April 16 12

We have been in Milwaukee for 11 days. It has actually—

considering that I am currently sleeping in the same room as all three of my children—

considering the coffee—

considering that 8.5 days of the 10 were spent eating nothing but gut-rot inducing Passover food—

considering the weather was mostly crappy—

considering that last night I had a vomiting child—

considering I was a single parent for most of it—

been a really great trip.

We visited the zoo and made friends with a penguin and almost gotten eaten by an angry gorilla and held cute baby twin girls (and even had a photoshoot!) and saw a movie (Mirror Mirror) and played many, many games of Catan and had this lovely lady come for a visit and we made about a billion melty bead creations to the point where I’m ready to add “professional melty bead creator” to my Twitter bio and we tried a Milwaukee institution—root beer floats at Kopp’s Frozen Custard—and we completed five 400-piece puzzles and we went for walks and bought three boxes of Chocolate Chex and went to Target twice and shopped for a new SUV and then last night

Mom: Hey Ali, wanna go out for dinner and go with me to see a performance of Othello done by biker gangs?

Me: I don’t understand how this is even a question. WHEN DO WE LEAVE?

Mom: It might not be all that good, but it will be nice for you to get out of the house and have a child-free minute.

Me: Are you kidding? I probably could not be more excited. Shakespeare meets Sons of Anarchy meets West Side Story? BEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO THE LAND OF BEER AND CHEESE!

Let the record show that I know more about Shakespeare than Harley Davidsons, and Othello is, by far, my favorite work of the old Bard of Avon. But, you know, I was the one person on earth who saw O in the theater and loved the heck out it. But, then again, 10 Things I Hate About You as Taming of the Shrew worked for me too. So, what I’m saying is that I kind of dig the loose interpretation thing. And, also, I dig when the dude playing Iago looks like a cross between Jon Krasinski and Andrew Garfield and knocks his many, many soliloquies out of the midwestern park. Impressed, I was.

But perhaps I shouldn’t have allowed the kids the go with their Zaydie for an all-you-can-stuff-down-your-gullet movie + pizza + pop + candy + popcorn night.

Because it never ends well. Ever. (O! now, for ever. Farewell the tranquil mind; farewell content!) Which should be super fun for our drive to Chicago and flight to Toronto today.

But at least I didn’t have to see The Three Stooges.

So there’s that.


  1. Can’t say I’m not thrilled to be done with Passover food. I actually loved 10 things I hate about you.

    Comment by Corey Feldman on April 16, 2012
  2. I said this on Twitter, but I am glad you liked it. I have debated going to see it but I purchased tickets today. 🙂

    Have fun with your remaining time here in Milwaukee and next time you come, you should check out Leon’s Frozen Custard Stand. It’s a close second to Kopp’s.

    Comment by Shannon on April 16, 2012
  3. I think I am going to have to try Chocolate Chex when I jump south of the border in 2 weeks…and who could go across the border without a stop at Target. I’m sort of sad it’s finally coming to Canada because I really don’t think it will be the same. But…I will have a Target 15 minutes away, instead of almost 3 hours, so there’s that!

    Comment by Amanda on April 16, 2012
  4. The Mayor is so fired from babysitting.

    Comment by Kristabella on April 17, 2012
  5. TOTALLY fired! 🙂

    Comment by ali on April 17, 2012

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