Vacation Sign-off

The other night we were driving in the car and I was going through my mental to-do list.

I’ll spare you the list. It has a bunch of stuff on it. It always has a bunch of stuff on it. I’m sure yours does too. The thing that was different was my reaction to it. Stress. Hopelessness. Will I ever get the things done that I have to get done and still find time for the things I want to get done?

So I was in the car and thinking about my list of stuff. Sure my email inbox is overflowing and people who sent me messages last week are starting to send me second messages this week to see if I got their first messages which I haven’t even had time to read yet.  I haven’t written a new post on crappy in over a week! But those things are okay. They can wait. What is not okay is that I’ve been constantly telling the kids, “We’ll do it later. Maybe another day.” Ah, the guilt. Will later ever come? Summer is almost over!

Right at that moment I looked up and saw a sign. A street sign. It was this one:

slow-down-sign

And I had to laugh. Thanks, universe, I heard you.

 

You see, right now the sun is shining too brightly.

crappy-sun

The kids are playing too sweetly.

summer-vacation

And summer is passing by too quickly.

time-never-stops

So I’m signing off for a few weeks to tend to the most important thing on my to-do list.

My family.

In fact, we’re heading home to Wisconsin to visit my family and enjoy all the things that Wisconsin has to offer. Which roughly consists of these four things:

wisconsin

It will be a blast.

See you in a few weeks!

 

 

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Disclaimer in the form of a conversation: 

Crappy Papa: You know someone is going to be pissed off by your Wisconsin picture.

Me: Why? It’s true!

Crappy Papa: People who live in Madison will get defensive, I guarantee it.

Me: I know, but I was born there and I went to college in Madison. All of my family is still there so I can make fun of it. This is like one of the rules of comedy. I’m totally allowed. Making fun of it is like making fun of myself.

Crappy Papa: So you are made of cheese, brats, Packers and beer?

Me: Pretty much. Minus the Packers due to an extreme case of sports apathy though. And since I haven’t been eating dairy or drinking beer for the last two months I guess not those either. Just brats. I’m made of brats.

Crappy Papa: When was the last time you ate a brat?

Me: Um…well… When I was in Wisconsin last year? See? This is proof of the accuracy of my picture. I win.

Crappy Papa: Ha ha ha. Are you going to mention other stuff we’re planning to do while we are there?

Me: You mean like going to small town brat & corn festivals to see demolition derbies and tractor pulls? And setting off fireworks on the barnyard? And going to thrift and antique stores because everything is so cheap and awesome? And driving down country roads and talking to cows and snooping in abandoned farmhouses?

Crappy Papa: Yeah.

Me: Nah. But I might tell those stories later. Who knows.

 

(PS – for the international folks, brats are sausages/bratwurst and the Packers are a football team. I can see how otherwise Wisconsin makes no sense at all.)

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170 Responses to Vacation Sign-off

  1. Mari says:

    I love this post ! You totally deserve a break and we are headed to Wisconsin next week as well! (I agree with your picture-0–and we’re summer residents, so not exactly the same but close!) ;)

  2. Liza Allen says:

    Awesome, enjoy the ride and thanks for the reminder!

  3. Angie says:

    Have a wonderful time! We all need down time to recharge, good for you for knowing when you need it and taking it!

  4. NaTasha says:

    Enjoy! And my family is from St.Croix. ;)

  5. Take time and smell the cheese! We will all still be here!

  6. joanna says:

    We were in rural WI for a family reunion a week ago. The picture’s accurate.

  7. Jill says:

    Fireworks on the barnyard and tractor pulls? I want to hear those stories! LOL Have a great trip!

  8. Stephanie says:

    Enjoy your family! Wisconsin is great.

  9. Abby says:

    Awesome. Family should always come first. Enjoy!

  10. Catherine says:

    WISCONSIN! You can take the girl out of Wisconsin, but you can’t take the Wisconsin out of the girl. I always say. ;) I agree with your map, it’s totally accurate. (from one Wisconsinite to another), enjoy your vacation!

