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The seasonal star returns

Posted Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 01:31 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 1:31 PM

DK Mix @ Candyland

Originally published by DK on May 11, 2021 at 1:31 pm

Number four (and still rough)

Posted Sunday, May 9th, 2021 04:58 pm GMT -5 in Family at 4:58 PM

Thank you, Acacia

Originally published by DK on May 9, 2021 at 4:58 pm

Moms ❤️

Posted Sunday, May 9th, 2021 09:58 am GMT -5 in Family,Holidays at 9:58 AM

Happy Mother’s Day 2021

Originally published by DK on May 9, 2021 at 9:58 am

Snol in the dark

Posted Monday, May 3rd, 2021 09:05 am GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 9:05 AM

Poor Peter Pup – always alone with no night light

Originally published by DK on May 3, 2021 at 9:05 am

Bulldoge Nino Visit

Posted Saturday, April 17th, 2021 10:13 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Games at 10:13 PM

Made another run at the Grand Casino Hinckley Black Orchid ($15K top progressive)

Originally published by DK on April 17, 2021 at 10:13 pm

Quick Banza lunch

Posted Thursday, April 15th, 2021 10:22 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Food at 10:22 PM

…with CK @ Mystic Lake

Originally published by DK on April 15, 2021 at 10:22 pm

New doge cage sticker

Posted Friday, April 9th, 2021 01:59 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 1:59 PM

She’d really say that (if she could talk)

Originally published by DK on April 9, 2021 at 1:59 pm

Giant cheezy & Jell-O eggies

Posted Sunday, April 4th, 2021 01:33 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 1:33 PM

Easter Sunday in Lowertown 🐣

Originally published by DK on April 4, 2021 at 1:33 pm

These two, though ❤️

Posted Thursday, April 1st, 2021 05:58 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 5:58 PM

SK and Snol in Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on April 1, 2021 at 5:58 pm

Desk napper

Posted Friday, March 19th, 2021 01:43 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 1:43 PM

Luna taking a little break

Originally published by DK on March 19, 2021 at 1:43 pm

Pizza with Jeff, Joyce & Peter

Posted Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 06:20 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 6:20 PM

The OG Carbone’s on Randolph

Originally published by DK on March 16, 2021 at 6:20 pm

Biking with the Bulldoge

Posted Saturday, March 6th, 2021 06:37 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Family,Weather at 6:37 PM

March weather in 2021 has been an A+ (so far)

Originally published by DK on March 6, 2021 at 6:37 pm

My little Peter Pup

Posted Monday, March 1st, 2021 07:11 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 7:11 PM

SK visit tonight in Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on March 1, 2021 at 7:11 pm

Peak Duluth

Posted Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 07:52 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Music,Travel at 7:52 PM

Breakfast with my Bulldog at Duluth Grill with “Winners” on the speakers

Originally published by DK on February 17, 2021 at 7:52 pm

Special delivery from kid one

Posted Saturday, February 13th, 2021 11:21 pm GMT -5 in Family,Nature at 11:21 PM

A beautiful arrangement from a beautiful soul

Originally published by DK on February 13, 2021 at 11:21 pm

This little man is a good boy

Posted Saturday, February 13th, 2021 11:18 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 11:18 PM

Lil’ Snoop Snol-E Snol

Originally published by DK on February 13, 2021 at 11:18 pm

My siblings know me

Posted Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 12:00 pm GMT -5 in Family,Golf at 12:00 PM

Thank you, LK, BK (and PK)

Originally published by DK on February 3, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Paulie Gatorade!

Posted Sunday, January 31st, 2021 08:28 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Skiing at 8:28 PM

If you know, you know

Originally published by DK on January 31, 2021 at 8:28 pm

Tiny fry, large fry

Posted Friday, January 22nd, 2021 12:41 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 12:41 PM

Looks who’s back, back again

Originally published by DK on January 22, 2021 at 12:41 pm

How awesome is that?

Posted Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 10:58 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion,Food at 10:58 PM

Thanks CK!

