We’re back! Break out the cake for this marvellous occasion! Ah, sweet civilisation…the Internet! Electricity! A door that closes! It is all so very glorious.
In case you didn’t notice our unseemly disappearance from the world of blogs, we went camping for 5 days in the bush. I also realise the term “in the bush” doesn’t make sense to our American friends. So! I will explain.
This is the bush:
We went camping at a National Park, which is a term (in Australia) that means: Thou Shalt Not Touch the Native Sticks And Burn Them For Purposes of Marshmallow Deliciousness. I mean, look at all that bush. They couldn’t spare a few twigs for a fire?! Least to say, we did not have marshmallows or fire.
Because our parents are wonderful, we camp in a caravan. But don’t worry, we know what tents and roughing it is. We’re personally super glad our parents like things like caravans.
Mime particularly loves this because she is opposed to all things The Great Outdoors. But wait! Let me tell you about The Mime Vs. The Ant story! This is a fabulous tale for which Mime strangles me when I retell. So appreciate what I’m going through to bring you this tale, alright?
The campground had these huge ants. They were at least the size of a human finger, all red and ferocious with long legs and beady eyes. I stepped on a few, mostly because I don’t watch where I’m walking when it comes to ants.
But Mime came face to foot with an ant. She raised her foot to step on it. The ant faced her with its incredibly large red body.
And Mime backed away and ran.
I laughed and laughed and laughed. This story basically sums up Mime and the Great Outdoors.
Giraween is basically full of rocks. I like climbing rocks. Mime does not. She’s scared of heights apparently. Hiking is enjoyable, but scaling rock faces is. the. best.
There was one hike called The Pyramid. You are all intelligent blogglings, so I will leave you to assume that The Pyramid was in fact, a) incredibly steep and b) kind of pointy at the top.
The Parentals made it halfway (Mime stayed in the caravan), so I struck for the top alone. I would like to note, though, that it was extremely steep. And because it was so steep and scary, it wound around the top so you didn’t have to walk straight up. Naturally, on the way back, I went straight down the front.
Mum, I honestly promise you, it looked scarier from below. As I was doing it, I thought, “This is actually not that steep.” And I didn’t fall. Do I EVER fall when I’m rock climbing?
Then we celebrated Mime’s 16th birthday! Huzzah, Mime is of age to a) get a vampire boyfriend, b) turn into a werewolf, c) fight to the death in an Arena, or d) find the One True Love Of Her Entire Life. According to the books, that is. In the boring real world, she can get her Learner’s License. Aaaand…that’s about it.
Naturally we gave Mime lots of presents. She’s not overly fond of camping, as you might have picked up, so we worked hard to make her cheerful.
Obviously it worked. I gave her these fantastic fingerless gloves (she requested…I think they’re kind of useless). Oh, and chocolate. I gave her Willy Wonka’s chocolate. I am the best sister of all.
She also received other totally useless presents. AND NO BOOKS. HOW COULD THERE BE NO BOOKS?!! I offered to trim the sleeve of the incredibly impractical shirt for her. Have you seen those sleeves, peoples?! What are they for? Dusting?
We then fed her cake. Because we are an awesome family.
We played this board game called World Domination (fabulous title, I agree). Which was a cross between Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly. In order to conquer the world, you had to answer lots of questions like: Who named Victoria Falls? and Who started in such-and-such ancient film? to which I lost. I have NO memory for general knowledge and quirky facts. Mime and Dad, on the other hand, rivalled for World Domination for several nights.
I can’t see why knowledge makes you dominate the world. What about force? What about cake bribery?
It was a very successful holiday. To which we thank our parents for a) the caravan, and b) the delicious food.
What did I do during this time of celebrations of Mime and camping? Oh, oh, I’m glad you asked. I read 7 books. I TOLD YOU I WOULD AND I DID.
Also I slept. Peoples, I have a terrible time sleeping. Usually I sleep about 6 hours, and spend the rest thinking of every thing I’ve ever done. But there’s something about camping…I slept for 11 hours at night and then a few more in the day and then I walked and then I came back and slept some more. Gosh. I don’t even know how to function with this much rest behind my eyelids.
This post is colossal in length, but one more thing! Huzzah for our new blog design! It’s hand drawn by Mime and put together by me. There are still a few glitches I’m working on (like the pages don’t work, so don’t bother clicking on them…or do. You little rebel.) If you’ve got any critiques or suggestions for the design to make it easier for YOU, do let me know! Tell me all in the comments.
Obviously we don’t have a sidebar, which is a bit sad. But other things like:
– can you find everything as easily as you used to?
– is the screen too wide?
– do the links work?
– is anything seriously annoying for you on your computer/phone/iPod?
– can you tell which is Cait and which is Mime in the header? this is very important obviously.
Cait is much relieved to have her Goodreads fixed. She was temporarily locked out which resulted in a) a frantic frenzy from her and b) the discovery that Goodreads has incredible customer service and they’re so very awesome. She is not reading, because, quite frankly, she is tired of reading.