  11. Stacey says:

    OMG, totally laughed my way through this post. I am from a small Wisconsin town that has a combine demolition derby coming up soon. My boys look forward to it every summer. It will have beer, brats, and cheese…wouldn’t miss it! ;) Enjoy your vacation!

  12. Jamie says:

    90% Packers, 2% beer, 8% brats. No cheese(unfortunately due to lactose intolerance and childrens’ allergies)

    • Toms Mom says:

      I’m from Pennsylvania, so here it would be cheese steaks, soft pretzels, Tastykakes, and Yuengling beer.

      • islajmom says:

        8.5 month pregnant Marylander….

        all i can say about this post is mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Yuengling……… so close I can almost taste it.

  13. Marna says:

    Your Wisconsin picture is totally true! Disclaimer: I grew up in Minnesota. ;-)

  14. Laura says:

    I totally thought it was brats… like bratty children – until I remembered you were talking about Winsconsin and it had to be brats! lol

  15. Brandi says:

    Enjoy! I LOVE Wisconsin – and the picture is very accurate. I spent seven weeks doing corporate training there, so I learned to love the cheese curd – and beer, definitely beer.

  16. Lisa says:

    That’s exactly what I see when I think of WI, but I’d replace Packers with milk :). Enjoy! And if you come to Milwaukee, I’ll let you know all the fun free stuff to do!

  17. Micki says:

    Math looks perfect to me! Enjoy your public disconnect. Those who truly love you are looking forward to your time and attention and those of us who love what you do will be patiently waiting your return!

  18. Kim says:

    That sounds like my kind of vacation (well, minus the beer, I don’t drink)! Have fun Crappy Family!

  19. Karen says:

    As a Madisonite I’m not offended! Although we do have some really nice restaurants here that serve things other than beer, cheese and brats I swear it, I don’t eat any of those. Have a great trip! Good on you for knowing what your priorities are!

  20. Kathy says:

    Ha! I live in the brat section!

  21. Mandy B says:

    YES!!!!

    Enjoy. As you say, time never stops.

  22. rtleeb says:

    Your depiction of Wisconsin is wrong. It should say, “5% cheese, 20% cheese curds”.

    And Madison is 100% beer, 30% brats, 22.5% cheese curds, and 38.25% people from out of state attending the university, drinking beer, and eating cheese curds…and cheese fries (those are pretty tasty too).

    just sayin’

  23. Saba says:

    …. Don’t forget the custard!!!

  24. Emily says:

    Love the picture! We’re from Fond du Lac and it’s totally true! I also love the comment your husband made about people from Madison, because that’s true as well. Madison folk are not like the rest of WI folk! Enjoy your vacation and your family! And thanks for the reminder to slow down and enjoy life!

  25. Erica says:

    All these comments are making me want to visit Wisconsin!

    Have a wonderful break with your family!

  26. neal says:

    Who needs fortune cookies when you’ve got street signs? Just be ready to turn around real quick when you see “dead end.”

    Good for you, Crappy mama. It’s a wise internet superstar who can put on the brakes when they know it’s needed.

  27. Tina W. says:

    Selfishly bummed that there will be a lull in crappy posts but what a wonderful reminder about what is important and focusing on the now. Thanks!

  28. Brenda says:

    Even though I don’t like beer, I’m from just north of Madison and I love your WI picture! Totally accurate.

  29. Jill says:

    To put Crappy Husband at ease, I am a lifelong Wisconsinite and a Madisonian for just under 10 years and I agree 100% with your map, especially at this time of year! Hope you have a wonderful time in your home state and might I suggest attending Irish Fest (8/16-8/18) at the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee, we’ll be looking for you and the whole Crappy Family!!!

  30. Cindi says:

    Born and raised in CA here, but I have several friends who live in Wisconsin. They have introduced me to the wonders of cheese curds, which I can not get here. Sigh. Enjoy!

    • Sanj says:

      (Former CA woman now in everything’s-homemade-Oregon, whispering so the Wisconsinites won’t hear) Cindi, you can make your own cheese curds :-) … It’s easy – google it. (they didn’t hear that, right?)
      Amber, have fun with your family!

