Everything About Wisconsin You Never Asked

When Dan first got an email from Dream Company’s recruiter, asking him to apply for the job he’ll be starting tomorrow morning, we were both kind of like, “That’s cool but why would we want to move to Wisconsin?” We were hesitant at the idea of moving far away (to be honest, I wasn’t even sure where Wisconsin was at this point) especially for a company we knew very little about. Still, in this job market it would be foolish not to look into any opportunity so Dan began researching Dream Company and just fell in love – the benefits this company offers are terrific and it’s a very fast-paced competitive environment, which is actually perfect for Dan. And they were interested enough to recruit him – more than we can say for anyone else – even now that we’ve arrived in Wisconsin, we’ve still really only heard from a very small handful of the many companies Dan applied to.

So we started researching Wisconsin after deciding that Dream Company was worth relocating for. First off, we figured out where the heck it was! As Wikipedia will tell you:

“Wisconsin (En-us-Wisconsin.ogg /wɪˈskɒnsɨn/ (help·info)) (French: Ouisconsin) is one of the fifty states in the United States of America, located in the north central part of the United States. It borders two of the five Great Lakes and four U.S. states (Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota). Wisconsin’s capital is Madison, and its largest city is Milwaukee.”

Here it is on a map for my fellow geographically challenged readers:

Anyway, being the big huge nerd that I am, I wanted to share with you any little interesting thing I could find about Wisconsin, after a brief browse through it’s Wikipedia page. I’ve found a lot of random WI connections since this whole thing began – it’s amazing how you can go your whole life hearing next to nothing about something until it’s relevant, and then it’s everywhere. And then it’s your whole life. Okay, I’m rambling again – onto the probably boring to everyone else facts!

