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We can see a greener future

Posted Friday, January 22nd, 2021 09:54 am GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 9:54 AM

Taking in the flourishing view from the Flora Observatory

Originally published by DK on January 22, 2021 at 9:54 am

Farah’s Feline Flip

Posted Saturday, January 16th, 2021 09:41 am GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 9:41 AM

We found an oasis of fun @TwoDots

Originally published by DK on January 16, 2021 at 9:41 am

Luna needs a boyfriend

Posted Sunday, January 10th, 2021 09:36 pm GMT -6 in Art,Pets at 9:36 PM

Anotherloverholenyohead

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2021 at 9:36 pm

No better way to travel

Posted Saturday, January 9th, 2021 12:33 am GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 12:33 AM

It’s a dizzying trip along these Spiraling Streets

Originally published by DK on January 9, 2021 at 12:33 am

Slacked off this week

Posted Thursday, December 31st, 2020 02:55 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 2:55 PM

Guess you need seven perfect rounds to re-enter the top 50

Originally published by DK on December 31, 2020 at 2:55 pm

All 1500 in their place

Posted Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 01:41 am GMT -6 in Art,Design,Disney,Games at 1:41 AM

I was convinced a few we’re missing…

Originally published by DK on December 30, 2020 at 1:41 am

Two down, one to go

Posted Monday, December 28th, 2020 08:34 am GMT -6 in Art,Disney,Games at 8:34 AM

These have been awesome – thanks, Brian and Patti!

Originally published by DK on December 28, 2020 at 8:34 am

Re-building nature from scratch

Posted Sunday, December 20th, 2020 10:12 am GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 10:12 AM

We came in contact with a new type of life in the Biolab Boulevard

Originally published by DK on December 20, 2020 at 10:12 am

Midnight Gala ‘20

Posted Sunday, December 20th, 2020 07:51 am GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 7:51 AM

From different corners of the world, we still found each other…

Originally published by DK on December 20, 2020 at 7:51 am

Frosty Festive Flip ✅

Posted Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 04:02 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games,Holidays at 4:02 PM

Two Dots is my pandemic lifeline

Originally published by DK on December 15, 2020 at 4:02 pm

Minnesota Zoo Nature Illuminated

Posted Sunday, December 13th, 2020 10:42 pm GMT -6 in Art,Family,Nature at 10:42 PM

The “new zoo” has been impacted in unique ways by the pandemic, so we were happy to help support them via the drive-thru Nature Illuminated experience that runs through January 17. Prices vary by day, with discounts for zoo members (we paid $50 for our car of four people). The inflatable animals and lighting are set up in the eastern parking lots (near the school that SK and MK attended), which you enter and exit from the main zoo entrance on McAndrews. There is an audio program you can stream from your phone that ties in with the sequence of the animals, who are grouped much like the zoo itself. You are asked to drive with just your parking lights and the leisurely pace was just right, allowing for photos and an overall time of about 40 minutes.


Originally published by DK on December 13, 2020 at 10:42 pm

Personal Best?

Posted Thursday, December 10th, 2020 07:16 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 7:16 PM

Still shooting for top 100

Originally published by DK on December 10, 2020 at 7:16 pm

Bananas 🍌

Posted Thursday, December 10th, 2020 04:34 pm GMT -6 in Art,Personal at 4:34 PM

Scenes from a walk, part 396

Originally published by DK on December 10, 2020 at 4:34 pm

Flashing lights and pretty colours

Posted Thursday, December 10th, 2020 12:28 am GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 12:28 AM

We flew through the Binary Borough

Originally published by DK on December 10, 2020 at 12:28 am

Happily ever after

Posted Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 09:37 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 9:37 PM

…in the Enchanted Kingdom

Originally published by DK on December 2, 2020 at 9:37 pm

Trapped in the Tangled Tower

Posted Thursday, November 26th, 2020 10:14 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 10:14 PM

The lock is no match for these locks!

Originally published by DK on November 26, 2020 at 10:14 pm

Shelly’s Salty Flip

Posted Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 02:12 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 2:12 PM

Thanks for the mental break, Two Dots

Originally published by DK on November 25, 2020 at 2:12 pm

Gotta walk outside now

Posted Saturday, November 21st, 2020 06:19 pm GMT -6 in Art,Sports at 6:19 PM

Miss the treadmill (never thought I’d say those words)

Originally published by DK on November 21, 2020 at 6:19 pm

Don’t make a sound

Posted Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 08:07 am GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 8:07 AM

The wyrm watches our every step in the Tempting Trove

Originally published by DK on November 11, 2020 at 8:07 am

Burgeoning Beanstalk

Posted Monday, November 2nd, 2020 10:18 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 10:18 PM

A giant fortune awaits you…

Originally published by DK on November 2, 2020 at 10:18 pm

Jerks.

