Monday, December 6, 2010

Six degrees

It is december, and it is time for a plater updater session. Joey and I are just enjoying the freezing temperatures here in the midwest. I work at UW Credit Union and Gigi's cupcakes. Two great jobs...gigi's is way more fun though. It is a nice balance.
Being a teller helps me with being professional and learn how to be smart with finances for free. While making cupcakes is happy time. I get my baking urges satisfied, I get gossip time with the ladies, and I get free cupcakes. Yeah work life is good right now. It is extremely busy, but I like it.
I am also taking a match class at MATC Madison. I am almost done with it!! Even better I am going to pass!!! Yes passing college algebra will probably be one of my biggest accomplishments in life. I have attempted this class three other times so the 4th better be the charm. You could say math isn't my strong suit. Or you could say that College Algebra is ridiculous and should burn in Hell. You choose.
It is ironic how I hate math but work at a bank. At a bank though it is simple math, and you get to use a calculator on your computer while it looks like you are doing fancy things to look up the member's account.
Joey's job is going just dandily. So are is fish. He has three gorgeous blue discus that are trying to make babies. Either they or the tetras are eating their eggs though. Stupid fish we want to create life!
We tried curling a couple weeks ago. That was interesting. Joey was a natural, and well, I was extremely awkward. I feel like Joey discovers the strangest talents. Such as this curling sport. Another is his knitting skills. I would blame that on his mother though. She is awesome at that kind of stuff.
Other than working and school, our lives aren't too eventful. Unless you consider hours of Call of Duty Black Ops with our neighbor as such, then we party like rock stars everyday.
We will be in Utah on the 17th...can't wait! We are going to party and ski and attend/ be a part of a Rockin wedding!
Siehe bald!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Long time no see

Hey everyone sorry for not updating regularly I am one busy lady! I have been working lots at Pier 1 Imports, and I like it there more now. I have learned to overcome boredom for the most part, and I have made some pretty cool friends.

This past week I have been in formal training for my 2nd job as a teller at UW Credit Union. I have one more week of seminars and "training" on how amazing UW Credit Union is. In the afternoons I get to go to the branch that I will be working at to get my feet wet as a teller. I like that part of my day because I get to be around lots of different people, and start to befriend my coworkers. Working at this bank will be super cool I am on state street and a stones throw away from UW campus. It is the mecca for UW students, bums, and all other madisonians to hang out shop, and have a merry old time. I have been warned not to step in the occasional dried up vomit on the sidewalk from the night before, and that there are about 4 bums (which names I can't remember) who are regulars on state street and are totally harmless.

Joey still likes his job and has just moved into his official office. The building is really cool and Asian themed. He is in the process of creating his best tank yet in his office right now. It is also going to be in the Takashi Amano style like my tank. I love visiting Joey's office because every floor has a coffee room with free juice, milk and chocolate milk! Also in a big cabinet there are millions of assorted tea bags so I like to steal the herbal ones for my collection at home. Eating lunch here is also super amazing. The food is delish and out of control cheap.

Weather in Wisconsin is pretty intense sometimes. It actually rains here for starters. In Utah it sprinkles, in Wisconsin? it pours! Lots of rain and huge lightning storms I love it! I actually think I prefer rainy days over hot sunny ones...yes I know I'm a little bit crazy. The other night it was stormy looking and the sky was really dark towards the north. Then all of a sudden the sky went pumpkin orange. I am not exaggerating. I was at work when it happened and my manager was calling people asking if tornado warnings had gone out when all of a sudden lightning struck somewhere close because all the windows in the store shook! I was kinda freaking out inside, but then we found out that orange sky means hail, and greenish sky means tornadoes. The storm passed and we all lived.

Last night Joey and I went to a restaurant called Bluephies which we found most tasty. I had "the Bluephie" which is their signature sandwich with turkey, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, some type of delicious aioli sauce, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, and yummy bread. Joey had a hard core mac n cheese with chicken, broccoli, onions removed, three cheese blend and topped with a panko bread crumb mixture. As for dessert I ordered the "chocolate cookie dough egg rolls". Yes basically they are two deep fried rolls of cookie dough with vanilla frozen custard to wash it down with. I love the food here! Just have to run a little more the next day. Just FYI in general the traditional cuisine of Wisconsin is greasy, meaty, cheesy, and probably full of nitrates and other harsh chemicals. "Moderation in all things" haha.

After Bluephies we walked to the nearby park which is a lake and chilled for a bit. There was a band playing, people playing soccer, Frisbee, horseshoe, canoeing on the lake etc. It was very picturesque. At the shore of the lake there were some gals log rolling! They were training for the competition that was going to be the next day. It was really cool to watch, they make it look very easy.

