The Eclectic Mix Blog

Identity

I am not Peter Lathrop. Yet I know that Peter Lathrop just ordered an iPhone 4 from AT&T on Tuesday and it will be arriving at his address in Indianapolis tomorrow. It’s still in transit with UPS. I have no idea who this guy is. A cursory search of Google brings up little information on him. But I know his...

SOTU Tweeting

This one’s gonna be kind of short because the State of the Union and the response(s) went a little long, and I decided to watch them all and tweet about it. Yes, I tweeted tonight. Long and often and hard. Oh, um…that would be making posts on Twitter, for those of you keeping score at home. And I got a...

Many Years

Mom and dad had their party on Sunday afternoon and evening. As I’ve mentioned before, this party is an annual tradition going back to my early teen years, which means we’ve probably been doing this for close to 30 years. That in itself is amazing, but what’s more amazing is the legacy of it all. Oh, I don’t mean to...

Happy Birthday

January 24th is my dad’s birthday. And, as frequently overlooked here as he is, I felt it was high time to turn the spotlight on him a bit. I’ve said it before: I’ve been deeply blessed to have a great, stable, loving set of parents for all of my 41 years. I can only hope I’ve been as good for...

The Last

I can officially start saying the holiday season is almost over. Oh, but you say it’s been over for at least a week, maybe even two! Alas, no. The last round of truffles for the holiday season is now 2/3rds complete. They’re for mom and dad’s annual party (the one-time holiday party, now Chinese New Year party). The last several...

Enough for you?

Welcome to Minnesota in January…As I write this, it’s eight-below outside. And I’m tired of being asked if it’s cold enough for me. It’s that kind of cold where the world sounds different outside–planes sound weird, cars and traffic sound a little different. It’s the kind of cold that makes you gasp as soon as you step out into it....

The Reality People Just Don’t Get

The news is starting to have more and more stories along this same line: the past several years of budget moves by governments (ranging from the federal down through the state, local, and even school district-level) has finally caught up with us–to the point where we can no longer kick the can down the road and hope that the financial...

Catching Up

As promised, I’m back at the end of the long weekend…Though things aren’t quite right yet. I’ve got some work to do to get things fully back up to speed, but things on the server side aren’t quite cooperating as I’d wish. So, for now, if you’re looking for anything written on the blog before today, go here. I’ve tried...

About the Eclectic Mix

I started this up over 18 years ago, when we (and by that, I mean Jenni) was pregnant with Patrick. We lived in North Dakota, it was a free site, and it gave me the opportunity to share news, ultrasound pics and other tidbits from the prairie with the folks back home. Ten years later, we’ve got our own site,...

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