Outdoor Adventure

A couple weeks ago Lil B bought herself a pop up camper, so of course we all had to go test it out! I snagged what appeared to be the only open campsite in the Black Hills for the weekend, and The Engineer and I, his sister and brother in law, and Lil B and her girls all met up to have some fun in the sun and a few days without cellphone service!

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Lucky for The Engineer and I it didn’t rain, though for awhile on Saturday night it did look a bit dark and stormy.  We were just in a tent……a small tent once you put all our stuff……and Scout a Roo and her things…..into the tent.  The tent came from the premier retailer of outdoor equipment…..Menards :/

I wasn’t sure it would actually keep us dry if it needed to. I’m not sure that I’d want to be in that tent for anything other than a warm, sunshiney weekend….but for the $20 The Engineer spent on it it got the job done. Scout spent more time in the tent than anyone.  Having only briefly recovered from a 4th of July filled with death booms courtesy of our neighbors, the crackle of a nice campfire was more than her delicate nerves could take.  She spent the first night wedged between the tent wall and the air mattress, nose pointed as far from the fire as she could get.

My purchase for the trip was a percolator, and I was maybe more excited about it than a normal person should get! Come to find out, Lil Bs camper had several percolators stowed away inside, but better to have too much coffee than not enough! Actually, Lil Bs camper came with all sorts of forgotten camping accessories: roasting sticks, veggie roasting baskets…..it seemed like anything anyone had forgotten Lil B could scrounge up in her camper!  The cost of everything that was left inside the kitchen of her camper maybe totals more than she paid for the camper….it’s in great shape for it’s age and a bottomless supply of all things outdoor adventure related.  She found a great little buy!

Saturday morning we just made coffee on a camp stove……it wasn’t really my ideal camping experience, but it was fast and the girls desperately wanted to walk down to the lake. We all spent the day drinking and relaxing in the shade on the shore.  Well, the girls swam, and I did take my newly purchased giant unicorn float for a lap around the lake, but mostly we hung out and enjoyed the breeze. Our campsite, while it did have plenty of shape, did have a severe lack of breeze. Even Scout got in the camping spirit with several unforced dips into the lake. She doesn’t like to swim, but did spend some time walking around in chest deep water investigating things, so I was pretty proud! I became less proud when she discovered that campfires create lovely, crunchy, charcoal cube snackies and proceeded to hoover them up at an alarming pace.  Plus side it got her over her fear of campfires and she spent all of Saturday night out by the fire with us.  Down side…..she pooped…..a lot. :/

 

 

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Floating away from life’s bullshit on my mystical unicorn Misty!

I actually started a fire to make dinner that night, even though everyone said, “Just use the camp stoves, it’ll be so much easier.” No! We hauled The Engineer’s Grandma’s cast iron pan all the way out there, and God created cast iron so that mankind could cook directly over a smokey fire in nature!  So I made deer nachos over a campfire and they were amazeballs!  I think I’m just more down to rough it than maybe The Engineer is.  I’m willing to work a bit harder for some extra smokey flavoring!

Sunday morning I was the first one up, and I was determined to use my percolator over a fire……so I did!

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And then……I made bacon….and it was fantastic!  I think coffee tastes better slow brewed over a fire, but I will admit it does take some time. Having only used a percolator once, I spent several minutes in a panic and readjusting the pot over the fire being quite sure we had just experienced beginners luck the day before.  Suddenly…..percolation…..coffee was within my gasp! And, I only burnt one pan of bacon before I figured out the proper fire to pan placement!!

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We finished up our camping adventure with a trip to Lewie’s for beer and a burger for lunch, and I almost killed The Enginner making him hike up to Seth Bullock’s gravesite…..plus side he made his activity goal for the day in his new Apple Watch! I’m just trying to be helpful like that!  All in all it was pretty successful for our first camping trip!  The tent survived, Scout concurred some fears, no one got food poisoning, the camper didn’t roll spontaneously down the hill, and there were no major injuries!

 

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye!!!

So…….I have an announcement to make……

I’M NO LONGER A SINGLE TWENTY SOMETHING!

