Springtime, come hither


When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I retreat from the Internet — and lately, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed. An introvert can handle only so much extroversion before she caves in, like a molten lava cake, but way less hot.

Seriously, you should see how non-hot I am looking these days. I am bedraggled and dried out and pallid and puffy. Winter in Minnesota will do that to a girl. After that cold snap of sub-zero temperatures, the weather has been far more tolerable — but it’s still dark and icy and laze-inducing. I am willing along spring like a spectator at a marathon, except spring is the slowest one.

Please spring, even if it takes eleven hours, promise me you’ll cross the finish line. I hear there’s beer! And have I mentioned how hot you look?

Luckily I am leaving for Hong Kong on Thursday. Hong Kong is subtropical! Granted, it’s only supposed to be in the 60s and rainy, but bring on the balm. I plan on coming back with supple skin and the will to live.

Of course, I am terrified that my plane will crash into the ocean like Malaysian Flight 370, never to be found. My friends tell me to stop being morbid, but I’m hoping that by speaking my fears out loud they will lose their power, like shining a light into a 4-year old’s closet. (Except seriously, I just wrote my Last Will and Testament. I’m not joking. Last Thursday in the back row of a music event, I had Gabe and Maia sign as my two witnesses, all “I’m signin’, you’re signin’, we’re all signin’.”)

As for Foxy, I am flying Anna in from Colorado to stay with her while I’m gone. If I am flying my dog-sitter across the country, I am absolutely the 1%. It’s time for me to accept it and stop eating the heel of the bread because I think I’m poor.

I plan on living forever, a regular Tuck Everlasting — but if my plane goes down, know that I love you all, more than I love molten lava cake. I want to see Minneapolis in the springtime though, so count on my triumphant return.

As a parting gift, here’s me on Saturday, STANDING ON A LAKE, harnessing the power of the sun because it’s all I can do.




  1. Val on February 15, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Are you crazy? A man in a really nice camper wants to put our song on the radio!

    Also I love that you mentioned “Tuck Everlasting” because it’s coming to Broadway soon! Yet another reason to look forward to spring. :)

  2. Mike Pacchione on February 15, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    I remember being paranoid about a plane crash just before Studying Abroad. So, I wrote out my will on a piece of paper (very official) and included former Yankees outfielder Paul O’Neill in it. I thought he was funny in that one episode of Seinfeld, and wanted to be sure I didn’t leave him out. Hope you had the same forethought

  3. Margret Boyd on February 15, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    There’s a part of my INFP personality that leans toward the worst possible scenario. Sometimes that’s depressing but other times it’s freeing because, yes, it does reduce fear’s power. It also helps me see that everything else pales (somewhat) by comparison.

    So…your greatest fear is your plane will crash into the water. If that happens, lots of people will mourn you and fiercely miss you but you, dear one, will be Home. And THAT is the best place for any of us to be! :-)

    So, go to Hong Kong, enjoy the warmth and humidity, then come back, secure in the knowledge that wherever you are, you are in the arms of Love.

  4. frank on February 15, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    How tall are you?

  5. ash on February 15, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    Yes to this! (well, except the plane crashing / you dying part..) I am so excited for your trip and can’t wait to hear about your experiences! lots of love from over here in our pent-up-for-winter home!

  6. Allison on February 15, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    oh my gosh, don’t stand on lakes.* you are truly fearless.

    *unless you are retrieving the sword of griffyndor.

  7. Allison on February 15, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    are there TIRE TRACKS on the lake? what the hell

    (i am from texas)

  8. Marijke on February 16, 2016 at 7:24 AM

    I don’t know if you know this, but spring is yet a long ways away. I mean, I don’t want you to die of disappointment, but I thought you should know… :/ The good news: it does come eventually. If you ever need spring in winter, there’s always California for you to visit.

    Minnesota is glorious and wonderful and downright terrible. I know you’ll love/hate it in the end, but you will make it through!

  9. [not the] Best Blog Ever on February 16, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Um, what Marijke said… Woman speaks truth. I just didn’t know how to break it to you.


    Also, don’t hate, but March is typically the snowiest month of the MN winter. Because, you know, it’s actually a titch warmer so there is more precip…

    (Ok, please don’t move!!!)

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