  31. WordyDoodles says:

    Enjoy!!! You deserve a good rest and some time away. xoxo

  32. Sarah says:

    Crappy Papa’s Madison comment made me laugh out loud! I went to school there too, and wonder sometimes why they haven’t voted to leave WI. (I was born, raised, am currently reside in Green Bay.) Welcome home! :D (BTW, no beer for the last two months? Got some news for us???)

  33. Alice says:

    Small town festivals = deep fried cheese curds. YUM!! (even this lactose intolerant gal gives in!) Went to West High in Wausau, family lives in Athens! :) Gooooo Pack!

  34. shelby says:

    As a longtime resident and UW-Madison alum, for the record I’m not offended. I’ll second the 90% beer comment. And I’m in the same boat with you regarding sports apathy (I do love my Bucky though). And no brats or cheese for me since going vegan this year (my family think’s I’m crazy). But, if you wear your purple dress at the Sun Prairie Corn Fest, I’ll keep my eyes out. Make sure crappy baby is in a diaper too so I don’t miss ya

    • amber says:

      I think we’re going to miss the Sun Prairie one since it is mostly going on that weekend that we leave. Maybe though!

  35. Morgan says:

    Hahaha. I totally thought Brats was little jerky kids and not the delicious sausage thing. I was pretty confused. Especially when Crappy Papa asked when the last time you ate a Brat was. Ha!

  36. Jessica says:

    I agree with your map 100%! Wisconsin is made up of cheese, beer, Packers and beer. We have some pretty smart people here in Madison too. But mostly beer. I am currently planning a stay-cation for my husband and I in Madison. I want to do all the touristy stuff and stay in a downtown hotel even though I live 15 minutes from the capital. It’s a beautiful city :) Have the greatest of time!

  37. Jocelyn says:

    I live in Wisconsin!!! And your map, is accurate. But I put cheese as my top priority. Would love to say hi while you’re here, but you’re on vacation! So enjoy :)

  38. KatieB says:

    I, too, am a Wisconsinite and I am not the least bit offended by your portrayal.

    Speaking of beer, have you been to La Crosse’s Oktoberfest? It’s the best! (okay, so I’m a volunteer with the organization…I may be a bit biased..)

    • Melissa says:

      Oh, yes! Oktoberfest! I grew up in Onalaska…always have to make it back for the Maple Leaf Parade. So much fun. (Have you ever started tailgating at 5am for a parade? It’s pretty much the best day of the year.)

  39. Christina says:

    I just got back from visiting a friend in WI. My Texan WI math is 85% cheese/cheese curds/cheese-related items and 15% ridiculous humidity.

    • amber says:

      I always forget about the humidity but I’ve always rather liked it for vanity reasons. Makes my skin look younger and all dewy. It’s just sweat but that’s okay.

    • We just moved to Wisconsin from the Dallas area, and I have been *loving* the Wisconsin summer! I don’t even notice the humidity because the cool breezes are so wonderful!

  40. Amanda Reed says:

    Have an amazing vacation! Don’t worry a bit about us. We’re all busy trying to squeeze in as much summer as we can in the next few weeks. :)

  41. vicki says:

    Who KNEW there were so many ppl from Wisconsin in the world? LOL! Enjoy your time away with your family! LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!

  42. alyssa says:

    Yep, your Wisconsin pic is totally true. But I’m originally from Illinois, so I’m pretty sure I’m not allowed to say it.

  43. llaney says:

    Cheese, beer, brats and Pecan Kringle!!!

    Enjoy your vacation, I hope it is fabulous! Just take copious notes so you have lots of material to draw from when you return!

  44. Amanda says:

    When we are overloaded and something as random as a sign speaks to us in ways it wasn’t meant to…it’s usually God speaking to our hearts. I wish we all could slow down and enjoy our families more like you are about to do. Stay safe and God Bless!

