kitchen

Our weekend kitchen make-over

Our weekend kitchen make-over

Erin (at the nifty travel blog A Week or a Weekend) thought it was mean to leave all of you hanging on Friday, wondering if we did or didn’t get the kitchen painted. So I’ll cut to the chase: We did!–despite the potential game-enders of a really nasty cold and gorgeous fall weather. Here’s a(…)

Fail Harder

Fail Harder

A couple of months ago I took my students on a field trip to Wieden+Kennedy, one of the most successful advertising firms in the world. On the third floor of their huge office is this mural: One of the big messages that Dan Wieden gave to my students is that spectacular failure is important to the(…)

How we’re beating the heat this summer

How we’re beating the heat this summer

I am a Northwest native. Well, not technically. My family has been in the northwest only as far back as the early 1900s–but most of them came from northern Europe, and I’m guessing that they stopped wandering and settled in here because  when they got to this land of grey sky, green trees, and cool(…)

Simple kitchen design

Simple kitchen design

Well, I posted a while back about an online class I’m working through on design. It’s called Creation of Artifacts. It was 8 week class focused on solving a design challenge of some sort, which finished up this week. I had plans to post regularly about the experience, but that just didn’t happen. (I might(…)

MOOC Week 1-Kitchen eating area redesign

MOOC Week 1-Kitchen eating area redesign

Well, Rita and I got through week 1 of our online design class pretty well. (You can read all about what we’re doing and why here.) At halfway through week 2, though, neither of us had had time to look at the assignments for this week. (There are 4.) We’ve now briefly looked at the assignments and some(…)

Getting schooled by a MOOC

This week Rita and I started a MOOC. What is a MOOC, you say? It stands for massive online open course. The course is being offered through Coursera, an online hub for free and paid courses covering all kinds of subjects–everything from English composition to physics, nutrition, thermodynamics, design, and more. Currently there are 100(…)

Of projects, priorities, and perfect days

Of projects, priorities, and perfect days

I cannot remember the last time I felt bored. Tired, cranky, anxious, overwhelmed? Yes, more often than I care to admit. But bored? Never. Sure, there are lots of minutes in every day that I have to do things I find boring, but I think I will never have enough time to do all the(…)