  • Now that I live here, you can all start calling me a Wisconsinite. I doubt if I’ll ever have an accent that will make you say, “Oh she’s probably from Wisconsin.” First because despite having lived on the West Coast, the East Coast and the South I’ve never had an accent to speak of – second, according to the man at the Budget rental dealer we went to for Dan’s interview a month back, Wisconsin is one of those states that seems largely void of accents – although you will hear a bit of a Canadian / Minnesota accent occasionally.
  • “The word Wisconsin has its origins in the name given to the Wisconsin River by one of the Algonquian speaking American Indian groups living in the region at the time of European contact. French explorer Jacques Marquette was the first European to reach the Wisconsin River and record its name, arriving in 1673 and calling the river Meskousing in his journal.This spelling was later corrupted to Ouisconsin by other French explorers, and over time this version became the French name for both the Wisconsin River and the surrounding lands. English speakers anglicized the spelling to its modern form when they began to arrive in greater numbers during the early 19th Century. The current spelling was made official by the legislature of Wisconsin Territory in 1845.”
  • Wisconsin is in the Central time zone. We moved here from the East Coast so it’s kind of weird, having been used to the Eastern Time Zone for the larger part of my life to suddenly be living an hour earlier. You know when you watch a tv show and it says it airs at 8pm / 7pm central – suddenly this applies to me. A lot of our shows now start at 7pm instead of 8pm and our last shows of the evening will end at 9pm instead of 10pm. I’m actually a big fan of this whole Central Time Zone thing because it’s given me an extra hour at night to read!
  • “In 1624, the Frenchman Jean Nicolet became the first European to explore what was to become Wisconsin. He founded the Green Bay colony. During the next 150 years, the area was settled primarily by French fur traders. France then transferred the territory to Britain in 1763. The United States acquired the Wisconsin territory after the Revolution in 1783, but it remained under de facto British control until the War of 1812. The nineteenth century saw settlement by “Yankees” (New Englanders and people from upstate New York), Cornish miners, and German, Scandinavian and Swiss settlers.”
  • “Wisconsin’s economy was originally based on farming, mining, and lumbering. Wisconsin’s topography of rolling glacial hills with rich (but rocky) soil coupled with unpredictable seasons favored dairy farming. Industrial centers sprung up along Lake Michigan and in the Fox Valley where there was easy access to raw materials (lumber, iron ore) and shipping ports, most notably at Milwaukee. After WWI Wisconsin became a major exporter of durable goods, with Milwaukee being known as the “tool box of the world.””
  • “In recent decades, service industries, especially medicine and education, have become dominant as heavy industry declined. Wisconsin is also noted for having a stable economy compared to most other states. This may be attributed to a diversified economy as well as a low net population growth.”
  • “The economy of Wisconsin is driven by manufacturing, agriculture, and health care. Although manufacturing accounts for a far greater part of the state’s income than farming, Wisconsin is often perceived as a farming state.”
  • “The varied landscape of Wisconsin makes the state a popular vacation destination for outdoor recreation. Winter events include skiing, ice fishing and snowmobile derbies. Wisconsin has many lakes of varied size; in fact Wisconsin contains 11,188 square miles of water, more than all but three other states (Alaska, Michigan and Florida). The distinctive Door Peninsula, which extends off the eastern coast of the state, contains one of the state’s most beautiful tourist destinations, Door County.”
  • “The highest temperature ever recorded in Wisconsin was in the Wisconsin Dells, on July 13, 1936, where it reached 114 °F (46 °C). The lowest temperature ever recorded in Wisconsin was in the village of Couderay, where it reached –55 °F (-48 °C) on both February 2 and February 4, 1996.” Overall Wisconsin’s weather is fairly similar to where we are from in Massachusetts – but it seems that when it gets hot, it gets a little bit hotter, and when it gets cold, it gets a little bit colder. At least, that’s what I gather from what I’ve heard and read. I’ll get back to you on the climate once I’ve lived in more than one week of it.
  • Wisconsin produces more dairy products than any other state in the United States except California, and leads the nation in cheese production. Wisconsin ranks second behind California in overall production of milk and butter, and it ranks third in per-capita milk production, behind Idaho and Vermont. Wisconsin ranks first in the production of corn for silage, cranberries, ginseng, and snap beans for processing.”
  • Seriously, no joke, the cheese in Wisconsin is amazingly delicious – I am a huge cheese lover so that is kind of like heaven for me. Even the generic store brand string cheeses in Wisconsin taste amazing because I’m pretty sure it’s made from Wisconsin cheese – or else I’m imagining it, but if so then my imagination is delicious and that’s also pretty cool.
  • “Some well-known food brands produced in Wisconsin include Oscar Mayer, Tombstone frozen pizza, Johnsonville brats, and Usinger’s sausage. Kraft Foods alone employs over 5,000 people in the state. Milwaukee is a major producer of beer and the site of the headquarters of Miller Brewing Company, the nation’s second-largest brewer. At one time, Schlitz, Blatz, and Pabst were cornerstone breweries in Milwaukee. Today, Milwaukee’s economy is more diverse with an emphasis on health care. In 2004, four of the city’s ten largest employers (including the top two) were part of the health care industry.”
  • There are no toll roads in Wisconsin; highway and road construction and maintenance is funded by motor fuel tax revenues.
  • “Wisconsin’s self-promotion as “America’s Dairyland” sometimes leads to a mistaken impression that it is an exclusively rural state. However, Wisconsin contains cities and towns of all sizes. Over 68% of Wisconsin residents live in urban areas, with the Greater Milwaukee area home to roughly one-third of the state’s population. With over 602,000 residents Milwaukee proper is the 22nd-largest city in the country. The string of cities along the western edge of Lake Michigan is generally considered to be an example of a megalopolis. Madison’s dual identity as state capital and college town gives it a cultural richness unusual in a city its size. With a population of around 220,000, Madison is also a very fast-growing city. Madison’s suburb, Middleton, was also ranked the “Best Place to Live in America” in 2007 by Money Magazine.”
  • “Public education in Wisconsin includes both the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System, headquartered in Madison, and the 16-campus Wisconsin Technical College System which coordinates with the University of Wisconsin. Notable private colleges and universities include Marquette University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Medical College of Wisconsin, Concordia University Wisconsin, Edgewood College, Beloit College, and Lawrence University, among others.”
  • “Wisconsin has more country music festivals than any other state,[citation needed] including Miller Lite Presents Country Fest, Bud Light Presents Country Jam USA, the Coors Hodag Country Festival, Porterfield Country Music Festival, Country Thunder USA in Twin Lakes, and the ever-popular Ford Presents Country USA. The state’s largest city, Milwaukee, also hosts “The World’s Largest Music Festival,” Summerfest, every year. This festival is held at the lake front Henry Maier Festival Park just south of downtown.”
  • “Wisconsin is represented by major league teams in three sports: football, baseball, and basketball. Lambeau Field, located in Green Bay, Wisconsin is home to the National Football League‘s Green Bay Packers. The Green Bay Packers are one of the most successful small-market professional sports franchises in the world and have won 12 NFL championships, including the first two AFL-NFL Championship games (Super Bowls I and II) and Super Bowl XXXI. The Milwaukee Brewers, the state’s major league baseball team, play in Miller Park in Milwaukee, the successor to Milwaukee County Stadium since 2001. In 1982, the Brewers won the American League Championship, marking their most successful season. The Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association play home games at the Bradley Center. The Bucks won the NBA Championship in 1971.”

