208 – Ruth’s Spirit Animal

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Ruth’s Ankle Update
Ruth is getting out of the boot on her leg this week and is super excited about the prospect of being free. She still has some physical therapy and acupuncture to go through.

The Pessimist Wine

Food Fest, Wine Recon, Wineza We made a ton of meals for our week on Labor Day. We made four recipes (28 servings) for just $60. Meal planning is us saving time, money, and calories. One of the recipes we really like and have tweaked to make our own is the Make Ahead Freezer Breakfast Burritos.

Ruth visited the Italian restaurant Onesto with a co-worker and tried a Luccarelli Primitivo which was quite delicious.

Wineza this week was an away game with a small pizza from Klasiana Pizza and a Pessimist wine at our local wine bar Vintage 38.

Random RoboCop Reference
Chad talked to a friend about RoboCop this week – apparently the movie is almost symmetrical. We need to watch this again!

Ravinia Festival

Stevie Nicks at Ravinia Festival 
We visited Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois to see Stevie Nicks – Ruth’s spirit animal. See the set list here. We had lawn seats rather than sitting in the pavilion. We’re getting better at figuring out how to do lawn seats right. Hint: it includes candelabras. Find out what we learned about how to do Ravinia the right way.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have a story about wine recon or a diet we should try where we can still have Wineza, or maybe who your spirit animal is…let us know!

Today’s episode was sponsored by SB Framing Gallery – a custom picture frame and gift shop in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. You can find SB Framing online at sbframinggallery.com.



207 – Mom, Minneapolis, and More Food

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Mom’s Health Scare
We were absent last week because Ruth’s mom ended up in the ER after church. She’s okay, but has been diagnosed with vertigo.

Chad visited Minneapolis
We love Minneapolis! Chad was there last week for training and visited Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge while he was there. He also checked out maker spaces – TC Makers at the Hack Factory and Nordeast Makers. And then there was the arcade!  Chad played BattleTech at Fallout Shelter.

Food and Booze

  • We visited The Kiltie Drive-In in Oconomowoc last week and listened to Illinois Street Lounge on SomaFM.
  • We also went to a new-to-us location of Pizza Man in Oak Creek. The staff and experience was wonderful, as always.
  • We had a little cocktail mix-up at one of our favorite places.

Abby Goes On Walkabout…Again
Chad took the girls for Puppucinos at Starbucks. Abby was so excited, she decided to jump out the window! Chad chased and finally caught her. Whew!

Milwaukee Maker Faire
Chad will present his brand new keynote at Milwaukee Maker Faire on Sunday, September 24.

Today’s episode was sponsored by SB Framing Gallery – a custom picture frame and gift shop in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. You can find SB Framing online at sbframinggallery.com.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have a story about your dog going on walk about, or crazy booze mix-ups, let us know!



205 – Wasp-pocalypse

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Wasp-pocalypse
Ruth got in the way of a really angry yellow jacket. Then Abby the Beagle did. Everyone got stung on Saturday! The exterminator will be visiting this week.

Ruth’s Birthday
For Ruth’s birthday, we visited Mr. B’s Steakhouse in Brookfield, Wisconsin. The steaks there are cooked in a wood-fired oven which makes them taste absolutely amazing. We chose “Saldo” to pair with the dinner – a Zinfandel county blend by The Prisoner.

Anklepalooza
Ruth had an MRI which was pretty inconclusive, so now she’s walking in a walking boot to immobilize her ankle.

Lackluster
We decided a lot of the driving on Saturday was “lackluster.” We were probably not using the word correctly.

Makerspace in Illinois
Chad visited a Makerspace in Illinois and was impressed with their rules, which included “clean your space and put your tools away.”

SomaFM
We borrowed a friend’s badge at DEFCON24 to get Ruth in to see the SomaFM DJs in the Chill Lounge. Ruth got to meet DJ Pie.

Today’s episode is sponsored by SB Framing Gallery. Located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, SB Framing Gallery is a custom picture frame and gift shop. We use SB Framing for all our photos and artwork. You can find SB Framing online at sbframinggallery.com.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have experienced some lackluster driving, let us know.



204 – Vegas, baby!

