There’s this thing about living in Minnesota:
You simultaneously LOVE and HATE winter.
It’s like a dysfunctional relationship. The LOVE part is basically when it’s falling. It’s so beautiful. Magical even. Everything is so clean and pretty and fun. You go snow shoeing and skating and it’s like you are living in a whimsical fairytale.
Then you have to go to work.
That’s pretty much where the HATE window opens. The roads are slippery and wet. People are assholes and get all up in your way and then you almost crash and die. You fall on your butt just trying to walk to the coffee shop and the mail is late because the postal man couldn’t get to your mailbox because it’s under a snow drift.
Then you try to make up.
You go skiing or sledding and it’s just so much fun. You have hot cocoa and gaze out the window lovingly at your perfect, perfect flaky friend. Maybe you put up a wreath and marvel at how much better it looks with a few snowflakes upon it.
Then you realize, oh shit, this snow comes with psychotic temperature fluctuations.
This is where this post comes in. Do not take this as a complaint. I actually enjoy the art of bundling up. When you go out in the freezing cold and you are actually comfortable when the dolt standing next to you at the bus stop is shivering - you feel like you are winning. Here’s what I can’t live without from December to March in MSP:
1. North Face Metropolis Parka: Basically, a blanket for your body.
2. A big ass scarf: The more wrappable, the better. I am currently rocking this one from Target.
4. A fuzzy, fuzzy hat. I love my North Face Earflap hat because it has fleece inside.
5. eTip gloves: Something that makes that mobile phone usable. Go for warmth people. Skip those cheapy 2 buck gloves with the eTip. Yes, they work, but your fingers won’t.