Derek's Days

What a weekend…

Posted in Summer by moesker007 on July 13, 2008

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What a weekend this has been..if you didn’t know it was our 2nd Annual Camping Adventure, sort-of. 

Friday, I got done with work a bit early at 4:00 and ran around town getting the final things together for camping. Around 5:00 Amy, Alycia and I headed out to the campground. Alyssa, Jack, Bonnie, Ali, and Chelsea were already there. The tent (a three tent-connection type one with one main tent and 2 smaller ones) was up and everything was going pretty well. After we had a delicious dinner of chicken-fettucini alfredo, things started to go downhill.

We began prepping for rain as we saw storm clouds approaching from across the lake.  We got most of the food/screen stuff put into cars then we added a few tarps to our tent and went inside. It began to rain while we were figuring out sleeping situations and moving blankets/sleeping bags around. It QUICKLY turned from rain to storm. All of a suddent Amy and I were in our small tent literally holding it down against the direction that the wind was blowing with all of our strength, arms spread out as far as possible. Jack and Asleigh, and Alycia and Chelsea were all doing the same. Rain was literally coming through the fabric of the tent.

After holding out for a good 5 minutes, we decide that it isn’t going to let up and that we needed to leave. So, in one big move we all stopped holding the tent down, grabbed whatever we could in front of us and ran to the cars. We took a few runs back to the site to put out the flaring up fire and grab a few other things and got outta there. We left behind whatever we didn’t grab including the tent, screen tent, propane tank, burner, etc. Between soaked clothes, fallen branches, and relentless rain the drive home (Alyssa’s) was quite the fete in itself. When we got to Alyssa’s we took all the wet stuff outta the cars, figured out what just happened then went to sleep.

Sunday morning came with the news that Ashleigh got in a car accident. Ashleigh and Alycia had to work in the morning, so Ashleigh took Alyssa’s car and dropped of Alycia at her car then was heading back, going north on Ellis. A man in a white Aztek ran the stop sign on 8th St, went through the south lane on Ellis then t-boned Ash. The man had a revoked license, was drunk, and possibly has no insurance. Luckily, Ashleigh only had got a cut up arm. Unluckily, Alyssa’s car is definitely smashed borderline totaled. Amy and Alyssa went to get Ashleigh after she called then came back to the house. After looking at the cuts some more, se decided she should go to the ER since there was glass/metal in a few of her cuts.

While she was at the Hospital, I dropped off Ali and Chelsea at Chelesa’s house then went back to Alyssa’s to clean up the house/do everyones wet laundry. Around noon, the moms (Alyssa’s Marissa’s and Ashleigh’s) came in from the cabin and Ash was done at the hospital so we went out to eat at The Golden Glow. After everyone took showers, we headed back out to Herbster to attempt camping again.

This time we staked the tent into the dirt (after we found all of it), kind of in the ditch, at the campground and it was Me, Jack, Amy, Alyssa, Marissa and Ashleigh. We ended up setting everyhting up then went to visit Mrs. Branham and Mrs. Woodworth. We stopped at Branham’s but she wasn’t home so we proceeded onto Bayfield to see Liz (Liz Woodworth). We hung at her house for a bit, caught up on our lives then stopped at the candy store and headed back to the campground in Herbster.

We got back and started cooking dinner then saw the same sight over the lake as Saturday. The sky was dark, it was super windy, and was raining over the lake. We decided we didn’t want to have another Saturday experience so we packed up all the stuff, and headed to Jack’s cabin in Iron River. 

It worked out really well once we got there. We made beef-chicken-pepper-onion-mushroom shish kabobs, corn on the cob, and fried potatoes. It was super tasty. After dinner we just chilled at the cabin. went for a night time pontoon ride then went to be around midnight. Jack woke up early today to go back to camp so it was just Amy, Ashleigh, Alyssa, Marissa and I in the morning. We cleaned up the cabin then headed into town. 

Amy, Alyssa and I went to Alyssa’s where we dealt with al the camping stuff/cleaned up the house a bit (Alyssa’s family was home from the cabin). Amy worked at 4:00 and I came home to deal with laundry, and computer stuff and my car and yadayada. 

Now I’m just dreading work tomorrow and am very tired. I have to admit, this year’s camping adventure is not going to be one to forget. 

I uploaded lots of pictures to the Flickr, here’s the link! 

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Back to the grind..

Posted in Summer by moesker007 on July 6, 2008

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Yet again, it’s been a while since my last blog. It’s hard to keep this up in the summer as the weeks are filled with work and the weekends with having fun. This week was all about prepping for the 4th.

