Viva Wisconsin! I love you!

We Are All Badgers Now!

I was born and raised in Wisconsin – lived there for the first 22 years of my life, and now the whole country has turned their eyes to our little farming state full of corn fields, cows, and Amish folks. I miss it. I miss Wisconsin so bad that sometimes I’ll eat nothing but cheese for days. Brings me a little closer to home.

I just wanted to show my support for my fellow Wisconsinites. To the teachers and firefighters, the policeman and the rest of the middleclass union workers who have taken over the streets of Madison and to the thousands of supporters who have chosen to protest the treatment of their fellow man. You inspire me. I am there in spirit, walking beside you, and demanding fair treatment. I miss you all.

My feet may be in Texas, but my heart is in Wisconsin.

Gone Camping!

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Hey guys – tomorrow I leave for a long-awaited camping trip/family reunion/my grandparents’ anniversary celebration. I’ll be gone to Wisconsin till August 1st, but then it’s down to Austin for a bit for some moving business and an interview. I’ll have a better chance at getting some blogging done while in Austin considering my limited resources at home. Thankfully, we will be fixing Ash’s laptop soon which means we’ll be back to having two computers instead of one which means back to full-time work for both of us. But that’s then and this is now. Tomorrow I shall choose the winner of the Comic-Con Contest (you still have today to enter) and I will email him or her. The rest of tonight will be devoted to packing last minute items and then getting to bed earlier. I want to get an early start in the morning.

I say that and yet somehow we always end up leaving around 4 in the afternoon. We’ll see what happens. Bon Voyage! I hope we don’t get lost in the woods…

EDIT 7/22: Congratulations to Adam for winning the Comic-Con Contest. An email has been sent to in regards to your prize. I hope you enjoy your new movie!

Well, I’m back.

Well, I’m back from vacation! What was supposed to be a weekend trip to see my sister’s play turned into a week and a half slow meandering vacation to see a ton of different people. We did get to Wisconsin in time to see my sister’s play, which was good, and we also saw the epic last GBS concert in the US of their recent tour, and then we spent almost a whole week with my friend Shelly. When we left Wisconsin, we went to Chicago and celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with the large population of Irish immigrants and the green Chicago river. We spent Sunday at the Brookfield Zoo and on Monday headed to Indiana to see a couple more friends. We spent the night there and finally got to Tennessee on Tuesday. It’s good to be home and it’s good to see all the kids.

While we were in Wisconsin, my sister’s both had the flu. I went this long without getting it so I was hoping that I had managed to not catch it, but no. That was, of course, not the case. After spending the morning outside pampering the pups (brushing them, cleaning their teeth, etc), I got sick and was hit really hard with the bug. I was just tired and achy and fell asleep in bed with tons of blankets because I was so cold. I’m feeling slightly better but still sick. And icky feeling.

Now I’m eating pizza bagels that my Ash made me and watching some really bad sci-fi movie. I can’t wait to go back to bed.

End of Vacation.

Well it’s been fun hanging out with my family and Shelly, but Ash and I are packing up in the morning and heading to Chicago to spend the weekend with her dad and then back to Tennessee on Sunday. It’ll be nice to get back to my desk and regular schedule and I’ll have my desktop again so I can start fiddling around with the rest of my Adobe CS3 programs.

Sisters

Here’s a picture of my sister Emi and I at opening night of the play she was in. People say we look alike. Yeah, I think we do. She also looks older than me even though she’s only fifteen and I’m two months shy of twenty-three.

Have a good weekend!

New Phone!

I got a crappy phone last summer after accidentally leaving my much cooler phone out in the rain overnight. It was a cheap Samsung phone with buttons that stuck and a very flimsy design. I was telling my friend Shelly about it as Ash and I hung out at her house today with her and her month old baby Noah. Without a second thought she gave me her old orange Verizon LG enV. After fiddling with online stuff, we managed to get everything changed over so I now have a brand new working high(er)-tech phone!

Phone!

I absolutely love it. I spent the rest of the evening while we ate pizza and watched TV playing with all the new functions and transferring over my address book. It’s got a lot more ringtones than mine, games, a camera and video recorder, a song IDer, and a keyboard. I’m happy.

Tomorrow, we’re coming back over here to poke at the cats (and the baby) and play some fun Wii games. Ash and I have broken down and decided we eventually want to buy a Wii because you actually feel productive after playing those games. Yeah, we’re hooked.

I think now we’re gonna head out home though before the roads get too bad. TTFN!

Back in Wisconsin.

Ash and I are currently in Wisconsin. We got here Thursday night at about 9:30pm. I didn’t make any mention that we were going to be here because the whole point was to surprise my fifteen year old sister who was in a musical this weekend for her school. She had really wanted us to come and see her but we told her we couldn’t. She was certainly surprised when Spunky came racing into the house and scared her! Her musical was on Friday night and the whole family went and she was great! I’m so proud of her.

Even though I surprised Emi, I’m pretty sure I got the biggest surprise. My dad bought Ash and I and him tickets to see Great Big Sea at the House of Blues in Chicago yesterday! It was unbelievable. We were only a few feet from the b’ys as they played their hearts out and I actually got teary when they came out on stage. I have been trying to see them in concert for the past seven years and I’ve had tickets twice and something always came up and I couldn’t see them. I kept thinking on the drive to Chicago that something horrible would happen and we wouldn’t see them. There would be an accident or the band was sick or our tickets were bad or something. I’m so glad I didn’t jinx myself.