  45. jk says:

    Ah, enjoy! And you know, I lived in Chicago for 8 years and travelled to and through Wisconsin many times. Wisconsin is awesome and the folks there know it. They know that people who poke fun are doing so like a loving, pesky brother. I’m on the west coast of Canada now and hope to someday be back in the mid-west, because I love love love it there. And I also love cheese, beer, brats and the Bears. ;)

  46. Jennifer says:

    As a Wisconsin native and an Accountant, I can attest that your math assessment of the state is 100% accurate. :) But then again I live in Milwaukee, WI where we throw a festival every weekend of summer (and most weekdays too).

  47. Woolies says:

    I want to talk to cows and go to small town fairs and stuff. Summer in Tucson is like winter everywhere else. You can’t go outside. Sucks. Reminder to self: Move. maybe to Wisconsin?

  48. Karin says:

    Enjoy your trip!!!! I’m a Wisconsin gal myself, now living in the mountains! It’s been crazy cool there, but of course when I visited this summer it was so humid you could cut the air it was so thick! Yuck! I definitely enjoyed your WI picture! Could not be more true!

  49. Susan says:

    I live in Madison, and your WI drawing is 100% accurate as far as I’m concerned. In fact, I am pinning it now so I can share it with my non-Wisco friends when they ask what its like to live here. U Rah Rah and all that stuff.

  50. Trisha W. says:

    Enjoy your family time and yes, you can make fun of your native State.

  51. WI MOM says:

    I’m in the Madison area and love your picture! So tell your crappy pappa he can shove it! Hope you can make it to Corn Fest in Sun Prairie while you are here- I’ll be working and have a buttery ear of corn (or ten in a “boat”) and a pitcher of beer waiting for you !

  52. Wisconsin picture = 100% hilarious and awesome. :) Have a great trip with your family!!

  53. Chris Carter says:

    Oh it’s SOOOOO good to take a breather from it all!!! You have earned it honorably!!! Enjoy ALL of that map… and then some! ;)

  54. Nicole says:

    Oh Crappy Papa….you need to spend MORE time in Madison to know that we would never take issue with that stunning infographic! (In fact, we love you MORE for it.)

    Folks in Madison are more likely to be up in arms for some political reason….not over beer, cheese, brats and the Pack!

    Shout out for CornFest in the comments above! Looks like all the Cheeseheads are crawling out of the woodwork for this post…I’m in Sun Prairie too! :)

    • Dee says:

      Exactly! Other commenters have covered it pretty well, but I can’t help piping in again to say that we cheeseheads would take *pride* in that graphic. Far from being offended! (Sadly, I live in MA now and I can’t tell you how hard it is to find good brats! Much less cheese curds!)

  55. Julie says:

    Cheese curds!

  56. Cari says:

    I’m a loyal but now displaced Badger married to another Badger. Your map & math are accurate – no protest on Library Mall necessary. If you stick around through Labor Day, you could go to my hometown’s Cow Chip Festival (ie dried cow poop flinging). Yep, that sounded normal growing up but now, not so much. Eat some cheese curds & drink some beer on behalf of those of us not making it back this summer.

    • Brit says:

      Oh my word that had me cracking up! Cow chip flinging! I love that it sounded normal to you growing up; that is too funny! I’ve road tripped through WI a few times but clearly we missed the REAL fun there! ;)

  57. Alicia says:

    Tell Crappy Papa that Wisconsinites don’t get offended by that stuff because we’re too busy drinking beer, eating brats and cheese, and waiting for Packer season to start….and Madison is the home of Brat Fest after all.

    Sounds like you’re coming just in time for the State Fair…mmm cream puffs…

  58. Linnea says:

    My daddy was from Lund, near Pepin and Stockholm. Wisconsin is good people. I was attacked by giant mosquitos the size of hummingbirds every summer. Mom just visited daddy’s old place and brought me Ellsworth Creamery cheese curds. Nomnomnom

    Have a LOVELY vacation.

  59. Karen L. says:

    OK, so call me a die hard vegetarian, but I thought the “brats” were the type of kids they grow in WI. Silly me! After all, the subject matter is usually kids.