Okay, I’ll stop. Have a great night!

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Moving Diary (Days 5 and 6 – May 23rd & 24th)

Day Five: Clearly We Need To Go Shopping

Our pantry raiding continued Saturday morning as Dan managed to make pancakes sans eggs with a fruit juice “syrup” for breakfast. It was surprisingly better than I’d expect, but it was clearly time to go grocery shopping, so we headed to Copps, the closest grocery store, to attempt to pick up some staples and foods for dinner that week.

I was pretty happy with Copps over all, but disappointed that they had no greek yogurt – we’ll clearly need to look around a bit and figure out the best place to get our Fage fix. We also went to Target and got a tea kettle, something we never needed at our first apartment which had a “boiling water” tap thing. We got a $20 Kitchen Aid tea kettle in red (I get almost all appliances in red, when I can) and I’m pretty happy with it so far. The reviews of this kettle on are pretty terrible but I haven’t had any of the complaints mentioned by the (2) reviewers – it pours just fine and the handle has never been too hot to touch, if at all. We’ll see how it holds up over time.

Anyway, we had hot dogs and macaroni and cheese for lunch and continued unpacking. The rest of the day was fairly uneventful as we worked hard unpacking and trying to make it feel like home. Keeping with our BBQ theme for the day we had hamburgers for dinner.

Day Six: Going Out About Town

Sunday morning Dan drove my dad to the airport bright and early (even MM wasn’t awake yet when they left) to fly home. When MM finally woke up I made us oatmeal for breakfast with my new tea kettle. When Dan got back we drove to Babies R Us to get baby proofing things – the new apartment is just different enough cabinet / door wise that we needed new things that we didn’t own yet. We also checked out a couple malls, a local Burlington Coat Factory (for some reason I was convinced they wouldn’t have those here so I was very pleasantly surprised) and a radio shack.

We went to Dairy Queen for lunch to celebrate and use up some old gift certificates. For some reason I’ve never really liked Dairy Queen so I wasn’t expecting much but either DQ’s are different in Wisconsin or I am, because I liked both my lunch and my dessert. I got their blizzard of the month, a Raspberry Truffle and it was oh so good. And of course MM loved his ice cream, too.

Later I took MM to the little playground at the apartment complex. This was actually pretty disappointing – the equipment was a little big for him and in general the whole thing was really run down and not well kept at all. We may use it again but I’m definitely planning to check out the neighborhood parks soon. MM still had a good time playing until I got skeeved out enough to leave – I did take some cute pictures while we were there though.

That night Dan made homemade meatballs and we had that with spaghetti for dinner. He is absolutely in love with our new kitchen and I have to say I am, too. That night we’d finally cleared out enough of the boxes that I was starting to feel “moved in” and we went to bed happy. MM has definitely adjusted well to his new home and although he asks to see his various family members frequently, he seems to be content with things. Who could ask for more?

This concludes “The Moving Diaries” – if you missed the first two installments you can read part one here and part two here.

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Aloha Friday: So Where Do I Buy FOOD Around Here?

It’s time for another Aloha Friday, the day that you take it easy and look forward to the weekend, in Hawaii and blog land anyway. As you should know by now, over at An Island Life, Kailani decided that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting and ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at An Island Life’s blog. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

While a lot of the major stores that I’m used to are here in Wisconsin – like Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Home Depot, etc. – there are a few things that are just totally different. Like the lack of Dunkin Donuts. And grocery stores – all the grocery stores here are completely different than what we had in Massachusetts. I was very used to my Stop & Shop, Hannaford, Shaws, Big Y, Price Chopper variety so it’s been interesting having none of them around – and instead having these strange stores in their place – which stores are the big ones? Which have the better prices? Since we don’t know anyone in the area we pretty much have to figure that out as we go.

