Friday, August 28, 2015

last weekend of summer..........

FINALLY. I hate this weather. I will take 2 feet of snow and -20F over hot and muggy 90F any day. 

So in yet another feeble attempt at marketing mine and Elk's books, today through Sunday, all three of them are FREE on Kindle. 

hearken ye to the book monster

So if you like middle grade fantasy, or know anyone aged 9 - 14 who likes to read, pass on the message. Links for each book are here.

Book 4 is still lingering in its almost-finished-but-still-definitely-not-finished state.

Enjoy the weekend y'all. Lil Bro#2 goes back up to uni tomorrow so I'm sure a bout of intense hermit-depression is headed my way in the near future. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

There we were minding our own business, just doing chores around the house, when kids started killing themselves all over my property.

Lil Bro#2 and I took a mini road trip this weekend, to see some weird roadside attractions we had passed on the way home from Kentucky.

So we headed out at 8 on Saturday morning, our first stop being the world's largest miniature town along Route 78 in Pennsylvania

It was pretty cool.

and had some fairly amusing signage

seriously people stop throwing your money
 Obvs the wild west was my favourite part.

Lil Bro#2 was surprised at the number of Confederate flag stuffs in the gift shops. Having spent a considerable amount of my teens out in the boonies of Pennsylvania, I was not surprised. I've noticed the border between the North and South gets pretty blurred in a lot of PA....

Next we went to the antique shop down the road. I eventually stopped taking photos of all the incredibly weird stuff I found because there was just too much.


time to block up the chimney
::runs screaming from the building::

The shop also contained several cats. I made friends with three of them. 

and made a fool of myself in general following them around the shop saying "kiiiiiiikiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii"

After that we had lunch at Cracker Barrel, where Lil Bro#2 officially beat my Epic Fail with those peg game thingies.

You're supposed to end up with one peg left. I've managed to end up with 7. Lil Bro#2 finished a game with 10.

Then we ventured on to the Crystal Caves

We did not actually get to go into the cave because their website made no mention of the fact that they only do tours every few hours, and we were an hour and a half early for the next one. Since the Weyerbacher Brewery's last tour was at 5.00 PM (and also free), we could not do the 4.00 cave tour.

So we wandered about a bit. Made friends with a giant spider. Putzed around in the gift shop. And walked the nature trail.

Super awkward conversations with strangers:

[[passing an older couple near the entrance of the nature trail]]

Lil Bro#2: "How far is it to the top?"

Gentleman: "Maybe ten minutes."

Lady: "There's a bench there with a nice view. You two could sit and hold hands."

Lil Bro#2: ...

Mich: ................................

Lil Bro#2: "....umm... yeah ok thanks."

[[run away]]

Lil Bro#2: "At least they thought you look young enough to be my girlfriend."

We then ventured to our final destination: the Weyerbacher Brewery

I forced Lil Bro#2 to sample a number of beers.

Since their beers range from 8% - 12% abv., he was rather tipsy by the time we left.

Sunday, Lil Bro#2, Stepmom, and I went to Bethel Woods to check out the Threads exhibit. 

and naturally we played with the dress up clothes because we are adults.

Mum and Lil Sis left for the Shore this morning, so I have the house to myself for the next two days. I am ecstatic. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015


I am aware that I am very late to the party (10 years late in fact), but I'm sharing this anyway because it makes me laugh until I cry. Things that make one laugh should be shared.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

but I'm not going far 'til the haldol kicks in

Last week, Lil Sis and I took Big Sis#1's kids to Six Flags for the day. The day before that was an uncomfortably dramatic one. Lil Sis's boyfriend was supposed to go, not me, but he bailed at the last minute, which caused Lil Sis to have a total meltdown (it doesn't take much, to be honest...). Then she had to find a nice way to tell Big Sis#2 that we did not think her daughter, Niecey G should come to Six Flags (because even though she's 10, she acts like she's 5, won't go on any rides, and tends to make everyone else miserable if she's not getting exactly what she wants). We stuck with the no rides thing as the reason.

So Big Sis#2 was pissed, but we at least were not stuck dragging Niecey G around Six Flags all day. Lil Sis's Lil Bro and his cousin came with us as well, so Nephew wouldn't be the only boy.

(Here's an updated family tree in case y'all aren't confused enough already.)

We had a pretty good day at Six Flags. Big Sis#1's children are perfect. (Seriously, the entire family needs to be studied so this parenting style can be replicated.)

Mich's review of some of the rides at Six Flags Great Adventure:

1. Superman

2. El Torro

3. Bizarro

4. The Log Flume

5. Houdini

6. Nitro

7. Skull Mountain

Nieces#1 and 2, and Nephew dragged me on that one. I only agreed because it doesn't go upside down, and you can't see anything at all, so you don't know what to be afraid of. My experience of the ride:

They were all upset because they couldn't go on Kingda Ka, as it was shut down most of the day. Why anyone would want to go on the tallest and second fastest roller coaster in the world when it is constantly breaking is beyond me.