33 % More Fun

Life is supposed to be fun

Bocce Ball League

My friends and I joined a Bocce Ball League. It’s great because you can have a beer in one hand and throw the ball with the other. It’s easy and makes my Tuesday nights 33% more fun!

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Pretzel Rolls

There is this fabulous German bakery in Alabama that I use to go to for breakfast sometimes. They had these delicious pretzel rolls and I would put cream cheese and strawberry jam on them. Every time I bit into one it would take me back to my Oma’s house, where we had fresh cut german bread and I would smear it with the same delectable toppings, just the way my Oma taught me. The other day I was craving these warm pretzel rolls and thought I would try to make them myself. They turned out good. Not bakery good, but for an amateur’s first time I would say they turned out well. And of course, pretzel rolls are 33% more fun than just plain old dinner rolls.

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Farmer’s Market

 

I’ve been hearing about this great farmer’s market for years and I finally went. It was awesome! While I was wondering through and taking it all in, I was reminded of Taiwan and the markets I use to go to. Instinctually I wanted to speak Chinese and it rolled off my tough with such familiarity. I had to rack my brain for my high school Spanish, surely lodged somewhere in my memory. But despite my best efforts only Chinese came to mind. Oddly enough, I even fumbled on my English as I bought tons of wonderful vegetables. At the back of the farmer’s market I found a stand where you could buy an opened coconut to drink from. I use to get those in Taiwan too. So of course I bought one. It was so much fun to wondered around with my coconut cup, full of coconut water, buying lots of fresh vegetables. I’d even say it was 33% more fun and will probably become a repeat weekend activity. 

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Strawberry Festival???

My friends and I headed to the strawberry festival last week. It was a beautiful day out and we were really excited. The first thing we saw was a petting zoo with lots of baby animals. They had baby goats and calves but I got really excited when I saw the fawns. I really wanted to go pet them but my friends were a bit more reserved and it wasn’t until Sarah fell in love with baby goat that we wandered in. The funny thing is, that baby goat fell in love with her too. They were a match made in heaven, but it wasn’t meant to be. A city girl with a baby goat just wasn’t going to work out. I know Sarah laments the loss of her friend and I can only imagine that the baby goat dreams about her as well, hoping she’ll come and take him away from the petty zoo. It’s a hard life you know. Being pet by strangers and stepped on by children. Being bullied by the other goat. Being too small to reach the hay feeds and having to settle for all the leftovers. Yes, I’m sure he still dreams of Sarah and that she will take him away to a real farm where he can frolic and play all day.

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We eventually continued on our journey, not knowing that if we had left right then, it would have been a perfect experience. As we walked through the desolate festival grounds, we noted that it looked more like a fair with its hotdog, fries, lemonade, and funnel cake stands. There was a portable bus shop or two with clothes and shoes to sell. Of course we saw plenty of sunglass huts and the auctioning off of a 4 wheeler, the real sign that you are at a county fair. As we reached the end of the strip are questions were all the same. Where were all the strawberries?

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We headed into the convention center building and got our first glimpse of strawberries, chocolate covered ones to be exact. We decided we would buy some on our way out. We wandered around looking at all the booths and again noticed that they were selling things that had nothing to do with strawberries. They didn’t even decorate anything with strawberries. I was beginning to question life and the existence of strawberries when we finally saw the most gigantic strawberry shortcake. How gigantic you ask? World record gigantic. So we bought a big piece of the world record strawberry shortcake, all took a big bite, and were all disappointed. At least we can saw we had a bite of the Guinness Book of World Records strawberry shortcake. That’s got to count for something.

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We decided to grab our chocolate covered strawberries and walk around a bit more. We figured we were had to be missing something and the strawberry fields had to be a bit further down. The farther we went the more hopeless we became. Our dream of romping in the strawberry fields, finding the perfect strawberry, picking it right off the vine, and eating it right there was fading quickly. We finally concluded that we were at a strawberry festival without any strawberries.

We turned around and headed back. We were just about back to the petting zoo when we spotted it. A lone strawberry stand with only 5 pints of strawberries left. We each bought a pint. It seemed like a small victory that day, but an important one. As we left Sarah said one last tearful goodbye to her little goat. It had been a strange festival. But at least we ended up with a few strawberries at the end of it.

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Painting with Friends

My friend and I decided to try our hand at painting today. She found a lovely picture for us to try and replicate, bought some paint, and even picked us up some little table easels to use.

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What a great way to spend the afternoon. I’d say at least 33% more fun that what I originally had planned, which was nothing.

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