The main grocery stores we’ve found so far are Copps (we liked them a lot and they are the closest), Cub Foods (also nice, but a bit further away) and Woodmans (we didn’t care for them at all) – there is also an Aldi and I think a Pick’n’Save in the area. Before moving to Wisconsin the only store listed that I’d heard of is Aldi, because they own Trader Joe’s, but I’d never been to any of them – there is a Trader Joes in the area and also a Whole Foods, but they are about 30 minutes away and I haven’t been to either of the local stores yet.

So my Aloha Friday questions for this week are:

  • Have you been to any of the grocery stores I listed above? Do you like them? Any that you really dislike?
  • What is your favorite grocery store in your area? Least favorite?
  • How far do you drive to get to your main grocery store?
  • Do you drive further to go to a nicer one or settle for a less favorite because of the distance?

Moving Diary (Days 3 and 4 – May 21st & 22nd)

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Day Three: Good Bye Brutal Traffic, Hello Wisconsin

We left Ohio at 9am Thursday morning, planning to have a nice easy day on the road and arrive in Wisconsin nice and early. For the most part, all that happened, but we were very happy we’d left so early when we got to Chicago, IL and their brutal traffic. I have no idea if the traffic we endured was normal or if there was a special event or accident happening, but it was pretty much stand still for what at least felt like hours. Luckily we also had the switch from Eastern to Central time to save us another hour off the trip.

That morning my dad and Dan switched cars, as one car has no AC and it was getting pretty hot – so I spent Thursday traveling with MM and my dad instead of Dan and MM – it was nice being able to spend a little quality time with my dad during the trip. We drove through Ohio, Indiana and Illinois that day before arriving in Wisconsin at a little after 4pm central time (5pm eastern).

We decided to drive to the apartment and fill out our paperwork / get our keys that night, rather than waiting for the morning. We got to go and see the actual apartment for the first time that night, which was pretty cool – it has a beautiful kitchen, at least compared to our old apartment and we were pretty pleased with what we saw, except for the rather musty smelling storage units in the basement. After checking out our new home, we got pizza at a little place right across from the apartment complex, which was delicious. There is also a chinese restaurant right next door to the pizza place, which is nice – having both things so close by and in easy walking distance. I also love that the apartment is right on a little suburban street, it makes taking family walks much easier having fairly slow streets with plenty of sidewalk and lots of area to explore. Right up the street is a hub of grocery stores, more restaurants, banks, preschools and more. I love how close by everything is.

We spent the night in a hotel paid for by Dream Company before meeting the moving company at the new apartment the next morning.

Day Four: Moving In

After having leftover pizza for breakfast, we headed to the new apartment to meet the moving company.

Dan picked up milk and donuts at the local grocery store (Copps – anybody heard of them?) to snack on during the move in. There is no Dunkin Donuts in Madison which is very strange, but not necessarily a bad thing – I couldn’t find any other similar “donut places” either. But there are plenty of coffee shops nearby and the donuts from Copps were delicious so on the few rare occasions where we might want them, we will be fine. Honestly we just don’t eat donuts very often.

Moving in seemed to take just as long as moving out – the movers worked for about four hours getting everything off the truck and inside – I was amazed at how much stuff we had, yet again – and got a little worried that everything wouldn’t fit, but our new place has lots of closet storage, etc. to make up for slightly smaller rooms and in the end, things fit perfectly fine. We had lunch at the pizza place again, ordering subs this time, which were fine but nowhere near as good as their pizza. That night we raided our dry food supply in the pantry and made spaghetti with a jar of bruschetta topping to stand in for spaghetti sauce. Definitely interesting. We definitely needed to go grocery shopping.

to be continued…


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What Kind Of Parent Are You?

Can you tell I’ve been missing you guys like crazy? Just wanted to post my results from this cute parenting quiz at T Mobile’s website which I saw at Karen‘s blog while trying to weed through my google reader. It’s seriously geared towards teenagers so I kind of had to guess at what my responses would be – I think that’s the kind of thing you learn about yourself more from experience than anything but I liked my results a lot all the same. Because I’m a nerd.

Anyway, I went ahead and marked all my non-blogs as read to speed things up but I still have 197 posts to peruse from all your wonderful blogs – I’m hoping to avoid having to mark any of those as read, I’d like to feel like I have some small idea what you have all been up to for the past two weeks, but yikes – I am behind. Feel free to stop by and comment if something gigantic has happened to you since I’ve been gone. Anybody win the lottery, get pregnant, etc?

