Tumblr’s I have met in person and the circumstances.  How many have you met?

@jessilloo (came to my house to watch a marathon and now we’re an item)

@awakemysoul69 (came to my house for Tough Mudder)

@littlerunnergurl (Um…sister wife, duh)

@sagecedarsrunning (came to visit family in MN and went to Surly with us)

@katiegirlwanders (Local girl who *sometimes* calls us when she is home)

@sleepruneatrepeat (local tumblr we have met at tumblr meet ups)

@two-o-nine (Representing Canada, has met up and stayed at our house)

@abqryan (Ran Tough Mudder and let his adorable son hang with me one afternoon)

@zerotomudder (My sister from another mister) 

@iwillrunforfood (a local Tumblr, we celebrated her 40th birthday with her among other things)

@thatgumyoulikeisback (Goof’s dog Mom.  We have shared meals, beers and our love of A Baker’s Wife Pastry Shop)

@coffeeandmuscles (Met her in Hell….Michigan.  We ran naked through the woods)

@runlong (He and @trivialbob go drink coffee when he’s in town at ridiculously early times while I stay in bed and sometimes I cook dinner for him while he is in MN for business). 

@erin-irl (Brought a group of students to Minnesota, we had dinner at the Mall of America) 

@runningmyownrace (I have met this lovely lady several times at different Tumblr meet ups)

@rachaelfightsback (Met at the Minnesota State Fair the first time I had Leinenkugel’s Orange shandy)

@roundisntmyshapeanymore (Local girl, met her on multiple occasions, Pizza Luce, State Fair)

@mrcarlosbc (Met in Ohio while staying with @littlerunnergurl)

@amanda-healthyhappywhole (She let me crash at her place and spoil her animals)

@runeatsleeprepeat (Met at Tumblr meet ups)

@aliceinadexterdsworld (cousin)

@trivialbob (spouse)

@rowdynation (brother)

@almondsofjoy (Bug expert, has dog sat, visited our house and even let us meet the “roommate”)

@snapthistiger (Ran two races together, Minnesota and Texas)

@lesliefindsherstrong (Also met her in Hell but she wouldn’t take her clothes off and run)

@nowforthefunpart (Local Tumblr, we have had dinner)

@marathonmelissa (Tumblr meet ups at the Twin Cities Marathon)

@ruralkate (sister in law)

@exitrowiron (met at local Tumblr meet ups)

@mar-kicksass (Met Mar and her Dad with the Airstream!)

I have met 30 in person (sorry if I forgot someone).  How many have you met?

Tonight I had the pleasure of eating dinner with fellow Tumblrs Katie (and her husband Joost), Kiera, Heather (and her son), Sam and Brenna.

After dinner it was over to to Sebastian Joe’s for ice cream. We sat on the patio, talking and watching Brenna do something weird.

One could easily eat a hot dog from either end. That also works for a bananas or celery. I knew someone once who preferred to eat pizza starting with the crust. It never caused him any problems. Just try to tell me there’s a correct side of a hamburger to chomp into first. No candy bar wrapper ever had “open from this end” printed on it.

It would have never occurred to me though that when eating an ice cream cone someone would want to eat some of the ice cream and then bite off the bottom of the cone.

Yet I watched in amazement as Brenna did exactly that. Oh she claims there are good reasons for this. Something about letting air in. Who knew ice cream needed to breathe?

By working her way towards the middle of the cone Brenna says the last bite will have both ice cream and cone. She wouldn’t be caught dead, I guess, having the final mouthful contain only dry cone.

But Bob! Didn’t the melting ice cream come out the bottom of the cone and splatter on Brenna’s pants.

Yes. Yes it most certainly did.

The only photo I snapped tonight shows a horizontally held, open-ended cone and the joy Brenna gets from dripping ice cream on her pants.

What a fun weekend.

This morning Sheila and I watched the Twin Cities Marathon. Brooke and her friend Ryan were running. Brooke’s husband Andrew and Melissa were there spectating too.

Tonight Heather joined us for dinner at the ever delicious Pizzeria Lola in Minneapolis. Six of us and we ordered six pizzas. I maintained pizzalibrium by thoroughly enjoying a substantial amount of awesome pizza but – and this is important – I didn’t overeat and make myself hate the very pizza I had just consumed.

After some talk about the marathon Heather told us about her recent Hawaiian vacation. Alone time with her husband. Grandma watching the Little Mister. That’s when I realized Heather was drinking WATER while the rest of us drank BEER.


