Learned to let go
Chad is letting his membership at Milwaukee Makerspace go. He likes the community but the space itself isn’t matching up with what he’s doing. And then, on Saturday we celebrated our friend Dave’s 55th birthday at a party held by his family. He’s fighting stage four lung cancer so the event was bittersweet for all.
Tried to perfect a brisket recipe
We’ve been trying to come up with a plan to eat better more consistently and Chad’s eating a little more paleo so he thought he’d give an Instant Pot recipe for brisket. The recipe took waaaay longer than we thought. So we ended up calling for pizza.
Started to say hello to summer
Our landscapers are on their way and we just replaced our patio chairs. Now we just need the warm weather to arrive!
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Welcome to Savoring Our Lives! In this week’s episode:
Chad saw a doctor for the first time this century Chad had an appointment with a new primary care physician. His blood work results came in this morning and some lipid panel numbers were a little high. Now Chad needs to eat plants.
We ate salads for Date Night
Chad was glad he ordered a cocktail. And we tried to be healthier and ordered salads for dinner.
We went to the Weird Al concert
We scored second row tickets to the show at the very last minute. Emo Philips opened the show and was surprisingly ridiculously funny. Al and his band did a show full of originals – songs written in the styles of other artists – which was a lot of fun.
We ate a lot of pizza
We enjoyed our usual Wineza (pizza and wine) night on Friday even though we were going out with a friend on Saturday for pizza.
Chad went to CypherCon
CypherCon was in Milwaukee this week. Chad got to meet hacking superstars Joe Grand and Ben Heck.
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Welcome to Savoring Our Lives! In this week’s episode, we:
Celebrated National Pizza Day Chad was on the road this week and had to navigate through a snow storm on Friday, but we still managed to enjoy National Pizza Day!
Played Air Hockey
We visited Romine’s High Pockets – a pool and billiards hall in Milwaukee. It’s kind of a dive restaurant but the food was delicious. On the way out, Ruth noticed an air hockey table, so naturally there was a showdown!
Activated the Activity app on our watches
After wading through a foot of snow to retrieve the dogs from barking at the neighbor dogs, we realized we need to increase our fitness. We spent time pairing all our health apps together so we can track our movement each day.
Watched a fun Automan parody Actor David Hewlett (Stargate Atlantis, etc), a fellow geek, created a parody of 80s TV show, Automan. This was clearly a labor of love – and we LOVED it! Watch it here.
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Welcome to Savoring Our Lives! In this week’s episode, we:
Celebrated Chad’s birthday Chad’s Dad called a day early to wish Chad a happy 50th! (Chad’s 46…whoops!). We celebrated by going out for (wait for it) pizza! We had a lovely time at Pizza Man with cheese curds, pizza, tiramisu and a C5 Ranch Cabernet.
Had rain in the house
Sunday night water started dripping in the main room of our house. By Monday, there were at least six points where water was coming in – dripping on furniture, counters, and more. Turns out it was a “fluke” because the outdoor temperature fluctuated so much in such a short time humidity got caught in between the ceiling and the roof and had no where to go. A number of homeowners had the same issue.
Went out for dinner
With all the rain in the house, we were scared to cook anything and create more humidity so we headed out for pizza on Monday and a new (to us) restaurant on Tuesday. We tried Stubby’s Gastropub and Beer Bar and of course, we had to try the award-winning cheese curds.
Had a couple of do-overs
We called a “do-over” on the evil that is puff pastry and created actual pigs in a blanket with Pillsbury crescent rolls. We also called a do-over on the specialty pizza – Taco Debacle – of Wineza last week and tried the BBQ Chicken Pizza. This was a huge improvement over the taco flatbread from the week prior. We also enjoyed a bottle of McNab Ridge Winery Cabernet.
Happy birthday, Tater Tot!
This would have been Tater’s 13th birthday. His cancer diagnosis was really the impetus for the creation of this podcast. So thank you for the inspiration, Tater. Happy birthday, buddy.
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On Location in Minneapolis!
We really enjoy Minneapolis and somewhat regularly schedule getaway weekends there.
Minneapolis has a vast network of Skyways which connect multiple buildings throughout downtown. We were able to take the Skyway from our hotel to Penny’s Coffee and stay out of the rain.
We started in the restaurant in the hotel with cheese curds and a drink. Then we walked across the Mississippi River to Northeast Minneapolis to try Punch Neapolitan Pizza. Afterwards, we stopped for a glass of wine at wine bar Bardo, next door.
After coffee, we headed out to Chanhassen to see Paisley Park – Prince’s home, studio, and performance space which has been converted into a museum since his passing in 2016. It was deeply cool and still incredibly sad to be in the space. We couldn’t take photos, so go there and see it all for yourself!
And of course, we stopped at our favorite tiki bar, Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge. We love Suzi, but we’ve decided to go exploring other restaurants next time we’re in town. We’re still friends, but we need to see other restaurants.
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Injuries and Sickness Updates
She can’t even believe it, but Ruth is actually walking without a limp! It’s been a long journey, but her ankle is almost healed. What a relief. Chad, however, is still fighting the plague.
With Chad’s sickness, we didn’t prep food for the week, so we went out to eat a few times. For the most part, we found the food to be really mediocre. Have we hit a point where we like the food we create better than restaurant food?
A New Wine
We ate at local pizza staple Pizza Man this week. In addition to the outstanding service, we enjoyed a 2014 Field Recordings Cabernet Sauvignon from the Hinterland Vineyard in San Luis Obispo. It was pretty deep, tangy, and delicious. They actually described it as “mocha, black currant, and tobacco” flavors.
With a new dog comes new flooring challenges. Abby’s had a number of accidents, so we had the carpets cleaned this week. Chris at Classic Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning did a great job and gave us some really good suggestions for flooring options and suggestions about dust/dirt management.
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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.
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.
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.
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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