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Health
Ruth sprained her ankle in May and it wasn’t getting better so she had an MRI and will start physical therapy this week. Chad had a client on the fourth floor of a building who did not have a functioning elevator.  He was huffing and puffing all the way up.

Las Vegas
DEFCON 25 happened at Caesar’s Palace. Chad spent time getting an electronic badge, while Ruth went in search of fruity tropical drinks. While Chad waited, he started reading Daemon by Daniel Suarez and Ruth ended up at the Dolphin Bar at the Mirage.

Eateries in Vegas we visited included LVB Burgers and Bar at the Mirage, Flour + BarleyVirgil’s Real BBQ,  and our fave, Bin 702 where we hung out with our cool server, Naomi.

Plus, Ruth found a typo at the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace and they very graciously corrected it and let her know via Twitter.

Monday Trivia
We’ve been playing Sporcle Live Trivia on Monday nights at the Hale House. It’s been so much fun but our host is moving on. We’re sad, but hoping the new host is just as fun.

Our Sponsor
Today’s episode is sponsored by SB Framing Gallery. Located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, SB Framing Gallery is a custom picture frame and gift shop providing archival framing and timeless design. Your artwork or collectible will be a focal point for years to come. Find SB Framing online at sbframinggallery.com.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have a favorite  Las Vegas hangout we should try next time, let us know.



203 – Welcome Back

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Welcome Back
We were gone for a couple weeks, but we’re back! We were in Orlando for the National Speakers Association conference. In between breakout sessions, we had fun eating and drinking around the properties including the Spirit of Aloha luau and Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.

Beagle Update Tini and Abby stayed with Uncle Curt and Aunt Jasmine while we were gone. And now, the girls are gettingalong and Abby is finding her place in our pack.  (L to R: Abby, Tini, Annie, Timmy)

Being Social vs Doing Dishes
Chad was out of town and Ruth had the opportunity to see Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) live here in Milwaukee. But first she had to battle getting up the gumption to go out and not stay home and do dishes.

Meal Planning
We’re still batch cooking. We make Damn Delicious’ One Pot Mexican Rice Casserole this week. And, man, it was damn delicious!

Shakespeare in the Park
We saw Optimist Theatre’s performance of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” This year, the theatre company moved to a new, very nice venue right in the middle of downtown Milwaukee.

Hey Baby, Let’s Go To Vegas
We’ll be off the air next week because we’ll be in Vegas for DEFCON25. See you in August!

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you know what the mystery MST3K movie was, tell us!



202 – National Mai Tai Day

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Abby The Beagle Update
Abby’s doing pretty well and she and Tini are playing a bit. She’s become a bit of Chad’s shadow and is experiencing some separation anxiety.

National Mai Tai Day
Friday, June 30 was National Mai Tai Day so naturally, we went out tocelebrate! There may have been extra rum.

Cheesecoal and Tater Tots
As part of meal prep, we are learning to be okay with failure as we go along. From homemade tater tots to charcoal tortillas, we’re still learning some cooking techniques (aka learning to follow directions).

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have make ahead meal recipes, tell us!



116 – Zima, Weight, Woz

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Wineza with Friends This week, we invited some friends over for wineza. We had some fun timesand some Zima (a malt beverage from the ’90s)! Our friends brought their beagles, Timmy and Annie. Tini let Annie play with her (favorite) toys.

Searching for Dogs
We attended Fido Fest on Saturday and chatted with a behavioral specialist about Tini and her grief. We’re not sure we’re ready or if Tini’s ready for a new dog, but we’re starting the process. We contacted BREW Beagles and another rescue group to inquire about available dogs.

Shopping and Meal Planning
Today we went grocery shopping using a digital list in the Paprika app. Turns out Chad is a digital guy; Ruth is a pen and paper gal. We’ll be prepping three make-ahead meals this Sunday. We found an easy lasagne recipe on DamnDelicious.net.

Managing Our Weight
We’re still using the LoseIt app. Ruth realized she’s consistently about 600 calories over her allotment. Chad has lost an entire quarter pound in the last month. We’re going to stick with it and add in some exercise (whaaat?!).

Inspiration This Week
Chad watched a video of Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak (Woz)  where he talked about the formula for a happy life.

