• Just Life

    Moving to Madison.

    …whoa. I never imagined it would be a week before I could post…but the internet was just installed Saturday. and we had things to do … like make a very last-minute appearance at her company picnic! yep, I got to see her office and the rest of the Epic campus from the inside (2 dots on my fitbit!). Sara’s team is located in the lower level of The Barn (part of Farm Campus which is three buildings – the  Barn, the Stables and the Shed). It’s decorated in a farm theme on the inside, too. There are sheep that apparently move to new spots each night and a conference room…

  • Knitting

    Prettiest Ever.

    …today’s photo prompt is “I never…” At this point, it seems most of my “nevers” are either life choices or bucket list items that I’m unlikely to check off on a random Tuesday in July. But I had the distinct pleasure yesterday to show off my completed Through the Loops Mystery Shawl… and I have to say, I’ve never knitted anything prettier. Raveled here The shawl pattern was released in five segments (“clues” to those familiar with “mystery” knit alongs) and we didn’t know until the fifth clue was released on June 29 how it would look in the end. This is my third time knitting one of Kirsten’s lace…

  • Just Life

    Safe Travels.

    …the view from my driveway about 9:25 this morning. I posted the photo on Instagram along with the (only slightly) tongue in cheek comment that I hoped Siri had a good night’s rest last night. She’ll be giving Sara turn by turn directions and sending me texts about every two hours or when a new state comes up. Her last text was from Kentucky. Then there’s a good stretch through Indiana before she makes a hard left turn into Illinois to spend the night in Champaign. Tomorrow’s drive is – thankfully – a lot shorter. Since she left, I’ve walked Holly to the lake (a little over an hour’s walk),…

  • Just Life

    Weekending.

    …I’m typing this at my usual spot in the kitchen and Sara is beside me making calls (relocating involves no end of phone calls) and I can’t help but think how different it will be a week from now. I’m thinking I’ll likely be sitting here…but Sara will be at work. in Wisconsin. (yikes!) We started Friday afternoon with a three-of-us lunch at our favorite Bistro VG. We’ve enjoyed so many three-of-us lunches here, going back to when Sara was in middle school and Katie was in her first year of college. Our conversations have covered so much – high school, prom, jobs, boyfriends, girlfriends, sororities, spring breaks, college, study…

  • Just Life

    Friday Flashback and a Quick FO.

    …five summers ago, Katie and I were headed to NYC to move her into her first post-college apartment. So many things about Sara’s move are very different…but some are much the same. Katie…    and Sara. I am very grateful that it seems both girls have inherited Marc’s handyman skills. Goodness knows I have none to share! And now for the FO part. This is my Linen Poncho. I’ve already written about it for the shop, but these two photos are new (it’s nice having someone home who’s comfortable using my camera!) I am delighted with it. There is surely a third poncho in my knitting future for this fall/winter…

  • Just Life

    Greetings from Madison | One Last Time.

    …at least until next month. Sara got a call while I was in the shower that her application was approved (in less than 24 hours and no co-signer required – yay!) So much for a leisurely morning in our room. We quickly dressed, packed and checked out and shortly after 11 we were here. That’s Sara – signing all on her own! Fifteen minutes later we were on our way to Penzey’s. It was wonderful; look forward to another visit soon…and to this shop (Vom Fass) that was right next door. Seriously. Not only do they have a great selection of oil and vinegar, they have spirits – infused vodka,…

  • Just Life

    Greetings from Madison | Three.

    …we fly home this afternoon, tired, but happy. The apartments we saw yesterday morning (“outdated inner city” and “concrete views”) didn’t come close to changing Sara’s mind about the lakeview apartment we saw first. We went back there late yesterday morning for one more look. Turned out that a unit with a slightly better view and layout had just become available. She submitted the application and now it’s fingers and toes crossed it’s approved. The building is still very much under construction but if you use your imagination you can see the potential: upper left is the view from the back of the living room (lake is just visible between…

  • Just Life

    Greetings from Madison | Two.

    …Madison is showing us a great time! the weather has been delightful (it was a bit chilly yesterday morning and I worried briefly that we hadn’t packed warm enough clothes, but the day turned fine; today was pleasantly warm with a nice breeze), the people warm and friendly, the sights colorful…and the food…delicious. Even the driving and the parking has been ok. We’re starting to navigate a bit on our own and love that things that seem far apart on the map are only a 15 or 20 minute drive away. As I type this, we’re watching House Hunters (Sara is a recent convert to HGTV and it’s been fun…

  • Just Life

    Greetings from Madison | One.

    …after a r-e-a-l-l-y bumpy flight (clouds are pretty to look at but whoa, hard to fly through) we landed on-time. First impression from the air – lots of water and so green. We are staying in Middleton, on the west side of Madison; it seems very suburban here, just like home! except that we saw silos and windmills on our drive from the airport.  Sara is hoping to live in town, so all the apartments we have appointments to see and the restaurants and other activities we have planned mean driving. Not my favorite but so far the only negative. We settled into the hotel and then headed into town…