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Wyoming Trip Aug. 2012

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ok, Westie friends, here is my late trip report... And for those of you who thought the San Francisco trip was impressive, I actually outdid myself on this one - 2,700 miles in 5 days!

Amy and I left on Aug. 23, 2012, for our road trip to Casper, WY and all points in between. We drove to Missoula, MT for our first night (8 hours), then on to Casper the next day (9 hours plus a few more for sightseeing). I was very excited when I saw that our route was taking us right by Little Bighorn, as I'd just been reading a book about Custer's Last Stand from the Indians' viewpoint.


It was dark as we were going through Wyoming, and I was just zipping happily along when suddenly, there was a huge dead deer lying right in front of my car. I jerked to the right so that I could hit it with just my two left wheels instead of tearing the undercarriage out of my car. Amy, of course, thought it was hilarious. Andrew and his friends wondered how I managed to hit a DEAD deer. Takes talent, I say. Amy danced on Sat. She did ok, but didn't seem to have much energy. I figured it was a combination of hours of sitting in the car plus the 5,200 ft. elevation. When you live at sea level, you almost need an oxygen tank at that elevation.

I love the openness of the mid-west. We've never seen so much "nothing" in our lives.


After Amy danced, we took off for Mt. Rushmore (4 hours). Made it in time to see it in the daylight and then watch the evening show. It was incredible. I've always wanted to see Mt. Rushmore and it's so exciting to actually BE some place you've only seen in pictures.


We stayed overnight in Rapid City, SD, then left the next morning to drive even farther east to the Badlands. The GPS got us lost and we ended up taking a detour through a cool little ghost town of sorts. Found an old jail and had fun locking ourselves up.



We finally found the Badlands, which, by the way, is very aptly named. It looks like the surface of the moon. I only wanted to see bison, but we never could find any.


As we were driving through this barren landscape, a little head popped out of the ground by the side of the road. Prairie dogs! A little further down the road, we pulled into a parking lot that was actually a prairie dog community. Amy was beside herself, completely overcome by the cuteness factor of these little guys. Needless to say, we spent at least an hour just snapping photos and squealing (well, Amy was squealing, I'm much too mature to squeal).


Then on to the famous Wall Drug, where we spent several more hours. Had a buffalo burger (I guess that's why I didn't see any live ones - we were EATING them), then checked every single store for the perfect cowgirl hat. Scored! And only $15!


Hadn't seen one of these since I was a little girl in Colorado.


After Wall, we headed out for BIllings, MT, to spend the night. The GPS decided to take us on a different route then we'd planned and, by the time we discovered it, it was too late to turn around. Amy got some nice photos, even though we had no idea where we were.


For some reason, this photo makes me really want to hit the road again. I think I must be a hobo at heart.


Montana is beautiful. I want to go back and see more of it. The weather was really nice, then suddenly we were in a hailstorm like I've never seen before. I was almost stopped in the road because I could barely see where I was going. The upside is that, afterwards, Amy got some incredible photos of the sun's rays.





We raced to get through Idaho before dark because I was really tired of looking for deer. I actually had to stop at one point to let a doe and her fawn cross right in front of me. They obviously know the pedestrian laws.

It's a 12-hour trip from Billings to Kent, but we made it! I think we rolled in at about 1:00 a.m. I can't even describe how much fun we had. Amy spent her car time wisely; she learned all the words to "I've Been Everywhere" and sang it for 45 hours.

  
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CATIATM 3/22/2013 10:45AM

    What an adventure! 2700 miles is a lot of road to cover! Amy is so photogenic, she just pops off the page, and you look lovely, too!

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NANALD 2/25/2013 10:35AM

    Thanks for sharing...I love to read about your adventures! The pictures are beautiful! And Amy....Amy has grown up so much all at once and is a definite beauty!!!! I think your girls only road trips are an awesome idea and I know that both of you will hold them dear forever! I can't wait to hear what comes next! Hugs!!!

