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16 July 2008 @ 01:56 pm
Happy Birthday, Rositimia!  
Hope you're having a great day, and I'm sorry I'll miss you at Wincon this year.

If you'd like a birthday drabble, please drop me a line in the comments with some prompts! And may your cakeage be delicious and plentiful!


Back from camping, which went well for the most part, other than Christopher's moods (every family trip, I swear) and lack of sleep the first night (all as per usual). The smoke was light on Sunday, but gone Monday & Tuesday (gorgeous weather).

Highlights: went on a short (to me) hike with the kids on Sunday, and there was a patch of snow, which they played in for awhile! \o/ The kids also saw some very small ducklings at the swimming hole (I was still in bed), and did their boulder-exploring many times. Several good games of whackball, too. ;)

The part I always dread is breaking camp. Doing the kids' sleeping bags is like stuffing a snake into a thimble, and folding up the tent and cramming it into its case is precision-work AND filthy all at once. Bleh. Also of the bad was that I missed my last chance to take my annual lone hike up to the lake, over the dam, and across the hill and return via other trails (it's kind of a scramble, but a good workout). I thought I was going to get in the 4-mile version, but instead... I had to turn back after about 1.5 miles because the heels were loose on both hiking boots and the bottom was coming off the right one. I stopped twice to try to secure it, once with first-aid-kit gauze (useless), and then with a handy plastic bag I had in the fanny pack. That worked, though thank goodness I didn't run into many people after that. Felt like Sam in Bad Day At Black Rock. ;)

eponin10 on July 16th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
*pouts* You're not going to make it this year?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 16th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
It collides with my birthday, and I can't really run out on the kids over my birthday. :(

Last year it was earlier! Which was definitely better for me. ;)

*is already heartbroken*
eponin10 on July 16th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
*nods* I get that. I was thrilled it was a week later, because the 11th is my 10th wedding anniversary, and I wasn't going to be able to duck out to Wincon over that one! *g*
Princess Robot Bubblegum!: buttsexastrothsknot on July 16th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
Are we sharing the same luck? It's your turn with the damn rabbit's foot.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 17th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
When was the part with the GOOD luck first? *is still waiting* :0
Pix: [Etc] Pretty pink flowerpixel_0 on July 16th, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC)
Bah. Tried to leave a comment and LJ ate it. :P

Anyway! I was just saying how I hate trying to roll up the sleeping bags. More often than not, I end up on top of them, trying to hold them down so I can roll them, but they end up sliding away from me. Bleck. You'd think they'd have an "Idiot Proof Sleeping Bag" or something. :P
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 17th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
The rolling-up ones (my husband's and mine) aren't too bad. The kids' are the mummy bags that you jam into a stuff sack with your fist, and the sack is always slightly smaller than you'd like. I have to put gloves on for that because it hurts my hands. But still-- I wind up on my feet with the stuff sack clenched between my legs, pushing down as hard as I can. Never gets easier, no matter how many times I've done it!

And the tent... folding and rolling up under your knees so it will fit into the bag means that you get forest dirt all over yourself. *grumps*