  60. Melissa says:

    What about the Wisconsin Dells??? I’ve never been there but that’s all I hear about from people who go to Wisconsin. I think it’s a water park or something…

    • Karen says:

      Wisconsin Dells is an actual town. I grew up just north of there. There are several waterparks there – which is what it became famous for. Noah’s Ark was (at least when I was growing up) the biggest water park in the country. There are some indoor and outdoor waterparks along with a million other touristy things there.

  61. Kari says:

    Yes, have fun! And go to the Dells and eat some cheese curds! I’ll wave from IL. :) I really hope you enjoy your time with your family.

  62. Lisa says:

    I guess you know where I am NOT from…when I think brats I think a bunch of kids. Haha. It wasn’t until the talk of eating brats that my brain switched. Cannibalism, frowned upon pretty much everywhere.

  63. Michelle K says:

    Head down to Mke… see ya there!

    Drink Wisconsinbly!
    http://jerkassclothing.com/t-shirt/drink-wisconsinbly-red-white

  64. Stephanie says:

    This post was sweet, totally triggered my pregnancy hormones. I teared up a little :) have fun!

  65. Kim says:

    Enjoy your weeks off and Wisconsin. Now I am trying to figure out what I would put in a map of Minnesota; 85% lakes, 10% frozen lakes, and 5% frozen beer (warning – don’t leave it cooling in the snow too long!)

    • amber says:

      Yep, and 50% mosquitoes. (I live there for ten years too. I can make fun. ;) )

      • Kim says:

        I was trying to fit them in there somewhere but already had 100% and I am lazy. Rained today so I bet they will be out in force in a day or two.

        • Kim says:

          Another Kim here to add fishing and deer flies :) Fished for many northerns and was bit by a deerfly. Used to go from CA to MN every couple of years growing up since my dad grew up on a farm there and all 13 sisters and brothers were still there. Loved it.

  66. Melissa Platkowski says:

    Yep, map’s accurate. Except the Packer percentage has to be a little higher in a big circle right around Green Bay, because in Green Bay there’s Packer stories on the news every day of the year. We are also proud of our, um, native cuisine. Sweet corn is ripe now, too, so eat lots of that, preferably grilled. Welcome home!

  67. KT says:

    Your WI picture is perfect. Exactly what I enjoy when visiting family in WI! Have a great trip

  68. Linda says:

    As someone who is married to a man from Northern Wisconsin (and lives in St. Paul), you forgot the mosquitoes. Wisconsin is about 50% mosquito. Oh, and they now make brats that have a cheese filling, so you can get two in one!

    Enjoy your vacation.

  69. Melissa says:

    As a Wisconsin Girl all my life and fellow UW grad, welcome home! Enjoy all the fun of a Wisconsin summer!

    ps…it’s State Fair, so I think we should at least be 3% cream puff. But the rest of it is pretty accurate. :)

    • Mary says:

      oh the State Fair cream puffs! I distinctly remember those from when was ten years old…which was like a million years ago.

  70. Mac says:

    Way to prioritise! I hope you all have a great time. Crappy pictures is great and all, but nowhere near as important as your family.

  71. Two things:

    #1. Earlier today I was sitting in the bathroom, on the thrown, giggling away. Meanwhile, the baby was screaming because I had put her down for more than 0.00087 seconds and the preschooler was manically laughing as she chased the poor yowling cat around with a squirt bottle. Why was I giggling, you ask? Because I just read the line in your book about it being your secret wish that some other mother reads it as she hides from her kids in the bathroom. Solidarity, my sister. Solidarity.

    #2 I will personally treat your entire family to your choice of frozen custard if you’re near the Waukesha area and promise to sign my book. Thanks for the laughs!

  72. SkokieMick says:

    Have a well-deserved rest and remember to drink plenty of Spotted Cow. In fact, drink ONLY Spotted Cow…*mmmmmm Spotted Cow*

    OK, I think I need to road trip it up to Kenosha to get some.

  73. ericka says:

    wheres the cows? :P

  74. Angela says:

    I am from Australia. So excuse my ignorance but what the heck is a brat & what are Packers? Bratwurst????

