This summer I decided to plan a week long summer trip on a houseboat. I selected Beaver Creek Marina at Lake Cumberland in Kentucky because it was a very large body of water (1255 miles of shoreline) with plenty of room to explore and it was only about a six hour drive from our home. On the trip were a total of five adults and 12 teenagers so we decided to go for two houseboats that sleep 10 people each. We also wanted a ski boat for daily activities. While surfing the web I came across a company that seemed to have decent prices but I decided to call a few other places. The company that I decided to rent from had an awesome internet special of about $800 per boat for a Monday PM through Friday AM rental period. This is a great deal because their published rates are about three times as much! The ski boat rental was about the same rate as both boats combined.
My garden box experiment is going well! Even with crappy soil I’ve had a great summer of veggies. My cucumbers and zucchinis seem to be radioactive! They are so big! My green beans are done so I got some more in the ground about 2 weeks ago and they’re growing quickly. It’s about time for tomatoes and boy do I have plans for them! Next year I probably won’t grow lettuce; it takes so much water to rinse it and get all of the bugs and dirt off. We’ll see after the next batch – I’m going to try soaking it. I had to replant my pepper plants. Only about 3 plants survived after I purged that section of weeds…maybe I pulled up more pepper plants than weeds? Next month I expect some corn and carrots! I’m not sure whats going to happen to the broccoli.
This week I spent some time at a fabulous petting zoo of sorts – I met almost every single one of my favorite bloggers. I pet their perfectly magnificent hair, I touched the lovely silk on their dress sleeves, I shook their perfectly moisturized hands, and I grasped their shoulders in an authentic hug. It was like being at a wild animal park where bloggers can run free in their natural habitat and then some are set aside behind bars where you can walk up and look at them and point and talk about them and still yet, others are in a corral where you can reach out and touch them with the thrill that their mighty roar might tear your chest in half or their bite may rip your arm off. I LOVED it!
My reaction to the women whose lives I’ve spent hours peering into over the last few years was very different from how some of my new buddies reacted. They were timid and unwilling to jump up and introduce themselves; they’d point out different people that they enjoyed reading about and say they hadn’t worked up the courage yet and then others would say that they had indeed finally introduced themselves to this person or that person.
Meanwhile, I would walk up to the person and introduce myself, ask about their dog or their job search or their new home. The reason I read blogs is because they are real and the people are real. If this is the case, why wouldn’t that person want to meet me and why wouldn’t I want to meet them? They aren’t any better or more fabulous than I am otherwise I would read about them and not of them. Most of the bloggers were warm and a pleasure to meet and for that I will continue to peer into their lives and pour out my own.
I didn’t really meet any of the unapproachable, “better than sliced bread” kind of women I’ve heard so much about. Perhaps it’s because of the quality of person I choose to connect with online. Not to say that there weren’t plenty of women who looked to be unapproachable or snooty but I didn’t introduce myself and neither did they. There was no need, I don’t read their blogs and since we didn’t have a connection in Real Life, I won’t for the time being. However, there’s always next year in New York!
As much as I ohh’ed and ahh’ed over these “internets,” the mega bloggers were equally ohh’ing and ahh’ing over Carson Kressley and others. Carson and the gang did nothing for my curiosity or enjoyment; it was all about the bloggers!
To the lovely ladies at Blogher 2009; I am not sorry I treated Blogher as a zoo (at least I didn’t compare it to a freak show!). I’ve enjoyed every opportunity that I’ve taken to interact with you In Real Life, I’ve appreciated the moments that you became a human to me and that your stories became authentic and tangible. Thank you.
This morning I woke up early to get ready for work yet I was still running late. In my haste, I made a peanut butter sandwich and set it on the counter and ran back upstairs to grab my shoes and socks. As I raced back downstairs my dog stood at the bottom smacking her tongue on the roof of her mouth and licking her lips…classic peanut butter mouth. I scolded her loudly as I rounded the corner into the kitchen to be sure my reprimanding was well deserved. It was.
As she lay down beside the back door and stared at me in my rant, I said, “All I do is get up and go to work all day just so that I can give you a nice place to live, food for your meals, medicine when you are sick, an occasional bath and an expensive dog park membership. All I ask for in return is that you give me unconditional love and don’t steal my sandwich! Do you understand how hungry I am?” Then, I realized I sounded like my mom except really ridiculous because it was about a peanut butter sandwich and I was talking to my dog.
The week disappeared so quickly but I do feel like it was a well spent weekend; I was able to spend quality time with my hubby J and a few of my “Indiana friends” (Drunk Dialin’ Momma, Chandra and Camp Guy) and I picked up a beautiful bottle of Blackberry wine while wine tasting.
J and I went to the drive-in movies and lucky me, I got an interesting show in the bathroom. When is it okay to go out in public and not wear a bra?
A woman wearing head to toe tangerine was coming out of the stall next to mine. She has now has a felony hijacking charge against my brain. I cannot get the terrible image out of my head. Is it okay to not wear a bra to the drive-in movies and still wear a shirt that proves you aren’t wearing one?
One of my most favorite things about having gardens is that I have fresh flowers inside AND outside and I didn’t have to buy them at the grocery store! They are from my very own garden! Every year I add new flowers so that I can have a beautiful assortment for my home and my desk at work. What are some that I should consider for next year? I’m starting to plan for the planters now!
I’m getting super excited for BlogHer! Email me or leave a comment if you want to meet up. What parties are you attending? Is it possible to visit them all?
My apologies to all BMV/DMV employees!
I just got back from a week of living aboard a houseboat with 12 high school students! It was so much fun!
This was my 8th houseboat trip but my first one to Lake Cumberland in Kentucky and my first time aboard a little bit of a luxurious houseboat! It was also my first houseboat trip as an adult. A full blown adult. I had such a great time but I do remember being one of the teens on the trip and I must say that it was much better back in the day.
When I was 13 I went on my first houseboat trip with my church youth group and it was one of the best experiences of my life. It was for that reason that I kept coming back. I turned 14 on that trip and I remember we had a charter bus full of high school students and four houseboats for a week. The next summer I rode in the old church van which had no air conditioning – making a drive through the Mohave Desert miserable. To remedy this, our youth director armed each of us with a water gun. He placed giant 5 gallon water coolers at the end of each seating row. It was so fun! Waaay better than a charter bus!
No charter bus this time and no water gun fight en route but still a splashing good time!
Do you see all of my beautiful veggies? We’ve enjoyed green beans a few nights and we’ll continue to do so this week. Our house is buzzing with activity and Jay and I are merely passing one another on our ways our and in.
Here are my three boxes this week:
The red, white and
blue purple flowers were put in place for the 4th of July party but I’m leaving them for the affect they have in the candle light at night.
I love these flowers! They are buds on my cucumber plant but I think they might be the prettiest, most delicate flowers in my garden right now.