So, let's recap teh last week or so shall we? We shall! Friday sucked. I didn't really want to get into it, but now I'm going to anyway. Basically is was just a long string of things that went wrong one after another, but I eventually made it to Green Bay and Emily met me at teh airport and we shared a huge king bed at the hotel and suddenly everythign else seemed sort of trivial. The biggest problem is that HR refused to let me take Leave Without Pay (even though my supervisor approved) until I'd used up all the paid leave I would have acculumated by the end of the year. So what this means is that I am now 40 hours of leave time in debt to the company. I earn 5.89 hours per pay period (every two weeks), so after 7 pay periods I will be back in the black. However, because I started so late in teh year, there are only 4 more pay periods after than and before the end of the year, so I can only earn another roughly 3 days of leave for the rest of the year. This includes all my sick leave, personal leave, vacation, etc etc etc. So I'd better not get sick or want to take a vacation until January.
Okay, on to happier things. Saturday Emily and I woke up late and rendevouzed with my family to pick up the Impala and head for Iron Mountain. The roads in Wisconsin are named stupid things like K or NN instead of using numbers. Whatever. We arrived just fine at Lake Chicagon and moved into in our little cabin at Loon-A-Tic Point. We had a great dock and a row boat and there were no lights for miles so the stars were so clear at night. Other than a slight who sleeps where glitch, the day went great.
Sunday we had a birthday gift exchange and I won a puzzle! Yay puzzles! Emily and I got some sun on the dock earlier in the day and went for a romantic row boat ride. We went star gazing down at the lack at night and saw what we thought might be the Northern Lights, but it turns out it wasn't. Yet.
Monday was Hawaiian night, so we all wore island-theme clothing and were forced to hula dance in front of everyone. It was embarrasing as hell, but if my grandfather can do it, I figure I could do it too. Emily decided that my family was officially more crazy than her's. Yay?
Tuesday was 50s night, so we got all dolled up, sort of (Emily looked so cute in pigtails!), and had typical tuna noodle casserole, meatloaf, salmon loaf, jello, etc. Mmmmm... Uncle Bob brought over his power boat so they could go tubing. We spent some more time sunning ourselves on the dock and later watching some shooting stars. We borrowed a starchart book, but it was pretty worthless, so we just enjoyed the pretty sky.
Wednesday Emily and I went for a walk and picked some wild flowers, including some poisonous ones I think, btu we didn't eat them so we're okay. We went for a boat ride around the lake and tubing failed miserably. And Emily and I watched a cute little chipmunk try to grab some berries off a plant that was too tall for him, so he'd climb up it and then it was flip over under his weight. It was so adorable. It was also international night, so we got all dressed up in clothes from different countries and had delicious chicken, couscous, fruit salad, "Fiji fruit salad," Vatican City Vegetables, and ice from Antartica. Anyway, you get the idea.
Thursday was kind of cold, so we went for a nature walk and picked wild blueberries. I literalyl had to drag Emiyl away from them. Then we did Bingo night with a burger and brat cookout at night. The sky was so clear that night that we could even see the Milky Way. We listened to the loons at night and heard some coyotes too.
Friday we went back to the blueberry patch and filled up a bunch of tubs with wild berries to bring home. We saw a mother bear and 4 cubs Emily picked up some fudge at the ice cream shop and then we all convened at Bob's house for leftovers and a reverse dinner that we boycotted and ate the correct way. On the way back to our cabin, Emily spotted the Northern Lights from the car. We ran down to the dock and watched the lights shifting in the sky for almost an hour, saw some amazing shooting stars. It was so romantic.
Saturday we got up way too early to pack up the house and check out. Then Emily and I took a nice nap together at Bob's and we all had a nice lunch before heading back to Green Bay to drop Emily at the airport. Goodbye's are so hard, but knowing I'll see her again in 3 weeks made it a lot easier. We spent the night in Green Bay and ate at Cranky Pat's pizza place.
At 5 am Sunday we got up to head to the airport and we were back in Fairfax around noon. I went computer shopping with my mom and did laundry and ran a few other errands. My parents packed up their house for the movers to come on Monday. Today I went to work and took 3 boxes of ice cream from my parents.
Highlights of the weekend were sharing a room with Emily all week and not getting any flak from my parents. And it's always nice to spend time with family I don't see very often. And it turns out that Iron County Michigan is really pretty. Also, I'm so excited that everyone liked Emily so much and she fit in perfectly with my cooky family (good to know for future reference if/when we get married). Also, my mom tryign to guess lipstick in Cranium which came out as "it looks like a penis and lips!" was priceless. She was so concerned about what "the children" would think of Emily and I sleepign together and she practically blurts out blowjob in the middle of a family game... Priceless I tell you. And of course seeing the Northern Lights for the first tiem ever was really exciting. And all teh romantic nights under the stars with Emily. It was a great vacation. Now it's time to buckle down for the long haul of no vacation until Thanksgiving with the exception of Labor Day.