Butt-Arming

It’s been ages since we lasted updated Ambrose Manor, and some important—really important—things have happened. For one, I re-discovered these two pictures, which are awesome.

Tags: Clown, kids, balloons, ennui, butt-arm, red visor, cowboys suck, terror

Tags: Clown, kids, balloons, ennui, butt-arm, red visor, cowboys suck, nightmares

If you couldn’t figure it out, Jaime is dressed up as the clown.

Here’s the other.

tags: monkey, scary, butt-arm, taunting

Tags: monkey, scary, butt-arm, taunting

If you couldn’t figure it out, I’m dressed up as the monkey.

So, the important developments:

I had a beard, then a mustache, then a beard again, now just a face.

Our cat, Choppy, has finally acclimated to her new home and enjoys staring out the window with such intensity and for so long that I envy her focus.

Jaime started a job at the University of Minnesota. It’s hard work, but she’s been doing a great job so far. She works with dentists, weirdly.

Now that the warm weather is returning, the snow that covered Minnesota for so long is finally gone. Even better news is that the Twins have a new ball park, and the season starts really soon (we have a 20-game season ticket plan, so we’ll be going a lot). Finally, we just found out that we’ve been given a 120 square foot plot in this community garden a block from our house. This is good because the soil in our yard is full of arsenic, which prevents us from growing root vegetables. The community garden has new-ish soil, so hopefully the carrots and potatoes I want to grow will thrive.

Oh, and Ambrose Manor will once again hit the road. I’m taking it to two weddings in May, so I’ll make sure to post pictures of the trip.

Posted on March 27th, 2010 by wascalus. Filed under uncategorized.





new things

we force tchouppie to love everything wolfie loved

1. new kitty: tchoupitoulas sue, named after a fave new orleans street and my mom. nickname: tchoup (chop) suey.

2. new blog: i’d rather be, a collaboration with friends that will chronicle our adventure in building an art shanty this winter.

3. new job! i start soon. wish me luck.

Posted on November 20th, 2009 by jaimehotdish. Filed under uncategorized.





what do you do when your year-long honeymoon is over and you’re now just unemployed?

Well, let me tell you! Soooo much! You:

<em>assess the damage in your house (whaaaa?)...</em>

assess the damage in your house (whaaaa?)...


<em>take pictures of mouse nests and poopers (this is after our initial cleaning, btw)...</em>

take pictures of mouse nests and poopers (this is after our initial cleaning, btw)...


<em>pick cherries...</em>

pick cherries...


<em>and then jam it up (20 pints!)...</em>

and then jam it up (20 pints!)...


<em>go on a fancy riverboat cruise...</em>

go on a fancy riverboat cruise...


<em>more riverboat cruise (because your dad is a professional gambler and this is what the sweet comps get you)...</em>

more riverboat cruise (because your dad is a professional gambler and this is what the sweet comps get you)...


<em>and you stay in a ridiculous casino hotel suite that is 5 times bigger than the trailer you just spent 10 months in (thanks again, dad!)...</em>

and you stay in a ridiculous casino hotel suite that is 5 times bigger than the trailer you just spent 10 months in (thanks again, dad!)...


<em>you go tour local breweries with awesome peeps...</em>

you go tour local breweries with awesome peeps...


<em>remove directv that your lovely tenants left for you, including repairing holes through the walls of your house that you can stick your fist through...</em>

remove directv that your lovely tenants left for you, including repairing holes through the walls of your house that you can stick your fist through...


<em>travel to washington dc to surprise the bachelorette and dance with awesome girls...</em>

travel to washington dc to surprise the bachelorette and dance with awesome girls...


<em>and to visit your family, including your cute new niece...</em>

and to visit your family, including your cute new niece...


<em>and to eat crabs...</em>

and to eat crabs...

…and you bike and you go camping and you hang out with friends and you play softball all summer and only win one game but that’s ok because the dustin diamonds are the best team ever and you grill and you go out and you apply for jobs and before you know it, you’re off to Telluride to work for the remainder of the summer and you just hope hope hope you can find a job when you get home. That’s it in a nuttyshell!

Posted on August 3rd, 2009 by jaimehotdish. Filed under uncategorized.





where am i?

crappers.  something happened to the blog and i thought it was gone forever and i was sad, but it was always there, just hiding, waiting to be found.  i still don’t know what happened, but at least i found it, just in case i want to peruse or if anyone wants to visit.  for now, we’re still settling in our house, cleaning, painting, poop-scooping, and visiting with our awes mn friends.  anyway, the blog isn’t gone forever, and we might post things now and then that are interesting, because sometimes interesting things happen in minnesota.  yay!

Posted on July 7th, 2009 by jaimehotdish. Filed under uncategorized.





in da hizouse!

So Jacob keeps on bugging me that “We should write a post!” and by “We” he means “Me” and I’m like “No way I’m done working every day on that thing.” But it’s kinda like a habit and here I am, in MY bed, in MY house, and I have a computer in front of me, so why not? Maybe Kristen will check to see if we’ve written anything new, maybe you will, who knows?

What I do know is that instead of setting cockroach baits and traps, people should clean up their food. Yes, m&m’s and chip crumbs in your bedroom will probably attract roaches, as will hamburger helper crusted into the couch. We didn’t have roaches when we left on this trip, and we’re sure as hell not going to have them for much longer. Aiii! Anyway, after 2 weeks of being “home,” aka, in Minnesota, we’re finally in our house!! There’s a ton of work to do and we still haven’t unpacked all of the nasty things in the garage covered in mouse doo-doo and tee-tee, but it’ll all get done, and if we ever never leave again we’ll hire The East Side Boys Rental Company (or The Crips or The Bloods) to take care of the management of our house.

Posted on July 2nd, 2009 by jaimehotdish. Filed under uncategorized.





we heat minnesota

Woah yikers. I don’t know if anyone is reading this anymore, or if we’ll ever write anymore, or what’s going to happen to this webby siteblog, but we’re back in Minnesota, where it’s hotter than most everywhere we visited in the United States of America, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love it here. It’s nice to know after visiting so many places that we do live in an amazing city and we have amazing friends and we love it here. If you’re in Minnesota and you haven’t heard from us yet, it’s because it’s crazytown for us right now, mainly due to some neglectful tenants who allowed mice to completely take over our garage, thus ruining lots of our stuff that was stored in there and now we might have to buy all new clothes. So sad! Jk. I swear Jacob made it happen; throughout the whole honeymoon, he talked about how he loved to have so little on the road with us and was sad we had so much stuff waiting for us at home.

So we’re living with our very generous friends Carrie and Tory right now, who took care of our mail while we were gone AND snuck into our yard and planted peppers and tomatoes and are awesome! and we’re spending the days cleaning out the mice poo and tee-tee (Kristen’s cousin taught us that word in SLC) and weeding and mowing and then there’s all those outdoor things that Minnesotans do like biking and festivals galore and yay we’re home! On Saturday we went to Rock the Garden, that all-afternoon rock fest at the Walker Art Center, and we got to see Solid Gold (great!), Yeasayers (I don’t remember them), Calexico (I didn’t pay attention) and the Decemberists (not bad!). Here are some pix…

<em>Jacob brewin', bro-in' and burnin' it up.</em>

Jacob brewin', bro-in' and burnin' it up.

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<em>Our own personal gardeners and secretaries, Tory and Carrie.</em>

Our own personal gardeners and secretaries, Tory and Carrie.

[caption id="attachment_2161" align="aligncenter" width="224" caption="Me trying to look happy whilst simmering under the hot sun in a black dress. What was I thinking??"]<em>Me trying to look happy whilst simmering under the hot sun in a black dress.  What was I thinking??</em>[/caption]

Posted on June 23rd, 2009 by jaimehotdish. Filed under uncategorized.





lisztomania

It’s senior superlative day here at Ambrose Manor. Here are some of the best, worse, faves, non-faves, etc. from our 9+ months on the road.

Drumroll….

THINGS WE COULDN’T HAVE LIVED WITHOUT
- smart wool socks — the best for hiking and for cold cold nights
- all of the amazing mix CDs our friends made for us
- coffee (or, having coffee for like 2 hours every morning)
- florida, for keeping us warmish all winter

WORST RV PARKS
- that one in Guernville, CA (wine-ish country) that didn’t have working showers, and on the second morning i walked into one of the two stalls and there was brown stuff smeared all over the toilet seat.
- that one early on in the trip in southwestern pennsylvania where the joads from grapes of wrath squeaked and bounced up in their jalopy with all their belongings, their rig shuddering to a halt 10 feet from Ambrose Manor; as we contemplated our future on the road, we wondered if we were going to witness this scene daily. in the end, our neighbors were just fine (who are we to judge? look at Ambrose Manor!); it was the exposed-cinderblock bathroom that was this campground’s doing-in.

BEST CAMPGROUNDS (aka, rv parks suck, campgrounds rock)
- calf creek, escalante national monument, utah (tiny campground on a rushing creek; the campground hosts got us new propane after we ran out, and they wished us good luck on our “real marriage” after we returned home! we also met an awesome couple of ladies who shared wine that their friends had made, and told us about their cute lives in a small town just east of the cascades in washington.)
- anastasia state park, st. augustine, florida (the first place we stayed in florida, after rushing through ‘bama and ’ssippi. it was heavenly compared to what we had just fled.)
- olympic national park, washington (elk chillin’ in our backyard)
- canyonlands national park, utah (so quiet, peaceful, unpopulated, and there was an awesome jr ranger who gave a very unresearched talk about mountain goats and mountain lions; it was more of an ad libbed guessimate of what mountain lions and mountain goats do.)

