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My Summer in Milwaukee (in pictures)

My last night in Wisconsin is most definitely bittersweet. I had SUCH an amazing time; I learned so much working at the library, met some incredible people, got to reconnect with old friends and even landed a pretty darn amazing job out of the whole thing–the sprinkles on top of the cherry on top of the whipped cream on top of the hot fudge sundae that has been the last few months.

The summer here may be over, but these pictures, and memories, with last forever!

Let the summer begin! ROAD TRIP!!

Let the summer begin! ROAD TRIP!!

HEELLLLLOOOO MILWAUKEE!!

HEELLLLLOOOO MILWAUKEE!!

You can't NOT have a great day when you get to drive by this beauty every morning on your way to work ;)

You can’t NOT have a great day when you get to drive by this beauty every morning on your way to work 😉

Oh hey, Jim Gaffigan. Whay's up?

Oh hey, Jim Gaffigan. What’s up?

His hero. HIS HERO! That's what's up ;)

His hero. HIS HERO! That’s what’s up 😉

Heaven on a spoon. You know you have a problem when the staff at Kopp's begins to call you by your first name, Norm from Cheers style. SO GOOD!

Heaven on a spoon. You know you have a problem when the staff at Kopp’s begins to call you by your first name, Norm from Cheers style. SO GOOD!

My trip to the windy city started off with a license plate show-down. It's BRWRGRL for the win!

My trip to the windy city started off with a license plate show-down. It’s BRWRGRL for the win!

First time American Library Association Conference exhibitor and attendee. What an experience! A bookworm's mecca!

First time American Library Association Conference exhibitor and attendee. What an experience! A bookworm’s mecca!

This is what happens when you let librarians out of their cages: sheer chaos.

This is what happens when you let librarians out of their cages: sheer chaos.

Free pre-release Nick Sparks book? Why I don't mind if I do ;)

Free pre-release Nick Sparks book? Why I don’t mind if I do 😉

Just my BFF Giada and I hanging out, swapping lasagna recipes. You know, the usual.

Just my BFF Giada and I hanging out, swapping lasagna recipes. You know, the usual.

A visit to Chicago is not complete without a pit stop (or two) to Giordano's Pizza. Heaven on a plate.

A visit to Chicago is not complete without a pit stop (or two) to Giordano’s Pizza. Heaven on a plate.

Don't worry. I got this.

Don’t worry. I got this.

Fourth of July sparklies :)

Fourth of July sparklies 🙂

Just another day on the job as a children's librarian: story time prep.

Just another day on the job as a children’s librarian: story time prep.

Bastille Day = all you can eat beignets = one happy Wendi!

Bastille Day = all you can eat beignets = one happy Wendi!

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"Don't worry about a thing, 'cause everything little thing is gonna be all right."

“Don’t worry about a thing, ’cause everything little thing is gonna be all right.”

Zoo trip with the lovely Mary S! Ignore how incredibly pale I am next to this tanner than tan beauty.

Zoo trip with the lovely Mary S! Ignore how incredibly pale I am next to this tanner than tan beauty.

I think my girl Stephanie has got this staring contest in the bag. What do you think?

I think my girl Stephanie has got this staring contest in the bag. What do you think?

 

My fellow librarian rock stars. I owe so much to these guys!

My fellow librarian rock stars. I owe so much to these guys!

My summer mom, miss Arlyne Becker. I love her like no other and am so thankful for everything that she has done for me. One of the biggest hearts of anyone, right there ;)

My summer mom, miss Arlyne Becker. I love her like no other and am so thankful for everything that she has done for me. One of the biggest hearts of anyone, right there 😉

Did a lot of this. And a lot of that.

Did a lot of this. And a lot of that.

I cannot for the life of me get this expression off of my face. And I am pretty alright with that fact.

I cannot for the life of me get this expression off of my face. And I am pretty alright with that fact.

The most beautiful ending to the most amazing summer in Wisconsin ever!

The most beautiful ending to the most amazing summer in Wisconsin ever!

A huge thank you and virtual bear hug to my amazing friends and family! Your well wishes and thoughtful messages truly mean the world to me. A permanently affixed smile on my face is a pretty darn good problem to have 😉

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10 Things I Hate About Me

1. I HATE that I still sleep with my childhood ‘blankie’. Every night. Linus isn’t the only one who finds comfort in a holey, worn-out, soft and fluffy 24 year old piece of fabric.

2. I HATE that I always keep a bag of Peanut M&M’s on my bedside table, just in case the midnight munchies decide to sneak-attack me and I need a quick chocolate fix. I HATE that sometimes, I wake up looking like Picasso went crazy with a paint brush on my leg, a byproduct of accidentally dropping a chocolately candy piece or two in bed, shmooshed and melted goodness. I HATE that I find said shmooshed and melted Peanut M&M in the morning. And eat it.

3. I HATE that I keep…a spoon in my purse? You never know when you run into an IICS: an irrisistable ice cream situation.

4. I HATE that my wardrobe basically consists of Brewer apparel, sweatshirts, t-shirts, and tennis shoes.

5. I HATE that the one and only Kozmo Kramer is one of my heros. I HATE that he is the last person I see before I go to bed and the first person a see when I hit the snooze button, I mean wake up, in the morning (his beautiful mug is hung on my bedroom wall.)

6. I HATE that I wore mismatched socks all day today. And yesterday. Just because I was too lazy to find the correct pairings. I HATE that I just realized that most of my socks are holey. Great for going to church in though. I HATE that that was probably the corniest joke of all time 😉

7. I HATE that one of my favorite things in the whole wide world to eat is this. I HATE that waiters/waitresses don’t bat an eyelash when I order this off of the coloring book page of a kids’ menu (aren’t those the best though?! What a way to pass the time before your food arrives!) because they think I am still 12.

8. I HATE that I can’t help but get a little faklempt EVERY TIME I watch this. Okay, a lot faklempt. I’m talking grab-the-tissues, snot-blowing, ugly-crying faklmept. It’s not pretty.

Or this.

Or this.

9. I HATE that I cannot, for the life of me, do a cartwheel.

10. I HATE that I love all of these things about me. I am NOT perfect. Not by a long shot. But you know what, that is quite all right. For it is in these imperfections that you find character, uniqueness, and personality. It is in these imperfections that you find you. So go ahead. Be silly. Be goofy. Laugh at yourself. Laugh at yourself for laughing at yourself. I promise it will be something you love to hate to do!

Question of the Day: What are some of the things you love to hate about yourself?

Wheaties Box Material

I am proud to present to you your 2011 Milwaukee Brewers…

NL CENTRAL DIVISION CHAMPIONS!!!

Way to go guys!

 Gosh, how I love the sound of that!

If you didn’t catch last night’s game against the Florida Marlins, it was a great one! It was a neck-in-neck race, tied one to one with both teams pulling some equally impressive weight both defensively and at the bats. That was until the eighth inning when one Mr. Ryan Braun stepped up to the plate and with one easy swing of his Louisville slugger, wacked the leather right off of the ball, scoring a three-run homer to put the crew up, 4-1 which inevitably won them the game.

"Celebrate good times, come on!"

You could feel the love, the excitement, and the overall joy from the fans when the final three outs were taken in the bottom of the ninth, officially ending the game and crowning the Brewers NL Central Champions (with a little help from Chicago who won a crucial game against the St. Louis Cards–never did I think in a million years I would be saying thank you to the Cubbies, and I quite literally am stammering my speech as I say the words, but, well, thank you Chi-town for the win). This is the first time in franchise history that the Brewers have held the coveted title  of NL Central Champs, and is their first division title since winning the AL East on the last day of the 1982 season. Something to be very proud of, for sure! If you didn’t get a chance to see the game winning hit, Braun’s big moment, here it is 🙂

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=19559793&tcid=fb_MIL_19559793&c_id=mil

The first thing this chica did this morning (even prior to showering and eating…a girl’s gotta have her priorities after all)? Head to Kohl’s and purchase an NL Central Champions shirts (or three). I’m just a little excited about the events of last night, can you tell?

This season has been over to remember and if the crew doesn’t for some reason go any further in the playoffs, they have something to be very proud of for sure. However, I have got a gut feeling, an intuition if you will, that the Brewers will make it to the game of all games, the end-all be-all, the Superbowl of baseball…THE World Series. I know it’s a little early still, but if I could have any Christmas wish, any gift I would ask for from the big bearded guy in red, it would be for a trip to the World Series, just to make it to the end. A win would be amazing and the definite cherry on top of this baseball season’s sundae, but just to be given the chance for the amazing players who have worked so hard and for so long to get where they are would be awesome and so well deserved.

Any maybe as a side gift, a ticket to a game wouldn’t hurt…just saying. That’s something your elves can work their magic on, isn’t?

Pop open the bubbly and bring out the fancy cheese Milwaukee fans…it’s time to celebrate!

I’ve Got the Brewers in My Blood

Only 4 days, 14 hours, 28 minutes, and 32, 31, 30…seconds until the greatest day in the world….opening day for the Milwaukee Brewers!!! And only 8 more days until I am sitting at Miller park, hot dog in one hand, glove on the other, ready to cheer on my team to their first home game victory of the season. But it’s not like I am counting or anything.

To say that I am an uber Brewers fan would be an uber understatement as seen by the somewhat outlandish amounts of paraphernalia I have (speaking of which, I could use another hat).You see, I basically grew up loving the team, having seen my very first game at the wee age of 5. It was such a special and ground-breaking day. I had seen many a game on tv before, but this was my first time taking it all in live, in person, and I was sooooo excited! Back then, the Brewers played at County Stadium–it didn’t have all the bells and whistles like Miller Park does today, but it definitely had charm and character. I remember walking hand-in-hand with my dad so as not to get lost in the hustle and bustle of fans that were there as well to take in the magic that is the game of baseball.

Upon entering the stadium seats and taking my first view of the magnificent ball field that lay before me, I was in awe. The outfield was so green, the infield perfectly raked and ready for the players to make their mark. I had an overwhelming feeling of sensory overload: the smell of hot dogs and popcorn, fresh-cut grass and leather mits filled the air, the sounds of fans cheering, yelling and clapping played like music to my ears and there was a general feeling of togetherness and fortitude among the people surrounding me. It was then that I fell in love with the Brewers–I guess you could say it was love at first bat. It wasn’t just the Brewers though that I fell in love with, but the game of baseball itself. There is a reason why it is called America’s favorite pastime; why for generations, people young and old flock to baseball stadiums everywhere to take in a game, to see the excitement, to feel the thrill of competition, the joy of winning and the disappoint of defeat. There are no words to describe the first time you see a home run, a grand slam, a strikeout or a no-hitter. It may be just a game, but it is a game that will  leave you breathless with anticipation, of excitement, of loyalty and hope. If you have never been to a game, I strongly urge you to go; there really is nothing quite like it. One thing I have always wanted to take a summer and travel around the country, following the Crew, taking in a game at every stadium and field in the U.S. There is so much history and character found in these stadiums, not to mention the food–hot dogs aren’t the only things they are serving up these days. From gourmet steaks and sushi to delectable bananas foster and cheesecake, stadiums everywhere are now offering fans a first-class dining experience to go with their game. How crazy is that? If you ask me, I still prefer a good ‘ol tube steak smothered in ketchup 🙂 

So as another season draws upon us and we get ready to lace up our cleats, dust off our old gloves, and practice our bat swings, I ask you to have fun. Baseball is a game that brings together people from all different backgrounds, ages, race, ethnicities and beliefs. For one game, a mere 9 innings, 3 hours, we are all the same. We are bonded by a team, by a hope and a faith that they will be victorious. Have fun. Grab your mom, your dad, your sister or brother. Grab your husband, your wife, your boyfriend or girlfriend. Grab your best friend or roommate. One of the things that makes this game so much fun, so meaningful is not just the game, but who you watch it with. The season is upon us my friends.

Go Brewers!

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