Category Archives: Life

Update from 511 Wisconsin to Help You Plan Your Next Trip!

511 Wisconsin is a website with up-to-date information about Wisconsin traffic, travel, road conditions, etc.

According to the website, “We’re updating the 511 Wisconsin website with additional features that will help My 511WI users personalize travel planning needs. These enhancements mean that all My 511WI users will need to re-enroll when the new site goes live on Wednesday, July 12. When you visit that morning, you’ll notice a new look with a responsive, mobile-friendly design that’s engineered to maximize the ‘know before you go’ experience.”

Interview question – If you were an ice cream cone, what flavor would you be?

Some colleagues and I were discussing some of the more interesting interview questions that we’ve heard along the “if you were a …, what … would you be?” vein.  Here’s one that came up:  If you were an ice cream cone, what flavor would you be?

The question immediately brought to mind one of my very favorite travel memories.  Shortly before I started at the UW Law School, my husband and I took a trip to Italy.  Each night we’d hear people in our tour group raving about the Italian ice cream – aka gelato.  Being from Wisconsin, however, we were skeptical – we knew good ice cream.  But, when in Rome (literally)…  So, a day or two later, we gave in and finally tried it.  Not to sound too much like my pre-teen daughter, but OMG!  We were hooked from then on.

Being in our twenties with not a lot of money, our tour was most definitely of the economical variety.  Yet, occasionally they would show us how the other half lives and take us somewhere special.  One of these places was in Venice – my favorite of all the cities that we visited.  There we were, a beautiful day at the Piazza San Marco sitting on the patio of one of the nicest restaurants there.  Out comes the waiter with some gelato – peach gelato – along with a glass of champagne.  We thought the gelato from the street vendors was amazing, but, boy, it had nothing on this.  Light, refreshing and intense – wow!  Fifteen years later and I still remember that gelato as one of the best things I’ve ever tasted.

So, after that long story, I’d have to say that if I were an ice cream flavor, I’d want to be that peach gelato:  unexpected and refreshing – wiling to try new things and entertain new ideas; light and approachable; yet with enough intensity to get the job done.  Not sure exactly what that reveals about me, but there it is.

Oh, and if you’ve tried the gelato here in the States and can’t figure out what the big deal is…  Well, I’ll tell you that it just doesn’t compare – at least not the stuff I’ve tried.  Alas, it’s just a pale imitation.

Get Ready for April 3rd Election with the Interactive Online Voter Guide

The Wisconsin State Journal has compiled an interactive online voter guide for the spring general elections in Dane County.
It allows Dane County residents to type in their address and call up a ballot with only those races that apply to their address. Then the ballot shows the candidates, their races, and their own statements about their candidacies. Readers can use this for research only, or can create a customized ballot with notes and indications of which candidates they wish to choose.
Read this article for more. Thanks to my law school colleagues for sharing the information about this site.

New Rules for Gift and Credit Card Now in Effect

This past Sunday, August 22, certain changes relating to gift cards went into effect thanks to the Credit CARD Act of 2009. Now @ MPL highlights some of the changes:

Store gift cards and gift cards with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover brand logo sold on or after August 22, 2010 will be good for at least five years from the date the card is purchased. You can still be charged inactivity fees, but only if you haven’t used your card for at least one year. Additionally, if the physical card expires before the five years is up you can get the balance transferred to a replacement card for free. For more details see the complete list of new rules for gift cards from the Federal Reserve Website.
There are also new credit card rules that went into effect this week. And in case you missed it, in February of this year there was another set of new credit card rules.

WI No Call List Deadline Approaching

Want to add your cell phone or land line to the state no-call list to block phone calls from telemarketers? If so, the deadline is Sept 1st to have your number blocked starting Oct 1st. The next chance to sign up won’t place numbers on the list until Jan. 1st.
Remember that registration must be renewed every two years. If you’ve forgotten when you last registered, you can sign up again just to be safe.
Sign up at the WI Dept of Ag, Trade and Consumer Protection web site or call 1-866-9NO-CALL.

Ten Years and a New Adventure

This week marks my tenth anniversary at the University of Wisconsin Law Library. I feel fortunate to have received the opportunity to work at a great institution, doing a job that I enjoy with a wonderful group of colleagues. Not many people can say that they truly love their job, but I am one of them.
And now on to the next great adventure… law school. In just two weeks, I’ll be starting as a 1L here at the UW Law School. I’ll be a part time student and continue my position in the library. It will be interesting, and eye-opening I’m sure, to experience things from the student perspective. I’m very much looking forward to it.