Saturday, December 19, 2009

Lessons learned after our first year of cutting our own tree

Lesson #1: Don't wear your good jacket and nice gloves to cut the tree. Bring some work gloves.

Lesson #2: Park your car as close as possible to the tree you have chosen.

Lesson#3: Pick a tree that can realistically fit in your car (especially if you have a long ride home, plus 2 more stops along the way. Also, make the tree farm your last stop, not your first)

Lesson #4: Let this guy get all the junk off your tree. No need to painstaking try to take it all off yourself (only to then realize that this guy and his shaking machine exist).

Lesson #5: Remember to bring the giant coupon the tree farm has on their website.

If you follow these easy and logical pieces of advice, your first tree cutting experience will be a bit less annoying and time consuming than ours. Nevertheless though, it was a beautiful day and we had a really fun time doing this together. We will most likely do it again next year. Hopefully we will learn from our rookie mistakes and we will follow our own advice.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009


I found out the 49ers had not sold all the tickets the Packers allotted them for the Sunday November 22nd game three days prior. Since I hadn't been to Green Bay for a game in almost seven years I felt compelled to make it work. I purchased two tickets (at face value, which I didn't think was even possible these days) and began to make travel plans. Once I knew Christina would not be joining me (subconsciously I think she cut off the tip of a finger at work Friday to have an excuse) I pulled the trigger on R/T flights into and out of Milwaukee. Saturday I landed in Milwaukee around noon after a one hour flight. My brother Adam picked me up and we immediately grabbed our friend Kes for lunch. In under two hours from when I left Minneapolis, I was sitting outside Sobleman's having a beer and burger. To keep the WI sports weekend theme, we stayed in Saturday night and watched the Bucks with friends.

Early Sunday we had a bowl of Packer Blitz cereal and prepared for the drive to Green Bay. Adam's friend Greg and his younger brother Tom came along.

Greg and Tom had friends tailgating (with a great view) who graciously shared some bratwurst and started off a wonderful afternoon of football.

Somehow I resisted the urge to buy any of this crap.

The game was wonderful. 57 degrees on the third week of November, in the sun, WOW! Great view! Great Packer victory! I'd say Adam would agree.

Until next time, Packer nation.