Originally published by DK on January 19, 2021 at 10:58 pm

Thanks, ADMIN

Posted Friday, January 15th, 2021 09:19 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pop Culture,Skiing at 9:19 PM

We famous, yo

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2021 at 9:19 pm

Happy 2-0, MK 🎉

Posted Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 01:05 am GMT -5 in Family,Holidays,Pets at 1:05 AM

Wut

Originally published by DK on January 12, 2021 at 1:05 am

Finally, a Grand Story

Posted Sunday, January 10th, 2021 11:20 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Mini Posts,Travel at 11:20 PM

The very clever series of commercials for Grand Casino (developed by the talented Chad Germann and his team at Red Circle Agency) has always made me feel like I should have one of those experiences at some point. Sadly, I’ve never had a large jackpot at Hinckley or Mille Lacs, but today my daughter and I at least had something happen that might qualify as a true Grand Story:

Hinckley has a ton of my favorite game, Black Orchid, often with unusually high progressives. The first machine I played today had a large frog progressive, so MK pulled out her lucky frog (a handmade clay pin) and set it on the machine. A few minutes later, boom, $78.43 frog jackpot. On our way out, we saw another Black Orchid that had a very large butterfly progressive that we tried to hit (unsuccessfully). Just before giving up, though, we hit a smaller $30.61 frog jackpot that put us back on the positive side of the ledger for the night…

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2021 at 11:20 pm

Snol the Hipster

Posted Monday, January 4th, 2021 05:10 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 5:10 PM

Sport that pink, Peter Pup

Originally published by DK on January 4, 2021 at 5:10 pm

Just like the portrait

Posted Thursday, December 24th, 2020 08:08 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays,Pets at 8:08 PM

Rent-a-Snol, Holiday Edition

Originally published by DK on December 24, 2020 at 8:08 pm

The latest from kid one

Posted Saturday, December 19th, 2020 06:37 pm GMT -5 in Family,Shopping at 6:37 PM

Brown & Greene Floral, Linden Hills

Originally published by DK on December 19, 2020 at 6:37 pm

White cheddar is a keeper

Posted Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 04:06 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Work at 4:06 PM

More perks from having a kid at Candyland

Originally published by DK on December 15, 2020 at 4:06 pm

Wes Anderson Snol

Posted Monday, December 14th, 2020 01:29 pm GMT -5 in Family,Movies,Pets at 1:29 PM

This is so great – thanks, CK

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2020 at 1:29 pm

Minnesota Zoo Nature Illuminated

Posted Sunday, December 13th, 2020 10:42 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Mini Posts,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

Tree, Arrows, Dinette

Posted Sunday, December 6th, 2020 06:41 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays,Shopping,Television at 6:41 PM

With the whole fam too

Originally published by DK on December 6, 2020 at 6:41 pm

The adventure begins

Posted Saturday, December 5th, 2020 12:23 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Work at 12:23 PM

First day @ Candyland

Originally published by DK on December 5, 2020 at 12:23 pm

Snol 2020 Rewind

Posted Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 10:22 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 10:22 PM

That doge likes his peanut butter

Originally published by DK on December 1, 2020 at 10:22 pm

My quarantine buddy

Posted Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 01:57 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 1:57 PM

That’s a good sink doge

Originally published by DK on November 24, 2020 at 1:57 pm

SK at the Steakhouse

Posted Monday, November 16th, 2020 08:31 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Food at 8:31 PM

Such a solid joint

Originally published by DK on November 16, 2020 at 8:31 pm

Phonezilla has arrived

Posted Saturday, November 14th, 2020 01:15 pm GMT -5 in Family,Shopping,Technology at 1:15 PM

“The best phone in the family”

Originally published by DK on November 14, 2020 at 1:15 pm

Snol’s long lost cousin?

Posted Saturday, October 31st, 2020 04:49 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 4:49 PM

Howdy, Pookie

Originally published by DK on October 31, 2020 at 4:49 pm

A little Snol time tonight

Posted Thursday, October 29th, 2020 11:54 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 11:54 PM

That’s a good boy 🐶

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2020 at 11:54 pm

These two ❤️

Posted Monday, October 26th, 2020 10:51 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 10:51 PM

My heart is full…

Originally published by DK on October 26, 2020 at 10:51 pm

Pacific Blue iPhone 12 Pro

Posted Sunday, October 25th, 2020 02:59 pm GMT -5 in Family,Longform,Shopping,Technology at 2:59 PM

It’s that time of year again – the iPhone Upgrade Program notified me that I could trade in my iPhone 11 Pro from last year for a new model. After reviewing the options, I decided to pre-order a 256GB Pacific Blue iPhone 12 Pro. My most important features continue to be the camera and battery life, but it turns out storage size wasn’t as big a deal as I thought last year. I jumped up to the 512GB version on the 11, but I wasn’t even using 100GB. I’m still a no-case guy, but the colors don’t really do anything for me one way or the other (same with the other new accessories).

