Time froze for me the other day while at my beautiful niece Melanie’s house in St. Paul. The kids playing hockey in the driveway, listening to the Belmont Stakes on the tv in the garage, cold Leinenkugel in my hand and it suddenly occurs to me…
I LOVE MINNESOTA!
I know! I know! You’ve always heard trash talk coming out of my mouth about the debilitating humidity, the frigid cold, the scary tornados, and the nasty mosquitos.
But in spite of all it’s shortcomings, and even though I lived out west most of my adult life, I will always call Minnesota my home.
It’s where my people are.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got lots of people in Oregon. My children and their families, close friends I consider family, and the hundreds of students that I loved throughout the years.
But I really am a “Minnesotian” at heart.
I love all the “ya shore, ya betchas”, the “I saw dat der too and I said, hmmmms” and the of course it wouldn’t be complete without “daboatayas”.
My sister has a place “up nort” and after spraying at least two cans of Deep Woods Off (that we practically had to buy on the black market due to the “skito” epidemic this year) all over my entire body, it was the perfect spot for a photo shoot of my latest refashion for eHow.
Oh ya, I started with this jacket…
and in a few quick and easy steps, turned it into this:
Click here for the tutorial. (And be sure to say that with a Minnesota accent)
Happy Saturday and try to stay away from dat Lutefisk if ya know what good for ya!