I was going to just walk and not take pictures this year, but looking back at previous years' pictures, I'm tempted to bring my tripod. I wish we were allowed to just wander, instead of taking a guided tour aimed primarily at kids under ten.
I didn't really realize how quickly the trip was coming up -- two weeks from Thursday. I should figure out what I want to do there. Well, that's pretty easy, actually; I want to go all the places in Milwaukee and Madison that I like to go but can only get to on an annual basis. I want to hang out with my mom. I want to see some pretty trees. That should be doable. The Fall Color Report still says they have four weeks to go till peak color in Southern Wisconsin, but the Fall Color Report isn't very accurate this far out. I'll be perfectly happy if I get there a little before peak; I just hate missing it entirely and arriving to half-bare trees.
Certainly, we must go to the fish fry at the Big 10 Pub in Madison. We couldn't last year, because they were remodeling. It was very tragic. (It amuses me that the picture on the Wikipedia article for Fish Fry is from San Diego. What's worse -- that I could tell at a glance that it was taken at the Anthony's on Harbor Drive, or that I think the picture shouldn't be on an article about fish fries because it's not a fish fry, it's fish and chips?)
I need to get a haircut before I go. I can't believe it took six months for my bangs to rebel -- I thought maybe I'd snuck quietly past the rebellious stage, but no, I now have chunks of hair curling skyward despite my attempts do discourage such behavior. It's taking all my willpower not to just cut them myself, but my stylist would notice. And comment. I still have pretty short hair by any normal standard, which seems strange because it feels like I've been growing it for a tediously long time. I'm not sure when I'll stop. Now that I can tuck it behind my ears (and have it stay, more or less), it's not much trouble, so I have no real objection to continuing the benign neglect. I can't afford short hair, anyway.