lørdag den 11. august 2018

Too cheesy?

Howdy. I am in the airport after spending a few days in Wisconsin. And a visit to Wisconsin will inevitably raise the question “is there such a thing as too cheesy? Before I got here I would have expected the local answer to be a loud and clear “NOPE!”. It turns out though, that the concept of “too much” and “cheese” in the same sentence will throw any local off. They simply do not understand the question. But for myself the answer will be a loud and clear “YES!” after trying to politely eat just a little bit of deep fried cheddar with ranch on the side. And also seeing cheese hats for the first time was a somewhat scary experience.
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But why did I even go if not for the cheese? Well, it was all business - sort of - as one of my former colleagues has her own lab at Marquette and needed some help to teach her students to perform brain surgeries in mice. And as it happened to be one of my favorite former colleagues we also had plans outside of the lab. She did ask me if I had anything I wanted to see or do in Milwaukee and I don’t know about you, but I do not carry around a Milwaukee bucket list ready to go....... Lucky for us the state fair was taking place and if you want Wisconsin action the state fair is the place of:Cow washing
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Cream puffs
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Bacon with bacon dip
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And...... drum roll please! The world famous 50cent milk bar:
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We even took rides together:
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And watched pig races
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And I have to say that I had the most fun I have ever had at a state fair.
I really hope that this is not the last time Deanna and I will be going on adventures together:
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(Yes. That is a bacon hat!)

søndag den 5. august 2018

Significant happenings

You all know that feeling when nothing and everything seems to happen simultaneously, right? The past few weeks have had a lot of lunches, and dog walks, and work (but no more pulling ground hogs off the patio. Phew). And in between all of this there has been quite significant things happening such as:
Teresa turning 16! We even got her a car:
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very small mini. LOL. She was not overly excited......
Kristian and I having our 20 years anniversary. TWENTY years!!!! How did that happen? I don’t even know. But when I see pictures from back then it is kind of obvious that we look just a teeny tiny bit older now.........
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We finally made it inside the Big House for an actual sports event. Kristian won tickets at work for the Manchester United versus Liverpool soccer game. And with about 110.000 people attending it felt very much like the real deal. My only complaint is that the fans of both teams dressed in red and white, so you couldn’t tell them apart. But my domo wallet fit in really well❤️
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And I have booked a ticket to Seoul, where I will be attending a conference in October. I have never been to Asia before, so I am ridiculous excited (and I obviously pick my conferences from the scientific content only. Ahem). My only concern is that I will accidentally order seafood by mistake #WhenYouHateSeafoodButDontSpeakKorean

onsdag den 25. juli 2018

Chicago

Teresa’s friend, Sarah, has been here for 3 weeks and it was time to get her back to Chicago. This time I made a trip out of it with us girls leaving Sunday..... with greyhound. Sigh. But the ride went smoothly with a longer snack break in Kalamazoo. And plenty of flaming hot Cheetos #teenlife
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The first thing we did once we arrived (and after checking into our Airbnb in Pilsen) was to go straight to Chinatown Square for late lunch/early dinner at Joyees:
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And since the weather was really pleasant we ended up walking downtown to check out the bean:
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The first time I heard about the bean I didn’t get the hype about it. But now I always try to squeeze a visit in. It changes with you. When you walk around it, when the clouds roll in, when the lights of the city come on. And I still puzzles me how they got that giant metal sculpture installed.
Monday was Magnificent Mile day. But the stores weren’t quite open when we got there. What to do? Hang out at the beach of course. Where we were in awe of the waves...... and the footprints left behind by some woman with incredibly long toenails. Yuck:
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We shopped at Anthropologie. Where we spent the exorbitant sum of 5$ on a toothbrush for Teresa! And got it wrapped up in paper Anthropologie style:
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And of course we had to stop by American girl store:
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Where someone (I mention no names) got ridiculously exited about their new STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) series with astronaut dolls with teeny tiny labs to bring bacteria into space. I do not agree on the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) these dolls were wearing though. Not safe! Just sayin’...........
We also visited the Lincoln Zoo (after spending more than an hour to get to Teresa’s favorite breakfast place on Clark St. And we are bringing a new monkey home for Luca. He was on sale (I wonder why they couldn’t sell this lovely creature at full price......), and he is currently keeping us company on the greyhound bus back to Ann Arbor:
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And well - we got Sarah escorted to the airport last night. There were no tears, but she was not in a hurry to get through security. Here the girls are, making sad faces on the train:
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Goodbye Sarah. It was awesome having you and we hope to see you again before another 4 years have gone by❤️

