Multiple Trips so watch for the year change.
September 1, 2018
Arriving August 29, here’s Kai saying HI, welcome back!
Last week in December and first week in January. Mostly KAI! Also a few days in August, another visit in September, and yes, mostly KAI.
They have rides, and a midway, and a kidway, and barns full of animals of every sort, and displays of the agricultural glories of Minnesota, all these important for a State Fair but for the Minnesota State Fair it’s mainly about the food, deep fried food.
I particularly wanted to go to the Fair because I wanted to know that in my life I had tried a deep fried twinkie.
Not On A Stick. I forgot to mention when I was talking about the food at the Minnesota State Fair that all those amazing fried foods come on a stick. Everything/Anything, on a stick!
It’s not as magical as it sounds, deep fried butter for example or a slice of deep friend apple pie, because the coating is so thick not much would escape it.
Not here, here you can buy a beverage that isn’t on a stick.
Mall of America.
“Mall of America® is more than a shopping mall near the Twin Cities. It’s over 520 shops full of tax-free shopping and 50 restaurants full of delicious food. It’s Nickelodeon Universe, SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, FlyOver America, Crayola Experience, and more – all under one roof.”
There’s a lot to do when in the midst of a big remodel.
We often pass by the White Castle corner lined with cars and each time I think the same thought, what is it with White Castle anyway?
So we decided to check it out. We got one regular hamburger, and I say hamburger with air quotes. We also got the crispy fired chicken sandwich, the fish sandwich, and the vegan slider.
They were all uneatable in varying degrees. Cynthia wouldn’t even take a bite of the burger. I did take a bite and it was not worth a second bite but I didn’t spit out the bite I had. Next came the chicken which didn’t taste bad really, because it had no taste but it was crispy. The fish was indistinguishable from the chicken, although I had a second bite of the chicken but not a second bite of the fish.
We both thought the absolute worst, and we spit it into our napkins, was the gummy scary-flavored stick-to-your-teeth vegan slider. Don’t get it. Don’t get any of it. Don’t go there actually.
Now I know!
In stark contrast Cynthia took me out for my birthday, to one of the hot trendy places in Saint Paul, called corner table, lower case. They offer a three course prix fixe menu so we got to try six of their very pretty and tasty dishes.
I will type them all out below for the fun of it. And yes, the entire menu was in lower case.
1-wild mushroom soup, crème fraiche, ramp oil, foraged things
2-white beet and hakurei turnip salad, herbed goat cheese, sunflower, chamomile, plum seed vin
3-pappardelle, gjetost cheese, roasted cauliflower, shallot, speck, sage
4-duck confit shepherd’s pie
5-lamb loin, chickpea crepe, summer squash, herb pistou, feta
6-minnesota lake perch, french sorrel brodo, brown butter, almonds, fingerlings, seasonal capers
Speaking of which we buzzed back to Cynthia’s condo to let Kai have a nap while we went to see the Mister Rogers movie. Although I didn’t watch much of the show since it overlapped with Sesame Street, a show I will still gladly watch, the movie did a good job of telling his story I think.
Of course I cried, it was a tear-jerker. He was so nice and now he’s dead.
The white ruff doesn’t usually stick out quite that far, I forgot to notice. He looks like this when his collar has gotten the longer hair.
Then we stopped at our favorite market, Kowalski’s, and each made ourself a delicious salad to take back to our respective accommodation.
Thanks Cynth, it was So Fun.
Cynthia had gotten us tickets to see The Christmas Story at the legendary Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.
First we ate dinner at an Asian-Fusion restaurant across the street from the theater and then scurried over in -10 wind chill. My boots are perfect as is the rest of my gear so far, so far being car to door and then door to door.
December 29 and 30
This is the lobby of the hospital where Cynthia had her bunion surgery today. It all went so smoothly, in and out, no problem and she’s been walking some too already.
I had a snack from the cafeteria with the dining tables across from the windows here serenaded by the lovely woman playing pop standards on the grand piano.
A view from around the corner of the apartment.
What I wear when I go out and I’m perfectly warm until the wind kicks in to freeze my face: a cami, a tee, a long-sleeved shirt, a down vest, a jacket, a coat, thermal pants, pants over those pants, wool socks, fancy -25 degree-rated boots, scarf, hat, gloves.
Today the high was -5. Baby it’s cold outside!
So we went to another puppy play time at a bigger place which was excellent good fun for Kai the dog.
I see I didn’t note that this was inside at one of the places Cynthia went for puppy class. It wasn’t That cold inside but no one bothered to unbundle.
So much personality.
I think this is the story of that mini-husky looking dog, from the internet. He was young and still very shy:
“The Alaskan Klee Kai is a relatively modern breed, which was only developed and standardized in the 1970’s, and not widely available to buy by private owners until the 1980’s. The Klee Kai’s ancestry includes elements of the Alaskan Husky, Siberian Husky, and to a lesser extent, the American Eskimo dog and Schipperke as well.
“While many people incorrectly refer to the Alaskan Klee Kai as Mini Huskies, or use the two terms interchangeably, it is important to note that they are not the same breed.”
We went to another puppy play time this one out in the suburbs with a group Cynthia had trained with before. It was the biggest room yet with the most dogs and plenty of run-run-run.
Kai is what they call ‘food motivated’.
When there are training treats around he wants those things So Bad. He would find any one of the humans dispensing treats and he’d do a big proud sit right in front of them and if a treat didn’t come his way he’d lie down, and if he Still didn’t get a treat he would look so confused… like… what’s a guy got to do around here to get a treat!
Sometimes there would be treats for nothing!
We did chores for a few hours too. Cynthia has been doing amazingly well with her foot although after a while a rest is welcome.
Cynthia had reserved the theater in her building so we could watch Amadeus on a big screen with great sound for that fabulous score but technology was not cooperating. We’ve rebooked for Tuesday!
We watched the Rose Parade streaming on amazon with Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon and we both LOLed plenty. If you really like the parade however these guys will not suit you. Absolutely everything they said was tongue-in-cheek.
If you like it the regular way or if you didn’t know what they were satirizing I wonder if it would be funny. The amazon reviews show 52% 5 stars and 40% 1 star, mighty polarizing it was.
Walking with Kai is an exercise in friendly. Not one person can pass without a grin and an awwww and ‘is it ok, can I pet him?’. Kai then body slams against the legs of all who reach down happy to be noticed and gushed over.
We passed every possible enterprise as we wandered through the buildings. You could in fact live your life not going outside not that you’d want to, but you’d have the choice…if you didn’t have a dog that is.
Back to the bridge leading into Cynthia’s building with the mural in the distance.
It was -8 when I went outside this morning with Kai and I put on ALL my layers but this afternoon when we were outside it was 12…and it felt warm! I didn’t have my gloves or my hat or my scarf or my coat and it was fine. Weird, right?
This is Mike from Lofty Dogs, the guy who takes dogs from this building out for pee breaks and out for big pack walks. Cynthia has been using him since she got Kai and now Mike is getting Kai ready to join the pack.
He’s still full of puppy go-go but Mike is willing to give the pack a try on Thursday.
This is what cars look like in the winter in Minnesota, an ever-present coating of salt on everything that hits the road. All of them all the time look like this except for maybe the first hour after a car wash.
If I’m going to buy a used car I hope I remember to check where it has lived in its prior life.