Vacation Update.

Things have slowed down enough that I can actually write an entry and not have to publish it later. Yesterday we went to three different museums, jumped on huge boulders along Lake Michigan, and had some yummy chinese food. We saw dinosaurs, civil war paintings, and some of the mangiest stuffed animals I have ever seen. All in all, it was a pretty great day.

Today is our last day here and we spent it mostly putting up the Christmas tree, doing laundry, and relaxing. I also got some new hand-me-down clothes from my younger sister (yes, hand-me-downs from my younger sister) and we had a huge breakfast.

I would love to put up pictures of our Christmas Tree because I love it, but I don’t think that’s going to happen since this dial-up at my parents’ house is unbelievably the slowest possible in existence. I don’t know how they can deal with it. I guess the trick is to have only one window open at a time and to make sure it is fully loaded before you even attempt to move to another page. It’s frustrating.

But I’m going to go hunt down Ash – I think she’s around here somewhere. Unless my youngest sister got to her… oh dear.

Stuffed Full.

Well we reached home okay (got there around 1:30 in the morning) and got the cats and Spunky set up for the night before finally passing out in bed. Had tons of family come over Thanksgiving Day and ate tons of food – Ash’s deviled eggs were an absolute hit and everyone enjoyed them (in fact, some of my relatives even admitted to liking them more than my mom’s “World Famous” Deviled Eggs – there were none left of Ash’s at the end of the day, and a plate-full of my mom’s remained uneated).

Today, we are off to the museums in Kenosha (art, dinosaurs, and civil war history, oh my!) and I am most likely there right now since I’m typing this in advance to put up in the morning. I’m so sneaky.

(Anyway, I’m exhausted, the day was long, and the dogs are now barking. Night all and I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Oh, and Good morning!)

Tag Teamed.

So Jennifer tagged me to do this, so I figured why not. It’s a good way for you to get to know where I’m from. I could do Ashland, where I currently reside, but that’s boring as hell, so you get to know my hometown of Delavan, Wisconsin.

State the name your hometown or the town that you live in and then Post 10 facts or observations about the town you call home. Then tag 4 people.

Delavan, Wisconsin

01. It’s the home of the Wisconsin School for the Deaf.
02. It’s where the Andes Candies factory is.
03. The P.T. Barnum Circus was organized here in 1871.
04. “Between 1847-1894, Delavan was home to 26 different circus companies. The Mabie Brothers U.S. Olympic Circus, then the largest in America, arrived here in 1847, to become the first circus to quarter in the territory of Wisconsin. Its famous rogue elephant, “Romeo”, stood 19 ½ feet high, weighed 10,500 pounds and is reproduced on this monument.” – Wikipedia
05. There are more than 250 members of the old Circus colony are buried in Spring Grove and St. Andrew’s cemeteries.
06. The International Clown Hall of Fame opened its doors here in 1987. (And people wonder why I am absolutely terrified of clowns.)
07. Delavan Lake is the final resting place of the bones of one of P.T. Barnum’s elephants – the elephant died in the cold of winter so they dragged it out onto the ice. When the ice melted, the remains of the elephant sank to the bottom.
08. The town has a large amount of old Victorian houses, many of which are in the National registery of Historic Places.
09. John Mahoney (dad from Frasier) has a house here (his favorite restaurant is Elizabeth’s Cafe).
10. Gary Burghoff (Radar from M*A*S*H) was raised here – he went to my high school.

There you have it. My home town. Interesting, yes, but also one of the reasons I stay away from circuses. They creep me out. Tagging: Ash, Leigh, Meg, and Cristina. Do It!