Archive for the ‘Winter’ Category

Conspiracy Theories, Signs From Above, and Peanut Butter M&Ms

March 9, 2011

Today, a little bit after lunch, I decided to grab a handful of Peanut Butter M&Ms from the break room at work. I ate a couple on my way back to my desk and carelessly tossed remainder on the desk to be eaten later. After working for a few minutes, I looked over at my snack and was amazed. Okay, “amazed” is a bit too strong but the unusual site was a little astonishing. As you can see by the picture that I snapped with my phone, the remaining six M&Ms were arranged in a near-perfect equilateral triangle with one point aimed directly at me. On top of that, all six M&Ms were of a different color. What a crazy, random happenstance!

Of course, part of me wondered if this truly was random. Could otherworldly forces be at work? Like the crop circles found in farm fields across the world, were aliens trying to send me sign? Does the triangle point the way to some mystical nirvana? Also, I couldn’t help but to remember that today is Ash Wednesday. It is possible that God was reminding to keep my faith in the Holy Trinity today (it WAS a triangle, after all). And the colors. Let’s not forget those. No two M&Ms were the same color. Was this a sign to treat all men and women of varying races, colors, and creeds equally?

I started to think that I should rope off the area and call the National Enquirer. I’m sure that this is as unusual as those people that see the face of Jesus on the front of their Frigidaire sitting outside their mobile home in Alabama. People from miles around could come to see the “sacred triangle.” Maybe I could charge admission. I might even get my own TV show. Too far???? Yeah, you’re right. In the end, I got hungry so I ate them.

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Whad’ya Know

February 22, 2009

Almost every year in late February or early March, the Dramagoons take a weekend trip out of town. It is usually a fairly inexpensive trip for the express purpose of getting out of the house during the winter doldrums. This year’s trip was to fabulous Madison, WI and the taping of the Whad’ya Know radio show for public radio.

Friday night, we stayed in a wonderful new Hampton Inn on the west side of Madison just off Mineral Point Road. Our room was amazingly spacious and nicely decorated. We swam in the pool that resembled a very, very small waterpark. And we were treated to a wonderful free breakfast in the morning. Several of the nights on our trip to Pennsylvania last summer were also spent in Hampton Inns. I have to say, they are awesome places to stay and our hotel of choice for the future.

Saturday morning, we awoke to four to six inches of snow on the ground; which was the only negative part of the whole trip. We made our way down to Monona Terrace after breakfast and arrived well before the show started. The show was really great. Michael actually talked to both Kristi and I. During first half of the show, he was answering someone else’s question about Snuggies when he asked if someone in the audience had one. As I had just bought one for Kristi’s birthday earlier this month, I got to answer his questions on Snuggies. In the second half of the show, he talked with Kristi about the question she had submitted.

In the afternoon, we went to Ultrazone Laser Tag to play a couple of games. There equipment wasn’t as nice as the stuff at Lasertag Adventure and the layout of the arena was much different. It was more maze-like which allowed you wander all over without giving anyone a clear-cut advantage. I still think I like Lasertag Adventure better but it was fun to try something new.

It’s Snowing… AGAIN!!!

March 21, 2008

This post is for Aunt Helen and Uncle Ken. Stay in Florida! We are apparently not ready for you yet.

According to the Winter Storm Warning posted on the Weather Channel website, we can expect 8 to 15 inches of snow today. Ugghhh!!!! It is the end of March… two days before EASTER. We do not need anymore snow. As of earlier this week, we were on record with the fourth snowiest winter season on record with 84.5 inches. 10 more inches puts us in second place. That is really not a place I want to be.

It has been in the upper 30’s and lower 40’s for a couple of weeks. Most of the snow accumulation from this winter was gone. As I look out the window right now, it feels like two day before Christmas. The one, bright spot in this is the snow thrower I purchased in Mid-February. If I didn’t have that, I would have been out shoveling at least three times already today to make it a manageable task. I will probably go out soon just to clear the driveway a little and then finish it up after the snow stops later tonight.

