Thursday, October 11, 2012

Please not in the White House!

I know this is shallow, but you really CANNOT have a man in the White House, or waiting in the White House wings, who wears his hair like this! What's with the duck tail on the front? 2000 metrosexual. This is not presidential. He looks like he might show up clubbing on Saturday in a slim-fitted (tapered and striped!) shirt, dark wash jeans and pointy shoes. This cannot stand.

I think Joe Biden is wearing French cuffs - a much better look for a President!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

A Spa Day for the SELF: Meyer's Briggs - Sat, Oct 20: 9-12

What this is about is a kind of spa morning for the Self. It will be a treat. Think of it as taking a step onto a path of understanding more about yourself and people you love. :-)

Our walking path near Cedar Lake in Minneapolis

Lee has started his "fall tour" - just finished teaching a class based on Rudolf Steiner's work called The Philosophy of Freedom. A devoted group showed up for three weeks, including a darling couple from Mason City, Iowa!

On Sat, Oct 20 (9-12) he's doing his class on the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator. It is fascinating if you haven't done the test yourself. And, if you've probably done the short version, which gives you your type. Lee works with the Type II Indicator which digs deep into the layers of preferences. You get to spend the morning learning a bit about the history, but more about YOURSELF - (and maybe a friend or partner or spouse, if they come along) - and isn't this really our favorite topic?!

BUT you have to take the test online BEFORE you show up! What you will get is an amazing 17-page report detailing your every motivation and giving you all the excuses you need for why you procrastinate, why you like a tidy desk, why you can't stand to plan how you will spend your every minute of a vacation, why you love parties or despise parties, why you go silent when you are struggling with an issue, why you can't stop the ideas from coming, or why you prefer to jump into something new rather than finish something old.  And on and on.

Lee will talk about each of the 16 types in a general way, then teach each of you to interpret the results of the 17-page report. My favorite part is the way in which the report helped me understand how I unconsciously deal with stress and how I might find better ways to do that. The second most helpful thing was to simply better understand that the differences Lee and I have are innate preferences and not likely to change any time soon.  It has been miraculous in my appreciation for the difference between introverts and extraverts, intuitives and sensates, thinkers and feelers, especially. Vive la difference!

Lee is working with the Meyers-Briggs with individuals, couples and work groups.

The class costs $150 and includes the online test, the report and the class time.
To register and take the test, go to

(This is one class that does require planning ahead for all you procrastinators! As you must take the test by Thursday, October 18 to have the results ready for the class on Sat.)

Friday, October 5, 2012

Victor's - How did we miss this?

Victor's - Cuban Cuisine on East 38th between Harriet and Grand.
Tiny local gem!

Charming (surprising!) Interior of Victor's in South Minneapolis

Garlic Shrimp and Black Beans

Lee had some business at Lake Country this afternoon, finished at 6, when I picked him up and, both starving! wanted to find something nearby for dinner. Victor's is the first place we saw. I'd heard about its worthy brunches from Isabelle. Just never made it. (Not very brunchy people!)

So we pulled into an easily open parking spot, walked in and asked for a table at 6:15. Did we have reservations? Well, no, our first time.....

(Really, after living in South Minneapolis for 20+ years, this is the first time I've been to Victor's??????? Where have I been?)

I feel awful to ask this, but could you eat in an hour? We have people coming in.

First...i was slightly taken aback that this tiny quirky little place had a reservation list at all! But, hey, good for them. We'll eat in one hour tonight. Both tired - just feed us!

We couldn't have been happier to be seated. The staff was fabulous - smart, but not in the least smarmy. Very nice, very helpful, hey we have another wine on the Happy Hour menu just as good. Same for the beer. 

I had garlic shrimp - very nice and very light. In a black bean mood these days and these were yummy. (I'm looking for an amazing black bean burger recipe if anyone has one!)

Mostly, I just felt like I was in Venice Beach California until I walked outside to go into a whipping nasty wind and 34 degrees, which, as Lee loves pointing out, it has maybe never been in Venice, CA. Okay fine. Still like Minneapolis better. And Victor's is just a whole lot of fun and anytime I can eat for $49. + tip (including 2 glasses wine and 2 Negro Modelos) I'm good to go!

Monday, October 1, 2012

"Practice" Husbands and Wives

This will be a short post, but apropos for many. I saw a friend today - one whom I hadn't seen in a couple years. Lovely! to see her again because she has a quit wit! At one point we were talking about family and she referred to step-children belonging to "Practice Wife #2".

Well...I just lit right up because of her charming way of thinking about the past. Don't we all have a past by now? And, if not....well, that seems kind of suspicious!