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October 2, 2010 - Grand Rapids Art Prize

We went downtown today to catch the final week of the second annual Art Prize in Grand Rapids.  It was our first time and it is a great event.  There was a fantastic diversity of projects, media, subjects, and venues.  I took a number of pictures and included some of the best.

Above is the lion completely made of nails.

These were paper mache giraffes

This was all constructed from cut paper.

The whole Grand Rapids downtown comprised of small beads.

This piece was made from crayons.

 

 

September 6, 2010

Amylynn and I went up to Traverse City for Labor Day.  It was good to get away from GR for a day.  We picked up a few of the cherry concoctions they sell at the Cherry Republic.  We also made it to Shady Lane and picked up a few bottles of wine. 

Before we left this morning, a bunch of 5 deer and 17 turkeys we in the backyard.  We hadn't seen anything like that since we've been in our new home.  Here are some pictures.  The first picture is of a hummingbird landing on the feeder.  A hummingbird seems to be on the feeder at least half the time.  The other three pictures are of the "wildlife refuge."

 

 

June 21, 2010

We had some crazy storms here in Madison tonight and got a ton of rain.  I went out to get some groceries and there were several intersections completely underwater.  A bus was stopped in the water as well as a few cars.

Aside from the rain I was busy updating my iPod touch to iOS4.  I have been eagerly awaiting this update basically for the ability to multitask and play music of NPR in the background.  I love my iPod Touch but it was ridiculous that Apple hadn't offered this functionality until now.  I will keep you posted on how it goes.

Also, Amylynn and I went downtown on State Street last week and took a bunch of pictures.  I am going to be putting together a collage of the Madison downtown and all the places we have been over the past year.  Check back for my progress, I think it will turn out pretty cool.

 

June 15, 2010

My graduation reception was last night at the Kennedy Manor reception room.  It was a nice sendoff from the abdominal imaging program.  Everyone had kind words to say and wished Amylynn and I well on our trip back to Michigan. 

The division was very generous and gave everyone an awesome framed aerial view of Madison with the photo signed below.  It was a great gift and totally unexpected.

 

 

June 5, 2010

We took a trip with John and CJ on Saturday to Southwest Wisconsin and Dubuque, IA.  We stopped in Mineral Point and had lunch.  We then went to the Potosi Brewery in Potosi Wisconsin.  The brewery had been shut down for a number of years but was recently renovated and started brewing beer again.  I included a picture of the beer sampler we had which included their Good 'Ol Potosi lager, their wheat beer and Pilsner, two darker ales and their root beer.  It was really great beer and the setting was unique being near the Mississippi river. 

We then made a stop in Dickeyville where they had something called "The Grotto" next to the Catholic church.  An old priest had built it and had stones and shells and other he had collected to adorn the shrine and gardens; it was very impressive.

We made our way then down to Dubuque and rode the Fenelon Place elevator up the bluff, had dinner at Marco's to have the best pizza in the Midwest, and actually won some money at the dogtrack betting on "Jax Jaden" and "Ride'n Out the Storm".  It was a great daytrip.

May 31, 2010

Amylynn and I went up to Door County for the Memorial Day weekend as well as to celebrate our 2nd Anniversary.  She had never been there before and I hadn't been since I was a kid back when my family lived in Green Bay.  We stayed at the Lull Abi Inn in Egg Harbor which was a great little hotel.  We visited the small towns along the Peninsula and did some shopping and had several great meals.  We of course made a stop at Al Johnson's restaurant and had Swedish pancakes with lingonberry jam (that is the place with the goats on the roof down below).

I actually went to my first Drive-In movie during our trip.  The night was perfect and they played a double feature with Shrek III and Iron Man II.  We also played a round of golf in Sister Bay and visited some old family friends in the area. 

We also got a chance to stop by Bay Beach in Green Bay on our way home.  Bay Beach is a city park that is run by Green Bay.  We used to go there all the time as kids.  I hadn't seen it firsthand in a number of years.  Wow, the perspective I have now as an adult is completely different. I included a picture of the Ferris wheel.  As a little kid I remember that thing seeming huge.  Now I look at it and can't believe how small really is.  It is a great park and was totally packed with families celebrating Memorial Day.

May 15, 2010

Amylynn and I were able to take advantage of the morning today and visited the Vilas Zoo when it opened along with a bunch of girl and boy scouts who were waiting at the gate when it opened.  We then went out for coffee along Monroe Street at Ancora and had a great cup of coffee. 

I had to bring our camera along to get a few pictures:

 

May 1, 2010

I woke up early this morning and went out to the University of Wisconsin Arboretum to take some pictures.  Amylynn and I visited there last fall and it was really cool and an amazing collection of different trees.  I figured the springtime would be also a wonderful time to visit.  There was an amazing collection of fruit trees that were in bloom and just some other odd and interesting trees.  Here are a few pictures below.

 

 

April 16, 2010

Amylynn and I went outside of town in Madison and tried my hand at taking some night camera shots.  The moon looked really cool and I think I got a few good shots.  Even though I set the camera on delayed shutter there still was some shake evident in the lights from the cars and train down below; I will need to invest in a tripod at some point.