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Great Big Update

Howdy everyone! I’m alive and still in Wisconsin. Yep, we drove up on Thursday so we could surprise Nikki’s sister Emi and make it to the opening night of her musical at school. She seemed pretty surprised and happy when we got there. The drive up was long and crappy. All we had to eat the entire time was a Taco Bell because we forgot to get car snacks. On the way up, when we were just passed Cookeville we saw hundreds or even thousands of Subway wrappers scattered all over the road. I called my mom and asked her to look up the customer service for them because I figured they should pay to have it cleaned up. It was horrible to see because it was like it had snowed. Umm, the rest of the ride I was just cranky and complainy and Nikki’s so good for not hating me. I slept for awhile and listened to Great Big Sea on Nikki’s mp3 player and then we listened to my songs that I’d spent the day before putting on my Journey mp3 player that Nikki got me for Christmas. It’s a really good player ’cause it lasted for like 5 hours straight. Good stuff. Umm, yeah, so we got to Nikki’s house around like 10 or something and Spunky ran in and announced our arrival and yeah. I have no idea what we did that night. The next day we, umm, I don’t know what we did. We sat around and watched TV? Oh yeah, we went and got haircuts! Awesome, huh? Yeah, Nikki drove and she and her sisters and I went into town to sign up for haircuts and then we checked out GameStop and Petsmart while we waited. Then we got our haircuts and it was nice! At first I was worried because the people there gave me an uneasy feeling but it turned out fine. My woman talked about a time when she shaved her hair completely off since her mom had cancer. It was sweet. But yeah, Nikki’s cut lasted for like an hour but the woman did a really good job (minus a small section being too long on one side that Emi’s gonna fix later). But Nikki is really hot now, especially when she wears her glasses. Anyway, after we got our haircuts we went to visit Nikki’s Oma and Opa. It was cool ’cause we listened to them talk about family names and thousands of John’s and such. When we left there we went back to Nikki’s to eat a huge lasagna before we drove Emi to the school so she could get ready for her musical. Then we drove around and went to a small park and then to Dairy Queen where there was a gay guy behind the counter. Nikki noticed it.

Nikki Playing On a Swing - Cute!

Nikki Playing On a Swing - Cute!

Me Being Weird - Not the Best Shot But Very Funny!

Me Being Weird - Not the Best Shot But Very Funny!

Then it was off to Emi’s play which was okay. Emi was good in the parts she was in but overall it was kind of slow. I think it was just a bad musical to begin with (Anything Goes). Umm, after that Nikki and I tried to play some Outdoor Challenge on her family’s Wii but we couldn’t get the second remote to work so we couldn’t play together. Still, I had fun playing some of the games like the Mole Stomp. So yeah, now we really want a Wii.

Nikki & Emi After Her Play

Nikki & Emi After Her Play

The next day we hung around the house and Nikki’s friend Shelly came over with her new baby Noah. He’s a cute baby but he still doesn’t do much since he’s only a month old. Still, Nikki got all baby fever and wanted to hold him and all that. I held him for a little while, too, but it was hard to get in there between Nikki and her mom fighting over him. Pretty soon it was almost time to leave for Chicago so we all had some leftover lasagna and then Nikki, her dad and I left. They listened to Great Big Sea the whole way down and I thought lots about how I want to start some youtube videos starring Spunky. We got to the House of Blues around 6 and after waiting in line in the cold rain we got in and it’s pretty cool in there. It’s like 3 levels and the main floor is like a big open space with bars on 3 sides and the upper levels are like bar stools and such. Then there’s a couple booths on the upper sides as well. It’s cool. Anyway, the band that opened for GBS, something like Scynithe, was pretty good. The guy that played the violin was awesome and they all had good attitudes and really knew how to get the crowd going. The only part that sucked is that they took a long time between bands and everyone shifted around and we lost our spot because some stupid couple that was behind us stole our place when Nikki’s dad tried to get us a better spot. Nikki was brave, though, and shoved us in front of them again. Plus there was a woman there who kind of took care of us when we couldn’t see and made people move and stuff. When Great Big Sea came on Nikki was so happy that she cried and it was so cool because we were only like 15 or 20 feet away from them – seriously! I wish that I had known the songs more because I felt pretty stupid with everyone around me shouting out the words I didn’t know but they were still awesome! They got the crowd so pumped and people jumped up and down and clapped and all this stuff. Oh, and the floor there is like rubbery because when people moved the entire thing swayed and moved up and down like inches. It was like being on a boat! So yeah, I recognized some of the songs but all of them were cool and at one point the main singer had everyone in there singing oldies and 80’s like Bohemian Rhapsody and Summer of ‘69. It was awesome. They even came out for two encores of 2 songs each. My favorite part of the whole thing, however, was seeing just how happy Nikki was. She finally got to see her favorite band and it was more than she could have ever expected. The only part I regret is that I missed that my dad, Ted, had called and wanted to meet up with us. He had called and seen they had tickets, found out the metro routes and borrowed money for tickets. He had everything set! But I never noticed so he didn’t come. I didn’t find all this out until the next day but it’s enough to make me want to cry. I would have loved to have had him there. So yeah, that sucks.

