I was living the State Fair life for a while there.
How do you know if you too are living the State Fair life? Let me tell you.
1. Look at your fingernails. Are they perfectly painted? Yes, then you aren't living the State Fair life.
If 7 out of 10 of your fingernails are ripped off from opening boxes (who needs box cutters) and hooking tent flaps up daily, then you've lived the State Fair life.
2. Do you have multiple large, styrofoam cups from the gas station (half full of warm Coke Zero) throughout your house from late night trips home from the fair? If so, you're living the State Fair life.
I counted at least 10 of said cups around my house, including on my bathroom counter, last week. Add multiple empty candy bar wrappers and you have my supper choices during the fair.
On a side note: Have you tried the Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Cookie candy bars? I'm addicted to the Thin Mint version and may have cleaned out the supplies of at least 2 Speedway C-stores in my area!
3. Are there piles of CLEAN clothes scattered around your house? You HAVE to do laundry during the 17-day run so your two work t-shirts are kept clean but you don't have time (or energy) to put the rest of the clothes away.
4. Is there edible food in your fridge? If you answered yes, then you are NOT living the State Fair life.
Who has time to go to the grocery store when you are encouraging people "to visit our big soybean statues around the area...win a free milkshake coupon" over and over again every day?
If you have any of these signs, then you are indeed living the State Fair life.
Good news, it lasts just a few weeks each year (I do love the state fair) and you have a whole year to recover!