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How is 2017 almost over? HOW?! November has come and gone — and we have one more month left in the year. Here are the pics.

The neon exhibition at the Neville was really great.

I, of course, was fully decorated for Christmas by the first weekend in November. I am one of THOSE people.

Empty Bowls was a delicious fundraiser.

I deeply love and appreciate the fact that Winnebago is still using old school letterboards. And to balance out the sadness of thinking about WMHI… SADIE!

Cherry shortbreads are back!

Sadie loves her people. Especially Grandpa Denny.

Fun at the Oshkosh holiday parade!

If you haven’t, go visit the Paine and see it decked out for Christmas. It’s a beauty!

Michelle and I turkey trotted!

Thanksgiving. Preparing a big meal is never easy and always tiring — and I love my Denny so much for always making the holidays so wonderful.

More Sadie because I can never have too much Sadie.

Love my momma.

Blue skies and Christmas decorations.

My annual trip up to Green Bay for the Christmas lights!  Brought Michelle along this year — this holiday season will be painful for her, but we’re trying to find some distractions.

 

My mom and I took a long weekend trip to Las Vegas.  Because I can’t drink like I used to and because I was there with my mother, this was a very un-Vegas trip; but we had a great time!  We stayed at the Cosmopolitan, which I LOVE, and our room had the best view ever.  You’ll see about 20 photos of the view below because I could not stop taking pics.  My mom and I could have spent our entire trip sitting out on the balcony just watching the crazy Vegas world go by.

We visited the famous Las Vegas sign, which now holds memorials to those lost in the recent shooting.  It was gut-wrenching to see the photos of all of those beautiful people whose lives were lost.  Life is short and wildly unpredictable — make every day count because we all have less time than we think.

After visiting the memorial and paying our respects, we drove out into the desert to see Seven Magic Mountains, an art installation. Basically, it’s a bunch of stacked rocks painted with wild neon colors.  It was so striking and fun to see. We went early and there were only a few other people there, which was great.

We then drove to Death Valley National Park. Let me just say: I never need to visit Death Valley again. It’s beautiful in a very eerie, desolate way. But it’s a long trip there and back.  We should have gone to Zion National Park instead; lesson learned for next time!

On our way back, we needed a little rejuvenation and had time to kill… so… we stopped at Vegas TARGET! Yes. Target. It was awesome. From there, we drove to the Neon Museum for a nighttime tour.  I’ve visited this museum twice before and taken daylight tours — so it was fun to see everything light up at night.  I’m obsessed with neon signs and Vegas hotel/casino history.

We got back to the hotel and CRASHED. Well, I inhaled a Chipotle burrito and then crashed. It was a long day.  The next morning, I went to Eggslut for breakfast (so damn good), then mom and I went to see a cacti botanical garden (see, I told you this was a very un-Vegas trip). The rest of day 2 was pretty chill; I napped, we went to Starbucks, walked over to the Bellagio, had an early dinner.

Our nighttime activity was seeing Britney Spears’ show. I LOVED IT. Mom hated it. Britney was so popular when I was in high school, so her show had the nostalgia factor for me.  And glittery costumes and dancing and lip-synching and hot shirtless men.  Campy fun!

The next morning we headed to the airport and few home.  It was a short trip, but we packed A LOT into it! Thanks to my mom for joining me — and being a good sport with everything I wanted to do. <3 you.

THIS VIEW!
SO AWESOME!
The Chandelier, one of the bars in our hotel.
The Cosmo also had a Momofuku Milk Bar – YESSSSS!
Seven Magic Mountains
Artists’ Palette — my favorite spot in the park.
So salty.
Zabriskie Point
Our planet is wild.
A Hunter S. Thompson mural as seen on our way up the Strip to the Neon Museum.
Bright lights, big city.
My favorite sign in the museum.  The old Moulin Rouge sign, rearranged to spell out “in love.”
This place has come a longggg way. I first visited back in 2011 — and they didn’t even have a bathroom for visitors.  You had to walk down the block to a gas station.
My middle name.
The lobby structure from La Concha is now used as the museum’s lobby. Super cool!
The next morning we went to see the cacti botanical garden – which was at the Ethel M chocolate factory. Love. It.
I loved Eggslut so much.
The photo on the left is the Starbucks in our hotel.  If you stood at a perfect spot (which they mark on the floor), the art would line up as a perfect circle.  On the right is my favorite Chihuly piece ever at the Bellagio.
All flowers! How cool, right?
Watching the world go by.
It’s Britney, bitch.
I’m a slave 4 u.
The lobby of the Cosmopolitan. I would stay there again in a heartbeat. Best parking garage ever, too!
Rise and shine, off to the airport.
Love my momma.

