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homeless business idea

I really don’t know where I started thinking about this but I have an idea.

If I were a homeless person, I think I would be pretty successful at making dough.

I would have a small table set up with some of the most critical items.  Have you ever been in traffic, wishing you had a mint, a q-tip, a piece of gum, a condom (boys!), a bottle of water, a piece of floss, a hairbrush, some hairspray, a bobby pin, a tampon…. or in my world… lip chap?  There are a handful of car rides where I’ve been so desperate for something that I would absolutely pay $4.00 for it if I pulled thru an off ramp and there was a small table of treasures set up, available for my purchasing.  As long as everything was packaged and clean.. I’m not above paying a pretty penny for something I’m dying for.  Okay, not really dying for… but something I needed real bad.
I don’t know if I was traumatized when I was younger but lip chap seems to be something I must have on my person (can’t stand that phrase) at. all. times.

*of course, this idea would only be feasible if there weren’t gas stations on every block… maybe this is a hicktown, out-in-the-boondocks sort of homeless person opportunity.

I’m silly, you love me,
xo
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weekly iPhone pic drop

After a particularly long day of work, more work, and promos.  I passed the window of a mattress store.  Inside were plush mattress.  No coverings, sheets or duvets.  Just naked mattresses.  I had a temporary moment of “whoever can get me into this store with a sleep mask and one hour of silence is about to get home cooked meals for a year, and housekeeping!”

During the summer is the busiest time for promotional activities.  Outside festivals, block parties, car shows, patios and a vast array of brunch-drunk soirees.  Most of them include giveaways.  Premiums, if you will.  This particular event included super sexy nerd glasses that we wore all. day. long.

A late night tour of some random dude’s $4 million shoreline Lake Minnetonka home left me drooling and dreaming of a day when I’m truly financially free to have the McMansion home of my dreams.  A wood-carved sink in the guest bathroom isn’t necessary for mine, though.  All I really want people, is a beautiful home to entertain friends and family every weekend.  I want enough bedrooms for four kids, and space for two dogs to run around.  I want a few guest bedrooms so my best friends can safely get ‘high-school’ intoxicated off my new Pomegranate Sunrise cocktail.  The Lamborghini and Bentley chilling in the garage were beautiful… but, not my style.

Summer = runs = fun runs = best friends = Torchlight 5K – 5th year running this fun race!  A super fast 3.1 mile run throughout a bit of downtown Minneapolis to kick off the Aquatennial parade.  Complete with 3 free beers, live music, and the chance to sweat it out with some of my athletic lovers.

Less than ideal temperatures, oh around 102 and sticky hot, means some of us have to resort to being creative.  Take this little dude, for example.  He was pretending his body was a jet as he lay in front of the industrial fans.

Purple nails.  Red grapefruit.  Nuff’ said.

Apparently TCBY now has frozen Greek yogurt.  What?!  Found a location that carried the Greek Honey Vanilla and I dashed.  No… sprinted, to get some.  Zero calories my friend, pair it with strawberries.  You can thank me later.

I was on cat-sitting duty for much of the last week.  Apparently cat poop stinks just as bad as every other animal in this kingdom.  But their pee, that is the strongest, most acidic scent known to mankind.  I had to suit up and prepare myself for battle on more than one occasion.

The world is mesmerized with the Olympic Games 2012.  I enjoy everything about the Olympics.  But what I truly, hands down, love to watch is gymnastics.  When you were a gymnast at some point in your life (and I was), you can absolutely respect the skill and unbelievable risk-taking these gentleman and ladies are undertaking.  Throughout the past couple days, I find myself clenching, holding onto the arm rests of chairs with a death grip, holding my breath, the whole nine yards.  I’m impressed beyond all measures.  And the gentleman… they are built like little tanks.  Compact and insanely muscular (+ flexible!).  Don’t mind me having a small crush on Sam Mikulak.  Flip thru some of these Google images – yes, he is inked (score!).  Yes, I would love to give him a Thai massage.  I don’t even know Thai massage, but I’ll learn it if I have to.  🙂

Three of my favorite things about the last 48 hours are:

1.  This video is called Basic Needs, Extreme Happiness [watch with subtitles turned on & it will be 3x more funny!]
2.  I admit it, I took the last banana comes from one of my favorite websites of all time.  I dare you to make that picture your desktop screen for 24 hours and share it with as many as you can!  This is what I call being a day-maker.
3.  My ninth Kiva loan went thru at midnight on Monday.  I couldn’t sleep and decided to peruse the site.  I fell upon Nelson Yovani from Honduras.  He is in need of more material to make footwear.  In his picture, he has a shelf of cowboy boots and I was sold!  Cowboy boots are part of my year-round wardrobe.  A true fashionista staple.  Worn with everything from yoga pants to jean skirts to sweatpants (don’t judge!)