We were planning on going back today, but the weather was pretty bad, so when we were discussing what we should do, Ash suggested we just stay till Friday and then go down and spend the weekend with Ted, her step-dad. Everyone loved that idea so here we are, still in Wisconsin. We’ve already got the week planned and Ash and I are going go see Shelly and the baby tomorrow (we saw them yesterday but only for a short time). We’ll see what else we end up doing.

The dial-up here at the house sucks and goes in an out, but when we head to Shelly’s I’ll bring my laptop and take advantage of her wireless so I can get classes started and possibly get some of my designs that I made up in the shop (and get some stuff down for clients – I haven’t forgotten). It’ll be good.

Today, we’re taking it easy. Yesterday’s concert wore us all out and my legs are killing me from jumping and my voice hurts from screaming and my hearing hasn’t completely come back. Still. It was amazing. Totally worth it.

Home for Christmas.

So let me tell you a story. A story that involves a lot of snow and driving. And Christian billboards.

We left Ashland Saturday night in the midst of a bad blizzard. But that’s not even the beginning. We were supposed to leave two days earlier but the weather, we were told, was horrendous so we shouldn’t even attempt it. It didn’t get any better but we didn’t want to stay around and wait for it to blow over so on Saturday we packed everything up and were almost ready to go when I went out to start Ash’s car. Yeah, that didn’t work, and after an hour of near-panic we got it started and were out of the house after dark.

We had hoped the weather would get better the farther south we got, but boy were we wrong. What should have been a six hour drive from Ashland to my parent’s house turned in to a 24 hour drive because we had to stop three hours after starting and pull into a motel the weather was so bad. We snuck all twelve of the kids in and slept for a few hours. We were up and out by noon and got to my house and promptly fell asleep (after celebrating an early Christmas with my family and opening up presents). The very next day we were up at 6 in the morning and were out on the road driving the three hours to Chicago. In Chicago, we got everything packed out of my dad’s van, packed into the trailer later on, and were once again, back on the road by 6 at night to Tennessee.

The drive to Tennessee was pretty uneventful except for the falling asleep at the wheel a couple of times and having to pull off twice at truck stops to catch a few winks, and, of course, the increasing number of Christian Biblical billboards warning the unbelieving that Hell is real (it’s real!)! Normally it’s ten hours from Chicago to Crossville, TN, but with the sleeping it took longer and we finally made it to our destination at about 9 in the morning yesterday. It’s been really nice today just sitting around and eating and watching TV. Ash and I bought new pants for ourselves and I picked up another small gift for Ash. Tomorrow we’re going to her Aunt’s and Uncle’s for Christmas and then on Friday morning we leave for Texas. It’ll be more driving but that’s okay, at least we’ve got a break before then, and it’s TEXAS. I cannot wait to go.

I got to talk to a ton of people back home on the phone and my dad is gonna call tonight when he reads my sisters The Night Before Christmas so I can listen in. It’s our Christmas Eve tradition, so at least I can still take part in that. It’s weird not being home for Christmas, but I’m really happy I get to spend it with Ash and her family – I definitely feel like one of family when I’m here. Everyone is just wonderful and makes me feel so at home. It’s great.

Ash is being adorable right now singing Christmas carols. I’m so happy. I hope everyone is having a beautiful holiday season and a very Merry Christmas from Ash, me, and our family. May your season be as happy as ours. <3

Fluff between my Ears.

Zoning out is a usual occurrence for me, but today it’s been ten times worse because of all the fluff that was stuffed into my ears when I was looking the other way. Really. I feel like my whole head is being covered by a pillow and the person smothering me with it is purposefully shoving down on my cheeks. Just kill me and get it over with.

I’m having a hard time even writing this because I cannot pay attention (or spell – I just wrote atetentoin) and my eyes keep unfocusing. I slept a lot today but I’m still just out of it. Everything is fuzzy.

I have totally lost any point this post might have had. It’s taking too long to write these few short sentences. Agh. Here have a picture.

Sisters

My fifteen year old sister and myself, being silly. Not silly, I mean cool. Yeah, cool. Okay good night.

Vacation Update.

Things have slowed down enough that I can actually write an entry and not have to publish it later. Yesterday we went to three different museums, jumped on huge boulders along Lake Michigan, and had some yummy chinese food. We saw dinosaurs, civil war paintings, and some of the mangiest stuffed animals I have ever seen. All in all, it was a pretty great day.

Today is our last day here and we spent it mostly putting up the Christmas tree, doing laundry, and relaxing. I also got some new hand-me-down clothes from my younger sister (yes, hand-me-downs from my younger sister) and we had a huge breakfast.

I would love to put up pictures of our Christmas Tree because I love it, but I don’t think that’s going to happen since this dial-up at my parents’ house is unbelievably the slowest possible in existence. I don’t know how they can deal with it. I guess the trick is to have only one window open at a time and to make sure it is fully loaded before you even attempt to move to another page. It’s frustrating.

But I’m going to go hunt down Ash – I think she’s around here somewhere. Unless my youngest sister got to her… oh dear.

Stuffed Full.

Well we reached home okay (got there around 1:30 in the morning) and got the cats and Spunky set up for the night before finally passing out in bed. Had tons of family come over Thanksgiving Day and ate tons of food – Ash’s deviled eggs were an absolute hit and everyone enjoyed them (in fact, some of my relatives even admitted to liking them more than my mom’s “World Famous” Deviled Eggs – there were none left of Ash’s at the end of the day, and a plate-full of my mom’s remained uneated).

Today, we are off to the museums in Kenosha (art, dinosaurs, and civil war history, oh my!) and I am most likely there right now since I’m typing this in advance to put up in the morning. I’m so sneaky.

(Anyway, I’m exhausted, the day was long, and the dogs are now barking. Night all and I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Oh, and Good morning!)