thINK local: Bar Buffalo – Rochester, MN

An amazing thing happened recently. An international reader of ink. contacted me to let me know that she and her family were traveling to Rochester, MN, and they had looked up our Airbnb rentals that I have previously spilled some ink about. Unfortunately, all three of our apartments were booked over part of the time…

Four out of the box Valentine’s Day gift ideas

My husband has always given me flowers for Valentine’s Day, and I love it. I am, admittedly a flowers kind of girl, so it works for me, and is an easy win for him! He, however, is considerably more difficult to buy for. He’s not a big gifts guy, so he doesn’t get too excited…

Your day in one bag

Earlier this year, I attempted to overall the way I went about my day. I generally carry at least three bags to work. I had my work/computer bag, my gym bag, and my lunch bag. I also carried a purse, which I often left locked in my car as I didn’t have a great place…

Four interesting cheeses and what to do with them

I grew up in Wisconsin, land of the cheese heads. I mean, who doesn’t love a good sharp cheddar on crackers, or cheese curds so fresh they squeak when you bite into them!? But really, Wisconsin took it to the next level sometimes. I mean, people spend $20 to wear foam cheese wedges on their…

Stop, drop, and roll footage! Comparing the Fyre Fest documentaries

In late spring 2017, hundreds of wealthy, millennial influencers boarded flights to the Bahamas for what was supposed to be the next up and coming music festival. Promised private villas, VIP meet and greets, five start cuisine, and breath-taking sunsets on the beach, travelers paid tens of thousands of dollars for tickets to Fyre Festival, a…

Beat online dating in time for Valentine’s Day

I don’t go to the gym on January 1st, and it’s not just because I’ve had a glass, or three, of champagne the night before. The gym is PACKED on January 1st with dozens of new members crowding on cardio equipment and weight racks determined that this new year is going to be THE year…

Fast, “fancy” appetizers, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Appetizers are one of my favorite things. That is, perhaps, misleading. Appetizers in a restaurant are often, I feel, named incorrectly. For example, if you’re going to plow through 2,000 calories in beer battered cheese curds before your meal (and I’m not judging if this is you!), then you probably shouldn’t call that an “appetizer.”…

4 Christmas playlists to spark your holiday cheer

Currently at work, students are trying to raise money for the ALS Association. Of the many creative ways they’ve cooked up to try to get funds, they’re playing music over the intercom system during the passing time between classes. If students can raise $400, the music will stop. This may sound counterintuitive. Christmas music during…