Oh, puns are awful, aren’t they? I do apologize. I may be going slowly insane due to, oh I don’t know, never-ending winter? But! Ever one to take a lemon and paint that shit gold, I am bound and determined to see the silver lining in the cloud that is Minnesota’s six months of winter. No, friends, that isn’t a typo. Four million people have, in fact, voluntarily chosen to live in a place that often reaches -30 and boasts snow for half the year.
Here are some of the adventures I’ve been known to undertake in an attempt to maintain my sanity among all the white stuff.
Have a photo shoot
Are you among the many who document your daily fashion choices? All that white provides a nice backdrop for your cute vintage dress, don’t you think? Our girlfriend Cherry Blossom Girl, above, thinks so. So does this cutie. And this brave soul.
Hygiene, shmi-giene – I don’t want to hear it nay-sayers! When it starts to snow, put a big mixing bowl outside to catch some clean snow (about a gallon), mix in a cup of milk, half a cup of sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla. Eat under the stars with your best girlfriends.
Step 1: Wait for a perfect, ever-so-slightly wet, fairytale snow to fall and accumulate on a parking lot full of cars. Step 2: Run around pressing your faces and bodies into the snow. Step 3: Stand back and admire your amazingly realistic snow sculptures. Step 4: Hide behind the cars and watch bewildered commuters make sense of the face imprinted on to the hood of their Impala.
Build an igloo
I don’t know about you, but I suspect I will never outgrow making forts. Blanket forts, table forts, and igloos are the end-all-be-all of forts, no? A proper igloo is something of an undertaking requiring a specific kind of snow (as evidenced by this hilarious, totally un-PC 1960’s educational video). But don’t be dissuaded! I created many an awesome snow fort with these cool snow brick molds.
And by ‘snow paint’ I mean ‘fill an old squeeze bottle with water and food coloring.’ Visit your neighborhood park and leave love notes for strangers, your favorite quote or the photo number for your hottie, singleton friend. Now you don’t need to be jealous of your gentleman friends and their innate ability to write in the snow.
* Make a snowball and put it in your freezer to utilize on your boyfriend come June
* Use a snow bank to chill your bottle of Champagne
* Visit your neighborhood sauna and do like the Swedes and have a proper snow roll, post-steaming
* Pull out your inflatable mattress, pile your friends on top and and go sliding!
How do you utilize the white stuff?
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