    • lori CS says:

      Brats are similar to a sausage…usually made out of pork and best eaten after boiling in beer and then grilling. They are frequently enjoyed while watching the Packers which is an NFL football team…American football not soccer. Year round you will see people decked out in their green and gold colors. People are pretty serious about their Packers and for those of us living in area that arent sports fans are looked on as aliens LOL.

  75. Mary says:

    My dad is from Milwaukee and I have spent many a humid summer in WI so I consider myself half a cheesehead when people ask about enthicity.

  76. Karin says:

    Native Wisconsinite here and I love this picture. 105% accurate.

  77. Amy says:

    I live in Madison and think your map is entirely accurate – bad math included. No defensiveness here!

  78. Sawany says:

    I’m from Wisconsin and I fully endorse your description

  79. Kim says:

    Last week my son walked over with my to do list and said “mom, you mean you have a whole list of things you write down to do so you don’t have to spend time with us???” To-do lists are the enemy family time! He found another one and wrote “spend time with kids” on it. So apparently I have been too busy as well. Time to SLOW DOWN… have a great trip!

  80. AngieG says:

    I’m from Madison, and I love your graph. Totally accurate….that’s why I love it here!

  81. Dave R says:

    Very nice! Would be great if there was a link directly to that Wisconsin pic, so I could send it out and it would link back to your post? Hard to explain, but I want that pic to be the thumbnail in my facebook post.

  82. Amber says:

    Why on earth did I always think that brats were spelled braughts? And why does spell check think that brats should be arabs, and braughts should be brats? I thought we were talking about people who are bratty when you first said brats. Nope, the food brats. I do not think I ate brats while I was in Wisconsin, but I did eat cheese!

  83. Amber says:

    Thanks for doing your international reader clarification at the end of the post. Coming from NZ, I was thinking Wisconsin was 50% full of naughty street kids and grocery store packers.
    Hope you have a GREAT holiday in the sun!

  84. Hilary says:

    As someone who currently lives in WI (not too far from Madison) I agree with the map and hope you enjoy yourselves.

  85. Jenn says:

    Good for you! Love the posts but you deserve a break.

  86. Jennifer says:

    This fellow Wisconsinite also feels that your picture is totally accurate. I love it. If you make it to State Fair this week you can fulfill all aspects of the chart in one go! Plus all the other wonderful things that others have mentioned like the frozen custard, cream puffs, corn, cows and mosquitoes!

    Enjoy your time back home!

  87. Pam says:

    Things I love about WI and didn’t appreciate until I moved here
    1) all things in the map (except the Packers.. I grew up rooting for another NFL team)
    2) the fact that the responses above show that Wisconsinites (including those in Madison) can take a joke

    If you are near Madison hope you get to the Farmer’s market – best one I’ve ever seen! And out to Sassy Cow Creamery.. my kid still talks about the cows!

  88. samantha m says:

    Please come to the Solidarity Sing Along at the Capitol. We meet every weekday at noon until 1:00 PM. The Capitol Police have been arresting people for singing and even for watching the singing, but they will warn you first so you have time to get out if you don’t want your crappy children to see you in handcuffs. There is no better place to visit while in Wisconsin … show up and be on the right side of history! THANK YOU.

  89. Becky says:

    Wisconsite born and bread, and I agree with this graph 100%. And I don’t even like beer. Or football. So I personally am more like 75% cheese and 25% brats.

  90. Andrea PB says:

    Yes, summer life is just so FULL, you stop to breathe and it’s September. But I always imagine California as having perpetual summer. Not true, I guess? Also I’ve been eating Primally (perhaps you too?) for a month and I love it. I never want to eat flour or sugar again!

  91. Betsy says:

    I was just at a Corn Roast in Wisconsin tonight! With plenty of corn, beer and brats – no cheese though. :) I never would have guessed you had so many cheesehead fans! Enjoy our wonderful state!

  92. Becky says:

    I am from Madison and mostly agree with your picture. We do eat healthy here too though. Stop by the farmer’s market at the capital to get your organic veggies and squeaky cheese curds. Yum!

