Every Friday, I treat myself to coffee and a breakfast item. It's my reward for reaching the end of another work week with my sanity intact. Some weeks it's more intact than others, but that's beside the point. Last week, I stopped at Starbucks for a Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew and a Spinach, Feta … Continue reading Does the 5-second rule apply to city sidewalks?
When we bought our house in 2019, I joined Nextdoor to keep tabs on the goings-on in my 'hood. It's mostly just the same group of people complaining about youths running amok or vandalism to their property or the sorry state of education these days or out-of-state newcomers driving up their property taxes. They might … Continue reading Just because it smells like a skunk doesn’t mean it’s a skunk.
Tara and I got home from work at the same exact time on Thursday. That almost never happens. When we entered the basement through the garage, it was warm down there. That never, ever happens. Cue the sinking feeling... Our Nest thermostat showed the A/C running. But it was 80 degrees in the house and … Continue reading It’s like living in a cave, minus the bats.
I had a woman travel all the way from Nevada just to meet me this morning. The funny thing is, this isn’t the first time in my life that has happened. Hello, wife o’ mine! But it is the first time somebody has done so for professional reasons. And I may be playing fast and … Continue reading Zucchini can survive the apocalypse, so what’s a little hail?
Few things are as depressing as waking up at 4:50 a.m., knowing your vacation is over and all you have left is a long day of driving. We planned to hit the road at 6 a.m. for the roughly 11-hour trek home. Factoring in an hour for stops—and given the hour we'd gain crossing back … Continue reading Wisconsin or Bust, Part III: Dairyland to Derecho
When we were planning our trip to Wisconsin, we jumped at the opportunity to go during a holiday. With Independence Day landing on a Monday, both Tara and I had a paid holiday, which meant we wouldn't have to use a precious vacation day. Great idea in theory, but because of that holiday, a bunch … Continue reading Wisconsin or Bust, Part II: Sunday, Monday, Happy Days
Friday afternoon, we were headed southeast on I-90, midway between La Crosse and Madison, when we passed a tractor trailer parked in a field. "TRUMP" was painted on the side in big, bold letters. But somebody had taken spray paint and covered that up with bigger, bolder letters that spelled "LOSER." That was the moment … Continue reading Wisconsin or Bust, Part I: Cheese Curds, Raging Grannies, & Make Mine a Sour!