Thursday, December 31, 2009

Thanksgiving Redux

We decided to take it easy and stay in tonight. Our original plans included using our brand new turkey fryer to prepare a delicious meal. With the temperatures in the low teens, that idea was nixed, and we prepare the bird in the traditional oven-baked fashion. It was still delicious, and now we're trying to overcome the tryptophan coma that is threatening.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ice Boat

Prior to the team introductions at the Admirals games, Roscoe comes out in a pirate ship which drives around on the ice, and air cannons shoot t-shirts to the fans. Designed by students at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, the boat sports the MSOE logo beneath the cannons.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Warm and Dry

If you're looking for somewhere to get out of the cold and snow, consider the Arid Dome at the Mitchell Park Conservatory. The building features plants from the desert and other naturally dry areas.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Winter Harp

One of Milwaukee's distinctive Harp Lights illuminating a window in the Miller Valley. The snowfall in the foreground and red decorative lights make this a rather festive scene.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Think Warm

This afternoon was spent scraping ice from the front sidewalk and doing cleanup from the weekend's snow. It got me thinking of warmer times, and so here's a sunny photo to tide you over till the grass in green and the flowers blooming again.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Lakefront Lease

Summerfest announced this week that they signed a new lease with their home at the Meier Festival Grounds, keeping the music festival at the lakefront through 2030. Today's photo is of Nick Howard playing this past summer.

Friday, December 25, 2009


Merry Christmas! I hope that you received a visit from the jolly man in the red suit, and enjoyed the day with people important to you. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Roscoe, the Admirals' mascot, at a game at the Bradley Center. He'll most likely be around during the RBC Wealth Management High School tournament this coming week. The admission is free, so stop on over and see some hockey next week if you're interested!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Angel

Today was filled with celebrations with co-workers and friends, and tonight was our gift exchange at home. The annual angel ornament was unwrapped and hung on the tree, along with a special bonus angel that I found appropriate. A winter storm system came through and dumped a bunch of pre-Christmas snow on us, and rain is expected tonight and tomorrow. I hope that it's more snow, but am prepared for a mess.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Light Lines

One last picture of the Miller house for this year. Wherever and however you celebrate the season, have a great holiday.

Monday, December 21, 2009

People Mover

A (virtually) deserted moving walkway at Mitchell Airport. If you're traveling this week, be safe, and take your time. If you're headed towards Milwaukee, bring your warm coats and boots!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The End Is Near

Monday is the Winter Solstice, and the days will start getting longer. A week and a half, and it will be New Year's Eve. As 2009 winds to a close, remember the good times, and look forward to a better 2010! Today's photo was from the Lakefront 7's rugby tournament this past summer.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Extra, Extra...

Many media outlets are taking advantage of the end of 2009 to do their "Best of the Decade" recaps. I thought it might be a good idea to look back to where it all started. These mini-newspapers are handed out by the Journal Sentinel at the State Fair and other events, and the fact that they continue to reprint this edition says something about our fixation with dates.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Lights In Lights

Some of the lights at Cathedral Square. If you get the chance, stop downtown and check them out.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hometown Boy

The Brewers announced earlier this week that they had signed Whitefish Bay native Craig Counsell to another contract. In addition to his local roots, I admire Counsell's work ethic and his willingness to do what the team needs, even if it's sitting the bench and waiting for the call to pinch hit.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sign Full Of Fail

This warning sign is part of the opening sequence at the Miller lights. As mentioned in an earlier post, the lighting system "breaks" and must be repaired before the show can continue. Here's to hoping the rest of the week goes well without fail!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Ladies' Night Out

Tonight we attended the girls' high school basketball game between Wauwatosa West and Greendale. The girls from Greendale put up a good fight against their hosts, but in the end did not have enough to win the game.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sealed For Your Protection

It's that time of year when packages start to show up at the door. Some are anticipated, some are surprises, and some are just interesting. This box from a friend in Canada arrived recently, and we were a little taken aback by the fact that Customs needed to open the box and find... a rechargeable toothbrush. Perhaps it was the batteries that attracted their attention. Whatever it was, I sure hope I don't wind up on the no-fly list.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Light Repair Guy

Last night, we stopped by the Miller Lights to check out this year's show, and see what had been added or changed from last year. The opening of the show now features a "failure" of the lighting system, and an employee of the brewery must come outside to "fix" the lights. I sure hope that the weather's tolerable next weekend (the last for this year's show) for his sake.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Scrooge in Rouge

Today, we attended a matinee of InTandem Theatre's production of Scrooge in Rouge. A hilarious re-telling of Dickens' Christmas Story, the show is done in a vaudeville-like format, and audience participation is required to enjoy at its fullest. The show runs through January 3rd, and I encourage you to go see it.

Friday, December 11, 2009


With the week's cold temperatures, it made for great ice-making. As a result, Slice of Ice at Red Arrow Park downtown opened this afternoon and over a week early. A large oval rink with the City/County Christmas Tree and the Marcus Center in the background make for a great place to skate or watch those that do.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Among the decorations at El Fuego, there's a row of sombreros along one wall. This one looks like it would be good for an Indianapolis Colts fan.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Holiday Snow

Last night's snow was not quite as much as expected, especially near the lake, where almost no snow fell. Further inland, we got some very large flakes at times, and the lightning was quite impressive (until it knocked out our power for two hours a little after 1:00AM). The snow against the holiday decorations has definitely put me in the mood for the next couple weeks of celebration.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

December Cruisin'

With most of the area expected to get close to a foot of snow, the sled dogs will be back at the lakefront soon, taking people for rides. For more information, and to get updates, you can call their information line at 414-967-9677.

Monday, December 7, 2009

UWM Union

The towers outside the entrance to the UWM union have a surface combining an organic, tree-like form with the harsh angles of geometric shapes.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Bike Swap

Today, we went to the Bike Federation of Wisconsin bike swap at the UW-Milwaukee ballroom. The swap featured many vendors with used bikes and bike parts, and a few shops that were selling new bikes as well. This vintage bike caught my eye, but I only brought photos of it home.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Gift Shopping

The gift shop at the Harley Museum. The large glass walls allow the lighting to really grab your attention at night.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Frozen Flower

The latest addition to our backyard sculpture collection is a rather large steel flower. It was the perfect shape and size to catch yesterday's snowfall

Thursday, December 3, 2009


It looks like last night's hope for snow has been answered. A light coating over most of the area has brought a taste of winter, along with the colder temperatures.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Last night, I was at the Harley Museum for dinner at Motor, their full-service restaurant. The food was decent, the beer was cold, and the holiday decorations were out in force. The side of the museum covered in large snowflakes looked pretty cool.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December Theme Day - Waiting

The December Theme Day is Waiting

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These trees at the entrance to the Harley Davidson Museum are waiting - for the first snow of the season. I'm waiting as well - the snow on the ground will make for some interesting photo opportunities.