Today's post is brought to you by the deiightfully nommy taste of New Glarus Brewing Company's Uff-da. I am in Wisconsin visiting my cousin, which is about the only reason why I can enjoy this fine Bock. It wasn't on the production schedule, so I despaired of getting to have some on this visit, but 'lo it did appear in a divine light at Woodman's in Madison. scubaninja have been sampling the many noteworthy brews here in his adopted home state.
This has turned out to be the vacation I needed, even if I didn't realize that I needed it. I'm spending a litle under a week with scubaninja and his family out here in Wisconsin. It's been almost six years since the last time I came out to see them, and it's been good to just hang out with scubaninja, his wife, my two nieces and nephew. I'll be posting some pictures once I get back - it seems that in the mad dash to throw things into my bags before heading out to BWI at O'dark-ugly on Thursday morning, I did not toss my sync cable in the bag. Go me.
So what have I done with my vacation? Sampled a number of beers, visited my cousin's two places of work (the university and the dive shop), toured the New Glarus brewery (where I sampled more beer), eaten cheese curds (fried and fresh) and frozen custard, accompanied my nieces and nephew to a bithday party at a local park, watched quite possibly the worst movie EVAR (Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, which literally stunk on ice) after which an infusion of Futurama and South Park was required to erase the stank, visited the zoo in Madison, walked around outside a whole bunch, and generally have taken it easy. The weather's been sunny but chilly, which suits me just fine after several weeks of breathing warm liquid air in Bawlmer.
The time spent with the kids has ben great... yes, they have their moments, but generally speaking they've been wonderful to be around. Friday night I read "The Monster at the End of this Book" as a bedtime story as narrated by Grover, Dark Jedi Master at scubaninja's proddding, I played video games as well as spent some time sitting on top of a grassy hill with my nephew, tickled, carried and teased my niece, and taken pictures of many smiling faces. The birthday party on Saturday was outside at a local park, where I was able to just sort of relax into the waves of energy coming from a group of kids and parents just enjoying a crisp sunny afternoon at the playground.
In point of fact, perhaps I should end it here, for now, and maybe go for a walk. It's a lovely day, too lovely to sit here typing at a computer. TTFN