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Sunday, February 15, 2009


I think it's still fair to say that I celebrated IQD this year, although it did admittedly bear more similarities to Valentine's Day than past ones have. Then again, it was also way more fun!

David flew in pre-dawncrack, at 5:48 a.m. My neighbor had loaned me her car, so I was able to pick him up, and then drive around for a while searching (beanlessly) for coffee until it was light enough to see at Minnehaha Falls Park. The falls weren't frozen solid, thanks to last week's thaw--although it was 10° when we were there--but were still impressive in their iciness.

We stopped by my favorite Dunn Bros for the coffee we hadn't found earlier, took a quick tour of Uptown, and wandered down to the frozen expanse of Lake Calhoun. There's enough Northwesterner left in me, especially with a fellow web-footer, to be deeply impressed by that much ice!

Speaking of ice, we later went skating at Lake of the Isles, which not only has a cozy temporary warming shelter, but offers FREE ice skates for the borrowing! I was dreadful, of course (incurring the looks only persons two and half feet tall--and, naturally, extremely proficient on their own blades--can bestow upon such a hopeless elder), but did make it three loops without falling before deciding I'd had enough.

In the evening, we went to the ever-delightful Cafe Brenda, and then to The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Guthrie. The latter was staged as a 1950s live television quasi-musical extravaganza, which made for some very creative characters and a lot of fun. It was too cold to explore the mill ruins; David was very brave and never actually complained about the cold, but although 20 (which it did eventually hit before dropping again) feels balmy under certain circumstances, it's still freakishly bitter for most normal people, and he suggested we enjoy more of the Cities' outdoor activities when it's a bit warmer. He had to fly back this afternoon, concluding the whirlwind arctic holiday adventure.

Remember, although only the hardiest visit during the winter, Chez


Curly Sue said...

In my google reader, I read your title as "Vaseline."

And in the first picture, you both kind of look like mimes.

The Churches said...

Oh, that is so cute! I really love the B&W photo. It looks professional. And yes, 20 is freakishly cold... free ice skates is cool though. Haha: "cool"...

I Hope So said...

that first pic is incredible, it seems very familiar in a 1920s-bohemian sort of way (i don't know if that makes sense but i swear i've seen it before!)

i'm so happy you had a wonderful v-day. yay! :)

Daniel said...

We're coming up on the year anniversary of the last time I visited you.


Ern said...

Yes, that first picture should definitely be in a frame!

Sounds like a good visit. :)

CëRïSë said...

Thanks, guys! It was a good visit.

And Daniel, you're definitely welcome to come back!

Anonymous said...

love the black&white photo cer! db