Jeremy Allen’s Grand Illusions Show in Wisconsin Dells

A week ago (June 19) my husband and I went to Wisconsin Dells, or “The Dells” as they are referred to by most Wisconsinites. We had some Dells Season Opener coupon books to use up before July, so we decided to go for a couple of days.  One of the things in the coupon book is the Jeremy Allen’s Grand Illusions.  I believe it was $6 per person for general admission tickets.

We decided to go see it Thursday night and we called a few hours before the show and learned the general admission tickets were sold out so we had to upgrade $10 per ticket to get in.  So we upgraded the tickets.  I crossed my fingers that the show would be good since we were spending more on it than originally planned.

We went to dinner and then headed to the show, which is in a little mini-mall right by Timber Falls (if you are familiar with the area).  That immediately gave me a bad feeling, but I told myself not to make judgments yet.  We went to the Will Call table to pick up our tickets.  Based on the size of the inside, I wasn’t feeling any better about things yet.  We also noticed it was pretty cold in the building, and learned from the Will Call girl that it doesn’t get any warmer in the “theater”.   We went back out to our car to get some jackets, which actually came more in handy than we thought.  I’ll get to that later…

10 minutes later we were in our seats, which were fold up chairs with burlap over them.  Classy. We were in the second row, two seats away from the stage on the left side.  The stage has a “catwalk” to the middle of the room, where some of the illusions are performed.  The stage was set up to look outdoorsy and there was the sound of crickets, which annoyed my husband.  There was also top 40 music playing, which was weird along with the cricket sound.  The music seemed rather loud at times, and this is coming from a young woman who likes her music loud!  A bird flew out from backstage at one point and went into the rafters.  We thought this might be part of the intro to the show, but no.  It took awhile for the show to actually start.

When the show did start, some dancers wearing afro wigs and robes that looked like they were made out of quilts.  They did some dancing and drum-beating and then started messing with a wood box. They opened it to show us it was empty, closed it, opened it again and out came a bunch of birds and Jeremy Allen.  The birds flew into the rafters and stayed there for the rest of the show.

Next he had an assistant get into a box standing up and made it look like he was stretching her out, then he performed some levitating tricks with a piece of paper and a stool.  The stool was kind of impressive since he had it go into the audience a bit.  There was a lot of him and his assistant disappearing and reappearing in other places.  I guess I prefer those illusions since I usually can’t figure out exactly how it is done.

He got some kids up on stage and did a marshmallow trick with them and then scared them by having an assistant in a tiger costume come out of a tent.  That was sort of amusing.  Otherwise, it was honestly difficult to concentrate on the show since the birds in the rafters kept moving around.  Some of them were walking around near our feet.  Others were up in the rafters above us, and eventually they started pooping, as birds do.  At that point, I was glad that  had my coat on.  I was able to put the hood up to defend myself from possible bird poop in my hair.  Luckily, I didn’t get pooped on, but it still distracted me from enjoying the show.

On some nights, they have tigers in the show.  I don’t know that I would feel safe going to one of the shows with the tigers in it, to be honest.  Seeing the way they handled the birds…

All in all, it wasn’t a terrible show. It wasn’t a great show either.  I would have felt better about it if we hadn’t spent more just to get in.  I would recommend this more for families with young children that might get more of a kick out of it.  I also recommend that you watch out for bird poop!


The Night Before Our Stars: An Early Viewing of The Fault in Our Stars

When my husband and I went to see The Amazing Spider-Man last week, I happened to notice the advertisement for the event The Night Before Our Stars.  It is an early showing of The Fault in Our Stars movie, which is based on the book of the same name. I purchased tickets on the way out, and I’m very glad I did since it is now SOLD OUT.

I love this book, as well as the author John Green!  I follow John Green on Facebook and Twitter and all of that, so I’ve been keeping up to date on the movie release.  I watched the trailer multiple times on youtube, and I made my husband sit through them when they came on TV instead of fast forwarding through like we do with most other commercials.  So, I obviously knew the movie was coming out June 6th and I was planning to drag my husband to go see it with me.

