Wednesday, July 3, 2013

About Town - East Lansing, MI

I wish I could say we tooled around town in this rad, vintage car. I found it in a parking lot and took about 800 pictures of it. A guy on a bike rode by and screamed, "It's got your name on it!"

Thank you very much. I'll take that as a compliment.
THIS, uh, is where we stayed. I mean, I knew it was sketchy. I told you it was sketchy. But it grew on me. Like a fungus.

Before I knew it, I was immune to its "charms". Then I showed this picture to Cory when we got home and he turned a little green. That's the beauty of life without iphones, you don't worry your husband unnecessarily from the road.

All I know is, there was cable TV, the bed was comfortable, and the bathroom smelled vaguely of pee (or "urine", as Calvin would say), and it was half the price of almost every other hotel in town except for Motel 6, which may have actually been nicer, upon further reflection.

Calvin repeatedly proclaimed it "The nicest hotel I've ever stayed in!" It helps that he's only stayed in 3 or 4. But I may challenge his rankings...

Our first morning we got lost on the way to Korean Camp. Please remember - We're in a foreign town with no technology to aid us. Just me, an 8 year old, and a sheet of notebook paper with hand-written directions.

I felt like I was back in 2001, phoning a friend to say, "Can you look directions up on your computer?" It's humbling, this life with a flip phone.

It turns out East River Rd. is actually Grand River Rd., so we got a bit turned around. Quite fortuitously, our wrong turns led us here!

This store was pure genius. Literally.

It was also meant to be, and I don't think you need me to elaborate.

 (no words)

$15 a pop, buy one, get one half-off. People!
I didn't buy one, and here's why: The first day I went was only preview day. No buying allowed.
The next morning we stopped by on the way to camp at 8:45 and the chairs were stone cold gone.

 I inquired about one of the maps on the right, but it was $100. What????
"Apparently it's, like, really old", said the wise, long-haired teenager on the ladder.

Later I found a Marshalls, because if you drive around long enough, you'll find one. My nose sniffed it out. I tried on several lacey items. (Is this a thing? It seems to be a thing.) And a dress that I LOVED. Holy cow, loved it. It looked very Anthro and fit me like a glove, except for the fact that it fell to a discouraging length of "long shirt" on my frame. It was silky material and had a nautical theme but it wasn't weird at all. It was perfection.

This was one of those days where it was fun to leisurely try stuff on but then I was relieved when nothing fit because I didn't really have any money to spend, on account of the HoJo.

I dragged Calvin here later. This was my first-ever trip. I'm a believer.

*Swoony Shower Curtains*

*Swoony Throw Pillows*

*Swoony Chair*

I became obsessed with this art museum on the way to dinner...
I took too many pics. Meanwhile, Calvin was hopped up on steroids and ready to eat his own hand.

This picture is my soul mate, for some reason. I'm drawn to it, even though in a perfect world the fire hydrant would be positioned slightly to the right.

Again with the museum.
There's so much happening here and it doesn't really seem to make sense, but it still makes me smile.
Reminds me of my life.

My dinner date. This was the infamous Cosi Cobb Salad incident.
He had cheese pizza, which he raved about.
All week, no matter what, he raved about his food.
Behold, the power of steroids!
(Also, check out that sweaty hair. This is the burden he carries. I noticed that many of the Korean kiddos seemed to have the same affliction and he told me it's because the sun is attracted to their black hair, which made perfect sense to me.)

{Now do you believe me? It was a real problem.}

Oh man. I miss this place. 16 pies, by the slice.
Calvin picked coconut cream pie then switched it out at the very last second for a pecan sticky bun.

I went peach blackberry with a crumb topping.

We went homejo and ate our pie in our pajamas from the comfort of our beds while watching Chopped on the Food Network.
In other words, we got a preview of Heaven.


Am I too wordy? Too long-winded?
I can handle the truth.

Nevermind, don't answer that.

I have one more day to talk about, then we'll all get on with our lives.

Stay tuned!


  1. never too wordy - yours is the only blog I reread . . . and reread . . . and reread . . . ever fodder for a ponderer (ponderer-becoming-doer); nourishment for a hungry soul.

