By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Apr 13, 2009 at 8:01 AM

Often I spend a lot of time trying to squeeze in projects around the house; trying to do quiet ones when the little one is napping, for example. But, somehow, without even realizing it -- and while keeping a pretty full slate of activity otherwise -- I got a lot done around the house this weekend.

We hosted Easter (which involves shopping, cooking, cleaning, doing dishes and more -- this stuff I didn't do alone, of course) and I went to the ballpark twice (if you count Friday), but still, I managed to caulk some leaks in the gutters and fix a downspout issue. I also seeded two bald spots in the lawn around the new raised bed I built a couple hours before going to see Morrissey the weekend before.

With the help of my dad and brother I fixed a long-standing ceiling tile problem in the basement that had me scratching my head for a long time and changed the fuel filter in my car.

After realizing that Lowe's is open on Easter, I ran over and got 440 lbs. of topsoil to start correcting a grading issue in one corner of the house, too.

Plus I got the car washed and we did the weekly grocery shopping!

But I still had time to run around and play catch with my son and nephew yesterday, read a few pages in my book, watch a little TV, walk the dog and do other stuff, too.

I wish I knew how I accomplished all this -- and while not really once feeling stressed out about any of it -- because I'd love to continue to use this formula for success.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.