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Sunday, July 22, 2012


It was a really long week getting back in the swing of the real world. Monday morning started early for me and with the first rehearsal for To Kill A Mockingbird, it was a late night too. Luckily work was slow enough to allow me to get caught up quickly and had enough wiggle room to get my brain back into worker bee mode.

And at five o'clock on Friday I was done with work for the week! That hasn't happened in awhile. I hit up the grocery store for a few things so I could prepare parmesan chicken nuggets. I had been thinking about them all day and they were so exactly what I needed. Delightfully delicious!

The highlight of my relaxing weekend back home again would have to be finally visiting the drive in theatre. There was a Batman movie out recently and it was showing with Spiderman.

Batman was long and slow and long and tense and slow. It was okay, but when it ended after eleven I thought I should head home to Peanut. I was convinced to stay for Spiderman and was so glad I did. It was much better than Batman with a faster pace and...humor! How novel!

By the time I rolled out of there it was late, late, late and I was very tired. It reminded me of my youth visiting the drive in theatre where I mostly just slept in the back of the station wagon. I need a station wagon!
All in all, a fantastically relaxing weekend. I'm almost ready to get back in the swing of a new work week and week two of rehearsals. All I could use is a little pool time!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Put Put Put...

I think I've run out of vacation steam. Yesterday I just hung around the house until it was time for Friday Fish with the fam. Then I jetted on down to the Catfishestival for a little quality friend time.

I may have over indulged. Not so much on friends, but on cocktails. I missed the breakfast this morning and was in pretty rough shape until... Well I'll let you know when I'm back at 100%.

In the meantime I'm trying to muster the motivation to get ready for a nice dinner out. I may be ready for this vacation to come to an end tomorrow. I'm so worn out!

I am really looking forward to heading back down south. I miss my Illinois folks and could use a relaxing weekend by the pool and a little catching up time.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I'm Giddy!

I wanted to take a moment to browse the antique mall in La Crosse before my planned swimming afternoon with the nieces.

I was lured in by the kidney bean coffee table in the front window, but it was the back of the basement where I stumbled upon this beauty!

It's one section of two. And much more golden yellow than it appears in this photo. It really reminds me of my childhood golden yellow sofa. I think it will look absolutely fabulous with my grey walls.
And I've been wanting one for years, so I recently have been keeping my eyes open for a smaller sofa. My current sofa beast only likes to be arranged one way. And I am a rearranging kinda girl!
I can hardly wait to see all the possibilities with these two little lovelies! I'm super giddy!

I balanced out my antique furniture purchasing high with more kiddo time at my sister's. They sure can wear a girl out! It was a lovely dinner and afternoon, though.

Now I've got to keep my giddy glow for another six weeks until the sofa is delivered back to Springfield!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Vacation: Day 4

I had nothing planned for today, so I thoroughly enjoyed sleeping in. Yesterday's pool afternoon, wine, and cheese really wore me out! Vacationing is tough business!

The spark of motivation to get me going this morning was a walk in Perot Park. It wouldn't be a Trempealeau vacation without one woodsy adventure! Usually I stay at a friend's right off the river, so it takes me a good twenty minutes just to get to the park. This year I'm at the folks' out of town ranch, so I drove to the park.

That allowed me to walk farther into the park than I usually do. When I surfaced from the riverfront I was crazy close to my favorite spot in the park, so I pressed on. I was so glad I did. The only thing that would have made it better would be a sunset over my favorite spot in the park. Maybe tomorrow!
After recovering from the hike, I was off to see the shopping sites of La Crosse and meet my folks for pizza. They agreed to try someplace new so I could get a gluten free pizza. It was a delightful margarita pizza. The atmosphere was lovely and I'd love to return to sample more of their gluten free pizza options.

I'm still living it up in Wisconsin!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Possibilities Are Endless

I've hit the vacation ground running!

After the long drive, I kicked up my heels for a spell and enjoyed a GF zucchini lasagna. I think I'm moving that dish back into rotation. It was delish just substituting zucchini for the noodles. Yum!

