Watching Hockey While Eating a Brat with Goldens at My Feet

One of the many reasons I like being married to Brody is that I feel like we complement each other well. Through our almost four years of marriage, we have adapted to each other to create a happy union.

For example, when I first met Brody, he rarely paid attention to prices and rarely considered items on sale. On the other hand, I grew up with a mother who bought just about everything on sale; I call this frugal (cheap sounds insulting). Money is often a reason for couples to fight, but I am proud to say that we have slightly altered our previous habits to meet in the middle.

There are some things in life I never would have imagined I would participate in or care about before I met Brody, but I embrace these interests because they are now a part of our life together.

My view from the lobby watching Brody’s hockey league.

I knew NOTHING about hockey before Brody, but because he had (and still does) tickets to the Badgers’ home games, it was something we started doing together. When I first started watching, I could barely follow the puck. Now, because of Badger games and watching the Blackhawks on tv, I kind of know what is going on. I am still learning all of the referee calls/motions, but at least I can follow the puck and see the goals happen.

Before Brody, I didn’t eat a lot of meat and could’ve easily been a vegetarian. Being single made it difficult to cook full dinners, so most of the time, the only meat I would have would be deli meat for sandwiches. That all changed once we bought our house and moved in together.

Hard to see, but that food item on the far left is a brat.

Brody is definitely a “meat and potatoes” guy. I like meat – don’t get me wrong – but if it were totally up to me, we would have a meatless meal every now and then. Brody’s love of meat has encouraged me to try new recipes, often from Eat Live Run (I made her Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pasta Skillet last night) and Skinnytaste.

My family had a shih tzu poodle mix named Boo. He didn’t care for kids, other dogs, cows, or barns (because cows were often by the barns). Brody’s family often had Golden Retrievers. When we began talking about bringing a dog into our family, I was hesitant about Goldens because they were bigger than what I thought I wanted and they shed like crazy. I am so glad I listened to Brody and let him convince me of the amazingness of Goldens. I cannot fathom a life without Moose and Frankie, and although they are both large (105 and 85 lbs. respectively) and they leave a blanket of hair for me to vacuum up every week, they are SO worth it.


What things did you start to care about or enjoy after moving in with your significant other?

Busy Busy Bee

Happy Friday! It was not my intention to have yet another title using alliteration, but it happened and I am okay with it. I had a jam-packed day and have another one tomorrow. Here’s the low-down…

One of my professional goals is to improve my teaching and always be looking for new ways to get kids thinking deeply.  I went to a reading conference in Milwaukee and had so much fun! I have gone to this particular conference for the last three years and I always come back inspired and refreshed. A session led by Carol Jago really hit home for me, and I can’t wait to use what I learned from her in the classroom next week already.  This conference was a little different than past ones because I knew two people presenting; a college friend, Nicole, presented a session about “brain speech” and a colleague friend of mine presented about reading interventions at the secondary level. I am very proud of both of them!


One session I attended emphasized the importance of writing in front of your students and seeing yourself as a writer, which is one of the reasons I started this blog! Yah for self-reflection and growth!

When I got back to town, I picked up the dogs from daycare, dropped them off at home, and headed to meet Brody for dinner before the hockey game. We ended up at Brickhouse BBQ; I had a Celebration by Sierra Nevada and the Pulled Pork Cobb salad (and of course forgot to take a photo – epic fail). It was delicious even though they forgot the hard boiled egg. We ate quickly and headed to the Badger hockey game.

“This is the worst day of my life so far.”
-Brody, 9:58pm

This quote should be an indicator for how the Badgers played. It was not pretty: multiple fights, roughing the goalie (us roughing theirs), and a score of 0-5 when we left at the end of the second period.

Wisconsin Badgers losing to St. Cloud State Huskies

To continue my busyness, I need to run four miles tomorrow morning, meet a coworker friend for coffee at 7:30am, and judge a forensics tournament from 8:30am to mid-afternoon. B and I have dinner plans tomorrow night with another couple; we are going to Muramoto. Not only is their sushi fantastic, they make a killer cocktail called Sunset Over Soho.

Whether your weekend is busy and active or lazy and slow, have great one!