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Greetings, friends! How were your holiday weekends? We spent our Memorial Day weekend doing the same thing we do for every summer holiday — made the trek up to Northern Michigan for family, food, fire and other fun things. The relaxing weekend was just what I needed to get out of the rut I’ve been in with work/life. Plus, Bret got to hang out with his family before he started real-live, grown-up work.

The lake.

The lake.

As for what we did — well, I loafed around, read a whole bunch of Brideshead Revisited, got a sunburn on approximately one-quarter of my body and caught up with all the family folks. What I didn’t do was work. I put the phone and computer upstairs and ignored it for 2.5 blissful days. I’m sure that someone has a problem with it, but I don’t care one bit.

Here are the trip highlights:


After a year of religiously going to the driving range, I went golfing (as in, actual 18 hole golfing) for the first time. Actually, I went for the first and second times. The first day, I shot a 168 and I wasn’t sure that I was going to go again the next day, but I decided to suck it up and just do it. As a reward from the golf gods, I took 15 strokes off my game. Now I’m hooked.

Here we are. Being golfers who golf.

Here we are. Being golfers who golf.


Every time we go Up North, Bret and I try to have take one “day trip” to a city nearby. It’s good to get out of the house and see some stuff that we haven’t seen before. We’ve already done the Mackinacs, so we settled on Petoskey this time. It was wonderful. We ate chicken fingers at Papa Lou’s and then ambled around town.


Eventually, we stumbled upon the Mackinaw Trail Winery Tasting Room. It was five dollars to taste five wines and you got to keep the glass. We tasted everything from a bourbon barrel aged port to a sparkling white wine. It was a great experience and we ended up buying a bottle of their Pinot Noir and their blackberry wine. (For the record, I really really enjoyed their Syrah, but it was $70 a bottle — so not in our price range.)

The Ten Pound Challenge

The last really interesting thing that happened over the weekend was the creation of the Ten Pound Challenge. The short version is that all of us are going to lose ten pounds before the Fourth of July. The long version will have to wait for another day.

What did you do for Memorial Day?