Blogmas Day 3: Winter Wonderland Tag

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I’m so over Christmas carols already, it’s my own fault since I turned on the oldies station on Thanksgiving and haven’t turned it off since. I need some new carols in my life, and not that Michael Buble album. He has a lovely singing voice but I can’t with his Christmas carols. Adele should do a Christmas album but is that the end of career cash grab? I mean, don’t we all feel sorry for the pop stars who decide to release a holiday track (looking at you Wham!)? Maybe not Mariah Carey but Elton John…? Anyway, are you satisfied with the current carol offerings or do you want some new ones? We are doing a tag today because it wouldn’t be my blog without a good ol’ tag 🙂

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The snow! I love snow, it makes the world so crisp and clean and quiet. I hate driving in the snow but I’m that person who will head out right after a storm when the roads are mostly clear but not clear enough for the city slickers and enjoy the mostly deserted city. I do get stressed out living in such a densely populated area, I much prefer cruising around small towns or country roads in the snow because there are less SUV driving jackasses. I love snowboarding, snowshoeing, running on snowy trails – I think you get the point.

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Definitely scarves, I think they work more as an accessory than a hat. A hat means business, I’m probably going to be outside for a prolonged period of time and don’t care what I look like. But a scarf can be dressed up or down while still serving a practical purpose. Also, I have a huge head and most hats squeeze my forehead which is stressful.

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Just one?! If I had to pick, it would definitely be Home Alone because it’s a classic. It’s one movie from my childhood that I distinctly recall watching with my family and it always puts me in a Christmas mood when I watch it. Hell, if I am feeling down or homesick in the dead of July I will put it on 🙂 I love the house, the setting, the very plausible 90’s plot line – it’s just so good.

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Probably red or gold sparkle or both.

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I hate them all! None of them taste like they have an ounce of coffee, they are all sugar and syrup – yuck. Back in my early 20’s they had a drink that I really enjoyed but I don’t think they make it and I can’t recall what was in it. I like black coffee with a shot of cinnamon and splash of coconut whipped cream as my festive drink. The Starbucks holiday blend is very good too but I don’t care for their drinks also, they are all about 500 calories which is a whole freaking meal! Am I missing something? What’s your favorite drink?

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Burt’s Bees lip balm, it’s the only lip product that keeps the sides of my mouth from splitting. My snowflake coffee mug that makes all coffee taste 100 times better and I swear keeps it hotter. My black lounging cardigan that’s actually just a regular cardigan that I wore so often that the elbows wore out and I can’t wear it in public anymore. It’s so thin and worn and soft, I am going to be totally bummed when it just disintegrates 😀

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It’s actually a necessity and I’m just gonna have to suck it up and purchase one, I need a new Patagonia. I hate spending the cash, it’s not that they don’t make really good clothing but their coats are just so expensive and I only wear it for a few months. For my body type, it’s hard to find a coat that doesn’t make me look like a stuffed turkey but their coats are just so nicely cut and flattering. Anyway, it has to happen but maybe Santa will surprise me 😛

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Ugh, I can’t but if I had to choose one…no, I can’t.

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Nope – never do, never will. I did stop at Target for some potatoes but I don’t think that counts.

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Burt’s Bees Original lip balm for day time and the Mamonde Lip Sleeping Mask at night. Can we talk about lip fillers though? I have these little lines that look like smoker lines but I’ve never smoked, they are from pursing my lips when I am reading or writing or driving – I don’t know why I do it but you know how your granny would tell you that if you made ugly faces that it would get stuck that way? Wrinkles, she was talking about wrinkles and she was right. So, I’ve been doing some research on lip filler and did you know that a risk of this procedure is that the filler can be injected into a blood vessel and your lip will literally fall off? If you know of any potent lip line products, let me know.

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Not really, I have a festive turtleneck that doesn’t really look that idiotic. I just can’t purchase something with such a specific purpose that I can only wear once a year and don’t actually need.

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Most every year and I cannot imagine living somewhere that doesn’t get snow.

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Champagne Toast, I think this is the first year that I won’t be purchasing one and it bums me out a little.

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Same as usual, snowboarding.