Tuesday I tried to bring the camper down to the campground for the Buckallew’s and their Friend’s (Lisa, John and Jake) to stay in but there were no spots open. Luckily, an old couple saw me driving around looking for a spot and offered theirs to us if we could go get it the next morning after they left.  So, Wednesday morning I got up around 8:00 and hauled the camper down to the spot. It worked out perfectly; they even put up a little “in use” sign when they left so no one else would take it. After I got the camper all set up down there I headed into work, I made it there around 9:30. 

Thursday I took off from the Pizza Pub and a half day at Bretings. Grandma and grandpa were back home from Wausau and so was Sharron (my grandma’s sister) and my cousin Erica.  The Buckallews and their friends were also home. We just hung out at the camper and took a trip to the Pub for dinner. It was very nice.

Friday was the 4th of July. Happy 232nd (I think) Birthday USA!  It was a great day, super fun. We all went to the Parade then had lunch at the camper. Grandma made some SUPER tasty BBQ’s.  After lounging on the beach for a good amount of time I had to go to work. Luckily it went fast, I worked from 5:00-8:00 and it was with Amy so it was actually kind of fun! After work I went back down to the camper then we watched the fire run and fireworks. Even grandma came to the fireworks! The works this year were pretty good, a little drawn-out but the finale was great. I’m going to miss that Ore Dock echo; I’m not sure how long it’s going to stay up! After the Fireworks Amy, Alyssa and I met Bonnie and some people out at the Hudak’s for some more fireworks. I mangaged to go to sleep around midnight, I think.

Saturday I got up and The Buckallew’s Friends were already gone and grandma and Rhonda had the camper all cleaned up. I drove down to the lake and picked up the camper then brought it home. It was so great having that camper spot for the 4th, it worked out perfectly! After I got ready, I met the Buckallew’s and we went down to Buddie’s for lunch. We walked around downtown for a bit then Jack, Alyssa, Jake (Alyssa’s brother) and I went out to Jack’s cabin to lounge around on the pontoon.  We sat out on the lake for a bit then came back in and Jack cooked us some dinner. He made me a steak, which was actually pretty good. I haven’t ate a steak in a longggggggg time. After Jack’s cabin I came back into town then Me, Mutty and Amy drove out to Grand View for their fireworks. They are always so good, and it was no different this year. We met Alyssa, Mar, Allie, Josh, Ben, Mary, Jasmine, Brent and Brendan out there. After the fireworks Amy, Chelsea and I went to Allie’s cabin for a bit for some fire-action then headed home. I got to bed before 2:00 I think.

Now, I’m sitting in the Minneapolis Airport waiting for the fam jam to land from Seattle. Hopefully they had a good time, according to their blog it seems like it! I headed out of Ashland today around 9:00 then stopped at my apt to drop of an amazing counterstop/storage thing that grandpa made for my kitchen. Now I’m just waiting at the baggage claim for them to arrive, after this we’ll probably stop at Rosedale Mall then head back to Ashland.

P.S. I uploaded some pictures to my Flickr, here’s the link. 

Muskie Fest?

Posted in Summer by moesker007 on June 22, 2008

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This week of work went pretty alright. Nothing too crazy, imagine that. haha. It was pay day on Thursday, which is perhaps what I didn’t mind working that much this week! It was also pay day at the Pub on Friday, I still haven’t gotten my check yet though.

Bonnie, Alycia, Chelsea, and Maria left for Washington mid week and will be back on the 27th I think? We had a fire at our NEW secret beach which is where the picture is from for today’s blog. It’s a pretty sweet new beach.

Friday was my first bike riding day. We rode 24 miles! It was definitely a good ride, it took about 2 and a half hours though. Soon we will improve that, but I thought it was pretty good for our first ride! There was some hills though that really got the legs burning, hopefully we’ll be all ready for the Firehouse.

After our ride we were super hungry so we went to the Deep Water and I seriously ate 4 hot wings first, then my ENTIRE prime rib, sweet potato fries, veggies and creme brule afterwords. It was intense.

Saturday Alyssa and I went to Spooner to drop off Jake at his hockey scrimmage then stopped at Muskie Fest in hayward on the way home. It was actually pretty cool, very busy, lots of booths, typical “days/fest” type of crowd. Buts till cool, I got a delicious indian taco, mini doughnuts and a sweet cutting board for my apt.

When we got back in town we grabbed my full size mattress from Bob’s house and brought it to the storage shed. Haha, it was quite the task trying to fit in the shed, but we got it. After that Ashleigh, Alyssa and I went to the Bistro with my grandma and grandpa for dinner. I had a super tasty grilled chicken sandwich.