Then my parents and I rushed out the door to cut lose with a little Footloose on the summer stage. I had no idea all those songs were from Footloose. I enjoyed the trip down 80's memory lane, but I couldn't figure out if it was supposed to be set in the 80's. Random costumes! It was a nice night out with the folks, though.

Next thing I knew, my vacation fairy dust sprinkled me downtown La Crosse in Riverside park for a little wine and Trunk Monkey action. The set list took me back to the garage band days of my youth.
Blondy and I had a lovely time chatting it up and decided to continue the conversation at a few of my favorite downtown establishments. Johns Bar offered cold Woodchuck cider, but it was the pear cider that jumped off the Bodega's menu at me. I'm not going to lie... I had a couple.

And this morning I wake up to this lovely reminder on Blondy's guest room wall. Good morning! I'm ready for all the possibilities of Vacation, Day 2!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


On Sunday the road to adventure took me south. I couldn't pass up stopping by this antique mall when I saw the welcoming figure in his under clothes. And an ice cream cone. Nothing quite says "come on in" like a giant boy in his shorts.
It was an interesting antique mall as it appeared to be a former high school. Crazy town. I did find another 1970/71 Lefton piece, so I feel as though the stop was meant to be!
The adventure trail lead right down to this fancy old bridge.
 And this little boat run ashore.
 And then there was the arch.What possessed me to agree to such shenanigans? I feel as though last I checked I was still afraid of heights, elevators, small spaces, and boys locker rooms. And yet when asked, it was "okay" that came out of my mouth.
The 7:35  tour was actually the time the waiting began. It was A LOT of waiting. Wait in the ticket line. Wait in the dungeon line. Wait for a boarding pass. Wait for the tram. All that waiting was eating away at my nerves!

But somehow I made it to the top of the arch. I emerged into the tiny, hot little viewing room and was greeted with the pungent aroma of a whole 90+ degree day's worth of body odor. Delightful!
I peered out the little windows in either direction and it only made me a little dizzy leaning out. It felt in my head like I was actually leaning out of a window from up there. Holy Hannah will that make a girl dizzy!

After making it safely back to below ground level and climbing back out from underneath the stance of the giant arch the sun had set. A practically full moon reflected glimmery light across the arch. Practically magical.

After a late dinner at a nearby eatery the road was beckoning for home. It was a late, late night, but worth every moment!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sun Sets

The sun has set on another event. It was a hot, hot, hot Rock the Dock this year! I was extraordinarily relieved when that ball of fire sunk below the horizon.

I actually did pretty well in the heat. I get sun sick and migraines really easily due to a sun sick bout when I was young. The whole day is really about fighting it back while trying to get the job done.

Hearing that coconut water is supposed to be good for hangovers, I figured it is probably good for hydration. I purchased four bottles and drank them in between bottles of water. I even had a fruit smoothie drink for extra nutrients.

My head was pulsing waves of pain on and off all day, but I only felt nauseated once. My lunchtime break nap and shower really got me back on my feet and ready to tackle the more intensive set up portion of the day.

As the gates opened and people began enjoying all the work we had put in, things only got better. The children seemed to really enjoy the mister and of course the giant slide. They can't get enough turns on the giant slide!

I ran bottles of water to the workers, breaking between each run to hydrate more myself. After the carnival was torn down and the good folks of Springfield were settling in for the massive fireworks display over Lake Springfield, I settled in with a Crispin.

That's right...our go-to beer distributor just started carrying Crispin! What more could a gluten-free girl need at the end of the night than an ice cold bottle of cider? I was feeling so excited that I wasn't sick, I may have had two!

So with a few hours in the office yesterday, the car is unloaded and most of my regular Friday business has been taken care of. With a few more hours today, I hope to complete a project I just haven't had time to do. There's no such thing as an overtime-free event week! Hopefully with the sun set today, everything will be back to normal.


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