The Apple Store app pre-order process is still very easy and I didn’t have any problems submitting it a week ago. Shipping notifications and tracking from UPS went as expected and the new phone was delivered on time Friday afternoon. I don’t mind the lack of a power adapter or “crapbuds” in the box, as I don’t need either. After losing my original pair of AirPods Pro, it has really become apparent how much you need wireless headphones in the Apple ecosystem. It’s just so much easier than having nineteen different adaptors and cables. I found it strange that there was no up-sell during the pre-order process from AT&T to move to a 5G plan, so I’ll have to change that on my own to test the 5G features (no real rush on that yet, as I don’t know about their local coverage, flavors of 5G or impact on battery life).

After unboxing the new phone, I did one final iCloud backup of the old one. The setup process on the new one required having the old phone nearby and started off smoothly, but I ended up having a bunch of issues this time around. The process did something to my watch, which didn’t initially unlock my iMac (but at least I didn’t lose any of my health data). One of my 2FA apps, Google Authenticator, didn’t transfer settings and I had to follow the directions in this post to help with that (TOTP Authenticator transferred seamlessly). My credit union app and debit card required a bunch of manual set up to restore, but my Apple Card transferred over with no issues. Tweetbot needed new auth tokens to work, my personal 7minutemiles.com email had to be re-authenticated, Siri CarPlay location services settings didn’t transfer and it took a long time to pull down all of the items from the iCloud backup.

I also had an issue with the new phone trusting my iMac, but that just turned out to be user error. I still do not like synching music and photos in the Finder instead of iTunes/Music, but I think I finally have things set up correctly now (there were a bunch of random songs selected for sync in the album tab of the music selection, even though I only wanted to sync by playlist). Very thankful that 1Password transferred over with no issues, as that is a vital service for me now. It’s weird reading a Matthew Panzarino iPhone review that didn’t involve a visit to Disneyland, but I guess that’s the reality of 2020. I do agree with him about the general feel of the 12 line versus the 11, but don’t really buy into the Rolex analogy.

Colleen is waiting for the Max, as she wants to have the “best” phone in the family. It will be interesting to see how the larger camera sensor in that model does with overall photo quality, but that one is just too big for my hands and pockets. I think MK wants a mini and SK is probably due for a new one as well. Onward!

Originally published by DK on October 25, 2020 at 2:59 pm

Frozen Restaurant Week

Posted Saturday, October 24th, 2020 07:56 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Weather at 7:56 PM

30F on the St. Genevieve patio

Originally published by DK on October 24, 2020 at 7:56 pm

First golf outing with Jeff

Posted Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 02:19 pm GMT -5 in Family,Golf at 2:19 PM

…and Joyce (Lost Spur #6, Eagan)

Originally published by DK on October 14, 2020 at 2:19 pm

Celebration dinner @ Pittsburgh Blue

Posted Thursday, October 8th, 2020 10:29 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends at 10:29 PM

So great to see Talia again!

Originally published by DK on October 8, 2020 at 10:29 pm

SK and the rent-a-doge

Posted Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 10:00 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 10:00 PM

Always great to see these two ❤️

Originally published by DK on October 7, 2020 at 10:00 pm

Hungry Hippy

Posted Thursday, October 1st, 2020 11:07 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 11:07 PM

Mac and cheese taco?

Originally published by DK on October 1, 2020 at 11:07 pm

Road trip to the Bulldoge

Posted Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 01:04 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools,Travel at 1:04 PM

Fall in Duluth 🍁

Originally published by DK on September 30, 2020 at 1:04 pm

Somebody missed us

Posted Saturday, September 26th, 2020 09:01 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 9:01 PM

Luna likes her people (and habitat)

Originally published by DK on September 26, 2020 at 9:01 pm

Wings, blue cheese and pepperoni

Posted Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 09:21 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 9:21 PM

Masks now required at the VC

Originally published by DK on September 23, 2020 at 9:21 pm

Look who dropped by

Posted Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 06:49 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Pets at 6:49 PM

Having an empty nest is strange

Originally published by DK on September 22, 2020 at 6:49 pm

Art + Flowers + SK = ❤️

Posted Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 11:29 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Nature at 11:29 PM

She is so talented

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

Too bad patio weather is fleeting

Posted Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 05:46 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Weather at 5:46 PM

Beautiful evening on the patio at Kado no Mise

Originally published by DK on September 16, 2020 at 5:46 pm

We now have a Bulldoge

Posted Sunday, September 13th, 2020 09:37 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets,Schools at 9:37 PM

Good luck MK on your next adventure – very proud of you!

