Archive for the ‘Seasons’ Category

Hello Winter

November 11, 2008

Even though temperatures were in the 70s less than a week ago, I think I am ready for winter. Winter was always my favorite season. Now that I’m an adult (Ha, kind of…) it has lost a bit of its luster. But only a tiny bit! Snow is not as magical because I have to shovel it and drive in it, but it’s still pretty fantastic. Lets just say that I’m not dreading the first white ground covering.

Good bye Halloween, perhaps my second most favorite holiday.
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I don’t remember if I bragged about these yet, but these are Vampire Cupcakes. Perfect for Halloween. Or, sigh, your crazy “Twilight” movie watching parties.
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I’m not going to talk about my favorite holiday yet, because I don’t do that stuff until the day after Thanksgiving. But this year, I’m actually kind of starting early because I am going to bake tons of cookies for gifts. And eating. And that stuff has to be done in advance, especially since I will be in a show this December!

My other favorite holiday is, of course, my birthday. Which is EXACTLY ONE MONTH FROM TODAY!!!!! Wow. Kind of scary. The number is… well, young, I know. But I will officially be in my mid-twenties. And that freaks the crap out of me! Not because I’m “old” but because I feel like I should be more grown up by this age, and be more accomplished, and blah blah blah.

I’m less concerned now with presents than I was a month ago, because now my number one wish is to go on a ski trip with some friends to Indianhead Mountainin mid January. AND I am planning on getting my season rental this week! It is really more than I should spend, but I’m giving up an awesome and expensive birthday dinner for it. Maybe we’ll go out for apps and drinks at Cubanitas instead…

I just thought I’d post this on here. My wishlist is almost exclusively baking stuff, which is kind of funny. But I neeeeeeeed it!
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So YES, bring it on winter!!

TGIF

May 16, 2008

These last couple days of work have truly been terrible. My job is full of technical jargon, so I can’t even explain it to David, let alone the blog world. But I think yesterday was the hardest day I’ve ever worked here. SO much stuff going on. Some of it has trickled to today, but I’m a little brain dead, so it’s easy to care about it less.

So thank goodness it’s weekend time! Tonight, I’m going to see A New Brain at Windfall Theatre. I don’t really know this show, but it’s one of David’s favorites. We also know about half the cast really well. It’ll be fun to sit and watch them perform, rather than being next to them on the stage!

Afterwards, we’re meeting our favorite double date couple, Chuck and Lisa for a late dinner and drinks at Tulip. This place is delicious. I hope we can sit outside, but if we can’t, the atmosphere inside is very nice.

I’m going on a Flickr Photowalk tomorrow with some random photographer people from the Milwaukee area. I’m looking forward to that and getting some artsy shots of the Walkers Point area. David will be helping a friend move. I think our schedule is open in the evening. Maybe we’ll see a movie or just hang at home. Either options sounds nice to me!

In other random news, my scale said 191 this morning!!! YES! That gives me extra motivation to stick with the diet tonight. It would be great to see 190 by Monday. That would be such a nice milestone. I haven’t seen this much weight loss in at least three years. It feels so good!!

I didn’t work out today, but I wanted to! I took the lunch hour off to run some errands, like cash a check that’s been in my purse for two weeks! I wish I could have hit the gym, but these things needed to be done and my bank has a location very close to my work, but nowhere near my house!

Also, it was nice to see one of my high credit card balances is finally under $2,000 and it will stay that way! I found this great calculator for those of us who have multiple credit cards with different interest rates. It was helpful to organize my payments and see when I’d be able to be paid off. By this time next year, I should be debt free!

Downtown Dining Week is coming up soon! I love this, although I’ll have to limit myself to fewer visits than last year due to my desire to stick with my diet. It’s such a fun way to try out new restaurants and get a great meal at an expensive place you might be to poor to visit. Our favorite last year was Osteria Del Mondo. A three course dinner for $20? Yes please!

Since I’m not doing a show this summer (for the first time in at least FIVE years!) I plan to enjoy the heck out of my summer. The kickoff to the summer festival season starts at the end of this month, with Riversplash. I can’t wait to be able to have fun and do what I want with my summer!

Oh Snow

February 6, 2008

I LOVE IT!!

This is an old picture from an earlier snow storm, but you get the point…

I seriously LOVE the snow. And I don’t care who knows it. And YES I had to drive in it this morning. And I still love it. Yes it makes things difficult, but it’s worth it to me. To walk outside into a white-washed world, where sounds are muted by the thick blanket everywhere. The way everything seems to glow. I love it!

It makes me think of my school-kid days, watching the snow fall and hoping for school to be cancelled the next day so I could spend all day outside building snowmen and forts and going sledding. And then the weekends… my family went skiing several times a year at local ski hills. I sure do miss that.

In fact, that’s the only thing that makes me sad when it comes to snow- how long it’s been since I’ve gone skiing. I really, really want to go this year. But I don’t know when I’ll have the time or the money. It would be awesome to go this weekend. For David and I to go to Sunburst, it would cost about $120 for the two of us with tickets and ski rentals. Even if we did nighttime skiing, it would cost $100. 

I am in awe of how my parents took our family so often. I wish they’d take me again!! I just don’t know how I would justify spending $100+ right now. Plus, I’d have to teach David or at least get him into a lesson, which is even more money! That sucks.

So instead, I might just have to enjoy the snow locally for yet another winter. Snowmen, forts, and sleds, here I come!

OMG LOL!

January 29, 2008

Here is a video of my little sister sledding down the hill behind the Domes.

I admit, the funniest part might be my laughter. Or, that could be the obnoxious part. I don’t care. I still laugh.

And Just Like That, It’s Gone

January 10, 2008

What? Wisconsin had a tornado in January? Three days ago you say? During almost 60 degree weather? And now it looks like this:

Oh yeah, this is Wisconsin. Thanks for the reminder, Mother Nature.

I was shocked when I left the YMCA to find everything covered in snow. Yep, sounds about right.

So speaking of the YMCA (like that segue?) it HURT!! I really felt like I needed to go, and I’m glad I did, but jeeeeeze. I can barely dress myself, and there I am on the elliptical. Smart. S-M-R-T! But I burned some calories. And that really makes me feel like I’m taking good steps for my health and weight. And that is a great feeling!

Fall Days

October 25, 2007

It is really beautiful outside. The colorful trees make it easier to handle the colder weather and the shorter days. I am trying to take it all in and appreciate it, because I know that all too soon we’ll be in for 4 or 5 months of barren landscape, icy weather, and what feels like mere minutes of sunlight.

But I can’t worry about that yet. Not when there are so many beautiful sights springing up around me. Even my work parking lot looks beautiful!

I don’t have the time or the patience to blog about my Halloween party and costume right now, but I will leave you with a teaser of the pictures of the results of my costume…

This is what I did to my hair on Friday night, hoping to achieve the ratty/curly/wavy look.

After taking the braids out.

 Halfway there!

 Bellatrix LeStrange costume completed.

Rockin’ the Dark Mark.