Cabin vs. Summer Home

Growing up in Minnesota, I was fortunate enough to enjoy the many splendors of going to cabins every weekend of the summer.  I was recently informed that most non-Minnesota natives have no idea what that experience entails.  Not only that, but many confuse “cabin” with its classy older sister, “summer home”.

I will give some examples of their differences:

I wouldn’t trade my cabin for anything in the world.

Judging from the stated examples, it may come as no shock to you that these are the only pictures I have from my most recent trip up there:

Do you have a summer vacation spot?  Are you more of a cabin person or do you prefer the summer home vibe?


Minnesota, Eat Your Heart Out!

Hey Team,

I’m still in Minnesota…man, this town NEVER SLEEPS!

Okay, maybe the town sleeps, but I sure haven’t.

Cabin highlights:
-Dan bought $50 worth of gourmet beef sticks.  Need I say more?
-We hit so many swarms of mayflies on the drive up that somebody asked if it was raining.  I was gagging.
-My friends stated they would pick my corn bake as their last meal on death row.  I think it’s hilarious that the majority of my friends assume death row is how they will die.
-We tapped the keg in less than 24 hours.
Wedding highlights thus far:
-Kat’s 50+ year old family members eating penis cookies and the hilarious one-liners they came up with.  “I haven’t done this in years!”  “She’s got plenty of those at home.”  etc.
-I bawled twice during rehearsal.  Honestly, Kat was not kidding that her version of Cannon in D is the most beautiful thing anyone has ever heard.  Hopefully she can get a sound byte on her blog. 
-I was able to wear a dress I can only describe as chiquita banana.  

I wish Kat’s readers could meet her in person because it would just Make Sense.

Other trip highlights:
-I saw a Twins game in the new stadium.  AND we won in the bottom of the 9th!  Hoorah!  I am not a baseball fan, but it’s hard not to have a good time at a game like that. 
-Seeing friends I haven’t seen in years.  I love love love the friends that you can pick up right where you left off.  I am going to put them in my pocket.
-Minnesota is so lush and green this summer.  It’s insane.  I want to roll down a grassy hill.

This post is so discombobulated that I don’t even know how to make it coherent.  Sorry for that.  Whatever, I’m on vacation.

Happy Weekend!



Last, but not least

My third cabin weekend of the summer, filled with some of my favorite ladies! 
This is the group I refer to as “the old gals” because of our minimal wine-drinking and 10:30 bedtime, but what can I say?  I really really love that. 

The “young gals” came up last weekend, but our drinking was anything but minimal.  In fact, we didn’t even get out ingredients for a real meal until Sunday at lunch when we decided to make burgers.  Very different types of friends.  I love them both.

This weekend started out with an 8-hour adventure with my mom to get the boat working.  Woof.  It eventually did, but not without great hardship and an infinite amount of mosquito bites.  Follow that up with some margs and a torrential downpour and you’ve got yourself a good ole time!

Saturday was absolutely beautiful.  I have a sunburned back to prove it…bet that will look awesome when I walk down the aisle as a bridesmaid on Saturday. Whaaaaaatever. 

Besides the awesome memories, my favorite part of the weekend has to be the amount of wildlife we saw!  The usual loons and eagles were out in full form, but we also saw bats, snakes, the BIGGEST spider in the world (or at least that I have seen in the wild), and King Mouse.  King Mouse and I bonded in the garage.  So big he could be mistaken for a rat.  Perhaps it was Willard, I will never know for sure…until next year 😉


More stories through pictures…

The last post’s pictures were from Jonathan’s fancy camera, here are some from my point and shoot. 

It was rainy out for the majority of the weekend, so we had to play a lot of indoor games.

Cassie is a thug.

Something hilarious was happening in the closet?

Jonathan aka the Asian Peter Pan.

A new tradition of bowling without pants has been born.

Loading up the “cooler” with “life preservers”…aka…a sack of beer.


We had a mini accident with the tube rope, I think we might be getting a little big for tube rides.

Awww  Jacqui and Sam go tubing!  I kept trying to get Sam off, but Jacqui would fly off through the air before I could get a chance.

Boat pulls 2 tubes pulls 2 kayaks.  This got interesting.


Ben slalom skiing!

Oh trailer trash dice games.  How fun

I think they all lost a round of dice and had to shotgun a beer.

Jonathan is fake posing here because he had already finished shotgunning like a pro.

Candle chops some onions.

Moments after an extremely funny encounter between these two.

I have two heads!!!!

Jacqui, Ben, and Beary.