6: Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tix Won!
Vicki McKenna runs a talk show on 1130 Am out of both Milwaukee and Madison. We are regulars listeners as well as have her on FaceBook. One day she ran a FB contest: whomever could show her a large, ugly mass of Box Elder bugs won TSO tix. I sent over a picture of our mass of Japanese Ladybugs. Yeah, I was never good on details. Well, she was so horrified by my picture she gave the tickets to us anyways! So off to the Kohl Center we went:
A visually stunning show, great seats, we had a great time.
5: Lunches and Open Knitting On Thursdays
Both of which I miss. When Alex was going to the International Academy, I'd go into Janesville early on Thursday and take him to lunch. We'd end up at places like Subway or KFC, and talk for an hour before going to knit with the ladies. Open Knitting at the Dragonfly is a blast! Whomever would drop by would stop and knit, critique new knitting magazines, show off our stuff, and use some good ol' peer pressure to try new things. I do hope that after my stint as a temp worker, I get to go back to open knitting.
The picture is of Alex at Subway taken during a cell-phone camera fight.
4: AuTrain 2010
Our vacations run like this: One year a BIG vacation to somewhere like Mesa Verde. The next year, it's a week at a campground chilling, fishing and kayaking. This year was AuTrain, Michigan. The campground? Eh, the lake, too big for kayaking. The AuTrain River? AWESOME for kayaking! It snakes about 2 miles to the west and turns 2 miles to the east.
You drop your kayak in, have someone hold it, drive up 1/2 a mile to drop your car off. Then walk the 1/2 mile back and paddle for about 4 hours before getting back to your car. It's more like a large creek than a river. It empties into Lake Superior and is great fun for the last 1/8 mile.
People gather at that spot after the bridge and let their kids play in the sand and the current on the river is such that if you can float, you can float on the current to Lake Superior. It was fun!