511 – Hashtag: Gallbladder


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

Found out about gallbladders
Ruth has been in pain for a few weeks and went to see her doctor. Right now, the doctor is thinking it’s a gallbladder issue. We’ll find out next week after an ultrasound.

Were challenged to eat vegetarian
Ruth’s second cousin Sydnee was in town and challenged Ruth to eat vegetarian for a week (or two) and see how she feels.

Cheeseburger Pizza!

Got the wrong pizza…and the right pizza
We ordered the cheeseburger pizza and Ricardo’s rung in cheese. Whoops! They re-made the pizza AND gave us the incorrect pizza. #allthecarbsandfat

Went to Camp One Step orientation
Chad went to orientation for cancer camp this week. He’s volunteering as a counselor after having attended the camp in 1986 as a camper.

Want to share your story about what inspires you? Do you know some good camp songs? Maybe you know what a gallbladder is? 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.

506 – Instant Brisket

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

Celebrated Shelley Long Appreciation Day
Actually, no. We didn’t. But Ruth got Chad to look up the history of the holiday. Turns out there is no Shelley Long Appreciation Day.

Continued to pretend we were in Vegas

Wild Mushroom Flat Bread at Milwaukee Beer Bistro

For our anniversary, we went out for steak dinner at Mr. B’s Steakhouse. The next night we went out for date night and visited Milwaukee Beer Bistro and then enjoyed tiki drinks at Foundation.

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.

Aloha! Tiki drinks at Foundation

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!

Want to share your story about how you’re learning to let go? Want to tell us what inspires you in springtime? 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.

 

504 – Eating Salads


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.

Turkey Cobb Salad at Matty’s Bar

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.

Weird Al live in Milwaukee

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.

Want to share your story about something that inspires you? Want to tell us what plant-based foods you’re eating? 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.

408 – Air Hockey


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

Air Hockey Showdown

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!

Activity Monitor

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.

Want to share your story about something that inspires you? Want to tell us what you’re doing to keep active or how you met a weight loss goal…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.

404 – It’s Raining…Inside


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

Chad’s Birthday

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.

Cheese Curds!

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.

McNab Cab

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.

Want to share your story about homeownership or rain in your house? 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.

305 – Minneapolis

Savor

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we are:

Minneapolis Skyway System

On Location in Minneapolis! 
We really enjoy Minneapolis and somewhat regularly schedule getaway weekends there.

Skyways
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.

Friday Night
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.

Punch Pizza
Tiki Drinks at Suzi’s

Saturday
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.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have a favorite thing to do in Minneapolis or a favorite Prince story or song…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.



303 – Flooring Fun

Welcome to Savoring Our Lives!

In this week’s episode, we talk about:

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.

Eating Out
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

The label from our 2014 Field Recordings Cabernet

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.

Flooring Dreams
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.

Want to share your story about how you’re savoring your life? Or if you have a favorite pizza topping combo or if you’ve changed from carpets to hardwood floors…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.

 



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.

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