«O say can you see…» My American Vacation :-)

This post is written in (not-so-good) english, because my American family and friends are tired of using Google Translate and told me to «throw them a bone» once in a while.

22. of July my sister, brother and me took to the sky heading for The Great State of Minnesota. My sister for the 2nd. time, me for the 5th time and my brother… Well, he has lived there for a year so he is almost native. Since both my sister and me are crippled we always travel with a huge but great entourage.  Joar, Sondre`s friend, was also a part of our entourage. And I tell you, if he wants a job as an assistant he can have it any time! He was like the best free work labourer ever 🙂

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As usual we chose to fly with with Icelandair, nice planes and fantastic service. As you can see in the previous picture my plane trip was first class, three seats on my own and a nice matress. What more can you ask for?

As usual we chose to fly with with Icelandair, nice planes and fantastic service. As you can see in the previous picture my plane trip was first class, three seats on my own and a nice mattress. What more can you ask for?

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My sister and me chose to split up when we arrived at the airport. She was going to stay with our super nice "blood" relatives, and me and my brother were to stay with his host parents which we see as both family and friends :-) The day after arrival they took us out on a beautiful evening boat trip on Lake Minnetonka :-) As you can see in the pictures above, we had a blast.

My sister and me chose to split up when we arrived at the airport. She was going to stay with our super nice «blood» relatives, and me and my brother were to stay with his host parents which we see as both family and friends 🙂 The day after arrival they took us out on a beautiful evening boat trip on Lake Minnetonka 🙂 As you can see in the pictures above, we had a blast.

The third day our host «dad» Scott had invited us to their cabin up north where we were going to stay for four nights. Even if all the days of our stay was amazing, the days at the cabin were extraordinary! I could seriously (an expression I rightfully get teased about all the time) have stayed there my whole vacation. We had boat trips, and swimming (I put my head under water), jet skiing, bonfires, a huge neighborhood garage party, a road trip to the beginning of the Mississippi River, fantastic American food (Scotts famous ribs, burgers, french toast etc. etc) and we got to drive around in old veteran cars 🙂

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Joar celebrated his 19th birthday while we were at the cabin. Scott had of course baked (read: bought) a cake.

Joar celebrated his 19th birthday while we were at the cabin. Scott had of course baked (read: bought) a cake.

"Cards against humanity" is the funniest party game ever!

«Cards against humanity» is the funniest party game ever!

At the Mississippi head waters I got blessed/healed for my very first time :-) Funny experience, but I´m sorry to say I still use a wheelchair ;-) They thought Joar was my brother and he had a hard time not laughing :-)

At the Mississippi head waters I got blessed/healed for my very first time 🙂 Funny experience, but I´m sorry to say I still use a wheelchair 😉 They thought Joar was my brother and he had a hard time not laughing 🙂

At the Good Life cafe we had the best sweet potato fries ever :-)

At the Good Life cafe we had the best sweet potato fries ever 🙂

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I also had to try the fun floating device :-)

I also had to try the fun floating device 🙂

Garage party with their own band :-) Fun night!

Garage party with their own band 🙂 Fun night!

After we got back to Minnetonka and the Minneapolis area, we first went to my cousin Kelsey`s Sweet Sixteen. The day after we went on a mission to save the American economy with Norwegian money 🙂 The compulsory shopping experience is a must when you´re in a state with no sales tax 🙂

My cousin Kelsey`s Sweet Sixteen - the whole family was celebrating her special day :-)

My cousin Kelsey`s Sweet Sixteen – the whole family was celebrating her special day 🙂

Milkshake!

Milkshake!

Well, this is not vomit - it´s a heart attack in a box, but it is seriously the best thing on earth! What you are looking at is a cinnabon with triple icing, triple caramel sauce and pecan nuts <3 <3

Well, this is not vomit – it´s a heart attack in a box, but it is seriously the best thing on earth! What you are looking at is a cinnabon with triple icing, triple caramel sauce and pecan nuts

The girls were taking a lunch break at the Hooters :-)

The girls were taking a lunch break at the Hooters 🙂

Everything really IS bigger in America

Everything really IS bigger in America

Shop ´till you drop, you said?

Shop ´till you drop, you said?

The last week we went to a baseball game with Minnesota Twins, a pig roast with family and friends, and of course we had a party with Sondre´s host parents Alix and Scott, which by the way are amazing people!

Me and Sondre at the Twins game :-)

Me and Sondre at the Twins game 🙂

I asked Scott if we could have a whole pig roast :-) I promise you it was the best food ever :-)

I asked Scott if we could have a whole pig roast 🙂 I promise you it was the best food ever 🙂

Time to party!

Time to party!

My nachspiel was on top of the pool table enjoying a drink of suspicious ingredients :-)

My nachspiel was on top of the pool table enjoying a drink of suspicious ingredients 🙂

The very last days we did some last minute shopping, went to a huge family reuinon and had brunch with my grand dad`s amazing first cousin and her husband.

These are my grand dad`s first cousins and their husbands and wifes :-)

These are my grand dad`s first cousins and their husbands and wifes 🙂

The whole Lerol/Lerhol family at the family reunion :-)

The whole Lerol/Lerhol family at the family reunion 🙂

Beulah and Frank were the first people we stayed with when I had my first trip to the States in 2005. Beulah is my grand dad Knut´s first cousin. They are lovely people and she is a hell of a chef in the kitchen :-)

Beulah and Frank were the first people we stayed with when I had my first trip to the States in 2005. Beulah is my grand dad Knut´s first cousin. They are lovely people and she is a hell of a chef in the kitchen 🙂

We had yet another amazing trip to the States! 🙂 Huge Thanks and hugs to Alix and Scott and Deb and Vern, for making our trip extraordinary 🙂

 

 

«The summer fat orgy» – …and so it begins:)

Nå er det ikke akkurat sånn at jeg er kjent for å spare på fettet i løpet av et år, men det er noe spesielt med sommern. Så fort gradestokken tipper over 15+ og sola titter frem så er det noe i meg som lokker fram lysten til å lage feitest mulig drikker, og ekte amerikansk BBQ.

