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Last Tuesday - spent the WHOLE LOVELY AFTERNOON jabbering and catching up with my dear friend Beth from high school, whom I hadn't seen in almost two years. Had a yummy lunch at El Mezcal and then spent an hour or so at Wildwood wandering around and jabbering some more. It was great!

Saturday - Hiking on Rib Mountain and enjoying the fall colors with my friend Kristin. Car almost overheated on the way up the hill, but since there has been this Thing with the radiator (air must be getting into the system somewhere, because the inflow suck tubes don't seem to do their job very well) for years now, I've taken to keeping a jug of antifreeze in the back. First time I had to use it since we first noticed the Thing back in 2008 or 2009, so I figure I'll call it win. I just have to make sure I check the radiator itself more often and not depend on the amount of fluid in the antifreeze reservoir.

ANYWAY, after the smoking engine scare (it wasn't redlining yet, but it was very close), Kristin and I spent a good two or three hours on the hill taking tons of pictures and OOOing and AAAHing at all the pretty leaves. Then we headed to Point for FREE FOOD FOR 100 PEOPLE AT PLAYERS LOUNGE thing that Dustin won (he's on their mailing list) and had a really great time catching up with some of my Point and Plover friends (and introducing Kristin to them, which went awesome because I always knew she'd get along great with the rest of mah peeps). Spent a good hour or two jabbering with my old roommate Haley, who I hadn't seen since I a week or two after I graduated, catching up a bit with Kristin and Steve because I hadn't seen them since their wedding back in May, and a handful of others as well. Then Dustin decided that we were all going to head down town for some bar-hopping just because it was Homecoming Weekend and we were all having fun and didn't want the night to end really (and the Free Food was mediocre at best, so once all of us were no longer starving, staying at Players kind of lost some of it's appeal)

Finally headed back to Marshfield around 11:30, dropped Kristin off by about 12:30, and only got home myself around 1 in the morning. Showered and crashed by 2 and spent a very lazy Sunday watching movies and trying not to fall asleep because three hours of hiking followed by three more of food, friends, and Downtown Stevens Point on Homecoming Weekend made for an awesome but also slightly exhausting day.

And I think that is everything of interest that has happened in the last two weeks. Hurray for friends and awesomeness!


On an entirely different note, with money being super tight and just a general unwillingness to spend $15 on something that will only stay nice a month or so at most, I cut about 4 inches off my own hair tonight. Showered, shampooed, conditioned, and then I hung my head upside down and made like Cousin It so I could see the ends as I trimmed. Final result is not perfect, but one of the many bonuses to having long hair is that it doesn't really have to be in order to still look good. :D
rensong: (sleepy kitty)
This gets long. Not cutting cause, you know, this *is* a journal and all that, but felt I should warn you all that this will likely be a rather boring, non-fandom post.


Back at Point house. Insanely nice weekend. I am so very glad I had it off, cause there ain't no way we'll get another one like it any time soon.

Left Saturday at around 10:00ish. Drive home was uneventful aside from treating myself to a large iced Chai from Coffee Cabin (which will always be the best, dammit), which was very tasty.

Got parents house by around 11:30, where I was pretty much put to work. They're in the middle of some minor renovations (aka, a new Picture Window in the kitchen) and some major cleaning (Gus will be coming home from Hawaii mid-November, and Mom wants to have the up stairs "apartment" available for him and in working order. Our house was originally designed to house two families, so there are two bathrooms, two kitchens, and two living rooms, it's just that over the last two decades or there abouts, we've gotten all this stuff and the upstairs has been turned into mostly storage. Bathroom still works, kitchen functions and all (though there aren't any appliances up there, just a kitchen sink with a bunch of space for any necessary appliances), but the upper floor is so packed full of junk that... we'll, I really wouldn't call it a living space any more, just space.

Anyway, after a walk down the road with Nine (who gets priority cause she is spoiled), Mom put me to work washing dishes and freeing all of our outdoor furniture (picnic table, bench, deck table) from the rocks and detris that had accumulated on them over the course of this past summer. It was freaking beautiful outside, so it really wasn't a chore. Dad kept working on the window, while Mom made some lunch. Ate around 1, did a bit more cleaning, and then people started arriving around 3:30 for the get together. The two Kims (affectionately referred to as Big Kim and Little Kim when together - not cause one or the other is fat, but Big Kim is *tall* - gotta be at least 5'11, 6'), Jeff, Laurie and her hubby Ken, who also brought their two grandchildren, Scott - who is 10 - and J...something, the little two year old who absolutely adores cows and kept walking down to the end of our drive way to look at the ones across the street. Scott was a rock-man, which is right up my ally, so we spent a good portion of the evening with him showing me rocks and asking what they were. It's nice to feel useful.

