After spending the last couple of weeks exhausted and ill with pneumonia (I cannot overemphasize the exhausted — as in sleeping 16 hours a day), I was thrilled to get out of the Minnesota winter for a weekend. New York isn’t exactly tropical this time of year, but there’s a remarkable difference between 30-above and 30-below.
I arrived in NYC on Valentine’s Day and discovered that it’s Minty’s favorite holiday. And I mean Favorite Holiday. Like, ever. In a crazy, wild-eyed-yet-eerily-focused, single-minded, heart-shaped kind of way that is simultaneously (1) charming and (2) utterly terrifying. She approaches the big V the way I approach Halloween: with Intensity.
Do you see the concentration on her face? It is intense and total! She’s done a lovely job of documenting her own obsessive, fascist way of celebrating VD. What she can’t really express in her post is how completely won over I was, and how much FUN I had!
Because Minty’s enthusiasm? Totally infectious (even for a cynic like me, who thinks the Official celebration of Romance is an oppressive tool for sentimentalizing the patriarchal regulation of heteronormative monogamy in order to make marriage palatable for white middle class women so they will make babies for the Nation). But it’s HEART-SHAPED!!
Needless to say, Minty was the best Valentine’s Day date EVER, and I had the best VDay ever, staying up half the night to decorate cookies and make heart-shaped miso-glazed tofu. Have I mentioned that Minty is teh awesome?
And the next day, I met John, who took me to lunch in what was definitely one of the highlights of my weekend.
You know how he seems so smart and sassy and sexy on the blog? That’s not the half of it. We talked nonstop about all manner of things, most of which aren’t appropriate for even this knitting blog. And, with minimal pestering on my part, he gamely took this dorky photo of us in Union Square wearing our matching Frivol hats. *Love*
Later, Minty and I met up with some of the Spiders (Connie, Jess, Lisa, Marie, Veronique, and Virginia) at The Point where not only did I completely forget to take pictures, but I also LEFT MY BRAND NEW CAMERA BEHIND. Jess had to chase me out the door with it. Thanks, ladies, for letting me come hang out, and a big See-You-Next-Time to Ms. Gleek, Ms. Schrodinger, Jessica, Katy (congrats!), and especially Sandra.
That gathering was followed by a wonderful dinner with Veronique, who was wearing a version of her lovely and recently-published sweater design and who, like Minty’s take on Valentine’s Day, immediately won me over with her wit, intelligence, thoughtfulness, and style. (Plus, she was knitting on a Marigold sock!) If you aren’t a Tres Chic reader, you should be.
This was was followed by a wonderful Saturday with Minty, visiting the Met…
… and hanging out in our PJs and leaving silly voice mails for Ashley, and generally not feeling like this was only the third time we’d met in person.
I am still catching up on the 1300+ blog posts that have amassed during my illness and absence. This means many of you will probably be getting comments from me on, like, your last 10 posts.
And now please enjoy the following preview of my next post, which will hopefully appear relatively soon (i.e. not after what’s become a now-standard 2+ week interim) and will definitely feature the belated birthday gift I gave Minty: