Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Good Bye, My Sweet...

So, the Mazda. My sweet, adventure filled Mazda, is no more. Ok, not dead, but not mine. I traded her in.
2007 Owen in the Mazda
Camping 2007

Like any Knit with Snot adventure, it was well, not normal. Could I buy a car in Kalamazoo?  Oh, hell no. I had to drive my happy ass to Grand Rapids to get my new car. Why? ADVENTURE! 

Honestly? The local car dealer did not want hustle to get my sale. 
When I say hustle, I mean get my car to Kalamazoo. A Jasmine Green Subaru Forester, base model so that my Ogre's pretty hair wouldn't get smooshed. "My hair." So, I got my car to the next closest dealership...Grand Rapids. 

The Ogre was just happy I didn't reroute the car to Kentucky. I was willing to drive down and crash at Dawn's house.

The Mazda had seen better days, but we drove to GR without incident. When we got to the dealership, I saw a green forester that didn't have a roof rack. I was all "that's my car!!" We checked the sales quote I got and the vins matched. It was my car!!!

The sales guy said, ok, I need your car key to do the inspection. I dropped a hand made Hello Kitty key on the table.
While the Mazda was inspected, Eric and I sat in the forester and messed with everything. Yes, maple hill sales guy in Kalamazoo, the extra 1.4" does make a difference. It's possible the Ogre having recently gotten his lovely locks cut  added to the awesome amount of head room in this car.

The sales guy was all, "uh, yeah, let's come over here and talk about your trade in."


That's below the average for our car in "fair" aka shitty shape. With all the problems, and *radio edit* light, and *radio edit* light, and raccoon home, broken windshield, non functional locks, and the Hello Kitty duct tape non alarm system car keys, we were hoping for $1000.

We played the game. "Oh, ok. $2700. Well, that's...like...not...at all...what we were expecting."

While the Ogre went out to clean out the car, the sales guy was like, "so, paint sealant, stain shield on the interior $399, you need that." I politely declined. While in my head I thought two things:

1. If I was selling this car I would have sold me the protection package, a cargo mat, storage nets, and a car bra. Add on sales! Mo money.

2. We are going to mess this car up. No amount of stain guard is going to help.

Here's the last look at the Mazda...

First Mazda Adventure

Random, what?!

 I feel like it's the end of an era. I started Knit with Snot for You with a Mazda post, I think I've just ended it with a Mazda post.

Thanks for all the fun!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Back in Michigan

After a week in Florida, it's nice to be back with the fam. Even if It does mean being up close and personal with the Polar Vortex. Or is it Arctic Vortex? Extreme Crap Ton of Snow.
Honestly, this is part of Pig 2's outdoor gear.

Gear also includes a jacket, snow pants, boots and mittens. 15 mins, tops and they need to come back in.

The dogs dogs sure like it.

School was canceled Friday through Tuesday, with an afternoon start half day today.

I had to call into work to take the kids to school. No, not because I don't trust the bus. I strongly believe in public transport. It's because Pig 2 switched from playing the bus sized trombone, to the needs a personal motorcade tuba.

Of course that kid would end up with a tuba.

On the drive home from the airport, I asked about the dogs. I'm not sure what exact words the  Ogre said, but I think this is close, "Your dogs are shit eating destroyers." Yep. I think he nailed it.

Still, I'll can handle the snow and poop eating hounds as long as I've got my Ogre and the pigs with me.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

You're going, by yourself?

I ofteb take a week long vacation without the pigs. Sure, sure, I day drink,
visit exciting, historic locales

and generally have a relaxed fun time.
I also manage to goof around a bit. What does a coquina wall taste like? After all those years, it still tastes like fish.

But, I miss my boys!

See you Sunday, Ogre, and Pigs 1,2,3!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Another day roughing it

I'm finally understand why people question my love of camping. Here at Pam and Dan's I'm warm, there's coffee in the am, beer in the afternoon
nice dinners and if you're lucky , dessert twice a day.

But, there's just something about walking a quarter mile at 2 am to use the bathroom. 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Ah, Venice....

Ok, I'm actually in Florida. When you leave Michigan and it's 26 degrees, and you arrive in Florida and it's rocking 57 degrees, you may as well call it Venice.

Here I am at the bar with Pam and Dan. It was pointed out to me that Pam and Dan look suspiciously like a glass of beer. It's true. They are beer.

Pam, aka PK or Mom, has a lovely pink bedroom for me to stay it. It even comes equipped with a clock that chimes on the hour and a creepy doll.
I was, and sometimes still am an awful daughter. I hated pink, and dolls, and well, my poor mom just wanted a pink baby. I was more of a red/orange baby. 
This probably more than explains the pink room, the doll, but the clock, that's for time keeping. As I recall, it may have also been a major award.