The next day, on Sunday, we slept a pretty long time and then we sat around the house. We were supposed to leave that day but I told Nikki that we could stay until Friday if she wanted. That was, I figured, we could have a whole day or even weekend with my dad rather than just a few hours. So Nikki told her parents and at first they didn’t believe her but when she told them she was serious they practically jumped for joy. Seriously. They were so happy. So I called my mom and dad and told them and they were fine with it. I miss the kids, though. A lot. Umm, yeah, Sunday we just sat around, except for when we played Yahtzee, which, I must admit, is not my kind of game. It’s loud and it’s mostly luck and, I dunno, I prefer other kinds of games.

Yesterday (Monday) we sat around for a bit in the morning until Nikki’s dad took us and the pups on a walk. We walked maybe 3/4 of a mile up a road and back. The road was cool because it passed all these farms, including one with lots of cows and there was also a pond with geese and some sandhill cranes. I wish I’d brought my long lens so I could get some pictures. On the way back we walked around their neighborhood a bit and went to the lake and made Bindi fetch some sticks. The only downside is that we were walking into the wind in the beginning so I got an earache from it. Then we spent the rest of the day playing Wii. I’m not too good at it so I kept losing but I guess I’ll learn if I ever get my own – or rather Nikki and I get one. But yeah, it made us happy when we figured out how to play tennis on a team rather than against one another. We beat the pros! Umm, dinner was something or other and then I tried to go to bed early but I ended up watching lots of WifeSwap because Nikki found it for me.

Spunky & I On a Walk in Farm Country

Spunky & I On a Walk in Farm Country

Today we slept pretty late and then after me playing some Solitaire on Nikki’s computer for awhile we left for her friend Shelly’s house. We got some delicious KFC bowls on the way too! Lucky me! Since we got here we’ve been playing on the internet and watching TV. Shelly is fun and the baby is so cute and he makes lots of clicky noises. We even ordered and got some really good Pizza Hut pizza which made me really happy. And we watched some 70’s Show and the movie Speed which is really pretty crap. Haha. To think that used to be good! Anyway, I think we’re heading back to Nikki’s soon since we’ve been here too long. We don’t want to overstay our welcome, I mean. I don’t want Shelly to think we were just here to steal her internet because she’s really cool and laid back. And we both know way too many commercials. Heh, it’s nice here. But yeah, heading out soon so I need to add my photos and post this. It took me forever because there was lots to say and I spent most of the time here trying to find the best place to buy a Wii because we really want one now. We might be coming back here tomorrow to play Wii games with Shelly which would be cool. Have a good night everyone!

Nikki Playing With Baby Noah

Nikki Playing With Baby Noah

3 Responses to “Great Big Update”

  1. Mac Says:

    I’m glad you guys had such a great time. And get a Wii…they are so addicting. I’m still trying to convince my parents to let me take ours to college with me. =(

    And whoa…you can definitely tell that Nikki and Emi are sisters. They look so much alike! And great picture of you in the swing. You can tell you are having fun. Silly pictures are the best way to capture the moment.

  2. Shelly Says:

    Heeeey, thats a cute baby! I think I know him… =)
    Can’t wait to see you again!

  3. Betty Says:

    Cute site-Betty

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