Ignite Talk: Passion Projects

I was one of 20 speakers at the 6th Ignite Minneapolis event at the Riverview Theater. Remember when I did my Pecha Kucha Night presentation back in (holy crap) 2009? This is like that. 20 slides, 15 seconds each, for a total 5 minutes of terror.

No actually it was a lot of fun! I used my complimentary +1 ticket to bring along fellow Ignite speaker Micah Vono for moral support. The building was packed. I watched the first ten speakers from the audience, then we split for an intermission, and I got to kick off the second half.

The great audience energy carried me through my whole presentation. I got some applause and some laughter, especially from this slide, which popped up on Twitter a few times. It was an amazing experience. I'm already planning my next talk!

2013 Craft'za

The Craft'za this weekend was amazing. My week started early, filming with Fox 9 morning news on Wednesday, then live early morning spots on Friday with WCCO, and again on the morning of the show! This surely helped spread the word and the building was packed with shoppers all day.

I feel a little guilty that I didn't buy anything for myself except food. But we did buy tons of stuff for our families and finished all of our Christmas shopping! And the food was great: Gastrotruck turkey biscuits and gravy for breakfast, Messy Giuseppe sandwich for lunch, and a Natedog at the end of the day.

One regret: I meant to check out the hidden Bigfoot paintings but by the time I came around they were all gone! I oughta know better; they were even on TV. Celebrity shopper sightings included intrepid reporter MA Rosko (also on the hunt for Bigfoot) and Vincent Stall. And of course I always adore hanging out with our lovely vendors who are all super-stars in my book.