Puppy Problems and Other Random Events

Lil B came to visit!!!

It was a great long weekend!  Plenty of drinks and good food….with some homework sprinkled in for good measure.  Thursday night we watched the BFB and the Hubby in Law play volleyball.  Actually B, ended up playing too.  Thank goodness they didn’t need two extra girls because my sport skills are probably not where they should be.  After volleyball came dinner and drinks.  B discovered Ace Pineapple Cider, and that might be one of her new favorites.  Over the weekend she also discovered Moscow mules…..because The Engineer and I are mule people after all.  Friday, B and I did homework while everyone else went to work or slept after their night at work.  We had a big family dinner of spicy chicken tacos at BFB’s house Friday night.

Sadly, Saturday wasn’t very warm.  We had visions of going to the pool, but the wind made that sort of miserable.  I mean we went……but it was less than stellar.  Had the wind been calmer I think we would have been fine…..but it was gusty enough that it was moving lounge chairs around the deck.

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Bikinis and blankets…..dedication!

 

Saturday night we had another big family dinner at BFB’s house to celebrate Lil B’s birthday last week.  Steak with shrimp and alfredo anyone?!  The Hubby in Law makes a restaurant quality pan seared steak and it’s always a nice treat.  It’s usually our ‘super fancy’ celebratory dinner.  Generally, we celebrate at home anymore.  No one has to tipsy drive home, and between all of us we can cook pretty much anything we would want to order at a restaurant anyway.

Sunday was a lazy and casual morning brunch on my patio before B had to take off for home.  The only person who didn’t get the lazy memo was Scout.  Even though she had spent all weekend with everyone, apparently the excitement was just too much for her.  In a confused state of panic about whether to sit outside with everyone or follow BFB to the bathroom…..she ran full speed into the screen door and plowed right through it!  Ughs……needless to say I was a rather annoyed Fur Momma.  Eventually The Engineer and I did get it bent back, put back in it’s track, and it’s mostly functioning like it did before.

Scout-a-Roo rounded off her naughty weekend by eating my newest bikini bottoms.  The bikini isn’t exactly new, I bought it last year before that vacation that will not be named, but I like the way it makes my ass-ests and twins look, and it’s only been wet maybe twice….so I was way less than amped.  Thankfully, I found an identical pair of replacement bottoms on Ebay so I just have to wait for them to be delivered.  Since Victoria’s Secret is no longer making swim suits, I maybe should shop around Ebay for a couple new ones before they become impossible to find commodities.  Of course, how many bikinis does a nearly thirty year old need?  Not like I get to put in that much quality pool/beach time anymore really.  Adulting sucks the fun right outta everything!

Speaking of the Scout-a-Roo….she got to spend the first part of the week living her best puppy life with The Engineer.  I was in Minneapolis Monday through Wednesday for the annual Fuel Ethanol Workshop.  Don’t even get me started on the ridiculousness that was me going up there to sit and hand out swag in an expo booth for 3 days….but whatever I guess.  The Engineer agreed to puppy-sitting duties….probably mostly because my house as central AC and his apartment does not.  I think she likes him better than me anyway.  Come to think of it….maybe she ate my swim suit out of anger because she’s now forced to hangout with me again.

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Well that’s a weird good morning picture…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The morning snackie routine doesn’t stop just cuz Momma is gone!

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He always gets the best cuddles……I still just get butt cuddles……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pretty sure this is just her “Is it dinner time yet?!” face……

 

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Shenanigans and Malarky

I spent another long weekend in the Black Hills last weekend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some of my favorite people and foods!  Although, I did switch up the food choices significantly this trip, which caused my coworker to wonder alarmingly……”Were you not feeling well or something while you were out there!?!?”  I assure you, I was fine…..didn’t even wake up with a hangover any of the mornings!  Whoop whoop for partying like an adult!!

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First things first, I’m not going to attempt a 6 hour drive without a coffee the size of my head.  Yes, I know, this is just going to cause potty breaks somewhere down the line….something my father would be very disappointed in me doing….but desperate times call for desperate measures sometimes.  Luckily, Yankton entered the 21st century years ago with a drive through coffee shop…..much to my cousin’s snobby dismay.  Maybe more on this later, it’s not the theme of today’s story!

