We’re All About That Bass

I know you’re not supposed to discuss the ages of esteemed ladies, so I’ll just say my grandmother entered octogenarianism (*WINK WINK*) this week. She’s a really wonderful, fun, and caring woman at the center of an almost as wonderful family that I’m so happy and lucky to be a part of!

Never has this been made more clear to me than a few weekends ago, when we celebrated Grandma Shirley’s 80th (d’oh!) at the lake in Wisconsin. As some of you may know, I dabble in parody writing (in that one time I made a rendition of Radiohead’s “Myxomatosis” that focuses not on a degenerative brain disease in rabbits but face blindness), and on a whim (+encouragement/lyrical brainstorming with work pals) I had recently written a version of last year’s mega-hit “All About That Bass” called “All About That Bass,” but, you know. Bass the fish. (As told to everyone I ever shared this idea with.)

It took maybe five minutes from the time the proverbial ink had dried on the song before I’d gone into proper Kelis-mode and was sending out texts and emails like nobody’s business. Far more texts and emails (and scripts and scenes and supply lists) than ever were read, undoubtedly. Lots of capital letters and exclamation points. Because what better venue and crew with whom to make a MuSiC ViDeO for a song called “All About That Bass (But, You Know. Bass the Fish)” than at the lake in Wisconsin with the entire extended family?!

And, bless them, they were so cool about it. My cousins and brothers suffered through my week-long barrage of communiques (that began, funnily enough, with the announcement that I wasn’t going to spam them) and my periodical freak-outs over FedEx fu…dgery (special props to Karlee and Ben who actually drove me out to meet the FedEx truck holding the Giant Sea Animal Balloons I’d asked– twice– to have held at the facility in Shakopee, but weren’t). They scrounged up costumes. They practiced their “Stinky Leg”s and “Neigh Neigh”s with the vigor and enthusiasm of Juilliard hopefuls. They were, put simply, superstars.

We filmed, in bits, throughout the entire day and my dad refused to believe the intended product was to clock in at just over 3 minutes. (Of course there ended up being too much ‘priceless’ footage and I had to make some extra outtake/Stanky Legg reels.) Again, I was just so impressed by and pleased with everyone’s willingness to participate (and almost always with smiles on their faces! …KAYLA!!!) while everyone was technically on vacation. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone for enduring my myriad million-decibel outbursts of, “DANCE! EVERYONE DANCE!”, “CLOCKWISE!”, and “GENDER IS A CONSTRUCT!” You’re really the best.

(Haha oh man, naturally I couldn’t have been the only one to have this idea. We’re just short of a million views behind this guy… Something to aspire to, I guess!)

game warden ethan getting in costume

game warden ethan getting in costume

kids on doc

HOW COULD YOU FORGET THE SARDINES?!

HOW COULD YOU FORGET THE SARDINES?!

i want to cut nate out and sell this to BMW. lexi chauffering the sardine run. WAYYYYY UP. #blessed

i want to cut nate out and sell this to BMW. lexi chauffering the sardine run. WAYYYYY UP. #blessed

longhairdontcare

the guy at the shop said, "are you actually going to _eat_ these?" and i said, "no, they're for a music video." and he said, "oh. that makes more sense."

the guy at the shop said, “are you actually going to _eat_ these?” and i said, “no, they’re for a music video.” and he said, “oh. that makes more sense.”

THE LOVELIEST OF BIRTHDAY GIRLS HERSELF!!!

THE LOVELIEST OF BIRTHDAY GIRLS HERSELF!!!

grandma nels ryan henrys nate and honeynate honeylakeshore rowboat

Chicago & Wisconsin

I’ve had this draft saved forever and have bigger things on the horizon so I just want to get this posted. We spent the Monday after Pitchfork walking around Chicago and caught up with a few of our respective friends in the evening (and had some world famous Lou Malnati’s, of course). Got a rental Tuesday morning and drove up to my family’s cabin six hours north, in Wisconsin. Had a few days there on the lake; on the last some of my family came over from Minnesota with lots of food and some lake toys.

hancock chicago birdhouses chicago chicago trump tower chicago jay pritzker pavilion chicago cloud gate bean chicago black and white cloud gate bean chicago red cloud gate bean chicago yellow sculpture jaume plensa chicago millenium park face fountain smiling chicago face fountain spewing chicago kids splashing millennium park chicago shy boy millennium park chicago man with newspaper chicago marlon trees chicago leaf shadows chicago art gallery courtyard chicago congress hotel chicago

correctly identified by marlon as the fountain from 'married with children'

correctly identified by marlon as the fountain from ‘married with children’

lake michigan boats chicago lake michigan sailboat chicago loop eyes chicago

beach by the planetarium

beach by the planetarium

madison lake mendota

took a pitstop in madison and grabbed a beer at the university of wisconsin campus, on the shores of beautiful lake mendota.

scenery wisconsin

thanks mar for these in-traffic scenery pics!

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captain marlon, swede lake edition!

captain marlon, swede lake edition!

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kids and shirl swede lake

AND THEN (no, not quite done yet) we drove the seven-and-a-half hours back south to Champaign, where Lee and Liz were getting married.

scenery to champaign

mirror selfie lolz

illinois barn

illinois scenery illinois scenery2

downtown champaign blind pig breweryme mar weddingBut more importantly:

romineweddings.com

romineweddings.com

(And boy did it rain! Started pouring right as we were headed to the bus to the ceremony, there was crazy wind and flickering lights [at least in my memory haha]… and then it all stopped right as the bride started making her way down the aisle. WeDdInG mAgIc!)