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Morning Wildflower Hike

Wednesday, May 27, 2015      14 comments

This morning, my interviewee canceled, so I found myself with no plans...and took the opportunity to head to Governor Nelson State Park for an early morning wildflower hike! It was beautiful...and a great way to start the day! Read more

Paddling the Chain of Lakes

Saturday, May 23, 2015      10 comments

Today, I went up to the Waupaca chain of lakes, and paddled my way through 12 of them! A couple of the lakes allowed motorboats, so I didn't get pictures...I was afraid I'd lose my phone if I got caught in a rough wake! But I did get som... Read more

One year.

Thursday, May 21, 2015      13 comments

It's been a crazy year! In the past year (ish), I've run three half marathons! I'm getting used to whitewater kayaks and sea kayaks, and I'm learning to be comfortable strapped in with a water skirt. I've hiked and backpacked through some... Read more

Some family troubles lately

Monday, May 11, 2015      17 comments

I haven't shared too much about this recently, but my family is going through a pretty rough time right now. My dad's mom is in extremely bad shape. For my entire lifetime, she's struggled with her weight, and all of the related conditio... Read more

Racing, One Year Later

Sunday, May 03, 2015      16 comments

It was exactly a year ago today when I ran my first race. And while the dates didn't line up QUITE perfectly, I ran a "commemorative" race yesterday to kind of mark the occasion and see how far I've come. This was, by far, my worst race ... Read more

Five things I learned from kayaking

Wednesday, April 29, 2015      14 comments

Tonight, I went on my first kayaking trip of the season! It was sooo nice to be back on the water!! The outing club owns a bunch of small whitewater "play" boats, very light and maneuverable, and I'm trying to get used to them. Particul... Read more

Spring sprouts and seedlings!

Friday, April 24, 2015      7 comments

A few weeks back, I started the process of sprouting seeds. The lettuces didn't sprout, so I'm currently attempting round 2 of lettuce sprouting. SOME of the herbs sprouted - I tried 3 each of basil, cilantro, parsley, and oregano. 2 ea... Read more

The Annual Climbers Cleanup

Sunday, April 19, 2015      13 comments

Yesterday was the Annual Climbers Clean-up at Devil Lake...and the mountaineering group I joined sent a group for graffiti removal! I REALLY questioned whether or not to go. I ran an Earth Day 5K that morning (of course, I questioned wheth... Read more

This week...the NACHO debate

Saturday, April 11, 2015      12 comments

It's been one of those weeks - between the back-to-school blues, heavy workload and deadlines, cold and rainy weather...I've really been craving comfort food. Which for me = NACHOS! I gave in and had some last night, but this is how I've... Read more

Where I recommit...

Friday, April 03, 2015      12 comments

One thing I've learned is that I never really start over... I have all of the extra weight I gained, but also the extra experience and knowledge. I never have to go back to square one. So instead of starting over...I recommit. As I... Read more

4 Things I Learned on Today's Bike Ride

Monday, March 30, 2015      16 comments

Today is the first day of spring break...and after two very challenging weeks of midterms, project deadlines, paper submissions, and data verification, I am really excited to be slowing down and taking some time for myself! So when I was ... Read more

Weekend hike

Monday, March 09, 2015      11 comments

Yesterday, I went hiking with a couple of friends at a park I hadn't visited yet - Blue Mounds State Park. It was beautiful!! The weather was perfect, in the low 40's, but there was still a lot of snow on the ground. And we timed it to ... Read more

Finished...

Sunday, March 01, 2015      14 comments

I think I've finished it...let me know what you think! ... Read more

Need help finishing my latest painting

Friday, February 27, 2015      9 comments

I decided to start with this picture as a model/base: Here's what I've got so far: ..... Read more

Outdoors...

Saturday, February 21, 2015      13 comments

It's been a great weekend so far! Yesterday, I went snow shoeing on the lake, and today I went cross-country skiing. The place we went was a lot hillier than the place I went last time, so I KNOW I got a great workout! But I'm not sure ... Read more


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