Friday, June 27, 2008

Oh The Pressure of a Title

I interrupt this bloggy break to talk you about a few important issues. And I know that Sisters Blog hasn't been on a break, but I have. Please tell me you've noticed that I haven't been around much. Because even though it's summer and I'm doing very important things like watching Flipping Out on Bravo and drinking beer on the deck with my husband, I have really been missing you all.

And I'll be back soon. That is my plan. But first I need to figure out how I can blog while riding a tube behind our boat, taking Logan to swim lessons and trying to keep up with the weeds in my garden. And the rabbits, who seem to enjoy tormenting me year after year. They are so lucky I don't set a trap and lay in wait for them.

Anyway. Tonight begins the Sisters Annual "Let's Get Together and Talk" weekend. And it's not just for our sisters, but for all the girls over the age of 18 who are related to us. Which probably doesn't mean you, so give up the dream.

This year, I am the hostess. Which terrifies me because Sisters Big and Mary Elephant hosted the first two years and the bar was raised mighty high. I finally decided to not even attempt to achieve their level of food deliciousness. And that is a very good thing for whomever hosts next year, because ya'll? I'm lowering the standard this weekend. And for that, I am mighty sorry.

I needed to communicate some vital information to the Sister Family so that they would be adequately prepared for the weekend. Sassy enjoyed the back-and-forth emails so much that she asked to post them. And since I usually do whatever she tells me to, here they are for your entertainment.

And lurkers? We see you here every day. Don't be afraid to comment and tell us what you're doing this weekend. Sassy and I are pretty nice. Well, I'm pretty nice. With Sassy, it just depends on the day. Oh, I kid. She's almost always nice. Ya'll have a good week end and I'll be back soon.

Sister HB:
Here's the deal:
You arrive Friday. Be prepared to eat, drink and be merry. We'll listen to our CD, talk, drink some drinks, talk some more. Swing in our new swing. Mom will weed my gardens. We'll have a fire in the fire pit. Feel free to roast a marshmallow. Remember that I am not the cook that Dianna and Robin are, but I have the best of intentions.

We'll draw names to see who sleeps where. Although Tom already called "Top Bunk" for Rachel because he figures she weighs about "a buck ten". Apparently the rest of us are lard asses. And he means that with all the love in the world.

If you have a request to sleep alone, let me know. I can make that work. If you want to sleep on the boat and pretend you're all exotic, I can do that too. Whatev.

I have five pillows. You do the math. If you like a special cozy blanket please bring that. If you need me to spoon you to sleep I'm open to that as well. I'm the hostess with the mostess.
Please remember that the master bedroom and master bath have not been remodeled. Or decorated. They are ugly. Be kind.

Saturday morning, I will prepare a delicious breakfast. Shower, shave shit. (Sorry, I just had to say that.) We need to leave my house by 10am. Did you know we're going on a canoe trip? Try not to be hung over, mmm'k?

We'll arrive at the Platte River. They'll show us how to canoe and not tip. Some of you will tip though. It's gonna happen. Deal with it. Then a guy will follow me down to our destination where I will drop off the tahoe and food. Please don't let me leave without distributing beverages for our 3 Hour Tour. Really it's 2 1/2 hours. Should we have a cooler in the canoe as well? Talk to me about this one, people. Do we want just water, diet Coke, and juice boxes for Rachel? Or also some adult beverages for the canoing portion of the day?

At the end of the river, we will arrive at sugar sand beaches of beautiful Lake Michigan. Don't forget your swimsuit. There will also be some yummy food for lunch. And by "yummy" I mean "edible".

We'll relax, watch Sassy swim, talk some more. Go back to my place and get ready to go out.
That night, we do the Progressive Dinner-Traverse City Restaurant Style. We'll start at Cafe Habana. We'll end at Poppycocks. We may go somewhere to listen to some music and watch Jill dance. Because she's cute.

Sunday. Get up. Please leave. Kidding. Relax, drink coffee, eat some bagels and fruit because I aint cooking. Then get out of my house already.

Any questions? Any suggestions? Can't wait to see you.

Sister Big:
Oh all right. I'll come; I've got nothing better to do. You can spoon me, feed me, heck, you can even spoon-feed me!

