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28th-May-2008 12:13 pm
I'm done with the spring semester and I came out with some pretty good grades so I consider it a success.  I'm still unsure of my summer employment and it's getting down to the wire so I have to find something quick.  Hopefully things will turn out ok.  I also need to learn how to drive stick shift.. I just get so frustrated! Hopefully that will work out as well.

I spent memorial weekend up in Crivitz building a deck.. it was my first time building a deck, well, pretty much my first time building anything that matters.  I went up with my Dad and we had a pretty good time.  The deck is almost complete, we did the entire foundation and now all that needs to be done is putting the floorboards on top.  There is no electricity up there (or running water or plumbing or heat) so we couldn't bring a saw to properly cut the floorboards.  So those will have to wait.  Overall it was a success.  Northern Wisconsin is really beautiful and I hope to get up there more often this summer, work hours and gas prices permitting.  There is so much to see and do, it's really a great place.  My dad can be a real jerk sometimes but I still love him!  He doesn't like hippies, democrats or socialists and blames all problems on them.  I guess it's not much different than democrats blaming everything on republicans so I just laugh it off and say, "Ok dad.." and I would never tell him that I am all about socialism!

I am working a couple extra hours during the week by walking Lola, the stupid family dog ,so that helps alleviate a small portion my financial woes.  I enjoy it because I get the exercise that I need and I get extra money doing it. It would be more enjoyable if she was a good dog but she's very naughty.  I think she's actually mentally challenged, honestly.. what normal dog would eat asphalt and rocks?  Oh well, only a couple more weeks.

I haven't done anything crafty lately and for some reason don't have a lot of motivation.  I have a lot of great patterns that I want to make but I always feel like I don't have the right fabric to do it.  I did make my mom a neat fabric grocery bag and she liked it, I think.  I really want a more heavy duty sewing machine.  Mine is great and all but it doesn't handle layers of fabric at all.  I'm thinking about pulling out my ol trusty blue kenmore, that thing would sew through anything.  I think it's because my new one is fancy electronic so it's just a big baby.  I also need to clean up my sewing room, it's a total disaster.  During finals I let it go like crazy, it's become a giant garbage pile.  I think that will be my project for tomorrow.

Oh yeah, two weekends ago my brother Tim came to my house and we had a really good time.  We went to the museum to see the Body Worlds exhibit and it was pretty cool.  If anyone is debating whether or not to go I'd say go ahead and do it, it was really neat.  We also went out to dinner.  I need to make it out to madison soon, they have a Red Panda at their zoo that I would really love to see.
That's all I've got to say for now!
Life Lesson #8- This one may seen obvious but if you are going on a trip remember to bring, if you have the space; a tweezers, finger nail clipper, a pair of scissors, and a lighter.  Of course don't forget your other essentials but I have found these four things sooo useful on all of my little road trips I have taken!
28th-May-2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
i'm glad you did well this semester! :)
maybe we can go to the zoo together? i still haven't been there.
oh and i was wondering if you had any cool shirt patterns. like button downs or peter pan collars or pretty much anything with ruching, i don't know if i'm spelling ruching right but you know what i mean.
28th-May-2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
I went to the Henry Vilas Zoo a couple of years ago and it is really nice. When I decide to go I will definitely tell you, it'll be a nice time. As far as shirt patterns go, I will check when I get home from work and let you know!
28th-May-2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
ick-i didnt realized caps was on... i refuse to re-write haha. just take it as me shouting the first line. that's nice of you to help your pops, i bet you felt good after doing the work. OH and i'm making geoff take me to body worlds cuz he has been on the fence about it-now i can tell him "aly says..."
29th-May-2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks Michelle :)
I did indeed feel good after helping him.. even though I was tired as heck! I really think that you will enjoy Body Worlds. Just remember to order tickets in advance, we bought ours two days ahead and the people we were planning on going with waited until the next day and they were all sold out. They sell out pretty quickly. Also, my brother and I got tickets for I think the 1:30 entrance to the exhibit so we walked around the museum for awhile and instead of paying for lunch at the museum we packed a lunch and ate in the car.. sort of ghetto I guess but we went out to eat for dinner instead of at the museum! I am all about saving money when I can :) I hope you had a good semester!
29th-May-2008 03:15 am (UTC)
woooo summer! woooo red pandas and barking deer! I live in madison and I haven't been to the zoo in years. i also haven't been up north in years. i miss going to see my grandparents and enjoying the great northwoods. crivitz seemed kind of cool when we drove through it, they even have freight service. i've seen pictures of it, two engines pulling one boxcar. lol. we passed through there on the way to pembine and its so nice up there. i really want to go camping now that its warm out, but i work full time and there's no time for fun. :(
29th-May-2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
i was thinking about talking my landlord into letting me get a barking deer.. I don't think they'd be down with it, though.
Like I told Lindsey, when I do make it to Madison I will call you guys and we can go to the zoo together! It would be nice to see you both! My dads bit of property is actually in Stephenson, which is a little bit north of Crivitz. It's close to the High Falls Reservoir and the Cauldron Falls Reservoir. It's really beautiful. I had no idea that Crivitz had a freight service, but I don't know anything about trains :) Do you work on weekends too? You could totally plan a weekend trip, it'd be fun!
30th-May-2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, I do have to work every Saturday, but only until 4. However, I do get Mondays off once in awhile so it'll be like a weekend, since I have Sundays off. I'll have to see if Lindsey and I can have our schedules match so we can go up there. We also have to visit Milwaukee sometime soon.
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