505 – Making Lemonade


Welcome to Savoring Our Lives! In this week’s episode:

We had a beagle adventure
Abby got very sick Monday with acute gastroenteritis which then led to aspirated pneumonia. It was three days of ups and downs and two nights at the emergency vet. We chose to postpone our trip to Vegas to take the best care of her we can. She continues to be on the mend.

Abby Beagle resting

Chad found himself in a ditch
He was driving home from Illinois during a snowstorm and spun out into a ditch. A tow truck got him out and he received a ticket. The best news is he and the car were okay.

We got lemons and, well, we added vodka
Since we were going to be in town this weekend, we had a number of opportunities to try new restaurants and see a number of friends. We visited Mad Rooster Cafe for brunch Friday. The food was quite good. Later that night, we went out with friends to an all-you-can-eat-crab legs buffet at the local casino. Then Saturday, we stopped for birthday drinks with friends and then had dinner with another friend. Even though we’re not in Vegas, we had a great weekend.

Omelet & Potatoes at Mad Rooster Cafe

Chad got his bloodwork results from his doctor
And, he’s pre-diabetic with high cholesterol. He has a six-month follow up and his numbers need to be going in the right direction or they’ll prescribe meds. His doc wants him to focus more on less carbs and more veggies. Our dinner Saturday was all paleo and all delicious.

 

Want to share your story about how you’re finding the happiness in life’s crappiness? Want to tell us how you stay on track during stressful times? 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.

 

501 – Mediterranean Diet


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

Ate a lot
Ruth visited Tre Rivali with her friend Sarah. The meat and cheese plate was simply outstanding. Then, we revisited Matty’s and tried the “Cheese Logs” – these were way more than a simple cheese stick.

Meat and Cheese at Tre Rivali

Found ourselves back in Total Wine
We returned to Total Wine to pick up a couple more bottles of wine for the cellar. Chad was fronting bottles as we went along and the staff was thrilled.

Enjoyed a celebration of life
We went out to Mr. B’s Steakhouse to celebrate the life of the best beagle/basset ever – our very own Tater Tot who passed away one year ago.

Got some test results
Ruth saw a new doc and had some tests done. Her A1C level is pre-pre-diabetic. Her doctor recommended changing diet and exercise. We’re exploring the Mediterranean diet, Chad will be visiting a doctor, and we’re going to start exercising.

Chad works with Abby and her trainer at Think Pawsitive

Took the beagle girls to class
We took Tini and Abby to a “Rocket Recalls” class on Friday. The intent was to help reinforce their recall ability.

 

Want to share your story about something that inspires you? Want to tell us about the best meat and cheese platter you’ve had? Maybe want to give us some lifestyle change encouragement? 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.

413 – Earworm


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

Got an Instant Pot

Instant Pot Korean Beef

We took the plunge and purchased a refurbished Instant Pot. Our first recipe was Korean beef. We were amazed at how it worked (and had to consult the user manual online).

Headed out for date night
We went to Tenuta’s in Bay View for Italian. Ruth got the mushroom ravioli and it was delicious. We’ll definitely be back and we’ll have to try the pizza!

Mushroom Ravioli at Tenuta’s

Spent too much on wine
On Wednesday, we ordered by the glass and it was way more expensive than simply buying a bottle. Then, we were off to wineza with more wine. And finally on Saturday, we visited the new Total Wine near our house and brought wine home.

Got “How Far I’ll Go” stuck on a loop in our heads
We heard the main song from Disney’s Moana while shopping at Total Wine. Neither of us knows the words, so it just won’t leave our brains. Oh, and Chad rants on voice actors vs big name actors.

Trained the Beagiles
We celebrated Abby’s birthday last week Sunday. And we’ve been busy working with her to help her be safer and healthier.

Want to share your story about something that inspires you? Want to tell us about an Instant Pot recipe we need to try? Wanna sing the Moana song to us?? 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.

410 – Eating Too Much


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

Saw our neighbors put their house up for sale
We were sad to see the “For Sale” sign in our neighbor’s front yard this week. It’s a lovely home and Mark and Kathy are some of the coolest people on the block. If you’re cool and are looking for a house, take a peek here.

Watched “The Cutting Edge”
Chad enjoys the movie “The Cutting Edge” and since the story is all about the Olympics, we decided to watch it. Ruth had never seen it and really didn’t care for it. #toepick

Look at all that food in Tini’s tummy!