Was there something Heather wanted to tell us? Could it be her Little Mister was about to have a Little Sister? (Not that he couldn’t have a little brother but who doesn’t love a good a good rhyme?)

Heather! Is there something you want to tell us?

In a soft voice she said she has a condition for which alcohol isn’t advised. I was about to order a gift using my Amazon app when she finished her sentence.

What!? A UTI? 

Sorry Heather, you don’t get a gift for that.


After a 21 year engagement, Joe and I were married on Saturday. The pictures of the wedding are surfacing and no doubt I will post more soon. It was easily one of the best days of my life. I cannot express how humbling it was to turn around after receiving the blessing from our priest and see a church full of friends and family who have supported us all these years. Absolutely overwhelming.

It was an especially great pleasure having Heather (iwillrunforfood), Nick and Little Mister in attendance. People like them are the reason that we have marriage equity in Minnesota. Thank you guys for being part of our day!

Apparently July 26 was a big wedding day. Mrstrivialbob’s cousin was married, as was the pastor of one of Joe’s colleagues.


My first ever trip to the Minnesota State Fair was amazing. I have lived here since I was 9 years old, but have never gone. I honestly had a blast and met so many fantastic Tumblr peeps today!!! 

My favorite foods were: the wine slushy, deep fried olives, the funnel cake, and the wild rice burger. Okay, I lied. It was all delicious. We walked over 5 miles, and had some great conversations. Tumblr is seriously such an inspiring community. It was an awesome time meeting you all! I definitely think we should do it again next year :) 

Thanks Bob for the great group shot! 

Sarah, Jason, and I also saw probably the best fireworks I’ve ever experienced. We were heading out and were literally right under them. The booming and vibrations just made it sweet! The best photo I got: 


Our lazy Sunday quickly welcomed projects and, before long, also an invite to an afternoon Yoga class.

When Heather made the initial suggestion, Jason and I were both pretty set on a solid NOPE. Then she hit us with a “Well if you two decide to get off the couch today-” WHAT! Reverse psychology at its finest had me looking for my workout clothes stat! Hahaha.

What a great decision it was to get out there today. Yes, we got all bendy and sweat together and it was awesome to try out yoga for my first time (and I may have cursed Heather once or twice), but it was doubly awesome to see Heather again (she is the darn sweetest) and meet Katie finally! She is so cute! Hehe, sorry y’all have to read about our get together for a third time now (but not really sorry :p).

Not only were they completely selling me on the beautiful Minnesota winter weather (lol), we also discussed a pot luck style tumblr meet up for January at our house (I believe) so MN-area tumblrs keep your eyes peeled for those deets.

Have a fabulous night!

Beer of the Night

It’s a local one: Midnight Ryder Black IPA from Indeed Brewing in Northeast Minneapolis.

It’s a good beer. Tonight I enjoyed it even more because I drank my Midnight Ryder while having dinner with some local Tumblrs. Our dinner table was populated by Tumblrs Morgan, Katie (and her husband Joost), Star, Ben, Heather and Bob (me!).

Big thanks to Katie for making reservations for us at The Good Earth in Edina. I’ve been here a few times and like it. Gaia gives me a big Earth kiss when I eat there because Good Earth has “the freshest, healthiest, most sustainable foods anywhere – dishes you love to eat, and can feel great about eating.”

Sustainable is a good business plan if you ask me. McDonald’s might run out of french fries. TGIFriday’s could eventually come up short on loaded baked potatoes. The Good Earth will always have Good Earth Planet Burgers.

After dinner Heather and Katie went to yoga. “Bob, want to come with us? First session is free for new people.”

Hah! No thanks, ladies. I don’t dig that hippie stretching in a hot room with candles and incense burning. I bet they do some weird chants too. Heather also told me about the old man who farted a lot in the last class. While I am older than Heather and occasionally have to let one go I won’t take any chance being that guy in a yoga class. What if tonight’s healthy meal gives me gas?!

Anyway, I don’t have time for yoga. I got some new literature about essential oils that I’m going to read tonight.


Tonight was Minneapolis’ Runblr Meet-Up.

Holy-fricken load of awesomeness.