The tickets to this early showing are quite a bit more than what I would usually spend on a movie, but come on! To me, this is a rare opportunity!  I get to see a movie I have been excited for, get free popcorn (I am a Magical Movie Rewards member), AND there is a simulcast afterward where they show John Green’s cameo, which was deleted scene.  I think they also do a Q&A with John Green, Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolf.  I’m pretty excited to see John Green.  It won’t be in person, but this may be as good as it gets for me!  I am a big fan of his since he basically does what I would love to do.  Author Young Adult novels.  Heck, I’d like to write any kind of novel at this point!

As I am writing this now, it is the day of the show.  I will finish this post either tonight after the movie, or tomorrow!

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It is now tomorrow, er…today, but tomorrow in regards to what I said earlier.  You get it.

Well, last night was quite an experience! We got in the line that was waiting outside, which wasn’t horribly long. We only had to wait about 10-15 minutes to be let in.  We got inside, got our seats and I headed to the concessions for our 2 free popcorns.  I got in line behind a girl and she commented on my shirt saying it was her favorite quote from the movie, which is “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations”. She corrected herself and said it was her favorite quote from the book.  I hadn’t even caught the mistake, but me had a chuckle over it and she told me her friend’s mom (whom she’d come with) had brought a whole box of tissues.  Smart woman.

While we waited for the movie to begin, the following screens showed, along with a song from the movie:

Before the movie began, there were limited previews, and then John Green came on the screen to welcome us to the movie.  Then, the movie began!

I do not want to do any spoilers for anyone who may not have read the book or seen the movie yet.  I will tell you that it was even better than I expected.  I bawled my eyes out and did an ugly cry.  My husband laughed at me.  Apparently he was able to choose not to cry.  He was one of the few.  The theater was full of sobbing women.

Though it was a tearjerker, much like the book, there were humorous parts as well.  If you have read the book, you know all about that.  Isaac, played by Nat Wolff, was incredibly funny to me.  As, of course, was Gus, played by Ansel Elgort.

The one thing I could have done without during the movie was all of the teenage girls going “Awww!” every time Gus was on the screen for the first half of the movie, and other parts throughout. But, I guess that’s what you get for going to a Young Adult movie!

All in all, the movie was fantastic, and I highly recommend it.  Just be warned, there is a likelihood you will cry, so bring some tissues.

After the movie, the credits rolled and we waited from the Live Q&A.  Birdy, a musician who has a song on the soundtrack, played two of her songs, “Not About Angels” and “Skinny Love”.

During the Q&A, we learned what John Green’s favorite scene from the movie was: (SPOILER ALERT) The eulogy scene in the church.  There were plenty of other things discussed, but I cannot remember all of them at this point. Perhaps I will add them to this post if I recall them later. I got a few pictures of the Q&A, most of them are blurry, but here are a few of them that turned out OK-ish.

Ansel Elgort (Gus), Shailene Woodley (Hazel) and Nat Wolff (Issac)
John Green (Author) and Josh Boone (Director)
John Green, Josh Boone, Ansel Elgort, Shailene Woodley, Nat Wolff, and Wyck Godfrey (Producer)
Ansel Elgort (Gus) and Shailene Woodley (Hazel)
Shailene Woodley (Hazel)
Hard to see, but the person’s Twitter handle is humorous

After the Q&A Nat Wolff and his brother Alex Wolff performed two songs.  Then we got to see John Green’s cameo, which was cut from the film for time.

Nat & Alex Wolff performing
John Green’s Cameo

And that was it for my Night Before Our Stars experience. My husband and I got out of the theater pretty quickly, got our poster and charm bracelets (bracelets may be on Amazon in the future), or our “Swag swag” as my husband referred to it, and were on our way out of the building when I realized I had forgotten my cardigan on my seat.  So, I fought my way back through the crowd into the theater, got my cardigan and waited in the line of people filing out.  I was able to give some girls behind me a preview of the poster before they got theirs.

Our swag swag!


Charm Bracelet


And I think that is the end!

Reasons to Live in Wisconsin?

In my previous post, I mentioned at the end that my husband and I are thinking about moving out of Wisconsin.  There are many reasons for us wanting to leave (which I will get to throughout this post) and only a couple of reasons to stay.

  1. 1. This is where our families are. Right now we live near most of my husband’s family and about an hour from my parents.
  2. 2.  This is the only state we are familiar with.  This doesn’t seem to be a reason to stay for my husband, but I am nervous to move out of state.

