This week, I have felt grateful for a lot of things, but one is the amazing trip we went on. We went up north on Mackinac Island. Something Mackinac is known for is the salt water taffy and fudge. Mackinac Island is right on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Watch out when going in the lakes, be prepared to step on rocks and if you’re looking for big seashells, sorry, there’s none. You can find tiny ones. They’re by the quick sand or when the water washes up on the sand. Also, something while visiting up north, I visited all the Great Lakes. I also went to a Petoskey beach. The Petoskey stone is Michigan’s State Stone. A Petoskey stone is a fossil of coral. We collected so many stones. Another really fun place to go is the Pictured Rocks. It is so cool how you can make pictures and let your imagination flow. Something my sister saw was a whole flock of sheep.
In Thailand, there’s tons of street food. And like there’s these small restaurants. I guess that sort of act like street food. It’s not like the fat trucks—um—like food trucks we find in America. It’s like actual buildings and there’s tons of them close to each other and they’d sell like tons of soups and stuff. So we went to this one shop and the soup sold like in this certain soup was blood. Not human blood, but like I think pig blood? It’s like the texture isn’t like, you know, liquidy. It’s sort of solidified blood. I remember eating it without knowing what it was. And after I did find out, you know, I wasn’t too pleased but I wasn’t like too disgusted either, it was fine I guess. Another weird food. I don’t know the English name. We call it like, Hoy Kraeng. It’s like a blood mussels that we would order. I think that it’s probably blood clams. I don’t remember quite the right name. I think that might be like closer to what people in America might be more familiar with, like oysters and stuff.
I’ve never gotten a bloody nose before. Like I — I remember in like elementary school, I don’t know why I remember this specifically, but there’s like—there was like so many people just like getting bloody noses out of nowhere. Like, they didn’t hit their nose or their face or anything. They’re just like sitting in class and they’d just get bloody noses. I was like, “how is that even possible?” And for some reason, I really, really wanted to get a bloody nose just so I could go to the office and like skip class and stuff, but obviously, I don’t want to like get hurt, so I was just like wishing I had like a bloody nose when I was like younger, just like out of nowhere coming, so I can go to the office and like, do whatever. But I always thought that was weird. How do you just get a bloody nose from just sitting there? Like, I — I don’t know. I have absolutely no idea.
My brother, he went on a trip across the country back near Thanksgiving. He was out from Thanksgiving to Christmas, traveling across the country. And he went in his van and he was by himself and he was starting to feel very lonely and very sad and — and kind of homesick and then he got to a place in… it was either Nevada or Arizona. I think it was Nevada, but he was at a gas station in Nevada, just outside of a Native American reservation, and there was a dog at this gas station, who was, y’know, sniffing through trash, trying to beg for people to give her food, stuff like that. So he scooped her up. Gave her a bath, took her to the vet, y’know, got her treated for fleas, brushed her, took care of her, and he gave her a name. He called her Coco, which in Navajo means night, because he found her at night in a gas station outside of a Navajo reservation. And, he brought her home, and for the first couple of weeks or even months she didn’t really know how to be a dog, y’know? Like she kinda just stood there in the middle of the room and didn’t really understand. Like she didn’t bark, she didn’t play, being pet wasn’t really a priority. She just existed. I mean, she was a great companion for my brother while he was on this trip, but outside of that she didn’t know how to be a dog. And so, y’know, after a few months of my brother trying to train her and care for her, he taught her the command speak eventually, and I think that was when it really turned around, because he taught her the command to speak and suddenly she understood that barking was something that she could do, and it was something that she was encouraged to do sometimes. So it was like, all of a sudden, she became a dog and she started barking. Not in an annoying way, but just how dogs do. She barks, she plays, she knows all these commands. She’s very loving, she’s wiggly and excited and her tail wags all the time, and it’s like, every time I see her, she’s increased her dogness by like eighty percent. And it’s such a joyous thing to see that this dog that my brother…
What do you think red smells like… What do you think red smells like? Michigan Diaries. What does red smell like? What does red smell like? I’ve been eating a lot of sriracha hot sauce lately, maybe red smells like sriracha. Could smell like strawberries, raspberries. What does red smell like? This is so hard. What does red smell like? Too funny, too funny. Yeah, I’m just thinking food things. In flag design, red often stands for like like blood or violence or anger. It’s not a smell. Yeah, I would—I would just, I’m just going to say red smells like sriracha.