Friday, February 24, 2017

Not in the Mood

I haven't been in the mood to write. Well, actually, I have, but I haven't been in the mood to publish my thoughts, at least not all of them.

I think hubby and I have the late winter blues. We enjoyed the week of spring temperatures. We had a mini vacation in Madison. We want to go back. Downtown Madison has coffee shops everywhere, along with multi-cultural food and plenty of unusual shopping.

Hubby wants to find a better job, one that he is more satisfied with, and with better pay. We don't care where such job may be, as we are willing to relocate.

We both love walking nature trails. The trails are muddy, another thing that bums us out.

We didn't know how high the state income taxes are here in Wisconsin when we moved here. We thought no place was more expensive than California, except New York. That's kind of depressing, along with the low wages. Hubby doesn't want to change states. I don't either, not really. Where would we go?

We ate at an Albanian restaurant when we were in Madison. It was nice. Afterward we shopped an a Turkish market that also carries some Albanian items. When we were leaving we noticed another store with Halal meat. We didn't stop in as we wanted to head home because of the changing weather.

We enjoyed the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and want to come back when things are green and blooming. They have trails.

I guess I found some stuff to write about after all.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Catching Up

We finally had a sunny day, and some partly sunny ones as well. I also got a new phone, a Samsung Galaxy S7. I wanted a great camera, and my hubby already bought an iPhone 7 Plus. His phone is a little too large and heavy for me.

Here we are flying down country roads (hubby was driving). The road was bumpy and I could not keep the phone still at all. I set it to 16:9 (3.7 MB) 2560x1440 pixels because I figured the camera would be even faster at the lower resolution. I was right. And I am more than impressed by the low-light captures I grabbed on the way home. You can see in the bottom photo there is some blurring on the outer edges. After all, it was getting dark and hubby drives fast. Still, they are far better pictures than I can get with my 12.1 megapixel Canon PowerShot.

My hubby's work has been crazy slow, no overtime at all, which means he works 3 days one week and 4 days the next (12 hour shifts). We have been enjoying the extra time together. Today we went for coffee in Oconomowoc.

We like to sit upstairs. Today was kind of busy up there. We should have sat downstairs, it would have been quieter.

We've been watching more movies together. Last night we binge-watched David Attenborough narrate various African deserts. Today we watched the first episode of The Pyramid Code. It was very enjoyable. I keep an open mind, neither totally accepting nor rejecting all the exciting theories.

I do have sad news. My daughter in Indiana told me her hubby's nephew in Spokane died in an accident. He was driving too fast for the snowy conditions and plowed into a semi. He was only 20.

In other news, not sad, but frustrating, my younger daughter's phone has gone black screen. No amount of fixes have helped so far.

I guess that's about it for today. I'm still doing surveys. We are all waiting for spring.