Started cooking round 4:30ish - turkey burgers and dogs, beef burgers, brats, and potato brats, and then a bunch of other stuff like fruit salad and cheese and crackers and other picnic-ey type stuff. There was food, fire (made without using matches), and lots of political/economical woe and no shortage of dirty jokes. Also the roasting of ancient marshmallows, cause that's what bonfires are for, doncha know.

Most people left around 7, so then parents and I went inside, cleaned up, and watched this weeks episode of Mythbusters, which was awesome as usual. Parents crashed around 10:30 and I did an hour later. Slept quite good, despite not having My Pillow. Also, no allergy attack at home like I usually get! Yay!

This morning I got up around 8:30 and did the internet thing cause I brought my computer along and everything. Then I showered cause my hair felt icky and I was too tired to shower last night before going to bed. Sat around looking at pictures and listening to stories with parents before we all got ready to go meet gramma around 11:30. Checked Coyote's fluid levels and tire pressure before it was off to Marshfield to pick up Gramma. Left my car at her place while we all piled into hers and headed up to Wausau for the afternoon. Fall colors were *amazing*, and the only reason I didn't find myself with another 115 new pictures was cause I was in the back seat and didn't really have a good picture-taking angle.

Lunched at Denny's at about 1:00, then we went in search of Emmie's place so I could glomp her and drag her along with us to Rib Mountain. Got to her place by around 2:30 and I finally met Jack, who is adorable and soft and jumpy and I WANT ONE, and then I went and pounced an Emmies up in her room. Dragged her out of bed, went down stairs to give her room to change and to play with the puppies some more while she got dressed. Talked to Daddy Anderson a bit before going up stairs to pester Emmies some more cause Dad - who was waiting in the car with Mom and Gramma - was pestering me via text. Managed the impossible and actually had Emily dressed and out of the house and even semi-conscious by 2:41. I was impressed.

With Emmies giving directions (cause Wausau is a mass of One Way streets and curvy roads around two big lakes and one windy river) we made it to the mountain by a little after 3. There I noticed that my shirt matched the leaves almost perfectly, we all got bombarded by Japanese Beetles, and Emmies and I immediately went and climbed the Queen's Chair (big pile of rocks on top of the hill right next to another, bigger pile of rocks on top of the hill called the Kings Chair, which I also climbed), Emmies a bit more slowly than myself cause, yeah, she'd only been awake for 20 minutes. Got Japanese Beetles squished all over my hands and likely all over my pants as well in the process, but I don't care cause it was *fun* and I hadn't climbed those particular rock piles in more than 10 years.

After I got the climbing out of my system, we proceeded to take a bunch more pictures of all the pretty gold leaves and the natural rock formations (both the King and Queen's Chair were actually trucked up there years and years ago so the hill would be high enough to qualify as a mountain - it was about 20 feet short, hence the unnatural rock piles) consisting of a very impressive and sturdy form of quartzite that has survived the last 1.6 billion years, give or take. As we are a family of photographers, there was lots of posing in front of said trees and rock formations and going a bit Shutter Bug Happy, but that's okay, cause it means I *finally* have a picture of Emmies and me together even if it will need some PhotoShopping cause the flash kept going off and washing out our faces like woe and the one time it *didn't* go off we both had our eyes closed. Damned cameras.

*Anyway*, though I doubt I reached anywhere near the 115 I took Friday, I imagine with the combined forces of my camera, my dads camera, and my mom's camera we reached well over the century mark. Wheee, pictures! Did not make it up to the top of the viewing tower, though. Woe.

With our fill of Pretty Leaves and Cool Rocks, we probably left the park around 4:30. Dropped Emmies off so she could go back into hibernation and then headed back to Marshfield. Almost got lost in Wausau, but didn't, so yay us. Got back to Gramma's by about 5:30, where I retrieved my car and my leftovers from last night (mmm, homemade apple sauce and brats) and parents continued on the way back home. I, myself, got back here to the Point House by around 6:30, where I changed into my pjs cause my bra was getting really uncomfortable and my pants were starting to cut into my hips.

Watched Practical Magic, ate french fries, and saw Mandy rise from the catacombs of her room to return to the land of the living once more to catch the tail end of the movie. Then I spent the last hour writing up this day summary. Must love online journals.

Now I'm either going to go to bed (cause OMG, TIRED) or I'm going to have a Pop Tart and *then* go to bed. Choices choices.

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