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Long Hours, Concerts, and Birthdays

Good morning on a chilly Thursday. Ben and I just got back from a mini vacation away from the crazy work stuff that’s been consuming my every waking moment these past few weeks.  I’ve been under a lot of stress with work and staying until 6:30/7ish each night getting things done. It’s mentally and physically exhausting. I haven’t really been feeling any better physically and I wonder how much is stress versus anything else. So, how do you get rid of stress long enough for it to make a physical difference? Move to a resort in Mexico for 6 months? Ha. Maybe.

So let me recap the last couple of weeks for you: get out of bed, go to work, come home, eat dinner, fall asleep on couch, repeat. 🙂

We did have a fun event last week though. Ben and I went to the “I Love the 90s” concert in town.

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They had a bunch of people from the 90s sharing their one or two top hits: Young MC, Tone Loc, Coolio, Salt n Pepa, and Vanilla Ice. I have to admit even being a 90’s music kid, I don’t really remember Tone Loc. I think I missed that part of the 90s. Ha Ha

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While the music and acts were enjoyable and took you way, way back in time, I actually thought the vibe of the crowd was what made it so much fun. I can’t remember ever being to a concert where almost everyone was within 10 years of me. Seriously – there were no younger crowds and no older folks – it felt like they pulled every late 20’s to early 40’s person and slapped metallic jackets, high-waist pants, and grunge shirts on them. Hilarious! I didn’t really remember the 90s as having a definite style but there were tons of people in retro clothing and as we watched them march into the center, the familiarity light bulb went on. Ah-Ha! It’s funny how it all comes back.

This past Monday we celebrated my Mom’s birthday. I tried to get her a birthday cake from my favorite baker (who did our anniversary and wedding cake) but she was booked solid. So in a pinch we tried an Appleton bakery instead. The cake was twice as expensive and not *quite* as good but still really tasty.

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Happy Birthday mom! ❤

We picked out an almond cake with raspberry filling and a whipped cream frosting. The frosting was really good – it wasn’t that sickly sweet icing that almost crunches when you bite into it. This was smooth and only mildly sweet.

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Here’s an odd thing: my new rose bush is STILL in bloom! We’ve had a night or two of frost and yet I’m still getting large, luscious blooms. It’s so exciting to see the plant doing so well.

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My last rose bush didn’t make it through the Winter but this guy has quadrupled in size and looks to be thriving. We’ll see.

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I think my next new rose will need to be something more fragrant. These flowers smell good but not that super-sweet delicious scent that I love so much. These are more mild – like tea roses.

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Hopefully a gentle Winter is on the way so all my new plants will have a chance to strengthen their roots!

It’s supposed to be a high of 51 today. Yikes! The cold wave is coming in. We have the Packer game tonight so we’ll be up late watching that (well, I may fall asleep). Our house needs a good cleaning so I think that’s in store for us this weekend – plus I need to get some posts up to recap our little WI getaway.

 

Have a wonderful day!

Ali

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One Response

  1. Anxious to hear about your WI getaway. My husband and I went to the WI Dells this past Sunday until Tuesday. We had a fun time and the weather was warm and beautiful. First time we ate at Sprechers, food was great! High Rock Cafe is very good, too.

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