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).

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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107 – A Concert, Breakfast, and Finances

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

– Seeing Styx live in concert at an indoor venue.
Why “YYZ” was NOT on the set list.
Deep tracks like “Man in the Wilderness.”

– Ruth played trivia and made a Blue Apron meal solo.

– An awesome breakfast at Blue’s Egg including Eggs Benedict and Hoppel Poppel.

– Chad compares coffee and wine and how similar they are.

– Spending time with friends (and dogs) and seeking out connection.
Security conferences: CypherCon and ThotCon.

– New financial idea from Becoming Minimalist
Eight Countercultural Decisions to Find Financial Freedom

 

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106 – Shopping, Comfort Food, and Reaching Out To Touch Someone

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives! In this week’s episode, we talk about:

  • Shopping for clothes when overweight.
  • New restaurants we tried this week:
  • Tater crossed the Rainbow Bridge on March 22.
    • Comfort food and the secret ingredient of love.
    • The power of a phone call and human connection.
  • Ruth’s new job should be fun!

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105 – Family Lunch, Losing Weight, and a Biopsy

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

    • Tater’s continued history of growing stuff he shouldn’t
    • Lunch with Chad’s parents at The Hale House
      • Inspiring Chad’s dad through electronics
    • Cancelling Weight Watchers
      • Past successes, bananas, and haikus
      • Visiting the doctor, the weight management handout, and putting in the effort

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104 – Ka-Bob’s, Bourbon Barrel Wine, Tater’s Voice Returns, Meeting a Maker

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives! In this week’s episode, we talk about:

  • We found a new-to-us restaurant via Yelp – Ka-Bobs Bistro
  • The bourbon barrel trend in wine
  • Hearing Tater’s voice again
  • Meeting a maker of makers

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