I think that is all that is new around birthday is next monday!! I am super excited, just wish I could participate in the things that turning 21 represents. Oh well. There is a restaurant here in Madison called the Nitty Gritty and it is THE place to go for your birthday. I guess it is a City tradition, but that tradition is most likely based on the free mug you get that has unlimited beer refills. My friends at work tell me that is the first stop you make when you turn 21. Get in as much beer as you can, then head to a fun bar for the hard stuff. I asked how the food was, but they didn't know they went there to get drunk not eat haha. As for my 21st birthday celebrating plans I am not quite sure I might want to go to Chicago but we will see. I want cross country skis though if anyone was going to ask what I want..that and money. Thanks!

Stay classy everyone

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

While exploring

Here are some random pictures of discoveries I have made in Mad-town. I found an amazing park that is right on the lake. Which lake I am not sure I think it is Mandota. I found a bum sleeping in the shade, playing in front of a grocery store, and the other night Joey and I discovered that bums take over state street after finals are over and college students aren't swarming downtown. During the summer there are lots of sailboats on the lakes, and on sundays the public can watch professional water skiers practice on the lake from one of the parks. It is interesting sundays are busy days outside of utah. Many sports tournaments, state championships for high school etc are held on sundays in Wisconsin. The one picture with the lake and the downtown buildings in the background is part of the UW campus. It is an AMAZING campus. Mom there is a street named after you!.... Or you after it? hmmm

Few more from the museum roof

Madison's Museum of Contemporary Art

After the Farmers' Market we went down State Street to the art museum. It was alright, they are under construction for a new exhibit so there wasn't much to see. Also we weren't allowed to take pictures inside the museum but we took some on their roof area. There is also a really nice restaurant up there that I want to try.

Sunday walk in the park

This is a small park just up the street from us. There are LOTS of parks in Madison. I like to run in one that during the winter has cross country skiing trails! I am super excited for winter so I can get into the sport. I told Joey that I am going to the Olympics in it so watch out! I wish I had a small camera to take with me on my runs, there are so many things I want to take pictures of while I am on them. One morning at around 6 it was foggy and the sun was just starting to come over the hills. It was gorgeous! Running around here is magic I love it!

Downtown (and I think I figured out how to fix the pics!)

Monday, May 17, 2010

sideways photo frustration

Alrighty I still have tons of pictures to put up but I need to fix the sideways photos problemo sooo until then no more pictures sorry!

More of the Capital

sorry if the pictures are sideways I don't know how to fix that

The capital

The Capital of Wisconsin is Madison and we live here! The plans for the Wisconsin state capital building are almost identical to the DC capital building. Aka this building is quite large. The plans had to be made different from the nation's capital for obvious reasons, so the Madison building has a smaller rotunda and that is about it. Granted this is just what a local told me so who knows how true that is. Nonetheless it is a pretty cool did you know? type of info to log in your brain.

Sort of out of order sorry!

Welcome to Madtown

Madison is so amazing! We live in the burbs but can get to downtown Madison in just a couple minutes, which is great because there is so much to do!
Joey is enjoying work at epic. He had a staff meeting today(with 3000 employees!). At epic they have a meeting once a month with all the staff, and then lunch at the campus cafeteria is free! To keep the staff happy during the meeting there are personal popcorn bags and soda. Yes I think Joey will like it at Epic.
I just got a little job at pier 1 imports, and it is ok...not going to lie it's pretty boring, but hey it is a job! I might be getting another part time job at the local bank which would be better pay than at the pier. I am crossing my fingers I get it, and you can cross yours too.
Getting to know our way around town is taking some time but we (aka me Jessica) are getting pretty good at finding our way with out being attached to the ipod touch's maps app.
We went to the Dane county farmer's market (which is #1 in the nation!) on Saturday. It was really cool. It takes up the whole capitol square jam packed with booths and people. There is fresh produce, organic anything. REAL meat that is kosher in my eyes. Cheese of any sort from any milking livestock. One of my favorite parts of the market was the assortment of baker's booths and all the yummy treats! Those will be hard to eat sparingly! When we arrived to the market parking was a little bit of a nightmare, but after that we grabbed a hearty and healthy breakfast at a baker booth. Joey had a cinnamon roll, and I had a rhubarb turnover. We bought some crazy thick and delicous asparagus and rhubarb. I actually cooked them tonight. I made asparagus flan and rhubarb crisp for dessert. It was delish.
Well there isn't much else to update now other than I am starting my own aquarium soon! Ha ha yes you may giggle a little. We bought a little 2.5 gallon tank, and I am going to attempt creating a "takashi amano" style tank. Who or what is takashi amano? just google it, his tanks are effing awesome.
Enjoy all the photos!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Orientation of the Plater Updater

Hello everyone and welcome to Joey and Jessica's blog! Since we decided to set out on the adventure to live in beautiful Wisconsin, we thought it was best to create a blog so our family and friends we left behind in the Wild West can be kept updated on our lives and not miss us too terribly...hopefully. Enjoy our story as it grows... and we will add lots of pictures don't worry!