As much as I love my job, it sure is nice to sleep in once in a while.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I have been a tad MIA the past few days.  You wanna know why?  Because I'm off work!  So I've been spending my time doing things other than sitting in front of the computer.  I have a few projects in the works that I'm looking forward to posting, but in the meantime, here's what I've been up to...


My Aunt Missa flew in Thursday night to visit us for the weekend.  We spent Friday in Holmes County, Ohio, or in other words, Amish Country!  We took a tour through the back roads of Holmes County, where most of the Amish live.  Their lifestyle is just amazing, and it's so hard to believe that anyone still lives that way.  They're famous for driving horse and buggies and not having electricity in their homes, but really, it seems like they take advantage of technology in roundabout ways.  They have telephones, just not in their homes.  Instead, they build little booths right outside.  They have freezers, just not on their land.  They rent land from "English" (non-Amish) neighbors and build freezer barns so they can keep their food frozen for the winter.  If they need to travel further than 15 miles, they ask someone with a car for a ride.  They go on vacation and stay in hotels with electricity and television.  Believe me, if I was Amish, I would do the same things, but doesn't it seem a little like cheating?  Still fascinating, though.

An Amish phone booth.


Sunday, after Aunt Missa left, Steven and I went to Cedar Point.  We rode tons of rollercoasters and had a great time.  The highlight of the day, though, was on the Cedar Point Mine Ride (for you North Carolinians out there, think Scooby-Doo coaster at Carowinds; for non-NCers, just know that this rollercoaster could be considered a children's attraction).  There was a woman and her son sitting in front of us.  She was probably in her late 30s, and the kid was 10 or 12.  The whole ride we spent laughing at her because apparently she had either never been on a rollercoaster before or didn't make a habit of it.  She was making Native American noises whenever the ride would go around a curve or down a small hill (like when kids are in the Thanksgiving play at school and half are pilgrims and half are Indians, and the Indian kids go around in a circle with their hand over their mouth and make the stereotypical Indian chanting noise) and kept repeating "I'm done after this."  It was hilarious.

This week I have been crafting my little heart out, so look for posts on some projects in the next few days!

My mom and stepdad are coming up to visit this weekend, and we're planning on going to an Indians game and just hanging out with them.  Next weekend Steven is heading home to work in Hickory for a week, so he's leaving me alone for two straight weekends!  I'm not sure what I'll get into, but I'll think of something.  When he gets back, it's our anniversary (3 years already, wow!), and he'll be here for two weeks and then he's leaving me again to go to some conference in Florida!  He's a very busy guy.  Hopefully October will be much more calm.  Just thinking about October gets me all warm and fuzzy inside!  Have I mentioned how much I love October?

Oh yeah, while Aunt Missa was up here, we booked our flights to go to NEW YORK CITY over Thanksgiving!  Hoorayyyyyyyyyy!  She's flying from NC and I'm flying from OH, so we'll meet up in NYC the Monday before Thanksgiving, watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (I cannot tell you how excited I am about this), then fly back to NC together Thursday afternoon, just in time for Thanksgiving dinner and Black Friday shopping.  Oh my gosh, I cannot WAIT!  I'm already planning my wardrobe... I'm thinking my new fur-lined Crocs will be in order.

But alas, I have to go back to work tomorrow. The kids will probably be crazy, but they'll also probably take a long nap so it should be an easy day. I do miss them when they're gone so I'm excited to hear all about their vacation.

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