Pictures from camp

By Mir
October 10, 2009

So we were supposed to go on our last big camping trip this weekend, and we shopped and packed and measured out dog food and loaded up the camper and then I spiked a fever.

Because I am nothing if not able to ruin everyone’s plans without breaking a sweat. (Actually, I’m totally lying. The fever, you know… I was a little sweaty.)

Rather than TRULY ruin everything for everyone else, I assured the family that it was okay if they went without me. Because everyone had been so looking forward to it, and there was no reason for everyone to stay home just because I was feeling crummy. The kids were a little too quick to agree, and even went so far as to insist that Licorice was also really looking forward to camping!

So the whole lot of them left. It is VERY quiet here.

I’d probably enjoy the peace and quiet more if I didn’t have this persistent fork-in-the-brain level headache, and if I could stay away for more than twenty minutes at a time. But whatever.

(In other words, I really miss my dog family. Also, my head hurts.)

Fortunately, my husband (who, yes, just to be clear, drove off with his two stepkids and a dog into the wilderness, ON PURPOSE) has been kind enough to send me a few photos to ease any worries I might have about how they’re getting along.

Like, first he mailed me yesterday when they arrived to report that the campground was terrible and they weren’t going to have any fun at all.


And then today he wanted to tell me that they’d met up with friends who have a boat, and Monkey dreams of starring in “Titanic” someday…


… while the girls are favoring a more relaxed approach to aquatic adventure.


(I cannot believe I’m stuck here at home while my dog is wearing an adorable little canine lifevest. HMPH.)


  1. getsheila

    Nice relaxing photos for my leisurely Saturday viewing pleasure, when I should be out digging in the dirt but sit at my computer in my jammies instead.

    Hope you feel better soon, funny lady.

  2. Karen

    OOoh, Mir, that totally sucks. Just saying…

  3. BethR

    I’m sorry you feel icky, but what a lovely reminder that you hit the jackpot with Otto!

    And yes, Licorice is adorable in her canine lifejacket :)

  4. Jenn

    You may be feeling crummy, but all is not lost… The college students will be SO PLEASED that you posted something on Saturday. :)

    Hope you feel better soon!

  5. MomCat

    I adore that pic on the stairs – classic! In B&W, it would be Cartier-Bresson.

  6. Half Assed Kitchen

    I would give anything to have my husband drive off with my kids for the weekend…possibly even spike a fever. :)

  7. Tam

    Are you telling me all I have to do to get a weekend to myself, is to spike a fever?! WHY has it taken me this long to understand such a simple logic! Get Better :)

  8. Randi

    Awww! I hope you’re feeling better Mir! (Great photos, BTW!)

  9. Nelson's Mama

    I’m loving that Licorice is living a “dog’s life”.

    Feel better soon.

  10. Megan

    Sorry but, Otto? Is AWESOME! Also, do take advantage of the quiet as much as possible, hmmm? we all know, won’t last long.

  11. pam

    Not that I wouldn’t love to spend the afternoon lolly gaggin with you Mir, but I wanna go on the boat too….

  12. Nicole

    Holy moly, he took both kids and dog by himself? Commendable. I have to confess that I might fake a fever is someone tried to get me to go camping.

  13. mama speak

    Dude, I need to go lick a shopping cart now, if that’s all it takes to get a weekend off. (Did I completely gross you out? I was going for realistic, but still gross. B/c I totally could’ve gone grosser, trust me. But you wouldn’t have believed it. It was too over the top.)

    And there better be tons of adorable little doggie in life vest photos, b/c that’s is a Kodak moment if I ever saw one.

  14. Nicki

    It’s official. Otto is a keeper. And since Licorice seems to be sticking, I’m guessing there will be lots of life vest moments in her future. (And you might even get to be a part of some!)

  15. RuthWells

    I dunno — I’d be pretty delighted if everyone left me alone in the house for a few days. Without the fever and headache, though.

  16. Tracy

    Despite the fever and headache, I’d say you were pretty lucky to have such a wonderful weekend. Peace and quiet. Nothing wrong w/that.

  17. Katie in MA

    What a great excuse to go AGAIN! Hope you’re feeling better…

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