Visited the Emergency Vet
Tini and Abby conspired to get into a new 22-lb bag of dog food which was in a closet. Tini managed to eat a POUND of food. It was obvious she was uncomfortable so Ruth chose to take her to the vet to get the food out and help her feel better.

Hangover Burger at Bass Bay

Dined out every single day
We usually make all our food on Sunday. We were going to make the perfect amount of food for the week, but our dinner was a #cookingfail so we had no food on hand. With the craziness of the week, we ended up going out for dinner every single night (oops!). Our highlight of the week was the Bass Bay Brewhouse.

Want to share your story about something that inspires you? Or do you know a great movie we can add to movie war night? …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.

409 – Zombies


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

Half-Birthday Flowers

Had Beagle Adventures
The girls had their nails trimmed on Monday and we got to help. Later in the week, each of them treed different wildlife – a possum and a pair of raccoons- in the yard.

Celebrated Ruth’s Half-Birthday
Ruth never got to celebrate her birthday during the school year when she was a kid because her birthday was during the summer. So she deemed the six-month mark her half-birthday and this year, Chad bought her flowers!

Zombies from the Beyond

Saw “Zombies from the Beyond”
We went to see a musical called “Zombies from the Beyond.” It was a silly, campy spin on ’50s sci-fi movies. The play is set at the “Milwaukee Space Center” and there are a number of Milwaukee references throughout the show. We can only best describe it as layers of weird.

Activity Update
Last week we talked about using our Activity app on our Apple Watches. Big props to listeners Matt and JJ who sent us activity buddy requests. It’s truly inspiring to us that they reached out to us. Thank you and let’s all keep moving!

Want to share your story about something that inspires you? Want to join us in the “activity army”…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.

403 – Puff Pastry


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

Taco Pizza

Tried a Taco Pizza

We went out for Wineza and decided to try a specialty pizza – taco pizza, specifically. Unfortunately, it was more of a taco salad in pizza form.

Declared a Word of The Week
Chad singled out the word “pedantic” as his word of the week. Pedantic: “a person who is obsessively concerned with…displaying academic learning.” Mostly because one of his former co-workers tends to be that way on Facebook. And suddenly, Chad realized he is now doing the same to a different friend. Whoops!

Happiness Jar

Relived wonderful memories of 2017
Each year we fill a jar with index cards outlining the happy events of the year. On New Year’s Eve, we open the jar and read through all the memories. This year’s jar was filled with joy and tears.

Declared a war on puff pastry
We got ambitious on NYE with a recipe for Beef Wellington (and an amazing creamy garlic mashed potato recipe by Alton Brown). The puff pastry it gets wrapped in was incredibly difficult to deal with. So, we gave it another chance with some sausages later in the week.

Swimming Dogs

Took the beagles to Canine IQ Camp
We spent the entire day with the girls at Think Pawsitive Dog Training working on obedience, manners, and more. They got to try agility, rally, nose work, conditioning, and…swimming! They were not as excited about swimming as we’d hoped but both will be signing up for other classes in the future.

Want to share your story about puff pastry? Have a recipe we need to try…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.

312 – Shopping


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

Pulled Pork Totchos

Ate a lot of tater tots
For date night, we visited 42 Ale House in St. Francis. They offer a lot of board games as well as food and beverages! In addition to ordering tots with each of our entrees, we had the pulled pork tot-chos. It was a LOT of tots!

Went clothes shopping
Ruth had to buy a new winter coat because the zipper on her coat broke. Then we headed to Torrid to find jeans. She had no idea they had real clothes that didn’t feature Jack Skellington or Hello Kitty and was pleasantly surprised by the nice looking offerings. We took a break in between and stopped for some wine and apps at Pizza Man. The wine was a C5 Ranch Cabernet and the apps included sausage stuffed olives and mozzarella sticks.

Abby in her e-collar

Visited the Emergency Vet
Abby was running along the fence with the neighbor dog and ended up tearing a nail on her back foot. After mild sedation and pain relievers, the emergency vet “ripped” the nail out and bandaged her up. The nail will grow back and she’ll be fine. In the meantime, she gets to wear the cone of shame.

Started tracking our food again
Chad is using the Day One Journal app and taking photos of his food. Ruth is using LoseIt. Any bets on how long we’ll last?

Chad celebrated Lady Ada Lovelace’s birthday
Lady Ada was the world’s first programmer in the 1800s. Another woman who’s online handle is Lady Ada created a website called AdaFruit.com which offers insight into technology. He recently ran across an article about Hollywood star Hedy Lamar and her engineering background.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you want to share where you shop for jeans or how you play with your food…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.

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!