Wisconsin or Bust, Part I: Cheese Curds, Raging Grannies, & Make Mine a Sour!

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!

Too many balls, not enough hands.

I was in my supervisor's office yesterday, spouting off circus analogies. As one does. "I'm juggling an awful lot these days!" I said. "I've got too many balls and not enough hands." Only later did I realize a comment like that could have earned me a visit with HR. Work is super busy right now. … Continue reading Too many balls, not enough hands.

Reunited with Alexa and it feels so good.

I got back from my work trip Friday afternoon and immediately went home, as I'd put in a bunch of extra hours in the evenings. This allowed me to sit on the patio and relax, despite the heat and humidity. I soldiered through with cold beer and music. I was happy to be reunited with … Continue reading Reunited with Alexa and it feels so good.

Powdered Sugar Landscape

Today was 39 degrees warmer than yesterday. Welcome to the Great Plains rollercoaster! This week it's going to be as warm as 45º and as cold as -10º. Probably within a 48-hour span. If variety is the spice of life, we're what you would call aggressively seasoned. We decided to take advantage of our heatwave … Continue reading Powdered Sugar Landscape

Best ‘Wurst News

Every year around this time, I get caught up in the Great Candy Corn Debate. Some people like it, others don't, and those who fall into the latter camp are quite vocal over their distaste for this sweet treat. I am firmly in the Team Candy Corn camp, but it wasn't always this way. Much … Continue reading Best ‘Wurst News

Getting OUR Griswold On: Day 8 – Austin, MN

How Cheesy! And just like that, we've arrived at our final destination: Austin, Minnesota. It's hard to believe we've been on the road for an entire week already. On the other hand, Sioux Falls already feels like a lifetime ago. This has been a fantastic trip. Tara is ready to be home, while I kinda … Continue reading Getting OUR Griswold On: Day 8 – Austin, MN

Getting OUR Griswold On: Day 7 – Madison, WI

Role Reversal A funny thing is happening as our vacation has stretched into its seventh day: Tara and I have switched roles. Early on she was the one looking for detours and saying we had all the time in the world to explore, while I was most interested in getting to the next hotel. Now, … Continue reading Getting OUR Griswold On: Day 7 – Madison, WI