Well we did ours with about oh 6 weeks to go.
Over this labor day weekend my guy was getting horribly bored (you know he really needs a good nickname like That Guy or Curly Haired Boy. I did call him Bubba for a week when we were first dating or there is his much beloved but never used Dickey-G) so while I was doing some organizing (it's amazing how small magazine get when you rip out all the stuff you don't want) I suggested that maybe he should look into planning the other half of our honeymoon.
I'd many moons ago set about figuring out the first half. We'd sort of decided that we didn't want to go anywhere exotic that required a plane trip and really just wanted to go somewhere where there were lots of trees and nature. So I suggested Minesotta, specifically the Park Rapids area that my family and I would attend when I was younger.
After doing some hunting and searching I found that we could stay in a little cabin at Itasca State Park. This is best known as the Headwaters of the Mississippi. (It's also really pretty, when they aren't doing controlled burns).
We might also make some trips around the area (see Paul and Babe) but the general thought was to spend a few days just relaxing and winding down from the wedding.
You should have seen the look on his Chicago born and raised parents when saying that he'd be spending the honeymoon at a lodge. "Would you be . . . fishing?"
Realizing that yes it may get a tad dull especially in the off season, and he's never been fishing in his entire life, we decided a few days spent in nature and then spend the rest of the week in the twin cities would fit better. Hence his job this weekend.
While he was picking a motel to stay at I got a little idea in my head (first I had to prove that the Mall is in Bloomington, I don't know why I remembered that but I did) and then I started to mess around on one of our all time favorite shows websites, MST3K. It was filmed in the twin cities area (Eden Prairie and yes I know I am a nerd).
I thought it'd be fun to look at their calendar and see if anything might be going on in October. (For those who don't know what MST3K is it's a simple formula, a guy and two robots watch bad movies and make fun of them. It ran for 10 years and was canceled back in '99) I saw a little something called Cinematic Titanic Live!(I've been a pretty bad fan as I had no idea what this was).
It turns out that the last day we'd be in the area some of the originial creators and actors of the show get together at a theatre and riff on a bad movie. So it's basically the show, but live!
Sorry, I am sure that all you Non-MSTies have no idea why it's so exciting but I was much to young when they did some live shows back in the mid 90's and then the poor thing got the boot. So the idea that the one week when we are in the area they are doing a live show is just fantastic and surprising and makes me really really happy (really really REALLY HAPPY!)
Now we just have to figure out what to do the other 4 days. Anyone got any suggestions, aside from The Mall?