Wednesday Rambles

The past week has kind of sucked. It hasn’t been truly awful, in that “OMG, I can’t believe all this bad stuff keeps happening what did we do to deserve this?!” kind of way. It’s been…mildly annoying, for lack of a better description.

For one, I had that gum biopsy on Thursday afternoon, and while I don’t know any results yet, it’s been hurting a bit while healing. The oral surgeon didn’t think it looked like anything too serious, but agreed with my dentist that it should be checked out.

There came some excitement on Friday. And by that, I mean The Replacements announced they’re releasing a box set, Dead Man’s Pop, including the original version of the album (Don’t Tell A Soul) that was my introduction to them. I placed my order rather early that morning.

And then plastered it all over social media, because I’m a dork like that.

Replacements Order

September is a long time coming. The band had been teasing something was coming but were going to make us all wait until Tuesday (yesterday) before officially announcing anything. But thanks to a leak via Amazon UK (that’s where I saw it, courtesy of a friend’s Facebook post) they announced it last Friday instead.

So in just a couple months, I will have new/old music to listen to. And I can’t hardly wait.

(Get it? Sometimes I’m funny….)

Saturday ended up being somewhat of a bust. We had a wicked storm early in the morning, around seven or so. I was up making up some of my time from Thursday’s dental appointment, and heard the occasional rumble of thunder.

What I didn’t hear was the wind knocking a good-sized branch off the tree in our front yard. It missed our roof by inches. I also neglected to take photo of it.

We still planned to head to Sioux Falls for the night, and (assuming the bambino could get in) see the Skamedy Fest, because The Bishops were supposed to play. 

The Bishops - Time To Move

But the stupid weather was supposed to be pretty severe for a good part of the day, so it was cancelled. Something we didn’t find out until we were packed and about to load up the car. I managed to get the hotel room I booked cancelled as well, so instead we went out to get junk food.

That was the point we noticed the massive piece of tree on the side of the house – As I was backing out of the driveway. We went on our junk food run, then came home so Jay could deal with it. He ended up needing help from our neighbor to move it to the boulevard, so the city could pick it up and dispose of it (the City of Brookings will often do that after storms like this, and go around to collect branches and bits of trees and then take them to wherever it is they go. Probably the city dump, but I really have no idea.).

We also opted to go out for dinner later on, because I felt like getting out and doing SOMETHING with my day. I’d made the effort to actually get moving and get ready and Mother Nature just didn’t want to cooperate. 

Coteau des Prairies

It was nice getting out and about, even though it wasn’t what we’d originally planned.

The rest of the weekend was the usual household stuff. Laundry, some minimal grocery shopping (I’d wanted to hit up Costco when we were in Sioux Falls), etc., etc. We did go out for Sunday brunch in town, since we’d planned on doing that in Sioux Falls as well.


The week wasn’t a total loss. I found out the week before that I’d won an Instagram contest a fellow journaler had open. If you like seriously awesome art/decorated journals, Kathryn’s are utterly amazing.

Hers are the journal pages mine aspire to be.

The journal is a refillable one, from SohoSpark. I won a Tree Journal, which I think is rather appropriate. 

Tree Journal

I like to think I am always growing, learning, striving to be better. There are other designs if trees aren’t your thing. I am very tempted to pick up the Celtic Cross journal as well as the Sailing Ship one. 

I can’t believe I’m actually about to type this out, but I almost feel like I have enough journals and blank books right now. Haha, just kidding!

There is no such thing as enough when it comes to journals and blank books. Heck, I have an old Celtic knot work leather cover that I should dig out, start using again, and get myself a few more refills.

Celtic Journal Cover

Even though I already have two refills. I’ve had this for close to twenty years now. I think I last used it before I moved to South Dakota.

I think what I didn’t care for in regards to the refills is that they’re unlined, and that is why I tucked this one away (my new Tree Journal is lined, which I love!). I seem to recall having the lined template at one time, but it never worked as well as I wanted it to. I have no idea what happened to it, even if I did want to use it.

No matter. If I really wanted to, I could just add my own lines. 

I also just realized…This evening, I was supposed to have attended a wine tasting at The Pheasant. I completely spaced it off.

I’d won a Facebook contest they were running. And had planned to pop by after dropping the bambino off at home. Instead, I’m at my desk, icing my neck and shoulders while I finish this post, because this morning’s gym workout kicked me arse.

I told you this past week kind of sucked.

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