Posted Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 01:24 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Food,Shopping at 1:24 PM

Brake Bread 🍞

Originally published by DK on October 22, 2020 at 1:24 pm

Danger lurks in these wild woods

Posted Saturday, October 17th, 2020 08:02 am GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 8:02 AM

Don’t stray from the path in the Howling Hollow

Originally published by DK on October 17, 2020 at 8:02 am

Not a bad day’s work

Posted Thursday, October 15th, 2020 11:17 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 11:17 PM

Haven’t seen world rankings like that for a while

Originally published by DK on October 15, 2020 at 11:17 pm

Freddy’s Freaky Flip

Posted Monday, October 12th, 2020 08:14 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 8:14 PM

Ghost Dots, Pods, and Zappers, oh my!

Originally published by DK on October 12, 2020 at 8:14 pm

Hearing creaky noises?

Posted Sunday, October 4th, 2020 05:09 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 5:09 PM

Come freak out at the Spooky Soirée

Originally published by DK on October 4, 2020 at 5:09 pm

Big Two Dots Milestone

Posted Thursday, October 1st, 2020 08:30 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 8:30 PM

Made it to 3000 (almost all with three stars)

Originally published by DK on October 1, 2020 at 8:30 pm

Pandemic crop art

Posted Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 06:50 pm GMT -6 in Art,Food at 6:50 PM

Do it yourself in 2020

Originally published by DK on September 22, 2020 at 6:50 pm

Waters of Hammerhead Harbor

Posted Sunday, September 20th, 2020 09:21 am GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 9:21 AM

Find wondrous beauty in a sunken city

Originally published by DK on September 20, 2020 at 9:21 am

Art + Flowers + SK = ❤️

Posted Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 11:29 pm GMT -6 in Art,Family,Nature at 11:29 PM

She is so talented

Originally published by DK on September 16, 2020 at 11:29 pm

Chipper’s Cheeky Flip

Posted Monday, September 14th, 2020 07:38 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 7:38 PM

We went nuts over this Flip!

Originally published by DK on September 14, 2020 at 7:38 pm

Take a break amidst the bubbles

Posted Friday, September 4th, 2020 04:54 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 4:54 PM

Calmly drift along the colonnades of the Pearly Palace…

Originally published by DK on September 4, 2020 at 4:54 pm

Virtual Crop Art!

Posted Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 09:15 am GMT -6 in Art,Links,Pop Culture at 9:15 AM

Originally published by DK on September 3, 2020 at 9:15 am

New art at the office

Posted Thursday, August 20th, 2020 09:52 pm GMT -6 in Art,Football,Work at 9:52 PM

Lower Pentair lobby @ USBS

Originally published by DK on August 20, 2020 at 9:52 pm

What nautical surprises await us?

Posted Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 11:45 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 11:45 PM

We unearthed a hidden empire beyond the seaweed sanctuary

Originally published by DK on August 19, 2020 at 11:45 pm

Kiyomi Koi Flip

Posted Monday, August 17th, 2020 09:20 am GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 9:20 AM

That one took a while, Two Dots

Originally published by DK on August 17, 2020 at 9:20 am

Dressed for success

Posted Thursday, August 6th, 2020 12:35 am GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 12:35 AM

Constantly changing costumes in the Wondrous Wardrobe!

Originally published by DK on August 6, 2020 at 12:35 am

Small dots always find big fun

Posted Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 08:47 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 8:47 PM

…in our Tiny Wonderland

Originally published by DK on July 29, 2020 at 8:47 pm

Soderbergh, Reznor & Dr. Jones

Posted Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 10:18 am GMT -6 in Art,Movies,Music,Pop Culture at 10:18 AM

http://extension765.com/soderblogh/18-raiders

Originally published by DK on July 29, 2020 at 10:18 am

The board mounts arrived

Posted Monday, July 27th, 2020 04:34 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Pop Culture,Sports,Work at 4:34 PM

Too bad there won’t be a fourth

Originally published by DK on July 27, 2020 at 4:34 pm

Explore the Pulley Passageway

Posted Sunday, July 26th, 2020 11:01 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 11:01 PM

We’ve got a backstage pass

Originally published by DK on July 26, 2020 at 11:01 pm

Primus’ Prehistoric Flip

Posted Saturday, July 25th, 2020 09:58 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 9:58 PM

Got this one done just under the wire

Originally published by DK on July 25, 2020 at 9:58 pm

Saw an old friend today

Posted Friday, July 24th, 2020 12:43 am GMT -6 in Art,History,Science at 12:43 AM

Iggy from the block

Originally published by DK on July 24, 2020 at 12:43 am

MK art class final project

Posted Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 10:14 pm GMT -6 in Art,Family,Schools at 10:14 PM

Up, up and away!

