Wednesday, November 12, 2014

SOLO Wilderness First Responder Course Review

Back in September, The Man and I both decided we wanted to take the 80-hour Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course held through Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO) and hosted by the Adventure Leadership Institute (ALI) at Oregon State University (OSU). We did some research about the class beforehand, and we got our required supply list just two days before class started, so there was a bit of panicked shopping. Thankfully we had an extra $100 just laying there (not) to buy these supplies after paying $600 each for the class.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Blog Year Retrospective #9

Nine years!? Crikey! I'm here for another retrospective, remembering the highs and lows of this past year on my blog.

I took a much-need leave of absence from my blog this year and failed to document some fairly significant events, but I hope to cover them soon. Before I get into what's new, let's jump back to last November.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Blogging Hiatus 2014

Due to the insanity that is summer, I've taken a leave of absence from my blog.  Many events and changes this summer, so I haven't had a chance to write much.  I dearly miss writing, and I often think of little things to post, but I don't have a minute to write down those ideas.  Seriously.  How crazy has this summer been?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Washington D.C. Part 4

The food.  Oh the food!  We tried so much new food!

If you've done any reading here, you'll know that The Man and I are picky eaters.  That isn't to say that we're "refined" in our tastes as much as "cheap."  We prefer PB&Js and plain lettuce salads to fancy stuff.  Our biggest complaint about restaurants is that they so often cover food we do like (fish, chicken, pasta) in food we don't like (tomatoes, goat cheese, sauce of any kind).  So when we set out on the Grand Adventure in Washington D.C., we knew we'd be out of our food comfort zone.  We promised each other that we'd not eat in any restaurants there that we could eat in at home (so no Olive Garden, no Burger King, no PizzAmore--how we love thee!)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Washington D.C. Part 3

Having walked over thirty miles by this point in our trip, The Man and I were ready for a vacation from our vacation!  On Thursday morning, we rolled our aching bodies out of bed early for a busy final full day.  After breakfast, we took the Metro five stops to Capitol South where we walked another few blocks to the U.S. Capitol building.  We didn't have a planned stop here, but since we found an hour of extra time, we squeezed in this stop.  

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Washington D.C. Part 2

After a brutal 10+ mile day on Sunday and some serious jet lag, The Man and I eased our way into the week on Monday.  We slept late, finally getting to breakfast around 10:00am.  I patched up my blistered toe the best that I could with my travel first aid kit, but it hurt terribly.

After breakfast, we walked down to the National Mall again and began our sightseeing at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.  Of all of the places I was so excited to see, this was probably the biggest let-down.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Washington D.C. Part 1

The Man and I went on vacation!  We went on our first real vacation since our honeymoon (four and a half years ago) without parents or camping equipment.  This was my first trip to the east coast, and it was The Man's first time in the District of Columbia.  He had previously been to Boston, Massachusetts, and Alexandria, Virginia, for business trips, but he didn't do any sightseeing on those trips.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

The Crud 2014 Edition

Three weeks.  It has taken me three weeks to shake this awful cough.  My apologies for not blogging during this time, but I was living bed-to-couch for six days and hacking up both lungs for two full weeks.  Only in the last three days have things sort of calmed down.  Trust me, you do not want this crud.

I'm taking another short break this week from blogging.  Great things are coming, just not quite yet.

See you soon!

Monday, April 07, 2014

Flowers, Flowers Everywhere

"You are such a girl!" my husband exclaimed.  He likes to tease me when I have my relatively unusual girly moments.  I am not into flowery things, but I do like a nice looking yard.  I planted fifty-five plants this weekend which will hopefully grow and be beautiful all summer.  If being girly every once in a while gets me some curb appeal, well, that'll do.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

I Need More Information

The Man gets so frustrated with me sometimes, and while he's usually entirely right to be frustrated, sometimes I think he just doesn't understand.

Sometimes, in order to make a decision or form an opinion, I need more information.  Unless I know what I'm working with or have a better grasp of the situation, I don't participate in it.  He'll ask me for my opinion about something, and I'll tell him I don't have one.  "How can you not have an opinion about this!?"  Well, I just don't.  Either I don't know enough yet to form an opinion or it isn't something about which I feel I need to form an opinion.  Cue argument.