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Bump Report: 32 Weeks

It seems like it’s been ages since I’ve done a bump report, but according to my archives it’s only been two weeks. It also seems like I get bigger and bigger every hour, you know you are in the third trimester when you become far more uncomfortable than seems reasonable, getting cramps and pains in places that I only know exsist because this is my second pregnancy.

According to, BB weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long – that’s only about one pound different than two weeks ago and I know I haven’t gained an awful lot of weight either, but according to I may gain about a pound a week from here on out and roughly half of that goes right to the baby. She’ll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she prepares up for life outside the womb.

I got a look at myself in a full length mirror shortly before leaving Massachusetts and was pretty much floored by how big I’m getting. We don’t own a full length mirror and for the most part, looking down at it, my stomach has looked about the same. It was only in things like trying to lean over to pick up something and noticing that getting up was getting harder, that I guessed I was getting bigger, but after looking in the mirror I’m pretty sure I am doing awesome for being this huge – and I bet I’m like even more huge now, two weeks later. My back and everything else hurts and even my maternity shirts are starting to get a bit short in length, but that’s okay. In less than two months this will all be over and I’ll be recovering from my c-section, cradling our new baby and all will be well enough. Now in the meantime I need to pick a doctor and get things rolling towards that delivery. Our new health insurance will start June 1st, I’ve got my medical records and with any luck this will all go well. Either way, it looks like I’m going to have a baby.

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Moving Diary (Days 1 and 2 – May 19th & 20th)

This is the first of three installments which will chronicle our trip from Massachusetts to Wisconsin. There will be pictures and hopefully some stories of interest but I apologize if it gets a little boring  – feel free to skip these posts or just skim through the pictures – I totally wouldn’t blame you. 😛

Day One: The Kind Of Morning That Lasts All Afternoon

Last Tuesday morning we planned to leave for our little trip to Wisconsin shortly after the moving company, who was due to arrive at our apartment for loading at 8am. We showed up about 30 minutes before that with MM to get things ready. Dan’s parents came over to say goodbye one last time, as did my bestie Ange @ Red Knows How with her two girls. Here’s a cute picture of the three kids in our apartment for one last time.

The moving company called shortly after that to tell us they were having problems with their truck and would be an hour late. When they showed up, they were driving a Budget Rental Truck which must mean they were having pretty big problems. I am guessing that the Fates decided to give them the rest of our potential car problems, because after all the issues my car had before our trip, it was smooth sailing the whole way to Wisconsin, car-wise.

Anyway, at 9am they started loading and it ended up taking way longer than either Dan or I had anticipated. They were far more thorough and meticulous than I’d even imagined possible which is clearly a good thing, but they didn’t finish until shortly after 1pm – at which point we grabbed some lunch and headed back to my dad’s house to finish loading our vehicles and leave. I’d assumed we’d be on the road that morning, maybe around 10am – 11 at the latest. Instead we left around 2:30pm – but seeing as the moving company was only one hour late and despite being thorough, they were very efficient – I never saw them lingering, they worked hard the whole four hours – I don’t see how we could possibly have left much earlier than 1pm even if they’d been on time.

So at 2:30 pm we left home for our new home.

Our first stop was at a hotel in Batavia, New York that night. We were lucky and had good traffic – that morning and afternoon our home town was a mess of construction, traffic jams and emergency vehicles but the trip to New York was largely uneventful. It was definitely a relief to leave that traffic behind and I’m hoping the roads in Wisconsin are kinder to us than old New England cities planned around cow paths and ignorance. < / Rant. >

We had dinner at some fancy little dive in New York – I can’t remember the name of the place, but it was like a slightly expensive Steak House kind of place, but more generic than that and not really worth the money. After eating far more dinner than any of us needed we were too full to take advantage of what looked like a really decent dessert menu that I’d failed to notice on the way in – which was kind of sad – I vowed that night to always leave room for any potential desserts on the rest of the trip.

