Monday, January 01, 2018


My resolutions
Read 25 books
Try a new recipe every month
Keep a daily-ish gratitude journal

What I'm looking forward to
Women's March 2.0
Running with my new light-up vest
Paying off my car

What I'd like to try in 2018
Half marathon
Full Sprint Triathlon
Triathlon with an open-water swim
Watercolor painting
Needle felting
Making mittens with my Icelandic wool

2017 Resolutions
Was more politically involved than I've ever been
Read 23 books (not *quite* 30)
Photo 52-ish (missed several weeks, rebooted project a few times without trying to catch up)
Didn't make any progress with Spanish

Firsts from 2017
First triathlon
First (three) trail races
First 10K
Ran a race in a tutu
Ran a race as a mermaid
First Masters Swim Meet
Visited Madison, WI (and Oshkosh, WI, Mankato, MN, and Des Moines, IA)
Participated in a march (and then three more)
Attended a legislative coffee and asked a question (it's totally okay if your voice shakes)
Attended Pro-Choice Lobby Day
Competed in an adult spelling bee
Volunteered for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood
Bought a dishwasher
Participated in the FABRAD ride
Had a flat tire on my bike and fixed it (with help)

Favorites from 2017
@dog_rates and @dog_feelings on Twitter
Trail running and then pancakes on Sunday mornings
My GPS watch
Tater tot waffles (mushing frozen tator tots in a waffle maker = amazing)
Working dishwasher <3 nbsp="" p="">Decorate your own gingerbread camper kit
Being outside and out at the state parks way more than I have in years (another plus of triathlon and trail running)
Running in a tutu (and our snowman costumes for the Christmas Tree Skirt Run)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Week 47

Coolest wallpaper ever? Sure is (Blu Toro in West Des Moines) 

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Week 45

First snow that stuck (and got me out of the yard work I'd planned - oops :) )

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Week 43

Outside of Queen City Bakery 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Week 42

More leaves at Lake Herman

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Week 41

Post-run (longest trail run yet - 7 miles!) photo shoot at Lake Herman - took as many as I could before being chilly/hungry made it important to get back into the car, go home, and make pancakes