Upon my somewhat tardy arrival to Rapid City…..mostly due to potty breaks and extreme gas use due to hurricane force head winds…..I proceeded directly to my beautiful Russian Bestie’s house!  We were starving, so I didn’t even really stop to say hello to her beautiful, baby girl!  The sushi was calling our names!  We tried Jane’s favorite place, but there was apparently no one home.  The sign said OPEN…..but the doors were all locked up.  So, off to the new mall we went for Fuji and some baby clothes shopping!  I haven’t had an oppertunity to see the Russian in a bit over a year, so it was so good to just catch up and hang out like we did in college.  Ugh college…..the good ol days I guess!

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To quote my Russian, “Friends are like bras: close to your heart and there for support!”

I’m usually not much on babies, but the Russian and her Hubby have a very cute, very happy little one!  She even let me hold her for awhile without doing that ‘sensing the fear’ thing that bees and babies seem to have in common in response to me!  Plus she’s got a super stellar wardrobe that I had a fun time shopping around and adding too.  In addition to sushi and baby cuddles I got to try some wine from Moldova and a fancy Russian cake that basically had the taste and consistency of tiramisu without the addition of espresso.  All in all, a great way to spend a sunny Friday afternoon!

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Om nom nom nom!

 

After shopping and snacks I headed up in the Hills to Lil B’s house.  We initially had grand plans of getting Lewie’s…..but no one ended up feeling hungry.  Actually….I didn’t even make it out to Lewie’s this trip, which was a bit sad but I mean there’s always next time I guess!  I spent the night drinking. chatting, dancing around, and attempting to deter the girls from wanting to do makeover parties on my face.  My makeup brushes still haven’t recovered from the last blush heavy makeover! 🙂

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Blurry pic….but there’s wine, so life’s good!

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Bright eyed and bushy tailed….ready to start the day.  If you look closely at the picture, you’ll notice the BFB joining in on the coffee times!

Saturday morning Lil B and I had some nice quiet coffee time.  I suppose that’s what happens when you can hear the kiddos playing in their room until way past their usual bedtime.  Nothing wrong with letting them sleep in on a Saturday I suppose.  Eventually the littlest one climbed out of the blanket fort style sleeping situation they built for some breakfast.  This was shortly followed by all of us going out to meet Heinz for brunch, and much to my surprise…..the littlest one pounded down a second breakfast of toast and an egg.  Child after my own heart right there….no such thing as too much food….particularly breakfast foods!

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I will say, nothing much beats milling around and waiting for a table at the Hickok House to get a heaping plate of chile rellenos, hashbrowns, and eggs.  I’m not sure how they make the chili that they smother those little cheese stuffed puppies in, but I need to know.  Do you ever have that urge to get a job at a restaurant just so you can figure out some of the secret recipes and then quit?!  No…..!?  Maybe that’s just me.  The peppers seemed to be stuffed with extra cheese this time…..which made them especially amazeballs!

Saturday night we finally got up to some shenanigans, which may or may not have involved drinking in the street….which is allowed on St. Patrick’s Day…..and getting kicked out of a bar.  Now, I wasn’t the one who was kicked out, but when you’re out with your people and one of you gets told to leave…..proper protocol dictates that you all leave. I wasn’t in the bar to see the events that led to removal….I was of course in the street getting beer…..but I did hear about it the rest of the night.  Drama…..drama…..drama…..I tell you what.  St. Patrick’s Day in Deadwood is a bit like New Orleans all the time…..just constant booze and beer all day long, wherever you want to be drinking it.  It’s fine in small doses, but honestly isn’t a life I’d want any part of in the long term.  Does that mean I’m becoming old and finally growing up?!

Sunday afternoon I had lunch at the Loud American in Sturgis…..which I haven’t been to in years.  So long in fact, that the whole thing had been remodeled since the last time I was there.  Apparently it’s been done for at least 2 years….clearly I need to get out way more often.  I was also somewhat bummed that they have taken chicken tip tacos off the menu…..I guess things can’t always stay the way they were in the good ol’ days!

