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.

Monday, March 24, 2014

In Which We Get Massages

Last weekend, The Man and I got massages.

We managed to find a place close to where we live that offered weekend appointments at a very competitive $60/hour (standard rate in our area).  Massages are a complete luxury that we've never considered before, but it seemed like a nice idea, and it was about the same price as shopping at the coast for a day.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cat Training, or Human Training, Depending on Perspectives

Annie, pictured here, has learned new tricks!  She and her brother Eddie have been responding to "come" for about a year now, and Eddie has sort of learned "sit."  They both know the command to let go of a toy, "softpaws."  Annie has one-upped her brother with a firm grasp of "touch" where she touches her nose on the end of a stick.  She's slowly learning to chatter or meow on command.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lent 2014: No more swearing

We're about one week into Lent already, and I have been struggling with my attempt to not swear through the season.  I gave up swearing once before for Lent, and this time has proven much more difficult.

Why give up swearing?  According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, "The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement and self-denial."

Friday, March 07, 2014

How to Make a First Aid Kit

First of all, this is going to be a HUGE post, and I'm sorry for that.  Second, I am not a medical professional: any suggestions you find here should not be taken as medical advice.  I will not be responsible for your safety.

With those two notes out of the way, let's dive in to my massive first aid kit (known as a FAK from here on).

Wednesday, March 05, 2014


Strap yourselves in, readers!  I'm flying through the eye of the storm to update this blog.  We've already encountered some severe turbulence, but hopefully things will smooth out soon.

As far as I can tell, the blog functions more or less correctly.  If there are issues now, they're cosmetic or are only minor functional issues (like how to make my pages appear as a menu... ugh!).  More pictures are coming soon, and I hope to have this all ironed out by the end of the week.

Please stand by...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Thinking about Blogging, Not Actually Blogging

I've been thinking about blogging a ton lately, but I haven't sat down to do any writing in quite a while.  It isn't that I have no inspiration or thoughts to write down.  It isn't that I have run out of ideas for content.  I have plenty to write about and lots of time to do it.

I reached a point a few months ago where I had to ask myself, "why am I here?"

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Learning Cat Mojo

The Man and I have been owned by our cats since November 2012, so we're pretty well entrenched in cat world at this point.  Our cats are pretty awesome, and they take good care of us, so we do our best to keep them happy as well.

In January, I took both furballs to the vet for their annual exams and rabies vaccinations.  Though our cats are 100% indoor, there is a small chance that a rabid mouse or other animal might enter our house, and I'd rather not deal with rabies if I can avoid it.  Plus the shots are cheap, which is nice.

The cats' exam went great--they're healthy and seem content most of the time.  They're not overweight, not underfed, no fleas or ticks, nothing at all wrong with them.  They both got their shots, and then we went home.  For the next three days, Eddie wouldn't eat much.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Family History Redux

When I was in high school, I took a genetics class.  The teacher had a lesson where he wanted us to investigate our family history and trace a few genetic markers a few generations.  We had to have at least twenty people on our tree, and for every person over that, we got one extra credit point.  I traced eye color, hair color, and other traits back to my grandparents (who were, for the most part, still living).  Easy peasy.

Well, until I asked my dad for some help, and he knew a bit and knew others in his family had done some digging, and then the motherlode fell into my lap.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Christmas 2013 Recap

I haven't been very good at blogging recently with only one post in December.  It isn't that I haven't been doing things but rather that I've been doing a TON of things.

The Man and I celebrate Christmas four different times each December.  We have my extended family's gathering about a week before the holiday, my close family's gathering on Christmas Eve, The Man's close family on Christmas morning, and then his extended family's main event later that day.  With all of the events, gifts, and food, I think we have had plenty of "holiday" for a few years.