Spring in 4 Weeks

February 23rd, 2008

Spring is in four weeks. Last week it below zero with even colder wind chills. Today, I was running errands with just a sweatshirt for warmth. No winter coat, no hat, no mittens, no scarf. The sun was shinning, the snow was melting and it actually felt good to be outside. Spring is coming.*

*but it is Minnesota so by Monday it could be -30 outside.

There’s Stupid and then there’s Stupid

February 12th, 2008

Stupid is forgetting to turn off the stove, forgetting to switch the laundry from the washer to the dryer, or leaving your purse in the car when you go shopping. Stupid is driving with your window down in winter in Minnesota in -30 wind chill so you can smoke a cigarette. Stupid is jogging in those jogging tights, a long sleeved t-shirt, and headband in winter in Minnesota in -17 wind chill.

Snow Day?

December 6th, 2007

Today we closed school at 12:00 because of the looming “snow storm”. Tuesday we had a lot of snow towards the end of the day and the buses dropped the kids off at home pretty late. (One bus didn’t even get to school until 4:00.) Anyway, I guess the bus drivers didn’t want to risk driving in the snow and listening to parent complaints today so they canceled the second half of the day. Funny thing – I think it only snowed for about 30 minutes today.

Oh well. I got to go out for lunch with friends, and go to Christmas shopping with Lexi so I’m totally on board with pretend snow days.

It Got Cold

September 19th, 2006

It got cold. Not the kind of cold that comes after it has been 90 degrees out for three weeks and then is suddenly 75 degrees and “cold.” It’s the kind of cold that is grey and cloudy and makes you want to wear a huge sweatshirt, wrap a quilt around yourself and stay in bed.

The funny thing is, in March, when it is 45 degrees out, I will probably be really excited about how warm the weather is.

State Fair

September 3rd, 2006

We ate our way through the Minnesota State Fair last Thursday. We didn’t get to see too many of the animals this year (although I did walk through the Pet Center to see what dogs were on display – my favorite this year was the boxer and the akita). We tried to go to the “Miracle of Birth Building” so Lexi could see all the baby animals but they were closed by the time we got there. We did get to eat fair food, which is the main reason I go to the fair. This year we had corn dogs, popcorn chicken, french fries, a snow cone, mini donuts, corn on the cob, Sweet Martha’s Cookies and all-you-can-drink milk (2% and Chocolate). We also collected a bunch of free stuff, but this year’s give-aways were pretty sad. Mostly magnets and pencils. I did get a water bottle, a class set of rulers (yay for Bethel free-be’s), a crappy frisbee, and a really nice pair of sunglasses for Lexi.

Melting In Minnesota

July 28th, 2006

Apparently it is so hot in Minnesota right now that we are making national news. My sister lives in Indiana and told me that she heard about the heat wave here and it was refered to as “melting in Minnesota.”

May 1st, 2005

It’s snowing.

Welcome to Winter

January 3rd, 2005

It’s freezing in my house. The downstairs really doesn’t stay heated so when I am downstairs I spend most of my time under the down throw blanket Kevin got me for Christmas last year. The dog has been going between finding patches of sun to drag is bed to and burrowing into my blanket. I really like Minnesota winters. I like ice skating outside, playing hockey, sledding, the snow, the cold, all of it. But I also like being able to come into my house, drink hot chocolate and be all warm and cozy. We’ve been lighting candles to try and generate more heat, but it’s not quite the same as a roaring fire in the fireplace. I think our next house should have a fireplace.

The Great Get Together

August 28th, 2004

The Minnesota State Fair started on Thursday. This year I got to go twice. On Thursday I sat at the Bethel University booth and handed out rulers. That was interesting. Several people came up and asked if you had to be a Christian to go to school there. Some people were even under the impression that you had to be baptist. Most people didn’t even look at who we were, they just wanted the free ruler.

Friday, Kevin and I went back to the Fair to eat all things deep-fried and on a stick. This year’s new foods were battered and deep-fried corn on the cob, a deep-fried Ruben sandwich on a stick, and rumors of fried rice on a stick. I wanted to try the fried rice but we never found it at the fair. We opted for the traditional fair foods – corn dogs, cheese curds, corn on the cob, Sweet Martha’s Cookies, and all you can drink milk. They upped the price of the milk to $1 but they added chocolate, so it wasn’t all bad.

One of my favorite things to do at the fair is to go to the Pet Center. We usually go and watch the Police K-9 dogs do their demos, which is always fun. Last year we got to see an agility club put their dogs through the paces but it was in a very confined ring, so it wasn’t all that exciting. This year, they had frisbee dogs. It’s put on by purina dog chow, so mostly it’s an add for the food, but the frisbee dogs are cool to watch. I will give them credit – all the dogs they use in the show are either from a rescue or from a shelter.

Here’s a couple of pictures I got before the batteries died. I know some of them are blurry but you try and take a picture of a dog jumping in circles.

We also collected a serious amount of free crap. Surprisingly, some of the it was actually good stuff this year. I ended up with 2 bandanas – St. Thomas and Ford were giving those away, a mini frisbee for Speak, a bunch of pencils, a pen, a ruler and a pile of magnets. And Kevin got a tree. Hopefully this year we remember to plant it and not just leave it in the bag to be used at the youth groups white elephant party.

They have fireworks that end the fair everynight. It’s fun to watch them from my bedroom window. You can also hear the bands from the Grandstand playing.