Two weekends ago, I went to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for peace of mind away from life and work. I know you're probably thinking, "WHY would she go to MILWAUKEE?" Yeah, Milwaukee is colder than Chicago in the winter. I don't care for weather as long as I have a car to be warm in. So that's what I did. I grabbed Ty, packed for nearly a month (it's a habit of mine- hence why I'm a bag [making] lady), and left.
I went to visit one of my best friends, Anna, who was just relocated to the city because of her job. Anna and I have known each other since high school, where we would party into the wee hours of the night at a mutual friend's basement, but it was only a few years ago that we became really close. She's one of the funnest girls I know and she has the most addicting personality. We were inseparable for a while and lived with each other last year. Even though we did lose touch for a few months, I know I could count on her to cheer me up. Her confidence and carefree personality, and all the drinks and food we had in between, was exactly what I needed that weekend.
I'll be splitting up the pictures and my stories in a few posts for your constant enjoyment!
Anna lives in this beautiful 4 story home (with a basement and an attic!) in the neighborhood of Concordia. The neighborhood is run down and I was told multiple times it's real dangerous... despite that, her rent is cheap, the house is beautiful, the homes around are beautiful, and the city is a short drive away. I'm a sucker for homes with history, wood floors, secret doors, and creepy attics... and since I've lived in places by myself that are the "ghetto", it didn't bother me one bit at all.
Her house was built in 1880 by this artist's father. Her father helped with the build of the Pabst Blue Mansion, so I'm sure you could only imagine all the sweet details he put into the home. She lived there her whole life.
Ty was able to enjoy a full 4 days of puppy play time. He was absolutely play-dead for the two days we had returned home. It was such a treat to have a sleepy year and a half puppy for that long!
That fancy door table was in a little room in the basement. I loved it! Also, check out the detailed ceiling in the last photo. Wild, right? Her house is full of beautiful details.
Have you been on any mini-road trips recently? I've love to read about my readers road trips if you have blogged about any, please post them into my comments!
Until part 2... [THRIFTING to Milwaukee]