merry christmas…3 more days




Oh my Gourd.

This weekend I saw David Sedaris with my parents at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. He reminded me that 1) I love him and 2) I should catch up on my This American Life podcasts and 3) lots of things can be funny–even colonoscopies and dental surgery.

Oh yeah, and also, the State Theatre is really gorgeous. And old. I felt like I was back in Europe or something.

Also accomplished this weekend:

    • I cleaned my apartment–dishes and all
    • Re-watched the last two seasons of Arrested Development in preparation for its comeback in January 2013
    • Took a yoga class…ahem…a restoration yoga class, meaning I didn’t break a sweat but rather laid on the floor of a dimly lit dance studio at the Y with a group of middle aged women
    • Took a Kick-Boxing class, where I did break a sweat…and can only imagine how I’ll feel tomorrow
    • Made “adult grilled cheese,” that is grilled cheese that is made from gouda and wheat bread–not suitable for children


    • AND bought my mother a birthday present. Win.

While Halloween may have passed, we still have one good fall holiday left before we deck the halls, so I have decided to post some desktop patterns inspired by the season–before it’s too late.

I took these photos last fall at the arboretum and used some new (and old) patterns to spruce them up a little and add some more interest.

Comment if you like…or if you’re REALLY feeling adventurous, I have added a Pinterest button to share this post 😉

Alice in Minneapolis

So I think I mentioned in my last post that I would be posting about my Halloween costume. I was Alice in Wonderland. I decided to go with a straightforward, classic, non-political (even Disney!) costume this year after my Christine O’Donnell costume debacle in 2010. Let’s just say most people must have just thought I was some sort of patriotic witch… long story.

I had the blue dress, courtesy of J. Crew this summer. All I needed was an apron, which I made from an old white sheet and some leftover lace, and a black bow in my hair–which I also made. The white knee socks and black flats completed the look. Overall, I was pretty happy with the result, even if I did have to take a year off from being “witty.” At least I still got a good craft project out of it.

The night started off well enough… (see below). Unfortunately, a trip on the sidewalks of the Minneapolis streets at the end of the night left me with a bloody chin and bruised right side.

But as Gloria Gaynor once sang, “I will survive,” and I might even have a cool scar to show for it. So, all in all, Halloween 2012 was a memorable one. I even gave Little Dipper a makeover for the week (see screen capture).

The goal of my next post will be to (finally) be able to showcase my apartment.. or maybe it will be to talk about Project Runway (all stars!) or maybe Downton Abbey (just saw a preview for season 3!)… so many choices and so little time (even though we DID get an extra hour this weekend).

Stay tuned. –Liz

Happy Halloween from Little Dipper

Too tired to write a long post, but thought I would share a bit of Halloween spirit with everyone on this second debate night. This is not the place for politics, so suffice it to say, I like Wolf Blitzer’s glasses and the town hall atmosphere was a nice change of pace. I especially liked the hairdo of that one lady. You know who I’m talking about.

It’s time for me to get back to posting.

Also, this is post #50. Milestone. BAM.

Did you, loyal fan, realize that I haven’t posted since February? Maybe so, maybe you have been counting up the days (233) since I last posted. If you have, you are crazy. Please stop reading this blog.

I have learned that doing a 26 part series to “catch you up” didn’t quite suit me. Instead, I will be concise and to the point (aren’t I always?) about some key points over the last couple of months… hmmm.. entire seasons have passed since I posted last… nevertheless, here you go. HERE are my good excuses for not posting (in no particular chronological or other type of order)

  1. I got a job.
  2. I took the LSAT.
  3. I moved into an apartment in Uptown (Minneapolis).
  4. I saw Magic Mike.
  5. I visited Sioux CIty, Madison, and Chicago.
  6. I was a bridesmaid in a wedding.
  7. I turned 23.
  8. I ate my first and second Pumpkin Pie Blizzard of the season.
  9. I watched the Real World: St. Thomas in its entirety.
  10. I switched my Facebook to Timeline.

From this list you can see that I am QUITE the busy woman and that I couldn’t have possibly had time to blog while doing all of those amazing things…erm.. right?

Ok, so maybe I just lost track of time and ideas, but I really do want to start posting again on a somewhat regular basis, so here goes.

Look forward to some upcoming rants and ravings* about…

  • Project Runway, Season 10 (otherwise known as the season Heidi went through her mid-life crisis)
  • Downton Abbey (and the oh-so-dreamy Matthew Crawley)
  • My halloween costume
  • Holidays in general
  • Whatever I’m watching on Netflix
  • The weather
  • Kirby Derby

*Rants and ravings are subject to change based on my disposition at time of posting. Nothing is guaranteed. Especially if I’m hungry.

Love you all, Liz

The ABC’s of my non-blogging life, part 5… Finally.

Whew. Let me just say that 26 is a lot of letters. And also I’ve been kind of busy. And I meant to post this the same week as part 4, but I, as you can see, did not.

