Savin’ for a Crackin’ Good Time

Have you ever been at the Kohler household and wondered why there were no walnuts on hand? Doesn’t it seem strange that the only nut options are peanuts, cashews, and mixed nuts? Okay, you’ll find the occasional pistachio in its shell, but you don’t see Brazil nuts or any other form of shelled nut that needs cracking.

Well, here’s the reason why. We have been saving up for this silver nutcracker from Tiffany’s and aren’t quite there yet:

Silver Nutcracker

Post inspired by Mighy Girl’s discovery of a $165 bubble wand.

One Messed up Kohl’s

Check out the scene at a Dallas, TX Kohl’s as camera-phone documented by Hee-Haw Marketing:

Hee-Haw Marketing: HURRICANE KOHLS!

“I’ve got this Kohl’s right next to my house, and with that proximity, I’ll make a stop by every few weeks to check out the sales. Its always bad, but this Dallas, Texas Kohl’s would look more at home in New Orleans after the flood.”

It looks like their stockers had a case of the Monday’s.

And what’s with everything at Kohl’s ALWAYS being on sale? Have you ever been in a Kohl’s that didn’t have a discount price displayed on every clothes rack?

Ben and His Fire Engine

Ben and His Fire Engine, originally uploaded by edkohler.

Just in case Cariann hasn’t thought of anything to get Ben for his birthday later this month, here’s something that he just LOVED at the CES press event tonight.

Strangely, this was one item that didn’t have the press hovering over it throughout the night. They’re too serious.

Compact Florescent Lightbulb Packaging

Compact Fluorescent 27 Watt Spiral, 100 Watt Equivalent, 5100K Full SpectrumSeth’s Godin raises a good point about compact florescent lightbulbs. Why is the packaging so crappy?

“Lightbulbs are simple. Lightbulbs come in simple packaging. They represent a trivial decision. You need a sixty watt bulb, you buy one. Cheap, please.

CF lightbulbs, on the other hand, didn’t used to be cheap (they used to cost $10. Now it’s $2). Far worse than that, they come in horrible packaging, packaging that belies the entire point of the exercise. Installing a CF lightbulb isn’t jokeworthy. It’s harder.”

I imagine some of the first people to be motivated to install CF bulbs would be environmentally conscious types. So why the heck would you try selling them bulbs packaged in ridiculous plastic shells?

There’s gotta be a better way.

I think the wattage conversions could also be more clear. Yes, they display the differences, but this stuff needs to be SIMPLE as can be.

First Receipt of 2007

First Receipt of 2007, originally uploaded by edkohler.

Receipt #10001 at 7:04am on January 1, 2007 at Dunn Brother’s Longfellow.

Carly and I had to walk around the block twice waiting for it to open.

What Superhero are You?

Determining superhero status is spreading like a virus in the blogosphere and I’ve caught it. Here’s my diagnosis:
You are The Flash

The Flash
Iron Man
Wonder Woman
Green Lantern
Fast, athletic and flirtatious.

Click here to take the “Which Superhero are you?” quiz…

My Almost Missing Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have a Google Alert set up for my name, so whenever a new page appears on the web mentioning me, I get an email. Kinda cool. And less time intensive than active ego-surfing.

Tonight, my name popped up on a LiveJournal page from Team Boobylicious, a group of locals who are raising money for the Twin Cities Breast Cancer 3-Day with a bake sale. I ordered 5 dozen chocolate chip cookies after hearing about it. Jenni from Dodgeball is one of the organizers.

According to their 3-Day page, they’ve raised $1,500+ to date and have 11 team members.

So, here’s what scared me in today’s Google Alert:

questions: 1) does someone have ed kohler’s order? i don’t have it in my bag.

Holy crap, my cookies went missing for a while. Luckily, they’ve been found and should be arriving tomorrow night. How cool.

Oh, and Carly’s off chocolate through Christmas, so I may need some help eating 60 cookies. Any volunteers? Sitter Finder Web Site

I’m probably not the biggest expert in the world when it comes to finding baby sitters, but I read about this site,, over at Rick Klau’s blog then checked it out with a few local searches, and think they may be on to something here.

Basically, they’ve combined a directory with a rating system to help you find GOOD sitters that you may not have known about in your neighborhood. This is good for the sitters, which get more work, and obviously good for parents who are looking for the occasional night out while leaving their children with someone they can trust.

See, the web is good for things other than p@rn.

Hummingbird Feeders

PA030025v2, originally uploaded by sarahsflickr.

Any ornithologists in the crowd?

Does anyone know the trick to getting hummingbirds to come to a feeder? I had no luck at all with this when I tried last summer. The only thing the feeder attracted was ants I found floating in the feeder’s juice that became sun bleached clear after months with no action.

I’ve heard it helps to have the feeder near some cover, such as perched next to cardinal flower in the garden, but looking at the feeder in this photo, it looks like it’s totally exposed next to a cement wall.

What gives?

City Squirrels Study

Some folks down in Chicago are researching the behavior of the often seen but rarely researched rodent:

But squirrels have their shortcomings.

Sometimes they forget where they buried their nuts, although Brown said their sensitive noses allow them to sniff out ones hidden by their neighbors.

And while someone once swore to Brown that squirrels look both ways before crossing the street, they’re apparently looking for something other than cars. Robert McCleery, who completed his dissertation at Texas A&M on urban and suburban squirrels, outfitted squirrels with radio transmitter collars and found that 80 percent of them died under the tires of a car or truck.

What I’d like to know is why they can’t leave our pumpkins alone:


What can be done to make city squirrels stick to nuts rather than viewing non-squirrel food as a tasty meal? Do you have squirrel-eating-pumpkin issues in your neighborhood? Maybe it’s something unique with South Minneapolis city squirrels.