Did my readers have a good weekend? I had a really fun one, starting with Friday night, when Travalon went to watch high school basketball. I brought four pizzas over to Richard Bonomo’s house to share with him, Kathbert, Jilly Moose, and Antoshka. After all that pizza, Jilly Moose and I needed to burn off a LOT of calories – she showed me how to scan the bar code on the pizza box to get the calorie information in our health app – so we had a dance party right in Rich’s living room. Antoshka provided some background music and kind of made fun of us, but he was so entertaining about it that we just laughed. We all said he could be the next Richard Simmons, but he didn’t know who that was, so Rich showed him a video, and he did a great impression. It was so much fun, and Jilly Moose and I did manage to burn off all our calories.
Saturday Travalon had to work, but we had time to go out for coffee before he had to head in, and then I met Jilly Moose and OK Cap for lunch at the Great Dane. Travalon and I went back to Sauk to see eagles, but this weekend we had no luck. In the evening we went to the Tipsy Cow for dinner (the goat cheese curds are so amazing!), then we had some time before our show started, so we went to what Travalon thought was a sports bar called Woofs. As soon as I walked in, I realized our mistake: I was the only woman in the place, and the walls were covered with pictures of hot young men with barely any clothes on. Once we were outside, we realized the “Open” sign was rainbow, so that should have been our first clue it was a gay bar. We went to the Argus Bar instead, which is a lovely old pub. The show was a Brazilian Carnaval concert with lots of samba music, and I danced so hard that I worked off those cheese curds (per my health app), but the dancers weren’t going to perform until 12:30 and we were tired so we left just before midnight.
Sunday morning we overslept and missed our usual Mass, so we went to the nearby church at a later time and then headed to Cross Plains for lunch at Coach’s. Travalon is doing a survey of all the local places serving chicken wings, and he says so far they are the winners. Then we went back to Sauk but still didn’t see any eagles. We did, however, see one of the other people from my Irish class. We drove to the Crystal Lake resort for a quick drink (I had water – do you know how many calories are in a beer??), and then we went for an invigorating hike on the Ice Age Trail with Rodney. We watched the Super Bowl at home, and I indulged in some pizza and a beer, but boy – calories! I had to walk/run through quite a bit of the game to work it all off! We both felt the officiating was biased against Carolina, and some other people I’ve talked to agreed. The refs called Carolina for every little thing but let Denver get away with some pretty egregious stuff. Plus the ads weren’t really all that entertaining this year. Travalon felt that for the 50th Super Bowl they should have had a halftime act that had been around for 50 years, like the Rolling Stones, but of course they had more hip hop type artists. Today people were saying that Cam Newton, Carolina’s quarterback, was a poor loser because in a post-game interview he just said, “They played better than we did.” What did they want him to say? What is there to say when you lose the biggest game of your career? I think people should cut him some slack. If you just lost the Super Bowl, would you really want to talk about it? Plus, can I just state how lame it is that they decided to forego Roman numerals for the Super Bowl when it would have been a simple one this year? Super Bowl L, not XXVII where you have to do math to figure out what the heck it is.