Basically the only reason that we live in Wisconsin is because this is where are families are for the most part.  Well, you would think that we would see our families all the time since we are so close.  Especially since my in-laws live a whole 15 minutes away.  Not the case.  We talk to our families plenty, but we don’t actually see them all that much.  We see them for holidays, around our birthdays, and a couple of other times throughout the year for dinners and what not.  This is partly due to weather half of the year.  It is often to cold or too snowy in Wisconsin to go too far from home.  Very annoying.

That brings us to one of the main reasons we want to leave Wisconsin: the weather.  We had three Polar Vortexes this past winter. THREE.  I didn’t even know what a Polar Vortex was before that.  Now I am aware, and I hate them.   I really hate the cold.  You would think I would be used to it after dealing with it for 28 years, but no.  Every winter, my mind and body are shocked by how cold it can get.  I don’t take part in any winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, or snowmobiling.  So, I have no reason to look forward to snow or cold.

I enjoy taking walks and would like to be a more active person outside, but it is hard to get into anything when there are so few days that are enjoyable to be outside.  Honestly, if Wisconsin’s 4 seasons were a little more evenly spread out, it would be lovely.  If we got 3-4 months of each season, winter wouldn’t seem so awful.  But Winter often sneaks up on us when it is supposed to be Fall and doesn’t leave until Spring is nearly over.  It is not uncommon for it to be 30-40 degrees one day and then be 80 the next day.  It is incredibly annoying.  We don’t get to experience much of Spring or Fall, which are typically my favorite seasons.  We get what seems like half a year of the snow, cold and general awfulness that is Winter.  Then we get a few nice 50-60 degree days.  Then we get some more snow in May.  Then we get some rain and then finally (if we are lucky) we get 70-80 degree days in June.  If the seasons could come and go a little more gracefully, it would be appreciated.

Another reason we want to leave is the economy, which is where it is due to our government.  We are being run by Scott Walker, and he has done little to no good for our state.   Half the people in Wisconsin would disagree with me on that.  They are entitled to their opinion.  All I know is that he made a lot of Wisconsinites believe that government employees are lazy people.  This includes teachers and nurses.  I know many teachers and not one of them is a lazy person.  They all work more hours than they get paid for and basically live paycheck to paycheck. My mother is a nurse and she has worked nights, weekends, holidays and overtime since before I was born.  Scott Walker also cut the budget for the education system, including libraries. This essentially the worst thing he could have done.  Now there are many Wisconsin schools struggling.  On a personal level for me, public library budgets were cut.  I went to school for Library Science and I haven’t been able to find a job in a library since I graduated with a Master’s 2 years ago. Not even a part-time job that pays minimal and offers little to no benefits.  Those are the only available jobs, and there are a lot of us fighting for those jobs.  This article backs up pretty much everything I have said so far: Why are people leaving Wisconsin? State ranked in top 10 for out-migration.

Luckily for me, my husband owns and operates an e-commerce toy business,  I was able to start assisting him with this home business back when we were dating and I first moved in with him about 4 years ago.  The business now supports the both of us.  We have a nice house in a nice area in a suburb of Green Bay. So, we are doing well.  I got very lucky.

Now, on some less serious notes…

I was reading through an article, 29 Reasons You Should Live in Wisconsin, and it was more of a list of reasons why I shouldn’t live in Wisconsin! Of course, this is just for my own personal reasons.

Its Beervana: Wisconsinites love beer so much, our baseball team is named  the Milwaukee Brewers.  I have personally never liked beer.  I know, its weird!  I’ve tried it plenty of times and I just can’t get past the taste.  It is apparently an acquired taste, but I don’t really care to acquire it.  I can tolerate Berry Weiss from Lenienkugels, but I don’t really care much for that either.

The Packers:  I think I made it clear in my last post that I don’t care about sports.  I am a Packer fan, and I root for them, but I don’t care to sit down and watch an entire game.  There is way too much starting and stopping, it just loses my interest. I don’t mind going to a Brewer game a time or two a year, and I enjoy going to our local Green Bay Gambler hockey games.  But, when it comes to watching sports on TV, no thanks.  It has to be a very close game for me to give a rat’s pa toot.  Even then.  Baseball is no better really on TV.  Those games can take forever.

I am not a fan of any athletes.  They are just guys that get paid way too much, in my opinion.  I don’t actively hate any of them, aside from the ones that have done terrible things like rape or murder other people.  I don’t think Michael Vick should have been accepted back to football after what he did with dog fighting.  I don’t think any athletes are gods the way some other people seem to think.

