Wondering where the shoppers are at 5 p.m. on a Saturday? Hirshfield's. That's right - the reason you had such an easy time getting a reservation at Nick & Eddie is that most Minnesotans stayed home to paint.
Seriously, I couldn't believe the line at 4:50 p.m.: Dads and kids, twentysomething guys, young couples, women in their 50s -- all eager to stock up before closing time. I was right there with them, along with my 3-year-old, who didn't want to leave after discovering the play area (yes, even paint stores have toys these days!). I was just impressed by how quickly the guys behind the counter mixed that paint and moved us out. Guess someone had other weekend plans.
My mission at Hirshfield's was to buy a big dose of boring. My husband spent the evening covering up our lime green kitchen wall and dining room stripes in the hopes that our house, on the market for a few months now, might actually sell. Don't get me started on why a little paint supposedly stands in the way of a home sale and why people prefer a house of bland.
Being quite pregnant, I had no choice but to stay away from the paint fumes. Dateless and depressed, I holed up in the bedroom with HGTV. Which is how we got into this mess in the first place.
I've got to get out more often.