Oh what a weekend! J.R. and I have been on a party streak for the last two days. Coming from Walter Reed where we did a lot of sitting all this action has been exciting but very tiring.
Saturday we celebrated the marriage of a fellow MN National Guard soldier. It was a fantastic reception. The party was held on a beautiful farm just north of Rochester, MN. With no one around for miles the music was loud and the keg was full. J.R. had a chance to see all of the guys and really talk to them for the first time since leaving them behind in Iraq. Being the typical soldier group, we were the last to leave. We arrived home at three am and crashed.
After a few hours of sleep we woke up and got ready to head to the MN state fair. Now if you have never been the the MN state fair you really don't know what you're missing. It is huge. HUGE. If you only have a day to spend at the fair, then you need to be very selective about where you spend your time. There are rides, farming equipment, cars, animals... everything you would expect out of a state fair. And then of course there is the food. One must go to the state fair if only for the food. Anything you can think of is available at the fair and all of it comes fried on a stick. Alligator, deep fried candy bars, fried pickles... if you can imagine it then they can make it. I rationed my calorie intake this week just so I wouldn't feel as guilty after today. One serving of cheese curds, five sweet martha's cookies, one gyro, and one (shared) bag of cotton candy and I was stuffed. It was delicious. And of course if you're going to go to the state fair, you make it a social gathering. We met up with more men from the unit and ran around the fair. Even though it was packed and hot, the company was great and we couldn't have asked for a better day. I have some pictures I'll be posting from the fair as soon as I find the energy to get off the couch and locate my camera.
Now that we have made it home I can't believe how tired I am. I've pushed myself to get through a few dishes and to continue on with the laundry that has piled up. I still don't have my shelves in the laundry room so it's nearly impossible to get in and use the washer and dryer. There is just so much stuff piled inside my one little tiny room. Hopefully tomorrow I can somehow convince J.R. to hang my shelves before he disappears to Hayward to dig out tools from his storage unit. I cannot wait to get rid of the storage unit. Unfortunately until we have a larger living area there is no way we have room for everything. Someday.