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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Catching Up

Due to life pressures, and the exhaustion that's come with it, I haven't blogged in awhile. And because of that, I've really missed some good opportunities for blogging. Notice I said good, not great. I make you no promises. But I know that I would have been amused by these topics. Here's a little of what I missed blogging about:

1. Sharing the inappropriate pictures that could be leaked from my iCloud (does anyone even know what the cloud is!?!?! I don't!!!), such as:


Filthy. Just filthy. Oh my gosh, I want that so much right now.

2. The opportunity to share this picture with you and tell you how much I love the movie "Forrest Gump." But here's the thing about Forrest Gump - I only watch it alone. I can't have anyone elses emotions and reactions mingling with mine when I watch this movie. It has to be a pure experience - just me, alone, experiencing all the many things Forrest did. Running across the country with him, yelling, "JENNY!" at the National Mall, getting shot in the buttocks, having leg braces... I can't get into everything Forrest did. It would take me all day (Or at least 120 minutes).

Also, I don't like crying in front of people and how can you NOT cry during this movie!?!? I recently visited a traveling replica of the Vietnam Wall Memorial, and I thought about Forrest searching for Bubba and saving several soldiers and getting shot in the buttocks and I got all emotional.

In conclusion, I love Forrest Gump. And I now I present to you this image:



3. I went geocaching with some friends for the first time. Have you guys ever done this? I know some of you have (Brady and Emily! Hi!). It was very fun even though I ALMOST PUT MY FACE IN A SPIDER WEB. DIRECTLY INTO IT! It was dusk and I didn't see it until I was ALMOST IN IT! Gosh, I can't handle even the memory of it.

Anyway, we geo-ed our way to the cache (that's the correct way of saying it, right?). Here are a couple pics:








4. Have you guys seen this current picture of Anya and Xander from Buffy, The Vampire Slayer? Humina humina, Xander, am I right?

Before (cute):

Now (even cuter):


They both look great! Sidenote: Remember when Xander dated Cordelia? What was that all about? Dumbest couple ever but NOT as dumb as when Buffy dated Riley. I just can't get into all of that right now but I have a lot more to say.

5. Lastly I wanted to reminisce about time spent up north this summer and how beautiful northern Michigan is. Luckily I'll be spending a little more time up north this fall and possibly winter, so I don't have to wait till next summer. Here are just two pictures from Labor Day weekend in northern Michigan:




And now I guess I'm caught up! Well, caught up enough. What's new with you?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Faces of Jessica

The final scene of almost every episode of "Murder, She Wrote," includes a frozen shot of Jessica smiling or laughing. It's THE BEST. It amuses me to no end to see which shot they choose to end on. On rare occasions, the episode will end on the face of someone else, and sometimes when Jessica is especially disappointed in the murderer, it will end on her "tsk tsk, what a shame" face.

Last night while watching the show on my ipad, I decided to take a few screen shots and share them with you to show you a taste of the faces of Jessica.

"Funniest thing I've heard all day" Jessica


"You did a bad, bad thing by committing murder and I'm very disappointed in you" Jessica


Romantic Jessica

In this scene, Jessica is walking out of the court house with a man who has taken a fancy to her.


BUT WAIT! They walk out together and...



I'm sorry, but I just don't think that outdoor scene is Jessica. It's a stand-in and I want answers.

"Till we meet again" Jessica



"Turn this way and laugh" Jessica

 

"Did you seriously have to freeze on this face" Jessica



Here is the point where I am out of pictures, but I find myself thinking, "I should take like ten more pictures tonight for this post" and another part of me is thinking, "this is probably enough (for now)."

It's hard when you love Murder, She Wrote as much as I do, you know? Just don't be surprised when you see a "The Faces of Jessica II" post coming soon.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My ice bucket challenge attempt

Facebook should be renamed "Videos of the ALS ice bucket challenge" at this point. It's great for ALS - which has earned over 10 million dollars. I'd wager that it's also been great for American Sign Language, which has probably benefited from people mixing up the letters.

It's also been really good for people with great abs who finally get the chance to show them off for a good cause.

I have been challenged to do it twice but have done it zero times. Here's why:

1. I don't want to make a video of myself.
2. I don't want to pour ice and cold water over my head.
3. People can donate to ALS or ASL or whatever cause they want to whether or not I make a video.
4. I have an attitude problem?
5. I'm no fun?
6. I don't like wasting water because I'm a bleeding heart liberal tree hugger?

(I tried to be balanced in that list.)

