This morning felt uncannily like Sept. 1 all over again. There we were, parked in front of our apartment complex garage with a U-Haul truck, chatting up a forgetful octogenarian. The only difference? We were loading the truck instead of unloading it. Oh, and it was about 60 degrees colder. There's that David Byrne song … Continue reading Deja U-
Month: February 2023
Home, Sleet Home
I woke up this morning, rolled over, and tapped Tara on the shoulder. "Hey," I said. "Wanna buy a house today?" Turns out she was game. Two hours later, we were chatting with Justin the Realtor in our about-to-be-new-home for the final walk-through. Just one month and two days after our offer was accepted. It's … Continue reading Home, Sleet Home
So this is what it’s like, rubbed so raw by grief you feel as though your body has been dragged through shards of broken glass…but on the inside, where your heart is. I wrote those words Friday morning, less than an hour after we euthanized our beloved cat, Sydney. Two days later, the pain is … Continue reading Sydney.
If it’s Thursday, it must be snowing.
We've had a weird trend in southern Wisconsin this winter: it has snowed almost every Thursday. Thursday isn't the only day it has snowed — but it has been the most reliably snowy. This isn't just a subjective observation, either. The stats back it up. In 2023, it has snowed every Thursday but one. Add … Continue reading If it’s Thursday, it must be snowing.
Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.
I was chatting with a friend yesterday but had to cut the conversation short because I had plans. "I'm off to see the Statue of Liberty," I told her. "Umm, okay," she responded. "Didn't know y'all moved to NYC." Well, we didn't (though with our continued eastward migration, it feels like that's only a matter … Continue reading Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.
You’ll have to pry that avocado from my cold, dead hands.
I read recently that avocados are falling out of favor with chefs because they are an unsustainable fruit that has a large carbon footprint, requires a ton of water, and contributes to deforestation. Ain't that the pits. Look, I'm all for saving the earth and protecting our natural resources. But if you expect me to … Continue reading You’ll have to pry that avocado from my cold, dead hands.
Don’t worry, it’s just a weather balloon.
I feel sorry for weather balloons. Anytime somebody wants to deflect from the truth, they immediately blame the poor, innocent weather balloon. I'm surprised Oops, never mind, it was a weather balloon isn't a meme. Oh, wait. It is. Spy balloon spotted over Montana? Not so fast, the Chinese say. It’s just a weather balloon. This … Continue reading Don’t worry, it’s just a weather balloon.
There’s no business like snow business.
It's been a great weekend! Though at one point, I thought we'd made a big mistake and wished we could have cancelled our hotel booking. A couple of months ago, I came across an ad for the 28th annual Winterfest event in Lake Geneva and was immediately intrigued. In addition to the U.S. National Snow … Continue reading There’s no business like snow business.