Madison

My awesome hubby, RPK, managed to score a job in one of the greatest cities in the U.S.! We also managed to snag the rental house of our dreams. It’s across the street from the lake!

This is what we’ve been doing for the past week:

The capitol building in Madison. I heard that it is, room for room, identical to the U.S. capitol...haven't confirmed yet. State Street runs diagonally through the grid of streets downtown and right up to the capitol. Only feet, bikes, cabs, and buses are allowed. (This is another road.)

This place (Mother Fool's) is a few blocks from our new home. Everything in Madison is dirt cheap with the exception of this place for some reason. It's good coffee but nothing mind blowing. It's unfortunate b/c it's very cute. It will just have to be a once a week visit.

This is our new street! Our home is the bottom floor of the red brick home on the right. That's Lake Monona on the left! The house is a historical landmark called the John George Ott house.

This is the entrance to Lazy Jane's. We were in Madison for 6 days and ate here 3 or 4 times. That's incredible as I can be a bit hypercritical of cafe's similar to ones I have worked in but we already adore everyone who works there. Good thing it's a few blocks from our place!

also Lazy Jane's

We also went to 2 different botanical gardens: one on campus and the other across the lake.

Totally delicious sandwich shop! Great whole wheat pita bread. (Something I never thought I'd say.)

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Bye Madison! See you in July!

If you want to see more of my possibly boring, little photos of Mad town, go to my Flickr!

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May 26, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Me and Mine. 7 comments.

It’s Official!

My fiance has accepted a tenure track offer AT….

*drumroll please!*

University of Wisconsin in Madison!

We officially know nothing about Madison so if you know anyone or anything, pass it on! ANYTHING is helpful! People, places, blogs…anything!  I am really excited! It looks beautiful, it’s really safe, and there’s plenty a reason to knit! There’s fishing (which I LOVE!) and lots of water (which I also LOVE)!

I am excited to be starting this new chapter in our lives. I feel like we are going to be really happy there even though I NEVER would have thought that is where I’d end up. I DO miss Texas. I miss everything about Austin. The people, the attitude, the art, music, and all around goodness that people have in their hearts there, cut off blue jean shorts, bare feet and mexican food. I REALLY miss the heat and the sun and the swimming but I am growing to enjoy the change of the seasons. I find snow quite beautiful and I suppose you can’t have both heat and snow at the same time so I am just happy I am getting to experience it all. Madison’s summer is supposed to be beautiful. It’s very hard for me to comprehend, after 26 years in Texas, that the winter can be below freezing and you can still have temperatures in the 80s in the summer. I’m looking forward to it.

So after my break you can look forward to the following things:

How to be a master packer!

Master the Egg video tutorials
(I will teach you how to cook the perfect egg 8 different ways and the differences between them. You can please EVERYBODY! I will also teach you how to flip like a pro. You won’t believe how easy it is!)

Demystifying the fitted sheet

Fascinators tutorial

Baked Pear and Jam Summer Pastry

Spanish Encrusted Pork Tenderloin Medallions
with fresh verde sauce and pico de gallo

My Best Mexican Black Beans

Migas (Yes. Real ones. Remember folks, I have cooked them in 5 of Austin’s most prized places.)

wedding stories and photos and more!!!

See you soon!

March 22, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Me and Mine. 5 comments.

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