Katie and I met up before the rest of the gang got together. We’ve been phone friends for a while, texting and sharing pictures and the like… It was great to finally meet in person. She and I had planned on walking around one of the lakes and getting our chat on, but after feeling the Minnesota humidity, we voted for a Dunn Brothers’ stop instead. It was air-conditioned and we still got to talk for a solid 45 minutes :)

After meeting Heather and Melinda (and Lojo, out in Oregon) I’ve had high hopes for these meet-ups… I have yet to be disappointed. I got to meet DaleBob, Erin, and Jason for the first time tonight. All seriously cool people. 

I’m the youngest of the bunch, but there wasn’t a moment where I felt out of place due to my age. I think that’s part of the beauty of creating yourself online before meeting in person… Not that each of us is really that judgmental, but I’m guessing under normal circumstances I’d have had a hard time creating a relationship with such a diverse group of people. I feel honored to be part of this community, and I think that this meet-up was exactly what I needed to get my butt back in gear.

The people reading (and liking and commenting on) the things I post are unlike those who read what I post to Facebook. The people who I’m friends with on Facebook are there because I’ve met them, they’re there waiting for something interesting to happen, they’re keeping tabs on me. Tumblr is different. You’re not here because you have to be. You follow my blog because you’re interested in my successes. You want me to succeed. You want to hear about my journey and everything that comes with it.

I want to thank you all. Those of you who I’ve met, and those of you who I’ve yet to have that privilege. Thank you for giving me a chance. Thank you for supporting me, listening to me and pushing me. 

Tumblr fo’ lyf, bitches!

Slowly Resetting

Over the past few months, I have been anything but consistent with exercise and I’ve been quite inconsistent with my diet.  The result is not surprising – I’m a little bit out of shape and I’ve gained about ten pounds since the winter.  

So tonight, very uncharacteristically, I ran after work.  Uncharacteristic because I hate running after work, but it was hard to ignore how gorgeous it was outside with temps in the 60s and bright sunshine.  To my surprise, I managed a four mile run.  It wasn’t fast, but I ran the whole way and didn’t hate it, so I consider that a win.

Before I set out, I gave myself a little inducement to finish.  The other night, Joe and I had a tumblr couple over for dinner.  Heather made this fabulous bread with cranberries and almonds, and with it, homemade apple butter.

 I promised myself if I finished this run, I could have some.  I am no food stylist, obviously, but it was fantastic!  Little did Heather know that with the apple butter, she tapped into a childhood food I adored above all others.  

Who would have thought that starting a blog would lead me down such an amazing path? The internet is a beautiful place and I am honored to be a part of this incredible community. I can’t put into words how Tumblr has impacted my life in the last eight months. Instead, I’m going to do my best to describe one incredible experience that happened purely because I decided to open myself up.

The Ragnar Great River Relay: 198.5 miles, 12 people, 2 vans, 32 hours.

My Ragnar experience started at 9:30pm on Thursday night. I couldn’t sleep. I was nervous about the upcoming morning… Instead of spending an extra hour rolling around in bed I decided to drive over to target and get some extra food supplies. By the time I got home it was already 10:30 and I was doing the math in my head: Definitely not enough hours of sleep between me and the start line… 

I flipped back and forth until 3:30 when my alarm went off. Immediately up and feeling totally frazzled I zipped our bag, grabbed my pop-tarts and got in the car. We headed to Eagan to meet up with Heather, Nick, Melinda, Bobby and Megan. I was already buzzing… I don’t need coffee to get my day started, just 2 hours of sleep and knowledge of a race.

We loaded up our secret service vehicle and headed toward Winona. Some of the team got some sleep on the way over, but I couldn’t keep my eyes shut. I might as well have had some 5-hour energy… We got to Winona and decorated our van. Can you tell we’re from the internet?

(Heather, me and Melinda)

We zipped through our safety briefing, got our pre-race swag and headed to the start line. Being runner 1 I was extra nervous… I looked over my route, changed into my running clothes and we headed down to the start line.

We had quite a while as a team before I was set to begin, so we took a few pictures of our van and I got in the zone with my headphones…

At 9:00 I was off. Like a boss.

The whole leg is pretty much a blur. There were water stops and semi trucks and my teammates honking at me… I was wearing Heather’s garmin, so at least I have my stats to prove I actually ran it:

At 10:25/mile this was by far my slowest leg. Not knowing how little sleep I was about to get, I’m glad I didn’t push it any farther. The Ragnar shirts say: Run. Eat. Drive. Sleep? Repeat. They’re seriously not kidding when they put that question mark after sleep. Holy-tired-ness.