I hope you are having a beautiful day and if you do this tag, be sure to let me know!

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Blogmas Day 2: Winter Watch List

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful and staying inside and eating everything in my pantry sounds so delightful 😛 Actually, the weather isn’t that bad but I would like to stay inside until we’re in above zero temperature but alas, I still haven’t married rich. I’d also like to stay inside so that I can catch up on some shows! I’m in a television mood lately, probably because I’m inside more, here’s what I’ve been watching.

The Crown: I might be the last person alive to tune into this historical drama series and my interest was only piqued when I saw the star-studded season three cast. Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter, Tobias Menzies and Gillian Anderson?! I mean, come on – I am only on the first season but I’m hooked so far. I think that Princess Diana debuts in season four and I suspect I won’t keep watching it. Does anyone else find it difficult to watch historical style dramas about things that happened in their lifetime? Anyway, this show chronicles the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and it’s really good.

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Modern Family – Again, probably the only person in existence to check this show out but I think it’s hysterical. The personality dynamics play so well together and make the family so perfectly quirky. It’s such a fun show and reminder that families come in all shapes and sizes.

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Jack Ryan Season II: I watched season one on the first day it premiered in one sitting and it was worth all of the stuff that I didn’t get done that day. I haven’t tuned into the second season because I haven’t had the time. This series is an adaptation of the Tom Clancy thrillers starring Jack Ryan and the first season was awesome. I really have to find the time to watch season two. Also, who knew (besides Pam) that Jim was such a fox underneath all of those ties and button ups?

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Mindhunter Season II: I started watching this but only made it through the first episode. Again, an awesome show that I really want to finish but never find the time. I’ve heard that the likeness of the actors to the serial killers they play is uncanny in this season. We got a taste of that in season one with Ed Kemper, I’m dying to see who signed on for the second season.

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I just realized that none of these shows are remotely festive 🙂 I think the only show that feels Christmas-y to me is Mad Men, I associate the 50’s with Christmas for some reason not clear to myself. Anyway, this is how I will be spending my nights in this winter. What are you watching, are any of these on your list? There’s so much good television out there, it’s hard to know where to start!

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Weekend Whirlwind

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Let’s start with Friday because that is where the madness began. If you didn’t know Tati released a palette, I was going back and forth on whether or not I wanted the palette. If you haven’t seen the palette, it’s all neutrals in different finishes which I think is a very cool idea because I primarily wear neutrals and love a monochromatic look. They are easy, I’m usually just doing my makeup for work and I don’t often wear color. So, 12 PM rolls around and I was still on the fence. I ate my lunch, listened to some of my book and then took to Twitter to see how the launch was going. I figured that if it sold out immediately, then I didn’t need it. Well, it did sell out but not right away and I ended up ordering one when I got home that night. I’m really interested to see what the formula is like and if I enjoy it well-enough, I think it will be time to throw out my Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette which is several years old. Expiration date, who? I did not need another palette, after getting rid of 3/4 of my makeup collection, I still have about a dozen or so but I’m happy that my purchase contributed to her sell out!

Friday night, I had a Halloween party, it’s the only bash that I attend as my friend has been hosting it since college and it’s basically a lifetime commitment. I’m not feeling super Halloween’y this year, I just tossed on some green eyeshadow and an old witch costume. I usually get put to work anyway so it’s not like anyone cares what I’m wearing. The bash was fun, I don’t drink socially so when people started getting real blitzed, I snuck out. I also had to work early Saturday morning at ULTA, we unpacked so much product for the holiday – it was nuts! I cannot believe all of the sets and holiday kits that are coming out. I don’t know if I will be purchasing anything, you just never know what you’re gonna get with holiday releases. We had to be in full Halloween makeup since the store was open for a couple of hours while we were still working. I had to work that night for my day job’s Halloween event so went home, scrubbed my face and tried to sneak in a nap. The nap did not happen because my neighbors who are being evicted this week after they had a huge domestic incident (really tragic) are deciding to be assholes to all of the neighbors who spoke with the police by blasting music, banging, slamming doors, etc. Friday is their last day, we only have to make it to Friday. It’s wearing on everyone, most of the neighbors are on really good terms and we’re just burnt out on these people’s bullshit. Anyway, so I watched a movie and did some laundry then got in full makeup for the night. I had to sneak out since the asshole neighbors have also taken to accosting people in the hallway. You’d think that I live in a trap house, I don’t.