But because I didn't want to be a TOTAL spoilsport, I made an amazing drawing of what me doing the ice bucket challenge would look like. Except this looks a lot better than what I would actually look like because this has a disembodied torso and arm doing the dumping.


I now tag all of you to do whatever you want.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday Thoughts

My hair looks completely idiotic today. I'm not being humble either. Like for real, if you saw me today you would wonder how I could let this happen.

One word:



My hair was in a straight ponytail this morning when I left for work. NOW?

(neck is to scale)

It's bad. My cheeks are flushed, my shorter hairs are curling around my head, and my ponytail is a fiasco.

One of my coworkers tells me we should be glad that we've had a relatively easy summer, but does that make my hair look any better today? No.

I called my mom on my break earlier, and went for a short walk outside while we chatted. After about ten minutes, I had to say, "I have to go, I'm getting really angry about the humidity."

Is it possible I adapted to winter???* Terrifying thought. I guess we'll see soon enough.

Happy Wednesday.

*unlikely. But fall? Fall is perfect.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Michigan Love

Last week, I went up to the Michigan's Upper Peninsula with the young women ages14-18 from church. I fell in love with Michigan all over again. Michigan's natural beauty just amazes me. Here are some pictures from the trip, starting with Mackinac Island (Mackinac is pronounced Mackinaw).

View from the Fort - note the Mackinac Bridge in the distance!

Another view from the Fort - gorgeous.

We biked around the perimeter of the island (8 miles)
We stayed at a cabin in the Upper Peninsula owned by a family from our church. They are so generous with letting the youth use their cabin for trips like this! The cabin is gorgeous with a beautiful view of Lake Huron in their backyard.



Smores and stories

We swam, fished, kayaked, and canoed at a serene lake formed by a natural spring near the cabin.





We also drove up to the Pictured Rocks, at the top of the Upper Peninsula, where we did a 10 mile hike. Though I have traveled through the Upper Peninsula a bit in the past, this is one spot I have never been to but have always wanted to see! It was just gorgeous. One of the girls said, "I wish pictures could show how beautiful this place is but pictures are just never the same."




A portion of our ten mile hike
A few of the girls scaring me to death.
Lake Superior and the beautiful pictured rocks
Stunning ridges on some low ledges
Welp, you've reached the end of my travelogue blog post. There's really no way to end this post except to say again: Michigan is a beautiful state. I hope you get a chance to explore it too!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Daaang, Blog!

Dang, blog, I've been ignoring you lately! I really don't know why. I have had a lot going on, I suppose. I'll be out of town for the rest of the week, exploring beautiful northern Michigan, so I thought I'd check in and let you know I haven't forgotten about you.

I've been enjoying summer lately, the best I can. Humidity, guys. I'm not feeling it. But still, summer is good. Fireflies are good, and not slip sliding on snow and ice is good.

I had an aunt date with my youngest niece over the weekend. I fed her so much junk food that day, she barfed that evening. I don't think either of us regrets anything.


We went to Greenfield Village where we rode the carousel twice, watched historic baseball, played on the playground, watched a puppet show, and collected rocks.


Here's a little story for you. As we were walking off the carousel the first time, a crowd of kids started gathering to watch an adult woman too afraid to get off the animal she'd been riding. She was slowly and fearfully sliding off sideways and other adults were coaching her along. The kids were fascinated. I tried to hurry my niece along and not gawk, but she had slowed down and gotten mingled in with another family. I turned around to make sure I wasn't going to run into anyone, and when I looked back to take her hand and usher her out, I noticed she was holding the hand of a dad with his kids. I said to him, "um, you have mine." He looked down in shock and said, "mine were just here!"

I laughed about that the rest of the day. I get why he held her hand (he thought she was his daughter), but why she held his is beyond me.

I could seriously gobble her up.

Another fun activity I did recently was a card making craft night with some of my favorite people. Even though it's still summer, we all LOVE Halloween, so we made some Halloween cards. Theirs were adorable and etsy-worthy. Mine were weird and made no sense. JUST LIKE I LIKE IT. Here are three of the six or so cards I made:




If you're asking yourself "why?," that's the point. Why, indeed. It's Halloween. It's supposed to be scary and weird and disconcerting. I left out the most disturbing one because I'm afraid of people judging me. Let's just say, there's one that will really make your eyes pop. I'll save that for a Halloween post, maybe.

Anyhoo, just thought I'd drop in and say hi and tell you some of what I've been up to lately.

Hopefully I'll be back soon with some fun pictures from the U.P.!

Monday, August 4, 2014

People are funny

And this proves it.

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