Anyway, my hand-offs were always to the beautiful Mrs. Heather. The first one was awkward… I fumbled with the relay bracelet and with the watch.

Whatever, though. I was proud to have finished:

In our van, we had 6 runners. I was first, then Heather, Megan, Nick, Brady and Melinda respectively. I have very few iPhone pictures of any of the others running except Brady… Most of the inbetween time was spent worrying about what I could eat without shitting myself and trying to fall asleep. Here’s Brady before his first run:

Before the race we’d all posted our projected 10k race times, Brady hasn’t done any competitive running in a very long time, so he assumed he’d be around a 9:00 mile. We took that into account when prepping Melinda for the first exchange. He got there FIFTEEN minutes before we expected him, and ended up standing awkwardly for a minute or two. Regardless, never trust this boy to estimate his pace. He ran 7:40s.

The time between Brady’s first leg and my second leg is pretty blurry. We exchanged with and met all the runners from van 2 and then headed off to exchange 12 where I’d be running my second run. I was incredibly tired at this point, having not slept well the night before the race. I laid out my sleeping pad and bag and absolutely passed out. There was a break-down and some stressing out before my second leg… but our team survived it. Our night runs were done with reflective vests, headlamps and flashing back lights. I wish I would have done a training run (or two…) to test out the gear, but in the end it all ended up fine.

I did have to stop and take a dump at mile 2.7’s water stop. The volunteers graciously gave me kleenex which I used as toilet paper. Seeing that I’d have to pass off the wristband to Heather at the next exchange, I stopped around mile 5 to ask for hand sanitizer. The whole team was thankful. I finished leg 13, 6.6 miles, in 1:05:40. An average pace of 9:57.

The night running was exhausting for everyone. We had tired legs and tired eyes. I managed to snap one picture while the sun was down:

While Melinda ran her second leg, the rest of our team had some time to hang out at one of the major exchanges. I was excited to have time with the rest of the team and tried to share the glory of the glow-in-the-dark necklaces we had… I happened break one of them INTO MY EYE at which point Bob’s paternal instinct kicked in. He poured a bottle of water on my face, to which I responded by spitting it back at him. Rather than being upset or complaining, my sleep deprived brain turned to laughter. I laughed uncontrollably until it was time to go see the first-aid tent and ask for saline. Of the moments our team spent together as a whole, this was definitely one of my favorite moments. Even if it hurt.

Between then and my next run we got a whole two-hours of rest at a local high-school. Two hours is not even a standard Jordan-nap… Needless to say, I was excited that we were planning on pancakes for breakfast.

My third leg was bright and early on Saturday morning. Our team, as a whole, was an entire hour ahead of schedule. Basically, we were kicking ass. 

My hand-off was with Stefan, and we attempted to make it as epic as possible:


I got on my hands and knees and worshipped Stefan (our fastest runner…) He definitely appreciated it. It’s great to see someone come in from a run like that and have a smile on their face. 

I took off Olympian-style and absolutely dominated my last 3.27 miles.

The route was primarily down hill, which made it fast even though I was incredibly tired. I came into the exchange hot. I was so proud of myself… 

Is that an epic shot, or what?

Anyway, I was the first one on our team to acquire all three tally marks. Who’s a proud runner?

(I mayyyy have sent this to some of the van 2 runners… They’d just finished their second legs and I was finished. Muahaha.)

By Brady’s last leg I was basically to a point of IDGAF. I was tired and sore, but then… so was the rest of my team. I stood at the exchanges and took as many pictures as I could. This one is one of my favorites:

And here’s Melinda taking off:

Between Melinda’s finish and the team’s finish Van 1 all had the luxury of heading home to shower and eat salt and vinegar chips (oh wait, was that just Brady and I?). I didn’t even feel bad about it since Van 2 got to meet in Eagan at 10, rather than 4:30 am.

Anyway, when Stefan came into the chute, it was awesome. We crossed the finish line as a team. Myself and 11 others became Ragnarians:

Running Amuck, 2012:

Tumblr made a great showing:

Heather and I with our bottle-opening medals:

And, finally… Ragnar: The day after:

TLDR; Ragnar-photo-spam, I ran fast, My team ran fast, we finished and it was awesome.