You may think it odd that I live in the Green Bay area and I don’t love football.  To me, a home football game just means that I probably wont want to leave the house for most of that day due to traffic.  Another reason for us to head out of Wisconsin!

Cheese:  OK, the cheese is something I will miss if we leave.  I am sure there will be cheese in whatever state we may end up in, but I don’t think there will be such an abundance.  I love cheese and I like to have many cheese options available to me.





The Water park Capital of the World:  For some reason, Wisconsin holds this title.  We have the Wisconsin Dells, which has over 20 water parks including Noah’s Ark, Mount Olympus, Kalahari, The Wilderness, and so many more.  I have gone on some trips to the Dells and it is a fun and unique place to visit.   Its just a bit odd to me that a state that is known mostly for being cold and snowy is the Water park Capital.

Ice Fishing: This combines multiple things I dislike: Fishing, cold, and often beer.  No thanks.


Hunting:  I’m not big on guns.  I just don’t trust myself to not accidentally shoot my own foot off.  I do think its OK for other people to own and use guns, especially to defend themselves in their homes. I don’t think anyone needs a machine gun, but that’s another topic. I love animals.  I cannot imagine getting up in the wee hours of the morning to sit in the woods and wait for an animal to come so that I can shoot it.  I would have to be in a life or death situation in order to shoot an animal.

To summarize, beer, cheese, fishin’ (ice or regular), huntin’ and sports are all very important to most Wisconsinites. Not this one!  I would miss cheese, but otherwise I can do without participating in or hearing about any of the other things.

I’m not sure that I truly belong in this state!



My Life in Wisconsin

I have lived in Wisconsin all 28 years of my life.  I grew up in the small town of Iola (technically a village).  Iola is a tiny, boring town for the most part.  Aside from one weekend in the summer when the Iola Old Car Show, which used to be the Midwest’s Biggest old Car Show and Swap Meet, now it is deemed the Greatest instead of the Biggest apparently.  So, for about three days each summer, Iola is a booming town.  The rest of the time, not much goes on.

I never cared much for Iola while I was growing up.  Not to say it was a terrible place or that I had a terrible childhood.  It has a great school district that prepared me well for college.  However, I wish they had focused a little more on the arts and not so much on the sports.  Basically, if you did not play sports at Iola-Scandinavia, you were not going to be popular, it seemed.  Well, I was not and still am not interested in sports.  At least not team sports.  I have always liked tennis and badminton.  But, I only ever got to enjoy those for about a week each year.  I was never any good at most sports and I suffered through them enough in gym class, I didn’t want to have to suffer through more after school.  Honestly gym class was a personal hell for me on most days. Still, to this day, I cringe when I am invited to take part in a simple volleyball game at a family reunion.

The whole town is sports-oriented.  Perhaps because there isn’t a whole lot else to do besides go to sporting events.  Though I would prefer to watch sports than actually take part in them, still not my favorite thing to do.  The only place for teens to hang out nearby was at the bowling alley, Silver Lake Lanes in Scandinavia.  Needless to say, I was excited (and a bit scared of course) to move away for college.

I moved 3 hours away to Whitewater to attend UW-Whitewater.  Though this is a bigger town than Iola, there isn’t a whole lot more to do there than there was in Iola.  There were stoplights, which Iola had zero of.  There was also more than Subway and a couple of town diners to choose from for restaurants.  This was a good step for me to take.  I don’t know if I would have handled going from little Iola to a metropolis like Milwaukee.

I lived dorms and apartments (with my college boyfriend) in Whitewater for 4.5 years until I graduated and moved back home.  I unfortunately didn’t have a job lined up right away.  So shocking for an English Major/Library Media Minor! Back to Iola I went. Depressing. It would have been worse if one of my best friends wasn’t still living in Iola while finishing college 1/2 hour away.  I also took quite a few trips back down to Whitewater to visit my college friends who were still in that area (which is actually most of them).

About 8 months after college graduation, I was signed up to take online classes from UW-Milwaukee towards a Masters in Library Science.  I had possible plans of moving to Milwaukee in the near future so I could take onsite classes.  But, then I met my future husband on Facebook of all places.  We sort of already knew each other, as we had both gone to UW-Whitewater, lived in the same apartment complex and had been virtual Myspace/Facebook friends for years.  We hadn’t officially met in person though.  Turns out he lived just over and hour away from Iola, in De Pere.  De Pere is basically Green Bay.  We would meet in Appleton, which is about halfway between our homes.