Apologies on the delay in keeping up with Pic Drops.
Life is happening – and there ain’t nothing you can do to stop it!
Continue on with your merry hump day!

xo

 

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Someone made an upgrade while walking thru the grocery store yesterday.

From now on, I’m determined to leave tip money in the form of dollar bills folded into origami. It takes my $5 and makes it seem more like $10 with the thought I put into it.  (jk!)

This is one of my close guy friends, he got away with this license pic at the DMV – what a great expression!

Always have been a lake girl, always will be.  I keep a swimsuit in my car for late night dips, and usually wear one underneath my clothes at all times.  You can never be unprepared during MN summers!

Sunsets are one of mother nature’s greatest gifts.  She also whips up a mean storm now and again.  Don’t get me wrong, I love downpours and green, ominous clouds, but perfectly painted backdrops are nice, too.

Little Oliver, or Robér (if you’re feeling native) loves these tiny tennis balls.  He chases them until his tongue hangs out and he demands a timeout from the action.

A wheeler, a dealer, a coupon clipper.  I use the FuelPerks from the grocery store and save at the pump.  Here we are with $2.879 a gallon, I’ll take it.

Whenever the Apple website displays this page, we know something fun’s about to happen. Turns out there’s a beautiful new Retina Macbook Pro in town and she is SEXY!

We had guests from out of town for an evening of chaos and debauchery – I made naughty brownies.  Some people call them slutty brownies, but that makes no sense whatsoever – so I’ve renamed them naughty brownies.  It’s a layer of cookie dough, a layer of Oreo, a layer of brownie.  Insane sugar high ensues.

It’s hot out there Minnesota, jump in a lake and cool off.  We only have 15,405 to choose from!

xo

Listening to.  Sipping on.  Added to the wishlist.

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Ladies and gentleman, they have arrived!  I found Rise Bars thru another site.  I clicked thru, fell in love with their marketing, and decided I needed them in my life.  I settled on the Sampler Pack because I couldn’t settle on just one flavor.  Stay tuned for a blog post about those later.

My girlfriends and I had a sushi date at Fuji-Ya yesterday.  With $3.5 Sapporo beer, $5 rolls, and Yellowtail Nigiri ringing in at $3.5 – we cleaned that place out.  Molly decided to splurge on a glass of $18 Sake with a name that escapes me, bless her heart for sharing.

I love the new window displays Target has in the summer, it really makes the outside look put together.  Funny because their entire store layout has twisted, turned, flipped and rotated to the point where I don’t know in what aisle to get a lip chap because it’s been replaced with a display of avocados.

Under the Dome has been on my bookshelf for exactly 18 months.  I cannot, for the life of me, finish this book.  It weighs a whopping 5 lbs. with 1,074 pages.  I’m nearly 4/5 of the way done and to the point where I’m craving completion.  The next book on my list is the oh-so-very controversial 50 Shades of Gray.  Erotic fiction?  I’m in!

See those three beings under the overhang?  Father, mother, and Oliver.  Three of the most irreplaceable people in my life.  I would crawl over broken glass, butt naked for these three.

MDW2012 : Memorial Day Weekend 2012 : boating on the lake : sunsets : Corona : fluffy white clouds : relaxation : family : thankful

Once upon a time, I stepped foot into a Trader Joe’s.  Best step I ever took.  Their product line has the most interesting offerings – like this Corn & Chile Tomato-Less Salsa.  Olé!

Shopping is something I really try to avoid at all costs.  I’m a buyer, not a shopper.  There were no three-way mirrors at the new DryGoods store.  The reverse camera on my iPhone saved the day.  What do you think – cute top?  Reminds me of a butterfly : I ended up splurging.  Throw on a pair of jean shorts and brown heeled boots – we’ve got ourselves an outfit, people!

A busy week at home forced me to take the reins and steal mama away for a mother-daughter pedicure.  A simple indulgence that gives us more than 2 minutes to catch up and laugh.  Every.single.time we get pedis we feel like this girl.  Out of place and the talk of the entire salon.  Sorry, I’m a runner, and yeah, sometimes my toe nail will turn blue ladies.

On a regular basis, I’m waking up feeling more blessed than I’ve ever felt before.

Soak up some sun, laugh until your abs hurt, we only have one shot at this thing called life, you know!

xo

Listening to.  New wishlist item.  Sipping on.

