Hoopla’s launch, Chelsea and Jacob, old friends, grandparents, and fresh vegetables!

I’ve had a busy last few days. That kind of busy where I’m so happy that business is booming, but I’d love to go spend a few quality hours in my garden. Maybe next week ๐Ÿ™‚
It started Thursday evening with the launch party for Hoopla. Hoopla is the new Central Wisconsin magazine that I shoot for. We had the party over at O’so Brewing, and I got the chance to meet the rest of the staff and writers.

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That’s my editor, Heather, and I ๐Ÿ™‚

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There’s a bunch of us!

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There was also some pretty delicious cake.
The vegetables in my garden have finally been approaching ripeness. Tomatoes, peas, beans, cucumbers, banana peppers, and jalapeรฑos.

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I love walking out there to harvest food for our meals.
Here’s a funny and unrelated topic… I was telling Brian that I really need to clean out my purse because there’s a bunch of things that don’t belong in there…

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…mayflies, included. Haha.
Saturday brought the beautiful wedding of Chelsea and Jacob. I’ll never forget the beautiful engagement photos we took of this couple in Seattle last fall.
Their wedding was in Mosinee, and it was a gorgeous outdoor ceremony, surrounded by green woods and beautiful flowers from Randy at Evolutions In Design. I love their flowers- always stunning.

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Jacob is a fly fishing guide, so parts of the wedding were fishing-themed- including the boutonnieres!

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The ring bearer even carried up the rings in a little tackle box. Sooooo cute.

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Congratulations, Chelsea and Jacob! We had a wonderful time with you on your gorgeous wedding day! ๐Ÿ™‚
Sunday brought brewing beer with our friends, Joe and Mary. Joe writes a fabulous column in Hoopla called “Brew Supply” that covers home brewing, brewery reviews, and the politics of brewing. We would have loved hanging out over there anyway, but we got to call it “work” this time.

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A lot of the brewing process really involves waiting, a.k.a. drinking beer and playing games.

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Even the beer is happy! ๐Ÿ˜€

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I’ve been watching the Olympics every chance I get, so it’s been some late nights at our house. It makes that 8 am alarm clock seem so early. Self-employment problems, I know. ๐Ÿ™‚
I had a car repair appointment on Monday morning, so I had to get my run in “early.” I like to call these types of runs “surprise runs,” since I’m already a mile in by the time I wake up and it’s like, “SURPRISE, we’re running!” I don’t do many of those early runs anymore, but they always remind me of the many miles I logged with my sole sisters, Kim and Nancy. Those ladies had me out running at 5 or 6 am!
Speaking of running- one of the many things that I love about living where I do is that I can run or bike almost anywhere. I love using the term running errands in a literal sense.

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I found a special message on my pharmacy run yesterday.

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Shameless photo of delicious food:

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I’ve had almost the same breakfast every day this week- eggs, avocado, fresh chives, and chopped spinach.
Yesterday was packed with three of my favorite ladies- shopping with my mom, coffee with Amy, and dinner and drinks with Nikki. Too many amazing women in such a short time period. Love you, ladies!

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After all that fun time, I stopped home to visit my grandparents. I love those two people soooo much! Grampie put on his “ears” (hearing assistance) so we could have a conversation. Since his hearing is so poor, we haven’t had a real conversation in a couple years, but we talked all about fishing and he told me some great stories.

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Grammie asked me about fishing, too. She said when I was little, I refused to eat fish because of their “cute little eyes and sad little faces.” Once my grandparents took me fishing up north, I stopped eating my favorite food- Schwan’s fish nuggets. I guess I have always had a soft spot in my heart for fish. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I worked for the Almond Tree up in Mercer today. It was a rainy day up there, and I got stung by a hornet!

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I even found a heart-shaped nut.

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We met up with Kim and Mark to go over the details for their wedding this weekend… We can’t wait!!!
I’m off to enjoy more Olympics with my handsome man. See y’all soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

Miles this year: 385.7

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