206 – Food Failures and Successes

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Travel Food Failure
Chad was on the road near Ann Arbor, Michigan. And, while he always tries to eat locally at restaurants he can’t find at home. He kept striking out on this trip with things like Five Guys, Chipotle, BW3, and more. But, on the bright side, Chad got to have a Captain and Pepsi (!) at the hotel.

Good Food for Ruth
Ruth went to Hale House for trivia Monday, then returned the next day for dinner and drinks with her cousin. Later in the week, she went out to dinner with a friend.

Savor Your Life
We unfortunately lost our friend Matt to an ATV accident this week. It was heartbreaking to learn about it and reinforced the idea of our entire podcast – savor your life and make the most of every day. Cheers and godspeed, Matt.

Maker Works
Chad got to take a tour of one of the local makerspaces in Michigan – Maker Works. He really enjoyed seeing how the space was managed.

Abby’s Manners Class
Chad took Abby to her first manners class last week. We worked on sit, collar grab, and crate training.

Chad’s Keynote
If you’re in Milwaukee this week, visit The Hudson Business Lounge’s Grand Re-Opening Event on Tuesday, August 22 to see Chad in action! You can also hear it at Milwaukee’s Maker Faire on September 23 and 24.

Today’s episode is 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 favorite Mushroom Swiss burger we should try, let us know where to find it!



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!



201 – Fostering, Meal Prep, Makerspace

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Foster to Adopt
We traveled to Michigan to meet Abby the Beagle. We brought her home to foster for two weeks with the option to adopt.

Chad Rocketman
Chad gave an astronomy presentation to about 60 three-year olds this week. He talked about planets, constellations, and the upcoming eclipse in August.

Meal Prep Success
We prepped 20 meals including lasagna, chicken and sweet potatoes, and breakfast burritos – all for under $3 per meal. We saved money AND calories. This week, we’ll be making slow-cooker salsa chicken and tater tot casserole.

Milwaukee Makerspace
Our very own Makerspace was featured in the most recent issue of  M Magazine. And Chad was selected to be a speaker at Milwaukee MakerFaire this September 23 and September 24.

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!



112 – Couscous, Smoke, and the Maker Mindset

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Budget Update
We’re still using Mint to track our money and trying to be mindful and responsible. We chose to make a Blue Apron recipe instead of going out. While Chad really dislikes couscous he was glad we stayed home and made dinner.

Smoke Alarm Fun
Searing pork for another recipe meant too much smoke in the house and the Nest smoke alarm let us know it was ready to go off. This was the first time since we installed the Nest alarm that it was about to activate.

Maker Mindset and Fashion
One of the employees at Chad’s client this week was an inspiration because he is always willing to take on new challenges and help move the company forward. He is the complete embodiment of the growth mindset.

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



111 – Beagles, Budgets, Burgers

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

BREW Beagle Adoption Event
Tini’s been pretty sad since her big brother Tater Tot passed, so we took her to a BREW Beagle adoption event to see if she’d be happy to hang out with other beagles. She ignored the dogs and decided to go shopping for treats and bully sticks instead.

Are Budgets like Diets?
We sat down to figure out our budget and found we might be savoring a little too much in the Restaurants & Bars category! Awareness is key to finances/budgeting. It’s important to sit down and take a look at your finances so you know where you are and can determine where you’re going.

Industrial Revolution
Chad had a client in Indiana and was intrigued by Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille.  It looked cool, so he stopped in for dinner. They offer a featured burger for their weekly salute to an innovator.

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