foto friday: crazy Minnesotans

so in my adventures as a reporter for a small county newspaper in almost-rural Minnesota, I come across some cool stuff. Add winter to that equation and I come across some CRAZY stuff. Like an entire city festival on a frozen lake. Or half naked people jumping headlong into frigid water on the first of February.

Yes, Minnesotans start getting a little nuts come late January and February, when the temperatures haven’t risen above freezing in weeks and more often than not have been below zero for at least a few days.

This winter I drove our van onto a frozen lake for the first time in my life – that was a little freaky. I saw snowmobiles tear across the icy tundra in a radar run. I watched slightly-nutty individuals risk life and limb to raise money for charity by leaping into the waters of a hole cut in the thick lake ice.

Minnesotans are a hearty bunch. Even if they are certifiable. 🙂

standing on a frozen lake
Wonder Woman comes up for air
Spartans leap in the Polar Plunge

foto friday: the many faces of jack

my son has many expressions. when he first meets people or is in a new situation, he has this furrowed, concerned brow that makes you think he’s mad or concerned. when you finally realize what he’s trying to communicate to you, he gets this excited, happy smile and he nods.

this week he learned the word “stuck” and now says “RAWR” when you ask him what a lion says or “OOH OOH” when you ask him what the monkey says. 🙂 its pretty cute.

the bottom right photo is titled: its a party in my mouth!

I promise my next post will be writing. I’ve not been super inspired recently, which means I need to write more. For me, writing begets writing and creativity begets creativity. mostly I’ve just been trying to get through the “dog days of winter”. Spring will come, right? 🙂