I, through the denied schemes of my Chemistry Smarty Pants and her boyfriend, have managed to snag myself a super cute, super nice, Nebraska guy.  For years now, the CSP has been touting the wonders of boys from Nebraska……”Come visit and we’ll find you a nice Catholic boy!”, “We just need to find you a nice guy, come to Omaha!”  Well CSP, hats off to you because you were right all along!!  He was part of my New Year’s adventures with the Bear Cubs, sooooo technically…I didn’t even have to go to Nebraska to find him! 🙂

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I only have the two pictures, and they aren’t great cuz they were at a bar and a concert…..  but seriously…..LOOK AT THE CUTENESS!!!!  Ugh, I die!!  Plus, he makes me a very happy girl. 🙂 (Ignore my extra spiky looking eyelashes in the first pic, they usually don’t look like that I promise….. :/ )

So last Friday night Scout, my new travel french press, and I ventured into Nebraska to spend a long weekend with my Main Squeeze!  I had to haul my own coffee because he doesn’t drink coffee.  He’s one of those moderately disturbing “morning people”.  So, I ordered myself a little travel mug french press thinger to leave there so I don’t die when I visit.  I’m way less fun to hang out with if I don’t get my morning caffeine fix.

It should be noted that I’ve spent most of my life avoiding Nebraska.  This stems from a deep seated, high school hatred of the stupid kids…..who would drive across the river in their stupid dually trucks….to the DQ….to try and order stupid amounts of food…..all on separate tickets…..through the drive through window.  Pro tip kids…..all we ever heard was your trucks!!  Might as well just park that puppy and come inside because you’re gonna have to shut it off to order anyway.  Sorry for the sidetrack……but it needed to be said….if only because it still annoys me and I haven’t worked at the DQ for 10 years!  Going to Nebraska is a hot button issue for me!

Friday

He took me snack shopping Friday night because my Juice Stop for the road was not cutting it.  I……WE….WE…..then proceeded to sorta burn a double pepperoni frozen pizza which we should not have been eating anyway because #FridaysduringLent!  It wasn’t that burnt, and frankly wasn’t even the worst pizza I’ve ever eaten.

Saturday

The dogs and the window replacement dudes woke us up.  So, we mostly hungout in the kitchen corralling the dogs.  I may or may not have eaten half of the burnt pizza, a bag of sour octopus gummies, and struggled trying to make coffee in what I can only assume is a miniature microwave.  He had a bowl of dry cheerios and at some point started eating croutons our of the bag like chips…….I giggled…. a lot.

After the windows were done, we napped.  Basically, we were super anti productive! We did finally shower and motivate because there was a baseball fundraiser event we were meeting the CSP and her man at.  So, I spent the night in a small town gym with some of my fav people, drinking Bud Heavy, discovering that toy tractors are a thing people collect…..like seriously collect….. and generally living life like a big cob.  The hat is maybe only funny because of how I became the owner of said hat.  I think it’s hilarious, given my company that night, you don’t have to understand!

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So this is what I’m gonna be rocking from now on….Big Cob Hybrids…totally a thing!  I mean you wouldn’t wanna be a small cob!?

On the way home from the small town I had that moment where you don’t realize how much you have drunk till you leave the party.  Also, we didn’t really eat anything during the day which could have also contributed to the slightly tipsy munchies.  So….we had to stop at McD’s.  Whilst in the drive through I discovered that he doesn’t eat Ketchup…..cue face palm.  I, who allegedly while drunk, used basically an entire bottle of ketchup on a chicken strip basket, am dating the only person I know who doesn’t eat ketchup.  Sigh…….I mean I guess he’s allowed to have a downfall…..I just never expected that it would be ketchup!!

Sunday

Sleeping in is glorious!  Well as much sleeping in as the fur babies would allow us.  Followed by more sleeping, because that’s what weekends are for.

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These are the fur babies….code named Thunderpaws and Little Foot.  Little Foot is always down for chilling, Thunderpaws is always down for fetch.

We lounged around, whined about being hungry, and then…..shopping!!  My Main Squeeze drove me over to Lush because I was out of bubbles, and a life without bubbles isn’t really a life I want to be living honestly.  So, into Lush we went and started the process of sniffing bath bombs and bubble bars.  Mostly I buy Lush online, so there is a whole world of stuff there that I know nothing about….smell wise.

