I’d like a stamp, and make it a double!

There have been so many overhyped storms this winter, it was a shock when we ended up with more snow than predicted last weekend. How much? Close to 10" here in Fort Atkinson. A day or two earlier, they were predicting 1-2" tops. And this morning, the icing on the cake: -9°. The wind chill … Continue reading I’d like a stamp, and make it a double!

Oh, there’s no plate like ham for the holidays.

Just like that, our first Wisconsin Christmas is a wrap! The one thing I wanted more than anything else was a white Christmas. Elliott came barreling in with cold so fierce by Friday morning, there was no way any of that snow already on the ground was melting. The result? That perfectly picturesque Hallmark white … Continue reading Oh, there’s no plate like ham for the holidays.

Anything But Elliott

Have you ever scrolled through your phone and come across a photo you don't remember taking? This happened to me last weekend. Tara and I were kicking back at the Tipsy Cow and I was scrolling through my Immersive Van Gogh exhibit pics when I came across this gem from the night before. We'd been … Continue reading Anything But Elliott

Came for the art, stayed for the acid trip.

When I first learned about the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit a couple of years ago, I was immediately intrigued. It's not that I have any particular affinity for the troubled painter (though I'm pretty sure I had a Starry Night print hanging in my living room in a former life), but I thought the combination … Continue reading Came for the art, stayed for the acid trip.

Smoke on the water, a fire in the sky.

Sometimes, southern Wisconsin really reminds me of the Pacific Northwest. It's been one week since we've had even a glimpse of the sun. That lone jellyfish cloud in a sea of blue sky last Thursday was the last time I spotted any sort of bright glowing orb (Christmas lights and lava lamps notwithstanding). Not only … Continue reading Smoke on the water, a fire in the sky.

Jellyfish Clouds Mean Snow

I was video chatting with my supervisor a few days ago, trying to troubleshoot a blog scheduling error. I'd uploaded a blog to the TobacCo website and scheduled it to post next month, but it went live immediately. Even though, on the website, the post date showed January 11, 2023. Our blog module at work … Continue reading Jellyfish Clouds Mean Snow

How to Go Broke 99 Cents at a Time

Music has always been a huge part of my life. It was instrumental (pardon the pun) in bringing me and Tara together and, to a lesser extent, in driving a wedge between me and the ex. I liked Nirvana, she was into Destiny's Child. In retrospect, we were doomed from the start. At least I … Continue reading How to Go Broke 99 Cents at a Time

And we’ll have a barrel of fun!

Well, Wisconsin finally woke up and remembered that it's November. After a record high of 71º on Thursday – I actually took a walk around the neighborhood in shorts and flip-flops – reality (and a cold front) came crashing in on Friday, when it was almost 40 degrees colder. We knew we'd pay the price … Continue reading And we’ll have a barrel of fun!

Played a fun game of twister last Wednesday.

Last week was odd, to say the least. Thanks to my self-imposed COVID isolation, I barely left the house. And when I did step outside, I nearly got swept away by a tornado. We're not in Kansas anymore (nor were we ever), but we are most definitely in Wisconsin. Wednesday morning, I was working away … Continue reading Played a fun game of twister last Wednesday.

Turtles, lizards, and tadpoles in the rain.

One of the things we like best about our new neighborhood is the walkability. From the apartment, it's a short 25-minute stroll to downtown and the riverwalk. There are dozens of shops and businesses within walking distance — restaurants, bars, the grocery store, the gas station. Though I suppose there's no reason to walk to … Continue reading Turtles, lizards, and tadpoles in the rain.