Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wednesday Thoughts

So, here's what to expect from this post. In part one, I will be complaining about winter. In part two, I will move on to happier subjects. If you want to skip to the happy part, start after the picture of flowers.

Yesterday winter tried to kick me in the shins. Multiple times. First a spider lunged at me in the bathroom when I was getting ready for work. In its defense, I was trying to kill it when it leapt at me. Anyway, it lunged at me, I ran into the hallway, squealing, and when I tiptoed back in, it was gone. In conclusion, the spider is still out there... I know what you're thinking, "wait, how is winter to blame for the spider?" Well, I don't know, but I'm sure it was involved somehow.

Then I drove to work on a sheet of pure ice. I slid all the way through an intersection but thankfully, no cars were coming. Then later, I stepped into some snow that was camouflaging a puddle of slush and I came up with a wet foot. Then on the way home, the sky looked like this (at 4:30):


Ok, now the bummer part of this post is over! Time to focus on the positive! First of all, spring. Which, if I recall correctly, looks something like this:

This is the part of the blog where I stop griping about winter. I hope you stayed with me. One of the things I've been thinking about to get me through these dark days is traveling. I'd like to travel abroad but there are a few places right here in the US that I have my heart set on seeing as well. They are:

1. The Grand Canyon
2. The Redwood Forest
3. Alaska, to see the northern lights

What are your top three places to visit in the US? Or do you know of another amazing place I should add to my list?

Now I have one more question for you: when going on a date, which are you more nervous about:

What you will think of your date?


What your date will think of you?

Obviously you'll be thinking about both, but which concerns you more?

Happy Wednesday!


Mrs. McGregor said...

Fairbanks Alaska in late February or early March to see not only the northern lights, but experience the Chena Hot Springs ( on a very cold night surrounded by beautiful snow all around and aurora over your head.
The best part of visiting during this time (late Feb - early march) is the World Ice Art Championship! ( This year the dates are Feb 22 - Mar 27. However the best time to come is for near the end or on the day of the multi-block championship and judging. I have never seen anything like this in my life and give it ten thumbs up every year!

If you can't make Fairbanks in the winter, check out Raspberry Island out of Kodiak Alaska in the summer. If you can get there, you can volunteer to be a helper and live there for free for a week or two in exchange for your help making sandwiches and helping in the morning. Great way to enjoy it and not have to pay to stay.


Mrs. McGregor said...

Here is the link to the summer volunteer program at Raspberry Island near Kodiak, AK

I think I might even apply this year!!


Chloe said...

Hi, I'm Chloe.
Thanks for commenting on my blog.
I don't know how you found me, but I'm glad you did. :)
I love your blog!!
Here's a new follower!
Okay, and now answering to your question: I'd be worried about what my date would think of me. :)

Ramsey said...

Ok, so boyfriend and I really want to travel around the North West...Washington, Oregon, N. California. We are Southerners, so the farthest we've ever been West is Colorado/Utah (which we love). I really want to go to Seatle...basically because of all the movies taking place there. Lame. Yes. Sleepless in Seatle has always gotten to me.
And what I (used to) think about on a date was what will I think of my date...I'm always an upper hand kind of a girl.

lizzie mc.- said...

Redwood forest is on mine too. Mackinac Island...someday I'll get up there and Chicago (I think I'd like to do a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's work). US side of Niagra. San Francisco.

I'm married but it never changes. I still want to impress him. (But that's always been my thought process.)

Katherine said...

Lizzie - I have been thinking about doing a Frank Lloyd Wright tour, too!! Even though we only know each other through my sister, we should go! Someday...
I want to visit the same places as you, though, E!
And I'm more concerned about that he will think. Oh, and I am sooooo sick of winter that I don't know how much more I can take. I'm losing it! LOSING IT!!!

Sara said...

Yesterday was definitely a bad winter day. Cold, dark, wet. Ugh.

I think it would depend on whether I already thought I liked him or not. If I did think I'd like him, I'd be nervous if he'd like me. Reverse it if I wasn't sure about him.

I'm starting to feel itchy to travel again for sure. I have to go to Florida a bunch coming up. Kinda excited just to go somewhere, even if it's work related.

Kathy said...

Now I have "This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land" in my head.....

We're flying out to Seattle at the end of February for a wedding. Hoping to see some beautiful scenery while we're there. Yay!

Oh, and I'm glad you survived the spider attack. That incident should help prove to Justin that all spiders are out to get us.

violet50 said...

I think it's time we had a "summer in the winter" day and turn up the heat, wear shorts, eat nachos and cheese and coney dogs and ice cream cones, and watch a movie where there's lots of sunshine and sand. We could lie on beach towels in front of the t.v. for a little more atmosphere.

Heather said...

Complain on. I have nothing but sympathy for you. I know I would never survive one of your winters.
As far as traveling. I am game to go ANYWHERE. I would love to visit DC, the Grand Canyon, or Yellowstone.
When I am on a date I am most worried about whether or not all the kids will be accounted for when we get home. (Sorry..only vaguely remember actual dating.)

Melanie said...

I'm glad it has warmed up in Provo. I was not enjoying the tons of ice everywhere. So I'm glad I've left Michigan winters for a bit!

I would like to travel to San Diego, Seattle, and Mount Rushmore.

I used to always been concerned about what my date thought about me, but since last year I had lots of really bad first dates, I'm much more critical of my date now...

Anonymous said...

Maine, maine is rather nice, try that out, and what the date is thinking of me...
-Don't feel like giving my name this time.

Heidi said...

If you go to see the northern lights I must insist that you take me :)

Anonymous said...

I have to say that if you are thinking the Grand Canyon you should consider hiking down spend the night camping and then hike back up; just a thought. I like going to south Florida, Miami or Naples, then take a trip to the keys. The other trip I would like to do would be museum hoping in DC, this I hear is awesome and I have never done it.

As for dates, and there are a lot of blind dates, is always what she will think.

PS: did I mentioned it was about 65 and sunny yesterday and about 57 right now, although I do think there is a cold front coming in somewhere…

An admirer from the distance. ;)

Anonymous said...

that top photo actually made me feel nostalgic for winter in ann arbor. it's sort of romantic how dreary it can get. winter in chicago is dreary, too, but in a different way.

and here are my top three places to visit in the U.S.:
1. new mexico: i want to go camping in the mountains and see santa fe;
2. the badlands in south dakota; and
3. alaska (let's make it happen!).