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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

The Breakfast Burger for dinner

Posted Saturday, July 18th, 2020 12:58 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 12:58 PM

Nice to visit with Lynn @ Red Cow

Originally published by DK on July 18, 2020 at 12:58 pm

Biggest tree on the trail

Posted Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 03:26 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Family at 3:26 PM

Biking with MK on the Mississippi

Originally published by DK on July 15, 2020 at 3:26 pm

Northland Vacation 2020

Posted Sunday, July 5th, 2020 05:09 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Food,Friends,Golf,Travel at 5:09 PM

I’ve been fortunate to continue working through the pandemic, but it’s been tough to take time away (especially since I’m the only IT person left). Thanks to the support of my boss and one of our awesome game day staffers, I was able to take a week off without looking at work email once. We originally intended to spend the week on Isle Royale National Park, but the ferry and Rock Harbor Lodge decided to scrap the whole 2020 season and our reservations were cancelled.

Plan B was to stay the first half of the week at Lutsen Resort and the Fourth of July weekend on Lake Vermilion (at Fortune Bay). Those plans changed as the temperatures kept rising – it was even hot along the usually cool shoreline of Lake Superior and we discovered upon check-in that Lutsen Resort does not have air conditioning. They were accommodating by offering us a full refund, but there were really no other options in Lutsen or the surrounding spots (Grand Marais, Tofte, Grand Portage). Fortune Bay could get us in early, so we set off on highway 1 through Ely and decided to spend the whole week on Vermilion.

Fortune Bay has done a nice job with COVID safety and procedures. They had temperature checks set up on the entry road, mandatory face masks and lots of signage, plexiglass and hand sanitizer. The casino floor had basically every other machine turned off, but they kindly turned on my favorite game for the week (big thanks to EJ). I think I made it worth their hassle, though, while still getting a lot of quality playing time. They had Frozen-themed giveaways on Thursday and Friday for 100 points earned (an Olaf waffle maker on day one and an Olaf snow cone maker on day two), so I spread my playing time out accordingly. Marisa really, really wanted these, so I was happy for the solid play-through.

Food options during the week were a little limited, but what was open was solid. We stopped at the Ely Steakhouse on the way over from Lutsen and they were following all of the state orders for in-person dining. On the other end of the spectrum, the Vermilion Club was following just about none of the rules, which blew us away (maybe “VC” really stands for Virus Central). We still ate there twice in-person and had take-out a third day, because Poor Gary’s pizza and the bleu cheese and chicken wings are Northland classics (hopefully we were personally careful enough).

Back at Fortune Bay, I hit the Wilderness Grill four times, having great experiences each time. The new chef used to work at Alma in Minneapolis and I really liked all of the sandwiches I tried (pulled chicken, walleye, porchetta and cheeseburger). Their new fries are reminiscent of the state fair classics. In the casino proper, we had a wonderful dinner at the Sunset Steakhouse and stopped several times at the Gold Mine Grill, which is getting better with service and staffing (they’ve always had great coffeeshop-style food options). The Tamarack Buffet was closed for service, but was the room was being used for socially-distanced overflow seating.

Thought I would play a lot of golf during the week, but the temperatures were warm and I just didn’t feel like going every day. I did drive down to Coleraine to play Eagle Ridge with the Millers and got in a twilight round on The Wilderness with John, Cathy and Bonnie. The whole region needs rain badly, so there were some near-dead areas on both courses (especially in the roughs). The Wilderness also has a lot of behind the scenes changes: the contract with KemperSports was not renewed and former golf GM Tom Beaudry and superintendent Vince Dodge have both moved on to the state of cheese. Still love that course, though, and it continues to be the one I’ve played the most.

It was also great to hang out at Dacha Batinich on Birch Point again with Mary and the crew. Big thanks to John and Cathy for taking us out on the boat for a pizza picnic (and for taking Sasha and Marisa out again later in the week). Skip-Bo games and great conversations make that little cabin a very special place indeed.

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

Happy kid two

Posted Friday, July 3rd, 2020 08:17 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Movies,Travel at 8:17 PM

Casino promos (100 points each)

Originally published by DK on July 3, 2020 at 8:17 pm

Hot and unstable

Posted Friday, July 3rd, 2020 06:41 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports,Travel at 6:41 PM

Free canoe for resort guests (still)

Originally published by DK on July 3, 2020 at 6:41 pm

Boca Chica Bright

Posted Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 09:08 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 9:08 PM

Birthday dinner outside for CK

Originally published by DK on June 23, 2020 at 9:08 pm

Happy birthday, CK!

Posted Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 01:42 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 1:42 PM

Brunson’s Pub patio, Saint Paul

Originally published by DK on June 23, 2020 at 1:42 pm

Father’s Day Nino Dinner

Posted Sunday, June 21st, 2020 08:31 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Food at 8:31 PM

Mystic Steakhouse is still rockin’ it during the pandemic

Originally published by DK on June 21, 2020 at 8:31 pm

SNOL!!!

Posted Sunday, June 21st, 2020 05:35 pm GMT -5 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

Happy Father’s Day 2020

Posted Sunday, June 21st, 2020 11:06 am GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 11:06 AM

MK coming up big with breakfast

Originally published by DK on June 21, 2020 at 11:06 am

For here or to go?

