How cool, a picture I took last December is going to be added to the Schmap Detroit Guide.

It's one of my pictures of the Ambassador Bridge from my trip to Windsor last December.

Neat. ^_^

Man, I wish I could go back to Canada next month. I have the travel bug so badly. But with France and Wicked tickets, I just cannot afford it. That makes me sad. No out-of-the-country for me this year :-( I miss Canada :-(
Saturday was fan-fucking-tastic.


Because I finally got to see LIBBIE SCHRADER.


I can't believe you don't know who she is. I introduced you all to Vienna Teng, people, would I steer you wrong?

Once I have access to the files on my old laptop again, I will reupload the links for my Libbie Schrader Spotlight post.


I have been a fan of hers for five years. Her songs mean so much to me, they've always had a lot of meaning to me, but this year especially I really related to a lot of her lyrics.

I almost got to see her in 2004, but then she had to cancel that show :-( She's based on the west coast so she doesn't do a lot of touring anywhere near the midwest.

But Saturday she was in Pittsburgh!! AND I FINALLY GOT TO SEE HER!

I'll post more including pics and video when I have time ^_^

Oh Service Station with free Wi-Fi, you speak my language!

Western New York is SO beautiful in autumn!

I am enamored with Lake Erie. Every time I see it I shriek in greeting: "LAAAAAAAAAAAAKE!!" I can't take my eyes off it. It's kind of dangerous.

Since I'm making such fabulous time I'm going to work on my French translation for a little bit...

no one's picking up the phone
guess it's me and me
and this little masochist
she's ready to confess
all the things that i never thought
that she could feel and

hey jupiter
nothings been the same
so are you gay
are you blue
thought we both could use a friend
to run to
and i thought i wouldn't have to be
with you something new

sometimes i breathe you in
and i know you know
and sometimes you take a swim
found your writing on my wall
if my hearts soaking wet
boy your boots can leave a mess

hey jupiter
nothings been the same
so are you gay
are you blue
thought we both could use a friend
to run to
and i thought you wouldn't have to keep
with me

thought i knew myself so well
all the dolls i had
took my leather off the shelf
your apocalypse was fab
for a girl who couldn't choose between
the shower or the bath

and i thought i wouldn't have to be
with you
a magazine

no one's picking up the phone
guess it's clear he's gone
and this little masochist
is lifting up her dress
guess i thought i could never feel
the things i feel
hey jupiter

so are you gay
are you blue
thought we both could use a friend to run to
hey jupiter
nothing's been the same
so are you safe
now we're through
thought we both could use a friend to run to
hey jupiter


I am leaving for the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. I should return late on Sunday, August 12.
Saturday Carlette and I drove to Cleveland on Saturday to see They Might Be Giants!

On the first leg of the trip I was sooo tired. I was closing my eyes extra long, thinking "Just a few seconds...just a few more seconds." Bad sign for the start of a three and a half hour trip. Fortunately we stoped in Columbus for caffeine and chocolate, and I felt much better!

Carlette's boyfriend Nick loaned us his GPS unit, named Janine, and we used her to find dinner. First we found Grandpa's Cheesebarn...

But sadly, it was closed.

...which was disappointing because we really wanted some barn cheese.

Cut for copious amounts of pictures of Linnell and embedded videos )
I had a fantastic weekend full of family and friends.

My good friend [ profile] winterswitchery got married and moved to Canada last August. She finally received her residency, and had to return to Jackson, MI in order to re-enter Canada as a resident. I took advantage of her only being 3 1/2 hours away instead of two days away in Nova Scotia and went to visit her.

[ profile] pirogoeth and [ profile] kaichou were also going to come down from Toronto, so it was like another mini-KaiCon! ^_^

I hadn't seen Meggie since last June at her bridal shower, and I hadn't seen Candice and Berny since September 2004! So Saturday morning I set off for Michigan. I made my usual good time until I hit construction at the Ohio/Michigan border :-\

I finally arrived at Meg's parent's house. It was so great to see her again! I only got to see her about once a year when she lived in Michigan, but there was just something different about knowing that she was only a few hours away. I hung out with her and her friend Sarah until Berny and Candice arrived.

Bern had his heart set on Culver's, so we crammed too many people into his BMW and set off. Mmmm...bad-for-me foods...

After lunch we went to Putt-Putt, where I was reminded that I suck at putting. I'm good at hitting things, though.

The day ended early; I left around 7pm since I still had to drive back to Dayton. It was so great to see everyone, though. It's times like Saturday that make me hate the distance between me and my internet friends :-(

Meg is CAH-RAZY! Click on picture to go to the Flickr and see more.

