Less-Than-Graceful Moments!

Sometimes Gracefully Monday

Happy Monday! Darrin and I are back from our extended weekend along Minnesota’s north shore, and I’ve got a whole lot of pictures to share this week! I think I hiked the most I’ve ever hiked in my entire life, and I’ve got the bug bites and weird tan lines to prove it. Northern Minnesota is breathtaking, what with all the lakes, waterfalls, state parks, hiking trails, and lake towns. We spent most of our time on Lake Superior in Grand Marais, MN {home to the boldly and legitimately named World’s Best Donut Shop}, but more on that later!

Here are a few less-than-graceful moments from our time up North!

  1. Apparently I’m some kind of “easy target” for rambunctious middle and elementary school children to attack. One thirteenish year old boy tried to startle and trip me into Lake Superior on my walk to the Grand Marais lighthouse…another eightish year old boy smacked me in the lower abdomen as we crossed paths on our hike to the waterfall. Maybe my lack height makes these boys feel like they have some kind of “advantage”? Maybe I had a “Punch and Scare Me” Post-it-Note stuck to my forehead?
  2. I ripped an inconveniently placed and obnoxiously large hole right in the middle of my spandex after sitting on the sharp rocks of Lake Superior. Praise the good Lord for baggy sweatshirts that happen to fit me like a dress.
  3. Here’s some advice: After a eating nice meal at a local restaurant and finally finding your car in the restaurant parking lot, make sure that the car attached to the front door you’re trying to open is actually yours before you attempt to open every other door and stick your sweaty hiking face onto the window to see if your purse is still inside. Breaking into someone else’s car doesn’t exactly “look good on the resume.”
  4. To the old lady who hit me with in the head with the lawn chair she was carrying over her shoulder while I was casually sitting on the shoreline, waiting for the fireworks to start: THANKS.
  5. While walking through a local heritage museum with Darrin’s second-grade cousin, I decided that I’d try to get him interested in the displays placed throughout the area. We walked up to a vignette of a Native American teepee surrounded by a winter storm, and I said to my second-grade buddy “It would probably be really cold living in that home during a Minnesota winter, don’t you think?”. He looked up me, rolled his big eyes, and responded, “They covered the teepees in hides and animal furs, Grace. It wouldn’t be that cold…”. And that right there, my friends, is how to make a college graduate and current Masters student feel like an idiot.

 That’s all for now, folks! I hope your weekends were relaxing! Darrin and I have a busy week ahead of us…luckily, somebody brought a little drink called Red Bull into this world, so I think we’ll make it through! 😉 Have a great day!


  • Reply jennifer prod August 4, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    welcome home 🙂 and about that hole – at least you know it’s there, right? i have a pretty rough relationship with spandex, and it seems i never learn about the holes until someone else points them out…

  • Reply AGATA August 5, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Aww you two… lovely couple 😉


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