Category Archives: pertaining to alice

Alice Elfie’s Day Off

Alice and I stayed home today so we could start making presents for our family. It's hard to find much time to be together and do any of that between getting off work and bedtime, so we both took a day off! We listened to the Mariah Carey holiday Pandora station all day and had personal pan pizzas delivered for lunch, and ate all the cookies we wanted from a cookie exchange we went to last weekend. Here's what we made, including links!

Leaving a Mark: A new mural project in Benson

Omaha artist Watie White is currently creating a series of murals in partnership with Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska where he interviews and creates a linocut portrait of several new immigrants to Omaha. With support of other organizations including the Intercultural Senior Center, Omaha Public Schools, the South Sudan Community Association, and the Anti-Defamation League, he's creating these small-scale carved portraits and then turning the art into giant murals all over town. This is one of two murals Watie is doing currently in the neighborhood of Benson in Omaha--you can see it on the side of the Benson Law Center. The themes in the text are inspiring--the desire for education, the bravery of leaving home in hopes of a better life, and a compulsion to give back to the communities that have welcomed them.

Applejack Festival in Nebraska City, AKA Alice’s Best Weekend Ever

We left with a five pounds of freshly picked apples, a purse full of parade candy, worn-out carnival wristbands, and an angry sunburn to remember the trip by. Big thanks to the Nebraska City Tourism department and chamber of commerce for the amazing day at the Applejack Festival in Nebraska City. I grew up going…

“I look just like a businesswoman!”

I owe her a monthly letter soon--I have a lot to tell Future Alice. We just spent a week in Chicago on our first family vacation together and had a BLAST. We did all of the sights in six days and I learned what a fabulous travel companion my daughter is--her enthusiasm never decreased from sun up to sun down. The TSA! The airplane! The trains! The buses! The river through the city! The room key! The tiny soaps! The king-sized bed and cable TV! All so glamorous. And that's to say nothing yet of the amazing experiences we had at the planetarium, art museum, aquarium, science museum, department store...

Getting Goodies at Getting’s Garden

On our way up to Lake Okoboji this weekend, Alice and I stopped at Getting’s Garden in Sanborn, Iowa to pick a box of strawberries! We were going to use them to make pies and jam but we’ve already eaten almost all of them. There’s absolutely no comparison to the flavor of a fresh strawberry you picked yourself–it’s tart, sweet, a little earthy, and SO delicious. We can’t wait to go back on our way home to Omaha, and we won’t miss the upcoming raspberry season in August!