It was an unbelievable haunted experience tonight.  After waiting in line for maybe half an hour, which isn’t bad, we were loaded onto a haybed that was suspiciously empty.  They always left with people, but rarely came back with anyone.  We were then told that there would be no touching the actors, although the actors will definitely be touching us.  He said the hayride would last about 15 minutes.  They would be taking us out into the forest and then we would be dropped off, leaving us to figure out our way back.

As we drove through some spectacular and sometimes spooky scenery, we would happen across various destinations filled with all types of ghoulish creatures that had no problem jumping on the wagon and confronting us, face to face.  One of my ‘firsts’ for the night was a man clad in a skull-like face.  He kneeled down to peer into my eyes as he caressed my face.  I wasn’t sure if he was trying to freak me out or make-out with me, but it was still effective.  Another got so close that all I could see was black and hear his muffled scream at point blank range.

We were finally let off by an innocent enough looking building.  Women in ghastly nurse uniforms greeted us and we were slowly let in by groups.  It was just John and me.  I had a feeling we would be getting more attention than if we went with a larger group, and I was not disappointed in my assumption.  When we entered the first building, another nurse tried to inject my face with a large needle.  Then one of the mental patients pressed me up against the wall, wielding a nice sharp blade.

Room after room, building after building, we were assaulted with various gruesome images and other devices to entertain most of our very heightened senses.  A small room with two girls dressed up as dolls and a boy dressed up as another, pulled us aside and played with us while many other visitors were able to go on by.  Sometimes I’d tell them to flee as quickly as possible, but some were too foolish and were caught with us to play with the ‘children’.

After an hour and a half of my experience, I was pretty exhausted, both physically and emotionally, but it was in a good way.  I don’t think I’ve ever had that much interaction with such a talented group of people.  They did an amazing job to make our experience unforgettable and I’m looking forward to going again next year or sooner, if I can find some more people to join us.  If you’re in Minnesota and you’re not too shy about being touched and manipulated in fun creepy ways, please check it out.

As we made our way to the front of the farm, a creepy man on stilts was walking by.  He creaked with every movement and was a perfect way to end our night.  I tried to grab my phone in time to catch his silhouette in front of the lamplight, but unfortunately I was too late.  He noticed me, however, and made sure to come over and lean in for a lovely photo-op.  I only wished my iPhone had taken a crisper photo.  John and I then bought some t-shirts because they deserve all the extra cash they can get.

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Tonight, at the Thursday Fright Night, was a viewing of Christopher R Mihm’s “The Late Night Double Feature”.  This was a special treat, since Mr. Mihm makes his 1950s-era “drive-in cinema” movies here in Minnesota. 

After the screening, people could go up to his display table to buy some of his other movies, take pictures, get autographs, etc; but I decided to just smile and head home.  I really wanted to talk to him and tell him that I’m an actor and have also attempted to create some of my own ideas, but I just didn’t think of how I would approach such a discussion.  I’m sure he gets people bugging him for work all the time, so I let it go for now.  Maybe someday if I feel like I’m ready to fully jump back into acting, I’ll send him a headshot and resume.  For now, it was nice to watch someone else’s hard work pay off.

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I love eating at diners.

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Back around May 17, John and I noticed a wild female turkey walking around a field that wasn’t too far from our home.  When she saw us, she slowly walked in front of the jeep and sat down in the nearby wooded area.  Us being the curious sort, decided to investigate.  To our delight we found a nest of turkey eggs!

Since then we have been passing by and throwing out bird seed and seeing if she’s still sitting in the spot.  Yesterday, John noticed she was missing and today I decided to get in closer to check out if the nest had been attacked or if the wee ones were able to hatch.

What do you think?

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Tonight starts the annual Thursday Night Fright at a nearby theater.  I’m pretty excited that I haven’t missed the start this year.  I would love to make a goal to see each one, for the rest of the summer, but I guess we’ll have to see what happens.

Welcome to Minnesota.

Welcome to Minnesota.

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A random guy at the Brew Fest, wearing a pretzel necklace and Bill Fucking Murray.

A random guy at the Brew Fest, wearing a pretzel necklace and Bill Fucking Murray.

We’re having another winter storm here in Minnesota.  Whether you love or hate the cold, I still think freshly fallen snow is wonderful to gaze upon.

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I’m such a sucker for sunsets, and Minnesota has some of the best I’ve ever seen. On the way to dinner tonight, the sky was filled with amazing hues of purple and orange. Unfortunately, I’m not sure my camera phone could capture all the colors I was seeing.

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I know it isn’t the same, but when I hear about the cold air coming our way and that many schools and businesses are preemptively shutting down for Monday, I can’t help but think it will be something like this.

Thank goodness it will just be an arctic blast that can give us frostbite in 5 minutes, but not cold enough to be like this movie, right?  At least I can try to freeze some bubbles or turn boiling water into snow.  We’ll see if I’m brave enough to want to even stick my head outside when it’s here.

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It’s so cold and snowy that even BooBoo doesn’t want to venture too far outside today.

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Chick - Fil - A in Minnesota!

Guys!  This is not a drill.  3 new restaurants opened up this week around the Twin-City area.  My husband surprised me by driving up to one today and I freaked out. 

I even took a picture of myself in front of the busy door, but I thought it was a bit too ugly for you to see.  My expression, however, had all the feels of every meme ever made.

For the official first day of Spring, we decided to venture out of the cabin and head to the Lodge for the comforts of hot chocolate, cookies and WiFi.   But before we managed to get here, we decided to go to the nature center and make ourselves our first ever dreamcatchers.
So how is everyone else today?

For the official first day of Spring, we decided to venture out of the cabin and head to the Lodge for the comforts of hot chocolate, cookies and WiFi.   But before we managed to get here, we decided to go to the nature center and make ourselves our first ever dreamcatchers.

So how is everyone else today?

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