Sunday, January 18, 2015

Icecastle, Continued Even More


Looks like an ice brain


They called this "The Squeeze"

Megan TOTALLY not touching it, because touching wasn't allowed.

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some of them had changing colors behind them

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The place is huge, you can walk all through it and there's big sections of ice all throughout

We finally decided we had seen it all, and were pretty cold, so we headed back to the car. It was really amazing to see in person.

Icecastle, Continued

More pics! PAGE 2

Still freezing, Mom.

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Disclaimer: These pics were taken with my phone, in low light, and it was freezing so it was a chore to keep my hands still. Some of them aren't perfect, since I wanted to capture the colors so didn't use flash on some of them. Deal with it.

Saturday Megan and I went on a bit of an adventure, venturing far north into the wilds of New Hampshire to the mystical land of Lincoln. (No, not the president, Lincoln, NH). We went to see the recently opened man-made "Icecastle" there, because apparently we enjoy long drives and freezing our butts off. It was still worth it.

After waiting through amazing traffic, and an amazing line (outside, in 1F degree weather), we were finally able to walk around inside this thing. Here's their website, with probably prettier pics than I could ever take: Icecastles

If anyone decides to go, they should make sure they leave early enough for crazy traffic as you get closer, wear layers and lots of warm stuffs, including gloves that will be highly ineffective as you take them off every 30 seconds to take pics, until you suddenly realize you have no feeling in any of your fingers, and expect the McDonald's across the way to be a bunch of wankers who don't order enough buns or chicken nuggets for the sudden influx of tourists.

We finally parked, and started the trek to the line to get into the Icecastle.   (click on any pic to embiggen)

Then we waited in line for about 20 minutes in the snow, looking at the outside.

They had a guy juggling fire near the front of the line, we all wished he'd come closer so we could try to warm up using his torches! We finally made our way into the Icecastle. They did a really good job of lighting everything from the inside, rather than spotlights that would detract from the beauty. They had even made a slide for little kids, little crawl holes they could crawl from one section to another, and little areas you could go into that were off shoots of the main walk through area.

The first thing you see when entering

Megan checking her pics, note: I told her to bring gloves, and she ignored me



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people for scale

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close up
"I'm freeezing"

Friday, November 28, 2014

It's That Time Again! Gingerbread Village

As per our annual tradition at Thanksgiving, Megan and I embarked on making some form of gingerbread.. something again this year. As you may recall, last year we made the gingerbread train which ended up being a train wreck. (Ha! See what I did there?)  This year we made a tiny gingerbread village.

First, the cutting up/breaking apart of the various house pieces!

This year I got smart and scored the breaks *before* trying to break them apart, and there were no broken pieces. Woot! Next came the assembly:

Yes, those are the house walls on top of the roof. What.. did you think this was a totally NORMAL gingerbread village? You obviously don't know us very well.

We let them set up for about an hour, and came back to decorate:

Megan: That looks like...  Me: It's a FACE  Megan: suuuure it is
Happy Portal to Hell
Why does the back always look better?

The radiation made this roof all wonky
The only "normal" house. Be afraid.

Poptart! Megan smoothed the frosting out by licking it.
Other side, it looks like a poptart too. 

"It's a vagina. With Teeth. You know, like the movie.
Me: umm.. I guess that's a way to pick it up. 

No, really, totally twelve.

NO, it's not "Walfy". Meg's nickname online. 
It's a

The village! 
The village now with more flash. 

Random comments you may have overheard if watching us make these:

-"You put your finger in the penis!" "Crap! Quick hand me that pen!"

-"Don't put your fingers in the vagina! I'm going to tell everyone my mom put her fingers in my gingerbread vagina. Call Child Protective Services!"

-"This is a FACE." "It looks like testicles."  "If I was trying to make testicles, I'd have moved the gumdrop down closer to the purple balls! They're not even close!"  "It's an old guy."

-"We are so weird." "I know, isn't it great?"

Thus wraps another wonderful Thanksgiving tradition! Just remember.. normal is boring.