Nicky and Matt’s Wedding!

Saturday was the wedding of my friends Nicky and Matt! It was the most causal wedding (well reception, the wedding was sneakily done before everyone showed up) I have ever been to (when someones grandma changes into shorts, you know its a casual affair). It was out in the boondocks of Wisconsin on a relatives farm and it really was over the river and through the woods. It was 90+ with a beautiful breeze, which was good as it was all outside. There were tacos for dinner, a DJ playing songs that everyone knew (including the couples dance ‘Rainbow Connection’ by Kermit the Frog), s’mores in lieu of a cake, dancing under the twinkle lights, and camping. It was a great wedding!

Vine (yes, I know the video is at an odd angle) first dance to ‘Rainbow Connection’ by Kermit the Frog

 


 

Saturday, July 6 – Paris

This morning was the Louvre tour! The tour was “Skip the Line: Louvre Museum Walking Tour including Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa” by Viator and it lasted around 3 hours. The crowds were crazy! People everywhere. While there were lots of people in the building, our tour had 4 people, plus the guide and that includes me! So a great size group. The Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and Winged Victory were amazing! So much more beautiful in real life. Next up we had lunch and I tired for the first time ever: escargot! They were gross, so I will not be trying them again. Lunch also included French onion soup and creme brulee. Then it was off to Notre Dame Cathedral, but we did not go in, as the lines were too long. Next stop was the Shakespeare and Company bookstore where I got yelled at for taking a photograph 🙂 and I bought a few books. A bus ride on the get on, get off bus tour was up next and then dinner and gelato. A long, hot day (yes, I managed to get sun burnt in Paris), but a fun one. Here are the first set of photos:

Minnesota 99s Meeting and Airmarking at Albert Lea

The Minnesota 99s had their Spring Meeting and Airmarking at the Albert Lea Airport (KAEL) today and the weather was actually nice. Well, nice enough to let us to finish painting the new compass rose. We even had a few guests fly in to help out with the painting and then they did a flyover at the end.

Vine postings from Madeline and Brian’s wedding

Vine postings from Madeline and Brian’s wedding!

One was before the wedding and the other is from the lunch. I loved the mixture of classic music songs with rock songs. It was a guess that song at lunch, which included the Beatles and Turtles.

Dalai Lama Lecture

Today I attend the lecture/public address “Peace Through Inner Peace” by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. He is in Minnesota for a series of visits and talks called “One Heart, One Mind, One Universe.”

Exactly ten years ago, I also attended another lecture by the Dalai Lama when he was in Minnesota for the first time. I remembered that he gave a nice talk, but I did not remember how funny he is. He had the audience howling with laughter a few times today. Both times there were huge crowds, but this time there were also souvenirs to buy (which is always fun). Last time I attended with Michelle and Melissa L-B, and this time Cece and I went. Cece and I were also able to get our cameras (its not my fault if they dont check all the compartments in my purse) inside, something we were not able to do ten years ago.

The Dalai Lama is a remarkable person. One question he was asked today was “is the world getting better or worse”? His response was that in 1996 he asked Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, who was 96 at the time, that exact same question, and her response was that the world is getting better. His response was that that the world was also getting better, due to education, compassion, freedoms, etc.

Kay and Steve’s Wedding

When my grandparents were married in 1946, friends from Chicago were visiting them in Wisconsin and they had a 8mm hand crank movie camera. The movie was taken outside the church and then at their reception at my great-grandparents farm.