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MAMABEARLICIOUS 2/24/2013 9:48AM

    i love your trip blogs!!! you describe it so well you make us feel we are there with you. the pictures are incredable. you and amy are sooooooooo pretty and y'all have such fun together. these are some great memories you'll always share. i can't wait to see the pics and read about your upcoming trips!!

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BEEJAY49 2/24/2013 5:06AM

    Thank you for sharing this! I enjoyed it so much! Hugs!

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BUSYMOM911 2/24/2013 3:00AM

    This was a cool trip. I love driving, and being able to go anywhere between here and there. Just exploring. Nobody knows where you are. Although sometimes you didn't know where you were, either. LOL.

Wow, you saw some great places. A real ghost town. Just read about Wall Drug not too long ago. And Mount Rushmore in the background. I know the feeling of seeing things that we've only seen in books. That's the way I felt when we saw the Hollywood sign. I took separate pictures of each person with that sign in the background.

You created irreplaceable memories with / for your daughter. Just keep loving her. You are one terrific mom!
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(And moms ARE allowed to squeal.)

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Seattle to San Francisco and Back Again

Saturday, April 28, 2012

...in four days! When I mentioned that I'd driven 1,978 miles total, one of my Westie team friends noted that that was almost 500 miles a day! Well, all I can say is that Amy and I packed a lot of sights, laughter and fun into those miles. I just wish that driving was considered a cardio activity. Here are a few photos of our adventure.

This clear blue sky is reason enough to leave Seattle for a few days. The mountain is Mt. Shasta in California. We stayed in Medford, OR the first night, got to S.F. on Sat., Amy danced Sunday morning (got two first places and has now moved up to Preliminary Champion status).


I was so proud of myself for getting us down to the Golden Gate Bridge, but all we could see of it were a couple of supports! Darn that fog, but we had fun anyway.


After leaving San Francisco, we visited the Ghiradelli Outlet Store in San Leandro (per Amy's request), then headed toward the ocean. The road we decided on was a straight line on the map, however, it looked like someone's intestines when we were actually travelling it. Amy was so scared, I think she left permanent imprints on the door handle. Whoever posted the 55 speed limit has never driven on that road - I was going 20 and even that felt too fast. (I guess our clue should have been the name: Mountain VIEW Road.) We finally made it to the ocean just before sunset.


At this point, we were pretty much stuck. Our hotel reservations were 180 miles north in Arcata and it was getting dark, which meant I had a LONG drive on more curvy roads (Hwy. 1 to Hwy. 101), plus I had the added excitement of watching for deer. 4 1/1 hours later, we arrived at our destination, a little worse for wear, and collapsed into bed. The next day (Mon.), we headed south again to see the redwoods and the Avenue of the Giants.






Then we headed to Oregon to find the perfect beach...




We left the beach and headed for home. Literally. I drove all night (with two rest stop naps) and arrived home at 8:30 a.m. Three days later I am still recovering, but it was so worth it. Loved every minute and had a wonderful time with my beautiful, fun daughter!

  
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EMSSBEARS 5/3/2012 9:27PM

    Thank you so much for sharing the pictures and the amazing trip narrative too. I cannot believe that you did all that in that amount of time. I always knew that you were a wonder wonder woman, but WOW! This was amazing and I am sure that you and your daughter will never forget it.

Beth

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BUSYMOM911 5/2/2012 12:16PM

    Thanks so much for sharing your adventures. I'm so jealous. I love the long-haul drives. Nobody knows where you are.

When our family was in California, I looked on a map, too. The little line connects to the ocean. We were a little closer to Los Angeles, but same experience. I'm so used to the East Coast, where almost all roads are created equal. Not that day! The cliffs and curves. All I though of was drunk kids going up to 'make out', and plummeting to their deaths for the ride home. Maybe Californians have more trust in their cars than I do.