That’s about it for now, today I’m just going to relax and get some stuff done before work tomorrow. I’m pretty excited for the 4th coming up I haven’t seen The Buckallews in quite some time. I’m also excited for The Cichons to come up, I don’t think they are for the 4th but they are like the 2nd or 3rd week of July. I haven’t seen them in so long! It’s kinda ridiculous I haven’t since I lived so close to them in the cities, it’s just hard to have time to go over there. Well either way, I look forward to seeing all of my cousins, aunts and uncles.

I’m also going to go drop off the famjam at the airport for Washington next Saturday. It’s going to be kind of weird not having them here for the 4th, but I’m sure they’ll have fun. We’re using the camper for the 4th which is quite exciting, it should be fun! Grandma and grandpa will probably even come down!

I guess that’s all that is happening in my life as of now…I’m just busy working away, living for the weekends.

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Surviving Work

Posted in Summer by moesker007 on June 10, 2008

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Tomorrow is Wednesday, hump day, yuck. Luckily I don’t have to work at the Pizza Pub at night, just Bretting’s during the day. I’m definately not liking working there. It’s just one of those things that will always bug me but I’m not going to do anything about it. Monday I was there until about 8:30 and I could’ve stayed later just because it got busy right around the time I was getting ready to leave. I guess it just really irks me because I work all day, it would be so nice to just have all my weeknights off. Oh well I guess, I can’t complain about the money.

Monday, like I said, I worked all day until about 8:30. Amy and Bonnie came in and ate some hawaiian pizza with me then I was getting the place ready for me to leave and we started to get busy again. It was ridiculous. I just hate that when I know I could be having fun or doing something else productive in my life with that time. But I did managed to sneak out of there around 8:30 and immediately headed to Bonnie’s where we played some sweet Frisbee in the dark and made s’mores around the fire. It was Me, Alyssa, Chelsea (Mutty), Amy, Vanessa and Alycia. I left there around 11:30, dropped Alyssa off at her house, got $20 worth of gas (which by the way, does nothing) and headed home.

Today I got up and went to work from 9:00-10:30 then left to go to my dentist appointment. It was just for a cleaning so it was pretty painless and quick. After that me, grandma and grandpa went out to lunch. They didn’t care where we went so I picked The New China Restaurant. It was super tasty we got

  • Potstickers
  • Chicken Lo Mein
  • Chicken Fried Rice
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken

They both liked it, and said it was something different form the “norm”. It’s good to get them outta that norm once in a while, so I’m glad they liked it!

I went back to work from 1:00-4:00 then stopped at my grandma’s for a bit where I helped grandpa change his ink cartridge on the printer and showed him how to check the ink levels. He’s pretty good on his computer, it’s quite amazing. When I left he was typing a letter to his brother that he will eventually print out then mail it to him with pictures that he’s scanned in or taken and also printed out. It’s quite amazing, I’m glad he likes the computer so much. Grandma is also doing pretty good with her technology, she got a new black razr cell phone a few weeks ago, and I am glad to report that she knows how to work it very well already. She even knows how to read text messages that I sometimes send. Boy, what tech-savvy grandparents I have!

After work Allie, Jack and I went down to the Ore Dock and managed to sneak in again. I think the large metal gate is like permanently open now so all you have to do is climb over the chain fence and you’re in! We got some good pictures this time, as I had more time and a tripod. It was fun, Allie got to learn a bit about her digital SLR from me too. The best pictures are up on Flickr. Here’s a direct link, or click on the side bar over there ——> for my entire photo stream 

In other news, Apple released the 3G iPhone. Thank you Apple, thank you. I’m so excited! It is avilable to purchase July 11th. I’m so pumped! There are a whole bunch of new things, but mostly it now has 3G (near broadband speed internet anywhere) and GPS (for directions). It’s also has a bit different form factor, but most importantly. The one I will be getting is only $299. That’s $300 less than what I paid for my current iPhone one year ago. Perfect. I can’t wait!

The only problem with that July 11th release date is that I will be camping, so I won’t be able to be at the Apple Store! Yup, we finally picked a date for camping and details are beginning to come out. So far, Me, Bonnie, Amy, Alycia, Chelsea, Mariah, and Vanessa are for sure going, Alyssa and Jack are pretty sure going and Beth and Ashleigh I haven’t heard from. It’s going to be super fun! We decided upon Herbster again, gotta keep the tradition going!

Don’t forget to check out the Fickr. There are two new things on there, photos from the ore dock and some new pictures in the “Summer 2008” set