February Hibernation Tactics

While this is happening today, we’re keeping warm with hot coffee and oatmeal pancakes.

Farewell clear streets and sidewalks, we barely knew thee…


50-Yard Lines and Free Candy

Last weekend Ross and I had the opportunity to watch the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers play at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.  We were excited to see the stadium for the first time (it just opened last fall) and we lucked out with awesome seats on the 50-yard line.

Last weekend happened to be Homecoming so along with the elevated excitement the stadium was teeming with adorable senior alumni, including this snazzy dude who we’re pretty sure used to play for the team.

Ross almost died of embarrasment when he noticed me sneaking that shot.

It was cute to see so many of these old folks out to support their alma mater, but I can’t tell you how many times I nearly lurched into the aisle convinced that one of them was going to fall down the stairs while trying to balance their decaf and cracker jacks.

And speaking of food, we ate lots of it.  The worst of which, unfortunately, were the cheese curds and fries we bee-lined for immediately upon arrival.  Just look at me smiling with naïveté.  I was just giddy over the chance to eat fried food before noon.

Truth be told, they tasted like they were yesterday’s leftovers. Not to worry. We covered up the taste with mini dounuts.

So the food situation wasn’t a total loss in the end.  And while I was headed up the aisle one of those adorable alumni seniors gave me a huge grin and shoved a Werthers candy in my face.

Ross: What the…?

Me: I don’t know, he just handed it to me.  At least it’s gold!  Where’s your team spirit, Stedman?

Ross: Weird, don’t eat that.

While I was digging through my purse yesterday I found it. 

And ate it.

Still alive, honey!

Pimp My Brows

Several years ago I had a traumatic run-in with a salon, some wax and those pesky stray hairs north of my eyeballs.  Long story short, I left with only one shaped brow and considerably less skin.

Needless to say, my motivation to return to (any) salon for a socially acceptable level of eyebrow maintenance (via hot lava wax and rippin’ strips) was quite low.

But last week I gave myself good a look in the mirror and said, Listen here, Bert, this can’t go on.

So on a pretty high recommendation I took my pet caterpillars over to see Christina at blink salon.  And rather than putting myself through the skin-tearing torture that still haunts my dreams, I booked an appointment for eyebrow threading.

…Say what?

If you can believe it, Christina used one tiny piece of thread (and some pretty fancy hand/wrist action) to clean up my brows in about five minutes.

And it just so happens that noted Twin Cities beauty blogger, Elizabeth Dehn, was at the salon at the same time for the same treatment!  As a demonstration for her blog and, let’s face it, proof that I actually got this done, “BeautyBets” herself video taped my appointment.

Stop on over to Elizabeth’s blog to see the fast-paced threadin’ action for yourself:


Oh, and if you’re wondering if Elizabeth is really this adorable in person, the answer is no – she’s even cuter.  She’s one of those people who makes you feel like you have known her for years–even if your only experience with her has been lying belly-up in a salon chair. 

I appreciate her taking it easy on the zoom button during our video session.  Here’s hoping the poor thing didn’t have to see my nose hairs…