  93. Cassi O. says:

    I live in Manitowoc, WI, and yes that map is entirely accurate. Gotta say though, you have kinda been on a vacation already, there really haven’t been any posts in awhile…at least, not near as many as you used to do!

  94. Rebecca says:

    I’m from Wisconsin too, “born and raised”, and I totally enjoyed your picture! (I’m not from Madison though..)

  95. Laurie says:

    We leave in 3 days for our WI family reunion. I can vouch for the veracity of your crappy WI illustration.

    I married a foreigner and so have the added bonus of never having to watch a football game ever again. So my WI is sort of 115% beer.

    After WI, we go to MN, with is 25% lakes, 25% mosquito (and mosquito avoidence tactics), 25% boats, and 90% beer. Yay, midwest!

  96. Laurie says:

    Oh – I forgot the cheese curds! Deep fried cheese curds available at all Culver drive-thrus!

    And turtle sundaes….

  97. Theresa says:

    My hubby’s from Wisconsin and your picture is 179% accurate…that’s the beer math talking. :)

  98. Kate C says:

    I’m originally from Marshfield, WI and completely agree with your Wisconsin picture!

  99. Christa says:

    HAA! Yes – that math is TOTALLY accurate! I guess I can poke fun since I’m in the U.P. of Michigan – and the math here is similar (well, minus the cheese and brats – you’d have to replace that with mosquitoes and pasties!). Have a GREAT time on your vacation! :-) We’ll be here when you get back!

  100. Karen says:

    Offended by your Wisconsin picture? I’m from WI too (live in the Carolinas now) and it made me homesick! It’s impressively accurate. Enjoy some delicious cheese curds for all of us cheeseheads that don’t live there anymore!

  101. Trisha says:

    We spent many summer vacations in WI for family reunions. Have a great time. And watch out for FIBTABs. :)
    – from a FIB, no TAB, though

  102. Bethany says:

    I lived in northern WI for years and your breakdown is almost correct. You need to add 25% deer that come out of nowhere and ruin your car and 25% mosquitos and ticks that suck your blood. Other than that it’s perfect! Enjoy the beer cheese soup.

  103. Tonya says:

    Luckily, I only recently discovered you so I have plenty of archives to entertain me during your hiatus. Have fun! Live in the moment!

  104. P Zak says:

    Have fun in WI!!! I actually live right outside of Madison, its true, its all about beer, cheese and brats. Annnd Packers, if you like sports, unlike me!

    Have a good time :)

  105. Curlycarrie says:

    I live in Madison, WI and am not offended in the least:) I like living in a state that has its priorities straight!

  106. M@SSBD says:

    Up until the eating a brat part, I was reading brat as br-at. “That kid is a brat!” So confused.

  107. Kathleen says:

    As I was reading I was thinking, “I hope she is going to take the rest of the summer off to spend it with her family.”
    Score. Enjoy!

  108. Allison says:

    Born & raised in Tomah here, and your picture is totally accurate. Have some cheese curds and explain to your kids how “pop” means soda.

  109. Kei says:

    Oh yeah, Wisconsin has cheese and brats…

    And here I was just going to visit to see the Bronze Fonz…

  110. Anne says:

    I knew there was a reason I liked you and your blog so much — you’re a fellow Madisonian! (Light bulb moment!) Enjoy your vacation – it’s a beautiful time of year here. (And just to plug for Madison, there is culture, nature, fine dining and wonderful people here as well as the aforementioned beer, brats and cheese!)

  111. Amber says:

    As someone else who calls Wisconsin home, your picture is completely accurate. Though figured in there somewhere should be the Friday Fish Fry…. No one can do a Fish Fry like they do in Wisconsin.

    I often to try explain to people outside Wisconsin how no matter what is going on in the world the local news in Wisconsin will lead off with a story about the Packers if they can figure out how to….

    Enjoy your time back “home”.

  112. Carol says:

    Have a great time! I have friends who live there and they once brought us chocolate cheese, so that’s what I think of when I think of Wisconsin. I wasn’t brave enough to eat any, though.