Sunday night, Lil B and I decided to take the girls to Spearfish for Taco Bell and Beauty and the Beast.  Don’t judge us on our Taco Bell habits…..it’s Lil Bs favorite fast food, and I have no problems at all pounding down a chalupa or two.  So bad….but so so good!  The new movie was good, although maybe a little long due to the addition of some new songs.  IDK, maybe I’m just an old school purist…..but I just wanted a live action version of the OG cartoon…..not some new and improved version.  Oh well, it was still very good, although it meant that the girls got home past bedtime on a school night.  Whoopsy!

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Laying in bed, formulating a plan…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Movie night prep….which maybe caused me to teach a kindergartener how to read a PBR can….which maybe caused her to run around the house singing, “Pabst….Blue Ribbon Beer!” for several minutes…..which maybe caused Lil B and I to giggle about her possibly receiving a call from school the following day.      This….this is why I shouldn’t be trusted with children!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Them Taco Bell Snap Chat moments….

Monday morning Lil B and I got the girls off to school, stopped and got Starbucks, and then headed off to college.  Yes….I snuck into Anatomy class with B at BHSU.  Now this was weird for several reasons…..firstly, as a tried and true, dyed in the wool SDSMT heritage student, it felt wrong……very wrong to be on the BHSU campus.  It’s just not a thing that’s done honestly.  Second, I was less than impressed with her professor.  She assures me he’s very good and that this was just a test review day so he wasn’t really teaching…..but I’m skeptical honestly.  Thirdly, ALL THE THE GIRLS WERE TINY AND TOTALLY ADORABLE!  Was I that cute and adorable when I was in college?!  I’m trying to think back and remember that I was, that we all were, but I really don’t think that’s the way it was.  Maybe I can blame the fact that we all wore actual clothes…..jeans and shirts….and not just “athleisure” wear and maybe thats why?  High waisted yoga pants will do slimming wonders…..so honestly I think that’s what I’m just gonna go with.  I could have looked cute and little….fashion just wasn’t on my side!

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Lil B’s handwriting….vastly superior to mine!

I spent most of the rest of the day with Lil B at the hair salon while she got her hair done.  It was nice to just hang out and chat some more, plus there was the added benefit of making her go to Subway with her head all full of foils.  Ahhhh small town living….you’d never think of doing it at home, but out there, stuff like that just feels normal.  I ended up headed home much later than normal, but that’s fine by me.  Extra time spent in the Hills is never bad time.  Plus, now that Spring has sprung, the threat of driving home in the dark on crappy snow packed roads has mostly left us.  Now that I’ve written that, I’m sure we will get some sort of late season snow.  I’m sorry….don’t hate me.

It was, like all my trips West, a very good time.  Even though I didn’t get my jalapeño bacon cheese burger or phillies….I got steak tips, sushi, and Taco Bell and that works just fine for me!  I didn’t spend any of my time nursing a hangover which is nice but also slightly depressing at the same time.  Some of my best times bonding with my girl friends have been the times we’ve all been lying on beds or the couch hungover, laughing, and feeling like absolute butt hole.  It’s how we spent more Sunday’s than I care to talk about in college, and how we spend a rare weekend together now.  I say weekend now, because those mid 20 something hangovers linger!  If you’ve had one you know…..it’s not longer hours of hangover….it’s days!

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What’s a newly single Mishappenings supposed to do with herself!?  The answer is pretty simple……hang out with you’re ride or die friends and drink!  So, that’s basically what I’ve been doing…..and it’s been glorious.

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Homemade vodka lemonade with strawberry at the BBF’s……don’t mind if I do!!

 

We also managed to grill, teach her neice about the glories of explosives, and terrify all the dogs except the baby dachshund all in one fabulous afternoon!!

Sunday night brought stock car races in Nebraska. It was also the event that really cemented the fact that I had been dating a highschool girl for the past 7 months, but more on that later probably.

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When you’ve got all your money riding on that black and gold dream!

 

I also got to spend my first night in a camper and discovered that life is always better in the pit.

It was an amazingly successful holiday weekend that wouldn’t have at all been possible if I didn’t have the amazing friends that I do. I’m sure that I was slightly poutier than my usual self, but they understand that. Those are the best kind of friends to have!

A Weekend in the West

I made a quick trip out to the Black Hills this weekend. The original plan was to bring the Main Squeeze so that he could meet my West River people, but he had a family commitment and had to stay home.   So, I got a girl’s weekend all to myself with my Lil B complete with shopping, brunch, day drinking, and new hair!!

