the 2017 edition of the Kingsbury Christmas Sampler and was proud to show her the artwork that SK created for the cover (even though I don’t think she fully supported our move to Lowertown – “Are you sure you’re safe down there?”).

My mom loved to spoil us kids, much to the peril of her own financial stability. I remember her driving my brother and I out to LaBelle’s in Roseville when she knew they would get new shipments of Star Wars figures so both of us could fill our Darth Vader cases full of characters. Christmas was always way overdone, with huge piles of presents for each of us. We were an airline family and basically used those flight benefits to alternate between the two centers of the Disney universe – Florida and California – sometimes multiple times a year. And every summer included at least one week on the North Shore, usually in a cabin on Croftville Road.

When Colleen and I had kids, SK and MK were instantly showered with love and attention by the newly minted grandma. My mom played a huge part in the lives of my daughters and helped shape the wonderful people they have become. She happily served as babysitter and chauffeur for many years and attended countless band and choir concerts, swim meets and other school events. As they grew older and could drive themselves, both still liked getting together and having lunch with my mom on a regular basis at a number of their favorite spots around town.

It’s always tough to lose a family member, but it’s especially rough around the holidays. My mom’s dad also passed away in December four years ago, so this was really a double whammy. I’m glad that my mom didn’t have to suffer, though, and that most of our family was able to be with her at the end. I’d like to thank the ICU staff at Fairview Southdale hospital for their expert care and to Dr. Gary Knudsen, who was her primary care physician for as long as I can remember. Thanks also to everyone who has expressed their condolences and reached out to our family in this time of grief. But most of all, I want to thank my mom, one of the kindest, most caring people I’ve ever known.

Love you, mom. ❤️

Obituary from Mueller-Bies and photo gallery after the jump.

September 1, 1944 – December 22, 2017
Age 73 of St. Paul, died peacefully after heart failure December 22, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.

Her soul was generous, overflowing with love and putting all others before herself. Beloved grandma, mom, wife, sister and aunt, Karen loved the North Shore of Lake Superior, reading, quilting, Disney, Hallmark cards and above all spending time with her family. She retained her sharp humor and wit, a progressive thinker.

Preceded in death by parents, Helen and Donald Smith.

Survived by husband, Michael; sons, David (Colleen) and Brian (Patti); daughter Lynn; brothers, Greg, and Jeff (Joyce); sisters, Stacey (Dick) Kohner, and Linda (David) Arcand; granddaughters, Sasha and Marisa; niece, Laura (Aaron) Moser (sons Wyatt and Ethan); and nephews, Thomas (Jean) Smith (children Arianna and Galen) and Peter Smith.

Karen attended St. Paul Central High School, Macalester College and Winona State University, studying geology. She retired from Northwest Airlines after a long career in reservations. Her family thanks Dr. Knudsen for many years of excellent care.

A visitation will held from 4 – 8 PM Thursday, December 28 at MUELLER-BIES FUNERAL HOME – ROSEVILLE, 2130 N. Dale St. @ County Rd B.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to American Heart Association.

End of an era

Posted Saturday, January 6th, 2018 03:23 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,History at 3:23 PM

Please don’t mess up the legacy

New year, new calendar

Posted Thursday, January 4th, 2018 09:08 am GMT -5 in Disney,Family at 9:08 AM

Thanks again, Uncle Brian

Let’s take a peek…

Posted Saturday, December 16th, 2017 03:17 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Museums at 3:17 PM

Pedicord Apts.

My first visit to the Fred

Posted Saturday, December 16th, 2017 03:09 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Museums,Music at 3:09 PM

Prince from Minneapolis, University of Minnesota

Merry Christmas to SK

Posted Friday, December 15th, 2017 08:25 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family at 8:25 PM

More ink on the schedule

Best hoodie ever?

Posted Monday, December 11th, 2017 11:42 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion,Shopping at 11:42 PM

I think I’ve been scammed (but MK wears it well)

Family Portrait 2017

Posted Saturday, December 9th, 2017 09:50 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 9:50 PM

City Doge included

People > Food

Posted Saturday, December 9th, 2017 02:50 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Food,Personal at 2:50 PM

The 2017 best nine

Lights on in Rice Park

Posted Monday, November 20th, 2017 10:33 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays,Weather at 10:33 PM

Cold, but pretty

My favorite house guest

Posted Monday, November 13th, 2017 10:02 pm GMT -5 in Family,Television at 10:02 PM

Stranger Things 2 marathon for kid one

Big yawns

Posted Sunday, November 5th, 2017 11:17 am GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 11:17 AM

The city doge abides

They are the floor

Posted Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 07:10 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Friends,Music at 7:10 PM

MK and EW @ Macklemore, Palace

Tonight we met Ted

Posted Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 10:31 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends at 10:31 PM

So great catching up with Yuki @ Saint Dinette

More beautiful SK art

Posted Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 06:32 am GMT -5 in Art,Family at 6:32 AM

Lowertown, St. Paul, MN

My favorite mermaid

Posted Friday, October 27th, 2017 08:44 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 8:44 PM

Get to Octo, everybody, it’s awesome

A turkey to close 🦃 🎳

Posted Thursday, October 19th, 2017 08:42 am GMT -5 in Family,Sports,Travel at 8:42 AM

Not bad for being rusty

It’s lit

Posted Thursday, October 5th, 2017 10:42 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 10:42 PM

School conferences in Apple Valley for kid two

I miss my grandfather 

Posted Thursday, September 21st, 2017 01:40 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal,Work at 1:40 PM

Thank-you box from 3M arrived in my office today

Ready for Gorillaz 

Posted Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 08:01 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music at 8:01 PM


MK @ Revival

Posted Friday, September 15th, 2017 08:10 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 8:10 PM

Saint Paul secretly kicks Minneapolis’ ass

SK @ Red Rabbit

Posted Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 05:54 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 5:54 PM

Cool space, OK food

Collegiate housing

Posted Saturday, September 9th, 2017 04:11 pm GMT -5 in Family,Housekeeping at 4:11 PM

SK has built an awesome spot


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  • Liz Phair - 9/15, First Ave
  • Hamilton - 9/18, State
  • Leon Bridges - 9/20, Palace
  • Avett Brothers - 10/11, Mystic Lake
  • Ed Sheeran - 10/20, USBS
  • Hippo Campus - 11/23, Palace
  • Elton John - 2/21/19, Target Center
  • P!nk - 5/5/19, Xcel