a peek inside the fishbowl

22 Jul, 2005

Home again.

Posted by andrea in: Misc. life

We have returned from a 5-night camping trip. We’re all intact. There were no burns, cases of poison ivy, and no one lost a limb or got stabbed by a hot dog roasting stick … although someone narrowly missed getting her eye poked out with the blade of a canoe paddle. More on that later.

I have just emerged from the shower. During our trip I had showered exactly once, and even then it was a half-effort because I was accompanied by my two children. (FYI – I consider accumulated camping grime something of a badge of honour. It’s wussy to shower.)

I felt like one of those mexican layer dips. Except instead of layers of bean, sour cream, salsa and shredded cheese I was largely composed of layers of sand, sweat, grime, bug spray, sunscreen and calamine lotion.

I feel pretty good now. A little tired maybe.

Anyway, that’s why I haven’t been here, you know, in case you were wondering.
I’ll be posting a complete update as soon as I organize my thoughts and photos. There are lots of both.

Later skaters!

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  • Sally Dowe Marchand: Thanks for sharing your camping adventures. It looks so beautiful and peaceful.
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  • MaryAnn: Bravo and good for you to get out. It is very weird and fun going to places. I get and like your observation that we should just treat going out like
  • andrea tomkins: That's a great idea! I do that too sometimes, but it takes awhile to come back to room temperature so I have to factor in a few hours for that... :)
  • Elizabeth Peters: I make it a day ahead and refrigerate. This way I can pull it out after work and let it come to room temperature.
  • Elizabeth Peters: This has been my go to recipe since I discovered it back in 2013! Sometimes if I'm feeling fancy, I'll add seasoning to the dough!
  • Wanda: Thank you for sharing your inner dialogue. I must admit that I have become nervous about social interaction. It is an awful realization because I alwa

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