 

 

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Yes, I got another massage.  This is my guilty pleasure.  The only way I can afford them is by using a Groupon/LivingSocial, etc.  Anyway – I visited a fabulous little spa in the middle of nowhere called Belle Amie.  It is a super small, very luxurious little spa.  The woman who runs it, I think, is whom gave me my 75 minute hot stone massage and she was terrific- super pleasant to work with!  In the adjoining bathroom I found this contraption.  I don’t know if it is for having a water massage, a water birth, or a full body shower, car-wash style… but I wanted to jump in!

Three giant bags, one almost gone.  This is the new house favorite.  Skinny Pop is one of those snacks you cannot stop at one bowl.  You must have at least, but not limited to, three.  Lo and behold, they sell it at Costco (parents favorite shopping spot) – please don’t judge that we keep this brand in business.

Naughty coffee.  This is what I call a naughty coffee.  A Grande Iced Caramel Macchiato with Soy Milk from Starbucks.  Once in a while, on a bad day, or on an exceptionally great day – I make it a Naughty Coffee Day.  Ringing in at a whopping $5.15, I indulge in this vice sparingly.  Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Once, when we were younger, one of us girls (three daughters) bit into the interior leather of our Isuzu Trooper.  Don’t ask me why.  Maybe we were hangry.  To determine the culprit, my father made us all bite into an apple to compare teeth marks to the damage.  He is SUCH a smart thinker.  Wise guy, that man.  For some reason, this late night PB&J small bite, big bite snapshot reminded me of the good old days.

Houston, we have bluebirds.  Check out these neat little eggs.  How did they get blue-colored?  Hey, is there a magician dying eggs year round that we should know about?

Wine labels have a new friend on the “places I gather design inspiration” list.  Shoe boxes!

My girlfriend invited me to a prescreening of Avengers.  I can’t honestly say I followed the whole story, but I thoroughly enjoyed the graphics, the colors, the outfits, and ass-kicking.  I rate it 4 out of 5 stars.

Pineapple is my.favorite.fruit.in.the.world.  I’m a champion at cutting them – and will consume this fruit until the citrus brutally conquers my mouth.

A little baby ticket was randomly discarded on the ground.  I wonder if it came from a carnival, or a workplace raffle.  Hopefully a carnival, filled with fire-breathers and pinstriped-dressed men working the ferris wheel.

 

This weekend holds hopefully completing a big marketing project at one job, planning out the processes of a new business idea, and a lot of guacamole & margarita sightings during my tour de Cinco de Mayo.

Have I told you how great life is lately?

xo

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weekly iPhone pic drop

Traffic.  I cannot stand thee.  That alone is one of the biggest reasons I want to work for myself, be my own boss, have my own business.  I refuse to spend 1/2 my life driving to and from a job in a car.

The value of wine is still beyond my comprehension.  I taste a $4 organic merlot from Trader Joe’s and it tastes just as good as a $65 bottle from Seven.  Maybe my taste buds are not meant to critique vino.  I just don’t get how some people can value these bottles in the hundreds of dollars… we are talking about fermented grapes, right?  Maybe I’d be better off drinking Welch’s.  I can confidently speak to the body, bouquets and undertones of that stuff all day.

Meet world’s craziest dog.  He can go from in-a-coma-sleeping to throw-the-ball-throw-the-ball-I-won’t-leave-you-alone-until-you-throw-that-damn-ball in less than 2 seconds.  World record holder right here!!

Perhaps I’ll find the man of my dreams amongst the contestants at this local competition.  Five years from now, I can see my future cocktail parties, “Hey honey, show Scott and Katie that new yo-yo trick you’ve been working on.” #nerd

Sometimes I think coffee needs to be given up.  Completely.  I tend to get a headache without my daily cup, and I truly don’t want to be dependent on this to function.  I’m whittling my way down to the bare minimum.  I went from having a cup of coffee with soy milk and a splash of vanilla.  To a cup of coffee with soymilk.  To a cup of coffee on the rocks.  Pretty soon I will not be able to stand drinking it straight, and forced to exile it.  That will help me appreciate the beauty of an Icy Nuts from Bull Run on a random Sunday.

I love mail.  Preferably handwritten letters and magazines.  I try my hardest to send something in the mail versus email.  Although, sometimes speed & efficiency does trump old-fashioned and meaningful.  I don’t want snail mail to become obsolete.  Please, oh, please, King USPS!

The other night I saw this on the ground and for some reason, immediately reminded of that scene when the snobby lady says, “there’s been a murder…”… go now and enjoy the comedy of Ace Venture When Nature Calls

My front seat speaks to the level of chaos in my life.  Running shoes, Toms, and yellow sneaks for work… not enough time in the day to drive home and switch them out, may as well carry them all!  Time is money – right?

