Let’s Talk about the Weather

No..like literally..let’s talk about the weather.  How bizarre has it been in February?  That groundhog called for more winter and man did mother nature deliver.

Now, I haven’t truly experienced the brunt of the snowpocolypse that has occured in the past 30 days because I live in South Carolina.  We’ve had cold and rainy, but no snow.  I’m sure those of you that live in the north are thinking of how fortunate I am, but as someone who is more of a summer than a winter…I don’t see fortune.  For us, if it snows decently, we pretty much shut down.  This means I can work from home, stay in my pj’s and drink coffee and hot chocolate while snuggling up with my hubby and the stinker (aka my adorable furbaby – Yota).

No snow, means going out in miserably cold and rainy conditions and no one ever wants to do that.  So…mother nature, if we are going to keep with this cold thing..can you toss some of the white stuff our way..and make it stick.  Otherwise..let’s warm it up a bit.

Speaking of warming it up though…next week we are supposed to get up to 78 degrees! Beautiful right..but it look at all that rain.  Can Spring just arrive already?

 

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While I know talking about the weather isn’t the most exciting topic..I’m kind of a nerd in that I OBSESS over the weather.  I check the daily/weekly/10 day and radar maps several times a day.   Maybe I’m hoping for a different outcome..although..that’s feeling a little close to the definition of insanity.  So..what about you.  Is there anyone out there that feels as passionately about the weather as I do?  Let me know in the comments below and we can obsess together.  

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Wisconsin…Milwaukee..Rain..Brewers..Day3

Today was our last full day in Wisconsin.  We have a 6:11am flight (ct) in the morning and have to be at the airport by 5am basically.  We had debated just sleeping in the airport, but decided to get an inexpensive hotel room instead.  I definitely feeling that it was worth it.  We are exhausted.  Let me start with this morning.

We had to be at the track by 7am because of early meetings and an early warm-up time.  We woke up to a cloudy morning.  As we made our way to the track…the rain started coming down.  From there it did nothing but pour for about the next 4 hours.  The track was soaked, but our actual enduro race wasn’t until 1pm.  So we skipped the warm-up (as most people did) and then decided to skip qualifying (which worked out well because they ended up canceling qualifying due to lightening).  The rain was supposed to stop around 11am and that would give the track a good amount of time to dry out some.  Around 10:45 the rain let up and we saw blue sky.  We had high hopes of being able to race.  That lasted about 30 minutes before it started to rain again.  So we looked up the radar on our phone and sure enough…there was another system of storms coming through…they weren’t going to be finished for at least another 2 hours.  That is when the decision was made to not run the enduro race.  So we packed up and headed out.

Andy and I drove into Milwaukee and decided to go to a Brewer’s baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals.  We had a great time and it was very relaxing.  It seems that baseball games go by so slow on tv, but in person…they fly by! We weren’t really cheering for either team, but it was still a lot of fun to be in the spirit that everyone had for their teams.  There are some great pics below and the whole package is on facebook.

After the game, Andy and I drove all around Milwaukee…hung out by Lake Michigan and in general just spent some time enjoying our last little bit of free time before heading back to work and school.  We had dinner at a great little seafood restaurant on the river in downtown Milwaukee and then came here to the hotel.  Overall..we are just beat from the weekend I think.  It will be good for us to get a few hours of real sleep.  6am flights are the worst…for me at least, I prefer a late night flight.  Have you ever dealt with an early morning flight and what are your thoughts on them?

Day 2…Wisconsin…Warmer!

Today was a much nicer day.  It got into the 70s which is always nice and I finally got warm enough to remove my scarf and hoodies.

We started out the day early (as we always do on a track weekend) and got to the track around 7:30 or so.  Overall, we had a decent day racing wise…everything went smooth and we ended the day without any major issues.  The sky clouded over a decent bit around 3pm with a threaten of rain maybe, but quickly passed and we were back to sunny skies.  Tonight is supposed to be thunderstorms and tomorrow a high of 85.

Now that I feel like I have given the full weather report…moving on..

I got some decent pics today, but not a whole lot…hoping to get some more tomorrow.  The hard part is that I am shooting with film and digital..which means..while I am taking a lot of shots..I don’t have the instant viewing capability on all of them.  So I won’t find out if the film shots came out for a week or so.  I posted a few from today below…let me know what you think all in all…

We’re getting ready to head out to dinner..hopefully we can find something decent.  These tracks are usually out in the middle of nowhere so the restaurant selections are very limited.

*On a side note…we found out that President Obama is scheduled to speak in Milwaukee tomorrow around the time we will be heading back that direction…should make for some interesting travel…good thing we aren’t trying to fly out tomorrow afternoon!

**I have a few more pics I want to post, but the uploader is being a real pain..hopefully I can edit and add them later…stay posted!

Wisconsin..Road America…Day 1

So…let me apologize in advance, but…I don’t have any pics to share today…I WILL have some tomorrow…I promise to be a better blogger and photographer.  I know it’s not an excuse, but it’s just so freakin’ cold here! For example…here is the weather for the next 36 hours:

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COLD! COLD! COLD!

However…tomorrow I am planning to suck it up and get the job done.

For those of you who don’t know…Andy and I are up here in the frozen tundra for a racing event.  He is coaching a client of his that drives in the PCA (Porsche Club of America) series.  We had a few minor setbacks today, but overall the day ended productively.

Quick Trackback:

We actually flew into Milwaukee last night and drove over the hotel.  We are staying in Sheboygan, WI which is about an hour away from Milwaukee.  We are decently close to Lake Michigan which is where I am guessing all of this cold and crazy wind is coming from…

Driving through Milwaukee was pretty cool..it gave me a chance to check out the scenery ahead of time.  Monday night we have some extra time…so I am going to take advantage and get some great industrial..bigger city type shots for a new series I am starting.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate with me…

I am going to go and try to warm up now…wish me luck…if anyone can give me any insight as to why this area never warms up (we were here July 2009 and I was still cold most of the days)…it would be greatly appreciated!