My trip to the Twin Cities this weekend went really well. Here's some notes about specific things from the trip.
Sub-zero weather where you can feel your breath freeze as it comes out of your mouth
Vietnamese food (spicy mock duck with peppers) at Mai Village, a very fancy restaurant on University Avenue
Sushi and tempura
Bad darts and good bowling with my cousin's friends
A visit to the Minnesota State Capitol where my aunt, one of the district judges for Ramsey County, gave a talk to incoming representatives. My sister and I got to sit on the House floor and were bragged about at the start of my aunt's remarks. We then got to see the governor's reception room, the courtrooms for the state appeals court and state supreme court, and we met several of the judges, including the Chief Justice of the Minnesota court. I took a picture of the portrait of former governor Jesse Ventura that was on the bottom level of the Capitol.
Walking through the skyway system to the food court in an office building where I had a veggie sandwich and beer cheese soup
Seeing my aunt Kathy take charge at my cousin's wedding rehearsal.
Greek nachos (feta and mozzarella cheese, olives, pepperoncini) at a trendy downtown eatery
Tickets for the stage seating area for the preview performance of A Prairie Home Companion (more in my next post)
My cousin Kelly's wedding to her long-time boyfriend Aaron, held in downtown St. Paul at the Landmark Building. We were at the Landmark from about 4PM until almost midnight. The ceremony was nice, featuring the singing of "Ave Maria" in remembrance of those no longer with us, an Irish blessing, a Baptist minister reading from Corinthians, and an Apache candle ceremony and song. The reception was well attended, with almost 170 people, and despite catering problems, was a lot of fun. My sister caught the bouquet, much to my mom's delight.
Gift opening gathering at Kelly and Aaron's house, a nice arts-and-crafts bungalow in Minneapolis. A lot of the family was there; they were paying a lot of attention to the Vikings/Eagles playoff game, at least until it became clear that the Vikings weren't going to score off their opponents.
A trip to the Mall of America; I saw the huge Lego Store, took a picture of the Camp Snoopy amusement park, and had more public radio goodness at the Lake Wobegon store.