sew this, sew that

Do you ever feel like you just need a little organization in your life? Yeah, I had one of those days today. I don't sew as much as I'd like to, for a variety of reasons, but I thought maybe if I could get a little organizing going... So I went to my mecca (Target of course) and they had these peg boards on clearance. Nice. So I drilled a couple holes in the wall, and here's the result. I like having things up where I can see them, but I hate how white it all looks. I want to paint walls!

I did manage to make a couple more pairs of flannel PJ pants. But they're one of the easiest things to sew. I'd like to try something a little more ambitious... Like this. Isn't it cool? I don't know if I have the patience to finish a project like that, but I think I might give it a try.


just another weekend in milwaukee

We live in this big city, but we stay pretty close to home most of the time... So this weekend we did a little driving and got out of our little corner. Friday we went to The Oriental and saw The Darjeeling Limited. It was pretty good. Predictable Wes Anderson, but good. We walked around a little on the East side too. Went to Whole Foods and bought some expensive French cheese. Saturday I went to the farmers market in West Allis. I just got some flowers and apple cider, but it was nice. Lots of pumpkins and mums for sale. Saturday night we went to Great Northern BBQ in Pewaukee. It was good. They have really good barbeque sauces. One made with Sprecher root beer. Yum. And today we went to a flea market in West Allis. A flea market in West Allis you say? Well that must be quite trashy. Why yes. Quite trashy indeed. But Eric managed to find some CD's of course. And I got a $2 cookbook. So not a complete waste. Then we went to the domes. Which was cool. I haven't been there since I was a kid. I think Eric wants to move into the arid dome. He thinks the dry air is good for his skin (?). I don't really know what that means... But anyways, he liked the cacti. We also drove to St Josaphats Basilica and St Savas Cathedral. There's a ton of cool architecture around this city, and it's just begging to be photographed with my new camera. Here's one of Josaphat himself.
So that's about it. I think we're going to run to the store now and get something to put on the grill. Mmmmmm...


big eff-ing burger, no?

Yeah, he ate the whole thing. It was a one pound burger from DeRango's Pizza in South Milwaukee. Ate the whole damn thing and the fries too. I just thought it should be documented...



I don't think I've ever really posted about my job here on the little blog. But the last couple days there's been a lot of press about MRSA infections, so I felt like I had to comment. I am an RN. I work in a big urban hospital. And I'm exposed to patients who are infected with MRSA daily. I really love my job. But I really don't love the fact that I may potentially expose myself or members of my family to really gross stuff like MRSA. Honestly, it's scary. And frustrating. Because I enjoy the work I'm doing, but if I were an accountant, or a lawyer, or worked in any kind of office I probably wouldn't have those worries. But hey- I guess them's the breaks. Like what you do, hate the risks? Just makes you think... Wash those hands!


she blinded me with science...

Have you ever been to American Science and Surplus? Well I have... And so have some of the Stauffachers. Jed and Summer came up for the weekend, so Eric said we had to take Jed to see all the gizmos. Nice. Jed bought a Punching Nun which he used for various punching activities... It was pretty funny stuff. I'm looking forward to a weekend of sleeping coming up though. I don't want to make any plans, just sleep and maybe take some more pictures...



Can anyone help me understand this? Our downstairs neighbors are throwing bread off of their patio onto the back lawn. I guess I'm just wondering why... Feeding the garden gnomes? Or the neighborhood elves? I'm pretty sure we don't have any ducks around... Very curious. Very curious indeed. Just another reason I hate living in an apartment. At least we're upstairs. Maybe the mice, rats, chipmunks, etc. won't be able to climb up here... (hopefully)


dinner and such

I made a quick dinner tonight. Tamale Pie from Simply Recipes and a cherry crisp. Yum. I was a little skeptical about the tamale pie but it turned out well. I thought the cornbread topping would be soggy or undercooked, but it turned out OK. I'm a little worried about leftovers being soupy, but I'm sure it will still taste good.

Ugh. I was so sick this morning with a migraine. I've been having them really frequently lately. Not fun. I'm still trying to figure out what I'm going to do to fix them... Easier said than done I think. I really don't want to take a daily medication, but maybe I'm going down that road. Hope not.

In lighter news... I'm LOVING my new camera. It was one of those purchases that I really didn't need, but god did I want. I had a little buyer's guilt after I bought it, but it's making me happy. And lord knows you can't put a price on that. Right? Right. I also finally downloaded Picasa to mess around with my pictures a little and I'm having fun with that too (as you can see from the picture above). Who knew you could entertain yourself so well with a little blog and a little camera...


more classic cars

There was a really cool car show today in West Allis. We walked around for awhile, tested the new camera. It rained a crazy downpour for a few minutes, but it was so hot out it actually felt good. I'm seriously sick of this heat wave... I love the Super Bee picture and the whitewalls. I think when I get old I might have to get a cool old car. There's just something about the old grills and the chrome... And they're fun to take pictures of too.


well, hello there!

to my new little friend...

I've been eyeing up this camera for some time now. And my willpower does have its limits... So here it is. My brand-spanking new Panasonic TZ3. It's really nice. I've never had a nice camera before... So I'm hoping this one will last me a while. I'm trying to figure out how to use all the different modes and whatnot, so I think we're going to have to go picture-taking this weekend. It's so hot out though! Over 80 degrees in October... Yuck. I'm ready for fall.

Cool weather and falling leaves, bring it on...


birds of worry

"The birds of worry and care fly above your head, this you cannot change. That they build nests there, this you can prevent."

I have been thinking about worry the past couple of days. Eric's sister had a friend disappear Monday. She just vanished from Mt Horeb of all places. How scary is that?? Well she's found now, but still... Makes you stop and think a little. The uncertainty her family must have felt. Nowhere to even start to look from...

And today at work I found out another nurse I work with (who's the same age as me) found out her husband has a brain tumor yesterday. And it's a big one too. He's having surgery tonight... So I'm worrying a little for them too. I can't even imagine having someone I love have that kind of uncertainty about their health, future. I hope, hope, hope he'll be OK. I'm trying not to let those birds nest... People with beautiful little babies aren't supposed to leave out of the blue... And girls my age should not have husbands with brain tumors. It's not OK. Not OK at all.