Friday, August 21, 2015

7 Quick Takes about Retro Cooking, How Not to Disguise Stuff as Trees, and a Camping Trip (with Surprise Ending!)

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday!


It's so good to be home... again. Last Saturday night we got home from Washington, D.C., and then on Tuesday morning we shipped out to go camping.

If you can help it, I don't recommend scheduling back-to-back trips like this.

The stress might get to you and you'll find yourself up at 2:30 AM the morning before you leave watching dumb videos on YouTube and eating an entire bag of chocolate chips instead of packing.


In the spirit of last-minute camping prep, we waited until the day before we left to buy a camp stove. (In the past we've always bummed one off of our friends, but we figure since we're all old and mature now we should just buy one.)

Phillip found this $13 beauty on Craigslist:

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That's not rust, it's character.

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50 years old, still works! (Not Phillip, the stove.)

Phillip's laughing in this picture because everyone kept giving him grief about how ancient the stove was.

Our friends wanted to know if it was legal to use without wearing Larry Byrd basketball shorts and a pair of muttonchops. Also whether we'd tried to clean off the 1970s pancakes burned onto the bottom.


Some funny observations from the road:

First, this truck advertising a certain brand of paint that shall not be named...

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'Cover the Earth' with dripping blood-red paint? What kind of logo is that?

I wouldn't describe myself as an environmentalist but this ad actually made me feel guilty about having painted our house.

Maybe I could email the company with a new logo. I was thinking about this one:

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What do you think?


I also saw, for the first time, a cell tower disguised to look like a tree.

I tried to get a picture but I'm too slow on the uptake. But I found a similar one on Flickr Creative Commons so you at least can visualize what it looked like:

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"I'm a tree, guys! Shut up, I am."
photo courtesy of Kevin Stephenson

It was the most bizarre-looking thing you've ever seen. It was twice as tall as all the real trees around it, and it only had "leaves" on the top 15 feet of it.

I'm laughing about it as I type, just thinking about it.


This was our 5th annual campout with some friends of ours. We've been doing this since we both had three kids who were 2, 4, and 6!

Phillip and I have since added two more kids and we've never missed a campout, even if I was 7 months pregnant (did it!) or had a 6-month-old baby (also did it!)

Our families get along great but we always joke that we aren't allowed to talk to each other outside of our annual camping trip  which would be funny if it weren't practically true. Life just gets busy, and I apparently need to work on being a better friend.

When I say "It's not you, it's me," trust me: It's me.


If you haven't gone camping with friends before, it's awesome. You've got to do it. Your kids play together, you get to have some grown-up conversation, and if you forget something it's not a huge deal because maybe the other family brought it!

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Pretty sure my friend's husband is actually the Pied Piper.

We were camping near the ocean so we visited a ranger-led talk on an ocean beach about sharks and seals. Here was the warning sign at the beach entrance:

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Yeah, it's a lot to read. Let me sum up: You're all going to die.
No sharks were sighted, but there were hundreds of seals really close to the beach. It didn't show up well on film, but there was a little island about 50 yards out that was packed with seals, and they kept swimming toward the beach.

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Not sure how helpful the binoculars are since I don't think she knows what a seal is.

Every now and then a seal would surface 20 yards out, not far away from the swimmers. It was the coolest.

The next day we went kayaking and generally had a great time.

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And for a perfect ending to the perfect trip, we got home to find that the toilet had been running for 3 days straight.

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Unknown said...

Love the Suffocating Nature Meme and the telephone pole is really funny.

Jenny said...

We have one of those fake trees in our town. Sadly I never knew it was a cell tower, just a fake tree to cover something up. It does look really aweful though. It's a pine tree but has no branches until the very top. They need to work on their camo skills. They should probably take a lesson from Peta on the hunger games.

Emily said...

Oh my gosh I can't believe they try to make electric poles look like trees! That definitely made me chuckle. Camping sounds so fun, I really want to go sometime!

Anonymous said...

Jenny, what can I say. I love reading your life. It's so funny. And I know you're just laughing all day yourself. So I'm just laughing with you, not at you. You have a wonderful perspective on life. Thanks for the smiles.

Jenny Evans said...

I definitely recommend camping. Just bring along baby wipes, a lot of them, even if you don't have a baby. You use them to clean up EVERYTHING.

Jenny Evans said...

I know I wasn't convinced!

Jenny Evans said...

I'm either laughing or crying, and sometimes a little of both. Thanks for reading!

Unknown said...

I was wondering how your camping trip to such an idyllic location went. Glad to hear it went so well. Completely agree with the stress of back to back trips. Perfectly mom way of handling said stress (chocolate chips and you tube!) That's family life...laughing and crying. Mamasan

Marcy said...

Sounds wonderful, spending time annually with a group of friends. Thanks for sharing all your great ideas and experiences!

O'Babies said...

Wow Jenny! Your friends sound so cool!

Jenny Evans said...

Oh, they're the coolest. One day I hope to be as awesome, but I've still got a long way to go...