Monday, October 22, 2012

Grand Forks 2012

The longer I go without blogging, the harder it is to write something.  You’d think I’d have all kinds of interesting things to say by now, but no. I’ve definitely got the fall blahs – tired, unmotivated, bored, restless, and crabby all thrown together. Just put me in a blender and you’ll get a big grey milkshake. Except milkshakes are sweet and thick and delicious … this would be more like a thin, runny, bland protein shake. Oh well, I’ve been a protein shake before and slowly, without consciously noticing the change, I eventually turn into a milkshake again. I hope I haven’t offended anyone who likes protein shakes. Enough with the introspective self-evaluation – why didn't someone stop me before I wrote a whole paragraph.

We spent the weekend in Grand Forks with friends, as we’ve done every fall for many years.  We visited our good friend Target and did our part for the North Dakota economy.  Actually I don’t feel like we bought that much … I tried to limit my purchases to essentials.  Although “essential” means different things to different people and if you’re Neve, anything covered in sequins is essential.  I also bought some Christmas gifts, which I was feeling pretty smug about until I remembered that I still have hundreds left to buy.  My annual attempt at cutting back is going poorly.  Besides shopping, we hung out in the hotel courtyard and talked and laughed with the friends, the kids swam, played computer games, and watched TV.  The guys had a wild night at the casino on Friday.  Apparently what happens at the Grand Forks casino stays at the Grand Forks casino, but whatever it was, it caused those boys a lot of giggles the rest of the weekend.  On Saturday, all of the adults went out to The Toasted Frog for a nice early seniors’ dinner.  It all went by very fast, but it was a nice mini-holiday. 

Neve had a few friends over after school today and I was complimenting her later on how nicely she’d played with them, and then I said a few more nice things like what a sweet girl she was and how funny she was, etc.  After I was done, there was a pause and then she said, “Well.  That came out of nowhere."

I guess I should say nice things more often. At least I buy her sequinned clothes. (Thank GOODNESS there is no Justice store in Winnipeg.)


Anonymous said...

hahahahahahahah!!!! omgosh - too funny, Neve!!

I also laughed out loud at the end of your first paragraph. And the parts about sequins and casinos. I didn't laugh about the protein shake beacause I actually happen to enjoy protein shakes...


Daniel said...

Ahh, you and your kids do not disappoint!

Anonymous said...

Boo protein shakes! (I don't want you to feel too bad about your protein shake was a nice bit of rambling...perhaps you've been reading Steve's blog too much).

You gotta love the C'mon Inn. Drinks outside your room in the courtyard. Sweeeeeet. :)