Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Allegan Shenanigans

I'm no good at typing out of order.

I'd like to tell you about my day. And my dinner.

H has already joined the chorus of "I'm hungry! Hurry up and take the picture!"

She'd also like me to tell you that her name is Haven.

Hi Haven! Get back to work! :)

All of those things are going to have to wait, because there are still things I need to spill from all the way back to Sunday. That's 2 whole days, or 2,000 years, depending on who you ask.

Cory and I high-tailed it up to Allegan for the morning with our pals Chad and Kristen. It was a double-date of sorts, involving Burger King breakfast sandwiches, many shared anecdotes, heart palpitations (at least for 2 of us), and too-soft lemon bars.

And these guys.

These fellas came out in droves, and I can't say that I don't love them all. Because I do, in fact.

This was my favorite eavesdropped old man conversation:

Old Man 1: Jerry, are you losing weight?
Old Man 2 (aka Jerry): I've lost 50 pounds!
Old Man 1: Well, I'll be! I thought you're looking more fleet of foot these days!

Break my heart already, why don't you?

It turns out, Cory doesn't just stalk me, he also has a bit of a thing for rotund men sporting any manner of country paraphernalia.

Sidenote: I once saw a similar man at Springfield bearing a ridiculous hat, a kazoo and a large sandwich board stating "I buy all different instruments". He looked entirely jolly, so I asked him if I could please take his picture. He turned me down flat, with a glare.

But the burly fellas of Allegan? Much nicer, I'm sure.

I just have a thing for regular people. I'll take 'em, any day of the week.

In fact, I like to think I'm a bit regular, myself.

Although, granted, not every regular girl travels with her own personal paparazzo.

Photo #1 - Cheese!

Photo #2 - Stop-it-right-this-second-you-are-embarrassing-me.


I ran into a few friends, one of which was my dear friend Sandy, of Rhubarb Reign fame.

People, they are famous for a reason. They slay me every time. They are my decorating soul mates. I met Sandy years ago at Springfield and insisted that we become real life friends.

Joe's pretty nice, too. :)


In short, it was a perfect day. Perfect weather. Perfect company. Dang good food. Swoony finds. Even the bathrooms were surprisingly tidy, and I'm a girl who can appreciate a thing like that.

The top item on my list was a smallish, lightweight, budget-friendly dresser to house kid art supplies.

Score! Courtesy of Joe and Sandy.

I also found 2 more vintage sprinklers.

I'm calling it an official collection.

(I saw many for $20-$30 dollars, but the two I picked up were each around $6.)

And....I finally, finally got my Jolly Goode poster framed!
(blog here, shop here)

It is my new Very Favorite.

Just picked it up earlier today and plunked it down.

Silas almost caused mayhem in the Hobby Lobby.

Calvin and Ruby pretended to be driving a horse and buggy while trailing behind me, holding on to the ends of my cardigan belt. I ignored them until I just couldn't bear it any longer.

I waffled between yellow and a lighter aqua for the mat, but in the end, I sprung for some color, in honor of the artist.

Also, I really, really, really want to paint my walls very light grey. Or super light aqua. I liked the idea of the yellow up against that. But CMB is stalling. Maybe he's not so maintenancy, after all.

So, there you have it. My finds.

ps- Do you ever wish I would just real-quick say what I have to say instead of dragging it out?

Me, too.