Last Thursday, I drove up to Milwaukee to meet up with Robbie where the band was playing their annual Halloween run. This year they played three shows, so I decided to set up a mini office in our hotel room and stay in town through Sunday. It actually worked out really well - I was able to get work done and still have time to play everyday that I was there. I didn't take my camera, so these are all cell phone shots, but you get the idea.
I've mentioned before that the band does mash-up songs and mash-up costumes on Halloween (as do the fans). People get impressively creative, and it's always fun to guess everyone's costumes. In the past, I've been Buddy Holly Golightly, a Lucky Charm School Girl, and Bunny and Cher with my friend Annie, among other random costume combinations. This year I was feeling way too pregnant to put in the effort, but I did come across the cutest skeleton maternity shirt on Etsy (as seen here). It was comfortable and got the job done, and I got a lot of compliments. It kind of felt like I was dressing baby bean up too, which was rad in its own right.
Robbie was born in Milwaukee and lived there for the first couple of years of his life, so Friday and Saturday mornings, we decided to take drives to check out where he was born and where he lived. He didn't remember any of it, but it was still cool to be able to see the various places that were an integral part of his life as an infant and toddler.
We also scoped out some pretty delicious eateries while we were in Milwaukee. I recommend The Original Pancake House for breakfast - their fresh squeezed orange juice was to die for. For lunch or dinner, check out Cempazuchi Comida Brava on east Brady Street. The neighborhood was hip and colorful, and I fell in love with their fresh guacamole and salsas. We're obsessed with Mexican food (and I don't use the term 'obsessed' very often), and this place was killer. We also stumbled upon some really cool looking little neighborhoods in the city, and I would have loved to walk around outside more, but it was cold and rainy the majority of the time we were there. So driving around with occasional stops had to do.
I'll confess that I watched all three nights of shows from a (ridiculously comfortable) chair set up side stage with a road case as a foot rest. The entire weekend was admittedly a whole new world in comparison to my usual (pre-pregnancy) Halloween debauchery. But I was happy not to have to miss out on the fun. I got lots of quality time with my friends, explored pieces of the city, ate great food, saw a ton of live music, and was able to have a nice mini getaway without feeling like I was pushing my body too hard or missing work during the start of the busiest season.
Did you do anything fun over Halloween weekend? Did you dress up?