The Worst Thing Ever

My mother-in-law gave me this yesterday. She was cleaning out some junk, and this was in the pile of crap she decided to get rid of. A friend of hers had picked it up at a yard sale thinking it was funny, and my mother-in-law was too sweet to tell that friend just how repulsive she thought the thing was. So she gave it to me, with instructions to “give it away or break it” making it very clear that she didn’t ever want to see it again. And who can blame her?

It’s awful. It’s horrendous. It’s even a little creepy. And you know what I’m going to do with it? Keep until Christmas, and then give it back to her. I have exactly 6 months to wait with this monstrosity, and I’m not sure I could make it even a day longer.

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Scheduling A Birth

Scheduling a birth is a very strange thing. I know exactly when my baby will be born. I know the date, I know the approximate time, and I can plan my schedule accordingly. While it’s extraordinarily convenient, it somehow just doesn’t seem right.

For example, 2 weeks ago I was able to schedule 2.5 weeks for our business to be closed. When customers called, I could say “The last day we’ll be working will be April 2, and then we’ll be closed until April 22 because we’re having a baby.”

Today, when I talk about tomorrow I can say, “We’ll go get gas in the car, stop at the post office to mail out our taxes, and we’ll go to the bank. Then we’ll go have a baby.”

How weird is that?

Since I know the birth is tomorrow, around 2:30, I can truly decide how I’d like to spend my last days. Last night my husband and I went out for a nice dinner. The last dinner we’ll have in a restaurant without spaghetti on the walls for quite some time, I imagine. I started with crab dip, he got bean soup. Then I got salmon with spinach and

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Roadtrip 2010, Part Holy

Holy Land USA, Waterbury CT.

Built in the 1950’s, Holy Land USA was a thriving tourist destination throughout the 60’s and 70’s. The life, journeys, and deeds of Jesus were depicted on a trail through an area that had been transformed into a replica of the biblical lands of Israel, Syria, and Jordan.

The attraction closed in the early 80’s, and has since been reopened in Bedford Virginia. You know, in case you’re feeling like you really need a 3-mile long “spiritual journey” in rural Virginia, the holiest of all holy places. As soon as I heard about the one in CT, I knew I had to go experience it.

There’s not much I can say, except that I’m sad we missed the catacombs. I didn’t see that, and forgot to look. Not that I’d have gone in there wearing shorts and flip-flops. Okay, maybe I would have. It’s my photographer’s nature. I’ve been climbing into dark, weird, smelly, and creepy places for years, camera in tow.

It was a good place for our final stop. We had a nice walk, I jogged up a hill, and the ride through Waterbury was enjoyable. If you’re planning to go,

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Roadtrip 2010, Part Hippie

What can I say about Wild Bill’s Nostalgia Center? Not much, because he was closed on Memorial Day. We did some looking around outside, though, and there was really a lot to see. I wish we could have gone inside! I’m sure I could have wandered around for hours and still not have seen it all.

This clown silo is between the main store and what appeared to be a creepy old funhouse. Maybe it was a haunted house. Probably a haunted funhouse. Lots of people are afraid of clowns. What’s up with that? Clowns are just people with makeup on. Are they scared of drag queens and pageant contestants too? Clowns aren’t scary.

Hey look! A black guy is playing basketball in there! Maybe he’ll let us in! Oh, wait – that’s a mannequin.

A gorilla with sunglasses! Maybe she’ll let us in! Oh wait – that’s me.

You’ll see no better pictures of me than that one, because I look way too much like Dolly Dimples in photographs. They say the camera adds 20 pounds. I’m pretty sure my camera adds 200. And only to me.

The one on the right just heard what I said about

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Roadtrip 2010, Part Dino

My goal when planning this one-day roadtrip was to find as many stops as I could without increasing our overall drive time by much. I picked 4 places, which all combined would make our trip entirely different than the way up to Mass. was, but added only 15 minutes in the car.

What sort of kooky things are there between Boston and Philadelphia? Wells Dino Haven, for one. This place is impressive. What one man was able to create on a hill beside his house is nothing short of amazing. He started with wood, then learned to weld and moved on to metal. It is wonderful to explore, and very gracious of him to allow strangers to romp around on his property.

What you’ve seen so far can all be viewed before even entering the gate into Dino Haven. Now let me take you inside.

This guy is the first to greet you as you walk in.

I love the colors on this one.

I almost missed this little guy, he was a bit camouflaged.

There was no way to miss this family, perched on the hill. I love the blue!

Lunch time.

She likes it in the sun.

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