october already

after a nice, low-key weekend, we find ourselves in the 10th month of the year. rodney and i have started talking about what to do for thanksgiving; we may even attempt our very own turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and gravy.

i’m pretty sure i can handle the latter items, but i’ve never attempted a turkey. i feel like it could go really amazingly or pretty awfully. you’ll find out either way, gentle reader.

in other news, jones finally had a solid poop on sunday. i almost had him pound it (our version of high-five or shake) during our walk, but it was drizzling and we all wanted to get home. turns out they both really like rice, broth, and chicken mush.

another one on the books

the crowd at wilson’s was a bit much on friday so we went to check out the atwood (formerly known as mr. roberts) cuz someone i know is now the manager. it’s pretty nice inside, at least compared to the last time i was in there (birthday week, three years ago).

i was happy to find out that the pool table is only $1, probably because it’s not a bullseye table, so we got in a few good games.

we went on home for dinner and some programs. we finished the good place so i thought i’d see if rodney would like deadwood.

saturday morning we did some grocery shopping and then rodney went to pick up our houseguest. we hung out with his sister and her boyfriend most of the afternoon, not before squeezing in jurassic world 2, then headed back over to a cookout at his sister’s house. after a few adult bevvies and a lot of baseball on the t.v., we came home and went to bed pretty late. 

sunday was a little lazy with brunch and some fallout and then to wilson’s for the bears game. rodney realized they probably weren’t going to do very well, so he asked if he could play music and the only other bears fan in the room got upset and left.

i wasn’t in the mood to make dinner, so we ordered burrito drive. thankfully, they remembered to put everything in the bag this time.

signs of fall

the annual lutefisk dinner invitation showed up yesterday and it (always) falls the day before dst. some years it’s below 0º and some years (like last year) the broken heater in my car was annoying enough for the short trip to barneveld.

the lilac leaves are starting to turn, which just reminds me that it was so cool this spring (SNOW ON MY BIRTHDAY) that it never had a chance to blossom, so all we could smell was peachy.

the sunrise and sunset times on my weather app are slowly creeping toward each other.

football and thoughts of thanksgiving and the holidays are more prominent.

at least i’m happy.

and just like that

the willy st fair has come and gone and this marks the end of summer (in my brain). the sun is setting noticeably earlier and it’s (thankfully) staying dark later in the morning.

we had a late night on friday, which included heading over to the sundown saloon to give that a whirl. we played a little pool and had a couple of drinks.

we attended the fair both days and i even got a little dancing in at the beats stage on saturday, but the sun was pretty relentless, so we didn’t stay too long. on sunday, we walked down from mickey’s to the wort stage (at the farthest end of the fair) to hear a couple bands, but the sun was out in full force again so we slowly made our way back to the car, stopping at the wisco to catch a bit of the game and taking a break outside of plan b next to tiffany’s tent.

an aside: my appetite hasn’t been real strong these past few weeks so i looked up the nuvaring side effects again and it lists, “appetite and weight change” as one of the possible effects. since i was worried it would be in the other direction, i’m not complaining, but i do need to keep an eye on it.


all summer, i’ve been hanging out at wilson’s. and if you only know one thing about wilson’s, it’s that there are 28 tvs (give or take) and some form of sports is on every one (except the one that sandi leaves on cnn).

to be funny, i yell, “first down!” at a base hit or raise my hands like the refs for the extra point kick and yell, “gooooooal!” i even refer to ryan braun as aaron rodgers sometimes because i think it’s a hoot.

well, it turns out that rodney’s affiliation with the chicago teams is not a popular one, which makes wilson’s an annoying place to be when the brewers or packers are playing.

so, i bought a tv antenna. and we watched the bears v packers game from the comfort of the couch and about 80% less yelling at the tv. 

lookin’ forward

i’m excited for this weekend; probably because we have nothing specific planned. i kinda need a few things at costco but not really, so i may postpone the trip until next weekend. 