This went on for about a month, then I got a Limited Term job in Janesville, so I moved in with my aunt who lives there for 9 months.  I would travel up to Green Bay most weekends to see my boyfriend (future husband), so we kept the relationship going just fine while I was “away”.  Once my job was over, I moved in with the boyfriend in Green Bay.  A couple years later, we moved to De Pere and that is where we currently reside. Yes, I somehow ended up in Packer-Land Wisconsin, home of the Cheeseheads.  In Green Bay, we lived about a mile from Lambeau Field.  Most people might be excited by this, but its actually more of an irritation for me.  Especially the extra .5% tax I have to pay for the dang football field.  Bah HUMBUG! 🙂

We are currently pondering if we want to stay in Wisconsin forever, or if we might want to move to another state and see what life is like outside of Wisconsin, or even the Midwest…


Xbox One: Trials and Tribulations

Back in Mid-December, my husband and I had decided to get either an Xbox One or a PS4 as our Christmas gift to one another. I wasn’t sure which console to go with, but I leaned toward the Xbox One for the Kinect.  We happened to find Xbox Ones at Costco for a little cheaper than they were at other stores, and since that’s what I was leaning toward anyways, we decided to go ahead and purchase the Xbox One.  My husband bought a few games for each of us as well, Just Dance 2014 and Zumba for me and NBA2K14 and the Madden NFL game for himself.

I made us wait until Christmas to actually set up the Xbox One and Kinect.  We got it going and we both got a chance to play our games a couple of times and I got into the Xbox Fitness, which was available through Xbox Live Gold.  We were pretty happy with our new console.  I loved being able to do workout with the Xbox right at home instead of having to go to the gym.  I liked being able to see and feel the progress I was making.  After my first workout, I definitely felt it the next couple of days.  So, I was getting quite a bit of use out of the Xbox.

My husband had one incident while playing NBA2K14 where the whole system just randomly shut down.  He unplugged it for awhile and then everything seemed fine.  Then it happened again to me after one of my workouts, which was very annoying.  Then, in early February, I went to do a workout and noticed that the Kinect was no longer lit up and the screen told me that the Kinect was unplugged.  I checked the plug in the back of the console, but all seemed good back there. Tried shutting everything down and rebooting it, no luck.  So, I contacted Xbox Support and after going over all the steps I had already tried from the online suggestions, it was decided that I would send in my Kinect and they would replace it with a new one.  This was a replacement, I was told, not a Repair.  According to them it would take about 10 days in all for me to get a Kinect back.  They filled out some form online for me, I sent my Kinect in using the instructions they gave me and then I waited. And waited….and waited some more.

I was informed when the Kinect I sent got to them, and that was the last I heard.  As it was getting close to 10 days later, I contacted Xbox support online to see what was going on and I was told I would receive a Tracking Number within 24 hours.  This did not happen.  I called Xbox support and was told everything was in order and my Kinect was probably sitting on a pallet waiting to leave. OK, well, as long as its on the way….Still no tracking number.

A couple of days later, I still had no tracking number or any idea where my Kinect was, so I contacted Xbox support online again.  I was given a tracking number for my Kinect, only to find out it was for the Kinect I had sent in.  Not helpful.  So, I called Xbox support and was on the phone for 2 hours while a helpful (or as helpful as possible as this point) woman set up some sort of Advanced shipment.  Apparently something had gone wrong on their end so no Kinect was heading my way until this point.  I had been lied to previously.  I got an email the next day telling me my Kinect had been shipped, hooray!  Then, 5 days later, I got the tracking number, which told me that my Kinect was just now leaving Laredo, TX. What the heck?  I thought it was already on its way?  Oh well, at least I know where it is now, I guess. At this point it has been over a month since I sent out my Kinect (long over the 10 day turnaround I was told to expect in the beginning!).