  113. Kat DR says:

    My hometown is on the Wisconsin border. You have created quite the awesomely accurate representation of that fine state!

  114. Stef says:

    Ahahaha I thought you meant naughty kids and back packers.
    I’m heading to the states in a few weeks (Aus based) and I thought “oh, I wonder what’s to see in Wisconsin” however… Im pretty sure i misunderstood :)

  115. Jen says:

    Cheeeeeeeeeese cuuuuuuuurrrrdddss. (& fireworks!)

    –doesn’t get much better than that! :D

  116. Jenn says:

    I just moved to Wisconsin in December (because my husband and I are smart like that), and I would have looked at your picture 12 months ago and laughed. Now I laugh for a different reason. It’s totally true! :) We’re in Shawano, by the way.

  117. Chris Franczek says:

    I’m a Wisconsin native, long-time Madison resident. The WI pic is hilarious, no worries. If that’s what your husband thinks, he’s apparently been meeting too many of the wrong Wisconsinites / Madisonians. ;)

  118. Liz says:

    I’m from Wisconsin (actually visiting family *right now*!) and I love Wisconsin for all those reasons. Especially the beer.

  119. Deanna says:

    This post gets one enthusiastic thumbs up! I’d give it 2, but this Milwaukee girl is drinking some local micro-brew with one hand. :)

  120. Erin says:

    Just when I think there is no way you can get better, you draw the most accurate picture of Wisconsin I have seen. Which only makes me love you and Wisconsin more.

    Thanks for the reminder that summer ends soon and the kids are only little once.

  121. Kelly F says:

    Yes! I agree! I love you! I love your pics and your drawerings, your hubbins, the baby, the big boy, the cats – all of it. I’m there, I’m here, living your sketches! You’re me, I’m you….kumbaya my love, kumbaya…. Uhem, yes, carry on… you forgot about cheese curds, shame on you! <<>>

  122. Kelly F says:

    Ohhhh, POP!!! When I say, pop, my kids are totally confused and rush for the freezer, POPSCICLE. No, MANIACS, sodaPOP! Pop means soda! like bubbler means drinking fountain! Sheesh!

  123. Laura says:

    I live in Madison and have to say your map seems pretty accurate to me. Also it would make a great t-shirt. Hope you have a great trip!

    (…don’t forget fried cheese curds dipped in nacho cheese. In Wisconsin you can do this without even getting funny looks. I recommend Dexter’s Pub.)

  124. Nina says:

    Hubby from a small town called Fennimore, Wi. I am from a large suburban area called Naperville, south of Chicago. City girl moves to Wisconsin for lifestyle change. One year later, weds small town hubby, has two kids and pleads to move out of Wisconsin. I couldn’t take the beer, brats and cheese any longer. I have since lost 25 lbs.

  125. Miranda says:

    Looks pretty darn accurate to me….I would maybe raise the packers a bit and cheese is definitely a larger percentage than brats. But otherwise, your findings are pretty spot on. Sconnie Nation…Yeah Yeah!!

  126. Emily M says:

    I live in Madison, and I totally agree with this picture. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to be defensive about… seems right to me, and I love it!

  127. Amanda says:

    COME BACK!!! I is missing your funniez…

    Cause you can always seem to make me laugh when my kids make me want to cry! At least I am not a lone fish in this ocean of chaos called motherhood…where the children are sharks and ready to tear you apart the moment their little feet hit the floor!

  128. Ruth says:

    If you go to the farmer’s market on the Capital, have some hot spicy cheese bread for me. That is all.

  129. Jessica says:

    Love this! I’m in Milwaukee and I CRACKED UP at the Wisconsin picture. We must be kindred spirits– I could not care LESS about football. Makes my husband want to pull his hair out ;) Enjoy your trip and be safe!!!

  130. Stevie says:

    I love the picture. I live here and it’s all true.

  131. Amy says:

    Vacation mode-off :P

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  133. Kristin S says:

    Born and raised a couple miles from Madison and living IN Madison now and I LOVE your depiction of Wisconsin. You got it!

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