a wilson’s friend gifted us about 30 bluegill filets which i am more than excited to turn into fish tacos. we’d like to have him over for them for dinner as a thank-you, but he’s old school, so he may not appreciate the taco aspect of fish tacos. i said i could serve them “deconstructed” (and then i laughed) because it would sorta be like a fish fry except the slaw would be pickled red onions and the dinner roll would be a couple tortillas. we’ll see what he says about it. 

i need to put vacuum to the couch because it’s still covered in cat hair and we’ve had the windows open the last few days and i’ve been unable to breathe through both nostrils at the same time. thankfully, i bought an 8-pack of kleenex from costco the last time i was there.

since merle gets a lot of photo love, i thought i’d share some pics of jones with his turkey toy.

jones playing with “robert”
robert, a.k.a. “bob the gobbler”

fleeting time

pretty soon it’ll be the willy st fair and summer will be officially over!

we had a house guest this weekend, and also simon and beth’s backyard labor day party. that was a hoot! the mosquitoes were terrible (as expected) and everyone was dancing around trying not to get bit. i didn’t put on any repellant and i think i was in the same boat as everyone else, just with less deet.

we had sunday brunch at mickey’s with rodney’s sister and her boyfriend and, exhausted from the weekend, i laid down to nap at 7p and woke up around midnight. i guess i needed the rest.

on monday, we scooted off to milwaukee for my first miller park game. i donned a cubs shirt that i bought a couple months ago as a goof.

not being prepared for the weather, we sat in the back of the van watching our car neighbors grill out in the rain. once it let up a little, we hiked to the stadium and got ourselves inside. i had bought tickets a couple months ago in the nosebleed section, but we never left the entry-level floor cuz there are a million places to stand where you can see the game better. drinks were outrageously expensive, but i figured i should treat myself to a “double shot mason jar drink” for $19. yes, $19.

i gave the mason jar to a wilson’s friend who likes the brewers.

having thought ahead, i took tuesday off of work for some recovery time. we had lunch at mickey’s and walked up to ace so i could replace the tiny swiss army knife that was donated to miller park security. then headed to wilson’s for what turned out to be a pretty interesting afternoon.

we called it an early night and both got a lot of sleep to head back to work today. except, i woke up with kathryn hepburn’s voice and my own stuffed sinuses.

my boss said to make sure i didn’t have whooping cough because the brewers whooped the cubs last night (11 to 1). i guess i’m that gal now.

fancy pants

or fancy dress, i guess. we went out for dinner with p&m last night and i wore the other dress that i bought from soulflower a couple weeks ago. it’s very comfortable, probably because it’s 95% cotton. the bell sleeves were a little annoying while trying to play pool before heading out to dinner, but it’s a small price to pay for looking kinda cute.

paisan’s was nice; i had no idea how huge it was in there. i’d like to go back for lunch and try their pizza.

afterward, we went up to the condo for adult beverages and maureen snapped a pic of rodney and i. don’t let the bright white of my legs blind you.

also, we have a whirlwind of a weekend coming up, so i’m really glad i took tuesday the 4th off.


another amazing weekend on the books. we played some really good pool on friday night; i held the table for six games against a stranger and rodney. saturday, mom, and george came out so we could use the truck to go pick up a futon frame in the event that we get a house guest in the near future.

after that, there was the matter of brunch and cubs and more pool. we had a nice pizza dinner (thanks costco!) and watched the score with bobby and ed. 

on sunday morning, i somehow managed to sleep in until 9! it’s been an awfully long time since that happened. we brunched, skipped orton park again, more cubs, more pool. 

also, this is the second nuvaring cycle and i didn’t suffer from a single cramp event. now if my new acne problem will even out, i might be a hormonal birth control convert.

another wtf moment

on the way to brunch on sunday, i was lamenting having soooo much music on my phone from which to choose, so i silently scrolled through all of the albums in the alternative genre. i landed on ministry’s psalm 69 and played just one fix. after we turned the corner onto atwood, rodney asked who it was that we were listening to. i said, “ministry”. at which point he got a scowly face and said, “when you said you had too much music i was going to ask if you had any ministry.” and then he jokingly called me the devil woman.