MM did a lot of jumping from car to car that first night, preferring to sit with his grandpa most of the time. In the peace and quiet time that MM’s preference bought us, Dan and I were able to get in some quality time talking about everything from religion and beliefs, what made good marriages work and others fail and a billion other things that I don’t think I could possibly re-conjure here in an eloquent way. It wasn’t even necessarily a new conversation for us, we talk about these things a lot, but it was nice. And meanwhile MM and his grandpa were having some fun conversations of their own. My dad apparently used the drive to try to get MM excited about his new home, by making up cute “songs” about how we were moving to Wisconsin and that in Wisconsin MM would be getting a NEW BED ROOM, Daddy would be getting a NEW JOB and Mommy would be getting a NEW BABY. And with the help of some repetition and silliness, anytime you asked MM what mommy, daddy or himself would be getting in Wisconsin, he’d be able to tell you that. I was so impressed with my dad’s genius – another reminder about how wonderful grandparents can be. I’ve been trying for weeks to get MM ready for this move, but in that one car ride I think my dad made WAY more progress than I had thus far. It was amazing.

That night we arrived at our hotel at 11pm, exhausted but happy, and pretty much went straight to bed.

Day Two: Waterfalls and Cookie Pie Hybrids in Wauseon

Wednesday morning we left our hotel and drove an hour northwest to see Niagara Falls. I’d done a bit of research and managed to find plenty of things to do and see for free in the state park overlooking the falls. Of course, the price of parking there is $10 per car and we had two – so it was really $20 but we didn’t spend any other money there so I was pretty proud. Dan and I both took lots of pictures and it was beautiful. MM loved being able to run around a bit and stretch his legs. I, on the other hand, felt more pregnant than ever most of the trip – it was a lot of walking and I might have over done it a bit. Still, it was definitely an experience that I’m glad to have had.

That night we stopped at Wauseon, Ohio where we had dinner at this great little restaurant called Smith’s Restaurant & Catering. After a nice dinner (I had the chicken parmesan) we all indulged in their dessert menu which was just awesome – with a wide variety of pies, cheesecake and ice cream, we were all able to have something different. I had a tollhouse pie, something I’ve never had before and for some reason never guessed what it would be – basically this is the perfect pie for me, the cookie lover, in that it’s kind of like taking the ingredients of chocolate chip cookies and turning it into a pie – I fully intend to learn to make this myself as it was delicious. If we ever do this road trip again, I want to stop in Wauseon again just so we can go back to Smith’s Restaurant.

That night we were able to get to bed at much more reasonable hour, after watching the American Idol finale (congrats to Kris Allen!).

to be continued…


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For the third and final installment, click here.

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Hello From Wisconsin!

I’m back! I’m crazy swamped with things to catch up on but I’m back! We arrived in Wisconsin, aka Dream State, last Friday as planned but due to all sorts of silliness I haven’t been able to get online until today which means I’ve been basically going crazy for a week now. It was hard enough on the road with no internet, but sitting in your own apartment? Ridiculous.

Anyway – I’m here – it’s awesome – I have pictures and posts planned and all sorts of other online-y stuff I want to do, but that will have to wait because it’s almost dinner time and life calls. But I wanted to check in because I honestly couldn’t wait another minute. I promise you’ll be hearing from me more soon, more about everything, and it will be awesome. Later.

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Aloha Friday: We Have Arrived!

It’s time for another Aloha Friday, the day that you take it easy and look forward to the weekend, in Hawaii and blog land anyway. As you should know by now, over at An Island Life, Kailani decided that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting and ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at An Island Life’s blog. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

Today is the big day. Or it will be. Right now it’s like two weeks from today and I’m writing this preemptively in this big attempt to be organized and make sure some new content gets put up while I’m away. But as you are reading this we are either moving into our new apartment or have moved in, or will move in as soon as we finish waking up and eating a quick breakfast. We’ve had a long three days on the road and likely have a lot of stories to tell, but they’ll have to wait. So while we’re waiting…

  • Have you ever been on a road trip? With a preschooler? Tell me about your road trip adventures and / or any traveling with children stories. Give me the good stuff – the silly / scary / sweet stories from your adventures on the road.
  • Do you like to travel? How often do you find time to do it? How often would you like to?
  • What’s the best hotel you’ve ever stayed in? The worst?
  • How excited are you that MM and his future baby sister will have their own PLAY ROOM in this new apartment (nevermind it means they’ll be sharing a room – it’s a goooooood thing)? Half as excited as me? Can you feign some enthusiasm? Think he’ll still drag all his toys out into the living room anyway?

Have a great weekend! Next time you hear from me, it might even be a non-scheduled current post!