Words you never want to hear a contractor who is working on your home say: "Oh, that was dumb." At long last, our flooring guys arrived this morning to tear out the carpeting in the living room and hallway and install the vinyl planking. I naïvely thought it wouldn't be too disruptive to work from … Continue reading Maybe a bird flew into it.
Blogging Buddies, Boilers, & Brothers
Say what you will about Janesville — and I've said plenty, mostly unflattering ("Chainsville," anyone?) — this city of 65,000ish half an hour from Fort Atkinson does boast one pretty big draw: cheap gas. We're not talking two or three cents cheaper, either. Gas prices in Janesville are always dramatically lower than anywhere else in … Continue reading Blogging Buddies, Boilers, & Brothers
What has 30 legs and looks like an alien?
One morning shortly after moving into our new apartment, I was about to step into the shower when I spotted something so bizarre and creepy-looking, I would have jumped out of my pants if I were wearing any. It was an insect, but not one I had ever seen before. Reddish-yellow body, beady eyes, a … Continue reading What has 30 legs and looks like an alien?
Bring Your Betsy to Work Day
A few months ago, Betsy Kerekes—a/k/a Parenting Is Funny—was eliciting suggestions for a new blog name. Sure, parenting is funny, but these days, she writes more about Jiu-Jitsu. I get a real kick out of that. / martial arts humor. In any case, my suggestion got the most votes, so I "won" the "contest." I … Continue reading Bring Your Betsy to Work Day
Breaking the Obligation Cycle
Write about the last time you left your comfort zone. Today. This very moment. It's the prompts. They're a great way to get the creative juices flowing for those who are stuck in the proverbial mud, but that's never been the case with me. I've been blogging for over 20 years and, though I may … Continue reading Breaking the Obligation Cycle
How Two Bloggers Three States Apart Became One Heckuva Couple
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away—at least that’s how it feels today—a young man signed up for an account on an online journaling website. This was his first foray into blogging, a term that had been coined just a few years earlier. He wrote mostly about the minutiae of daily life. … Continue reading How Two Bloggers Three States Apart Became One Heckuva Couple
Getting OUR Griswold On: Day 5 – Cincinnati, OH
Cardinals Are the New Flamingos I've kind of been obsessed with cardinals on this trip. Not the St. Louis baseball team, but the actual bird. They're a dime a dozen in the eastern half of the U.S., but where we live, not so much. Eastern South Dakota looks to be the dividing line for the … Continue reading Getting OUR Griswold On: Day 5 – Cincinnati, OH
Thank God It’s Monday
I don’t usually dread the start of a new work week, but when 5:10 rolled around this morning, I cursed. Silently, of course. I didn’t want to wake Tara! Mondays are never great, per se, but they’re a lot less great when they follow on the heels of back-to-back long weekends. Crawling out of bed … Continue reading Thank God It’s Monday
Seasons Change in the Blink of an Eye
Last week was a mentally challenging one at work. This is our busiest time of year, with multiple titles coming out. In addition to our regular publications, we've got our biannual Visitor's Guide, plus the annual bridal magazine and Southern Hills Vacation Guide. Factor in a brand new magazine, an overhaul of a client's website, … Continue reading Seasons Change in the Blink of an Eye
I Mourn Candy Corn Scorn
I stopped by the grocery store for a few items over the weekend and nearly tripped over a display of Halloween candy...surefire proof that "fall" is coming! I ignored the M&M's and Snickers and gummy worms but did grab a bag of that most wondrous of holiday treats, candy corn. Not even politics inspire as … Continue reading I Mourn Candy Corn Scorn