Sunday, January 30, 2011

Nerd Alert

Today I competed in the Winter Carnival puzzle competition with my coworker Leah, her sister and a friend at the Landmark Center. We all share a love of jigsaw puzzles. Seventy two teams gathered to complete a 500 piece puzzle as fast as possible for a prize that I am still unsure of. We had two hours to do it and the winning team finished in 45 mins. It took us the entire time to do it, but we slowed down considerably after the 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams had won. The puzzle was a bit harder than we initially thought. I kind of feel like those people at the end of Antiques Roadshow who have been told they have nothing of worth and they all say the same thing– we had a fun time doing it!

We had to sign release forms because there were some videographers amongst us who were filming a documentary about jigsaw puzzles. Pretty sure we won't be in it, but I will obviously watch it!


Saturday, January 29, 2011

11 year Scotland reunion

Last night Chip organized a Scotland reunion at the Muddy Pig in St. Paul. Since he was there for the 1999 fall and 2000 spring semesters it was a combined reunion. There were around 80 of us who studied abroad together in the spring. It seems like perhaps about 15% showed up. It was fun to see everyone, catch up and reminisce. Hope to do it again not too far into the future.

WIS Lip Dub from Andy Murphy on Vimeo.

These one-take singing videos are becoming a bit over done, but they clearly went to a lot of effort to make it, which is cute. It is fun to see the inside of the house that we lived in again.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


This weekend I cleaned out my closet and dresser drawers in an effort to pare down. I found a couple things that I thought could have a new life as something else. I have always liked the design of this shirt, but never really liked the way it fit. I have been making a t-shirt quilt for our friend Jonny's high school graduation and got the idea that I could take this shirt and make it into something else. So here it is, a 12x12 pillow with a dark grey felt back.

In my cleaning, I found a bunch of longer socks that I didn't really enjoy wearing. Harriet received some leg warmers for Christmas and it seemed like an easy thing to make, which it was. Just chopped them off at the ankle, sewed that end and done. It was so easy that I made 3 pairs in under a half hour. Some little baby seemed to enjoy them.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Framed, finally

So I kind of got a bee in my bonnet this weekend and sprung into action on a few overdue projects. I got the frames (above) at a rummage sale of these people last spring. I figured they would be perfect for the two bird prints I bought online from these Australian artists. Of course like every project, it involved a bit of work. I painted the frames (6 coats to be exact). Also had to get new glass because the old glass had that black frame screenprinted on them, which made for a much smaller opening to show the art. So I got some new glass at the stained glass store and then cut it myself. Worked well. The result is below; I am very happy with how they turned out.


I also finally framed these prints we got in a market in Buenos Aires a year and a half ago. We bought the frames right after we got home, but it took me this long to go get that acid free black paper to put behind them and then cut the prints accordingly. Yeah, they're weird, but we like them.

Now the decision of where to put all these...

Friday, January 14, 2011

New visitors 4-6 months

Sorie, Kay, Becky, Dan & Sheilagh, (plus the Smiths in post below)

Brian, Nathan & Marie

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Well, our little baby is 6 months old. It seems like the longest and also the shortest half year of our lives. Harriet continues to entertain us and thrive. She now weighs 16 lbs, double her birth weight. We look forward to the many giggles that lie ahead. We have no complaints.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Winter visit from the Smiths

My college roommate Travis drove up from LaCrosse with his wife Sarah, son Therin, and daughter Kya to meet Harriet. Travis and I took the kids to Lake Harriet for an hour or so on Saturday to see the annual kite festival. Hot cocoa, cider, ice fishing and kites! There wasn't much wind, but we still found a big kite in the air the to take a photo in front of.

Kya and her sparkle unicorn playing with Harriet and her sparkle pegasus.

Got some time to burn before breakfast? How about some old Nintendo games? Therin was very excited to beat Contra. Okay, so was I.

Official visitor photo for the Smith Family

When a 5 year old wants to hold a baby you make sure there are a few helping hands nearby. Kya and Harriet really loved each other's company. It was great to get together!