One thing we did not do, that I wanted to when we were visiting BIL in Sacramento was seeing the redwoods. Your pics show that they are as awesome as I imagined. Lucky duck!!!! emoticon

I'm really glad that you had a great trip with Amy that you will remember for the rest of your life. They grow so quickly. You will always be a 'cool' mom for doing this trip.

And aren't those dance demands so exhausting! It starts out with one class, and before you know it, it's practice every day with competitions all over the place. Just remember, there will come a day you will wish for all of that time back.
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NANALD 5/1/2012 6:03PM

    Thanks so much for sharing your adventure! I love,love your pictures and the sheer joy they transmit says it all! Amy is becoming prettier and prettier...those are some killer eyes! I am glad everything went well and that you at back safe and sound!

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WESTIEGAL1 5/1/2012 4:57PM

    Love, love, love this! You and your daughter are just so beautiful! Like I've said before, you're a great mother! You've made life long memories with her that she'll cherish forever. I really enjoyed the photos. You amaze me with all that driving. I could never do it-at least in the short time that you did! emoticon

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MAMABEARLICIOUS 4/30/2012 8:27PM

    julie, i love your blog!!! i've told you several times you should write a book !!! the pics are great!!! i like them all but my favorite is amy's footprints to the beach and also the big jump seeing the beach for the first time. you have some great memories to share foreer. amy is so pretty, just like her mom !!!
congrats to amy on her wins !!!
i hope your family sends you to a spa for mother's day after all that driving ...... you deserve it !!!

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HEALTHYBARB1 4/28/2012 2:17PM

    Dear Julie- thanks for sharing this blog!! I remember the days when Amy was skip/running down the halls and we talked about our similar experiences with our wild and crazy young girls and their inability to stay still for long!! I remember telling you that this day would come when you would see all that energy become channeled! So great to see your smiling faces together and to hear of Amy's great dancing and awards! Nellie did the same with her softball and trophys and drama when she was young and now we so see her adventuring out and succeeding in science and photography!! I also so enjoy the dear Mother daughter relationship times and fun at the beach and road trips and sharing of life that comes as girls grow!! I can see the joy in your smiles and it makes me smile too!!! Hugs to you and Amy today...Smiles Barb

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Bathing Suit Philosophy

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

So, my son's girlfriend accidently shrunk my bathing suit in the dryer last week. My silent rejoicing at the fact that I wouldn't ever have to squeeze into another one was quickly extinguished when my daughter exclaimed, "We'll have to go get you a new one!" To add to the pressure, I then received an email from Abby, the girlfriend, with a link to Lands End and a note apologizing and saying that she wanted me to pick out a new suit, which she would pay for. Now, even though she shrunk it, number one: it was an accident, and number two: she works for minimum wage at Starbucks and is still paying off the car she totalled a few months ago. No way was I going to let her buy me a $60 swimsuit. (And no way was I going to let her, a size 0, order me a size 12.)

Now, you probably wonder why anyone in Seattle even NEEDS a bathing suit if they're not taking water aerobics or swimming laps in an indoor pool. If anyone ever does venture into a lake, it's only around Labor Day after we've had some warm temperatures for a few weeks. Even then, it's bone-chilling. The only reason I need a bathing suit is because my daughter and I travel occasionally for her Irish dance competitions and she has managed to cajole me into the pool with her when we stay at a hotel. She's been the one to convince me that no one else really cares what I look like and it's ridiculous for me to be so obsessed about it. And I've discovered that it wouldn't matter anyway, because we're usually the only ones in the pool and hot tub. I finally figured out that if my slender, beautiful, little daughter isn't embarrassed by me, then I shouldn't be embarrassed by me, either.

So, today we set off for Penney's with a photo of the perfect suit ripped from an ad and a $10 coupon. She, of course, got sidetracked in the clearance racks, then the dresses, then the shoes, and I was beginning to think she had forgotten all about our original mission, but no such luck. "We have to find your bathing suit!" she said. "I think they sold them all." I said. Nope, there they were - racks upon racks of every color and style imaginable. She holds up a tiny little zebra-striped top. "You should try this on!," she smiles. Yeah, maybe 19 years ago before four pregnancies and three insatiable nursing babies caused my perfect 34B's to balloon to 38D's. "Yeah, that might cover my nip*les," I reply.