BEST BEER
- fort george, astoria, oregon (goonie town!)
- schlafly, st. louis, missouri
- front street brewery, wilmington, north carolina
- new belgium brewery, fort collins, colorado
- bill’s tavern and brewhouse, cannon beach, oregon

BEST CITIES (not including places we’ve lived, aka MPLS, DC, N.O., NYC, because they are obviously totally rad and we’ve talked about them enough-ish)
- portland
- austin
- oakland (jaime) / san francisco (jacob)
- raleigh (but most likely it has to do with brian lips)

BEST BACKYARD
- brian lips, raleigh, north carolina (also doubled as jacob’s bathroom)

BEST FRONT YARD
- avery thatcher, portland, oregon (if i weren’t trailer-weary, i’d convince jake to drive back to this front yard and we’d call it home)

FAVE NATIONAL PARKS
- canyonlands, utah
- glacier, montana
- capitol reef, utah
- big bend, texas

BIGGEST SURPRISE PLACES (as in we never thought we’d go there, or love it there…)
- astoria, oregon
- jim thorpe, pennsylvania
- pittsburgh, pennsylvania
- traverse city, michigan
- reno, nevada
- fargo, north dakota

BEST & WORST DRINKING WATER (can you guess which is which?)
- glacier national park
- foote’s rest, pennsylvania

BANDS WE’LL LISTEN TO IN MINNESOTA THAT WILL MAKE US REMEMBER OUR TRIP AND CRY
- hot lava
- death vessel
- jumbling towers
- vampire hands
- santigold

THINGS WE ARE DEFINITELY NOT GOING TO MISS ABOUT OUR TRIP
- sharing bathrooms; for jaime, not only sharing bathrooms, but having dudes come into the women’s restroom because it’s so much nicer and ripping really loud gross ones
- koa kampgrounds, because they start every word that should begin with a “c” with a “k” instead. there is a kuntry kookout this weekend here, i cid you not. at least the bathrooms are clean.
- spiders lurking in all of the storage spaces in our tiny home
- rain, because we have leaks
- diesel engines that wake you up at all hours

BEST GUEST ACCOMODATIONS
this is an unfair category because we are so thankful to all of our friends who put us up, and if we start listing places and people, we’ll inevitably forget someone and feel bad. but I would like to suggest to Jim & Leslie and Eric & Jill that you should go into the hotel biz. wait, didn’t E&J already own and operate one?

Posted on June 18th, 2009 by jaimehotdish. Filed under uncategorized.





Posted on June 18th, 2009 by jaimehotdish. Filed under uncategorized.

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fargo

<em>Typical Fargo street; that's Shooter's behind the Spirit Room, not Hooters.  And note the rainbow flag!  Awes!  You go Fargo!  Or, you Far-go?</em>

Typical Fargo street; that's Shooter's behind the Spirit Room, not Hooters. And note the rainbow flag! Awes! You go Fargo! Or, you Far-go?

Shock and awe. We never thought we feel that for a much-teased-about town in the far reaches of northern United States: Fargo is awesome. I mean, we have spent a few days in North Dakota, and for the most part North Dakota has been exactly as we expected: quiet, flat, nice, a bit boring (in a nice way). But Fargo? It’s so…cute! So many cute storefronts and bars and their movie theater is amazing! It really surprised us. We might start weekending here. We might move here? Jk, it wouldn’t go that far. But this is my very first time ever in North Dakota, and frankly I’m glad it took me this long. I couldn’t've appreciated it as much before as I do now after our long trip.

Now I totally feel bad about what I’ve historically said about Fargo – when non-Minnesotans have heard I’m from Minnesota in the past, they’ve said “Oh yeah, you betchya, go Fargo.” As if Fargo is in Minnesota! And I tell them something like how Minnesota isn’t Fargo and Fargo is a no-man’s land where people do act exactly as they do in that movie. For reals, sorry Fargo. You didn’t deserve it.

<em>The Fargo, and me just before Scotty beamed me up.</em>

The Fargo, and me just before Scotty beamed me up.

Posted on June 18th, 2009 by jaimehotdish. Filed under uncategorized.





morning coffee

cafe Ambrose

Cafe Ambrose

Each morning, Jaime and I would wake up and ease into the day with a cup of coffee, as if we’d had a really arduous day the day before. Truth is, sleeping in Ambrose Manor was a hit-or-miss experience, depending on our surroundings, the squawkiness of the birds in the morning and the amount of alcohol consumed before going to bed. Regardless of the quality of sleep, we knew that moments after our first sip of coffee that the day would look full of possibilities.

I wanted to capture a typical morning with Jaime, which I did above. She’d usually crawl over to my side of the camper, read and caffeinate herself. I was a mirror opposite across from her.

Also, this picture makes Ambrose Manor look—whoa!—big. It’s larger on the inside than it looks from the outside, but this snapshot makes it appear downright cavernous.

Posted on June 17th, 2009 by wascalus. Filed under uncategorized.