What a magical couple of days it has been.  I know I get a tad quiet on my blog when Sarah comes to town, but I do my best to enjoy every minute of time I have with her to the fullest extent. I know the blog suffers a bit but I am okay with that.  She is also great about posting all the fun stuff we are up to so if you follow her as well, you will be in the loop as much as I am, LOL.  But on that note I thought I would fire out a nice recap of the past couple days.

@ Wednesday
I picked up Sarah after work from the airport and we bolted to Red Robin for dinner with the kid. I was able to try the bun less burger and it was great. I loved the fact that I didn’t feel super stuffed afterwards like I do when I normally eat one of their massive bugers.

After dinner we dropped Daniel off at my sister’s house and then headed home, after a quick stop at Walmart for groceries, to get our race gear ready and also to try our hand at making Apple Pie Salsa. The salsa didn’t turn out too bad after I over cooked the apples a tad -  it smelled great and the cinnamon tortilla chips were awesome.

@ Thursday (Thanksgiving)
The air was nice and chilly as we headed to St. Paul for the inaugural run of the St. Paul Turkey Trot and our inaugural run together as well.  Sarah and I have kind of decided that this will probably be our yearly race since it was both our 1st race together and the 1st race for the location.

We met up with my sister (cookiegirlrunnergirl) and brother in law (theendguy) before the race and heading to the port-a-potties and start line.  En route we ran into Rachael (rachaelfightsback) but only for a moment and poof she disappeared.  Sarah was shivering from the start and I had a fear she was going to freeze solid in the frigid 20-something temps, LOL.  After emptying our bladders we walked over to the starting area and started moving around to keep warm.  The course for the 5k runs along Sheppard Road near the Mississippi River so there isn’t a ton of room to start with much less when you fire 4,000+ folks down the street.

We had to do a ton of bob and weaving, and the run felt like a Pole Position flashback more than a run. But we prevailed and ran true and finished and someone even PR’d.  I can only imagine how fast they would have been if there wasn’t so much congestion and flip flopping.

After the race, and after grabbing a couple bottles of chocolate milk for the kiddies, we ran into Jen (kickingupthepace), said a quick hello, and then raced our cold sweaty asses back to the car to head up to my parents’ house for turkey.

Shortly after we arrived and had our showers done, I didn’t exactly have time as I had to fire up the grill to get my turkey cooked and then seemed to find job after job to keep me busy until folks started showing up.

It was great to see everyone that made it and we probably had about 40ish at the house so it wasn’t too bad a showing.  I had fun introducing Sarah to all my relatives when I could although I wasn’t the best at it as many times she was just bouncing around and doing the meet and greet on her own. My gal is not a shy one in the least.  But all and all it was a ton of fun and I even got Sarah to walk out on a frozen lake.  Sure it was only about 20ft off shore, but she was not digging it at all, LOL.

After a nice drive home, we popped in “The Santa Clause” and worked on Sarah’s fleece blanket.  It was a nice way to end the day as watching the movie has been a tradition for Sarah for a while and I was glad to be a part of it this year.

@ Friday
Finally a day we could sleep in…  Once we dragged ourselves out of bed, we enjoyed lunch at World Buffet in Apple Valley and then ventured to Target and to Minnehaha Falls to check out a couple possible ceremony locations for the wedding.  The locations weren’t too bad and seeing the falls frozen was pretty cool as well.

After the falls, we headed over to IKEA and did a little house dreaming and wishing.  We ended up picking up a nice new pot rack for the kitchen and then went home to chill before the game. On the way home, we got an added surprise as Rachael (rachaelfightsback) was able to stop over for a while and chill out with us.  We enjoyed a cider and great conversation but before long it was time to go.  We took a couple famous Tumblr selfies and then we made our way out to the State Football Championship at the Metrodome.

I can’t express what a proud Uncle I was to get to root on my niece’s football team as she cheered her heart out on the sidelines during the game.  Although the outcome was not as we had hoped, she and her fellow cheerleaders never showed a frown and cheered on till the final gun sounded.  They all did their school proud.

When we got home, Sarah, I and the kid attempted to watch Hunger Games, but the old man (Me), ran outta gas halfway through and Sarah told me it was time for bed.

@ Saturday
Up with the crack of dawn we finished off the last half of Hunger Games and a light breakfast.  We then all piled in the Jeep and raced down to Lakeville for the 10:40am showing of Catching Fire and a massive bag of buttered popcorn.  The movie was GREAT and I would comment more but many still may want to see it so I will leave it there….GO SEE IT!!!