Originally published by DK on September 13, 2020 at 9:37 pm

Such a good Snol

Posted Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 07:52 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 7:52 PM

Don’t let them talk trash about you, Snol

Originally published by DK on September 3, 2020 at 7:52 pm

The new Gnome patio rocks

Posted Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 06:00 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 6:00 PM

I wish it could be year-round

Originally published by DK on September 1, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Quick post-dinner ride

Posted Monday, August 31st, 2020 06:48 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Family at 6:48 PM

MK under the High Bridge, Saint Paul

Originally published by DK on August 31, 2020 at 6:48 pm

Thumbs up on Bungalow Club

Posted Monday, August 31st, 2020 08:36 am GMT -5 in Family,Food at 8:36 AM

Lil’ Chovi Sunday menu in Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on August 31, 2020 at 8:36 am

Dog Park

Posted Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 06:47 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 6:47 PM

Finally got to see the inside of the CHS Field Doge Park with Snol

Originally published by DK on August 23, 2020 at 6:47 pm

She found her Mary

Posted Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 06:17 pm GMT -5 in Cars,Family,Shopping at 6:17 PM

2005 Subaru Outback Wagon @ Inver Grove Honda

Originally published by DK on August 19, 2020 at 6:17 pm

Quick visit with SK & Snol

Posted Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 06:14 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 6:14 PM

Snol is such a good boy

Originally published by DK on August 11, 2020 at 6:14 pm

Started my writing career early

Posted Sunday, August 9th, 2020 08:16 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Travel at 8:16 PM

Sample from when I was eight – Hawaii trip recap

Originally published by DK on August 9, 2020 at 8:16 pm

More piles of stuff

Posted Sunday, August 9th, 2020 04:08 pm GMT -5 in Family,History at 4:08 PM

My dad’s 50th high school reunion

Originally published by DK on August 9, 2020 at 4:08 pm

Family Time

Posted Friday, August 7th, 2020 04:27 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 4:27 PM

Acacia is so peaceful ❤️

Originally published by DK on August 7, 2020 at 4:27 pm

I want my two dollars

Posted Saturday, August 1st, 2020 07:42 pm GMT -5 in Family,History at 7:42 PM

Silver certificates are cool – 1928 one dollar note from the Smiths

Originally published by DK on August 1, 2020 at 7:42 pm

Post-shower scruff

Posted Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 08:54 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 8:54 PM

Molting is sooooo scratchy

Originally published by DK on July 29, 2020 at 8:54 pm

Welcome Lilith and Grub

Posted Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 08:50 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 8:50 PM

Water Snols

Originally published by DK on July 29, 2020 at 8:50 pm

Gripin’ ❤️

Posted Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 10:30 am GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 10:30 AM

Cleaning up the Lombard bags

Originally published by DK on July 29, 2020 at 10:30 am

MK is cleaning her room

Posted Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 07:46 pm GMT -5 in Family,Friends,Photography at 7:46 PM

Blast from the past

Originally published by DK on July 28, 2020 at 7:46 pm

A fun return to the “new” zoo

Posted Sunday, July 26th, 2020 09:13 pm GMT -5 in Family,Nature at 9:13 PM

Too bad our Cheese Dog wasn’t working

Originally published by DK on July 26, 2020 at 9:13 pm

Snol is suspicious

Posted Friday, July 24th, 2020 12:08 am GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 12:08 AM

Still such a good boy

Originally published by DK on July 24, 2020 at 12:08 am

MK art class final project

Posted Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 10:14 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Schools at 10:14 PM

Up, up and away!

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

MK Candy Run

Posted Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 05:31 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Shopping at 5:31 PM

Fruit Stripe, Chuckles and Crunchie

Originally published by DK on July 21, 2020 at 5:31 pm
 

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