Hi, I'm Leslie.
Answers to a Few Questions, An Ode to Saint Paul
- Yes, Saint Paul is part of the famous Twin Cities See also the Official Visitors Guide.
- Yes, Saint Paul is the capital city of Minnesota and also the proud home of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival (my family & I WILL find the Treasure Hunt Medallion one year), A Prairie Home Companion (at the Fitzgerald Theater), the Minnesota Wild (we ARE the state of hockey, after all), the Saint Paul Saints (great new stadium!), the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Minnesota Children's Museum, the Saint Paul Public Library, the Saint Paul campus of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory the Minnesota Historical Society, and many other museums, theatres, performance venues, libraries, schools, colleges, teams, restaurants, shops, museums, historical sites, parks, and all-around fun places.
- Maybe, just maybe, Lake Wobegon is a real place. You'll have to visit Minnesota to find out.
- No, Saint Paul is NOT the same thing as Minneapolis (the other "twin") even though we tied for Best City Parks in the Country this year.
- Yes, the Mall of America is here in the Twin Cities area, in Bloomington, MN (it is BIG, and the awesome IKEA store is just next door).
- No, we don't have snow & below zero temperatures here all year long. We actually swim in our 10,000+ lakes during the summer & sometimes even in the spring, fall, and winter. It gets above 90/100 F degrees, sometimes, and well below zero, many times. And, yes, we can walk on water/ice on our lakes in the winter. Best of both worlds, really.
I'm learning about being a front end developer and infographic/data visualization designer. If you've been here before you'll note that I've been at this for awhile, but I've also had a long-term illness so bear with me.
Please excuse my "horrifying sandbox" webpage/website for now. A lot of WordPress learning and testing is going on here. Someday, I dream it will be beautiful. Of course, I also dream to one day meet King Tut, wish that one could come true! Love that Ancient Egypt stuff. Let's hope the first dream becomes a reality, seems a bit more realistic.
I am also a user (student) of the following, though not necessarily an extremely "active" user...
- Dribbble (Proud to be a pro member, but definitely NOT a prospect at this point, as you can see from this site.)
- Github (I just have a Micro account, don't even know how to fork yet.)
- Creative Market (Looking forward to helping people through Lovely Heart Creative, coming "soon" to a theater near you.)
- Twitter (Gosh, I suck at Twitter, and Facebook too for that matter, so you'll often see auto tweets from me as I sign up for all sorts of cool web design & dev apps, software, goods, content, graphics, sales, deals, beta apps, etc. I hope to tweet some stuff about Ancient Egypt, Saint Paul, the Twin Cities, Minnesota, traveling, movies, Star Wars (episode 7, here we come), music, books, history, archaeology, coloring & art for adults, swimming in lakes, pools, seas, oceans, all of the above, education & learning, trying to be kind, respectful, empathetic, loving, & helpful to others, being a pretty severe liberal, libraries of all sorts, academic research, women's athletics, & the best sport in the world, gymnastics!)
- Facebook (Note: see Twitter entry above. Brief repeat, I suck at posting on Facebook. I promise I'll try harder, with all of the above.)
Official Site Business
- First, get rid of that enormous "Blog" heading at the top of the page. Damn, wish I knew some of that PHP stuff.
- Second, updating to a better color for my hover & active link states. I know I can do this one, it's just that the big "Blog" at the top is driving me crazy!
- Third, working on some typography and other site color choices.
- Fourth, obviously working on updating everything else and learning a lot while I do it.
- Fifth, hmmm, maybe I'll even start a blog. Does WordPress work well for that kind of thing?
Yeah, I know I'm corny and odd and I write like I am talking out loud to myself. Which I am most of the time anyway so why not write it down?!