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Wisconsin’s Getting Ready for Us

I’m so excited to for our trip back home! I can’t wait to see everyone and get a good dose of all the things I’ve missed. I’m all packed and ready to go, and I’m about to go to bed early so I can rise and function for our early flight in the morning.

This morning in my preparatory excitement I checked the upcoming weather for Green Bay. (I am my father’s daughter.) I was surprised to see an incredible lineup:

Can this be right!?

Spoiler: No.

I checked the weather again tonight, just to be sure. I haven’t been away so long that I’ve started trusting Wisconsin weather reports. That’s when an entirely new forecast finally revealed itself.

I knew it.

Within the span of a day everything has changed! Oh geez. There’ll be rain, obviously. Thunderstorms even. It’s like Green Bay knew we hadn’t seen a thunderstorm in months and was more than ready to surprise us with one. Wow, thanks!

Looks like we’ll be going from this:

poolside

This very afternoon at our pool.

To this:

But then again, maybe not. What’s the saying? If you don’t like the weather in Wisconsin, wait five minutes? Yeah, maybe it won’t rain at all. I’m keeping my hopes up. No matter what the weather, the trip back will be awesome. Can’t wait to see everyone!

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The Sunset Strip Market

Last night we went to the Sunset Strip Market, expecting to find a farmers’ market that closed down part of the Sunset Strip and had banging activities all over.

This is what the website made it look like. Cool, right?

In Green Bay there used to be a farmers’ market on Wednesdays that was always super hopping and full of cool stuff to do, so we figured West Hollywood would really bring it.

Wrong.

That tiny area was it.

THIS is what it was. That tiny area was it.

The entire setup was maybe 1/2 a block. There was a “50’s/60’s band” playing (the lead singer was dressed as Elvis), and there was one beer vendor, one wine vendor, and a few food vendors (maybe 10?). At first we were so disappointed that Darin wanted to go back to the Valley and have dinner. Then I figured, hey, we drove all the way over here, let’s at least have a drink and make the most of it. Darin got a beer, I got a glass of wine ($8 each) and then we went and got a huge S’mores candy apple ($7, totally worth it).

My head, for scale.

My head, for scale.

We sat on a hay bale and shared our diabetes-inducing snack, and then people-watched for a little bit. As usual, LA didn’t disappoint. However, there weren’t a whole lot of people there to watch, so after about 15 minutes we decided to head out and find a restaurant on Sunset to have dinner.

We ended up crossing the street and having dinner at State Social House, on the corner of Sunset and Palm (because California). We got to watch some of the sexiest cars ever made drive past us while the sun went down.  I had a whiskey turkey burger, so the night wasn’t lost.

We talked about how shocking it was that a place as big as LA could host a weekly market that was so small and underwhelming. Green Bay did it better, and with not even 3% of the population. What the heck is up with that?

 

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One Month Until We’re Back in Wisco

Hell yeah!

A month from now we’ll be taking our first trip back to Wisconsin since moving out to California. We’re visiting in August, so hopefully the weather won’t be too much of a shock. (It’ll be the weather during the winter holiday visit that we’ll have to watch out for.) We haven’t seen rain in months, so we’ll melt if it rains while we’re visiting. Darin actually mentioned just last night how much he’d love to have a thunderstorm. Me? I’m all good with the constant sun.

Some things we’re looking forward to on our visit back home:

  • Seeing friends & family, obviously. We’ve timed our visit so that we can enjoy Miranda and Pete’s wedding reception before they sail around the world together. (God, they’re cool.) That will account for our Saturday evening, so we’ve got another few days to fill with a ton of other stuff. Stuff like:
  • Breakfast at Lox, Stock’n Bagel with the family and the Press-Gazette crossword. I hope they have the scones I like that weekend!
  • Drinks at Lorelei. I’m hoping Dave and/or Bart are working, because they make some killer beverages. Hell, Bart just nods and knows what I want. I hope they haven’t forgotten me!
  • I want to go gaze upon and judge the size of the new Pro Shop expansion, which looks utterly ridiculous. Maybe I’ll score another hat, since my last disappeared at that ultra cold playoff game. Then again, what the heck am I going to do with a winter hat in CA? Maybe I’ll buy a tank top. Or another pair of awkward shorts with “PACKERS” emblazoned on the butt so everyone here can wonder what that’s about.
  • Speaking of the Packers, we’ll be in town for the first pre-season game on Friday night. Maybe they’ll play it at the Lorelei and we can kill two birds with one stone. Too bad it’s an away game, or I’d want to go.
  • Darin had mentioned wanted to grill out with his family, and I’d like to grill out with mine, too. That, or have some of my mom’s lasagna. It’s the best lasagna there is. Either way, having some home-cooked food would be awesome. We cook out here, but it’s not the same. It’s not infused with love.
  • Old Fashioneds – we miss them. Bars out here don’t know what you’re talking about when you order one. Occasionally, they list them under specialty cocktails, but they’re mostly bad. We’ve only found one place out here has decent ones, and they’re $10 a pop. (My brother makes better ones anyway. I’d give him $10 for one right about now. Sheesh.)
  • The lazy Wisconsin pace. Out here, there’s a gazillion people all trying to get from point A to point B on the same damn highway at any given moment, honking and being upset. Everyone is go, go, go. I seem to remember there being a bit less commotion in da Bay. Less to do and more time to do it in, because you don’t spend half your day in traffic. Sign me up.

I’m super excited to get back to Wisco and see everyone. We’re looking for someone to take care of our cats while we’re gone, but other than that our plans are all set! When we pack, we’ll have to check the forecast for the first time in months, so we know we’re bringing the right clothes along. I’ll probably even bring a jacket, because anything goes in Wisconsin!

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48 Good Reasons to Move

According to the Press-Gazette, Green Bay is as cold as it’s ever been.

It was minus 2 in Green Bay at 6:53 a.m., according to the National Weather Service office in Ashwaubenon.

That tied the record set in 1976-77 for the most days with subzero temperatures in a winter at 48.

Looks like it’s a good time to move to Cali. While there are a lot of things I’ll miss about Green Bay, the subzero temperatures aren’t one of them.

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Good Morning from Sherman Oaks

After this cold sunset leaving Green Bay last night:

Brrr

Brrr

It’s nice waking up to this:

The view from our hotel room.

The view from our hotel room.

You can see the 405 (pretty packed) heading through the Hollywood Hills. Lots of trees and sun. Time for breakfast!

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