First things first, I got to town and got to spend several hours with my hair stylist at High Maintenance salon with enough tin foil in my head to channel alien life forms!  I love getting my hair done in Rapid because I’ve been going to see the owner of HM since I was in college. She knows my hair, and she never fails to deliver amazingness.

I tend to have hair style ADHD, but she always can narrow in and find something gives me a change and a boost without being crazy and out of control.

I mean…..saying that I was a bit all over the place this time is maybe an understatement. This is why, if you’re like me, you need a stylist who can wade through all the random ideas and crap you throw at her.

I am now blonde for the summer, with a cute little shadow root so that it grows out nicely. Because let’s be real, despite the fact that the salon I’m ride or die for is called High Maintenance, I’m really pretty low maintenance about keeping my hair in its tippy top condition. I mean, you all read the blog and now I haven’t been out to get my hair done since November. That level of commitment isn’t conducive to fun fashion colors, crazy undercuts, and all the other random things I think I need.

(As I’m writing this though, my hair has possibly become more dry shampoo than hair, and I’m wondering if I can pull it together for brunch in a couple hours without looking like a total slime ball…….hmmm. Well, the blonde does always look less greasy than dark brunette, so I’ve atleast got that going in my favor!!!)

I arrived at Lil B’s cute new house, and we of course proceeded to start drinking……that’s how you make the best plans after all.  I hadn’t eaten, so we eventually decided that we needed to get food.  While Lewie’s is my go to option when I’m in Lead, Friday nights are trivia nights, and we decided it would be too busy.  So, we went somewhere new, The Roundhouse!  Well, it’s not really new at all since it’s an old train building that’s been converted into a gorgeously fancy restaurant, but I had never been there before.

We got to sit in private old rail car, Lil B had prosciutto stuffed duck breast, and I got to drink wine out of what was quite possible the largest wine glass in existence!! I desperately need a set of these glasses for my home life so that I can wander around sipping cheap wine…..in sweat pants…..with my dog while still feeling fancy as fuck!

Honestly, it was like staring into a crystal ball and finding out your future was going to come up wine. That kids, is a future I can be all about!!

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Look deep into the orb, and see your future!  Hint…..it’s Malbec!

We stopped at the dive bar on the way home but it was dead and we were exploding with food so we came home and passed out talking in the living room. Nothing screams classy like two grown women waking up in a living room.

Saturday morning started as all mornings should with coffee, eggs, and bitching with your bestie about how much you just hate all the random things!  The bitching got better when we decided that 11am was an acceptable time to start drinking…..so I whipped up a pitcher of cheap champagne with the addition of a raspberry lambic.  It’s a fun sorta spin on a mimosa only with the added benefit of not diluting your booze with juice!

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I’m not sure how people drink this as it is, because it’s really thick and tastes essentially like raspberry syrup. They make other flavors, so if raspberry isn’t your thing you can still rock out any of the flavors with a bottle of the cheapest champagne you can find.

We decided that we needed to get out of the house so we got ready and went shopping in Rapid, because let’s be honest……you can shop and bitch…..it’s like a more intense version of power shopping.

Halfway to Rapid we decided that we should also swing through Prairie Berry Winery for some fun and some free samples. Basically, we spent most of the afternoon shopping and cruising the highways of the Black Hills, and frankly that was ok by me!

We shopped for a bit.  I got some new sandals for vacation with the Main Squeeze, and some snacks for the trip down to the winery. The winery was super busy, much more so then the last time I was there with Momm and my sister, but we did eventually squeeze ourselves into the bar for our samples. I have to say I was slightly disappointed by the size of the wine glasses…I guess once you’ve had the best everything else is just sad haha!

We purchased some wine and both somewhat accidentally got signed up for their autoshipments of wine. Oopsy, well I can pick up my wine at their East River location, and more wine never hurt anyone so we will see how this turns out.  See….I need those huge glasses so that I can drink my autoship wine more effectively!!!!

After the winery, we finally hit up Lewie’s so I could get my bacon cheeseburger with jalapeños fix! Once again exploding with food, Lil B and I headed home for some Netflix and a couple drinks. This time though, we did both actually make it through the first show…..the second one, not so much!

