Are you happy to see me or are you just happy to see me?

I've been meaning to update for ages, if no other reason so that when my mom comes to the site she doesn't have to see that awful "...or are you just happy to see me" joke. Oh well. Things have been busy again, but what's new? I sound like a broken record.

Things have been good. A couple weeks ago we went out to Pat's parents' camp, and we all had a great time. There is such a nice community out there, and I love hanging out with the Reeds, drinking beer, eating hamburgers, sitting by the fire, and catching up. Also, Pat's dad always has some great stories that start like, "Did I ever tell you about John Prell, the punch-drunk fighter who burned his meat?" (That one was so good I had to write it down.)

Greta got to fish with her grandpa, and unlike last year, when she quickly caught three fish, this time the fish were just stealing her worms.

No fishies.

The highlight for me was I was reading my book, Remarkable Creatures, and Greta asked me what it was about. I told her it's about fossils, and then I told her a little about fossils. Greta got all jazzed up about looking for fossils. I figured we'd poke around a bit and not find anything, but we actually found some good fossils. (Well, I found part of a trilobite, Pat found part of what I think is some coral, and Greta found a bunch of rocks she thought were pretty). It rekindled my fascination with fossils that started in high school, and now I can't stop thinking about them.

I loved how focused on finding fossils Greta was.

Last weekend we went to Hamlin Beach, and the first rock I picked up and turned over was a fossil. It looks like some sort of wormy larva dude (technical term). I then proceeded to pick up probably three hundred more rocks and got nothin'.

Also last weekend we went to a fantastic wedding reception. My friend Dottie (who won the honor of Favorite New Friend of 2009 [Yes, I give out superlatives like these in my head. Sorry if we met in 2009 and you did not win. I'm sure it was an honor for you just to be nominated.]) and her husband Bryce were married in Italy la few weeks ago, and they had the most beautiful reception that was made out of fancy. Look how handsome we all are. The fancy even rubbed off on us.

Well, almost.

And now we're almost caught up. So, this Saturday we realized we had nothing really going on, so we decided to take a day trip to Ithaca to go fossil hunting, hiking, hang out in the Commons, and eat at Moosewood. It was a beautiful day as we drove the almost two hours. Then when we got to Taughannock Falls and stepped out of the car, it started sprinkling. By the time we got to the first small set of falls, it was full-blown raining. By the time we got a bit down the first trail, it was pouring. We tried to stick it out for a half hour or so, but it was MISERABLE and we decided to retreat. By the time we got back to the car, we were all drenched to our skivvies. Bust.

And then we went to Moosewood, my favorite restaurant. Surely the meal would revive this otherwise crappy day, but we had our first mediocre meal there. Disappointment.

But with all the bad, it was oddly good. Even though we all had fits of grumpiness (well, Greta and I did at least), we also had ridiculous fits of laughter that was directly related to the rain and being soaked.

Also, we found out Greta is a harmonica prodigy. The rain must have been her muse.

In conclusion, this is too long. Sorry.



#1 Friend

Who was your favorite new friend of 1997 that didn't end up as your husband?

#2 V -

Um, Pat Reed, dummy! ;-)

#3 Me?

Who was your favorite new friend of 1997?

#4 MK - That's the one! Yeah,

MK - That's the one! Yeah, seeing her wedding pictures sort or made me want to redo my wedding and make it a destination wedding. Alas...Also, I've been thinking about you and hoping the new gig is good. Let's catch up soon!

Sarah - We are very lucky to live close(ish) to Moosewood. I swear every other meal we've had there was mind-blowing, which is why this visit was particularly sad.

Rene' - Did you tell me you live out there?? I assume you did, but I forgot. We plan to make it out there once more this summer. I would love, love, love to see you! And sorry for the lack of updates. You need to comment when you get annoyed with my slacking and call me out on it so I will be shamed into updating. :)

#5 Dottie, as in our former

Dottie, as in our former coworker Dottie?! if so, yippee for her! and super jealous she got to take the plunge in Italy. Your fam looks so swanky in your reception pics :]

#6 Jealous

I'm so jealous that you get to eat at Moosewood every now and then and I think I comment on it it every time! We thought about taking a detour to Ithaca when were in your next of the woods last summer but we never did. One day I shall dine at Moosewood!

Wow! That's one fancy family! I like your dress!

#7 Man, you'll have to let me

Man, you'll have to let me know next time you are up here. The Reed Camp must only be about 20-30 minutes from my house and on your way there you are only 2 turns (2-3miles) from my house. You must take Route 12E through Brownville, Limerick (don't blink), Chaumont, then to the Cape. I'm located between Limerick and Chaumont. :)

Now on to yell you. You really must be better about updating your blog. It part of my morning routine and you are seriously slacking. LOL