Still, they are amazing! Thank you so much, Jason! Follow him at @thepieguywi
I don't really know what the approximation of pi(e) day means, but I sure do appreciate it. Hannah McClung tried to explain it to me, but I am still confused.
Thanks to our pie guy at Hubbard Avenue in Middleton, our newsroom was full of wonderful, delicious handmade pies! I always get here in the afternoon, so I don't get to take a picture of the pies when they're the most beautiful.
Still, they are amazing! Thank you so much, Jason! Follow him at @thepieguywi
I think everyone living near Madison loves Restaurant Week! I have learned to go on the first day because it's the only time I can get out for dinner with my work schedule. Since I write for Madison Magazine, I usually get a few vouchers for some of the participating restaurants, too. Bonus!
So, Jim and I went to Brocach on Monroe. We both ordered the crab and avocado salad, made with marinated cherry tomatoes, olive tapenade and crusty bread. Jim ordered the grilled petit filet with a summer corn succotash and bleu cheese butter. I really enjoyed the pan roasted halibut over a summer squash gratin and tarragon mayonnaise. We ended our meal with a pecan bread pudding and chocolate fondant cake with raspberry coulis.
It's time to bring out this gem.
This video possible by our friend James Yaeger. Gary started dancing a while back and Eric took video of it... Gary has a great sense of humor!! Bringing it out for your Wednesday slump because this always makes me smile.
I just can't get over how cheap food is at Asian Midway Foods on Park Street. Sunday must be the day to go because there were tons of customers and several workers bustling out fresh produce. [TIP!]
Now... I've read Yelp. I get it. Some of you don't like AMF, but my sister is the boss...OK? She is an F-O-B in a kick arse way. Urban dictionary it.
Anyway, she likes AMF best because the prices are so similar to China. She loves getting the produce, Japanese tofu and dumplings there. Since she's vegan, she buys a handful of things over and over again... so is it for everyone? Mehbe. Mehbe not. But, we like it.
Check out these olives! The store has a small Middle Eastern section, and these black olives are actually more similar to kalamata olives. Oh, and I got nearly 300 in this package for about $2.70.
And the rest? It's obvious. Some big faves this purchase: lychee, hummus and olives. Not pictured are about 10 baby bok choy heads that I got for about $2.50. No offense, but I got about 6 wilted ones at Hyvee for about $8. Still bitter about it, though I love Hyvee for most things.
I got a whole cart of food for about $55. I was practically skipping out of the parking lot. Oh yeah, and I bought my favorite spicy bean oil.
President Clinton called it the scariest place on earth. And we signed off on getting there in 2009. Sorta.
Jim and I had to sign a waiver that basically said we understood the risk of going to the border of North and South Korea. It's known as the DMZ, or Demilitarized Zone... which I never really understood because it seems like it's the opposite of that.
The waiver's wording was something like, "if you get maimed or killed, you can't sue the US government." I started to get worried because you had to 1) sign up with a Chinese agency -- no Korean group would take us. 2) No one really spoke English that well on our tour bus. 3) We had to spend about 8 hours there, no exceptions.
READ about our experience in an old blog post
Anyway, this is what I look(ed) like about without eyelashes and dark hair. Note to self.
If you're on Google Plus, you probably already know about the Auto Awesome feature. If you don't, then take the time to check it out!
READ: Get effects added to your photos with Auto Awesome
Short version? Take 5 pictures with your phone. Google Plus will likely make a GIF with them. It will also detect snow and make snow fall in your pictures... cool stuff like that.
Anyway, it's got me trained to now take 5 pictures in a row for just about everything.... even when I'm dangling from a tree.
This is my favorite Auto Awesome moment so far. We were down in Texas covering the Final Four and these gals got up on the table and started jamming out to Footloose. And. It. Was. Awesome.
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Instead of a spa day, I treated myself to a house cleaning and a grocery delivery service. And it was glorious.
Since I'm the accountant in my family, I rarely spend any money on what I believe are luxury items, like spa days... though occasionally I'll get a massage if I'm in pain... or a pedicure if...well, I got funky feet.
I used to think house cleaning was a luxury item for me, too. After all, I'm capable, I'm childless and I could save the money. WRONG.
But after having (awesome) house guests for a month, dealing with basement flooding, working against two very big deadlines, going to St. Louis, traveling to Los Angeles and covering breaking news... I finally talked myself into making an appointment with Madison Green Cleaners, thanks to a recommendation from my co-anchor, Eric.
I loved having the free time to finally hang up a picture. In fact, I hung up 3! Don't judge the house, I still have a lot to do...
The woman who came to my home was named Amelia (I think) -- she was so sweet. I gathered that she liked Pitbull, so we listened to the Pandora station and went to our own work.
She did everything! Dusted my shelves, cleaned my oven, scrubbed my floors. I was totally impressed.
When she was nearly finished, two more people arrived and worked like a tornado to mop my floors and vacuum. They even put my dogs' gross bones neatly by their bed... and lined up our beat-up outdoor shoes.
And then to switch gears, I decided that it was worth the $5 delivery fee to get groceries delivered. I love going online to Fresh Madison Market because it's so easy! I just go online, place my order and give them a time to deliver. And, I love that they always find the deal prices for you. If you buy everything on sale, it's more than worth the service.
I usually like going grocery shopping, but sometimes it's a pain. I have other things going on, you know? And if I drove to the store, I'd buy more than I need and I'd lose an hour of my life. Nope. Not this day.
They rolled up when we were in the middle of the house being cleaned. TIP: If you order this service and want to leave a tip, right now your only option is to pay in cash. I apologized to my delivery dude Tim for a fistful of car change and some dollar bills. Sorry about that, Tim!
Anyway, sometimes you need a spa day, but sometimes you need to stay at home. I can tell you that my in-house experience today was about a third of what a spa day can cost, but I don't want to insult anyone in the business of spa treatments! They are awesome, too.
And the dogs? They loved it. I put them in the basement and they watched episodes of The Dog Whisperer. I found them both on the bed watching Cesar Millan. They love that guy.
While others were cleaning my house and doing my grocery shopping, I was able to do laundry, hang pictures, hang out with my sister and blog.
So, yes. Sometimes we all need a little help. We are lucky to have great resources at reasonable prices! I'm hooked.
I think this was 2003. Cara Connelly is anchoring and I'm fronting my story from the newsroom about Marine training. I think I had been at KYTV for about a month... I had just moved from Wilmington NC.
By the way, Cara now lives in Madison and is a PR wiz. You may recognize her husband, Carlos Tucker. He's the evening meteorologist at NBC 15! Small world, people. Small freaking world. She was the weekend anchor at WIBW when I interned there in 2002. She walked my tape into the newsroom in Missouri a year later. And now I'm following her again in Wisconsin!
Cara has been a big influence in my life. I just can't believe how fast time flies! Thanks, Cara!