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This morning I decided against a shower, but I did throw on a sundress and head back to Rapid for brunch with my favorite Russian and her new hubby!  It was delicious, amazeballs, and so good to see them again.  I feel like I just don’t get enough of these people that I got so used to seeing everyday in college.  The whole situation was so nice that I totally forgot to grab my credit card after I paid.  Luckily, I discovered the problem when I arrived at Philly Ted’s for my quota of cheesesteaks to bring home and freeze.  A quick trip back to Tally’s Silver Spoon got me my credit card back, and I was ready to hit the road home.

All in all, it was an amazing trip, and I can’t wait till I can find a weekend to head back, and hopefully bring the Main Squeeze along.  Now kids, I’m home….and it’s time to wash my hair!

 

Epic Quotes You’ll Never Remember and Bourbon

I would like to preface this post by mentioning that I stayed up way too late last night working on it.  The late night, with the all weekend party fatigue, has got me feeling a bit less than stellar on this humid Monday morning.  The single ray of sunshine is that I found my existence in an Instagram post from Rebel Circus this morning and I almost peed myself laughing!

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I straight up love this movie!

  ….anyway, I’ve had my coffee and I’m feeling at least vaguely awake, so on to your regularly scheduled blog!

Once a month we try and throw a dinner party at the house.  It just seems like the easiest way to get all the friends together, adult schedules get so crazy….and most of us don’t even have kids yet!

Last month….due to crazy schedules, the party had to be postponed.  This weekend was the weekend….it was finally time for Bourbon and Burgers!!  Our one night dinner party turned into an all weekend party.  I didn’t take as many pictures as my trip to the hills, mostly because we just spent more time chillin’ out and relaxing, but I’ll show you what I’ve got.

First things first.....buy new hot pink lip stain for rocking at the pool!

First things first…..buy new hot pink lip stain for rocking at the pool!

On Friday afternoon, your Hill’s friend will roll in much earlier than anyone anticipated…..this will cause you to leave work at noon and start the party early.  It was also mean that you have a partner in crime for the pre-party Walmart run.  This is good news, because you should never buy snacks alone!

THE CALVARY ARRIVES!

1. THE CAVALRY ARRIVES!

Friday night will lead to several epic adventures:

1. Running across the street and raiding your neighbor's garage sale will lead to several amazing purchases. You can never plan for Halloween too soon! (Not puppies were harmed in the taking of these photos!)

2.  Running across the street and raiding your neighbor’s garage sale will lead to several amazing purchases. You can never plan for Halloween too soon! (Note: No puppies were harmed in the taking of these photos!)

You'll need to take a wind blown adventure pizza to go with your beverages!

3.  You’ll need to take a wind blown adventure for pizza to go with your beverages!

You might need a power nap, because you'll need to throw on your boots, head to the pool, and then take a slightly damp, makeup free trip to the bar!

4. You might need a power nap, because you’ll need to throw on your boots, head to the swimming pool, and then take a slightly damp, makeup free trip to the bar!

It’s important that you go to bed “early”, because Saturday is when the party really starts, but there’s fun to be had well before dinner!

A glorious day with friends!

A glorious day with friends!

Schedule of the Day

  • Wake up
  • Make Bacon and Eggs
  • Bike 20 miles and see the sights of SooFoo
  • Made Pineapple salsa…you might get hungry!
  • Chill by the pool….it might not be a Yeti 110, but it was iced down with silver bullets and more than did the job! (There may or may not have also been tupper wares of margarita jello shots…..I’m not at liberty to disclose that info…..)

After we all got thoroughly sunned, it was time to shower and get to cooking.  We had burgers, Sriracha bourbon BBQ sauce, and bourbon caramel to make.  The menu ended up pretty awesome: bbq bacon cheeseburgers and grilled veggies with grilled peaches, bourbon whipped cream and caramel for dessert.  Blackberry bourbon lemonades, wine slush, and beers rounded everything out.  We all ate well, and enjoyed the awesome weather and lightening bugs!

THE FEAST!

THE FEAST!

The best of times with the best of friends!

The best of times with the best of friends!

The weekend was finished up with:

  • Another trip to the bar
  • A visit from Michigan that was long overdue, and all together too short.  But, I can’t complain, it was good to see him again. (…more about him later….)
  • A lost set of truck keys
  • Lots of catch up homework on my part

All in all it was a successful time, and now to let our bodies recover until the next party!