Category Archives: wisconsin

Pandas on Parade

I have a new favorite tea from Fava Tea Company: Pandas On Parade. It is a herbal, fruit tea with bamboo leaves in it! 

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Very yummy! I think is going to be one like Duchess of Earl, something to always have on hand!

Tom + Chee

Tonight I ate at Tom + Chee, a restaurant that specializes in grilled cheese. (You might have seen them on Shark Tank.) My sandwich was yummy but it was the desert that really stole the show: 

That’s right…grilled cheese donuts.

It is a weird combination that totally works. 

International Women’s Day

Are protests really the answer? 

Today in France, protesting women left the workplace twenty minutes early to bring awareness to gender wage gaps. In Rome and other places, protesters blocked traffic and shut down public transportation. In the United States, women called for a “day without women,” resulting in closed schools and empty jobs. All of this was in the name of “equality and empowerment.”

But do protests really bring that about? 

Today I was in Madison for work. Around lunch, a small group of women began marching around the capital, waving signs and declaring their desire for change. I am sure they had a variety of motives for being out there, many positive and genuine. However, while they were protesting and waving signs with words like “This pussy fights back,” my co-workers (mostly females!) and I were working hard to bring about actual change. 

This really hit home for me during a meeting we had with political and social thought leaders this afternoon. Outside, we could still hear the women chanting, “Hey, hey, ho, ho, the patriarchy has got to go!” Inside, my group gathered to talk about the heavy tax burden and over-regulation that make life harder for men and women. The meeting was definitely gender-skewed; there were about 5 women and 20 men present. Was this representative of the patriarchy keeping us down? Hardly! We had an equal voice at the table. 

What would have happened if we decided to take a day off of work and protest the fact that there were fewer females than males represented? The meeting definitely still would have happened, but without our voices. 

Protests play a role in democracy, but they won’t solve the world’s problems. If you want to make a difference, you have to work for it. Change takes drudgery; it takes showing up day after day, even when you are in the minority. The only thing a #daywithoutwomen accomplishes is another day when women’s voices – and true solutions for equality and empowerment – are absent from the table. 

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A few of my fabulous, female co-workers. These ladies inspire me to keep fighting. 

Conversations with Co-Workers

“Amy was basically raised on a farm! Weren’t you?” my co-worker turns to me with a beaming smile. 

My own smile freezes as I try and think of how my very suburban life could ever be construed as being “raised on a farm.”

“Ahhh, not really. I live in a subdivision,” I finally say. 

She nods as though I have just confirmed her point. “Well, I was raised in the inner city of Milwaukee, so we basically come from opposite ends of a spectrum.” 

I suppose if you really don’t live anywhere near grass, a subdivision could seem like a farm. Maybe? 

February’s Reprieve

The weather has been absolutely gorgeous today. Considering this is normally a month of ice and snow, the mid-sixties sun has been lovely. Cold and flu season has been hitting those around me hard; my co-workers have been stricken with sinus infections and strep. I have been fighting a sore throat and stuffy nose for a week now and it has been enough to make me feel miserable. However, even though I am as congested as ever today, this weather is lovey enough to convince me I’m doing fine. Hopefully it will have that effect on everyone! 

  I know this weather won’t last but it sure is getting me excited for Spring*!



*This enthusiasm for Spring will quickly disappear once my pollen allergies reappear. 

Even when I know where I’m going, I don’t.

Today I made it all the way to Madison and back without a GPS! I know I’ve been making this drive almost every month for nearly 2 years, but you have to understand, directions aren’t my strong suit. Or my weak suit. Or really, in the suit at all. 

That said, my triumph today is tinged with embarrassment. I got on the highway towards Madison and drove for a good 5 minutes before it dawned on me that I was driving in the opposite direction of where I wanted to go. I was even looking for a specific exit and had been studying all the signs towards Milwaukee with great interest without it once dawning on me that I was not even pointed in the right direction.

It wasn’t that I was lost, per se. In fact, I’m rarely lost. I am, however, frequently turned around. Today was one of those days.

TeenPact Wisconsin

Today I got the chance to attend TeenPact Wisconsin’s graduation ceremony. According to their website,

TeenPact is a dynamic, hands-on leadership school for Christian students. Our mission is to train youth to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend their Christian faith and engage the culture at a time in their lives when, typically, they do not care about such things.

In high school, a lot of my friends did TeenPact. I, however, was a Gen Jer and 100% loyal to Generation Joshua. There was no room for anything else. I got a taste of what I missed out on attending the graduation today. It was really cool. 

TeenPact gives students the opportunity to learn about legislation, pass bills, etc. in each state’s capital.This particular group numbered about 40 and they spent their 4-day camp working inside Madison’s beautiful capital. For their last session and graduation, they were in the state Assembly Chamber. 

I still hold the Generation Joshua iGovern camps were (and will always be!) better, but I’m glad an opportunity like this exists. It is a great way to make government understandable and applicable for students.