It was a heartwarming sight to see so many people at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery for the event I was covering at Camp Ripley. Of course, my heart was the only thing that was warm since it was about 10 degrees Fahrenheit with blizzard-like winds while wreaths were being placed by headstones.
And I would not recommend getting emotional and tearing up when there is a wind chill dropping the temperature below zero. It's not pleasant.
I lost one of my fingerless mittens - again - so I was styling in one black mitten and one fuschia glove. I also lost my pencil and ended up trying to take notes outside with a pen.
Which doesn't work very well in cold weather in case you were wondering.
I tried to warm the pen up by breathing on it but that got me maybe one second of ink. Mostly I just had to figure out the names I had written down from the pressure indents I'd made in my notepad.
I forgot my scarf. (Bad Kelly! You're a Minnesotan - you should know better!) After I lost feeling in my face, talking to people became difficult. I felt like I needed to explain that I wasn't drunk, my lips just weren't moving in synch with my vocal chords but to do that would require the ability to speak properly.
Surprisingly, the battery in my camera handled the weather beautifully. But the lens tried to freeze up on me, probably from the moisture that had condensed on it when going in and out of a warm building.
And despite all that, I was so glad to be there. Thank you troops - for everything you've done.