Business Unusual

Rants from a working stay-at-home dad

2nd Annual Fridley Bike Tour

July 21st, 2014 by Justin

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The June 5th ride was postponed due to impending weather. It never really manifested itself as bad as it looked on radar, but the ride had already been postponed.

We’ve rescheduled the ride to a new date!

Marlo at 13 Months

July 17th, 2014 by jessi

At thirteen months you started growing 3 top teeth at the same time! You’ve been a bit crabbier than normal but that’s probably the reason. You like to feed yourself and slap the spoon away when I aim it toward your mouth. So I give it to you and you’re excited to try it yourself. […]

Cabin 2014

July 10th, 2014 by jessi

We had a couple of firsts at the cabin this year. First, Marlo sat in sand and decided you must eat what you sit on. She ate sand and loved it. Next, since I was with the previous generation (re: my in-laws and their friends) they were making manhattans. And since I’m on a Mad […]

How to watch the Tour de France

July 7th, 2014 by Justin

While July is a great month for long bike rides in Minnesota, I find myself dedicated to much more “couch time” than usual. My July obsession: Le Tour, the Tour de France, the big old race around France (or whatever you’d like to call it). While I consider myself the very opposite of the lycra clad, weight obsessed (both in body and machine), Skittle-colored hard-core roadie – I find the tour fascinating. The team dynamic, the strategies, and the torturous rides, climbs and descents. And then there’s the gloomy overshadow of drug use, hushed amongst the announcers, hoping they won’t alienate their audience. Drama, speed, egos, color. So how do follow it?

Changing Things Up

June 24th, 2014 by jessi

After Marlo was born, the idea of me being home with the kids kept creeping into my head. I enjoy making money and supporting my family and to make a decision like that wasn’t something I took lightly. “Could I deal with kids 24/7?” I’d constantly ask. But the real question I was asking myself […]

Marlo at 12 Months

May 12th, 2014 by jessi

1 Year! We survived! You’ve gone from our tiny, sweet newborn to our even sweeter, not quite toddler. You don’t crawl yet and we don’t stress over it. You do, however, scoot and twist around to get where you want to go. You do tummy time still just to get some crawling practice in but […]

Wrong Number

May 12th, 2014 by Justin

Mobile Phones. They’ve revolutionized the way we communicate, the way we ignore people around us in real life, and the way we attempt to kill each other while driving.

Before number portability came along, the turnover rate between providers was a hefty 25%. People would change their providers (and consequently their phone number) whenever a bigger better deal came along. Or they simply wanted to try out another provider because their current one is run, owned, and staffed by jerks, only to find out their new provider is run, owned, and staffed by jerks.

The phone numbers were ditched and quickly recycled for new customers. This was a major factor in the number of wrong number calls, voicemails, and text messages in the 2000s.

End of the Road

May 4th, 2014 by jessi

We’ve had many ups and downs with Scully. Ever since she was diagnosed with a grade 3 mast cell tumor (that inevitably spread), life’s been a constant question of “is it time?” I’ve had to ask myself that many times with her. She’ll get really sick and then bounce back a couple days later. We […]