We finally find what we came for - a beautiful teal shirred one-piece with substantial enough straps to hold the girls up. I slowly meander toward the fitting room, stopping as often as possible to delay the inevitable. I finally get up the nerve to undress in front of the hated full-length mirror and pull on this tiny piece of lycra that magically stretches to fit my substantial curves. And you know what? It doesn't look half bad. The shirred waist tucks me in around the middle and it's not creeping up in all the wrong places. If it weren't for my fat little legs, I'd say I looked pretty good for a middle-aged mom of three.

I guess the moral of this story is Acceptance. I have to accept the way I look right now at this moment, on this day, if I am going to continue to try to change. No, I haven't lost the 30 pounds I thought I would have lost by now, but I'm exercising and lifting weights and eating well. I'm trying and I have to accept that I'm trying. Not getting angry about the way I look, or getting frustrated that the hundreds of squats I've done haven't given me long, lovely legs, or just throwing in the towel because I ate too much chocolate yesterday. I have to live today. Memories with my daughter aren't going to wait until I look great in a bathing suit. I have to put that bathing suit on today and make those memories before it's too late. Fat legs notwithstanding.

P.S. Driving home, I said to Amy, "I've always had fat legs. My entire life. I'll never have legs like yours." She turned to me and said, "You'd look really funny with my legs." It was a moment of pure insight. I realized that God had given me MY legs and I needed to stop wishing for someone else's.
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MOMFAN 11/2/2011 11:19PM

    Daughters always encourage their moms.

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EMSSBEARS 7/25/2011 12:52AM

    That was cute, I would be terrrified to go shopping with the girl friend, but then I saw what size you were and knew you would be ok.

Beth

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DOTSLADY 6/28/2011 3:11PM

    Okay, as I read this I'm saying to myself... how can you say you have fat legs when you're a 12 (I'm an 18)? I'm the only one in the world with fat legs - lol. Your daughter is bright, and the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
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MAMABEARLICIOUS 6/17/2011 12:57AM

    julie, this is another great blog !! you and your daughter have the best times together. she's wise way beyond her years because she has you for a mom !!
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REBECKY44 6/17/2011 12:56AM

    That was a good story! Thank you for sharing!

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4TERRIERS 6/16/2011 9:02PM

    Julie, You have a very smart daughter.

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MRSCRITTERS 6/14/2011 10:40PM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing emoticon

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NANALD 6/14/2011 7:33PM

    Great blog! Thanks...I needed that:) Amy is a sweetie but it stands to reason because she has a great mom! emoticon

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BEEJAY49 6/14/2011 4:36PM

    If only everyone could have a daughter like yours! You are so lucky, and so is she! Thank you for sharing this story. :)

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CYNDIDAVISUSA 6/14/2011 1:50PM

    LOL Awesome. I would love to shop with you. What a riot. And? GOOD FOR YOU!

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E_WHITCOMB 6/14/2011 12:42PM

    Wow. That was some pretty awesome insight. Thank you for sharing it!

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HEALTHYBARB1 6/14/2011 12:04PM

    Out of the mouth of babes!!!! Amy's insight into the facts of life was great. We would look quite funny with teeny bopper legs!!! Tell her she made me laugh and see my own legs as very special and made for me me by a great God who knew what legs would go with this curvy Barb body!! Glad you found a comfy bathing suit and made a wonderful memory with Amy!! Smiles and hugs to you today. Barb

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ON2GOALS 6/14/2011 11:50AM

    Oh, this is so good! Amy sounds like a wonderful daughter - and I bet that suit looks great on you. Exercise, strength training and good nutrition make a huge difference.
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AMAS92568 6/14/2011 11:24AM

    Great blog! I went through the same process about a month ago and it was quite the experience.

