Friday, October 17, 2008

Who Says You Can't Go Home

Brian and his wife Jen flew in to Milwaukee late Wednesday night. They brought with them their children, Anna Rose and Matthew. My younger brother Robbie was going to drive to Milwaukee for dinner, so I decided to take the day off for a day trip up to Wisconsin. My mom and dad wanted to take the kids to a pumpkin farm in the afternoon, so I tried to time my trip early so I could come along.

The Amtrak train is by far the most comfortable way to Milwaukee. I boarded the train with 2 minutes to spare on account of my penchant for procrastination. Since I don't like staring out the window for an hour and a half (I've done this many times before) I brought my laptop and had a wireless internet card courtesy of my employer that kept me "busy" on the train. I arrived in Milwaukee right around noon and my dad, Brian, and young Matthew were already there to pick me up.

When we got to the house, my parents' dog Zeus gave me a very doggy greeting. He's a great dog, very friendly and loyal. He loves to play but listens to you when you tell him to stop, usually. Jen had just put Anna Rose to bed, so we went out for a walk through the park behind the house. I took a few pictures of the fall colors and then we went to the pumpkin farm.

Basse Farms sells pumpkins, apples, and other things. I took some pictures of the family around the farm and we bought a few apple pies for dessert. The corn maze and other attractions were not operating because of the weekday. After we returned home, I went for a walk through the park to photograph the sunset against the fall colors. I managed to get a couple good shots, but it was getting cold... I could see my breath!

We ate linguini with clam sauce for dinner. I'll need to get the recipe for this because Isabelle saw the photos and began demanding I learn how to cook it. We had dinner and played Wii for a while before I had to leave for the bus stop. The bus ended up being an hour late, so I sat outside for a while freezing! I ended up back in Chicago at 12:30am and slept a little later than usual before going in to work on Friday morning.

- Andy

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