Posted Friday, June 19th, 2020 12:06 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 12:06 PM

So nice to eat *at* Zantigo today for lunch

Originally published by DK on June 19, 2020 at 12:06 pm

David with lefse – Harmony

Posted Sunday, June 14th, 2020 07:44 pm GMT -5 in Family,History at 7:44 PM

February 1969

Originally published by DK on June 14, 2020 at 7:44 pm

Goat photobomb

Posted Monday, June 8th, 2020 08:00 pm GMT -5 in Family,Golf,Pets,Travel at 8:00 PM

Grand Marais mini golf

Originally published by DK on June 8, 2020 at 8:00 pm

She’s here in person!

Posted Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 08:06 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 8:06 PM

Congrats again to SK on your college degree

Originally published by DK on June 2, 2020 at 8:06 pm

Battling the Creek

Posted Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 06:01 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Family at 6:01 PM

Battle Creek Regional Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on May 26, 2020 at 6:01 pm

Something new at the cemetery

Posted Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 07:13 pm GMT -5 in Family at 7:13 PM

Gregory Alan Smith ❤️

Originally published by DK on May 23, 2020 at 7:13 pm

Today’s biking buddy

Posted Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 04:33 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Family at 4:33 PM

SK on Raspberry Island

Originally published by DK on May 20, 2020 at 4:33 pm

Hummel Bin #1

Posted Sunday, May 10th, 2020 04:11 pm GMT -5 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

She said doodee

Posted Sunday, May 10th, 2020 03:52 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 3:52 PM

Cups and Wands

Originally published by DK on May 10, 2020 at 3:52 pm

Olly and Otis

Posted Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 05:32 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 5:32 PM

A visit to da Nordeast

Originally published by DK on May 5, 2020 at 5:32 pm

The George King

Posted Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 09:09 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Family at 9:09 PM

River biking is fun

Originally published by DK on April 28, 2020 at 9:09 pm

A Sunday ride in the park

Posted Sunday, April 26th, 2020 06:24 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Family,Weather at 6:24 PM

Nice to have a new riding buddy

Originally published by DK on April 26, 2020 at 6:24 pm

Somebody got a new ride

Posted Friday, April 24th, 2020 04:25 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Family,Shopping at 4:25 PM

MK and her purple hooptie

Originally published by DK on April 24, 2020 at 4:25 pm

Walkin’ by the tracks

Posted Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 08:09 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 8:09 PM

Keepin’ the move streak alive

Originally published by DK on April 21, 2020 at 8:09 pm

Biked to Acacia

Posted Monday, April 20th, 2020 09:41 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 9:41 PM

Still waiting for the numbers

Originally published by DK on April 20, 2020 at 9:41 pm

The Dinette Fam

Posted Monday, April 20th, 2020 09:08 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends at 9:08 PM

I miss your collective laughter too

Originally published by DK on April 20, 2020 at 9:08 pm

Minnesota RiverWalk

Posted Sunday, April 19th, 2020 07:44 pm GMT -5 in Family at 7:44 PM

Another three mile loop

Originally published by DK on April 19, 2020 at 7:44 pm

Today’s pandemic walkabout

Posted Friday, April 10th, 2020 04:50 pm GMT -5 in Family,Nature,Personal at 4:50 PM

Highway 52 bridge over the Mississippi, Saint Paul

Originally published by DK on April 10, 2020 at 4:50 pm

So long, 1058

Posted Thursday, April 9th, 2020 06:21 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Personal at 6:21 PM

Thanks for the memories…

Originally published by DK on April 9, 2020 at 6:21 pm

Tarzhay fashion

Posted Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 05:31 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion,Shopping at 5:31 PM

Hit the boutique (safely)

Originally published by DK on April 7, 2020 at 5:31 pm

Almost like flying private

Posted Monday, April 6th, 2020 12:26 pm GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 12:26 PM

Seriously, he was the only one being dropped off at Terminal 2

Originally published by DK on April 6, 2020 at 12:26 pm

Probably not the North Shore

Posted Sunday, April 5th, 2020 04:18 pm GMT -5 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

Backyard walkies

Posted Sunday, April 5th, 2020 04:16 pm GMT -5 in Family,Nature,Personal at 4:16 PM

Not many choo-choos these days

Originally published by DK on April 5, 2020 at 4:16 pm

Got a letter from the government

Posted Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 10:10 am GMT -5 in Family at 10:10 AM

Thank you for your service

Originally published by DK on April 2, 2020 at 10:10 am

RIP Dorothy Ellen Costello

Posted Monday, March 30th, 2020 06:33 pm GMT -5 in Family,Links at 6:33 PM

https://www.holcombhenryboom.com/obituary/dorothy-costello

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2020 at 6:33 pm

Sheltering in Lowertown

Posted Saturday, March 28th, 2020 09:10 pm GMT -5 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

Personally Yours

Posted Monday, March 23rd, 2020 08:05 pm GMT -5 in Family,Shopping at 8:05 PM

Forgot about that company

Originally published by DK on March 23, 2020 at 8:05 pm

Quarantine art from SK

Posted Friday, March 20th, 2020 03:08 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Movies at 3:08 PM

Inspired by Miyazaki-san

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

Drowned rat

Posted Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 06:26 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 6:26 PM

Lunes needed a shower

Originally published by DK on March 17, 2020 at 6:26 pm

I spy a Coronavirus Queen

Posted Sunday, March 15th, 2020 03:59 pm GMT -5 in Business,Family,Work at 3:59 PM

Colleen in the Allina command center

Originally published by DK on March 15, 2020 at 3:59 pm
 

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