While I was in Phoenix I spent a lot of time around the pool and lawn areas of the hotel. I didn't get to use the pool (wrong timing) but I did see a lot of people who were definitely not Bo Derek 10s yet they were having a great time.

I'm glad you let your daughter talk you into getting a new suit. Life is just too short to miss out on those great times with kids in the pool!

Athena

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WESTIEGAL1 6/14/2011 11:03AM

    This a great blog Julie, you are so right that we need to live in the moment and enjoy all of the blessings that have come our way. I heard on the radio yesterday that the US is obsessed with body size. In certain parts of Italy I've heard they LOVE curvy women. Cherish these times with your daughter. You'll never be what you once were-you're better! Thanks for a great blog. emoticon

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BUSYMOM911 6/14/2011 9:59AM

    Great blog. You've come a long way! emoticon

Memories can be a blessing and a curse. We seem to remember the best, which is good, but then we compare everything that comes after to them! We are our worst enemy, judging ourselves when others don't give what's worrying us a second thought.

Are you going to post a picture of yourself in the new suit? LoL

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TANYAP71 6/14/2011 4:57AM

    What a great daughter!

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I Should Have Stayed in Bed

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Some days would be better spent in bed. This was one of those days. After finally getting to sleep around 1:30 a.m., my alarm went off at 6:30 (unusually early for me) and I crawled out of bed to get ready for an hour and a half drive south in order to testify at a custody trial. As I'm getting ready, I accidently drop one of my new earrings down the sink and can't retrieve it. Then, as soon as I finish applying my make-up, the phone rings. It's my friend (father of the child), telling me that his attorney said that I don't have to come to court today. I thank him, tell my son he can go back to bed, and head to the coffee pot for the first of many cups of coffee.

My husband leaves for his rustic mountain cabin to check on the propane supply and I sit to veg on the computer for a while. In retrospect, I probably should have gone for a walk instead, but my asthma was acting up from the cold my daughter so kindly shared with me, so I excused myself from exercise.

When my son finally got up (for the second time), he decided that he would install my new microwave since my hubby hadn't had time to do it. He first attaches the wall plate, then my 16-year-old son and I heft this 50 pound beast up above the stove. Andrew climbs up on the counter and starts to install the bolts when we hear, “Oh no. I need washers.” He jumps down, tells us to keep holding this thing up while he runs to the GARAGE to look for washers! I thought my arms were going to fall off. So much for my strength training. He finally gets back, screws all the bolts in, and we step back to admire his work. A few minutes later, I notice the (unopened) bag of instructions on the table along with a small metal plate. I say, “Hey, Andrew, was this supposed to go on the microwave?” Of course it was – on the BACK of the microwave! So, UNinstall the beast, attach the plate, Adam and I have to use what little strength we have left to hold it up once again, and finally, it's installed. I ask Andrew why he didn't bother to read the instructions first (besides the fact that he's a man) and he said, “Because I memorized the instructions to the last one.” (different model, which we took back).

Since my old microwave was still taking up space on the kitchen floor, I got on the computer to find a place that would take it. Found a metal recycling place close by, so Andrew, his girlfriend Abby, and I put it in the car and headed down the hill. When we got there, I pulled into the dirt drive and stopped to read the sign, which said (in big red letters) “Proceed at your own risk.” Ha! What can that mean? I pull in and tell the guys I need to get rid of my microwave. One of them says, “Yes, we can take it but we can't pay you for it.” PAY me for it?! Heck, I'd pay THEM to take it at this point. I've been tripping over it for two weeks now. He tosses it in the dumpster and I pull back out onto the road. Thump, thump, thump, thump... hmm, something doesn't sound right. I pull over and Andrew hops out to check my tires. Sure enough, there's a big screw stuck into one of them. Now I understand what the sign meant. On to the tire shop to get it taken care of. While we're waiting, Andrew and Abby mention that they're hungry, so we head over to Red Robin. The only thing I'll say about that is while I'm ordering a burger off of the Gluten-free menu, the waitress looks at me and says, “No bun?” No kidding. Cost of tire repair: $17. Cost of lunch: $28. Cost of “free” microwave disposal: $45.

