A couple weekends ago three friends, Baby McSwedolish, and I trekked up to northern Michigan* for a writing weekend. It was entirely uncertain how much actual writing would get done, considering we had an adorable baby to distract us, but surprisingly we were all quite successful in our endeavors.
It didn’t hurt that we were in an absurdly picturesque setting, with no television and spotty Internets. This is the view out the back/kitchen windows, and if that’s not enough to make you want to snuggle up with your laptop and give your mind the space it needs to think and create, then I don’t know what is.
Plus, we saw an otter playing on the frozen lake.
My winter is complete.
*J’adore northern Michigan!**
**People don’t use the phrase “j’adore” nearly enough.
The holidays are a hectic time for everyone, but I’m pretty sure it was hardest on the dog. Poor Juniper–so many people coming and going and she was shuttled around from house to house as we made merry and bright. She was all sorts of tuckered out after our first stop at Swede’s parents’ house on Christmas Day, hence her using Baby McSwedolish’s car seat to prop up her block head. We weren’t sure how she was going to make it through the rest of the afternoon, especially since stop #2 included playtime with her lab-mix cousin, Olive. And she can’t not play, amirite?
zooooommmggg, Maaaaahhhmmm…I’m so tired I couldn’t play another inch, I just need to…wait, I’m okay. I’m okay! Zoooooooom!
She soldiered on. Never underestimate the play power of a pitbull.
I’m guessing the turkey and other bits of foodstuffs people gave her probably helped.
You’d think taking a 20+-hour road trip with an infant would make you want to run screaming deep into this vista, but aside from a couple of minor meltdowns, That Baby did just fine. It was Mommy who couldn’t stop asking, “Are we there yet?” in the 2700 hours it took to drive across Kansas.
I was going through old photos from my trip to Ireland in 2012, and came across this one, which I think was taken somewhere near some sort of castle.
Which is an incredibly precise coordinate.
There’s something near a castle? In Ireland? That’s so strange.
Anyway, if I may tell you all the things I like about a picture I took myself–and I will–I’ll start with the blue, blue sky, and end with the way the water stretches out, like it’s on it’s merry way, off to have some adventures.
And that’s it. That’s all I’ve got for you today. Happy Friday, happy weekend, one and all.
I went to Morocco and saw a lot of spices. And Life was good.
Sometimes I forget that I’ve done things that are really damn neat, because I get so caught up in the day-t0-day and then one day I’m looking through photos and I’m all, “Oh yeah, that’s right, I went to Morocco that one time and saw All The Spices In All The Land at the souk and I should really do more fun things like that.”
And then I get re-caught up in the day-to-day, which is not my best habit, but at least there’s a seed of adventure planted, so I’m pretty sure not all hope is lost that I’ll someday have foreign adventures again.
Plus, I’m running out of Moroccan spice mix, so really now would be a great time to go back.
You guys, I can’t stress enough how elated I was to finish the hike to the lake at Sleeping Bear Dunes. So elated that I used the last of my reserves to jump for joy, and Swede had to carry me back to the car.
Just kidding. But now that I think about it that wouldn’t have been a bad idea.
That’s not actually Canada, moron.
HELLO, CANADA!* I’VE SO WANTED TO VISIT YOU! BUT I NEVER HAVE!** MAYBE SOME DAY! FOR NOW I’LL JUST HAVE TO STARE LONGINGLY ACROSS THIS BODY OF WATER*** AND YELL AT YOU!
*Actually, I’m facing the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Which is not Canada.
**True story. I’ve been all over Europe, but I’ve never been to Canada, my neighbor to the north. If my parents had made me a trust fund kid like I asked many several times, I’m positive I would have remedied this egregious mistake by now.
***Not staring longingly, either. Pretty sure I skipping rocks badly. I mean, just look…super poor form.