På lørdag hadde jeg litt forsinka bursdagsfest/grillfest, mange gode venner og mye god mat!

På lørdag hadde jeg litt forsinka bursdagsfest/grillfest, mange gode venner og mye god mat!

Jeg vet at jeg til det kjedsommelige alltid prøver å understreke hvor viktig det er med god mat for den mentale helsa. Det kan likevel ikke understrekes tydeilg nok: god mat skaper livsglede!

Assistenten min hadde bakt bursdagskake til meg :) Jeg holdte på å steile da hun fortalte at bunnen var veganervennlig... (Altså uten egg og smør) Heldigvis klarte jeg og overtale henne til å putte mest mulig animalsk fett i glassuren ;) Det blei faktisk veldig bra!

Assistenten min hadde bakt bursdagskake til meg 🙂 Jeg holdte på å steile da hun fortalte at bunnen var veganervennlig… (Altså uten egg og smør) Heldigvis klarte jeg og overtale henne til å putte mest mulig animalsk fett i glassuren 😉 Det blei faktisk veldig bra!

En av sommertidens desidert største gleder er den første hjemmelagde milkshaken! Den skal etter min mening inneholde mest mulig is (helst Royal eller Creme Jubileum), litt Tine helmelk (ikke for mye – det er viktig at det blir chunky), og litt sjokoladepulver:)

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Ingrediensene kjøres i blender'n til milkshaken er god og chunky.

Ingrediensene kjøres i blender’n til milkshaken er god og chunky.

Når resultatet er ferdig er det bare å legge seg ned, finne fram et sugerør, slurpe i seg, og vente på at bilringene kommer 🙂 Let the summer fat orgy begin!

Voilá!

Voilá!

Et koselig bryllup og en hyttetur med livet som innsats!

Lørdag som var, var jeg i bryllup til fetteren min, som forøvrig er frilans-slaven min når han har anledning. Et veldig koselig bryllup, hvor han heldigvis fikk Ja fra sin Kristine, og hvor vi andre fikk muligheten til å «catche up» med venner og familie som vi ikke hadde sett på en stund. Alltid god kos!

Herr og Fru Røilid Bakken 🙂

I forkant av bryllupet valgte de to yngste Lerhol-brødrene sammen med to spreke slaver (Kristoffer og Mariann) å dra på tur til mormors hytte i Åmotsdal i Seljord. Vi hadde tre flotte og veldig spennende dager, med primitivt hytteliv og en hasardiøs fjelltur. Jeg har allikevel forståelse for at en slik primitiv hyttetur kan by på spørsmål fra enkelte om hvordan en så hemma som meg kan overleve på en hytte uten strøm og innlagt vann. Vel, det skal jeg nå prøve å fortelle dere. Som dere vet, bruker jeg respirator. Av åpenbare årsaker trenger denne strøm, og siden slavene mine ikke er betalt for å tråkke på en dynamosykkel for å bistå med dette, så er løsningen å drasse på et eget bensindrevet strømaggregat. Så der lå vi, midt ute i skauen og forurenset hele natta for at jeg skulle få puste. Glad ikke naturoppsynet til fylkesmannen var til stede, for å si det sånn 🙂 Rullestolen fikk vi inn i hytta ved hjelp av en rampe, og det å komme seg opp på hemsen er ikke noe problem når man veier mindre enn to dunker vann.

LIllebror fant playboy-slåbrokken til morfar. Brukte den resten av turen for å si det sånn!

Bestemors hjemmelagde kjøttkaker da vi kom frem; ikke feil, ikke feil!

Vi lagde hjemmelaget pizza fra bunnen av i bestemors vedfyrte stekeovn. Kan love dere at det smakte insane godt!

Hovedformålet med turen var å prøve ut den tidligere omtalte «Mr. Awesome»-tralla mi, også kalt ekstremtralla. Vi skulle på fjelltur, og vi skulle helst ikke følge tråkk av noe slag. Turen skulle med andre ord være ekstrem, og det ble den. Vi gikk opp og ned stupbratte skråninger, gjennom tett barskog og over steinrøyser helt til vi var oppe på snaufjellet, hvor det bare var å snu og gå ned igjen i enda brattere terreng. Båren jeg ble båret på hang fast på lillebroren og assistenten min Kristoffer (som virkelig fikk kjørt seg iløpet av turen). Av og til var det så bratt at jeg hang opp-ned for å være med opp. Da jeg kom hjem til hytta etter tre-fire timer, hadde lungene mine jamret av redsel i to og en halv time, og hele meg så ut som et juletre på overtid. Jeg hadde barnåler OVERALT! Men det var en kjempebra tur og jeg fikk virkelig flyttet grensene mine. I ettertid er det en opplevelse jeg aldri ville vært foruten, og det blir definitivt et minne for livet. Det blir forøvrig også et minne for livet at den ene assistenten min, som av pinlighetsbaserte årsaker ikke her skal nevnes med navn, mistet telefonen i;…wait for it…UTEDOEN. Vedkommede sikret seg dermed en eksotisk grafsetur ned i det aller helligste(utedoen altså) til guttas store forlystelse. Det ble heldigvis fast fisk. Vi gratulerer!

På vei mot toppen!

På toppen!

Ikke en gang hemmafolk kan dra på fjelltur uten å følge den tradisjonell Kvikk Lunsj-på-tur-klisjeen 🙂

Nede igjen med livet i behold..ooo yes!