We finally arrive at home and I go into the laundry room to put the kids' clothes in the dryer. One small problem: the boys' white socks and underwear are now a lovely shade of baby blue (compliments of Amy's new jeans that snuck into the wash). I show Andrew a pair of his “new” shorts and socks. He is not happy (at least, I assume that since his eyes are bulging and his mouth is hanging open). I told him I would attempt to bleach them. I haven't checked yet to see if it worked. I just don't think I can take any more today. Maybe I'll save it for tomorrow. You shouldn't use up all your fun in one day.

  
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LINDAF49 5/9/2011 9:11PM

    What a wonderful blog!! No good terrible day for you but a good laugh for all of us who read it because it is so real!!! and so well written. Bless you for sharing your fun with us!!

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HEALTHYBARB1 5/2/2011 10:50PM

    Yes! You definitely shouldn't use up all your fun in one day!!! You should read the book "I'm having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day!" out loud and in a very dramatic voice!! Some days are just like that. Barb

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4TERRIERS 4/27/2011 9:10PM

    I can only imagine what kind of fun you'll have tormorrow

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THENEWME43 4/27/2011 11:51AM

    Oh, Julie - what a day! I admire the way you kept your sense of humor, even through such a difficult day. Surely today will be better!
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LINOVER 4/27/2011 11:43AM

    You had quite a day! Hopefully tomorrow will be better! You definitely have a good sense of humor to survive this day!

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ON2GOALS 4/27/2011 11:04AM

    Oh my gosh - unbelievable! Thank goodness for a sense of humor, huh? Here's to some smooth sailing for the rest of the week ahead. I would say you have definitely earned it!

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KATIEJO5 4/27/2011 10:45AM

    Sorry- but this day will go down in the annals of your family's history! You will look back and laugh- just not anytime soon!

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REBECKY44 4/27/2011 9:50AM

    Whew! No wonder I haven't been seeing much of you!!
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TEACHINKIDS2 4/27/2011 8:12AM

    Wow! What a long day! But you handled it well. Tomorrow is a new day :)

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The Pacific Northwest According To Jeff Foxworthy

Friday, October 22, 2010

I was weeding out my email today and came across this. For those of you who live in the Pacific NW, you know how TRUE these are!

The Pacific Northwest According To Jeff Foxworthy:

1. You know the state flower (Mildew).

2. You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.

3. Use the statement "sun break" and know what it means.

4. You know more than 10 ways to order coffee.

5 You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.

6. You feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant or to church.

7. You stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the "WALK" Signal.

8. You consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it's not a real mountain.

9. You can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle's Best, and Veneto's.

10 . You know the difference between Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon.

11. You know how to pronounce Sequim, Puyallup, Haceta, Yaquina, Yachats, Issaquah, Oregon, Yakima and Willamette.

12. You consider swimming an indoor sport.

13. You can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese and Thai food.

14. In winter, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark while only working eight-hour days.

15. You never go camping without waterproof matches and a poncho.

16. You are not fazed by "Today's forecast: showers followed by rain," and "Tomorrow's forecast: rain followed by showers."

17.You have no concept of humidity without precipitation.

18. You know that Boring is a town in Oregon and not just a state of Mind.

19. You can point to at least two volcanoes, even if you cannot see through the cloud cover.

20. You notice, "The mountain is out" when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it.

21. You put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 50, but still wear your hiking boots and parka.

22. You switch to your sandals when it gets about 60, but keep the socks on.

23. You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.

24. You think people who use umbrellas are either wimps or tourists.

25. You buy new sunglasses every year, because you cannot find the old ones after such a long time.

26. You measure distance in hours.

27. You often switch from "heat" to "a/c" in the same day.

28. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit under a raincoat.

