Monday, July 6, 2015

Kicked out of Rock Island!

We headed out to our favorite swimming hole a few weeks ago to celebrate a friend turning 30.The forecast was for rain so we kept thinking we would have to call it off, but we went anyway and were rewarded with a great day of swimming. I love that place! I wish it was a little bit closer.
Billie the dog came! She loved it, and swam pretty much nonstop the whole time we were there.
Jumping in!
There were a bunch of people there I swear! This is pretty much the only picture I got that wasn't of Travis, Crystal and Marc. Oops.
This part is shallow so you can let the current take you away from the little water fall. So fun.
Travis about to jump. I'm still too chicken to try!
I bet he jumped 5 times throughout the day.
Billie very good at towing everyone around.
Old lady boxer having a great time.
I bet you are wondering about the title of this post. We got escorted out because we had alcohol in our cooler. Dang! They do have signs posted, but no one has ever said anything to us. Oh well, the ranger was nice about it, and it made us feel like rebels. He said the cooler was a dead giveaway. Haha. At least we got kicked out after we had been there several hours.
We stopped at Sonic on the way back for tots and cherry lime-aids.
Here is the only picture of my face I took that day. I wish I had smiled! What a great day.
Crystal and I sang the whole way back, the boys slept.
Two weeks until our family vacation to Asheville! I can't wait.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Nashville Pride 2015!

Travis and I went downtown to check out the Pride festivities last weekend.We had planned on walking in the Equality March but were a little late. The mood was amazing since the Supreme Court had made their ruling just days before. There was a huge turnout for Pride!
We saw these cuties, Hank and Cupcakes. I loved their stage set. We watched some shows at the drag stage, spun a few prize wheels, kissed bunnies at the Clover Patch Sanctuary tent (they were giving out "I love buns" bracelets!)
Miss Jaidynn Dior Fierce was the MC. Any RuPaul's Drag Race fans out there? She was on this season. I was so excited to see a hometown queen! I don't know why she chose to wear that terrible leather and lace outfit after it was bashed on the main stage on Drag Race. But she performed my favorite RuPaul song "Sissy That Walk" so I can forgive the outfit, haha.
We played pin the mustache on John Waters and put our names in for free tickets to his holiday show. I hope we win! We went last year and had a blast but it is a little too expensive for us to justify going again.
I had heard rumors that the Grilled Cheeserie food truck had vegan options and finally got to try it out. Grilled rice cheese with avocado! It was so so good! Travis got grilled mushrooms and caramelized onions on his.
There were tons of animal adoption groups there! I loved petting all the puppies! Travis got a Nashville Grizzlies rugby shirt and lamented that he has too weird of a work schedule to be able to play on the team.
We had a really great time and I'm so happy the national government took a huge step forward in recognizing basic human rights. There is still a lot to be done, but you have to start somewhere. I really thought it would be YEARS before gay marriage would be legal in my state.
We missed this moment of the day but I lived seeing the photos pop up on facebook. Here are the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence blocking the tiny group of protesters from the event. Happy pride and here's to more advances in the year to come!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Reading Challenge 2015: Half the year is gone

I challenged myself to read 100 books again this year. I made it last year by reading 106 total! You can see the whole lot of them here. I don't think I'll be even close this year. As we head into July I'm only at 37 for the year so far. Ah well. Since I have gotten so far without posting about them, I'm not going to go back and talk about every single one, but I thought I would tell you about the ones I really loved. So here is part one of that!
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews This one has been on my list forever but when I saw the movie coming out I knew I had to get on it. It is a wonderful example of good Young Adult Fiction. It was funny and original and I kind of loved that the main story wasn't about two people falling in love. Because that doesn't happen at all! It is more about friendship and growing up and self confidence. The main character is a senior in high school who has gotten through his entire academic career by not making enemies, while at the same time making no friends. He hangs out with this guy Earl and they remake movies that they love "but more stupid." We went to see the movie last week and I LOVED it! It really captured the feeling of the book. //

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead I finished this book yesterday and the conclusion was so GOOD and satisfying that I got chills! The story is told from the point of view of a young girl who finds a mysterious note. You don't really know where it is going for most of the book, but it didn't bother me. I love the way everything is revealed and I know I'll read this book again.  It also isn't very long, I read it in two days. Highly recommend! //

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson This one is a collection of Noelle's weekly online comic Nimona. I started reading it online a while ago but once I saw that it was going to come out collected in a book I decided to wait. I'm so glad I did, I devoured it in one sitting and have been trying to get Travis to read it ever since! The love Noelle's drawing style and the story is so funny and cool and touching. Nimona is a shape shifter who shows up at the layer of villain Ballister Blackheart and wants to be his sidekick. They have battles with his nemesis Sir Goldenloin and things aren't as they seem. Since doing this webcomic Noelle has gone on to much success in the comics world, I've been following her on tumblr forever and am happy she is doing so well. I hope she draws a follow up to Nimona some day. //
Uprooted by Naomi Novik If you are a fan of fantasy and books with magic, you have got to read this! The story is about a valley where one girl is taken every ten years to live with "The Dragon", a wizard. As you can probably guess the main girl gets picked and goes to the Dragon's tower. It starts like this: “Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.” I loved the mythology of this book and the characters and was kind of disappointed that it is a stand alone and not part of a series.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins This book is super popular right now. I was 275th on the list at the library! I finally got to check it out and it was a great summer read. Lots of build up and mystery and several plot twists I didn't see coming. Really fun if you are into that kind of thing.

And those are some I've read but not going to talk about. The only REAL duds were Sugarbabe and Oogy.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Funtown Mountain: Jewel of Cave City

One of the activities at the "Grand Awesoming" was hitting each other with fun-noodles while wearing vintage mascot heads. My kind of a game! Marc and I picked heads and went at it. I'm not sure who won...
Another star attraction was the Haunted Hotel! I'm a total scaredy baby but I knew I had to do it.
You are greeted by Charmin' Charlie playing his organ. Then you push through the front door into pitch blackness and tight hallways. AHHHH!
It was so scary! But fun scary. It was mostly lights coming on to show a plastic skeleton, or a gross rubber corpse. We screamed so loud! I kind of loved it/hated it.
Cute details everywhere.
Lebowski van in the parking lot. I have the "I can get you a toe" one on my car.
It was such a fun day. I wish we could have stayed for the outdoor viewing of Pee Wee's Big Adventure, but we had to get back to Nashville to see Miss Fame perform at Play. More about that later.
Since we were in town I wanted to show Crystal and Marc some of my favorite haunts. I really wanted to do the Mystery House but we missed the last tour by a few minutes! Dang!
These old stickers are the best thing in the shop, believe me!
At least we got to pose with Big Mo. Such a cutie! And the same species as the star of the new Jurassic World! Did you see it yet? I LOVED it!
His tooth came off!
And of course we had to stop by the teepees. I want to stay there again! I'm hoping later this summer we can do one of the outdoor movies at Funtown then stay here. Perfect weekend!
I love you Cave City!
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