Not Eaten By Bears – HUGE SUCCESS!

We spent this past weekend up in the North Woods of Wisconsin, at Marty’s family cottage in Three Lakes. There was drinking and boating and games and oh my god so much good food. I’m desperately waiting for Shannon’s guacamole recipe, so much so that I’m tempted to go buy some premade from Whole Foods for lunch today, though I know it just won’t be the same.

We went to the Mars Cheese Castle on the way there. I am sorry to say that it is not, in fact, a castle made of cheese, though I suppose that would get pretty stinky pretty fast. Still, there were many Good Things to Eat inside, including some kind of three-foot-long jerky sticks that made me pretty glad I wasn’t in the guys’ car.

The girls had tiaras (awww yeah) and travel games and snacks (Von won at travel bingo. I hereby claim the assist, since I managed to bury my board under stuff and just started pointing out things to mark off.) I was not on the trip to the store that yielded a bear sighting. I did, however, see a drunken chipmunk. He was quite disappointed when Marty took his booze-soaked watermelon away.

We took a walk down a country road in the dark, no flashlights, not a ton of moonlight. It was so very quiet, such a change from even our little suburb, where the sound of traffic is never really far.

Greg and Von made us a fire, and there were s’mores and geek-talk. It’s weird – I’ve, y’know, showered and washed my hair and all since coming home, but I keep thinking I’m smelling woodsmoke every now and then. It’s not a bad thing, really, sort of the last traces of an awesome weekend, making me smile while I ease back into this whole work thing.

Pictures forthcoming at some point, when I get them off of my camera and upload ’em.

My inbox this morning was filled with 47 pieces of what I call corporate junk mail (“There’s cake in the fridge on the 17th floor!” Yeah, thanks, that’d be helpful if I were in the New York office) and 35 actual non-junk emails. Twelve of those were industry newsletters I’ve signed up for. 23 real emails, and most of those just FYI type things. Maybe seven that required any actual action on my part. Not so bad for three days off.

Anyway, yeah. Back at my desk, wishing I were still up in the woods, sipping coffee with friends and letting the day stretch out before us.

How’s everyone been?

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6 Responses to Not Eaten By Bears – HUGE SUCCESS!

  1. Thomas says:

    After the camping trip last year, I had that same deal with smelling the campfire smoke at odd times. I was kinda sad when it finally stopped.

  2. Von says:

    SIGH. I so wish we were still there!! I had a mess of emails too, but once I weeded out the junk and the fyi stuff, it was pretty manageable. I totally forgot to write about the drunk chipmunk! Good call!

  3. marty says:

    Two Thingers:
    I flashed an old lady this weekend.

    and

    I will make sure she gets you the recipe asap. Its better than the whole foods one.

  4. torteya says:

    Wood-smoke smell is near impossible to get rid off. Everytime I’ve used wood in grilling the food lasts a day or two, the smell stays with me for like 4 days. It may be psychosomatic, who knows.

    Also, feel free to forward all free-cake-in-NY emails my way >.>

    P.S. I cried a little upon the revelation that the cheese castle was not actually made of cheese.

  5. Shannon says:

    The guacamole recipe isn’t so much a recipe as it is a list of ingredients.

    When I make it for Marty and I, I’ll typically dice up one large avocado, squeeze in the juice of half a lime, and sprinkle salt to taste. That’s it. Simple is best!

  6. Shannon says:

    I forgot an ingredient:

    Diced sweet onion. I typically use about half a medium onion.

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