søndag den 22. juli 2018

Wildlife

We have one of the smallest patios ever. We live quite close to a freeway, and we don’t have any wild nature nearby. Still we have wildlife right there! If you have read along on this blog you will have been introduced to Kurt - our chipmunk. He likes to climb everything and pose like a king glancing across his kingdom. We sometimes leave food for him and he loves rolled oats. But not garlic..... (and in case you ever wondered what chipmunk poop looks like. Well. Here you go!):
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He also likes succulents. And I have to admit that after he ate my newly purchased “living stone” plant I am not so thrilled about Kurt anymore. Grrrrrr
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Then we have rabbits, especially baby rabbits this time of year. They are very shy but will make sure Bailey gets a little exercise.... LOL. It cracks me up every time I see chubby-dog race after a rabbit right into the bushes. About 2 seconds later the rabbit returns out on the grass nibbling away like nothing happened, while the dog still loudly crashes around in bushes.
We see squirrels, fireflies, birds, and occasionally there is skunk smell in the air. And that’s about it.
Until Friday!
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Where Bailey just would not move away from our bench. He kept sniffing and even went inside to get me to help him. There were dirty paw prints on the cushions and a very stripped kale plant above the dirty footprints. Hmmmmm. I removed the cushions and looked under the bench. Didn’t see anything. Then I slowly moved the bench out and heard a loud squeak. Turns out a ground hog was stuck. Here’s his snout:
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He somehow managed to fall down behind the back. And as soon as I got the bench pulled out he managed to slide into a small hole. A surprisingly small hole considering the actual size of the animal (large cat size). And there he was. Wouldn’t come out. And Bailey guarded the patio like a wolf. A few hours later we finally managed to get the animal to leave. And despite their somewhat not-so-athletic appearance, groundhogs run exceptionally fast! I have had enough wildlife for a bit now!

søndag den 15. juli 2018

Movie night at the Big House

The pride of Ann Arbor is our football stadium - Michigan Stadium. It is in fact one of the largest in the world as it holds 106.000 people and most refer to it as the big house. We live quite close to it, and in contrast to everyone else we are not super excited about game days. First of all - American football is not something we find interesting. I have tried to understand it and watch games, but the structure of it is ridiculous. You watch 12 seconds of play - then everything stops. And starts again. And stops again. Over and over and over. And the traffic on gamedays? Absolutely terrifying. We literally cannot leave our apartment on those days as the traffic chaos, once the game is over, completely blocks all exits from where we live. And we can’t go into town because it is overcrowded with football fans. But I do admit that I find the rivalry between football teams and their fans quite entertaining. And there is absolutely no limit to the extend of blue and maize (yellow - except you NEVER call it yellow. It is maize. Period!) merchandise available in this town and how far people will go to annoy the Ohio buckeyes or the Michigan State Spartans (or vice versa):
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Yes that is a (Michigan) wolverine shitting (Ohio) buckeyes....🙄
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And a spartan eating a wolverine. 🙄🙄🙄🙄
Anyways: the point is that besides living in Ann Arbor for 4 years we have never actually set foot inside the stadium. But that changed yesterday:
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As we went to #ummovienight where they open the stadium for everyone and put on a movie on the big screens. This year it was black panther, and even though i rarely watch movies twice this is one of the few ones where I didn’t mind. We brought blankets to sit on the turf. The blue and maize turf of course..... duh.
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And had a fantastic evening where we even managed to smuggle some Danish candy inside (Teresa was very unhappy with my trick of hiding my bag under the blanket as we went in. Pfft. She is such an amateur).
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But next time we will remember to bring pillows!