Everything was alright until we got to a pink bubble bar…..I couldn’t even tell you what it was called, or even what it was supposed to smell like.  Not great….it was pretty not great! I do however really wish I had a camera to capture the subsequent face of horror/confusion/terror that flashed across Main Squeeze’s face when I made him smell it!!  After the initial shock was over, he just looked at me panicked and asked, “Why can I taste it!?!”……followed by several “That was awful!!!”.  All in all I think he’s pretty glad to have survived the experience in one piece.  Lucky, for me though I got stocked up on all my fav things!

  • 2 Brightside Bubble Bars — Orange scented and amazingly refreshing.  These are my favorite.  I break each bar into 4 pieces and it still gives a huge amount of lightly zesty bubbles.
  • Rose Jam Bubbleroon Bubble Bar — Smells like a huge bouquet of fresh roses.  I used half of this the other night and it was lovely.  More calming I think than the Brightsides, but it’s just a difference in scent.
  • Blackberry Bath Bomb — Haven’t tried this yet, but it smells fruity and nice.  I’ve used a different scent and I like them because they are huge.  I generally throw them onto the floor of my garage to crack them in half.  I find that I feel softer after the bath bombs than the bubble bars.
  • Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner — Same Rose Jam smell as the Bubbleroon.  It’s lotion you apply in the shower!  Sorta weird as it makes water bead up and repel off of you, but I’d rather put on my lotion in my nice toasty shower than in my cold bathroom!!  It feels a bit waxy in the shower, but once you dry off it leaves you super soft with a nice light scent.

Next time I need to refill my stash I’m hoping they still have Big Bang Bubble Bars.  They are supposed to be lemon and grapefruit scented and that sounds perfect for summertime relaxing!!

So Nebraska has this thing…..called Nebraska Furniture Mart.  Sounds harmless and normal right!?  Well people kept talking about it like it was some huge deal, and I’m just over here thinking like, “It’s a furniture store people, like calm the fuck down kids!”  So, after Lush and stopping to grab me another Juice Stop for a snack, Main Squeeze took me to the furniture mart.  I HAVE NO WORDS!!!!  I mean obviously, it’s a blog so there will be words…..but seriously!!  Someone should have emotionally prepared me!!  I spent most of the time while we were trying to find a parking spot freaking out cuz he was hungry and hadn’t had any food yet, and here he was taking me shopping instead of getting food.  Unbeknownst to me, he was scheming the entire time……he’s very scheme-y this Main Squeeze of mine, always in the cutest way possible.

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HE KNEW THERE WAS FOOD THERE THE WHOLE TIME!!!!

We spent a while wandering around the various BUILDINGS that comprise the Furniture Mart.  Like you have to walk outside to get to different departments!  It was amazing!!!  So, I found a bedroom set I can’t afford, the mystical mermaid pillows, and taught him all about the struggle that is finding a good, affordable, and not heinous area rug.  Did you know that they now make a refrigerator that has a Keurig machine in it?!?!?  The Squeeze has been informed that that’s the fridge I want for the European castle we are going to buy.  He supports my choice…..he’s the best like that.

Sunday night we watched some History Channel…..which I never get to do.  I‘m glad that he shares my opinions on how stupid some of the sellers on  Pawn Stars are!  After we got some TV ranting outta our systems, Squeeze made me noodles and we watched Crimson Peak.  Bitch Faced Bestie told me it was scary…..it was good, but idk that ‘scary’ is the word I’d use to describe it.

Monday

My Squeeze had to run to the DMV in the morning to register his new car, so the fur babies and I stayed home and packed my stuff back up.  I had basically exploded my bag all over his spare room and taken up the entire bathroom with stuff, so getting it all put back together is a bit of an ordeal.  As soon as he got back home, it was snack time.  If you haven’t discovered, I’m a bit like a puppy.  I like snacks, naps, and occasionally some exercise!!  We had bacon and toast, and then it was time for a movie and a nap.  Luckily, I know what happens during Pirate of the Caribbean, so missing the middle due to a quick nap was no big deal.

After the nap and movie, it was time to head home.  I pretty sadly loaded up my near to exploding bag and the pupster, and we headed home.  After a brief detour through the Burger King drive through, I was confronted with a pretty substantial amount of traffic.  It took me probably 10 minutes to remember that it was Monday around 5pm!!

All in all, it was a good weekend.  I’m glad I got to spend some quality chillaxing time with my Main Squeeze, and I’m pretty excited to tell you all about him!!