Things I've Done In Minneapolis So Far

1. Eaten baked potato pizza.  It tasted like it would taste if a person carrying a platter of potato skins collided with a person carrying a pizza, and calamity ensued in such a way that the potato skins ended up on top of the pizza and everyone ate them anyway. Slathered in sour cream, brought in a little plastic container for this express purpose.

2. Accidentally called the skybridges that connect most of downtown Minneapolis "sky malls." 

3. Thought I was in St Paul, just because we crossed a bridge over some water. I mean, I guess I should have consulted a map or something, but what fun would that have been? Not as much fun as it was for our cab driver to laugh at me for several blocks, I'll tell you that. 

4. Had lunch with the lovely Alexa, who is as charming and becoming as ever, and even though I generally loathe it when people call other people—at least those over five years old—"adorable," I will make an exception here, because she is. (Adorable, I mean. But also over five years old. I hope so, anyway. If not, well, then she certainly has an incredibly sophisticated palate. She ordered gnocchi.) 

5. Visited the world's best Polish piano bar—which may, in fact, be the world's only Polish piano bar—to observe as various co-workers belted out 1960s Motown and I recorded the whole thing on my phone for blackmail purposes. Uh, I mean posterity. 

6. Chose a restaurant for a team dinner based on recommendations in the comments. Thanks, you guys! It was a little awkward explaining to the rest of my co-workers why I knew so many people in Minneapolis whose opinions I trusted on where to eat, but we got through it. 

7. Exchanged several very fraught text messages with Sean—many of them with pictures—regarding the status of a) the bathroom walls he's currently painting, b) the bathroom vanity he's currently building, and c) the front path we're currently paying someone else to pave, because hey, we're hands-on, but we're not that hands-on.

8. Finally figured out the world's best flying outfit. Behold!

You need a soft t-shirt so you feel like you're wearing your pajamas, a blazer to ensure you'll be the first one they consider when they magically decide to upgrade someone to first class, dark jeans because you're going to spill your diet coke on them at 30,000 feet, flats for all the airport walking, and a piece of statement jewelry—I went the wacky necklace route, though you can't see it particularly well—so you feel reasonably put together. Also a very, very, very large purse.

9. Man, I wanted to make it to ten, but I have to be up in several hours to catch a flight home and my belongings are still spread out across my hotel room, so I'm going to have to finish here, I'm afraid.

10. Oh, wait! Tie-dye cake. 

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Maggie
May 16, 2012

You look great in your travel outfit!

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Tall Girl
May 17, 2012

LOVE the travel outfit, and am now on the lookout for a PJ-t-shirt for the summer, when I go on a 13 hour flight for my honeymoon, so looking lovely and feeling comfortable are both of equal importance!

Also, that cake is INSANE.

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Natalie
May 17, 2012

that IS a great travel outfit! good idea to keep in mind...and that pizza...wow, worth a try i assume!

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Sabrina
May 17, 2012

You're in my backyard! I'm glad you went to Nie's. Did you sneak back to the photobooth?

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Sandra
May 17, 2012

Brilliant travel outift! Jeans are a given. Dark ones make them a little more dressy. Comfy tshirt, check. But the blazer is the piece de resistance!! I'll have to wear a cardigan though until I manage to find myself a blazer.

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newfoundlander
May 17, 2012

Great look! Are the white cuffs part of the blazer?

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Danielle
May 17, 2012

I love your travel outfit! I'm always trying to find comfort without looking like a ragamuffin when we fly.

Tie-dye cake looks delicious.

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Ris
May 17, 2012

Love the traveling outfit! Where are the jeans from, if you don't mind me asking?

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Melissa
May 17, 2012

So jealous you met Alexa! I would imagine she is just as delightful to talk to in person as she is to read.

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Lori
May 17, 2012

I love the outfit. Where did you get that purse? I want one!!

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Anna Louisa
May 17, 2012

Love the travel outfit! Where did you get the blazer? I've been psyching myself up to buy one...I think I'm the only person in downtown D.C. who refuses to wear suits regularly :)

www.anna-bird.com

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Lindsey
May 17, 2012

I see all these people are really interested in your travel outfit (which is, admittedly, extremely wonderful), but the Polish piglet inside of me wants to know where I can get some tie-dye cake. Seriously (serious about the cake and the Polishness.)

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Nothing But Bonfires
May 17, 2012

Wow, so many questions about clothes and cake!

Newfoundler: Yeah, I just rolled the cuffs of the blazer up (I saw it like that in the store and liked how it looked.)

Ris: The jeans are from Madewell, and are the ridiculously named Skinny Skinny. However, I cannot endorse them, at least not in the dark wash; I've found mine to stretch out TERRIBLY and I've only had them a couple of months. They get horribly saggy in the legs and seat after a couple of wearings and I sort of hate them. But I paid money for them and I don't know where to find any better ones, so I keep wearing them and torturing myself.

Lori: My purse is from H&M. It's HUGE and holds everything.

Anna Louisa: The blazer is also from H&M.

Lindsey: I didn't actually try the tie-dye cake but one of the sponsors of the conference I went to was (super randomly) Betty Crocker, and this was one of the between-sessions snacks.

Thanks for all the kind words, everybody!

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alison
May 17, 2012

H&M you say? I've been looking for a new blazer for awhile now. I truly (madly, deeply) loved my old one, but alas it got tossed in our last big move.

Re: skinny jeans. I've got a pair from Banana Republic that are at least 3 years old and are still wonderful.

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Anna
May 18, 2012

Which restaurant did you try?

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Margie K
May 19, 2012

Re #6... don't you work for Facebook? To admit you asked readers of your blog or more vaguely that you got recommendations "over the internet" shouldn't seem that far-fetched to people so fundamentally linked with internet communcations. And with all your travel experience/expertise, why *wouldn't* you know how to find great places whereever you go?

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Nothing But Bonfires
May 19, 2012

Anna: We ended up trying Pizza Luce that night, but we also ate at Zelo and Aster Cafe while in Minneapolis.

Margie: It was more that it was a little like "So anyway, I have this blog..." to a lot of people I work with who didn't already know about my blog. Always a slightly vulnerable moment!

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NGS
May 27, 2012

Pizza Luce. I miss that place so much.

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