Oh, to be back in October, when all was wonderful in Haslett. It’s time for a random picture, and this one comes from not far away, at Brattin Woods Park on Okemos Road. I especially like the whirlpool look on the water. Though I can’t be sure, I think it was caused by a circling shark.
Today is the first day of a year-long contract at Michigan State. I’ll be doing some MVC applications for a section of the university that supports the rest of the university. First days are always awkward, but it was a good one. I have my own office with a standup desk and my very own thermostat – very important. And I am now the possessor of an MSU parking pass, which allows me to park almost anywhere on campus. Yes, the power is mine.
It was bound to happen. It happens every year, but I keep hoping it won’t: First Snow. We react in different ways. Some weep uncontrollably. Some go skiing. Some create snow sculptures on the deck furniture:
I tend to hit the trails. Surprisingly, I wasn’t the only one out at Lake Lansing North during the 8-inch snowfall.
Summer seems so long ago now.
It’s good to have friends in high places. In this case, having a friend with an apartment on Washington Square in Lansing to watch the Silver Bells in the City parade.
This is the second time I’ve seen Silver Bells, and both time were from inside. That is my preferred way. Having wine, chili, and cake is such a better experience that being out in the cold. And after the parade concluded, we watched the fireworks over the Capitol Building.
You never know what you’ll discover in Grand Rapids:
This is from the Grand Rapids Public Museum‘s current exhibit on King Tut. The bulk of the exhibit shows replicas of what was found in King Tutankhamun’s tomb by Howard Carter in 1922. Along with each exhibit, an audio guide explained what was displayed and some of the history behind the objects.
There were hundreds of items that told about the pharaoh and how he lived and died. My favorite was the famous death mask, something that wasn’t for sale, BTW:
The exhibit runs through January 2016, and you can buy tickets from the GRPM website.
And while I was in the building, I walked through the exhibit on Prohibition, that terrible time in American history where beautiful beer, among other things, was banned. And I got my picture taken with a couple of shady characters:
The weather… well, it sucked. Rain and wind and cold, it’s what we’ve come to expect on October 31st. But we still got quite a haul of candy, not to mention all the candy that Andrea didn’t pass out because of a lower then average turnout.
But before the wind and rain hit us, Andrea got a good picture of Hermione before she hits the street.
Who doesn’t need a cat stencil for carving a pumpkin? That’s right, nobody. So here you go: http://www.dltk-holidays.com/t.asp?b=m&t=http://www.dltk-holidays.com/halloween/images/bpatterncat3.gif
Someone attempted to lure me into a phishing scheme – I feel so honored. I don’t answer my phone if I don’t know the number, but the woman left a message saying it was a courtesy call from Consumer’s Energy.
In case you were wondering, the number was (517) 913-1118.
Anyways, I looked up the number on the wonderful Internet thing that you may have heard of. In addition to the list of people saying it was a scam, I also saw MLive had an article about it. An unoriginal approach to getting money, but apparently, it has worked in the past. But not today.
Mackinac Island 2015 is in the books. It was an eventful one where we were blessed with good weather and no (count them, zero) major injuries. We had good food at Mary’s Bistro, Goodfellow’s Grill, and Cawthorne’s Village Inn. And yes, we bought fudge – it is a city ordinance that you can’t leave the island without fudge, so what could we do?
For the second year, we stayed at the Metivier Inn, a B&B on Market Street. We had another nice visit, and Metivier has become my favorite place to stay on the island. In addition to a nice room and a generally quiet room, they have a good breakfast buffet and nice staff. And they’re not far from the Shepler docks.
We burned off many of those calories with a hike up to the newly rebuilt Fort Holmes. If you seek a nice view of the island, that is where you need to see. The second floor isn’t open to the public (or the private, come to think of it – there are no stairs), so don’t get your hopes up. I was hoping that would be the spot to ride out the zombie apocalypse, but without a second floor, I don’t think that will happen.
But as I mentioned, we ate a lot, and we needed even more activity. We saw several spots on the interior, like Skull Cave and Sugarloaf. But we also took a ride around the island, too. Of course we checked out Arch Rock – you can see it from the highway. (Yes, the road that runs around the island, M185, is a state highway). We stopped a couple of times to skip rocks, and ate homemade chips at The Cannonball at British Landing.
After a fun-filled weekend, Andrea took this picture at the Grand Hotel gardens. Until next year…
It’s Random Picture Wednesday, a category I just made up, and could very well forget about next week. But for now… here is Elena in line for the water slide on the Disney Dream. It’s our first day on the cruise, and we’re loaded with food and ready for four days of sun and fun. Well, three days of sun – that Nassau day wasn’t the best weather.