Friday, May 28, 2010

Me and Mini

I flew in to Minneapolis yesterday--my plane arrived at 12:00, I got to my hostel by 1:15--but my conference doesn't start until noon today, which means I have a little bit of time to do what I will.

I hit the grocery store and then...
THE MALL OF AMERICA.

I had a really great time, but I'm glad I'm a short girl instead of a tall swarthy man because otherwise riding such rides as Jimmy Nuetron's Atomic Collider and Backyardigan Swing Along (hey, I love the giant swings) because, otherwise, I would have really come across as a creeper. I went shopping at H&M, and I guess there were some other stores there (psh...I guess!) and I had a grand old time. I got home too late to visit the Institute of Art, but too early to go to bed but that was perfect for...
TALKING TO HOSTEL FOLK.

(Which is very different from talking to hostile folk.) A Swede. A Welshman. An Australian. A Tamil Indian. And me. I told them I was the boring one, but actually, talking to them, I'm not too poorly traveled. Also, I got to start talking about the Church, by way of BYU, but I got as far as "there are so many of us at BYU that we have church meetings in the classrooms" and "BYU's president is kind of like a pastor, but you see, the organization of the Church is we have a a prophet--" and then we were interrupted because someone had to go pay for another night and we didn't really pick it up. I'm anxious about spreading the gospel in part because of a L. Tom Perry talk I listened to on the bus that said that most people don't have a clue of what Mormons really believe, and it's partially our fault because we don't speak up. I semi-spoke up, but then, I didn't insist we continue talking about Mormonism when the Indian came back and instead of explaining that I don't like Family Guy and South Park, I changed the subject to bemoan Simpson's late glory. Well, I can be a coward, but as long as I keep trying, I guess. Anyway, I was stomped last night (late night+early flight=9:45 exhaustion), but I couldn't sleep right away because I was nervous about how I had/hadn't represented the Church. No worries because...

I WOKE UP EARLY.
Because this room has no overhead lights, just thin white drapes over the windows to let in the sun, I woke up at around 6:20. I guess that's a good sign for when the conference starts in earnest and I need to be gone by 7:30, but today the museum doesn't even open until 10:00. I got up, enjoyed a nice run (although my iPod wasn't working, which is always a downer) through the shady streets of this neighborhood--the kids in hijabs at the busstops, the signs reminding cars where to park on even and odd plow days, the little houses pretending they're fairytale castles--got back and enjoyed a leisurely getting dressed and breakfast and Russian scripture study and...

I HAVE NOTHING TO DO.
I have an hour until the museum opens. Most people are still asleep or just getting up.
I'd lie down and take a little nap, but I don't want to mess up my hair and eye makeup, which look so nice for this time of day. I don't want to become one of those people who "travel," but then spend most of their time on the internet, watching music videos (although I did enjoy this one from Danger Mouse and that guy from the Shins this morning). I'm glad to have this non-conference time here to actually enjoy the city. Maybe part of that enjoyment comes by just hanging out in the hostel.

14 comments:

Christian said...

I really loved Minneapolis when I visited, and I did not expect that at all. I thought Minnesota was supposed to be super midwest, doncha-know style, but it was not. I found it surprisingly granola.
Also: Broken Bells = awesomeness.

Emily Lyman said...

I'm sad to see that you are running. I had rather hoped to catch you on our 5 K Saturday...oh well...

長卉長卉 said...
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東芳 said...

忙碌的一天終於過了,來看看文章轉換心情,也幫你加個油哦~........................................

韻玉 said...
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法邦法邦 said...

It takes all kinds to make a world.............................................................

育隆 said...

人要學習健忘,把所有不如意忘掉,才會快樂。..................................................

李冠文 said...

加油-不論如何都支持你............................................................

崔佐安崔佐安 said...

No garden without its weeds.............................................................

曾法幸 said...

你的部落格不錯哦,我來享受一下~~............................................................

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文章優,圖片美,就連回文都很有意思~~~............................................................

家榮家榮 said...

人生中最好的禮物就是屬於自己的一部份..................................................

WillianT_Smotherman0恆迪 said...

愛,拆開來是心和受兩個字。用心去接受對方的一切,用心去愛對方的所有。......................................................................

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