Archive for the ‘vacation’ Category


August 22, 2008

Thanks everyone for your well wishes! Everything is going well, we disappeared for a while because we went on vacation in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

My mother-in-law and Ingi’s niece came with us, and it was absolutely wonderful. We rented a house there in walking distance of downtown, we had lovely weather (it only rained once), the kids kept us busy the whole time, and we made my mother-in-law’s lobster soup with Maine lobster. (We are now lobster cooking/opening experts).

We also had a very surreal experience at a restaurant that seemed to be stuck in the 1960’s (with the exception of a Casio keyboard inserted into a poor unsuspecting grand piano). We stopped at a restaurant that was built out of an old tugboat, and the upper dining area was full. “You can wait for 20 minutes, or go sit downstairs,” said the hostess. We decided that downstairs would be just fine…. until after our order was taken. An overly made up older blonde woman in a hot pink dress came in and sat at the grand piano-turned-Casio, and began playing a bossanova medly including The Girl From Ipanema that sounded a bit like the Casio demo mode. We kept trying not to laugh, which was difficult when we looked at one another and tears were coming out of our eyes. “At least she isn’t singing,” one of us said, and then she began to sing, too. Ingi decided she had spent money on every sound in that Casio and she wanted to get use out of each one. Saxophones, horns, marimbas, and many other instruments peppered the mix of moldy songs overwrought with solos. The high point was when she played a song about suicide (“Starry, Starry Night”) to a couple, which made us wonder if the experience was driving anyone to consider it. The whole evening made us feel like we were stuck in a David Lynch movie (including a trip to the less-popular ice cream parlor in town, where the middle-aged cashier was reading War and Peace).


Niagara Falls

August 30, 2007

So I got my trip photos back.

Wait a minute…this doesn’t look like Niagara Falls!

Nope! It’s Seljalandsfoss. I obviously need to get my film developed more frequently.

HERE is Niagara Falls:

A lot of the other pictures came out kind of bad. There is so much spray there, and between that and the cheap camera, the contrast just wasn’t good. I told Ingi that next time we do a “real” vacation I am spending some of the vacation money on getting a real camera.

And here is Mystery Stole 3. One end is all short rows and this was what I did all vacation long. I have gotten to the halfway point.