It’s (almost) Time to Party

March 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

Megan and I are having a big ol’ shindig to celebrate our first year in business together. It’s called Cocktails with Commemorate the Date and will feature live music by Niki Becker and fresh flowers from Thistle Floral Designs! It would be SO fun to see you there.

We have a Facebook Event page, where you can find out more and RSVP.

Don’t worry, I’ll remind you again later too.


Goodbye Pie.

March 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Here it is, my last time management post. At least last for now. Since my weeks will all look the same for a while, posting these pie charts monthly has become an exercise in pointlessness. But just for fun, let’s see how close I got. 

This is what I defined as the model of perfect time allotment.

This is my life right now.


Not exactly right, but nothing to be ashamed of either. Especially considering where I started last October.

Winter. Don’t Leave Me Now.

March 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

How is it that now, after months and months (and months!) of fighting my baby boy on all things winter related, now he can’t stand to see the snow go? Last night, Hiram insisted on sledding in our back yard. Despite conditions any ski bum would call abhorrent.

Proof, I tell you, that humans are born wanting what they can’t have. Or at least, humans learn to want only the impossible by age 2.

What Hike Likes: Saying Yellow

March 28, 2011 § 2 Comments

The narrow-minded among us might say yellow is a color. But Hike would encourage you to think in broader terms. Here are a few of the things Hiram has asserted to be “yellow” in the past week:

  • All colors (especially blue, red, black and green)
  • Graham crackers (tan)
  • Legos (all colors including yellow!)
  • The area where we hang our coats and bags (no, or very little, actual yellow)
  • A stack of papers stuck into the pocket on the back of the car seat (mainly white)
  • His sled (blue)

At one point, Brad raised concerns about Hiram being colorblind. But I think it’s too early to worry about this. I think he just likes saying “yellow.”

The Shift to Gift

March 25, 2011 § 2 Comments

After a few wedding shows (resulting in some nice media coverage but not a lot of sales) for Commemorate the Date, Megan and I have started taking a slightly different marketing approach. As usual, I’m pretty excited about it.  Instead of targeting these busy, budget-oriented brides, we’re targeting their friends and family. I guess that sounds like “duh” but that’s what makes me feel good about where we’ve finally landed.

Here’s one of our first official marketing pieces based on this new strategy (shown front/back below). It’s targeted to grooms (whose names we got from one of our wedding fairs) and includes a hand-written note from either Megan or me.

11 Down, 1 to Go!

March 24, 2011 § 1 Comment

It’s my second-to-last monthly update and, well, my metrics are finally starting to bore me a bit. Partly because I have moved into what they like to call at Target, “the Steady State” and partly because I have yet to accomplish all my goals on all my metrics within the span of one single month. Unfortunately, this month is no exception.

Income is on its way down as a result of trading cash for stability. But no worries. In my mind, I’m trading a little money for a little time. Time I can now work on converting to money, see?  

Unplanned nights out? Just one.

MMT? An area of opportunity.

Business Card Output? Also blah.

And the Loser Index…Oh the loser index. Also a poor showing this month. Also the fault of getting so many yes’es. In fact, I found myself on the uncomfortable side of being the rejector a few times this month. Do those count against me? 


Here’s a list of the things I’m proud of:

  • Spending 8 glorious, guilt free and completely uninterrupted days working on my passions. I can tell already, this is going to help a lot. (Is my children’s book manuscript ready to send to an editor? I think so!)
  • Filling up about 9 diaper boxes (club pack sized!) of stuff to donate to Arc. (And that’s just from our bedroom.)
  • Helping Hiram learn he can do things himself. (The hardest part is remembering this fact myself.) 

I’m very excited to wrap up this series next month and my plan is to do it with a bang. My goal is to get all my metrics perfect in April. One final push. One metrics-rally-month. And then… I’ll have to start thinking of something new to measure.

What’s Black and White and Never Read All Over?

March 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’m not sure if it’s because spring is around the corner or what, but I have been on a *major* purge binge lately. However. Filling up our trash can with bag after bag of un-donatable junk is giving me a *double major* sustainability complex. So, I’ve been trying to counteract my feelings of guilt by taking steps to reduce my family’s future junk intake.

One of these steps, which I thought should have been easier than it was, was to “unsubscribe” from the worst of the weekly “coupon” newspapers.  Since I did the legwork to track down the info, I thought I’d pass it along to you– just in case you a) live in the Twin Cities and b) also want to stop chasing all that loose leaf around the yard on windy days.  

To unsubscribe from the Twin Cities Values: E-mail Make sure you tell them your address.

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