As we were sitting in a little coffee shop yesterday morning, I was discussing the winter doldrums with two really awesome chicks.
Sure, there’s been a massive blizzard. Some chilly days where the snot instantly freezes inside your nose when you walk outdoors. The endless bundling and unbundling of multiple layers. Cursing under your breath as you shudder and wait for the car to warm up.
Over the last few years, I’ve found myself disappear from the social scene in January. Only to reappear at some point in February.
Not this year. I’ve been all over the place. And this last weekend was no different.Megan and I visited Holly in Madison. Clearly, us three girls took over the city (and Lake Mendota in this case) for 24 hours. And clearly these pictures are not all from my camera- Holly takes wonderful shots and was kind enough to share them with the rest of us. So if you think “wow, this picture is really nice”, it’s probably Holly’s.
Yes, we are standing on top of the lake. Yes, this freaked me out. Yes, Holly made us do it.
But yes, I’m sort of glad we did it. Because it was awesome. I wasn’t kidding when I said we were all over the place. I can’t believe people were just hanging out… fishing… enjoying the weather… what?
We also did quite a few other noteworthy things. Holly was a fantastic tour guide and made sure we got a feel of the entire town.Megan and I were even able to throw in our opinion on some serious legislation…We were obviously skeptical, but willing to listen to both sides. As any good politician would do.
After the capital, we walked around part of campus and Holly took us to the student union to show us how cool the people of the University of Wisconsin are. I mean… really… drinking on campus?PBR. Because cheap beer is what you drink in college. (although I was more of a Keystone gal)
The student union is also where we accidentally found the theme of the weekend. It was the perfect toast for each round of drinks we would share from then on…Balls 4 Life. Holla’.
I’m going to open up the comment boards here to the best graffiti you’ve ever seen in a public place?
It’s probably important to mention I support observation and finding amusement in it. Please do not deface a restroom stall because I told you to. Because I didn’t.
For me, the excitement really escalated at dinner. Wisconsin is known for its cheese. (Duh)
To Holly and Megan’s surprise, I had never tried cheese curds.And The Old Fashioned fries them. Crazy, right? Holly even captured “my first time”.Words cannot express how happy I was. Mozzarella sticks have got NOTHING on these things. Sure, the word “curd” sounds gross and rhymes with things that make me giggle. But I don’t let such things bother me. We cleaned the basket of them in no time. Holly could not have picked better eats for us during our visit.
Here’s the funny thing about bloggers. We sort of “know” each other. And sort of “know” the same people. And read a lot of the same things. So we have a lot to talk about. Imagine 24 hours of straight conversation.
Well… not quite 24 hours. We had to sleep for 7-8 of those hours. Which reminds me, thank you SO MUCH Holly for letting Megan and I crash on the futon. Yes, we both fit on it quite comfortably. I’m pretty sure there was no spooning.
The next day, Holly took us to one of her favorite coffee shops.I never thought I’d go “aawwww” when seeing a building for the first time. But come on, isn’t that just freaking adorable? And yes, it’s snowing… again… how many days until Spring???
Luckily, I didn’t spazz about the weather because I had coffee and carbs to keep me sedated.Holly was right- the peanut butter and chocolate chip scone did not disappoint.
Now I just want to make scones… like everyday.
We got home with enough down time before the Superbowl.
I watched it with my neighbor Bailey. Who happens to be a Green Bay fan. I sat quietly with my bottle of beer as she jumped and cheered a little too often for my liking.
And was it just me- or were the commercials really not that great? Seriously… I can only think of a few that caused a reaction from me at all….
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