Saturday night was non-stop, it started with me picking up two 15-gallon bags of popcorn. You wouldn’t think popcorn would weigh very much but you’d be surprised. Also, if you drive a small car like myself, it isn’t going to fit in your trunk. After a moment’s panic thinking that I would have to secure the bags to the roof, I pushed my front seats forward as far as I could and peeled out. The event was fun but long and there were lots of sticky kids. Being Minnesota, it was pretty brisk but at least we didn’t get rained on. Then it was home for the evening, removing my face yet again and trying to sleep before my 7 AM shift at ULTA on Sunday. I have to say that my face was unhappy after three makeup changes in less than 24 hours, it was red and dry from the windy evening too.

Sunday was fun, we got to put out most of the holiday goodies that had been unpacked the day before. ULTA is almost totally decked out for the holidays, it does seem a bit early but the sheer volume of product that comes in kind of forces retailers to start phasing it out. I’m not ready for Christmas carols or snow but it is fun to see all of the sparkly packages and winter-themed displays. I then treated myself to some Taco John’s potato oles, my favorite cheat food and took a 10-hour nap. Today I overslept but still got work on time and think I’m sick which makes a lot of sense after a weekend of junk food and no sleep. I’m over Halloween *gasp* and will probably put out the Christmas stuff this weekend 😝 Did you go to any Halloween events this year? I am looking forward to trick or treaters but I’m tapped out otherwise.

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Another Fall Tag P. II

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Are ya’ll ready for Christmas yet? I think Mall of America decorates the first week of November and I am really looking forward to it this year. There is a local restaurant that I am dying to check out, they have decorated the entire establishment in 50’s holiday kitsch and changed their menu with all kinds of retro recipes. Now, the 50’s weren’t good to the vegans but I still want to check out the decorations. I feel as though, November is really just pre-December, aren’t we all skipping past Thanksgiving and getting ready for Christmas? Maybe that’s why I feel that fall goes so fast, I skip right over November anyway 😛 This will be my last tag post for the season and then I’ll do some favorites or recipes or something.

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Turtlenecks and the corduroy this year are blowing my mind! I saw the chicest pair of corduroy culottes at Zara recently and wanted them desperately but since I am 5 foot nothing, they just looked like really wide-legged pants on me.

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The same music I listen to year round, I don’t really have seasonal playlists.

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Neither, I have these headband/ear warmer things that I wear. Yes, I know that all of the heat is leaving off the top of my head up I can’t stand hats.

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Relief, in the boujee suburb that I work, the residents are waging a war on geese. I won’t get into it but the methods to control the population are cruel. Then, what’s even more hilarious is that the same people complaining about the geese want the coyotes removed. Not realizing the if nature was allowed to take its course, the coyotes would pick the geese off, naturally controlling the population and wouldn’t be wandering the neighborhoods looking for food. When I see the geese leaving, I feel tremendous relief that they will survive another season without Yoga Pants Betty and Patagonia Vest Steve murdering them.

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Usually but I also have to clean my oven and there is nothing I detest more than having to clean the oven. I hate the smell of oven cleaner and I’ve used various other cleaning solutions on it but they don’t work as well. It’s a disgusting job, I hate it and so I have not baked anything yet this year. Plus, the first batch of anything after you clean the oven tastes like poison.

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Soups of any kinds, roasted brussel sprouts, mac & cheese.

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Yes, any time of year. I’m reading a really good book right now about the most haunted city in the South – it’s so good.

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Probably candles but closer to Christmas, I will have both out.

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Nope, Halloween then straight to Christmas.

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So, here’s the deal – do you recall things tasting more intense when you were a child or at least up to like you turned 25? My favorite tea used to be cinnamon and cardamom, like the most intense, spicy flavor – I had a cup a couple of weeks ago and it was so weak! It was a new bag too, I’m so disappointed. Anyway, the store where I purchase my loose teas had some other fall’ish flavors and I will give them a whirl but I’m disappointed. Is this aging? Everything tastes bland so you just stop eating.

