It was only supposed to be a 4 hour float trip....

But it turned into a 9 hour-one.

I went on an eleven mile float trip on the river, and it took 9 hours. 9 very long hours of sitting in a raft. The first couple of miles were fun, but after that, well...I just wanted to go home. I tried to paddle to speed the process up, but I don't think I was paddling right. I've never been floating before.

I went with a big group of girls - about 22, and it was a pretty crazy time. Who knew you could fit that much liquor on three inflatable rafts/2 canoes? Most of the liquor was something called, Summer Brew. A satisfying concoction of Keystone, vodka, and lemonade or fruit punch.

It wasn't long before all was lost.

Earlier in the day, we actually tried to steer the rafts, so they wouldn't hit the trees and rocks, but later, nobody seemed to care. We kept running into tree limbs and the canoes would tip over. Or if you were in a raft, somebody would yell out, "Oh crap! Duck!" And we'd all crouch down to avoid the limbs. I had my feet in the air at one point, for some reason (that doesn't make me sound good), and my legs got all scratched up. I have bruises too.

Anyway, it was a long day. When I got home, I was sore, sunburnt, and really thirsty. I drank a ton of ice tea and water. Of course that could have been from the two pastrami sandwiches I ate.....
I'm still recovering.
But it was fun! I'd do it again.

Here's a picture of me in my shades - I look just like Jackie O:

Look at how my hair flows!

Baking Blonde tagged me for a meme, but guess what? I've already completed that one. I couldn't come up with any new answers, so I thought I'd do another meme that looked kind of fun. It's long though. Heh...I tagged some people at the end. Take that!

1. Last Movie I Saw In A Movie Theater?
Sex and the City.

2. What Book Are You Reading?
20 Times a Lady by Karyn Bosnak - she's so funny on her blog, I knew I had to read the book.

3. Favorite Board Game?
It's been a long time since I played a board game. I used to really like Life a lot. I liked picking a car, a career and getting married. But towards the end of the game it got depressing.

4. Favorite Magazine?
Bon Appetite.

5. Favorite Smells?
Strong coffee brewing, coconut, vanilla, chocolate.

6. Favorite Sounds?
Rain/Thunder, good music. Fran Drescher's voice...

7. Worst Feeling In The World?
Having to go to work.

8. First Thing You Think of When You Wake?
Bathroom! (I drink a lot of water at night)

9. Favorite Fast Food Place?
Panera or San Francisco Oven.

10. Future Child's Name?
I don't know if this is going to happen, so I refuse to answer this question. If it does happen, I will name the child something bizarre.

11. Finish This Statement—“If I Had a Lot of Money, I’d…go to culinary school in NYC."

12. Do You Drive Fast?
I don't think so...

13. Do You Sleep With a Stuffed Animal?

14. Storms—Cool or Scary?

15. What Was Your First Car?
First car=the car I drive now. A Saturn. It's pretty sweet.

16. Favorite Drink?
Iced caramel macchiato or hot mocha.

17. Finish This Statement—“If I Had the Time, I Would…
read more books."

18. Do You Eat the Stems on Broccoli?
Yes, if they're not too tough.

19. If You could Dye your Hair Any Other Color, What Would It Be?

20. Name All the Different Cities In Which You Have Lived.
Tyler, Texas & Springfield, MO.

21. Favorite Sport to Watch?

22. One Nice Thing About The Person Who Sent This To You
I sent this to myself, so...I would have to say that I'm amazing.

23. What’s Under Your Bed?
Art supplies & projects, old clothes. A body...

24. Would You Like to Be Born As Yourself Again?
I don't like this question. I don't know!

25. Morning Person or Night Owl?
Oh, this one is easy. NIGHT OWL. Have you ever noticed how late I comment on your blog?

26. Over Easy or Sunny Side Up?

27. Favorite Place to Relax?
In the bedroom. *Wink*

28. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough! It's so good!

29. Of All the People You Have Tagged, Who Is the Most Likely to Respond First?
Whoever reads this first, I guess.

I'm tagging:

1.Food Network Musings

2.Baked Alaska

3.The Essential Rhubarb Pie

4.Gild the Voodoolily

5.Baking with Dynamite

6. And a bonus tag... Baking Blonde because you tagged me.

This is optional, of course. But I will be angry with you and shun you if it's not completed.


  1. Sounds like quite an "adventure." NINE hours?! That's some serious floating. I liked your meme. Why is it always "over easy or sunny side up?" Normal people like 'em scrambled. Whatever.

    I am posting today a little about those muffins of yours that I adore, just so you know.