    1. Girl, you are a saint. :)
      Thanks for this!

    2. upon sending my (totally sincere) gush, occurred to me that this post didn't exactly contain your deepest ponderfodder, yet surely you knew what I meant --- as I soak up your past posts, the number of FPFG bookmarks on my tool bar (or is that one word? greetings from a fellow flip-phone die hard semi-luddite) ever increases. -b

  2. I wanna go to East Lansing, STAT! (sans HoJo). I need a new erlemeyer and I want some pie. xoxo

    1. Just say when, Lovester. We could use a road trip, you and I.
      (Although if we go that route we'll have trouble escaping w/o Calv.)

  3. My girl's hair sweats buckets in the heat.

    I would not have stayed in the HoJo. True story.


  4. I'll meet you there next time...I lived in East Lansing, and Lansing (go STATE, I'm alumni), and I MISS it. :) Also? Never been to the surplus store. Eegads! But World Market is my JAM.

  5. Love my town! The surplus store is fun to treasure hunt. I have a couple science beakers I found there that I use as bud vases. Did you try the Lakeshore Berry pie at Grand Traverse? Apples, Strawberries, Blackberries, & Raspberries= Heaven on a plate!

  6. Why can't I ever find shower curtains like that?

    Oh, and the flip-phone, I'm so with you on that one. Sadly. Sometimes I'm surprised my flip-phone actually calls real numbers. I get excited when it works. And, it's a hand me down from a dead person. I cannot even believe I just said that, but total truth.

    You too wordy? Never.

  7. Although I'm a die hard U of M fan, MSU is a great school. My oldest just finished his 1st year of college (at neither school, he went way up north to Michigan Tech) so we've researched and visited many colleges over the last few years. He has many, many friends that decided on MSU - some even chose it over U of M because of the atmosphere. There is a huge sense of community on that campus. As a Michigander, I'm happy that you enjoyed your visit to our great state and that Calvin enjoyed his stay.

  8. I also discovered World Market this year. What a fun store to browse in!

  9. I thought they had sensed your genius and erected the statue of you. Calvin. No words... well, yes... precious.

  10. Never too wordy. Sounds just like I imagine you I right?
    And I, too, am the proud owner of a not smart phone, and no GPS, and actual paper maps in my car. I had no idea there were so many of us semi-Luddites still around. Also, I don't own a TV so a stay in any hotel with a TV is good with me!

  11. Love, love your wordiness...makes me smile so much. We could road trip together. I have a smart phone which at times is wrong anyways, but I would gladly serve as your gps. Oh and about the only thing I know how to use on my smartphone is the camera...sort of.

  12. Tidbit I learned today, East Asians have less of certain kinds of sweat glands. Means their body is less sweaty, but it means their heads are generally more sweaty. It also means Calvin wont have body odor or need deodorant as he grows up. I'd totally trade sweaty pits for a sweaty noggin.

  13. Calvin is an adorable little boy. What a special time for the two of you.

  14. you've got to be kidding about that HoJo growing on you...or perhaps you meant it LITERALLY!!??!

    Everytime anyone mentions HoJo I think of mad men. What happened? what happened oh my ho jo?
    It looks like a blast. Calllllvin. He's so awesome.

  15. they put a world market in our bed bath and beyond. i was beyond ecstatic. no furniture though. only lots and lots of food goods.

    my brothers, son and i, like calvin, are afflicted with the sweaty head thing. but not my hubs, daughter or sister. go figure.

  16. Never too wordy. You are the Midwest version of BooMama for me and I enjoy everything you write. Also, I'm gonna take you up on the invitation to friend you on "the Facebook" because my feed needs some fpfg humor amongst all the shih tzu pictures and political ranting.

  17. You crack me up! EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.

  18. Love following your faith-filled goofy life through your inspiring and hilarious wordiness. If you blogged four times a day, I would still take the time to read it! Keep on!

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  20. Your blog is always witty and fun. I love it!

  21. My dear Getu has the chronic sweaty head, too. He has to come in from recess to wash it off. I'm sure it's the black hair. That's genius.

  22. Wordy or not, I keep comin back! ;)

    You're always very interesting, to me.

    I'm IN LOVE with World Market! When the economy tanked, they closed here.

    Miraculously- there's one near our new abode! Like a sign!!

  23. love all this. and you.
    that shirt, wow. never been to world market, but it's on my list of hope-to-do.
    calvin is a doll, bless his sweet comments for that motel.
    also, how much must i pay you to leave your flip phone in the last decade?
    pay for the data contract? tell me, sister. it's yours. mainly i need you on instagram. i'm selfish, i know.

  24. Oh hey, goldilocks, this post was just right.

    And those maps. Yummy.

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