Monthly Archives: May 2014

  1. The Yin/Yang of the PQ marriage

    The Yin/Yang of the PQ marriage

    As my declaration of need for an audio office evoked such a lively discussion in our “comments” section on Facebook, I determined a trek to the Apple Store was warranted.  I have conducted audio experiments in side-by-side comparisons of Bose, Dr. Dre Beats, and Apple standard issue headphones. Dr. Bose won in a landslide.  Noise cancelling will be deferred for now, but sound quality will not, I'm going for the other Doctor of headphones.

    As the Memorial weekend brought luxurious weather, it seemed fitting that a paddle on our local chain of lakes should preface a trip to the Uptown Apple Store.

    “I need to get a hat.”  Great, Hoigaards, our local, family-owned outdoor store is on the way.

    “I was thinking of the haberdashery.”

    I seriously doubt they sell bucket hats at the local haberdashery.

    It’s a Henry vs Humphrey style debate that plays out regularly in our house.

    He says, “I need shorts”.  I say, “Great REI is having a sale. “  He says, “I was thinking Banana Republic”

    We go for cocktails.    I say, “Hand me a long neck Bud Light with a vodka shot in the neck.”   He says, “Hendricks, straight, on the rocks”.

    He is “shaken, not stirred” while I am known to belt my favorite rendition of “Jose Cuervo” while getting dressed for the night.  (Truth be told, I favor Don Julio Reposado but that doesn’t rhyme as well)

    It’s Pad & Quill in a nutshell.  We hold our love of natural beauty and skilled craftsmanship in a 24 year relational weave of yin and yang, black and white, “little bit country/little bit rock and roll” tapestry and somehow by God’s grace it all works out.

    It’s like how our product line compliments and works together.  The

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  2. Mrs. PQ needs Dr. Dre

    Mrs. PQ needs Dr. Dre

    “Mom, I need help writing my turtle essay”.  “Mom, why don’t you write about me in your blog posts, I have good stories.”  “Mom, I need…blah, blah, blah, money, money, money.”  “Mom here are the 12 of the next 18 nights you will be preoccupied with attending my year-end concerts.”  “Mrs. PQ , I need you to re write the copy on our Etsy Store page.”

     

    I need a pair of headphones.  Not just the ubiquitous, white knobs that accompany every iPhone, iPad and iAnything Apple, but rather a large, glaringly red, pair of Dr. Dre’s Beats.  Apple, would you please accelerate your purchase of said company so I can become an in-office product tester.  Of course, Bose “noise cancelling” headphones would also do the trick, but I fear the house would burn down in a world muted to that degree.

     

    Rob Walker, @notrobwalker, Yahoo’s resident tech guru makes the case for me better then I could myself.  I’m going to paste the link here, but, you ADD folks who came here to buy your dad a Journeyman wallet or Aria for iPad Air should complete your purchase first. Then follow the link, or you’ll end up forgetting and then resorting to gifting another sleeve of “barely-range ready" golf balls you found end capped at the Stuffmart Fueling Station enroute to brunch.

     

    It’s not that I don’t love my family, and it’s not that I’m not more then happy to address their various needs and concerns, it’s just that every so often I need to bring work home with me, and writing blogs in

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  3. Highschool Fires, Drama and iPhone 6

    Highschool Fires, Drama and iPhone 6

    We received the unenviable broadcast text from the high school principal: do not panic, there was a small car fire in the parking lot, it’s been put out and no children were injured.  The wait begins.   Eventually, the subsequent text came from the driving kid assuring us that her car was just fine.  As the Tall, Lanky one just wrapped his role as Francisco Franco and an aristocrat in Evita; we’ve had enough drama in the house for now, we didn’t need to add burnt-out car to the list.

     

    Since I rarely address my children by their given name, unless they are in trouble, I simply had to look up “tall, lanky one in Spanish”.  Alto Lago wasn’t terribly inspiring so it won’t likely christen an iPhone 6 design, no matter how phabulous the phone might be.

     

    Waiting and drama efficiently summarize the mood at Pad and Quill world headquarters these days.  With Angela Ahrendts taking over the helm of retail and online stores at Apple, we of course are curious if she will bring a sense of Burberry and Donna Karan to Apple or if Apple will remain married to it’s sleek, techno plastic, metal and glass visage.  Apple certainly redesigned the shopping experience for the consumer, so it will be intriguing to see what her influence will bring about.

     

    iPhone 6 rumors abound, it sounds like I have until about September to complete my iPhone 5s education.   Daunting, however, I did discover that in addition to a trusty flashlight I also now have a $500 compass and a GPS system.  The later being magnificent because we’ve discovered geo caching and the wonder of getting lost without being lost in the wild woods.

     

    We’ve not seemed to break from the grasp of winter quite yet, so it’s chicken

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  4. The mother of all posts

    The mother of all posts

    Last year I wrote a Mother’s Day post replete with not so subtle hints for gifts I may or may not be coveting for my outdoor adventures.  The kids gave me a plant; lovely, but not quite handy as a means of propelling oneself down a scenic river way.   If they want to “go green” this year, may I suggest trees?  Specifically, 11 laminates of butternut, basswood, black willow and alder...eh hem.

     

    They don’t read my blogs, so this year I might resort to more drastic measures.  Believe me, I am not beyond blackmail.  Thankfully, I hold particular sway this year over our best gift giver in our family, next to Mr. PQ of course.  The youngest kid will survey your gift suggestions, perhaps  a month in advance, he will then set a budget, work the appropriate hours, accounting for taxes and savings and then walk to Target to procure a gift for you.  He is such a sweetheart it really gives me pause as I print out “Harley Holmes Mom taught me on Career Day” stickers.  While Mr. Gift Giver is a total mom’s boy at home, out in public, I am persona non grata.  He handed me a list of what I could and could not say for Career Day last week.

     

    1. Use only your first name.  There are not enough Holmes in the school for adequate cover.
    2. Do not say you have a student at Metro Middle School
    3. You can say you have kids, but you can’t say you have sons
    4. Don’t worry about having kids in your class, if you can’t get into what you really want, they put you in the sessions that don’t have enough kids.
    5. I might, might end up in your room (see item above), act like you don’t know me.

     

    Career day went great, I followed my list to the letter, and utterly delighted when the kid came home and announced

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