Minnesota Winter

It may still feel like fall (or summer!) in some parts of the country, but in Minnesota, it’s winter. We’ve had a good 8 inch snowfall (which I missed and is mostly melted) and last night got a good dose of freezing rain. I’m pretty sure that I need to ramp up from my dinky skater gloves and fall coat to something more substantial, but that would mean admitting it’s winter.
Granted, I love winter. This is a picture I took of downtown St. Paul the weekend I visited grad school. I think it snowed 10 inches. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.
I grew up with snow, and so if snow (and winter) don’t negatively impact me, I love them. But when I’m not dressed warmly enough, or my bus is an hour late, or I can’t walk on the sidewalk, I get a little bitter. I love the glow of the light on the snow and I’d much rather have snow than rain. Now if only the snow would stick…I guess we’ll see what this week’s storm brings ๐Ÿ™‚

Minnesotan

I’m a real Minnesotan now. Not only do I vote there, but I just got my real MN driver’s license earlier this week. I love living in the Midwest and Minneapolis is a great city. I’m definitely enjoying this phase of my life ๐Ÿ™‚ Minnesota feels more like home, more of a fit for me, than anywhere else I’ve lived since I’ve been 17. So while my driver’s license photo is horrific, it will be nice to fit in.

Ironically, I’m writing today from Iowa, where I’m spending Thanksgiving. I’m headed to Kentucky for Christmas though, which I’m looking forward too. One problem about Minneapolis is that it’s too far from my family.
In other news, Simon the Great sent me a great link from the New York Times today. If you want to chip in to buy a piece of the London tunnels, let me know. We currently have 0 of the required 7.4 million dollars.
Simon and I exchange an average of eight emails a day, many including exciting stuff like the link above. (Simon is the recipiant of all hillarious blogs that appear in my Google Reader. If there’s a piece about spiders lost in space or “Paula Deen is trying to kill us: Thanksgiving edition,” Simon will get it in her inbox. These inevitably lead to threads of emails about space spiders that will take over the universe and links to video of Paula Deen deep-frying cheesecake…just so you have an idea of our communications.) But Simon’s blog, when they write on it (they being Simon and Ivan, her partner in crime), is fantastic. So while I’m busy writing up some of my recent cooking adventures, hop over to her site to read a hysterical piece on alpacas.

When I am fast asleep

At 5am, police cars will lead the first non-construction cars over the I-35W bridge. This is the bridge on Sept 2, 2007 (courtesy of Ben).
At 5 am, I’ll still be asleep, but the new bridge will be a welcome change. There are piles of rubble on the shore and the bike path is still closed, but about 14 months after it fell, a new bridge will be in place.
I feel like I should write more about the collapse, but that will need to be another day. ย More information on the bridge opening is at MinnPost.