I know, it's been aeons. Or at least it feels like it. Been a lot going on. Like, a lot a lot. Most recently, the Twin Cities got walloped by a bunch of storms, in which nearly 500,000 people lost power, including me (more on that in a minute). So I've been neglectful of this page, and whenever I'm on the computer and open my bookmarks, I see my little "Mir" giving me the stink-eye. Sometimes it's a mournful gaze. I'm pretty sure it's also given me the middle finger a few times. I don't blame my blog.
Miraculously, summer has finally returned to Minneapolis. And I figured if green grass and temperatures above 50 degrees can make a showing, so can I. Here's a brief and random summary of some recent activity...
I pulled this amazing trio out of storage. Much like my Aerosoles, these shoes are well-worn, probably 4 years old now, and well-adored:
As for new acquisitions, it's been a little quieter. But the purchases have been deliberate, if relatively new territory from my typical habits.
First up, activewear. My decade-old wardrobe of dude shorts and freebie oversized t-shirts needed a serious update. Athleta (and others) to the rescue:
This trend was spurred by my first-ever outing to the local indoor rock-climbing place. Not only did I survive, but I liked it and told my friend I'd be back for another round.
I also caved and got something more substantial:
Yep, isn't she pretty? My last bike was a Trek that I bought back home in 1995. It logged a few miles along Lake Michigan in Chicago, got me around town during my summer in Boston/Cambridge, and then proceeded to collect dust in the garage. I know. It deserved better. Sigh. Alas, its frame is bent and I'm trying to figure out what to do with it. I refuse to trash it. But the bike shop says they can't really do anything with it either.
Also, I was in Toronto for a few days and honed in on the goodies I can't get back here in the States. Impressively, only one clothing item. Not surprisingly, I'm still a sucker for cute animal packaging:
And speaking of cute animals, I also scored this back here in Mpls:
So, that's a smidgen of what I've been up to lately. Honestly, I'm just happy that summer has made an appearance, even if it heralded its arrival with some insane storms. Here are a few shots of the havoc it wreaked in the 'hood (and beyond):
It's nice to be back, and of course, I'm curious to know if you've indulged in any summer buys in my extended absence. Strappy sandals? A lovely dress? Or, maybe you also invested in a new bike? Patio furniture? BBQ lessons?