Art Prize venues. Specifically we stopped at SiteLab, which is using a building that, for as long as I have been working downtown, has been empty. Three floors of stuff.
Interesting. But I'm terrible with Art venues. Hell, half the time when I read comics I'm literally just reading them - not looking at any of the art.
Weird, since I get fussy with what video games look like.
Anyway, looking forward to walking around a bit more downtown later this week and this weekend with my parents. Fingers crossed it doesn't rain much the rest of the week.
breakfast pita which ended with some charred spinach. So later I thought I'd try again with the pitas but this time with just random stuff from the fridge. So tomatoes, spinach, feta, beans, mushrooms, etc. I made a regular pizza pita for Chris and two veggie pitas for me so I'd have leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
I still want to cook things but I don't really have anywhere to put anything and we're pretty well stocked on everything. I suppose I should start eating some of the pierogies from the freezer. Even after giving my parents a bag there's still a ton. And then there are also those cookies I made the same day as the pierogies, and blueberry muffins from earlier this week, and a few more pieces of beef jerky even.
I still want to cook something. Like a giant lasagna or something and freeze it into meal packets. Or tuna casserole. Or even start trying to work with fondant again to attempt something Green Lantern-themed for Chris's birthday. Even though last year was a disaster.
I played Guild Wars, took a nap, started reading The Walking Dead, and finally went out to do laundry after the cat coughed up a hairball all over the bed. Thanks.
Aside from the cat's crazy antics today (including separating the carpet from the floor in a fit of frustration) it was a good day. Hooray for naps!
Artprize. I suspect every school in the area decided to make it a field trip day...
By the way, if you want to see some amusing Artprize entries you should check out Artprize Worst.
ook me out for a tasty dinner at Bombay Cuisine. When we arrived at home the apartment had been decorated with festive balloons and signs.
Including this adorable little guy.
All in all a good birthday. Even though Chris and I have a great day virtually every day together, he still manages to make special days special. And that's all kinds of special in and of itself.
Now off to cake!
Chris bought the Nyko Zoom online the other week and it arrived today. This little device is designed to snap onto the Kinect and magnify the lenses, essentially letting you use a slightly smaller area than required normally when playing.
Will be interested in trying it out over the next few days to see if it really does just that.
Eastown Street Fair was happening today so Chris and I popped over to check it out. Eastown itself is a small pocket in Grand Rapids and the fair was just a portion of that so it was only about a few blocks long. But there were a lot of people and the streets were stuffed with white-tented booths, selling various crafts and creations. It reminds me a bit of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, but much much smaller and with a lot more crafts instead of such a heavy focus on fine art.
I also went into Yesterdog for the first time ever. It's a hot dog shop in Eastown that specializes in hot dogs. Since I don't really like hot dogs, I never had a reason to go in before. But Chris is a fan so we went in and the place is certainly a different feel. The staff were amusing and friendly, the store is decorated with retro signs for coca-cola and other things.
Jersey Junction for some ice cream. Its a cute little shop with ice cream and a candy store designed to look like the old fashioned candy shops.
They also have a train that loops around the store up by the ceiling, though it was not running when we stopped by.
It was a good evening and I had a good time catching up. I look forward to the next get together!
Chris asked me late in the morning if I'd like to do lunch today. Yes please! (see you later, crappy random foods I bagged for lunch this morning.)
We had a tasty lunch at Brick Road Pizza, although I'm kinda bummed they no longer offer my absolute favorite thing there: veggie burger. Suppose I could always order pizza...
Their black bean burger was tasty though!
Inside temp: 80 degrees
Outside temp: 64 degrees
Windows have been open all evening and the temperature has slowly risen since we've been home. I think my apartment is trying to cook me.
Ignore the 179 degree read out. The sensor is stuffed in a drawer which works similar to the wardrobe in Narnia, except instead of taking you to a magical land with fauns, the drawer opens up to one of the circles in Dante's Inferno.
Or it's broken. You decide.
Peppy was out and about a chunk this evening, trying once again to entice our lazy cat to play with her. Normally this is what happens. He ignores her and she gives up, bored. Just look at his indifferent expression and her sad, dejected eyes!
But today was different! After we finished eating dinner things livened up. She ran back and forth through her tunnel and a little bit later I pulled out some toys for her to play with, which she quickly got to stashing!
Although...I'm honestly baffled as to why she thought in front of the slider was a good place to stash things. Weird.