After the movie, we took another stab at Red Robin as once for this trip was not enough.  We again enjoyed different bun less burger and an endless supply of steak fries.  After we had our fill, it was time to drop Daniel off so we headed out to his mom’s and dropped the runt off and then headed back home.  We made a quick stop off ad Walmart again to get our groceries for Sunday (we really wanted to make nachos!), and then on to home where we got ready to head over and introduce Sarah to the neighbors.

We each cracked a Woodchuck Amber Cider and I packed a booze cooler and we headed next door.   We walked on in and had a blast.  The drinks and shots of Jameson were flowing and before we knew it we had ordered sandwiches and I was eating a tomato.  Before long, it was time to go and we trekked back across the driveway to our house and shortly thereafter called it a night.

@ Sunday
This was slated all along to be out mellow, do nothing but lounge in our PJ’s day.  This was going all well and dandy until the guilt trip police showed up and coaxed we out of our cave and to go to the evil know as “Hot Yoga."  I am kidding about the guilt trip as the arm wasn’t twisted very far at all to go.

We geared up, grabbed some water, and headed to Edina for class.  Heather (iwillrunforfood) was the ringleader and Sarah and I met her and Katie (katiegirlchasesinfinity) for class.  This class was crazy, the room alone has you sweating like crazy and that’s from just saying hello the person next to you.  Then you bend and twist all over the place and try not to slip and fall in the lake that has formed below you from all your juices dripping outta your body.  Somehow I managed to survive and then the four of us headed over to Starbucks for coffee/tea time.  It was so much fun and I am glad we went.

Afterwards, we headed back home, had a little dinner, and watched a little TV and then started on my fleece blanket.

@ Monday
We had a little breakfast and talked about January’s trip and the fact we still have not made the damn nachos we talk about every trip.  We then finished up my fleece blanket, snuggled a bit and then packed Sarah up and drove to the airport where I put the love of my life on a plane back to the coast where she will be until our next adventure in January.

anonymous asked:

Can you post some links to your favorite blogs? I'm always looking for more inspiration :)

The people I have currently been stalking following the most: 

  1. sarahspeaksnow
  2. iwillrunforfood
  3. iamrunner
  4. 26bytwentysix
  5. kat-rd2be
  6. lindsaydoeslife
  7. shortmom
  8. joshbuildshealth
  9. fromlazytolively

I can’t just pick my favorites. I love so many of these people and consider them friends. Some of them I have met in real life, some of them I talk to daily, and some of them I just admire from afar with casual communication. If I could, I’d visit them all. 

A+ Day.

I thought I would be super depressed to watch and not participate in the Twin Cities Marathon this year. Dead wrong. It was so fun. We saw a lot of runners. We cheered a lot of runners. There is such a thing as too much cowbell. Being at multiple points on a marathon course is surprisingly stressful and mildly difficult. 10/10 would do it again in a heartbeat though.

Big thanks to Snap for unknowingly being a lifesaver and posting the time updates.

CONGRATULATIONS runners! You’re all amazing and I’m so glad you’re in my life!

My workout plan for January, as I mentioned in an earlier post, is to take three spin classes a week, run twice a week, list twice a week (or lift once and climb once) and one yoga class.

So far, I have hit all my goals, having climbed, take spin twice, run and now tonight, yoga. So far so good and I can really feel it in my upper body, which is sorely needing this attention I’m giving it.

I attended a candlelit yoga flow class tonight with Katie and Heather. When I got there I went to hug them and Katie warned me off saying they were very sweaty. I wondered how you get sweaty walking from the car in minus 15 degree weather. Turns out they just finished a sculpt class, immediately followed by the candlelit class we were taking together. Holy crap these two are yoga machines! The sculpt class actually scares me and here that was just Act I for for them for the evening. Amazing.

Now it’s time for Downton Abbey so good night and stay warm!


My friends who work or used to work in retail clothing sales tell me if you want the best clothes take from the bottom of the pile! I guess those are the freshest ones.

If you’re like me you unfold the garment to see it because it might not look exactly like the one on the nearby mannequin. But be nice. If you decide you don’t want it squeeze it back into place. Stuff it in the pile so it doesn’t fall on the floor.

It the stack doesn’t line up perfectly don’t worry! Employees do not mind this. They get to work late after the store closes making those stacks all neat again. It’s not overtime but it is extra money and who doesn’t need that around the holidays?

I still have a little shopping left to do. I’ll be back tomorrow :)