From Gracie: Autumn is undoubtedly upon us and it couldn’t be more beautifully apparent than here in southern Wisconsin. Since May, Foxwell Digital has been holding its afternoon staff meetings in the UW-Aboretum. Now our familiar oaks, maples, and sycamores are brightly beaming, refusing to give up their rainbow-colored coats. The tall pines and spruces wait proudly and patiently; their winter performance is fast approaching. We’ve dusted off our boots, unpacked our fleece vests, and added new wool socks to the reserve. Winter is coming.
Whether you’re a longtime Game of Thrones devotee, or a first-time Wisconsin resident–I happen to be both–the fall is both a season of reflection and anxiety. Our Madison-area friends keep asking us if we’ve read the Farmer’s Almanac and if we’re planning any winter getaways. No, and yes. We haven’t read the foreboding weather forecast because we don’t have to; we know we’re likely in for a rough one. And we’re planning a winter getaway (or maybe 2 or 3) because we are incredibly fortunate enough to work for ourselves, dependent only on reliable wi-fi. It’s inconsequential if the reliable wi-fi happens to be in Dane County, Wisconsin or down in the Bayou, Louisiana.
Oh! Matt, Leslie, Bridget, Dani, Bernie: we’re heading your way in February. Mardi Gras in NOLA is already on our calendar, just FYI. You’re all available, right?
We’ve also steeled ourselves mentally by doing two things: 1) putting down our laptops and getting outside to soak up fall’s beauty while it lasts, and 2) routinely humming Jimmy Buffett songs. That’s essentially our winter prep plan in a nutshell. Really, who can argue with the original winter escape artist?
It’s those changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes, nothing remains quite the same. Through all of the islands and all of the highlands, if we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.
We’re going to keep laughing and traveling, while also welcoming the changes heading our way. And heck, we might take up cross-country skiing if we’re feeling really ambitious…