  2. Sounds like you had a "hoot!" Jackie..I mean Emiline!

  3. Emiline, I don't believe you would do this again. Here is another meme, I have tagged you.

  4. Wow that is one loooong tubing trip. You must of definately passed the "ok guys... stop being funny, lets go home now". As long as you had sunscreen and drinks, I'm sure it was fun. (No really).

    Oh, and thanks for the tag of a bagillion questions... I can't have the cool queen of sweets mad at me though :)

  5. What a trip! Last year my family and I went on a raft trip down the snake river. The guide told us that it would take between three and five hours. I thought my kids would die a thousand boredom deaths if they had to sit on a raft for five hours, so my husband and I paddled like mad the whole time-and the trip lasted ONE HOUR. When we got back we wished we would have gone slower, much slower. I sure hope it's not a metaphor for my life.
    I love the Jackie O shot-plus all your answers. I agree-the person that sent you this is pretty amazing-and pretty darn funny too and very glam from what I can see in that sunglasses shot.:)

  6. Em,
    Forget baking! Forget cooking school! Get yourself to Paris and become a model! You look gorgeous! Do you mind if I copy that picture and pretend it's me?

    That trip sounds great. Legs in the air, scratches, bruises and lots of alcohol...It sounds like you could be the next Kate Moss.

    Thanks for the longest meme in the world. At least the questions are short and don't require essays.

  7. Daaaaaaammnn yoooouuuuuu! I will do this because I'm feeling a bit self-absorbed today, and because you're a sweet lil' ladybug.

  8. 9 HOURS?!??!! Man oh man. Well, at least you had fun!!

    Haha, I love those memes/surveys!! Your answer to #8 is definitely mine as well, haha :0D

  9. Too funny Emiline! I think after 9 hours I would have been nuts! Look at you and your sunglasses and flowing hair! You are adorable! Have a great rest of your weekend.

  10. LOL @ Sue.
    Glad you had fun on the trip. Seems like you've been having a pretty cool time this summer, going hither and yon. As per usual, mine is sucking. I'm living vicariously through you. No bruises and scratches though. Even though I do plan on going out drinking with friends tonight...

  11. First i was horrified at the idea of spending 9 hours on a raft but then you mentioned alcohol... that's different! haha :-) Traumatizing but kinda' fun!

    Thank you for NOT tagging me! haha

  12. the gilligan's island theme is playing in my head right now. i'm glad your trip ended up better than theirs--after all, they didn't have any booze. :)

  13. 9 hours? That sounds like an intense adventure, no wonder you were tired! It does sound like fun though. :)

    Ari (Baking and Books)

  14. Dude, that picture of you is HAWT!

    And, I would die after 9 hours on a river...or pass out drunk.

  15. 9 hours is a long time, i'd be ready to swim after about 3 hours. We went on an overnight canoe trip once and camped out on a little island all without anyone else around. It was a ton of fun.

  16. thats too funny I went on a 5 mile raft trip that took 6 hours (our part) and it would have been longer except our rubber raft sprung a leak in mosquitoville.....we had to walk - which was way faster!

    you should have tagged ZenChef! LOL

  17. 9 hours is a long time! Sounds like you had fun though, eventually, once you got over the worse!!

  18. Great meme, but I agree there are a few silly question on it. Love the 'blowin in the wind' shot. You look lovely!

  19. FUN : ) You're way hotter than Jackie-O

  20. Lisa- I'll have to check out your post!

    Peter G- I can see how you can make that mistake...

    Ivy- I'll have to check it out!

    Adam- There was plenty of booze throughout the trip. I think we even had some left over.

    Prudy- That is so funny!

    Sue- I AM the next Kate Moss. I already bought some cocaine.

    Heather- I'm glad you did it!

    Veggiegirl- Yeah, 9 hours. Seriously.

    Jenny- Thanks!

    Nikki- This is the first fun thing I've done all summer, so...

    Zen- I should have tagged you...

    Grace- Me too!

    Ari- Yes, very long and tiring.

    Brittany- Many girls did pass out, actually.

    Amy- I ended swimming quite a bit, just cause I couldn't sit there any longer.

    Doggybloggy- That sucks.

    Beth- Yeah, glad it's over.

    Aimee- Thank you!

    Jan- Thanks!

    Lori- Thanks!

    Brittany- NO! Never.

  21. 9 hours on a boat wouls probably kill me! I was on a boat a couple of weeks ago for about 2 hours and got so tired of it! Glad you had fun! Nice seeing your face, or half of it anyway. I like your shades, you do like Jaqui!

  22. You look so beautiful - and I'll steal those shades from you anytime. :)

  23. wow 9 hours is a long time to float. i went floating on the guadalupe in san marcos last trip only lasted about 4 hours, and i thought that was long.



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