Saturday - 7 a.m. - "Do you want to run errands?" said Mom to me, while I was sleeping. "No. Get away from me. I need 30 minutes." Woke up and spent $100 at Target. New pink trench - fab! Mom said in a Wisconsin accent, "O and H. O and H. Where is O and H?" (O&H is a Danish bakery with Kringle, mm!) Found O&H, bought half a dozen Kringles. Starbucks. Mom says, "If you want him to know you like him, pinch his butt." Mouth agape. Hodgie called, "Did you forget about me?" Back to Auntie Sis's. Ate Kringle, brownies and lemon bars for breakfast. Uncle Chuckie and Nubz arrived. Ate sloppy Joes for lunch even though we were still full of Kringle. Saved slideshow file to Mom's desktop and a DVD. Went to Uncle Chuckie's to practice setting up slideshow on his big TV. One hour… two hours… Mom read the instructions. Alex phoned a techy friend but he was M.I.A. Auntie Cookie, David and Nicole arrived. What kind of cables do we need? Finally, Function/F8 works and the slideshow appears on the TV. Watched it twice. Wait, but who is that guy? Debated mysterious stranger in slide show. Danced barefoot in Uncle Chuckie's front yard, singing "Wisconsin grass, Wisconsin grass, it's so soft, I love Wisconsin grass." Then I fell down in a hole. Nubz caught it all on tape. Went to party supply store for fancy party hats and balloons and whatnot. Nubz put a rubber cockroach on my shoulder and I lost it. Threw everything in my hands down the store aisle and ran away. Performed SNL surprise party skit a few times. Went to DeRango's for family reunion and pizza. Ate way too much. Went to Buckets bar to watch Gator game. Played darts and pinball. Gators win, hurray! Drove to Erricka's condo. Counted down to RaeRae's 15th birthday in EST time zone and then again in Central. Rocked out on Guitar Hero and shuffleboard all night. A good time was had by all. Sunday - 3 a.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. - Happy birthday, RaeRae! Snuggled depressed and sick little sis in the bed for a while. Went bowling to celebrate 15 years on the planet. Sucked at bowling, as per usual. Hurt my back, neck and arm - Guitar Hero, gymnastics, dancing and darts didn't help either. Back to Auntie Sis' for surprise party No. 1 of the day. Sang to Rae, ate Danish layer cake. Migrated to Mike and Angelo's pizza place (yes, pizza again!) for Great Gram's party. Delegated tasks in true Angie style. Balloons, streamers, gift table, cake, candles, table cloths, Gram's flapper hat… all finished with time to spare. Set up slide show on Uncle's TV - it worked! Performed SNL skit until I thought Monga would wet her pants. Waited for Great Gram to arrive… SURPRISE! Shocked 90-year-old woman half to death. Played slide show. Ate more pizza. Reunited with the extended family. Ate more cake. Mom and Aunt Peg broke up an almost fight. Scary Daniel. Sketchy party crasher! Went home to Auntie Sis's. Went back to Target, hurray! Birthday shopping spree for RaeRae. Dairy Queen. Big fat cow = me. Crashed in bed. Midnight.
Monday - 8 a.m. - Packed up and ate my last slice of Kringle for breakfast. Drove to Gram's to spend the morning. Her house seems so much different than when we were little.
Played Apples to Apples at the picnic table with Daniel, Rae and Hodgie. Ate chewy sweet tarts for breakfast. Wandered on the Lake Michigan beach and played in the park, just like being a kid. Freezing! Bye, family. Returned rental car. Checked in. Beer and cheese soup, no kidding. Slept all the way home. Whewwwww.