Sunday, September 27, 2009

Free for YOU!!

Patrick is leading a "clean out our old stuff" charge, and so here are some things we are de-accessing. Let me know if there is anything you want:
- a whole bunch of plastic magazine holders
- a tall, open plywood bookshelf
- a low, grey nylon Ikea chair (think a cross between a director's chair and a gaming chair)
- 1/2 carton of kitty litter crystals
- a big bag of wildflower seed/mulch
- a medium sized dog kennel
- a couple of cat carriers
- a couple of plastic gas cans
- an infant swing
- a metal trimmed medicine chest
- a robins-egg blue lamp, in need of some repair, that I love and Patrick doesn't
- a couple of shiny brass, 90s style "chandeliers"
- 4 white and 1 green resin outdoor chairs in need of cleaning
- 3 folding plastic loungers
- a blue bin for holding things in your trunk (like grocery bags)

I'm sure we'll have more...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Farewell Polo



I already miss you so much.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

And Little Lambs Eat Ivey

The Ivey Awards is the annual awards ceremony that recognizes the theatre community and amazing performances of the past year. The brainchild of the brilliant Scott Mayer, last night was its fifth year, and it's established itself as an important annual ritual.

Sure, there are the jokes about it being "theater prom." And every year that I go I feel older and somewhat out of the loop. And I feel bad about all the performances I did not see.

But the latter point gets to the heart of it. We live in such an amazing community, filled with incredible people creating truly transformative work. And the Ivey awards celebrates that, and reminds us of the community we live in, and honors these wonderful people and this great work. And damn it if it doesn't get to me every year, making me tear up about this strange and wonderful profession I have chosen — and it does it to pretty much everyone else in that audience as well, even if they don't think it will.

So thank you, Scott, for seeing and recognizing that and creating the Iveys. And thank you to all of you who I work with every day. You are all amazing, and you make the world so much better everyday.

And yes, Nautilus did get an award — well, more to the point, the Baldwin sisters did, for Sister Stories. That means that, for the four Ivey-eligible productions we've done, we've gotten two awards. Not top bad for a scrappy little company, eh?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Free!

It's been awhile since I have posted about my bargain mania, but last night had some big wins!

Nordstroms had a deal where you could trade in a bottle of (cheap, half-used, whatever) shampoo for a bottle of expensive, designer Fekkai shampoo. I bear an irrational love for high-end haircare products, so we headed over and got one bottle for me and one for Patrick's friend Lindsi.

Why Lindsi? Because she had one dinner for 8 at Chipotle, and our next stop was to head over and meet her and some of her friends and get treated to burritos as big as our heads! We had a great time, especially because "free" and "burrito" are two of my favorite words. Beatrix appears to have liked it as well:

Monday, September 14, 2009

Scow Christening Dress

We took Beatrix on a photo walk last weekend, wearing my great-grandmother Mamie Scow's christening dress, because I really wanted some pictures of her in it.

A full set of the photos is on my Facebook page, but here's one for any of you who don't cross over.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Lists

Ok, more to keep them in one place than anything else, here are my current wish lists:

Foodie Places I Desperately Want to Try or Go To:
King's Wine Bar
Northeast Social Club
Anchor Fish and Chips
Moto-I
The Strip Club
the new Saint Paul Barrio
to use my State Fair ticket stub for a free drink at The Sample Room
Blackbird (love it there) (but NOT Heidi's, see earlier rant)
Mango (ditto)
Getting my dearly beloved Bonecrusher (a JP fave), rumored to be at Tiger Sushi, even if I am not crazy about their sushi

And, unusually for me, I have a whole list of movies I want to see:
District 9
Julie & Julia
Harry Potter version whatever it was
The Time Traveller's Wife

Oh, and I want to pick raspberries and go the the Renaissance Festival and the Selby Jazz Festival (next Saturday) too. And get over to sit in the hot tub at least once this year. Sigh.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Sprained Knee

So I appear to have sprained my knee on some loose pavement outside the Northern Warehouse yesterday.

At first I thought I had just skinned it badly, so I went on with my day. I suppose I should have realized I was in a lot of pain and just gone home and rested and iced it, but there you have it.

Now it's swollen and dramatically painful and made our 4.5 hours at the Fair today rather difficult.

Aaaragh! How long do things like this take to feel better?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

More on Health Care

Last night was Patrick's turn to rant on health care. I guess tonight is mine.

You see, Steph's video got me thinking. Steph and her husband are very talented people, who would make the world a much better place if they were able to start their own businesses. But they can't, because they have pre-existing (relatively minor) conditions that would not allow them to get healthcare.

My mom would have turned 71 today. But she died in 2006 of colon cancer, cancer that might have been prevented if she had been able to get permission from her insurance to have a colonoscopy. But there was no history of cancer in our family, and no indication of any issues, so she had to wait until she was on Medicare. A colonoscopy was on her calendar — but she didn't end up going, because her Stage IV cancer was diagnosed in the ER a few weeks before.

My father-in-law is a freelance radio engineer who often housesits in the DC area. A few months ago he was walking the two dogs — who saw a squirrel — and in a freak accident he was pulled into traffic and both of his arms were broken. I don't want to even hazard a guess as to how much all of the MRIs, x-rays, other tests, and doctor visits cost. And he too is un-insured.

Yesterday my friend M found out she and her family were losing their insurance, as of today. And this morning her little boy woke up with croup.

And a few months ago, when we were testifying at the legislature for statewide coverage for Minnesota kids, a representative from Medica sat boldly in front of us and told our state representatives that insurance rates would skyrocket if children were taken out of the coverage equation, because "we make most of our cost/benefit ratios from covering children." Apparently not from MY child, as Medica was one of the insurance companies that denied her.

We now have high-deductible coverage, one plan through us, and another for Beatrix, a Minnesota-mandated plan that is required to cover anyone denied from other insurance, at the bargain rate of 120% of a standard premium and a $3,000 minimum deductible. The cost of these two plans together almost exactly equals the 2008-09 poverty threshold for a family of three.

I don't understand the arguments of those who are against healthcare reform. They seem to think that Patrick and I, and our friends and family above, must be doing something inherently *wrong* to not have reasonable coverage. We must be working the wrong jobs, or have ruined our health through dramatic debauchery so that we are uninsurable, or are irresponsible with our finances, or some other reason that has made us bring this calamity upon ourselves. When the answer is that, in a country where at least 10.4 million as self-employed (as of July 2009), where almost 50 million are uninsured (a staggering 11.7 million of which are children under 18, as of 2006, long before the current economic crisis), I really don't think the question is what am I doing wrong, but what is my country doing wrong, and how can we fix it.

And if that's all too cerebral for you, take another look at a picture of my daughter, and explain to me exactly how she can be denied healthcare. Go ahead.

Repost: The Face of Insurance Denial

Guest blog post/video by our friend Steph here. She is amazing and we are humbled.