I finally receive my Kinect and I set it up and I use it for a workout and all is well.  Two days later, I go to use it again…the Kinect is “Unplugged” again.  I go through everything I did the first time…same problem.  Come On!!  I did not wait THIS long for it to happen AGAIN!  At this point, I am angry.  I contact online support and I am honestly a little rude with them as they want me to waste 1/2 hour going through the steps I already went through.  After “cooperating” with them and having no luck, they tell me that there was apparently a lot of Xboxes that had an issue connecting with the Kinect and apparently mine is one of them. OK…I guess I’m not the only one with this issue…great?  They tell me the best thing to do would be to do an Advanced Exchange of the Console where they send me a new one (I’m guessing a refurbished one) and when I receive it, I send mine back.  This way, I will not be going without my console. This is good since I have still been using the Xbox One for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and other things that don’t require a Kinect.  The the support guy tells me, “Oh by the way, we will be charging you $15 for the Advanced Exchange, is that okay with you?”  What the heck? No, that is not OK with me!  I’ve gone through all this crap and now I’m paying you $15!? Apparently it is for the shipping costs.  Gee, don’t you think after all I’ve been through, they could foot the bill on that?  It is their fault, after all.  I tell th support guy to find a way to do it without charging me.  This doesn’t work, of course.  I still don’t OK the charge.

The next day, I call support and explain my situation and end up yelling at the guy about what B.S. it is that I am the one paying for their mistakes.  I later apologized to the poor guy, seeing as it isn’t exactly his fault.  I end up footing the bill because otherwise I do the slower shipping method and who knows if I’ll end up having the same issue as I did before with shipping.

A few days later, I get my new Console and sent mine in.  The Kinect did not work with the console. At all.  After another 2+ hpur call with Xbox support, and another $10 on shipping, there was another Kinect being shipped my way.  To be fair to the customer support I worked with this time, I was given 2 months of free Xbox Live Gold.  It did take me one of those hours to actually get the codes for those 2 months, but they did what they could.

A couple days later, I had the new Kinect and lo and behold, it worked!  I did a workout one day and then my husband wanted to play NBA2K14 with me.  We waited for it to be installed (we hadn’t re installed it on the new console yet), chose our teams and played for 2 minutes and the whole system shut down.  Ugh.  We unplugged it, rebooted it, started the game and it shut down again.  That was it.  I could not take it anymore.  I told my husband to do whatever he needed to do, but I wasn’t going to deal with it anymore.  He decided to return it to Costco even though it was over the 90 day return period and the Serial Number no longer matched up due to the Advance Exchanges.  I figured we were just screwed.  But, to my surprise, Costco came through for us!  My husband called me and told me he simply explained the situation to them and let them know the serial numbers wouldn’t match and they took it with no issue.  He then purchased a new Xbox from them, which was cheaper than what we paid for the first one and came with the Forza racing game.  I guess from now on I will just return things when they don’t work instead of trying to go through the company.

(If you have read this far, you are awesome!)

So, that is my rant about Xbox One.  They system is great and we love it when it works.  I do not care for Xbox Support.  There were a few really great support people, usually the ones I spoke to on the phone.  I would recommend speaking to support over the phone instead of online.  Typically when I got spotty information it was through online support.  When I chose to go through online support, it was because the wait time was shorter.

To summarize, we love the Xbox One, especially now that our new one is working well (so far!)  I love the Xbox Fitness and that I can access TV and so many apps and such through the Xbox.  If you have similar issues with your Xbox One, I suggest just returning it to the store if that is an option for you.  Only use Xbox Support if it is the last resort.  I spent way too much of my time explaining things to so many people just to have a lot of them tell me the same useless information multiple times.  Though they did give me 2 months of free Xbox Live Gold, I don’t feel like that was enough compensation for all the time and frustration it all caused me.  I still can’t believe they forced me to pay the $15 and the $10 shipping fees.

Also, Costco is awesome!  They were really awesome about the return.  Plus they are just all around a great business.  They have all kinds of cool products, they have free food samples.  You can seriously go there on an empty stomach and come out full.  Plus, the best thing about them is that they pay their employees decent wages!!  I’m not even an employee, I’m just a consumer and I go out of my way to shop at Costco instead of Walmart.  Not just for that reason, but its one of the biggest ones.

Anyways, I’ll wrap this up before I go way too long (I probably already have).


Do you have an Xbox One?  What has your experience been like?

What is your favorite Xbox One game?


Spring Cleaning

Well the temperature has reached the 50’s here in Wisconsin and most of the snow is melted (at least where I live!).  So, I guess that means it is spring time!  Which also means it is time to do some Spring Cleaning. Woo hoo, right?