On account of loving handmade and custom things, I made a small going away card for a close friend.  I would rather make it than pay Hallmark $4 for a mediocre one.  Plus, who doesn’t love dinosaurs?  I used to be obsessed with Dinotopia.  That’s right, screw Pogs.  I would rather pretend I lived at a time when a peaceful prehistoric world is discovered.

Ending thoughts: life is good.  God is good.  Everyday.

xo.

Wishlist:  Yes, men’s.  S/M

Listening to:  Best Disney song of all time.

Dreaming of:  A new playmate for Oliver.

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just a thought.

I contemplated putting this up here – and decided – just do it.  This is an email I got from a friend.  My thoughts somewhat mimic hers.  Actually – a lot of them do.

This was written by a 21 yr old female who gets it. It’s her future she’s worried about and this is how she feels about the social welfare big government state that she’s being forced to live in! These solutions are just common sense in her opinion.
   Put me in charge . . .
 Put me in charge of food stamps. I’d get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho’s, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.
 Put me in charge of Medicaid. The first thing I’d do is to get women Norplant birth control implants or tubal ligations. Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine and document all tattoos and piercings. If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, smoke or get tats and piercings, then get a job.
 Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your “home” will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.
 In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a “government” job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the “common good..”
 Before you write that I’ve violated someone’s rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our money, accept our rules.. Before you say that this would be “demeaning” and ruin their “self esteem,” consider that it wasn’t that long ago that taking someone else’s money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self esteem.
 If we are expected to pay for other people’s mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards them for continuing to make bad choices.
 AND While you are on Gov’t subsistence, you no longer can VOTE! Yes that is correct. For you to vote would be a conflict of interest. You will voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a Gov’t welfare check. If you want to vote, then get a job.
I’m just so, so, soooooooooooooo tired of people asking for handouts.
xo.
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the latest ush

Busy as a bee!  That is me!  Ready for this week’s iphone pic drop?

An all-natural, organic, wholesome [one of my favorites] spot for lunch, Good Earth.

I renamed this one, his new name is Robér.  Pronounced ‘row-bear’.  He now hails from Italia.

Massages are my indulgence, I found a new favorite.  She has tons of tattoos and rocks my deep muscles.  I’m in love.

Who is that nerd knocking out two hours at the gym devouring issues of Fast Company + reading articles on Facebook’s IPO?  This girl.

Fabulous, free updo courtesy of super hot chick with massage skills [see above].

This movie is one of the best, one of my favorites…. “As you wish.”  So many things I want to say about that quote.

Bruises appear in random places, with no provocation.

Signed, sealed, registered, stoked.  Vancouver, BC here I come!

I could eat them everyday – if my mom says that’s okay.

This week was so filled with crazy, awesome adventures.  From studio creative meetings, to taking fun pictures, interviewing for a new job (this would be #4 folks: Apple, studio, promotions, and hopefully _____________.)  The second round of interviews included answering the following question in 30 seconds: “You are a door-to-door saleswoman, you have half a minute to sell us your hampster cage air fresheners.”  It took me a good 10 seconds to get my composure {giggles}.  HOW AWESOME ARE THEY!?  I hope to some day be able to interview potentials with hilarious and off-the-wall questions such as those.  Maybe “You have to give yourself a new name – superhero style, and tell me what kind of tattoo you’d get if you were forced to get one.  Ready go.  Ten seconds.”  On the spot creative thinking is quickly becoming one of my favorite styles of communication.  Ha!

The SeaWheeze has been signed up for – there are a handful of interested ladies this time around, including but not limited to – promotions ladies {M.G. & Salt}, maybe even an Apple lady {C.M.}, hopefully my best lady {K.L.}  Either way, I’m beyond excited, ready, and already looking forward to this adventure in seven months.  Traveling, running, new locations, the beautiful Vancouver, and being surrounded by inspiring Lululemon lovers?  What is there not to like?

Now that I have the Weekly iPhone Pic Drop down, my next implementation is to become a Daymaker.  I used to hang out with this fun, nice, kind, inspiring guy awhile ago, and we had this phenomenal idea to be Daymakers.  More on that later.

How do you like my latest design?  It is a spin-off of the Eminem/Rihanna hit.  I want to print it on a thick card stock for writing love letters to my favorites: paired with sky blue envelopes, of course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holy moly I am blessed for this busy, indulgent, creative, fast-paced, phenomenal life that I live.

What will you do with your wild and precious life?

xo

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