WAC 2016, January

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My niece S3 (as opposed to her sisters, S1 and S2) arranged our Women’s Adventure Club outing for January.

We went to a concert by Peter Mayer. He’s a Minnesota folk singer-songwriter that I hadn’t heard of before our adventure. So good!

Peter put on a very fun concert. He’s very personable and chatted with the audience between numbers. The music was wonderful, uplifting at times, and sometimes very funny. One song is still stuck in my head, weeks later. (Dr. Seuss, is running loose, in my brain, in my brain, in my brain.)

I’d love to hear more of him, but I couldn’t decide which of his many CD’s to buy.

The concert was held in a Universalist Unitarian Church, or was it a Unitarian Universalist Church? Anyway, it was a fund-raiser for the UU church and it was packed.

Of course, I forgot my camera, AND my phone. A kind bystander took a group shot of the women with S3’s phone.

NO.2 SIS, S3, NO.1 SIS, ME, S2, C, D

NO.2 SIS, S3, NO.1 SIS, ME, S2, C, D

Stay tuned…

 

WAC 2015, November

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My BFF “C” planned our Women’s Adventure Club outing for November. Seven club members met in Hudson, Wisconsin, for their Christmas Home Tour.

We toured two McMansions, all decked up in their holiday finery. All the stair railings were decorated with swags of greenery and twinkle lights, every room had a fully-loaded Christmas tree, and there was even a real stuffed deer in one family room.

An upstairs hallway had a faux clothesline running its length, upon which hung a full collection of ugly Christmas sweaters. One had even won a blue ribbon in an ugly sweater competition.

There were ornaments of every shape and size, from home-made toilet paper roll snowflakes, to glass pine cones the size of a baby’s head.

We also toured the Octagon house. It’s a historic home in downtown Hudson built over a hundred years ago. It was built in an octagon shape in the belief that all the cross-breezes were conducive to healthy living.

The final home on the tour was a “green” home built by its owner, Gary, and shared with a large fish named Larry. It had a southwestern look from the outside, a bit out of place in frigid Minnesota, but the inside was very sleek and modern. The coolest part about this home was its passive solar design, which allows it to be furnace-free. In Minnesota, where temperatures can be below zero degrees for weeks at a time!

I would love to show you some photos from the tour, but I have to get them from my phone to the computer first. I know to do that I have to upgrade my phone plan to include internet, and I just don’t want to pay for internet. Instead, I just keep shaking my phone hoping the pictures will fall out. I’ll let you know if that ever works.

This was the last WAC for 2015, due to the holidays. Next adventure will be for WAC 2016.

Stay tuned…

P.s. I made $32 dollars extra in November. I won $15 at work for answering a quality quiz correctly. Then I sold $17 worth of mailing supplies to No.2 Sis for her Mary Kay business.

 

WAC 2015, October

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No.1 Sis planned the October meeting of the Women’s Adventure Club.

I asked her what to wear. She told me to just cover my naughty bits. Oh, I guess we’re not going to a Free the Nipple rally.

On Saturday, 5 women from the WAC 2015 went to the Minnesota History Center in downtown St. Paul.

No.1 Sis wanted to see the new exhibit there, Suburbia, so she planned for all of us to go¬† as a surprise. That’s the way it works. Find something that looks fun to you, and get everyone to go along without telling them what the adventure is.

SUBURBIA

Can you imagine driving from Minnesota to Seattle, Washington with nine people in a station wagon similar to this? Mom, Dad and No.7 Sis got the front seat. Three of the older kids got the backseat. 2 of the younger kids rode behind the back seat, and I got the foot well in front of the back seat. No.8 Sis and No.9 Bro hadn’t been born yet, lucky bastards.

WAC 2015 OCT-2

I still listen to Elvis on occasion, and I’d totally LOVE to dress like this!

Here are the women: In the top photo, from left to right are friend “P”, No.2 Sis, and niece “S3” (as opposed to her sisters, “S1” and “S2”).

wac 2015 oct-4

In the bottom photo, No.1 Sis is on the left and I’m on the right. We’re posing in front of an aqua wall-mounted refrigerator/freezer.