I actually started my Spring Cleaning awhile ago.  I was sort of forced to when I started running out of room in my closet.  I have a walk-in closet that I share with my husband.  His stuff takes up less than half of one side of the closet, and yet, I feel like it takes up far more since I could really use the space…

Even though I go through my clothes about twice a year when I change my wardrobe over from spring/summer clothes to fall/winter clothes and take whatever I don’t like or don’t wear anymore to Goodwill, I still have way too many clothes.  At least too many clothes to fit them all in my closet comfortably.  When I am getting ready in the morning, I always feel like I have nothing to wear.  Funny how that works.

Well, I just took 4 boxes of clothing, shoes and accessories to Goodwill today.  Over $1000 worth if I itemize them, which I do!  This didn’t really make my closet any emptier since I have recently been doing some online shopping sprees to catch all the Clearance clothing I want from Delia’s, Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, and Old Navy (among others).  I usually buy clothes as they are going out of season because they are cheaper and I can always wear them next year.  T-shirts I can wear year round with a cardigan over it.

This time around, I think I was pickier about what clothing to keep, and which to give away.  I always feel that way, but then the next time I go through my clothes, I find something that I’m surprised I kept the time before.  But this time, for real, I was pickier.  If I could not recall wearing an item in the past 2 years, it went.  I noticed that my style has been changing quite a bit through the years.  I still had a few sweaters and such that I’ve had since high school, which I graduated from 10 years ago in May.  Yikes!  I can tell my style has become more relaxed, mature and feminine over the years.  I still own some silly T-shirts and whatnot, but the stuff I wear on a regular basis has matured.  Funny how we change so gradually over the years without really noticing.

My Spring Cleaning is unfortunately not over yet.  I will have to clean my car, go through my office/catch-all room again and our basement is always an ongoing project.  We’ve lived in our current house for 2 years and we never quite got our basement in order.  Which we need to since we run a home business from it.  We sell toys/trading cards online. You should check out our website if you are interested! We are constantly adding new stuff!

What Spring Cleaning do you need to do?

What Spring Cleaning job do you enjoy or hate the most?

A to Z About Me

Saw this on someone else’s blog and decided to be a copy cat 🙂

A to Z

A. Attached or single?

Happily attached for over 4 years (over 1 year married!)

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B. Best friend?

My husband.

C. Cake or pie?

Cake!  I know its UnAmerican, but I don’t like pie (unless its chocolate!)

D. Day of choice?

It depends sometimes, but I’ll have to go with Friday because you have the whole weekend ahead of you.

E. Essential item?

Cell phone.  I might not have said this a week ago, but I got locked out of my house without my cell phone and had to ring 4 neighbors doorbells before someone let me use their phone. So, now I don’t like to go anywhere without it…even my own yard.

F. Favorite color?

Blue and purple.

G. Gummy bears or worms?

Worms.  They are just more fun to eat for some reason.

H. Hometown?

Iola, WI.  Population 1,300.

I do not miss it.  Don’t get me wrong, I had a good childhood and all that, but its BORING!

I. Favorite indulgence?


J. January or July?

July.  I hate cold and snow. Which means I live in the wrong state….

K. Kids?

Maybe someday, we’ll see.

L. Life isn’t complete without?

Humor, family, friends, a good book.

M. Marriage date?

September 29, 2012

N. Number of brothers/sisters?

One sister

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O. Oranges or Apples?

Apples. I only like oranges once in awhile…too much work! 🙂

P. Phobias?

Spiders, heights sometimes.

Q. Quotes?

“Procrastinate now, don’t put it off” -Ellen Degeneres

R. Reasons to smile?

Love, my cats, the little things.

S. Season of choice?

Fall, its the prettiest!

T. Tag 5 People.

I only ever really read 2 other blogs…

Nood Mood

Crazy Running Girl

U. Unknown fact about me?

I have two webbed toes.

V. Vegetable?

Corn, peas, broccoli, carrots.

W. Worst habit?

Cracking knuckles and biting nails.  My parents would say my swearing, but I get it from them.  They deny that.

X. X-Ray or ultrasound?


Y. Your favorite food?

Mexican food.  Not many times when I’m not in the mood for it.

Z. Zodiac sign?