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I need a vacation! Instead, I'm going to the cabin w/the family. LOL

My parents' "cabin" is a house on the lake w/2 bedrooms & bath upstairs, 1 bedroom, bath, living room, dining room & kitchen downstairs, a slightly finished basement with more than enough room for a few air mattresses, and a deck. Of course, even though it sounds big, the annual Kids Weekend puts 17 people into that cabin.

We won't have air conditioning, or internets. We also probably won't have cell reception.

I'm planning on getting a lot of writing done. I still have some space shuttle stuff to write, the rest of the Florida trip, pretty much all of Phoenix ComiCon, w00tstock, CONvergence, and, of course, the newest Antarctica contest. A bunch of those will also be getting posted over at the Frozen Sharon site.

I really haven't done much pimping for votes on this contest yet because I just haven't had the energy. With minimal mentions I'm in 39th place. This time you only have to make the top 5, and then the judges choose from them. I'm 362 votes from being in the top five. I'm going to get some blog posts ready this weekend and also get emails ready to send out. This time for the contest I'm going to try to get people who tweet & blog about it for me to all try to do it in the same few days. Maybe more people will click to vote if they see more than one person pimping it.

Well, hell. I totally forgot to post this before heading to the cabin yesterday. But, the whole "we won't have internets" thing? Not so much. Dad got high speed up here and a wireless modem. So, now I post.
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As we were eating dinner Friday night, I asked my cousin & his wife, "So, is Kathy just slurring more now that she's getting older, or is she half in the bag?"
My cousin: "I'd guess half in the bag. Either that or she just had a stroke because she wasn't slurring 3 hours ago."
Kind of sad, because mom really does drink too much these days, but also really damn funny.
On a less funny note, I also noticed that mom was coughing A LOT this weekend. And not just "oh, I have a cold" coughs, but the kind of coughs you only get from someone who has been smoking for over 40 years. Not that Kathy would ever admit that smoking might be the cause of the cough. Smoking isn't bad for you, just ask her. But yeah, her coughs were so much worse than they've ever been in the past. *sigh*
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So, did y'all miss me?
You did notice that I was gone all weekend, right? RIGHT?!?!?

Well, this last weekend was the annual "kids weekend" at my parents' cabin.

And by cabin I mean 3 bedroom, 2-story plus finished basement lake home. With no air-conditioning. Boy was that nice the year it was 150º with 300% humidity...

So, pretty good sized for a "cabin" but crowded anyway. The roll call:
HellMom (aka Kathy)
HellDad (aka Jim)
[livejournal.com profile] hellbob
[livejournal.com profile] hellziggy
[livejournal.com profile] genevra
[livejournal.com profile] akdar
[livejournal.com profile] technomonkey_m
[livejournal.com profile] gigglemonkey_b
Redneck Gun Toting Brother (aka Paul)
Redneck Gun Toting Brother's Wife (aka Jen)
Redneck Gun Toting Brother's Kid (aka X)
Redneck Cousin (aka John)
Redneck Cousin's Wife (aka Janet)
Redneck Cousin's Kid (aka S)
Redneck Cousin's Kid's Cousin (aka E)
Friend of Family [livejournal.com profile] levertwok (aka Mark)

Yes, you counted right. 16 people in a contained space for 2.5 days. But hey, no one killed anyone else. Yay.

The weather was absolutely perfect. We could not have asked for better weather. The kids were able to spend all day Saturday in their swimsuits and play in the lake a lot. It was sunny. There was a slight breeze. Definitely lovely weather.

I got a good solid tripod from rental at work on Friday so I was all set to stalk loons w/my über-lens. Took the camera on the boat twice on Saturday and got a few good loon pics. Wily little bugger was feeling very camera shy the first time. Second time there were two of them and they were staying up and not diving. Unfortunately that was just about at sunset so I was losing light fast. Still, got some good ones.

My little Monkeys are still the cutest kids ever. X is a cute kid too, but I don't see him enough for him to adore me as much as [livejournal.com profile] technomonkey_m & [livejournal.com profile] gigglemonkey_b do. All the kids were having a fabulous time catching frogs and playing in the lake. [livejournal.com profile] technomonkey_m was hooked on looking through his grandpas "bignoculars." I think he called them that because when you looked through them it made things look big. :)

[livejournal.com profile] gigglemonkey_b decided to build a house for the "dipmunk" that lived in the woodpile. HellDad had a spot where he put seed out for the chipmunks, and that is where B decided to make it a house. She took a bunch of loose stones and put them in a circle around the seed making sure to leave a gap for the door. She was so proud of the house that we didn't have the heart to tell her that the dipmunk probably wouldn't even use the door, he'd just go over the rocks.

As were were just starting to haul stuff to the car I heard a woodpecker knocking so I looked up. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker! Sweet! I'd never seen one in the wild before, just one at banding. Of course this meant I had to grab my camera with BIG lens and tripod to try for photos. I got some OK ones.

I also got everyone else's memory cards dumped onto my computer so I can compile photo discs for everyone.

But for now I am tired. I also have 2.5 days of the internets to catch up on. 'Night!


Aug. 27th, 2006 11:33 pm
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Home from the cabin. Long weekend. Lots of fun. Tired. Headache. Going to bed.
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Gavia immer

We went to Mom & Dad's cabin in Wisconsin last weekend. It's just north of Webster and south of Danbury.

The cabin was pretty full. It was mom, dad, me, [livejournal.com profile] hellbob, [livejournal.com profile] genevra, [livejournal.com profile] akdar, [livejournal.com profile] gigglemonkey_b, [livejournal.com profile] technomonkey_m, my brother Paul, his wife Jen, their son Xander, my cousin John, his wife Janet, their daughter Sierra, Sierra's cousin Emily, and our friend Mark.

I'm really tired right now so I'm going to put up more pidtures tomorrow.

pictures under here. )
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Did y'all miss me?

Friday I got off work at 1:00 & headed right to [livejournal.com profile] genevra's house so I could ride up to my parents cabin with her, [livejournal.com profile] gigglemonkey_b, and [livejournal.com profile] technomonkey_m. [livejournal.com profile] akdar & [livejournal.com profile] hellbob were going to follow later in the evening after they were off work.

It was a good weekend but really freakin' hot!!!

I'll post more later. And I have pictures. Yeah, I know. Me, pictures. Weird, innit?

First I'm gonna make an attempt at catching up. It was a weekend and I have to skip=175. Prolific lot, weren't you?


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