29. You know all the important seasons: Almost Winter, winter, Still Raining (Spring), Road Construction (Summer), Deer & Elk season (Fall).

30. You understood these jokes and will probably forward them.
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ON2GOALS 1/2/2011 6:49PM

    I lived in Seattle for about 2 years and so loved those days when "the mountain was out"! What a beautiful area - thanks for posting. These days I get to enjoy the mountains of southern Vermont. emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 10/22/2010 4:53PM

    Very cute and so very true. I lived in Seattle part of my childhood and still spend time there visiting my Dad. I've also read his Montana list as well (where I am now) and it is also funny and very true. Thanks for sharing:)

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 10/22/2010 3:50PM

    Oh Julie - I loved it! Though I only lived in WA state for 2 years - I can tell you I learned ALL these things - I also learned that what we call a "buggy" here is a "shopping cart" there.... it was funny! LOL And the umbrella thing - I just couldn't stand getting my head wet so I looked like the tourist for 2 years! LOL

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REBECKY44 10/22/2010 2:24PM

    "Grande non-fat caramel macchiato, two squirts, 170 degrees, no foam, half caf..." is the COFFEE OF THE DAY!

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AMAS92568 10/22/2010 1:19PM

    I left Oregon when I was 14 but I still can appreciate these!

Thanks

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REBECKY44 10/22/2010 1:00PM

    Those are so funny!!

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ACLAYJAR 10/22/2010 12:46PM

    Re: #20 You notice, "The mountain is out" when it is a pretty day and you can actually see it.

When I was little & we had company my mom would look out the door each day of their visit to see if "the mountain was out." If so, we'd pack everyone in the car & go. I thought it was not possible to go to Mt. Rainier unless "the mountain was out."


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ACLAYJAR 10/22/2010 12:42PM

    I guess I'm from the NW...some are so "me" I don't see the humor....

Actually it is hilarious! thanks for sharing

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TEDDYBEARDONNA 10/22/2010 12:01PM

    interesting

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KATIEJO5 10/22/2010 11:49AM

    Love this! He is so right-on about the south, this must be spot-on for you Pacific Northwesterners!

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DOTSLADY 10/22/2010 11:45AM

    After visiting for years and friends' complaining for years, I get it! LOL. Fun/ny stuff and you're right, it's so true. There's one of these for living in Alaska, too ...

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DMSGLASS 10/22/2010 11:14AM

    I so get this!! My son is really funny about umbrellas being for wimps, that it isn't really raining, so you get a little wet, big deal. He's in New Orleans now for college and I had to really work on him to convince him that he really does need an umbrella there as was listed on the list of things to bring. Not sure he has used it, but he has it!

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MAMABEARLICIOUS 10/22/2010 9:08AM

    that's funny. i think i'll keep my 100 degree hot humid, tornado and hurricane weather..... at least we get sunshine !! lol emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WALKSFAR 10/22/2010 9:03AM

    Enjoyed the blog. No.26 and 27 actually apply to Texas also!

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102633 10/22/2010 7:23AM

    Don't live there but enjoyed the cultural lesson.

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ELKHOUNDMOM1 10/22/2010 3:10AM

    Hahahaha - I can't tell you how many times I wore a raincoat over my halloween costume as a kid! And camping in the rain? Is there any other way?? But let's not forget the killer mosquitoes that are SOOO big they can carry away cats, dogs and small children! One of my "fondest" camping memories is of sleeping under a picnic table in the pouring rain and waking up with my eyes swollen shut because an especially "viscous" mosquito got me right between the eyes! Now that's "livin!"

Thanks for making me laugh! emoticon

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LONGWINDINRD 10/22/2010 12:44AM

  I love this! And while I'm not that far north, I can really relate to the camping with waterproof matches and a poncho. Oh, and the coffee. And the Pan Asian food. Wait, maybe I am that far north.

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