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Yes, but not the fun, plaid-wearing version. I’ve had to harvest pumpkins before and it’s a nightmare. You feel like you got hit by a truck the next day and for many days after. I prefer strolling into the grocery store and purchasing pumpkins that someone else harvested. It’s all fun and games until you have to pick 500 pumpkins.

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Pumpkin chili or pumpkin breads are my favourite.

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Karma Kream.

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Whichever one most hides the fact that my lips are chapped.

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Apple, pumpkin pie always reminds me of baby food in a crust. Gag.

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And all at once, summer collapsed into fall. – Oscar Wilde

For me, fall has always happened in an instant when you step outside and the air isn’t thick and stagnant anymore, the birds are quiet, you feel a collective urgency as all the creatures start preparing for winter – it’s like someone snapped a finger and it’s finally fall.

That’s it – I hope you enjoyed, what fall things have you been up to recently? And be honest, are you already preparing for Christmas 😛

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Another Fall Tag P. 1

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Ah! I totally blew Blogoween, the nights have just been getting away from me and I blame the fact that it’s now getting dark at 5 o’clock. I’m exaggerating (only a little) but sometimes I get home and I’m so tired that I just skip dinner and sometimes my skincare (gasp) and head right to bed. Anyway, I’m finishing strong and am striving to stay up past 7 but also not making any promises 😛

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Fall rain is either cold, windy and miserable or crisp, refreshing and romantic. I hate grocery shopping in fall rain, I don’t know why but I cannot stand it. I hate grocery shopping most any time but when I’m cold and wet, it is so much worse.

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When the humidity finally dissipates and the air stops smelling like manure.

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I am planning on seeing at least one haunted house or haunted something this weekend. I also want to make a trip to Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store, this time of year they have apples, cider, apple butter – pretty much anything that can be made from apples, they’ve got it. Not to mention all of the glorious candy.

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Windy! I love a dark, rainy night with leaves whipping through the air.

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Rain, I will even take torrential downpours over fog because it just creeps me out. There is a two-lane highway that I take to get to work and it is between two fields, some mornings it is so fogged out that I take an entirely different way to work just to avoid it. The fog is so dense over the road, cars will look like they are disappearing. No thanks.

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The food and baking, I love making soups and breads. The scent of the season, where I live in Minnesota the air smells like manure from about April to August so it’s a nice change. And of course, the beautiful colors.

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The pumpkin spice mania, the dark mornings and the fact that is is here and gone in just a few weeks.

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Probably when I started college, I went to a beautiful campus that was most stunning in fall. There was just always something about walking those old halls and holing up in the library to study, watching the rain against my dorm window.

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Leaves! Yes, the B&BW candle but also just running though leaves smells so good until they start rotting but we’ve got a few weeks before that happens 😛

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You’ve Got Mail, I think it starts out in the fall and that paired with her cute little bookstore gives it that perfectly cozy ambiance.

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The colors, obviously but again, just the smell of leaves is so delightful.

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If I had a fire, then probably a fire but I just watch them in bed now. I don’t own a television, I just watch stuff on my phone and it’s easier to be in bed while doing this.

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If I had a partner…no scratch that, I enjoy doing things by myself 😀

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There aren’t a ton of hiking opportunities where I live and the ones that do exist are typically plagued by too many people. I do a lot of trail running though which feels like hiking and fall/winter is the best time to do it.

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I have but also, I don’t like being that close to bees and messing with the fruits of their labor. I prefer to just purchase already bagged apples at the orchard, I do like going to orchards in general though.

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Cooking, baking, cleaning, reading, knitting – pretty much anything that one can do inside and avoid getting cold and wet.

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Mustard.

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Tough call but if I’m being honest, my love affair with winter died after that -29 degree polar vortex bullshit that happened last year. I like winter, I like snow but I don’t like it when it feels dangerous to be outside. We will see how this winter goes but I’m a fall fan as of now.

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Autumn, I hate spring. Pastels, allergies, lawn mowing, all the trash hiding under the snow because people can’t put their shit in the fucking garbage, the road kill – hate it all.

