The Matron's photography skills are legendary for her lackthereof. These pictures would be primo examples of her complete ineptitude and her unwillingness to spend another five minutes trying again.
Don't you love her?
But if you can ignore the Alien space ship or perhaps Alien frozen breath in the upper corner, it is possible to understand what the word "Minnesota" really means in December. Yesterday? Entire buckets of snow were dumped upon her.
Now, normally, the Matron is a runner. As in every day, except when its below zero.
But while she was contemplating the deed, she decided that good old fashioned Activity would be her exercise. As in shoveling. You see, the Matron and her husband? Are currently responsible for shoving their entire block. And then some. Because this neighbor is in her sixties and her husband, away, yesterday, the Matron shoveled out this house:
See that blue house tucked behind the pink, above? Well, that neighbor recently broke his neck, felled by a walk in his sleep that turned into a tumble down stairs. He broke other bones too. So the Matron and her husband will be adding this house to their permanent list. Which includes the neighbor below, because she and her 18 year old son appear in capable, year after year:
This is the four foot snow fort the children built!
And she shoveled, as usual, her immediate neighbors, who are in their late seventies, and frail.
Thanks for the workout, Santa!
But today, the temperature is just dancing around zero --below, above, below then above. And the Matron cannot find it in her sturdy constitutional to don the four required layers of clothing and run outside until it is a wee bit warmer.
Oh no! She's an exercise addict! She is newly frugal! What's a girl to do?
Why, the Matron is headed over to LifeTime Fitness for her FREE seven day trial membership, which should just about get her through this cold snap. Sure, she has to endure the 45 minute sales pitch. But there's a sauna!
St. Paul is home to Ballys, Lifetime, Anytime, Curves, and Sweatshop Fitness Centers -- not to mention all those YWCAs. Plenty of trial memberships to carry her through the most frigid air, no problem!