lost, for a little while

final destination: home
July 25, 2011, 8:52 pm
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Ain’t no place like it.


destination: chicago
July 24, 2011, 7:59 am
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"Land of Really Tall Buildings"

As I said goodbye to my friend Eric in Milwaukee, he gave me a tight hug and told me to have fun in Chicago. When I pulled away to walk to my car, I could see a large splotch of beige makeup on his black tee shirt, a profile silhouette which was suspiciously Lisa-shaped. My face was literally melting off.

This did not bode well.

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interlude: milwaukee
July 22, 2011, 8:14 pm
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On the Miller Brewery Tour

My beloved Midwest was conspiring against me.

In Minneapolis–where everyone told me it was best to experience the city by walking around and seeing the parks and lakes–it rained practically every day I was there. And any of the museums that I planned to use as my emergency back-up activities were closed because a little thing called the government was shut down.

(They miraculously fixed that the last day I was in town.)

When I arrived in Milwaukee, the heat wave that would last all week was just getting started. There would be absolutely no wandering–just precise movement to get me from one place of air-conditioned bliss (Eric’s house) to another (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2).

But you know what never lets you down in a time of crisis, of government shut down, of ridiculous, disgusting, sticky heat?


Just my luck, Milwaukee had plenty of it.

interlude: minneapolis
July 20, 2011, 12:15 pm
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Target Stadium in Minneapolis

“Okay, so tomorrow’s Wednesday…”

“Tomorrow is Thursday,” Craig reminded me, for the fourth time that day.

I looked up from where I was sprawled out on his couch, watching reruns of Prison Break on my laptop.



And it was right about then that I realized I had finally entered full-on bum territory. Sure, I had changed out of my sweatpants (at around 1:30 in the afternoon), and yeah, it was raining outside, so it wasn’t really my fault that most of my plans for the day had fallen through, but…

“So, what did you do today?” Craig asked, as he put down his briefcase and undid the top few buttons of his shirt.


Looked at jobs to apply for, didn’t apply for any, went to the Mall of America for an hour, came home, took a nap.

Bum, bum bum bum. BUMMMMMM.

Maybe it’s not such a bad thing that this trip is almost over. See, even without a job, apartment, income, or boyfriend, a life of travel and leisure is pretty awesome. There’s really nothing to motivate me to change that. But once you take away the travel and leisure part?

I predict a lot of personal productivity in my near future.

interlude: grand teton national park
July 14, 2011, 11:37 am
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Grand Teton National Park

People live here.

That’s all I could keep thinking as I was driving around Jackson, Wyoming. Some people get to live just an hour or less from these amazing parks, in a city that’s pretty nice in its own right. They can wake up in the morning and think, “I think I’ll go for a bike ride today,” and in no time at all they’ll be cruising along with the Grand Tetons in the background. Or they’ll decide to go fishing and be casting lines in the Yellowstone River.

It’s pretty unreal to me. And, if I want to indulge my inner whiner for a moment, pretty unfair.

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destination: yellowstone national park
July 13, 2011, 11:55 pm
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Welcome to Yellowstone

Confession: When I first planned this trip, I had no intention of going to Yellowstone. It seemed like one of those destinations too vast to try to cram into a couple measly days, so why bother? But as time went on, I decided to give it a shot, especially since I had wanted to see Grand Teton National Park, as well. But I would have low expectations, and not try to fit in too much while I was there. I’d see some geysers and drive through the park on the way south, and hopefully see some animals along the way.

Yeah, right.

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interlude: glacier national park
July 11, 2011, 3:40 pm
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Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park

While I was in Glacier National Park, I almost ran into a deer. And no, I wasn’t driving.

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