Just so you know, doctor’s receptionist …

10.24.2013 § Leave a comment

So this call that I just had with the doctor’s office surely boosted my confidence today.

Me: I need to set up an appointment.
Receptionist: Sure. What’s your name?
Me: Nathan Koch
R: Oh, is this for your son?
Me: No, that’s me.
R: Ohh, I’ve never heard Nathan for a girl’s name.
Me (confused and hesitating): Um, I’m a guy.
R: Ohhhhh. I’m sorry. You have such a nice soft voice.

And just so you know, doctor’s receptionist … my voice is appropriately manly and pleasant.

… I think.

The DIY Sharpie mug weekend.

10.20.2013 § 1 Comment

For several weeks now my sister and I have been sending each other pins from Pinterest of DIY Sharpie mugs that we wanted to try out as part of our brother/sister weekend. Pretty much because brother/sister weekend is never complete without a little DIY. #Truth

But while we were sending each other examples of cool mugs that had already been made, what we should have been doing was reading up on how to actually make these mugs … as opposed to reading what we should have done after we had already completed each step.

For example, buying cheap dollar-store type mugs work better for having the marker adhere to the cups after baking. This is great advice when you already have 7 cups purchased from 2 different stores after 4 different stops in search of plain white mugs.

Also, found out we should have baked them at 450 for 30 minutes instead of 350 to make the color have a stronger bond. This we figured out after we started washing off one of the designs after the first attempt. (Good news is that after a second round of baking at 450 for 30 minutes, the color held up perfectly when being hand washed.)

Here we have our own Sharpie mug making magic, which after a day of working on, turned out wonderfully:

diy sharpie mugs, step 1

diy sharpie mugs, step 2

diy sharpie mugs, step 3

diy sharpie mugs, step 4

diy sharpie mugs, step 5

diy sharpie mugs, step 6

diy sharpie mugs, step 7 final

And in case you want to try your own and don’t trust our “instructions,” here is the blog we started to follow as soon as things weren’t working as planned. I recommend reading this before starting: Tips & Tricks to the DIY Sharpie Mug / DIYopolis

Do you.

10.18.2013 § Leave a comment

Some words of magnetic inspiration left for a coworker today:

magnetic words of inspiration, instagram

Have more inspirational words ever been magnetized?

Probably not.

Just so you know, typewriter man …

09.24.2013 § Leave a comment

Just so you know, typewriter man …

You may be thinking that your actual typewriter circa 1973 is so hipster-ish of you to bring to the coffee shop to write your memoir. But I have something to tell you. When I’m sitting as far across the coffee shop as humanly possible and I am looking around for what the loud clicking noise is only to find out it’s YOU with your typewriter, it’s a little inappropriate.

And I think you know it’s inappropriate too, since you’re blocking out the noise for yourself with headphones that look like they’re big enough that if I were to give you two orange sticks you’d be able to flag in an airplane.

typewriter man in the coffee shop

Now I enjoy a good typewriter as much as the next person. But I enjoy it in the privacy of my own home with it sitting decoratively on a refurbished desk …

… just as Nate Berkus and new technology have intended.

Photo disclaimer: I apologize for the blurriness of the picture. Not only did I find it rude to show his face, but I was so far away that my phone could focus on everything BUT him in front of the windows.

A theoretical pocket guide

09.19.2013 § Leave a comment

Over Labor Day weekend I took my first trip to Door County, Wisconsin for a good friend’s wedding. And being my first trip, the day after the wedding I thought I’d do a little mini sightseeing before heading home. So I grabbed the official “Pocket Dictionary to the Peninsula” out of the hotel’s lobby for a little, well, guidance.

Now, I know that my pockets happen to be on some shorts that are a little shorter than others. But by no means were my pockets tiny.

Therefore, I’ve decided the pocket guide is just a figure of speech, not to be taken literally.

As I could literally not get this in my pocket.

Door County Pocket Guide

Oh well. I enjoyed my local coffee and scone just the same.

Oh, the places you’ll go.

09.10.2013 § 1 Comment

My latest DIY project comes with inspiration from Dr. Seuss.

And took less than 3 minutes to finish (not including the drive time to my parents’ house for a scrap piece of wood).

Oh, the places you'll go. -Dr. Seuss, DIY

Now I just need to start traveling outside of a 10-mile radius for some new stickers.

Fix, or hang a placard?

09.04.2013 § Leave a comment

On a recent over-night stay, the hotel had this placard posted outside the bathroom door.

silent vent fan placard

So my question is this: Did they post this when they installed the latest in silent fan technology … or do they simply post this by everything that doesn’t work?

Regardless, I’m going to start using this idea myself. Instead of fixing things, I’ll just place signs next to them explaining that they really are working … you just can’t tell.

For example, instead of replacing burnt out light bulbs:  “Lamp very very dim when turned on. You may not see light emitting.”

Yup. Brilliant.

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