beaver!

here’s one of the fellas (or gal) that we got to see at the museum:
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s/he was enormous!

all good things

we had a great night away in dubuque this past weekend. we spent a lot of friday afternoon in galena, illinois finding toys from our youth and some decorative items. we had lunch in an upstairs restaurant where the woman said, “yous”, and tried an “award-winning” bloody mary… which did not come close to rivaling my sweety’s 2011 award-winning isthmus reader’s poll bloody mary.
we headed back north to dubuque to check into the hotel and get our bearings… then we spent a couple of hours at the mystique casino playing video poker. video poker must have taken a huge dive since the last time i was in dubuque, because there was one island of ten games surrounded by dinging and singing slot machine after slot machine.
after we’d lost enough, we headed back to the hotel and checked out the neighboring bar, the busted lift; which seems to have been shortened to the lift. maybe it’s working again?
after that, we checked out the restaurant of rotating renters upstairs. it’s now an italian joint with red-and-white checkered tablecloths; we split the stuffed shells and were charged $6 “for the extra salad”; which matt didn’t eat.
then, the hot tub! it was so relaxing and peaceful. i wished we could have stayed a second night; i was too exhausted to enjoy it later than midnight. i didn’t sleep well (i never do in hotels), but we finally got up around 9 and moseyed downstairs to the hotel restaurant for breakfast. we checked out around 11 and headed back to madison to get the pups. by the time we got home and got them walked, we were both exhausted.
by sunday morning, i thanked my past self for also taking monday off. it was a good day to get a bunch of things done.
this week has been pretty productive. i made slow-cooker enchiladas for next week’s lunch, taco salads-in-a-jar for this week’s lunch, secured a csa for the summer, and checked on my bike purchase.
we also got some walking sticks, whom are hanging out in the living room. pics to come.

it’s strange

almost every january, after being off work for a week+ i usually get this feeling that i want to toss my computers and leave them behind. coincidentally, i’ve not had a working pc in a week and a half and it hasn’t bothered me that much (except for the fact that i’m going to need to allocate ~$500 for a new laptop—for starters).
we (or at least i) do need a device on which to watch movies… the ipad is good for close-up and in bed viewing, but it’s just a little too small to set on the coffee table and knit. plus, the ipad doesn’t play dvds. i think i have it narrowed down to another toshiba (i didn’t have a single thing go wrong until november of last year—making it almost exactly five years old), and a much wider screen… i just don’t know if i’m willing to go intel since i like amd.
here are the ones i’m comparing right now, but i’ll probably change my mind in two minutes.
yea, i think i’m gunna get this one.

fo!

it’s been a long time since i’ve learned something new with knitting. i’ve done billions of scarves, a few pairs of socks and slippers, a couple sweaters, fair isle, ribs, cables. but, i finally got myself to knit an entrelac hat:
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all grow’d up

there aren’t too many things that remind me of my age… my birthday is one, yes. but, for some reason, paying my water bill is another (then there’s taxes, and sparse grey hairs).
i can almost remember the exact time, when i was a kid, that i realized my mom had to pay for all of the water that we used. i thought it was free for everyone until that moment; i think i was 9 or 10. i started thinking of water differently after that.
what about the water that we use to wash clothes and flush the toilet; that’s not free? we pay for water just to dirty it?! what about the school’s water fountain? i admit, i called it a bubbler in middle school.
almost immediately after buying my home, i installed a rain barrel, and then another one a couple of years later. i’m now interested in doing something with our grey water… i’m not sure where to start, but we’ll figure it out.
a friend of mine has a water bill that’s over twice the amount mine is; he takes a bath every single morning.

learning

this week has been one of learning for me! i got to play around with some jquery for an update at work, and the entrelac is coming along well. i almost want to knit everything in entrelac now! except there’s a lot of purling involved… maybe it’ll help me to purl more quickly.
this friday marks another girls night out. we haven’t been since… october? it should be good, they’re bringing a dj from chicago, so it should be fairly busy.
i also really need to get back into brailling…