On Facebook this week I posted that I would like to see more snow.Â That got the goat of a couple people who shouted in outrage that I had gone off the deep end.
While I don't apologize for the snow comment, I do feel sorry for what's coming tomorrow.
The National Weather Service says temperatures in parts of Southern Wisconsin could drop to -15 degrees.Â A Wind Chill Advisory goes into effect at 8pm tonight, through 9am tomorrow. With wind gusts of up to 30MPH, that could drop the temp to -20 to -30 degrees in the overnight.
In Milwaukee, they may even break their streak of consecutive days with the temperature above zero.Â It stands at 732 days!
Checklist for the drive to work tomorrow:
Wool socks, warm coat, gloves, ski goggles, snow pants, scarf, electric blanket, kindling wood, butane torch, light saber to fight the Hoth Planet Wampa Creature and an extra Tauntaun.Â (They smell awful, but they'll keep you warm.)
Sorry Mr. and Mrs. Uptight, those baggy pants are OK in the eyes of the law.
We were talking about a new court ruling on the show this morning that went like this:
A New York Judge has decided a case where a man was ticketed for his low-slung pants that exposed his underwear.Â The judge says while it may be distasteful and foolish, peopleÂ can wear what they want as long as they do not offend public order and decency.
There you have it.
Just by chance, Neil Young is playing a solo acoustic show in Milwaukee tonight.Â The weird connection between the story and Neil Young comes from one of the funnier late night videos I've seen this year.Â Take it Jimmy Fallon....
We're just a few days from the Academy Awards and I'm ready to make my picks for winners.
Before I do that, I wanted to run down some gigantic tragedies that never should have been. There have been plenty of movies that get Oscar nominated but do not deserve the credit they receive.
Here's my list of the Best Picture nominee worst offenders over the past 20 years.
2009 - Avatar - Sure it'll do well for special effects, but the film is not otherwise Oscar worthy.
2006 -Letters To Iwo Jima - Before you get upset at this one, know that I think it was largely picked because of it's epic war drama-ness, and the fact that Clint Eastwood directed.Â As a movie, I was not thrilled with the results.Â The Departed won this year.
2005 - Munich - Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.Â The story of the Olympians murdered at the 1972 MunichÂ games didn't do them justice. Crash won this year.Â Good call.
2003 - Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World - Sorry Russell Crowe, this one was as long and drawn out as the title.Â Please Mr. Crowe, don't hit me for saying that. Lord Of The Rings: Return of the King won this year.
2001 - Moulin Rouge - Now musical lovers are upset.Â Hey, I like musicals.Â Just not this one.Â A Beautiful Mind won this year.
2000 - Gladiator - Russell Crowe is really gonna be pissed now, especially since Gladiator won the award.Â This just wasn't my style of movie.Â It was trying to be too graphic instead of deep.
1997 - Titanic - Yeesh.Â Need I say more? Â Titanic won, beating out LA. Confidential, Good Will Hunting and The Full Monty. A movie sin was committed this year.
1996 - The English Patient - It won, beating outFargo. FARGO FOR JUMPIN' JIMMINEY SAKE!!!!
1995 - Babe - Yes, this was that talking pig movie that was nominated.Â Luckily Mel Gibson from Braveheartwon that year.Â I heard William Wallace later roasted Babe and ate him for supper.
1994 - Forrest Gump - How did this happen?Â Gump beat out The Shawshank Redemption and Pulp Fiction! The movie gods became angry with mankind this year.
1990 - Godfather, Part III - Way to beat a dead horse...head. Dances With Wolves won this year, but Goodfellas couldn't have been far behind.
Â Â Â Â Time to scrub the house clean...company is coming!Â My sister-in-law is headed over from Detroit for the weekend.Â Probably hit Olbrich Gardens and Ian's Pizza for sure.Â Can't go wrong with a "colorama" tour of where the foliage is finest either.Â Any other suggestions?
Â Â Â Â Then, next week, my mom is coming up from Florida!Â She planned this trip around the two days off school Sam has (the 28th/29th).Â Wants to spend as much time as humanely possible with her only grandchild.Â Oh, and me--her only child.Â She always throws that in at the last second--hahaha!!Â Â Can't wait!
Â Fire breathing, blood spitting, smoking guitars and the pyrotechnics of their elaborate live performances aside, KISS has sold over 19 million records in the States (and over 80 million worldwide).Â With their trademark face paint and stage outfits, everyone knows KISS.Â They rock and roll all night AND party every day.Â Isn't that the essence of rock and roll???Â Seriously, they've been eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1999--what are the music industry peeps who get a vote in this thing waiting for?Â Who are the Moonglows (inducted in 2000) anyway?Â Gene Pitney?Â Lloyd Price?Â I digress...
Â Â Â Â KISS should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Â Period.
Â Â Â Â Also known as..."The Day I Shopped Alone".Â My son is back in class by now and I am excited.Â I am excited for his new year, I'm excited he gets to see friends he's missed over the summer.Â But most of all, I am excited I get to grocery shop by myself.Â He's actually a great kid in stores, always has been.Â Not too much begging, no fits that I can remember (so they must have been tiny if they happened at all, right?).Â But he doesn't exactly enjoy grocery shopping either.Â Over the summer, we'd have to hurry and shop the list only.Â
Â Â Â Â Today, I will saunter up and down each and every aisle.Â I will check nutritional information; I will compare ingredients!Â I will whip out my handy purse calculator to, um, calculate things.Â More than likely, I will buy chocolate chips to make the cookies my son loves so he has a warm batch waiting for him after school.
Â Â Â Â Not just one person, not even two people but three lucky individuals will grab free groceries tomorrow!Â I am going to be at the grand opening of Associated Bank in the new Copps (Main St) in SunPrairie from 10am until Noon.Â You'll sign up for the Grocery Grand Prize--$500 at Copps, first prize is $200 in free groceries and second prize comes in at a still sweet $100 Copps card.Â Also, Bucky Badger joins us from 11a until Noon.Â Hope to see you tomorrow!
Â Â Â Â My son Sam stayed in Michigan after the family reunion, to "visit with his cousins".Â He went to the Detroit Zoo yesterday with cousins Alex and Matty and he really got a kick out of the kangaroos.Â Saw a joey and everything.Â Today Sam is either playing with cousins Cameron and Caitlyn or swimming with cousins Emma, Mary and Izzy.Â More than likely, he'll do both.Â He's probably too busy to even think about missing his poor ol' mother.
Â Â Â Â But his poor ol' mother is certainly missing him!Â He's coming home tomorrow, on the Lake Michigan ferry no less, and my sister-in-law is then staying with us for a few days too.Â I plan on scooping him up and smooching him silly.Â I love that kid!
Â Â Â Â My familyÂ went toÂ the State Fair Saturday--Sam loved riding the swing chair ride and the big giant slide.Â He also finally got to see a cow, up close and probably too personal, as the cow in question chose that particular moment to well, you know (which, apparently, is a hoot for the 7 year old set).Â My husband loved his spiral cutÂ potatoes and me, well, I just went for the milk.Â Had the root beerÂ and the cherry vanilla--lip smacking good!Â Â
Â Â Â Â Then we hear on the news that the mayor of Milwaukee got beat with a pipe at the Fair that same day.Â He interrupted a domestic situation, calledÂ 9-1-1 and was attacked for his trouble.Â