Yesterday we went to the county fair. Yippee! Well actually that outburst was only a teeny bit sarcastic, because it really was fun despite the fact that every year we get kind of disappointed because rides are not there anymore (paratroopers, sigh) and somehow our adorable/cool photos lose to weird/lame ones (sigh again). And also it was very tiring and I got 5 blisters.
OHHHH!! I saw another funny shirt!!!
“Silence is golden. Duct tape is silver.”
I am not the official Documentor of Humorous Tees.
I entered my cranberry bread in the contest, but it sadly didn’t win. So then we got it back, and everybody ate it. (In case you couldn’t guess, the DHFs were also at the Fair…)
Dad and Mom tried squaredancing!! (I tried to say something after this, but I mean what else is there? That sentence is worth a thousand blogged reactions).
Eliza, Bug, and I did the “creative” writing contest. If I was talking to you in person I would have done that stupid air quotes thing around creative. The contest is not really creative, you see. The fair people pick the topic, and usually it is an essay topic. So the real challege for us creative types is “how can we spin this totally lame and boring subject into a story?” Quite fun.
Bug’s topic (she is in the lower age group) “What three changes would you make to the fair?”
Me: (hearing this): Psh! Sooo glad that one isn’t mine. Cuz then I’d have to be all, “maybe have non-crabby people in the junior fair building, and better creative writing topics” because this is so not creative and I mean really what do they–
Topic-giving lady: “And for the older group the topic is, How can we preserve our water supply for future generations?”
Me: Wait, I take it back! I want Bug’s topic! oh cruel fate! What do they want me to do, make a dumb list?
So I sat there for a minute and ended up writing a really weird and angsty story about the future-world where people have to go to Mars to mine the ice caps in order to get water. And much to my surprise, it won!!! (Of course, was there a cash prize like there has been in the past? No. I got a pink tote bag. Seriously? Pink?) And Eliza’s story (which was waaaaay more realistic than mine, btw) won second!!! And Bug won honorable mention!!!
Which reminds me of when I was a little kid, I thought Honorable Mention was the biggest prize (even better than first). You see, I thought it was “Honor of All Mention”.
Oh, and Grandpa was watching the Singing Angels perform, and waving his arms like he was a conductor. I mean Turtle Grandpa.
We saw baby guinea pigs! And baby real pigs! And a goat trying to eat a plastic fence! And partly succeeding! Goats rock, and chickens too but I hate looking at the chickens at the fair because they always seem very streesed and they have plucked out some of their own feathers. But we do love th guinea pigs. Some of them seem weirded out or sad or whatever, and we make guinea pig noises at them and they perk right up. One tiny one was really loud in response to us! Cuteness….
Plus I gave the DHFs the tour of the new Bee Barn!! So exciting!! But the bees were veeeery confused today. They gathered around the trash cans in search of the surgary water of discarded lemonade, and tried to pollinate anything that was brightly colored. Including (but not limited to) the bright yellow cement posts around the trash cans. I could see their little orange togues sticking out as they tried to lick the post. Then they got all frustrated trying to work it like a flower, going around in circles, so finally they gave up and went back to the hive. So no flowers really got pollinated today, I’m thinking the bees are a wee bit distracted.
Steph and I rode the Egypt Ride like a million times. Then I ate sweet corn (perfect ending) and it poured buckets, so Dodge and I had to run through the deluge so he could buy a slingshot. Avioding puddles was pretty futile so in the end I just ran through the big ones on purpose and got the hem of my skirt soaked. Then Mom and I (for some unknown reason) stayed up until like 1:30 laughing at my retelling of jokes I’ve heard (“Y’know, they only want to save the cute animals. Dolphins getting caught in the tuna nets! Dolphins getting caught in tuna nets! Hey, what about the TUNA getting caught in the tuna nets?”)
Anyway. Fun and tiring and I’m glad all the summer festivals are behind us. They’re enjoyable but they are always so close together and it wears me out!