What are the Ogre and the Pigs up to? About a foot of snow.

I think I'll just hang with the parents for the week and skip the second round of Polar Vortex. Silly Northerners.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

How Would I know, I am French

Today is the second day of school for the Pigs.

I know this because, well, I've sent them off to the bus, twice.  I also know this because I was able to get groceries, and run all my errands without buying 3 ice cream cones.

I also know this because I've already been to the Middle School Office saying "I can volunteer, pretty much, like, whenever."

Why was I in the office on the 2nd day of school, in the first place?  Uh, I'm like the most random, sort of laid back Tiger Mom? Yes. Seriously. Me a Tiger Mom. I went into the office and asked why my kid had 2 marking periods of Art and no computer course.

Yeah, that's because he's in 6th grade, and I was trying to get him into a 7th grade class.  I'd like to point out that it was an accident. I didn't realize he was in 6th grade.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Corks for Conservation...Oh, how I missed thee

Yesterday was the annual Corks for Conservation fundraiser at Binder Park Zoo.

I was really happy I was able to go this year. The Ogre was going to go with me. But, alas, the great maker in the sky called upon him to serve drinks at the Grange June Chicken BBQ. Who is he to say no to community service?  Also, if I say it's the great maker in the sky demanding he is to serve drinks, I'm thinking he may actually be answering to Bacchus.  The Grange is an agricultural based Fraternal Order, after all.

But I most certainly know I was answering the call of Bacchus!  HEUS WINE FEST!  Rather I mean, Hi, Corks for Conservation!  Nice to see you again. I too am doing my community service!  That means supporting a local fundraising event, not picking up trash along the side of the road.

 Oh, wait, I've done that too. Note that the road was adopted, and I wasn't part of a court ordered community service project.

This year, I was lucky enough to go with Christine B.  Our kids go to school together, we've seen each other around, but we had never actually hung out.  Which is a shame, because we were up to no good in the same manner.

Can I playz wit Liquid Nitrogen too?

Ladies were photographed so you could tell how high up cat was

It was cool because she didn't mind when I completely lost my mind with excitement over seeing the Snow Leopard, up close, and on top of what looked like a telephone pole.

Look! Kitty!!

She actually encouraged it. "It's cool Holly, dork out! I'm not embarrassed!"

I also got the insider scoop on some Vicksburg.  It was mostly that I am missing out on reasonably priced, delicious food by not going to The Village Hideaway.

I wanted to argue. "But it's the hideaway, and everyone will see I'm hiding away in there. Plus, the big beer sign out front. Wait, I'm at wine fest, I asked the Ogre out for the first time at Bud's Bar. I brew my own beer."

The jig is up Bishop. Your hobbies are hooch related.

So I embraced my hooch hobbies and shared with Christine the beauty and the wonder of the Mega-Bev.  "No, really, you have to go.  It's like, a kid in a candy store awe inspiring! Or, an adult in a giant liquour store awe inspiring. But really, they have everything."

Oh, what wineries did we enjoy?  I personally really enjoyed Lawton Ridge Winery in Kalamazoo.  Their wine was the first we tasted of the evening.  The people were super friendly, very fun to talk to and the wine, well, it was delicious!  I highly enjoyed the AZO White .  I was also a bit smitten with the fact that they named the wine after our airport code. I am a sucker for clever.

Black Star Farms were there too.  I want to go to there.  The Ogre and I brought infant Harry to Traverse City and we toured the facilities.  We loved the wine! We loved the B & B!  We promised ourselves we'd go back...we had more kids. It's been 13 years. But we still love them. 

Spotted Dog Winery  Cute name, cute labels, fun names.  The people at their booth were really stand offish and not especially friendly.  I really didn't want to support them by getting a pour from them.  But Christine and I were curious about their Coco Noir wine.  Here's the description:
Coco Noir
A smooth red wine blended with a mouth filling flavor of dark chocolate.
Be sure to take in the aroma before sipping!

We got a sample.  I was being all pissy. Right before we tasted it I said "it's going to be all nasty and vinegary and just, just spotted dog poo!"

It was in fact delicious. It was smooth. It was a deep, full bodied red. Then, to finish, the coco flavor. It was amazing.  I took back my pissy comment and said "Ok, they do deserve to be like that, this stuff is awesome." Or something to that effect.

Also, I was introduced to a friend of Christine's.  She is totally ready to deliver pregnant, and she said The Zombie Prom Date Knitters could totally deliver her baby!!!
Not a look of ZPDK inspired fear, JOY, pure JOY
So thank you Christine for a great night out. I look forward to hanging out more, and going to the Hideaway for lunch sometime soon.

*Blast from the past blog link...check out Mother's Day 2008. Camping and Beer...with Kids!