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Ping Pong, Mexican Food, & Meteor Showers

La Perla, Milwaukee

This was the first weekend in quite some time where I didn’t have pre-established plans or pressing deadlines, and it was absolutely wonderful. My friends and I ended up not going out on the boat, but instead took a spontaneous trip to SPiN Milwaukee and followed it up with dinner at La Perla. Between the ping pong, giant jenga, and delicious Mexican food, we had an amazing afternoon.

Spin, Milwaukee

Later in the evening, we gathered up our blankets and bug spray and headed out to the park to watch the meteor shower. With our phones off and our eyes fixated on the sky, we marveled over the vastness of space and the beauty of the stars. It definitely was a good way to “reset” before the start of a new week.

I hope all of you had an equally excellent weekend!




As it Stands

As it Stands - July 26, 2013

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This week I’ve been listening to Dan Croll quite a bit. I stumbled upon his EP, From Nowhere, on Spotify, and I’ve had it on repeat quite a bit. His upbeat music is perfect for those sunny afternoons you spend with the highway wind in your air. Definitely take some time to check him his EP, and be sure to look the full-length album which is to be released

September 24th.


I absolutely adore The Pixel Painter, the heart-melting story of a 97 year old retiree who uses MSPaint to create art. His story is beautiful, and it definitely inspires me to continue doing design work for the love it. If you’re looking for a feel-good video this Friday, give this video a watch.


This weekend I’ll be going to Germanfest (more on that in a second), and I’ve been trying to get in the spirit. When I stumbled across the video “How German Sounds Compared To Other Languages,“ I couldn’t help but chuckle. While I don’t approve of the grossly stereotypical portrayals of these nationalities, I had to laugh because when I first found myself at various German events in Milwaukee, I definitely felt like German sounded hilariously brash.


When I moved to the greater Milwaukee area years ago, I never would have imagined falling in with a group of people so dedicated to all things German. Since then, I’ve found myself at events where strangers dressed as trolls coo in your face and pour mysterious libations into your mouth (No, seriously. That actually happened to me), dinner tables are lifted and swung above heads while singing in German, and playing hammerschlagen is the norm. Despite how crazy it all once seemed, I’ve come to love it. This weekend I will spend time with my amazing German-obsessed friends at Germanfest, and for the first time, I will be wearing a dirndl. It’s going to be a riot, and I absolutely cannot wait.




It's Summertime


As I stood in line this weekend waiting for my butterscotch sundae at Leon’s Custard, I realized that it’s finally summertime around here. The weather here has been just beautiful lately, and I’m very excited for a season of sunny bike rides, smokey BBQs, creamy custard, and vacations galore!

Since these last few weeks have been a blur, I’ll give a quick recap of things going on in my life:

  • I presented the keynote presentation at the annual Wisconsin Learning Assistance Network conference.
  • I completed my thesis and graduated with my Masters in Education with an emphasis in Adult and Continuing Education.
  • I’ve been picking up new design projects left and right (more on this later).
  • I started planning my summer vacation to (drumroll)…Denver, CO!

The start of 2013 was a bit hectic, but I’m very excited for the upcoming months. I have some very fun projects that I’ve been working on, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of summer has in store for me!