This little 6 1/2 year old is still able to race around like a hyper kit (baby ferret) for small bursts at a time, which is all kinds of awesome.
So while my parents were in Grand Rapids yesterday a package was delivered. Delivered early, in fact. And in the box was an iPad they'd ordered for their upcoming annivarsary.
And what do you do with an iOS device when you first get it? Try out all the pre-installed apps, like FaceTime.
I'm excited to hear how things change and adapt in their household over the next few weeks and months as a result of the tablet in lieu of a new laptop.
Hi mom and dad! Welcome to the wonderful world of tablets.
What better way to spend the day then wandering around from park to park? Ok, that's not exactly what we did, but close.
We drove over to East Paris Park after we hit Horrocks to pick up a few things. This park is small and pretty open. In fact, there's now a portion the trail that is akin to walking in several people's backyard, now that brush has been cleared away.
That feeling is in pretty stark contrast to the Paris Park Nature Preserve just down the road. Since we were in the area, we drove over to the reserve and walked a bit over there as well. It's my favorite of the two, but it does have a lot more mosquitoes.
Out last stop was Heritage Park. It's a cute little park with a large pond that attracts a lot of ducks and geese. When we arrived it appeared to be their nap time, which meant we could read in peace and not get stalked. These guys get fed a lot and they will stalk you if they suspect you're hiding tasty treats.
Cut River Bridge. There's a roadside park and trail on either side of the bridge that connect and go down, giving visitors a nice view. We started to hike the west side of the trail but stopped after encountering fallen tree after fallen tree blocking the path. We also encountered early on a discarded guard rail, tossed into the forest.
my best guess is that they're bryzoans. No idea if that's correct though. If you know, let me know!
The rest of our drive back was less eventful. We stopped at several stores and Chris did toy checks, but he didn't find anything he was looking for. By the time we got close enough to some forests and parks I wouldn't have minded stopping at, I was just ready to be home and see the cat.
The cat was, as usual, insanely excited we were home. He insisted on someone sitting with him while he ate, he insisted on being in front of everything you touched, and most of all he insisted on touching his two favorite people. He's a little guy. He makes coming home worth it. And the ferret - she held no grudges either. She spent a bit bouncing around with more energy than a 6 year old ferret should have.
Tahquamenon Falls State Park was before us. I had maps printed of the trails and home-made beef jerky stuffed in my camera bag. I was READY.
So we drove clear past the Upper Falls and hit the Lower Falls first, which in hindsight I think was a better decision than hitting the Upper Falls first. The Lower Falls are smaller, and the area was much quieter.
So we marched back and drove to the Upper Falls.
I can't help but laugh every time I see that sign.
Here's a few of the shots I took while at the park.
So we're both on vacation this week and what better way to enjoy it than take a road trip up north?
We left the Grand Rapids area mid-morning, leisurely driving north and eventually east toward the bridge.
We stopped and had a bite to eat in Kalkaska. We hit a McDonalds, not thinking there was anything else around. We discovered that wasn't exactly the case after we'd had a bite to eat and driven a few more miles down the road. But that's ok. I wouldn't have met the adorable fountain drink mascot if we'd stopped somewhere else (raccoons are just adorable, I can't help it).
We continued onward and made our next pit stop in Mackinaw City. It's been over 10 years since I've been over here and I forgot just how many freaking fudge shops there are. Wow. And we weren't even on the island.
We took a little stroll down one of the main roads and stopped at a very small city park that provided a nice view of the Mackinac Bridge.
Across the bridge is a toll both you need to pass through to enter the Upper Peninsula. If you're traveling with any livestock or anything they do pull you off for inspection. It feels similar to crossing into Canada (at least 10 years ago, I haven't been to Canada recently so maybe it's more of a hassle now) except there's no awesome metric system in use on the other side.
The road to Newberry is nothing if not full of colorful trees and wildlife.
We arrived at our destination a little after 4pm. So not quite dinner time and not quite enough time to hit any of the places I wanted to hike at. So we decided to head out and check out the area. There's a lot industry here built up around tourists (motels, cabins, etc) so I'm guessing the downtown was more quiet than perhaps it is on a weekend or during the peak season. We tried to eat at a local pizza joint that had a good review, but it was closed so to Pizza Hut we went.
Tomorrow should be fun, hiking around Tahquamenon Falls, blowing through the jerky I made a few weeks ago and just enjoying the outdoors.