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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

First day at SES

Posted Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 07:04 am GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 7:04 AM

Only one of these left :-/


Posted Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 01:53 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 1:53 PM

And the onion rings were good too

It’s Burger Time

Posted Friday, August 18th, 2017 12:26 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 12:26 PM

Celebrating the privilege of driving

Saw off her tweeter

Posted Friday, August 18th, 2017 12:24 pm GMT -5 in Family at 12:24 PM

MK goes to juvie court

A very high swing

Posted Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 10:33 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 10:33 PM

Not walk the truss terrifying, but still uncomfortable 

Celebrate Life

Posted Saturday, August 5th, 2017 02:11 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music at 2:11 PM

Hazelfest 2017

“Who bought the shitty Mac?”

Posted Friday, August 4th, 2017 05:42 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Shopping at 5:42 PM

Kids these days

Back at it

Posted Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 09:48 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 9:48 PM

The Tuesday night $5 special with MK

The Science of Pixar

Posted Saturday, July 29th, 2017 07:51 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Friends,Movies,Museums,Science at 7:51 PM

Not what I expected, but still cool stuff

In-seat ordering rocks

Posted Friday, July 28th, 2017 08:12 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Food,Music at 8:12 PM

Dilly Bars, FTW @ Billy Joel

Lunch with this one

Posted Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 01:38 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 1:38 PM

SK @ Mercury Dining Room and Rail

The Twilight Hours at the Cedar

Posted Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 10:45 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music at 10:45 PM

Here’s one from back in March (the 25th, to be exact), when we headed over to the Cedar Cultural Center to see The Twilight Hours. We’ve been big fans of Matt Wilson and John Munson in all of their various projects and try to catch them when we can. They will be playing down the block at Music in Mears this Thursday, which reminded me I never posted pictures from the Cedar show (pics after the jump).

The Counterfactuals and Fathom Lane opened the show, but we were really there to hear songs off The Twilight Hours new album, Black Beauty. I think they played all but two of the new songs, which was nice to experience for the first time. Not much else to say, other than to highly recommend you make your way down to Mears Park this week for a free sample of this great band.


Posted Monday, July 24th, 2017 10:34 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Personal at 10:34 PM

Big River Pizza is cool (#1)

Stripes or solids?

Posted Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 09:13 pm GMT -5 in Family,Friends,Sports at 9:13 PM

Nice to finally play again

Maxwell lunch with SK

Posted Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 12:57 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 12:57 PM

Tried something other than fish and chips

Not the Fourth

Posted Saturday, July 8th, 2017 05:02 pm GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 5:02 PM

…but still lots of fun, though

We had a golden ticket

Posted Thursday, July 6th, 2017 01:33 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 1:33 PM

Free preview week @ the new Portillo’s in Woodbury


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