H =  S – F Happiness equals smiles minus frowns
H = F3 – Happiness equals food x fun x friends

Ruth had a crappy Wednesday but remembered her friend Meg’s mantra: “Look for the happiness in life’s crappiness” when she had some really great things happen.

And we were both inspired by a blog post by professional speaker Jason Kotecki – “What if you knew the numbers” which focused on how important it is to really savor every moment you have.

 

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have make ahead meal recipes, tell us!



115 – Tiki, Tapas, Trivia

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Tapas Dining

Tiki Thursday
We went to the opening reception for The Tiki Art of Dave Hansen. You can find him on Instagram at @laketikiwoodcrafts or on Facebook here. Dave has been hand-carving tiki for years and it was fun to meet him and find out more about his passion.

Tapas Dining Downtown
Since it was Downtown Dining Week we decided to try a restaurant off the beaten path and avoid the crowds. We decided on small plate dining at La Merenda. It was the perfect choice and we’ll definitely be back.

Cheers, Dad.

Trivia or Baseball
We decided to skip the Brewers game and go to Sporcle Live Trivia at The Hale House on Monday. We enjoyed an Aloha Burger – 1/2 lb burger patty topped with a grilled pineapple slice, house-smoked pork belly, and teriyaki sauce. Chad even liked it! We ordered a dry gin martini in Dad’s honor because it was his birthday. Cheers, Dad. Miss you!

Fry Hound

The Fry Hound
Tini loves French fries. We only recently started giving her a couple of fries and she LOVES them! We seem to have created a monster.

Frankie’s Tiki Room

Ruth in Vegas
Ruth’s friend Andrea is turning 40 so she hosted a birthday party…in Vegas. And of course, Ruth had to introduce everyone to Frankie’s Tiki Room.

Meal Planning
We are temporarily suspending Blue Apron and going to give meal planning and batch cooking a try. This week, Chad made Breakfast Burritos from Project Meal Plan. They are delicious.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have make ahead meal recipes, tell us!



110 – Baseball, Our Anniversary, and Pizza

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Our First Brewers Game of the Year
The Brewers took on the St. Louis Cardinals. We tried out the new food offerings and found the concessions teams are still getting their feet under them this season.

Our 11th Wedding Anniversary
The gift for the 11th wedding anniversary is steel. Find out what we thought aboutbuying, but then decided to spend the money on a bottle of Zinfandel  – “Saldo” by The Prisoner – at dinner.

Camp Bar
It’s an up-north lodge type feel with craft cocktails, a fireplace, and outdoor area, and pizza from a local bakery. We both enjoyed Magner’s Cider. It was light and refreshing.

Free Pizza!
It was a home game for Wineza this week. We were starting a bit late so we chose to order from Organ Piper Pizza. The staff surprised us with a free za! Be sure to support your local businesses.

Lounge Lizards
Chad’s recent client was actually the school he attended for junior college 27 years ago. He was happy to be back on campus and it provided an opportunity to catch up with a number of his friends who used to hang out in the campus Lounge.

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109 – New Eyes, Crisco Naps, and Gratitude

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Ruth Orders Bifocals
Ruth finally gave in and ordered progressive bifocal lenses for her new frames.  She’s officially feeling old.

Milwaukee Day 414
4-14 was Milwaukee Day (Milwaukee’s area code is 414). First we stopped at Mexican restaurant El Beso and Ruth discovered what “gordita” means in Spanish. Later, we visited wine bar Vintage 38 and found Tater Tot Nachos (totchos).

Chad Invents A New Term
What is a disco nap for food? Chad coins the term “Crisco Nap.” We ended up deferring Wineza to Saturday

What We’re Drinking
We really enjoyed this 2014 Petite Sirah from M2 Winery in Lodi, California.  It drank like a Cabernet and was unexpectedly delicious! We’ll share our experience at the winery meeting Winemaker/Founder Layne Montgomery and Bob the Cat.

Gratitude for Tater’s Support Team
We sent thank you notes to everyone on Tater’s team thanking them for their help on his journey. His radiation oncologist called us to extend her condolences. It’s so important to reach out and let people know you’re there and to offer support.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Tell us!