Sorry that this post is a few days late! October was a busy month. A visit to Wausau, a million United Way events, China Lights in Milwaukee, a trip to Las Vegas, fall fun, and HALLOWEEN! I wish October could last all year, I really do.

PS: I’ll be back tomorrow with a separate post about my visit to Las Vegas.

Sadie turned 1 on the 6th. I gave her the greatest gift of all: her first taste of cheese.
Workin’ the Brat Barn with the United Way crew.
ISN’T THIS THE COOLEST! Dang, Wausau.
I got umbrellas in my eyes.
Fall cuteness.
China Lights in Milwaukee was so, so, so awesome!
If you want the place to yourself, visit on a cold, rainy weeknight. :)
Sadie girl.
I visited my elementary school alma mater and cried a little. Those were the best of school days.
Also attended Take Back the Night and cried a little. One of the things I’m most grateful for in my life is having a stable home life – and as a result, an incredible amount of power in my adulthood. Not all women are so lucky.
That card is my favorite thing ever — ME in cartoon form! Also, having to write an appellate brief is HORRID.
More Sadie girl!
I take a million photos because I always want to remember the little things — like having breakfast on a random Thursday with my dad.
Halloween weekendddd!
Costume construction — and Sadie helping us to carve pumpkins!
October was a fun month.  Onto November!

 

Another month has come and gone.  Here are the photos!

The month started out with my Dad’s 70th birthday party! Happy birthday to my sweet Denny.
So many cupcakes and old friends.
Then we moved on to Blue Blazer night – a great season ending celebration.
I *finally* finished converting my life into photobooks.  BEST (and most tedious) project ever!
We kicked off our United Way campaign at the beginning of the month.
The Packers home opener against the Seahawks.
Family Sunday funday!
Scenes of fall.
I, of course, decorated my house for Halloween a month early. Because OF COURSE.
Fall, Sadie, and a happy hour!
I went to Chicago for a quick 24 hour trip to see HAIM!! They were amazing. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
It’s always good to visit Chicago. I miss it a lot sometimes.
Peak white girl status achieved: photographing my rainbow cake at the Bean.
Flamingo.
Sunrise on Lake Winnebago.
Mom and I spent two days in Milwaukee for an elder law seminar.  Stayed at the awesome new Kimpton Journeyman hotel. Their rooftop bar was great!
Mums at Metro Market.
Home sweet home.
Sadiegirl.
The United Way is keeping us busy. I love the photographs on the 4th floor of City Hall.
A girls trip up to Lambeau — Michelle’s first game!
Ended the month with a weekend trip to Door County with Michelle and Molly.

 

My birthmonth is OVER! How depressing. But… now my favorite season, fall, can fully begin! Here are the photos from August.

The United Way has taken over my life.  Gracie is the best snuggle bug.
Our annual trip to Miller Park for a little baseball!
THE WALLFLOWERS! My heart was bursting with 1990s nostalgia.
Sunday snuggles. And a tiny sign of fall across the street from my house.
My office got a facelift! New paint, new carpeting, new wallhangings. It feels so good to occupy that space now.
A summer barn party in Saxeville.
The Laus visited their beloved Sadie. And, you know, me. ;)
They also brought me goods from Ireland!
Sadie snuggles; and Wisconsin from above.
Returning to Wisconsin after our trip to Yellowstone. Nothing is better than HOME.
That little piece of pizza was the best $5.99 I’ve ever spent.  She loves it!
Around town.
The latest exhibit at the Paine is beautiful. I love photography.
Donuts, flowers, and puppies.
I turned 33 — and went a little nuts with the SUGAR!
I’m not sure why women are so afraid of their 30s.  It’s been a cool decade of my life so far.
More sugar.  Sensing a theme here?
Some great things are going on around Oshkosh.
A lazy weekend at home.
Gus and Gracie turned SIX on the 30th! My sweet babes. And yes, I call them mine even though they don’t live with me and I don’t pay for them.
The last day of the month brought the final bridge lighting.  Oshkosh is becoming so colorful!