U is for unseasonal weather. Though for a second I thought that perhaps this lack of snow was bound to be a temporary pre-winter tease, it is now February 26th and I can nly recall one time this winter when the snot in my noce froze. That, my lovely readers, is a winter miracle, especially in Minnesota. Record high temperatures and near non-existant snowfall have made this winter one for the record books. Also, all you global warming non-believers can suck it.

U is for unseasonable weather.

V is for Volkswagen. As in I went to the dealership and I want one. A new beetle. In red. However unrealistic that may be. And also I thought it was cheesy to say V is for Valentines Day. Although I did have a lovely Valentines Day this year. For once.

V is for Volkswagen.

W is for wedding.  Not mine, just to clarify. My oldest friend (we’ve been besties since age 2) Laura is getting married this summer and has asked me to be a bridesmaid! If nothing else this has given me even more of a reason to watch Say Yes to the Dress marathons on TLC.

W is for wedding.

X is for x-stitch. I have completed a couple cross-stich projects this winter affirming the fact that I am an old woman. If you’re at all interested in the pattern I used for the bird design, you can find it at my hero’s website,

X is for x-stitch.

Y is for WHY. As in WHY did I think it was a good idea to come up with an activity for every letter of the alphabet?

Z is for zero. As in, I have zero ideas for what to put for something that starts with a Z. All I can think of is zoo and zebra, and I think it would be going a little overboard to visit the zoo  for the sole purpose of being able to write on my blog that I acually completed an activity that started with a Z. So, yeah, whatever. Its my blog and I can skip letters of the alphabet if I want to.

Thank you for reading. Stay tuned for my next post. Who knows when it will be, but you can expect it to be epic. And not something that requires 5 installments. I have had enough of that, thank you very much.


The ABC’s of my non-blogging life, part 4

I’m back from a wonderful weekend with my 4th entry of the ABC’s of my non-blogging life. Sure, there are probably more non-alphabetical things I could blog about, but hey, I already committed to this format and I’m gonna finish it! Plus, I’m watching the Golden Globes and I’m just not up to putting any more energy into this.

P is for Project Runway All-Stars. Its back. Well sort of. Project Runway All-Stars, though spattered with a couple fan favorites, is not exactly a competition of “the best of the best.” I’m not saying I’m not going to watch it. I’m merely saying, where is Daniel Vosovic? Also, I have to say PR without Tim Gunn is barely PR at all. So, yes, I have been watching it, and all I have to say is Mondo better win this time. (I should also mention, a close second for the letter P was Pinterest. Check out my boards here.)

P is for Project Runway All Stars.

Q is for quilting.Inspired by Anthropoligie, I have started a twin-sized flying geese quilt. I have most of the triangles cut, some of them sewn, and already feel a bit in over my head. I’ll let you know when I finish…I estimate it will be sometime circa 2015.

Q is for quilting.

R is for reading. As in reading Lolita, even if my copy from the used book store is literally falling apart. Also re-reading Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close because I keep on seeing those trailers for the movie. And of course, reading the New York Times on Sundays, like today.

R is for reading.

S is for Society6. I started selling my designs on Society6 earlier this year and finally ordered some–2 iPhone cases and a laptop skin. Its pretty cool to see my designs in action!

S is for Society6.

T is for temping.About the week before Thanksgiving, I started temping at a small company in Eden Prairie. Since that time, I have become the master of making copies, sending contracts via UPS, and using Microsoft Office (although, lets face it, I was basically a pro at that before). Its been nice to keep busy and even nicer to make money.

T is for temping.

The ABC’s of my non-blogging life, part 3

Installment number 3 of the alphabetical list of the things I’ve been up to. Also, happy Friday the 13th! (F is for Friday — that means I get to wear jeans today.)

K is for Kirby. I wanted an excuse to post this picture of Kirby in a snuggie. Also, we’ve been spending a lot of time together. Oh and I saved his life when I got home from work last week and let him into the house after my mom forgot about him.

K is for Kirby

L is for Lizz Winstead. I saw Lizz, co-founder of the Daily Show, perform on New Year’s Eve in Minneapolis with the family. She was funny. Maybe you should buy her book or follow her on twitter.

L is for Lizz Winstead.

M is for macaron. Ever since my time studying abroad in Paris, I have missed these French sweets. I decided to make white chocolate macarons over the holidays since I had the time. While nothing can top Pierre Hermé and La Dureé, these were still pretty tasty.

M is for macaron.

N is for Netflix instant play. From Skins (U.K. obviously) to Ally McBeal to Bill Cunningham New York, Netflix instant provides an array of entertainment options. I have been watching a lot of it lately.

O is for Obama. As in Michelle Obama. And, more specifically Michelle Obama’s arms. I know its not the most topical reference, but its been an aspiration of mine for a while to get buff like the first lady. With the help of the Nike Training Club App I have been making my way to pumped up biceps — or at least the ability to open jars.

Stay tuned for P through T next week.