We play putt-putt some good.

I was just entering the Dayton suburbs around 11pm when Carlette called. "We're going swimming," she said.

Well, of course we are. What else do you do at 11pm on a Saturday night? So I get home, grab my swim stuff, and we were off to a friend of her boyfriend's who had an aboveground pool. We swam until about 1:30am. The stars were beautiful, and I was able to correctly identify Jupiter and the Big Dipper.

I crawled into bed at 2am. A very long, but very full and fun day filled with lots of laughter and friends. Really, I couldn't ask for anything more than that ^_^

Sunday I meant to get up early and work out, but because of the excitement of Saturday I ended up sleeping in until 10am. Yikes! Carlette and I set off for Cincinnati, where my family was having a Father's Day picnic. But first I had managed to talk mom into taking me shopping for some new clothes, since I can't fit into pretty much anything in my closet any more.

Mom had her heart set on Stein Mart, but I really wanted to go to Fashion Bug or Deb or JC Penney or Kohls. Or anywhere but Stein Mart. Since she was paying, we compromised on Fashion Bug and Stein Mart. I found two great tops and a dress at Fashion Bug. At Stein Mart...well. I found a shirt. I was happy to get the clothes. That's all I'm sayin' ^_~

We also went to Fresh Market, which is relatively new in Cincinnati. I'd never been there. It's pretty comparable to Dorothy Lane Market in Dayton. We got a bunch of fancy delicious salads for the picnic, and Carlette found her precious mint water. There was a wine tasting for only 10 cents a taste, and we got a bit tipsy ^_~

We went to French Park for the picnic and set up a spot near the swings and the creek. We took the dogs, and they had a great time splashing in the creek. Dad had a great time because he got to man the grill and be surrounded by his family ^_^

Mom decided she had to go swing, while still holding onto the dogs.

I'm so happy that Carlette is a part of my family! She's the bestest.

[ profile] xoraclex and I had been planning for over a month to go to St. Louis this weekend to see They Might Be Giants perform a free outdoor concert at a Mardi Gras festival. At first the weather forecast wasn't too bad. Upper 40s. Lower 40s. Then upper 30s. Ulp. The closer it got, the worse the forecast got. Neither of us were too thrilled about standing around for hours in the freezing cold and snow, so we changed our plans. It ended up being mid-20s with snow!

[ profile] ta2dmrm8 was kind enough to host a DDR and Karaoke Revolution party at her house! We brought Carlette's DDR games and metal dance pad and made the journey to Chez Laric in Columbus. It was fantastic to see Lara and Eric again! I haven't seen them in a looooong time! And it was wonderful to see their animals, especially poor little Beamer, who'd been injured the day before. She was so happy to see us!

We set up Carlette's dance pad and Lara's dance pad, and then Carlette and I showed off our mad skillz. It was nice to be seen as cool, since in the arcade we're not that great ^_~ We tried to give Lara and Eric helpful tips, as they were falling into the newbie trap of keeping their feet in the middle of the dance pad. Practice, practice, practice, that's how you get better!!

We danced for about two or three hours, and then Lara made us a delicious dinner of salad and fettucini alfredo with Shirataki noodles. YUM! I've got to find some of those!

After dinner we were much too full to DDR anymore, so we broke out Lara's new Karaoke Revolution: American Idol edition. We karaoke'd the night away! It was so much fun, and I'm glad we got Lara to sing! She's really good! I wish you all could hear her sing. Maybe someday we'll get her out to a karaoke bar ^_~ We couldn't get Eric to play, but he watched and snarked on the judging with us. It was such a fun, cozy, wonderful evening.

This morning Lara and Carlette and I were sitting around watching the VH1 countdown when my mom called and said, "Do you want to come in to work?" Um, yes please. I had been hoping you would call. So even though I was sad to leave so abruptly, we packed up quickly and headed back to Dayton!

Now I am avoiding my homework, for it is pure evil and must die. I would totally skip my classes tomorrow if I didn't have an advisor appointment. *sigh*

(I think we made the right choice to skip the TMBG concert. Apparently the power went out halfway through their set. Here are some quotes from people at [ profile] tmbg:
"I went, froze in the first row, and started feeling nauseous because of the cold and the aggressive pushing going on all around me."
"Even my care bear hat couldnt hold back the cold. Im still trying to rise my temperature after the show and several hours of waiting in the cold for a ride afterwards."
"Oh god...I dont ever want to do that again.")



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