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Of A Holiday, A New TV Show, and An Amusement Park: Life and Lit

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Life and Lit

I don't know about you, but having the 4th of July fall on Wednesday this year threw me all out of whack. Work two days, a day off then work another two days and have another two days off... It kind of didn't work for me. It was nice to have Wednesday off but then I was a little indignant about having to go back to work so soon. And the rest of the week dragged.

My aunt had her annual 4th of July cookout so we went to that. I blogged most of the morning and then made my mac and cheese. My family loves it and I make it for most get-togethers. The secret is the sour cream. I got all Betty Crocker-y after looking at Pinterest too and made a couple of patriotic desserts. Here they are:

Patriotic Strawberries
Found at Occasionally Crafty via Pinterest

Found at Hip Hip Hooray via Pinterest.

I wasn't going to do the watermelon but when my job gave us all watermelons on Tuesday, I took it as a sign. I was very happy with how everything turned out!

We caught up on the first two episodes of HBO's new show, The Newsroom, this week. We like Jeff Daniels and the preview caught our attention. I was happy with both episodes but my husband thought the second one felt too scripted. We'll keep watching though. I just hope they do something different with Emily Mortimer's hair. She is constantly fighting to keep it out of her face and it's distracting.

On Saturday, we went to a local-ish theme park, Dollywood.  Yup, that's Dolly as in Dolly Parton.  She grew up just over the mountains in Eastern Tennessee.  We're always up for coasters so when my aunt invited us to tag along and keep my 14-year-old cousin company on the bigger rides, we jumped at the chance.

Emily has not ridden many coasters, so she jumped in at the deep end with their newest coaster, Wild Eagle, which is apparently the first wing coaster in America.  We hit it first before the line got long and so it wasn't looming over her all day.  She was a trooper!  We all loved it!


The only other ride I'll mention is the Mystery Mine.  Holy cow.  O_o  Too intense for me.  Emily had done her homework and wisely skipped out on this one to ride smaller rides with her younger sister.  I did not know what I was in for.  It was only eight people per car so it was one of those little coasters that whips you around curves super-fast.  I smacked my head on the safety-harness thing several times.  But that wasn't the worst part.  The worst part were the 90-degree climbs.  And the 90-degree drop.  I don't do those.  But at that point I didn't have a choice, did I?  They're hidden inside so you can't see what you're in for before you get in line.  I think I left my fingerprints on that coaster as I screamed for my life!  The first one was just a climb and then a little psych-out drop.  When I realized we were doing another climb, I was desperately hoping it was another psych-out.  No such luck.  We teetered at the top for a few seconds, long enough for them to take a picture of us in our weakest moments, and then plunged face-first to our deaths.  Or at least that's what it felt like.  After that it did some really cool corkscrews and a loop and then I staggered off and kissed the ground.  My husband loved it.  The masochist.  I will have nightmares for a while.


Here's the freaky part. There was a little girl in line in front of us. We couldn't figure out who she belonged to, but somebody must be with her, right? Wrong. This little thing, maybe 7 years old, was in line to ride it by herself. She barely met the 48" height requirement. The loading lady thought she was with us and her eyes got huge when she realized the cute little girl was alone. She rode the darn thing. And it scared me--a moderately-brave veteran rider of 33 years of age--half to death. I saw her later with her grandparents and she looked fine. They must have just let her ride whatever she wanted. I can't imagine. *shakes head*

So that's the big stuff from my life this week! Do you have anything new and exciting to share?

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1 comment:

  1. Those 4th of July desserts look fantastic (and healthy)! I was lucky this year because I was on vacation this week anyway. We didn't do anything for the 4th as we were in Canada but I did have a nice time off.

    I've never been to Dollywood but used to pass billboards for it when driving through Tennessee on vacations. I'm not a roller coaster person at all but I have been on a few.

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