Originally published by DK on July 22, 2020 at 10:14 pm

Curtain Call Central

Posted Saturday, July 11th, 2020 10:24 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 10:24 PM

We basked in the light…

Originally published by DK on July 11, 2020 at 10:24 pm

What Lorin does on breaks?

Posted Saturday, June 27th, 2020 12:05 am GMT -6 in Art,Politics at 12:05 AM

Outside Octo Fishbar, Lowertown

Originally published by DK on June 27, 2020 at 12:05 am

Tickets Please

Posted Thursday, June 25th, 2020 01:35 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 1:35 PM

It’s opening night at the Premiere Playhouse

Originally published by DK on June 25, 2020 at 1:35 pm

Perfect Duo

Posted Monday, June 22nd, 2020 08:22 pm GMT -6 in Art,Movies at 8:22 PM

Wish I could’ve pulled the other two colors

Originally published by DK on June 22, 2020 at 8:22 pm

SNOL!!!

Posted Sunday, June 21st, 2020 05:35 pm GMT -6 in Art,Family,Holidays,Pets at 5:35 PM

Best Father’s Day card ever

Originally published by DK on June 21, 2020 at 5:35 pm

Nice work, MN Lottery

Posted Friday, June 19th, 2020 01:55 pm GMT -6 in Art,Casinos,Design,Games at 1:55 PM

Such pretty graphic design

Originally published by DK on June 19, 2020 at 1:55 pm

Can you hear the foghorn?

Posted Saturday, June 13th, 2020 06:41 am GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 6:41 AM

Basking in the glow of the lofty lighthouse

Originally published by DK on June 13, 2020 at 6:41 am

Happy birthday Two Dots

Posted Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 07:19 am GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 7:19 AM

Six Satisfying Years!

Originally published by DK on June 10, 2020 at 7:19 am

Wes Anderson’s Grand Marais

Posted Monday, June 8th, 2020 01:53 pm GMT -6 in Art,Movies,Travel at 1:53 PM

The Beaver House

Originally published by DK on June 8, 2020 at 1:53 pm

Soaring to new heights

Posted Monday, June 1st, 2020 01:31 am GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 1:31 AM

…at Puffin Point

Originally published by DK on June 1, 2020 at 1:31 am

Summer Shindig 2020

Posted Friday, May 29th, 2020 01:50 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 1:50 PM

I found all the goodies, Two Dots

Originally published by DK on May 29, 2020 at 1:50 pm

Oh boy, Two Dots has a new game

Posted Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 10:45 am GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 10:45 AM

These are my people

Originally published by DK on May 23, 2020 at 10:45 am

Almost set a Two Dots PR

Posted Thursday, May 21st, 2020 10:44 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 10:44 PM

I think I was four spots too high

Originally published by DK on May 21, 2020 at 10:44 pm

Luna Still Life

Posted Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 12:25 pm GMT -6 in Art,Pets at 12:25 PM

She’s just a baby bird

Originally published by DK on May 13, 2020 at 12:25 pm

Forest of foliage

Posted Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 01:57 am GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 1:57 AM

Studying nature’s colors

Originally published by DK on May 13, 2020 at 1:57 am

Hummel Bin #1

Posted Sunday, May 10th, 2020 04:11 pm GMT -6 in Art,Family,Shopping at 4:11 PM

In honor of Mother’s Day 2020, I thought I would finally start the “Hummel Project.” As part of the sale of the house on Lombard, I bubble-wrapped most of mom’s Hummel figurines and filled several bins that now take up half of my dining room. I’m not sure what to do with them – the market for Hummels was bad even before the current situation. My goal is to take photos of each one, then try to find them new homes.

If you see any you’d like (or know of a place that might be interested in them), please drop me a note. Photo gallery of the first bin after the jump.


Originally published by DK on May 10, 2020 at 4:11 pm

Magnús’s Mighty Flip

Posted Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 01:15 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 1:15 PM

Thanks again, Two Dots, for the entertainment

Originally published by DK on May 3, 2020 at 1:15 pm

What’s around the river bend?

