5 (state fair grievances) on friday

First off, a BIG thank you to everyone who left a comment on my smoke pictures! ♥♥ That's something I had been wanting to try forever, and your comments just made me feel great! :-) I'm so sorry that I won't be able to do any blog visiting until next week. We're leaving this afternoon for a long weekend in Kansas City, and I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I haven't even started packing. Really friends, thank you so much for your encouragement!

Now on to the grievances at hand. On Wednesday, I dropped the kids off at Doron's office as he was getting off work, and took a little road trip (by myself) to our state fair. Before I delve into how things started to go array, first a quick iPhone snap.

No clue why that looks purple. Anyway, on to the 5 reasons why I'm a bit miffed with the state fair.


1. wasn't there 5 minutes before I stepped smack in the middle of a horse patty.

2. didn't realize it was going to be nine bazillion degrees at the fair, and actually sweated a little bit. There was moisture, (visible MOISTURE, people!!) on my shirt.

3. bought a microscopic Diet Coke for three dollars that tasted like some kind of cleaner.

4. took 2 tiny sips of the drink before chucking it into the trash. OK, FINE...10 tiny sips. You and I both know I'm too cheap to throw a drink away that easliy.

5. got HECKLED while taking pictures. OK, so I was only heckled by the dunking tank guy, and the age guesser guy...but STILL.

6. just realized there are a lot more than five reasons, so let's keep moving along.

7. almost sat in an unidentified body fluid on a metal bench.

8. didn't use the restroom for seven hours.

9. didn't eat for seven hours after seeing a sign for "beef sundaes."

10. probably looked like a complete moron chasing after the shuttle that was supposed to return me safely to my parking lot. It kept making all these little stops ahead of me, but the horse-patty-dodging slowed me down.

11. realized that I am not smart enough to follow directions backwards. (ie: Map Questing the directions to the state fair, but not being able to find my way home).

And now, just a few shots of my favorite attraction! :-)

(processed with Florabella's Gypsy action)

(processed with Florabella's Hibiscus action and Vintage Film by Fallout 75)

(processed with Florabella's Vintage Spring action, one of my orginal actions called Karli's Vintage (such a creative name, I know), a warming filter, another of my orginal actions called Warm Me Up, a navy blue fill layer with the exclusion blending mode, and a couple other small tweaks)

OK, I really need to start packing so I'll share more state fair photos next week. Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, and I'll catch up with you when we get back! :-)


Tracy said...

LOL! Loved your reasons they had me giggling. THANKS! for posting your actions used. :) Love them all!! I wanted to get to the fair this year just to take photos. Maybe I need to be brave enough to go by myself! I'm just not feeling it though.

Jill Samter Photography said...

ROFL! He he he!

Love the story, that you took time to do it and cared enough to share!

Great shots!

Have a blessed trip!

Love you!

SugarberrySensations said...

I am at work, so I can not see your pictures - weirdest thing ever! But just wanted to tell you real quick that I can't wait to get home and look at them, as well as your smoke pictures! Loved your State Fair stories! ;o)
Have a MOST fabulous weekend in K.C, but honey, you better be prepared for more visible moisture on your shirt!!!

Amy said...

Lol! Thanks for a laugh this morning! I'm happy to say that our trip to the state fair was better than yours. :-)

Michelle said...

Oh dear! Thanks for sending some giggles my way, even if they werent necessarily funny when living in the moment. Love your shots... Totally worth the heckling!

Enjoy your weekend! Hum... Too bad I couldn't take a road trip too! :) xoxo

Ashley Sisk said...

YOu should know that as I opened your post, my coworker started playing ICE ICE BABY. I think that everyone should have that playing as they read this post. Something about the irony of the song with your adventure is too perfect. I know it was a less than perfect trip, but it provided an awesome story. You're such a comedian...you don't even know.

Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

Too bad that it didn't go so well. At least you got a nice photo.

Andrea said...

And now I am SO SO glad I didn't go to our local fair! Phew! LOL. I love your funny posts like these. And I love the photos! Very cool you have created your own actions, too.

Chelsey - The Paper Mama said...

Ha! Your list made me laugh. :D I didn't like paying $6 to park and then $9 to get into the fair.... Whoa.

AND: those smoke shots below are GORGEOUS.

Mom of M&Ms said...

I am sending you some cowgirl boots, ASAP!!! great photos. love th iphone shot.. looks like ne of your action was run over it..

I think your cheapness and your germ phobia got the best of ya ..rofl....thanks for sharing.

The Shades of Pink said...

Those are just fabulous shots! LOVE the ferris wheel. I need to find a state fair. I really do. And one that doesn't charge and arm and a leg to get in!

LOVED your smoke photos. Seriously they were so gorgeous, I bookmarked them to go look at them again.

Warren Baldwin said...

All in all, a pretty neat trip to the fair, huh :)? And neat pictures, as always.

Kara said...

LOL! That sounds like almost every day for me! Except for no patties in Chicago to step in, we get the real thing in alleyways! ;) Beautiful photos, girl!

Stacey said...


(I'm sensing a reoccurring them with my "fantastics" but I mean it. For reals. :)

Ashley said...

Have a great trip!! This is kinda weird, I was just digging through flickr and weheartit for ferris wheel pics today because I'm totally obsessed with them and wanted to do a post about it. Great minds think alike. :)

Melissa said...

Love ferris wheel photos! Yours are awesome! Totally worth the adventure! Have a great weekend!

karren said...

I like your ferris wheel pics very much. Did you enter any photos in the fair? Our Utah State Fair opens on Thursday. I have always loved the fair...we make a day of it.

Misty said...

I had to chuckle at your mishaps. I love ferris wheel pictures. I need to go find me a ferris wheel so I can take some.

Natalie said...

If you had not included pictures in this post and only written your grievances, I would have been REALLY glad I missed the fair this year. As it is, I think your photos made the trip worth it. Love the processing too.

Kristal said...

Hilarious Post.

Fabulous Pictures.

Have a nice trip!

Naomi said...

ha! hilarious. maybe i should be glad we arent going to make it to the fair this year! love the processing on the last photo.

Liz said...

Wow you are a trooper for sticking it out in such poor circumstances.

Love these shots and thanks for telling us the tale. I will not go to my state fair for reasons like these. but I should just to say I did,ha,ha.

Brooke said...

Oh my! Don't you just love the fair?!?! I always get home and want a shower - pronto! At least there are lots of great photo ops ;D

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. So hilarious. You crack me up Karli. These are gorgeous, can't wait to see more.

Adeena said...

Horse patty. XD Better than a cow patty, at least. ;)

Beef sundae?? Really??

I haven't been to a fair in years. Years. Now I want to go to one. XD

And I love that last edit. :)

Ashley said...

I have been obsessed with ferris wheel photos lately, leave it to you to have some gorgeous ones! Your fair experience sounds pretty disgusting! :)