The exhibit was tons of fun and inspired quite a few family memories. We shared our stories at the post-adventure luncheon in the History Center cafe and even had strangers from neighboring tables chiming in. Minnesota nice, ya know?

Now, all I want for Christmas an aqua wall-mounted refrigerator/freezer.

Stay tuned…

p.s. I shared this at Cozy Little House.

p.p.s. I also shared this at Chic on a Shoestring.

 

WAC 2015, September

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The Women’s Adventure Club 2015 had its second outing last Saturday. September’s adventure was planned by No.2 Sis, and we met at my house before-hand.

From there, we went to Perkins for breakfast, and the adventure was revealed amid coffee and pancakes. All adventures should be revealed amid coffee and pancakes, in my humble opinion.

We drove down to Lakeville, Minnesota, on the very southern edge of Minneapolis/St. Paul and attended the Lakeville Art Festival. There were over 70 artists displaying their wares, and we made sure to visit every booth.

WAC 2015, September

I won’t name any names, but some of us were doing MAJOR jewelry shopping! Four pairs of earrings, each one from a different artist.

I ran into “A”, my co-worker at The Company, and she showed me a Steampunk style necklace she had bought. Hah! I pulled my only purchase out of my purse, another Steampunk necklace from the same booth!

Steampunk necklace

Eventually, we wandered away from each other, singly and in small groups, as some people moved faster than others. We naturally re-formed as a group in the food vending area. You know what they say, “Deep-fry it, and they will come”.

The weather was perfect for an outdoor adventure, 70 degrees F, and sunny. I’m looking forward to whatever No.1 Sis is planning for next month!

Stay tuned…

p.s. I shared this at Chic on a Shoestring.

WAC 2015, August

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About 25 years ago, my sisters and I started the Women’s Adventure Club. We each invited one friend, and we took turns planning a once-a-month, secret adventure for the group.

Now, when I say “adventure”, keep in mind that we were a pretty low-key bunch of women. We just wanted to get out of the house, meet each others friends, and try something a little different.

We had a twenty dollar limit, it had to be kept a surprise, and it couldn’t focus on eating. So much for the plan to make people try the peach syrup on their Perkins pancakes, instead of always reaching for the maple.

Our intrepid group of adventurers tried canoeing, pistol shooting, archery, ice-skating, a walking tour of Summit Avenue mansions, a play put on by the historical society, and horseback riding ( there were injuries).

We also took a riverboat cruise, watched professional wrestling (lots of fake- I hope- blood), took in a play at the Guthrie theater, attended a Queen Ida concert, and took a fall tour of a nature center.

The Women’s Adventure Club had come up a few times in conversation recently, so I floated the idea of reviving it as WAC (Women’s Adventure Club) 2015. The sisters were all for it, and the nieces are old enough to participate now, too. If we each invite a friend, we will have more members than we can handle.

I took the first turn at planning. I invited all the women to meet me at the Burnsville Center Sears men’s department this past Saturday at noon. That was to keep them in the dark about our true plans.

Out of our potentially humongous group, 8 women arrived at Sears. Then, in two cars, we drove over to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Indian reservation (say that 10 times fast—hell, say that one time fast) for their big annual wacipi (pow wow).

It was hot as blazes, and there was no shade, so we just set up our camp chairs near the metal bleachers. We didn’t have to wait long for the Grand Entry. It was a long, colorful parade of the veteran’s color guard, followed by all the dancers who would later compete, along with a few babies in costume dancing along to the drumbeat.

Wacipi

The Grand Entry took a while, then there were lots speeches, and a couple more smaller parades honoring veterans and the tribe members that passed away in the previous year.

We saw a few of the men’s dances, and then, melting in the heat, we decided to call it a day. We’d been in the sun for over 2 hours, and we were approaching our limits of endurance.

I perked up a bit when I saw there was a shopping opportunity, and I bought a couple pairs of earrings. I hope my BFF “T” is okay with that, as I used the cash I’d withdrawn to pay her for cleaning the house this week.

All agreed, we had a lot of fun, and going to a pow wow was something most of us had never done before. A successful adventure! I wonder what No.2 Sis is planning for September?

Stay tuned…