We have to pick up "Buck Ten" from GR airport at 11:00, stop by the Barothy Lodge for a look at a place for a family reunion, swing by Crystal to look at a barn, then we'll be in Traverse City. ETA: 5:30 p.m.

See ya Friday.

Rachie Roo:
"Buck twenty-eight" here.

Mom, why are we going to a barn? Sister HB, I don't really like juice boxes, although I do appreciate the offer. Can't wait to see everyone!

Sister Sassy
WHo do I get to snuggle? Can I just go home and climb in bed with Jim, then go back? Because I'm afraid of rachel falling through the top bunk on top of me.

And HB forgot to mention the pageant that Kiiki, Logan and Boogs are putting on. That is right before Dinner on Friday.

HB: Does anyone have advice about canoe beverages?

Sassy: YOu can get one of those floating coolers-I'll suggest lots of water in the hot sun

Rachie Roo: agree with the water suggestion.

HB: Where does one find a fancy cooler like that?

Sister Sassy
uh... I'd try a store. Duh! But seriously dude, the water in the river should be cold, we can throw them in a mesh bag and hang them in the water to trail alongside our canoe. LIke a fish net but not for fish... Like a beer net, or coke net.

HB: You got a net?

Sister Sassy
You got an itch to bug me? lol, jk. I have a red mesh laundry bag belonging to Kiki. That could work if I find it. I'm sure Logan has something similar.

Sister Big
The net idea is an awesome one. That way we don't have to worry about tipping and losing a cooler. A couple of nets is even a better idea. Three hours in a canoe on the water can make one thirsty.

Sister Sassy
I have my big red net laundry bag for drinks for my canoe. We have a cooler- its skinny though so it doesn't fit a ton.

Sister Redd

Sister Sassy
If I'm sharing a bed, does that mean I have to shave my legs?

Sister HB
Sassy- You're sleeping with me and your legs better be silky smooth. I don't want to be scraped when you roll over in you sleep.

All: Does anyone have a small cooler? I have one, but I think we should use two for the beverages. They'll float, so if we tip save the drinks, then your partner. In that order.
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Courtney said...

The e-mails were pretty freaking hilarious!

Valarie said...

Oh my gosh!! I love reading the e.mails back and forth!!

We are hoping to do something like this in the fall, but I don't think we will be canoeing. Even though that would be tons of fun!

fishwithoutbicycle said...

This reminds me of the back and forth before the girls' weekends with my own gaggle. We have the best time, although I think my liver often regrets it. Have fun!!

Anonymous said...

I'll stop lurking. Sounds like a lot of fun. Do we get to see pictures of people falling out of canoes...just hoping.

Ashlee said...

Since I am a long lost sister {according to legend} does that mean that I get to come? I promise I'm over 18! I'll even drink some juice boxes! :0)

High hopes said...

I didn't think you disappeared, I figured you got busy. I love sitting on the deck in the warm weather, its hard to blog in a hot house.

I think I have to have a sisters weekend, (but have to invite a couple of girlfriends) I only have my twin sister. The more the merrier!

bighairenvy said...

I host a sisters/BFF's gathering every Memorial Day weekend. We substitute jello shooters for the juice boxes :)

kspin said...

Oh this post made me miss you and your sister so much! I'm not loving this lack of internet at the parent's stuff. I can't see what two of my favorite girls are doing!

Just finished a weekend with 2 of my sisters helping one move into a new house. Have to say it was a lot of fun! Don't worry about the planning too much. Getting sisters+friends together=fun! Enjoy your time away!

Sister Sassy said...

Hey all, we haven't forgotten you! Been so busy this week and last that I can't think straight. Stay tuned for a bloggy update of meeting a bloggy friend and the sister's weekend recap!

Shamelessly Sassy said...

I wish that I had sisters. especially because I wish to call on of them Sister 'Mary Elephant'. bahah. Okay, but my favorite part of the emails was this:
'You got a net?'
i'm not sure why but it cracked me up. Hope you all had a fun time.

Kelly said...

You and your 'sisters' are so lucky Judi! I am surrounded by men, two brothers, two sons, etc - I envy your girl power ;) Love the pic - you look like the sister I always wished for :) Hope your weekend was amazing.