Posts Tagged ‘Milwaukee’

Shortest fireworks ever

July 7, 2013

The Fourth of July fireworks at the lake (which by the way is always on the evening of July third each year) was definitely underwhelming this year.

Well, because it was super foggy.

Fireworks in the fog

I was thinking about taking pictures with actual camera, then I decided against it. After taking this picture with my phone, with the fog and all the smoke from the fireworks itself there was just loud “boom” in the pitch darkness. No fireworks to be seen within like 10 minutes into it.

What a shame.

Weekend wrap up

May 3, 2010

This past weekend seemed longer than usual. It’s probably because Chris took Thursday and Friday off. A long long long long weekend, but somewhat eventful (ok, not really).

We went and saw Nofx at Riverside on Thursday night. It was fun, though that’s not saying it was perfect. The show itself was awesome: few highlight would be a) they played couple of my favs from Punk in Drublic (namely “The Brews” and “Linoleum”), b) they actually played “The Decline” in its full 18 minute worth, c) they ended the show with little musical number from Avenue Q – they kinda did little (and terrible) dance-routine thing to “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist”.

And yes, I’m a sucker and did take a crappy picture with my phone.

Few downside of the show, if I may say: one, what a strange venue for a show! It was in a real “theater” setting, I mean, with seats! And of course everyone stood up front of their seats. And did stupid little dances. Hey kids, if you want to start dance and prance, go up by the stage where people actually “move” and jump and start moshing! When we went and saw Flight of the Conchords last year, it wasn’t an issue (since the seats were assigned and all and everyone just sat there) but I don’t know about for a punk show. Two, noticing “youngings”: Right before we walked in to the theater, I noticed bunch of kids hanging outside by the door, and one of which wore a “Class of 10″ shirt. Man, I’m OLD! Oh, that, and another group of kids who was actually “sitting” front of us. It was like group of 6-7 kids or so, one of them bought ONE cup of beer and they were passing it around to everyone within that group. Now, if that doesn’t give away “we’re underaged!” than what would?! Really? Like one sip of beer would make you “cool”? If you’re going to drink, DRINK! Taking one sip when you’re not supposed to, in the public, that’s lame. I’m just saying, I don’t advocate underage drinking but let’s face it, we’ve all done it. But like, seriously, kids, if you’re going to do it then do it like you mean it, otherwise, don’t do it at all! In all actuality, if you get “caught” drinking, whether it was one sip or whole twelve pack, guess what, you’re in trouble. When did these kids become such wussies? (though the word i used initially started with p, not w)

And.. moving on.

So we also went to this home-improvement outlet type of store to look for a dining table. Saw some we kinda liked, but nothing was “wow must get it”. The prices were decent though (hence why we went to check it out). Then we saw the signs about their delivery fee: $155 flat. I mean, if you’re really buying tons of stuff because you’re remodeling your house, I think that’s a good deal! But yeah, we weren’t going to buy $150-$200 table and that much to have it delivered. Unfortunately, I don’t think they’d fit in our teeny car, but seriously, if we were to buy something there, we might as well rent like a uhaul van and haul it ourselves and it would still be cheaper. That’s just a thought. (And yes, we’re still tableless)

And I caved in and bought a skein of Woolease to finish the sweater finally. I wasn’t sure when I would be able to buy one, but thankfully Michael’s was right next to that outlet place we went. This is what it looked like as of last night:

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I gave it a little “bath” so the stitches would relax a bit so it’s softer before I start wearing it. And laid it down on the flat to dry overnight. And this is what it looks like as of this afternoon:

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I tried to nudge her to get her off the catbed. I mean, off my sweater. And as you can see, it worked oh so well.

Once again, I don’t really have any WIP to work on. No idea what to knit now, as of yet.

Real massive catching up

January 27, 2009

It surely has been a while. So much happened within past about couple of months, my brain almost went numb, and motivations (to knit and anything else otherwise) went out the window… until now.

Let see, what’s new…. For starters, Chris and I moved! Goodbye Champaign (well, actually, goodbye Illinois), hello Wisconsin! Even though it’s way too cold to do anything right now but it surely is interesting to live in a city. Apparently I’m not a suburban girl anymore (for now at least).

And for the kickers, this is what I see out my window every evening, watching the cars drive by. I’m easily amused – what can I say?!

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And this is what the outside looks like during the day.

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Yes, that’s the lake!

Anyhow… so, well, even despite the fact that I’ve been unemployed for over a month now, I still haven’t been knitting much lately. Funny how that goes. I wanted nothing more than extra time to be able to knit more, but now that I have more than plenty, it’s hard to scavenge for motivation. Oops.

Ok, there are so many things to talk about (that, or maybe I’m just getting lazy and don’t feel like bringing it up), so I’m skipping out on pictures of what I made for Christmas last year. I made 2 Hemlock Ring Blankets and a throw pillow (if you’re curious, pictures are around somewhere on Ravelry and Flickr). I gave up on trying to finish Slipped Hours pullover on time. Eventually I’m sure…

… Last but not least, progress on twin socks with Ariel! My Triple 8 socks (c/o on 8/8/08, does that make sense?) are finally finished. And just last night (well, technically today, since it was past midnight), I casted on for a pair of Diamondy!

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That’s it for now. Time for more knitting! … or build houses on Sims 2.

I’ll be better next month, I’m sure…

December 3, 2008

Oh the past two months has flown by, and didn’t even notice.

Ok, that’s a lie. I knew exactly what was going on in past few months.. I just didn’t know exactly what to do about them. Well.. it happens.

Honestly, knitting has been taking a back seat for a while. Didn’t really work on anything much, didn’t really start on anything new. I did manage to finish second Hemlock Ring blanket for Christmas gift. Actually, I finished it in October, but didn’t get to block it until right before Thanksgiving. And still no significant progress on Cyndi’s Slipped Hours pullover… In fact, (I hate to say this, but) this may not get done by Christmas. I mean, it’s not an impossible task, if I just sit down and work on it every evening, but I know it’s not going to happen.

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And for the big announcement portion of this post: We’re moving!

When and where, one might ask. We’re moving to Milwaukee… and before the end of the year. Oh yes, it’s approaching really fast. And have I mentioned that I haven’t even started to pack yet?

So that should semi-explain why I have been out of my mind in past couple of months. Actually, October was just busy at work. Chris just accepted a job offer in early November, and we were just in Milwaukee during Thanksgiving break and found an apartment. (Another added note: this was my first time ever in Milwaukee)

Now I feel a wee bit better after finding a place to live. But still many questions going through my head. What are we going to do with our current place (the actual lease isn’t up until August), how are we going to move all our crap (very carefully?), when and what are we going to do about Christmas gift for people (money of course is an issue, but even with all the money in the world, it still doesn’t help that we have absolutely NO IDEA about gifts), how am I going to find a new job in Wisconsin?

… but I’m pretty sure I’ll feel much better once when I move and settle in. What a way to end a year…..

… yes, I’ll feel better in January. Or so I hope.