Category Archives: Inspiration

CB2, I Love You

In my old corporate days, Chicago was part of my territory.  Almost every trip to Chicago included a stop in CB2, as I found the store to be an adult version of a playground.

Colorful, stylish and priced just right.

It’s taken years for CB2 to make it to Minnesota and it’s so fun to send friends there who don’t know what the store by Calhoun Square is all about!

Why do I love CB2?  I think these images sum it all up.

Girl’s Night Out

As my energy has been coming back, I’m slowly making my way back into the social scene.  I’ve not been attending the same number of events as I was 2009, but am happy to catch a few fun activities here and there.

So a girlfriend and I decided to meet up for dinner before attending the Walker After Hoursparty.  After debating a few locations, I mentioned that I haven’t been to Vincent a Restaurant in awhile and I always know the meal will be good.  So off we went.

We were stuffed on sharing three starters!  Of course, that might have to do with consuming the entire bread basket as their bread is so darn good.

I do tend to be a purist in that I prefer my burgers to be made of beef, but these duck breast mini burgers were so good!  With a bit of crunch in the condiments that added the right amount of texture.

My dinner companion asked me three times what was in the salad.  She didn’t believe that it was lentils and said had she known they were that good, she wouldn’t have been avoiding them all these years.

But the best part of the evening was biting into a perfectly prepared scallop with fingerling potatoes and leeks.  So good.

After dinner we made our way to the Walker Art Center for the CMYK vs. RGB event.  We debated what the letters stood for, as I couldn’t remember “K”.  If you aren’t sure what I am talking about, it’s all about color.  CyanMagentaYellowBlack vs. RedGreenBlue.  It’s strange that I just realized last night that my printer is CMYK, but I tend to do all of my design in RGB.  Oops.

My favorite part of the event was a machine that would take a typed signal from a computer to punch out holes to spell out whatever you wanted.

I love it for its simplicity and impact.  We wanted in line a bit, but finally when my turn was up, I punched out “Just Breathe” as a reminder to myself.

I’d love to have one of these in my office, but I’m afraid I wouldn’t get any work done.

We ended the night having buttons made. 

If you have a chance and have interest in graphic design, check out the exhibit, as there are some really outstanding pieces.

Smile and the Whole World Smiles With You

My brother and his wife have been in the process of adopting a child from China.  This would make the fourth generation of adoptees in our family history.

The boy they originally were to adopt is not being allowed to leave China.  I don’t understand all the background on the red tape, but know that they had to select another child.

As I opened the picture my brother emailed me, my eyes teared up.  The male toddler is cross eyed with a cleft palate and so beautiful.  It’s just like my brother to pick the child who would be rejected and not have a chance in the world if he were to stay in China.  Most of the Chinese boys who are available for adoption have a “defect” which is why their families reject them.  But all my brother and his wife could see is this perfect little boy in need of parents who will love him.

I met Kim, the founder of Smile Network, recently and I had to tell her about my brother’s soon to be son.  She asked me immediately if there were any doctors she could recommend or any other support she could provide.  Smile Network is really all about the one universal facial expression that every one instinctively understands.  And now I get why she is so passionate about her organization and how it really does affect the soul of a person.

It does make me sad that my father passed away before he had an opportunity to meet any of his grandchildren, but I’m pretty sure he’d be very happy to know that his son is such an incredible person.

Meet Lonny

For all those who lamented the demise of Domino magazine, Lonny is the on-line version.  Although, I prefer reading my magazines by flipping paper pages, the on-line version is so pretty (and free) that its hard to complain!