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Skirts, tights, boots.

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I don’t really have a bad memory that I associate specifically with the season and I hope it stays that way.

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It would certainly be my wedding season but any season that someone wants to get married in should be wedding season.

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Cider, being the total hypocrite that I am, I picked up some pumpkin spice apple cider just this weekend and it is actually delicious.

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I have and I hate the smell of pumpkin pulp, I can’t stop smelling it for days. I rarely carve pumpkins anymore.

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Again, from You’ve Got Mail where Meg Ryan is walking though the streets of New York and that song by The Cranberries is playing.

That’s it for today but I will be back later with a 31 Nights of Halloween post. Do you love fall, do you get a little burnt out on it? I do, Hobby Lobby has their Christmas stuff out already and I’m not even mad about it.

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31 Nights of Halloween: The Shining (1980)

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Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of King’s The Shining is pretty good if you haven’t read the book but also totally sucks if you have. He left out the most hair raising parts and instead went for shock value. It leaves out my absolute favorite part of the book where the giant topiary animals start to surround Jack outside of the weird maze on the property. But of course kept in the decayed, old lady corpse. Anyway…

Jack Torrance, a failing writer, his wife Wendy and son Danny are headed to a secluded inn that’s closing for the off-season. They will be looking after the property with no access to the outside world. Of course, the inn is haunted and weird things start happening. Unfortunately for Danny, he possesses the shining which allows him to see into the inn’s tragic past. Jack’s sanity and sobriety quickly deteriorate putting his family in danger.

I just don’t love this adaptation, the only element that somewhat redeems it is the atmosphere of the hotel Kubrick used. Which, is not the Stanley Hotel that the book used but still plenty creepy. I think it’s more accurate to say that the movie is influenced by the book but if you haven’t read it, you probably wouldn’t know the difference and it’s a decent movie otherwise.

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That Time I Got a Mullet

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This is mostly meant to be humorous except for this next part 😛 Had anyone told me that Minnesota has been staunchly democrat since 1976 – I would have called bullshit. Never, have I ever met such tightly laced, conservative liberals in my entire life. Now, I am from Colorado where most of the population is liberal so maybe my point of view is a bit skewed. Regardless, the whole Minnesota nice thing is complete bullshit, the state motto should be, Where the Elite Meet Sleet. And because they feel guilty for being elitists, they vote progressive. Why do I live in Minnesota? I have no fucking idea, I moved here for college and the thought of a cross country move is now exhausting to my nearly middle-aged self.

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Now to that time I got a mullet which was this past Friday night. My fascination with the mullet goes back to at least second grade when, the year was 1992 and Billy Rae Cyrus had a bitching mullet. I had long, long flowing hair because my mother was a puritanical Catholic who didn’t let the daughters cut their hair and it was mostly a nightmare. Had my mother allowed me to have a mullet in second grade, it would have been the most amazing mullet ever, I would have gotten it out of my system and who would fault a second grader with a mullet? Fucking nobody. Who faults a 32 year old lady with a mullet? Fucking everybody. Since living on my own, I have taken many opportunities to cut my hair however the fuck I want and that includes a pixie cut, lady mullet, a shag, emo bangs – I have never committed to the perm because it does seem really damaging but maybe when I’m 80. So, my hairdresser asks me what I want to do and I said, I dunno. She mentions that modern, wearable mullets are coming back – and I’m like, well fuck me up. I’m thinking Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, Blondie – not so much the Billy Rae mullet (that I was cheated out of as a child) and she delivered. Am I cool enough for said cut? Most definitely not, do I still really like it, totally. Is most everyone else appalled? Absolutely. Like maybe people don’t think that I am aware of the fact that I have a mullet. People, I am fully aware. I’m welding on the weekends, this is my new aesthetic. Also, I’m not walking around judging everyone’s shitty, WASP haircuts and I would appreciate a little respect or at least not being stared at. Is that so much to ask?!

So to everyone in my life who is wondering, does she know that’s a mullet. Yes, it’s a fucking mullet, I know. I’m sorry the liberal hicks in Minnesota can’t handle it which is ironic since is there anything more hick than a mullet?!

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