It wasn’t the busiest of weekends but it was pretty fun so I want to remember it. So for a brief period last week we had really nice weather like in the 60s! The weekend was stormy and cold.
Friday I stayed late at work and then met my friend to go for a run in the warm weather. We overdressed and looked like moms with zip ups tied around our wastes. It was an easy run, we could talk just fine and we were out for 45 minutes.
Saturday morning I had my normal 8am Spin class and it was race day! I went to my hometown in the afternoon to play cribbage for my Aunt and Mom’s cribbage league’s bust up party. Day drinking and 13 games of cribbage. It was fun until the end when I had had my fill of cribbage and just wanted to go home. I drove back to Milwaukee in the coolest storm I’ve ever witnessed. The lightening looked like starbursts. There were moments when it seemed like I was driving through a waterfall and then the hail hit! It was crazy and I was relieved when I got home. Rob and I had a late Mexican dinner on the southside and went out for a drink before going home.
Sunday was a cleaning day. I made some serious progress in my bedroom. Rob and I went to the Humane Society to look at cats, dogs and rabbits. I want another bunny! Then we picked up the kitten and got all his necessities. Lazy evening of kitten cuddles and tv.
I’ve really taken a liking to this whole “treat yo self” lifestyle.
The House on the Rock is a major Wisconsin landmark. And surprisingly as a Wisconsin native, I had never visited. So for the past few weeks, I have spent asking Rob to take me here and we finally took advantage of the warming weather and went over the weekend.
The Infinity Room was pretty incredible. The room is one very long, narrowing strip enclosed in tiny windows. The room waivers in the wind, slightly. The views were impressive.
The place was separated into 2 structures. The first was like Alex Jordan’s living spaces. A library, multiple areas for relaxing, a dining space and kitchen.
The second place consisted of what I imagine were his collections and inventions. He created music pieces that play instruments. It may have been my favorite part of this “exhibit”.
Similar to the Old Milwaukee section at the Milwaukee Public Museum, Alex Jordan’s “The Streets of Yesterday” captured a previous era. There were homes and shops created to capture what life was like in earlier times.
This was one of the music spaces he organized. All the instruments were attached to mechanical arms that played the instruments.
This marina room featured a massive whale and octopus. The outer walls held historical information and miniature versions of ships.
The woman’s bathroom in section 2.
Entrance to the Music of Yesterday.
The largest carousal in history. There are over 20,000 lights on the carousal and 182 chandeliers. There are no horses.
Section 3 was crazy! I felt like I was entering a scene from Casper. I’m not sure how to explain that since it’s been years since I’ve seen that movie but that was certainly my first thought when entering the room. This was maybe called a timpani tree. A bunch of drums hoisted up into a tree, it kind of makes sense, yeah? This section also consisted of creepy dolls.
It took about 3 hours to get through all of it. I think in warmer months, the Japanese gardens are open to walk through but this time of year, there wasn’t much color to see.