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The Lake House Lottery

March 26, 2012

Late last fall after a fishing trip with my dad I began to fantasize about one day owning a lake house.  Not so much for fishing, but for swimming, relaxing, long weekends, etc.  Of course, there is no feasible way that our budget could support purchasing a lake house so this was 100% a fantasy, but that didn’t stop me from bringing it up regularly in conversations with Dave.  So, at one point in complete and utter exhaustion when I was pressing the issue Dave blurted out, “If we win the lottery, you can buy a lake house.”  JUST the opportunity I was looking for.

This statement from Dave evolved into a New Year’s resolution…  To play the lottery!  I set parameters on the resolution, 1) I have to play it once a month and 2) the game I’m playing has to have a maximum jackpot that could actually pay for a lake house (after taxes).  I highly recommend developing New Year’s resolutions of this nature.  They are much easier to keep.  After declaring this resolution I titled my project… “The Lake House Lottery.”

While I have never won the lottery, and never truly anticipate that changing, this has been one of the most enjoyable life projects I have participated in.  For example, tonight Dave and I walked to the closest gas station and purchased one ticket (always a quick pick) for $1.  This is money well spent.  The 20-30 minutes that we spend walking back and talking/dreaming about how we will spend our millions is absolutely priceless.  How will we gift it?  Church?  Education?  Scholarships?  Will we gift some to you?  Will we quit our jobs (doubtful)?  Buy a new car (no)?  Does my mom get her red convertible (yes)?  My dad a trip to Alaska (for sure!)?  The biggest question… lump sum or payments over time? 

Hopefully someday my photo of the day will be Dave and I standing in front of our lake house.  Wish us luck!


You’re in Sun Devil Country

While the weather has been beautiful here in Wisconsin I one-upped the 70’s and went straight to the 80’s in beautiful Arizona for a conference.  While I barely slept and concentrated until my head hurt I still found time to fit in some fun, particularly with my parents and aunt the night before the conference started. 

I spent a good part of my childhood vacationing in Arizona visiting my grandma and have a lot of great memories in the state.  I made a few more great memories last week.  Here’s the first one…

March 10, 2012:  Rattlesnake

I love this next picture because of the story behind it.  See that plateau in the background?  It’s called Vulture Peak.  What I love about it is that my Grandma K. climbed it, when she was 70!  I love her chutzpah and aspire to be like her when I’m 70.  My goal is to climb Vulture Peak long before I’m 70 though.  Maybe I’ll climb it next year, if my parents officially become AZ snowbirds so Dave and I can visit.  (Mom, are you reading this?  Make sure Dad reads it too.)

March 11, 2012:  Vulture Peak

And just for the record I stayed until the very end of the conference, until the very last session.  Here is the proof.

March 14, 2012:  Bill Richardson

One last bonus picture… me and my crew in AZ.

My Work Keeps Things Interesting

I’d like to think that if it weren’t for my work I would still have a fabulously interesting life with interesting hobbies and a zest to go out regularly and experience new things.  Unfortunately, I doubt that would be the case.  It would probably be much more likely to find me home, in my pajamas by 6 p.m., reading a book or going for a walk.  Luckily I have a great job that keeps things interesting and I am surrounded by creative people who produce amazing work.  Here is a taste of what I’ve experienced over the last few weeks…

February 8, 2012:  Think Global, Act Rural

Dave and I went to this film during the UWM French Film Festival.  About two hours before the film it occurred to me that the film would be in French, oops.

February 15, 2012:  Pieces:  In My Own Voice

This is an amazing play about mental health and mental illness.  The photo credit for this day goes to Dominique Portis, I traded in my blurry, dark shot for one of his masterpieces.

February 23, 2012:  Evalyn Parry in the Union Art Gallery

Evalyn Parry is a singer/songwriter from Canada.  Check her out:  http://evalynparry.com/.  Evalyn performed as part of our Heroines and Hellions series in honor of Women’s History Month.  She performed in front of a art installation by Liz Miller that had a striking resemblence to a giant vagina, completely appropriate for this fiesty female artist. 

February 27, 2012:  African American Fillm Series, Seven Songs for Malcolm X

March 2, 2012:  Jean Grae

Another Heroine and Hellion, Jean Grae.  She’s great too!  http://www.facebook.com/JeanGrae

March 2, 2012:  Gallery Opening for Sleeping Inside Our Bodies

See, luckily my job keeps things interesting.  Otherwise most of the pictures in my blog would look more like this…

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