It Snowed Again

February 29, 2008

When I woke up this morning I found that a little more than 2 inches of snow had fallen over night. Normally, I would have grumbled as I found my way to the snow shovel and a different kind of morning workout. As you will recall, however, earlier this month I purchased a snow thrower. There was happiness in my step as I made my way to the garage to fire it up this morning. To be honest, I have used it once already but on a day when we had less that an inch of snow and I could have just as easily shoveled it. Today was my first true test and 20 minutes or so after I started, I had a clean driveway without a sore back or arms. It is the little victories in life that bring us so much joy.

Snowshoeing Again!

February 25, 2008

On Sunday, we went snowshoeing again. It was the third time this winter for the whole family and the fourth time for Kristi and me. The first time this year was at the end of December. I talked about it here. The second time was in the middle of January. It was the weekend before the big warm up when we lost all of our snow. Of course all the snow came back, with a vengeance, but that’s another story. That time we went out to the Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha. The trails there were not as well marked as those at our first outing. We still had fun but didn’t go as far as we had hoped because of the trails.

Kristi and I went back to the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center on Presidents Day. It was cold and snowy and had rained the day before so some of the areas were a bit slushy. We had a good time out there together. It reminded me of the times that she and I would go hiking or snowshoeing in Michigan before A.J. was born.

Yesterday, we made a trip to Riveredge Nature Center in Newburg. It was a fun trip because it was warmer than it has been in a long while and it was nice to be out in the snow again. The trails were mostly unmarked and you had to follow the tracks of previous groups to find your way around. I think this will be a nice place to go hiking in the spring and summer. All in all, I am impressed that we have been able to get out on the snowshoes so many times this year.

Sleigh Ride

February 20, 2008


Sleigh Ride

On Saturday afternoon, we took a ride down to Apple Holler in Sturtevant. We had decided that with all the snow this winter, we should go on a sleigh ride. Apple Holler provides sleigh rides through their apple orchards. The ride lasts about 20 minutes and it was a lot of fun. Molly and John (the horses) were really moving. Our drivers had to stop them three times during the ride to let them rest.

After the ride, all riders are invited into the restaurant for either hot cider or hot chocolate. The kids had the hot chocolate and Kristi and I had the hot cider; extremely good cider, by the way. As it was already close to 6:00pm and we had an hour drive back home, we decided to stay there for dinner. Their cheddar cheese soup was amazing. It was more like a cheese and vegetable soup with bits of bacon for flavor. All in all, it was a very enjoyable outing.

Snow Removal

February 17, 2008

As of the end of January, we have been in our house for 10 years. During that entire time, our main method of snow removal has been a 30 inch wide steel snow shovel and various other smaller shovels. And to be honest, with the amount of snow that we have had in past years, that was really all we ever needed. Well things have changed this year. As of yesterday, Milwaukee has had 76.1 inches of snow, making it the 13th snowiest season on record. And this is ONLY the middle of February.

On Friday night, I went over to Blair’s True Value and picked up my first snow thrower. There was an indication on Friday that we would be having between 6 and 12 inches of snow today. Of course, it is now raining and the forecast has been revised to 1 to 3 inches of snow later today. I guess my buying it was like an insurance policy. You purchase insurance hoping that you will never need it. I’m sure I’ll need this snow thrower before the winter is over and I’m glad that that I have it.

Snowshoeing

December 30, 2007

There was no way we were going to stay inside today with all this wonderful snow outside. This afternoon, we put on our warm winter-wear and threw our snowshoes in the back of the van and headed out to the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center for a wonderful walk in woods. Erin was very interested in going off trail and “exploring.” Kristi and A.J. seemed to have an ongoing snow fight going on throughout our hike. The weather was perfect and the view of our surroundings was spectacular.

The last time we had enough snow on the ground with good snowshoeing weather coupled with an available opportunity on our part was almost three years ago. As we were getting ready today, I noticed that A.J. has outgrown his snowshoes. It wasn’t a big concern today because we were on packed trails. I guess if the weather stays like it is, we will probably have to get some new “shoes” for him.