304 – Guys and Dolls

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Date Night Fun
This past Friday we saw the Milwaukee Rep’s production of Guys and Dolls. Chad always wanted to play Sky Masterson. Ruth offers some insight into the female leads in the show. And we both ponder the fact that – for good or bad – the show is a product of its time (1950). Not familiar with the show? The Wikipedia article is a good read. Before the show, we stopped in at an old favorite restaurant, The Safe House. It’s seen some changes over the past two years, but it’s still fun to be there.

i3Detroit Makerspace

Chad Visits Another Makerspace 
Chad was in Detroit for a client this week and even though he loves poker, he skipped the card room at the casino he was staying in and instead opted to visit i3Detroit – a community-run makerspace.

The Johnson Creek team -October 2013.

The End of a Chapter
A few years ago, we both went to work for Johnson Creek Enterprises which was founded by a friend of Chad’s. We had very different experiences and as the company grew it had a tough time handling success. We learned a number of lessons through the challenges of the business, plus we made some good friendships. Unfortunately, the company closed suddenly this week.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have a favorite song from Guys & Dolls or even a favorite musical…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.

302 – Chad Has The Plague

Copyright: bogdanhoda / 123RF Stock Photo

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Sickness at the Lawson Ranch
Chad’s been sick all week with a cold/the flu. Tini wasn’t feeling good, either. She ended up getting subcutaneous fluids and an anti-nausea pill. She usually does pretty well, but this time it didn’t agree with her and we were all up all night.

What We’re Drinking
Friday was National Coffee Day. Ruth enjoyed a yummy decaf from Kickapoo Coffee Roasters who roast their decaf so it’s actually flavorful.

Since Chad’s been sick, he’s been drinking a mocktail of 7-Up and Cran-Apple juice his mom used to have him drink when he was sick as a kid. But then, we kicked it up a notch when we found Hot Toddies. We found a very simple recipe on Epicurious and decided to try it (in the name of science). It tasted great and helped soothe Chad’s coughing for a while.

Chad came across a 2010 Cabernet called The Guardian at the grocery store. We opened it up and found it needed to breathe for a few days before it was ready to drink. It ended up being deep and rich tasting.

Elvis is Everywhere

Ruth Wanders
Ruth and her friend Sarah attended Bay View Gallery Night – a night of local art in a city neighborhood. It included art, performances, music, shopping, and more. We found a very curious shrine to Elvis.

Dog Supplies
We ordered some new stuff for the pups from Chewy.com. But, we ordered the wrong size bowls. They were nearly swimming pool size. So we emailed to find out how to exchange the bowls. Instead of having us send the bowls back, they asked us to donate them to a local shelter or adoption facility.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have a favorite online store or if you want to share a hot toddy recipe…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.

301 – Wild, Wildlife

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Daleks!

MakerFaire Milwaukee
Milwaukee is hosting its 4th annual MakerFaire – “the greatest show and tell on Earth” and Chad will be presenting his “To Err Is Divine” platform today. We volunteered at registration on Saturday. And we were able to see the Tesla Coils in action, and a World Record attempt for Daleks.

Food Fun
We made the dump recipe “One Pan Enchilada Bake” and it was easy and delicious.  It reminded Chad of a recipe his mom used to make…but better!

Wine Club Shipments
We had two wine club shipments arrive this week – Ravenswood and Francis Ford Coppola. Check out our Instagram to see all the selections.

Nature and Wildlife
Happy Fall! Ruth encountered a hummingbird this morning and Chad admits to really liking where we live. We encounter a lot of wildlife and recently Chad found a three-week old kitten in our driveway. Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission came out to help.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have a story about your favorite wine club or what you’re creating…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.



209 – The Quest for Doughnuts

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Magic Wineza
Chad was at a client near Detroit on Friday, but made it home in time for Wineza. Chad was convinced we weren’t going to be able to have Wineza this weekend, but Ruth made it happen beautifully. We enjoyed a 2015 Educated  Guess Cabernet.

Ruth’s Mom’s Birthday Dinner

Mom’s Birthday Sundae

Mom chose Outback Steakhouse for her birthday dinner. She likes going there because she chooses to eat gluten-free. We enjoyed our meals – Ruth got Alice Springs Chicken and Chad had the Cobb Salad with Steak. Chad really enjoyed the 2015 Federalist Cabernet.  Ruth thought the ice cream/hot fudge sundae was particularly delightful.

 

Doughnut Quest
Our doughnut options have recently changed and we’re not thrilled. We’re trying to find really yummy doughnuts (and coffee) to enjoy before we record our podcast each week. This week we tried yet another vendor only to be disappointed.

Abby Tantrum
We went for a walk with Abby and Tini. Since Ruth’s been in the boot for the last six weeks, Abby hasn’t been out walking. We put the Gentle Leader on Abby to go for the walk and she was less than pleased – to the point she threw herself on the ground and had what could only be called a tantrum.

Milwaukee Maker Faire
Next week’s Milwaukee Maker Faire will feature both Ruth and Chad as volunteers and Chad will be presenting his keynote on Sunday. Find all the info here.

Awkward Yeti
Chad sent an Awkward Yeti comic to Ruth this week (click here to see it on Facebook). It was all about the negativity bias of our brains, but much like what we do with this podcast we work to focus on searching for and finding the good stuff in the world and in our lives.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have a story about your dog having a tantrum or your most favorite doughnut purveyor…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.

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!



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.



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!



114 – TEDx, Fidget Spinners, Gravity

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Sarah Knight TEDx Talk
Ruth watched the TEDx Talk “The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck – how to stop spending time you don’t have, with people you don’t like, doing things you don’t want to” by Sarah Knight. Sarah set a ton of boundaries is now living life on her own terms. Her story is so inspiring.

Chad was part of a speaker showcase
He was able to give a new version of his Origami Rocket presentation to a  group of credit union meeting planners. He also wowed his tale with a 3-D printed Fidget Spinner he made.

Gravity…It’s The Law
Ruth missed a step and fell down the stairs and managed to sprain her left ankle. She’s really bad at asking for help and is now (slowly) learning how to do it. It reminded Chad of a mug he saw at his presentation which said, “She believed she could, so she did.” really inspired Chad.

It’s a Dog’s Life
A colleague sent Ruth a link to a dog available on PetFinder who looks just like Tini did when she was younger. We reached out to the rescue program of this dog as well as BREW beagles to keep us in mind.

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



113 – Maker Faire, Margaritas, and Music

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

Bay Area Maker Faire
Chad attended the “Greatest Show and Tell On Earth” in San Francisco last weekend. He was able to attend the press day on Friday and was inspired by the Maker to Market section. Chad also got to meet geeky celebrities from This Week In Tech (TWiT). Visit makerfaire.com to find the faire closest to you.

Yet Another Weight Loss Approach
While in the Bay Area, Chad visited his childhood friend Mike who was looking great and had lost a lot of weight. Turns out, Mike’s being more mindful of what he’s eating by using the LoseIt app.

New Budgeting Strategy
We’re still figuring it all out and we had the idea to check in with each other to try to talk the other person out of discretionary purchases. We’re hoping bringing more awareness to what we’re doing will stop unnecessary spending.

National Wine Day
You know we love wine. We might have failed miserably trying to celebrate. Spoiler alert: there were margaritas.

Kicking Off Summer
Here in Wisconsin, we’re in Hardiness Zone 4 meaning you don’t want to plant flowers before Memorial Day due to the possibility of frost. Ruth got everything planted this weekend and we’re ready for summer. We were listening to SomaFM and heard “I Can’t Break Away” by Big Pig from the Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure soundtrack.

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