Posted Thursday, April 30th, 2020 12:22 am GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 12:22 AM

Following the flow in Mergansers Bay

Originally published by DK on April 30, 2020 at 12:22 am

My two best ever

Posted Thursday, April 16th, 2020 11:08 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 11:08 PM

I’ll keep trying for a two digit ranking…

Originally published by DK on April 16, 2020 at 11:08 pm

We fetched our prize

Posted Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 03:54 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 3:54 PM

Delightful treasures littered the Canine Collection

Originally published by DK on April 15, 2020 at 3:54 pm

LOL – well played, CP

Posted Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 10:28 am GMT -6 in Art,News at 10:28 AM

Social distancing is hard

Originally published by DK on April 8, 2020 at 10:28 am

Probably not the North Shore

Posted Sunday, April 5th, 2020 04:18 pm GMT -6 in Art,Family,History at 4:18 PM

But my mom really liked it

Originally published by DK on April 5, 2020 at 4:18 pm

We stopped the countdown

Posted Saturday, April 4th, 2020 09:54 am GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 9:54 AM

…in the Launch Pad Lair

Originally published by DK on April 4, 2020 at 9:54 am

In between conference calls

Posted Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 02:30 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 2:30 PM

Not too shabby for limited attention

Originally published by DK on April 2, 2020 at 2:30 pm

Sheltering in Lowertown

Posted Saturday, March 28th, 2020 09:10 pm GMT -6 in Art,Family,Personal at 9:10 PM

Like many people around the world, the pandemic has been a difficult thing for me to process. I don’t have any particular expertise in the science behind it, but I’m married to the Corona Queen, I like to follow sites like this and I spent a lot of time last week getting our office configured and trained for an indefinite work from home scenario. Most of the things listed in my Twitter bio have shut down and it will likely be months before things return to some semblance of normal.

But we are very fortunate to still get outside to walk, run or bike, have money to order take-out from our favorite local restaurants and have reliable high-speed internet to cross off shows we always wanted to watch from our Netflix and HBO lists (and, of course, work from home). MK is doing the distance learning thing for the rest of the school year and SK has picked up some hours here and there helping out the Nive Man with take-out downstairs.

The Minnesota COVID-19 numbers so far pale with those in the hardest hit parts of the country (and world). The reports out of places like New York and Italy are terrifying and I worry about those on the front lines, like my Twitter friend @susanruns, who bravely works long hours to save lives in unimaginable conditions. My colleague was scheduled to start a new position in Hong Kong on April 1, but he is currently in limbo until the international travel and quarantine picture becomes clearer. I’m not sure what will happen with my work, but I’ve been trying to mentally prepare for all the different possibilities.

On the medical front, I had a 17-month MRI check-up this week at Hennepin Healthcare (which I thought might get cancelled under the non-essential procedure executive order). The new clinic building was empty – I was the only one in radiology and only saw one other person in the general waiting room. I never really had claustrophobia before, but now that MRI equipment feels like a torture chamber. Thankfully, the tech was done after two shorts scans (one 30 seconds, one four minutes). The resident that met with me pulled up the image and said everything looked great. Dr. Tummala will make the final call, but I shouldn’t have to go back for two more years. At that point, they will decide if it will be another MRI or a more invasive CT angiogram.

Lastly, the situation with my father’s estate made significant progress the past two weeks. With assistance from our friend John Schuster at Richfield Bloomington Honda, we were able to pay off his car loan and sell the car. Today, with the help of Kary Marpe from Edina Realty, we sold the house on Lombard. I thought that process was going to be challenging, given the hoarding nature of my mom (that would be one of my elementary school pictures above), various repairs needed and the pandemic’s impact on the economy. Kary was amazing, though, accurately pricing and listing the property, resulting in multiple offers by day two. If all goes according to plan, we will close on April 10. All that will be left is my dad’s taxes for 2019 (which shouldn’t be too hard).

Stay safe, y’all!

Originally published by DK on March 28, 2020 at 9:10 pm

Fabian’s Finest Flip

Posted Thursday, March 26th, 2020 11:05 pm GMT -6 in Art,Design,Games at 11:05 PM

Back to nothing to do again

Originally published by DK on March 26, 2020 at 11:05 pm

Quarantine art from SK

Posted Friday, March 20th, 2020 03:08 pm GMT -6 in Art,Family,Movies at 3:08 PM

Inspired by Miyazaki-san

Originally published by DK on March 20, 2020 at 3:08 pm
 

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