That's what I was planning to say if I'd written this in the morning, anyway. However, I've done some research over the course of the day and I have formulated tentative plans. That doesn't mean I shouldn't still check to see if anyone might have ideas/suggestions, though, right?
With Girls' Weekend fast approaching, there are a couple of things I need to purchase. Well, there are many things I need to purchase, but these two items are particularly vexing.
I'm on the hook to co-make breakfast on Sunday, and I'd promised bacon. However, there was no bacon in the freezer when I was home for the 'rents' anniversary party. In fact, my dad and uncle were only just talking about butchering hogs for the family. The bacon (and ham) takes even longer, because it needs to be smoked.
So, I need bacon. The problem is, I've never in my life gone out and bought a pack of bacon anywhere. And I'm not about to just grab a package of Hormel (though, the hog buyer from Hormel was a frequent visitor/caller to the house when I was growing up) at Rainbow. I want bacon from an honest-to-goodness butcher shop.
Quite frankly, I'm only passingly familiar with even the usual suspects. I very, very rarely buy my own meat (*insert innuendo here*). I order chickens through my parents through a farm in Southern Minnesota. Nearly all of my beef comes from the butcher shop in my hometown. I'll buy deli meats and chicken breasts, the occasional rotisserie chicken and maybe ground beef once a year. I have no idea who much a pound of bacon even costs. ("I mean, it's one banana Michael. What could it cost? $10?")
My research has me leaning toward Everett's Food & Meats on 38th and Cedar. Part of my criteria is that it be in Minneapolis, preferably closer to my neighborhood than not. Finer Meats on Nicollet & 38th might be my close second. It has fewer reviews, but it's closer and apparently has its own smokehouse. Third on the list at the moment is Ready Meats in Northeast. Many good reviews, plus they're close to where I'll be heading before we roll out of town.
Despite my own research and vague plans, I think I'd probably be well-served to ask anyway. Do you Minneapolitans have a favorite butcher shop? BaconQuest(tm) won't end after I buy my bacon Friday (thank you to The Boy I Currently Like for coming up with that campaign name).
But wait -- there's more! I want a tinted moisturizer. My current moisturizer doesn't have any sunscreen in it and I don't want to have to go to the trouble of putting on my mineral make-up to get sun protection. I was hoping to get by cheap (like, under $20), but that doesn't look like it's going to happen. Both Sephora ($18 marked down to $8) and Ulta's ($10) store brands had horrible reviews.
At the moment, I'm probably going to choose between Stila and TheBalm. The Stila reviews seem to be consistently better, but TheBalm is like, $11 cheaper.
Is there one I'm missing? My skin is greasy as hell and the more coverage the better, because my skin is horrible. And yes, it'll all come right off as soon as I get wet, but whatever. At the very least, I guess, I could go back to MAC. That stuff was so hard to get on evenly, though. It's apparently now a face and body foundation, that is water-resistant and water-based. With no SPF. Dammit all to hell.
So, help me dear readers. You're my only hope.