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Spicy soup, a trip to Green Bay, and tying some flies

It was cold. Freeze your face off cold. I love Wisconsin, but we had five days in a row with a high temperature below zero. This girl needs to play outside!

That is the Wisconsin River a couple blocks from my house. I still ventured out in the cold to go to Green Bay TU’s annual banquet. They have the biggest chapter banquet in our state, and their banquet committee is filled with exceptional volunteers. I was even lucky enough to win an air compressor! Brian was absolutely thrilled.

I braved the cold to tie flies with our chapter at one of our free fly tying workshops. We had a great time! We encourage kids to come, and our UWSP Fly Fishing club came out to help, too.


Just when I thought I’d had enough ice, I had a photo shoot with some iced coffee. 🙂

I thought briefly about running outside, but then I saw this…

…so I stayed inside, and made some spicy soup.

I love poached eggs.

The weather was scheduled to warm up, so I went outside to play, and my next post will feature a cute snowy shoot with a pup.

Thanks for reading!

Miles this year: 120


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WITU State Council Banquet + a fabulous loaf of bread

My very first volunteer opportunity for Trout Unlimited was helping to sell tickets for the raffles at our state council banquet. That was five years ago, and now I’m in charge of the raffle ticket sales. Times have changed! 

This year, while we started the day in a meeting, our council hosted the first WITU-sponsored women’s fly fishing seminar ever here in Wisconsin. We had some incredible women instructors come and teach our attendees about the sport that we love, protecting the resource, and connecting with the outdoors in a truly meaningful way. 

Here’s a couple of my favorite photos from this year- the awesome members who keep me coming back, our strong leaders who fight for the resource, the award winners, and all sorts of stuff. 🙂

This event was held in Oshkosh, and my best friends Amy and Nikki came out to help me sell tickets. We spent the night relaxing in the hot tub and drinking wine. It is a strange “girls’ night” but we love it. ❤

I returned home and prepared for our chapter’s fly tying night out at Clancey’s. We had great turnout, and a lot of fun! I invented a new pattern for the “Oberstadt sparkle dry fly” and I will let you know how it works ASAP. 🙂

We were in the middle of a cold spell, so I had to do the majority of my running indoors. When I had a 12 miler on the schedule, the high temperature didn’t get above zero. That meant I got used to this view:

I actually don’t mind running inside as much as you’d think- I can keep a water bottle and fuel (Starbursts, FTW) right nearby, and a sweat towel, of course. 🙂

Lucky me, I was busy carb loading with the subject of this week’s photo shoot- a loaf of Le Fruit, another Main Grain creation.

My view?

The finished product?

I lead a charmed life.

Up next? Our awesome Valentine’s weekend., including Jason Isbell in Chicago and my mom’s wedding!

Miles this year: 106

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A double date and ice fishing.

I’d been feeling sick for so long that I forgot how wonderful it is to be healthy. I’ve been a busy bee, catching up on work and catching up on fun, too. 🙂
B and I went out with Amy and her boyfriend, Chris. Sushi and The Mustache? We love funk music, and you all know I love to dance. Someone had some mustaches to share with the crowd…



Awesome evening, indeed. We got home late, but I peeled myself out of bed early on Saturday to go ice fishing with Wyatt and Matt.










It was a really interesting experience. When I went in that little tent thing that Matt brought, it was dark enough that I could see all the way to the bottom of the lake. I saw all sorts of cute perch under the water, and I saw northern and large mouth bass above the water. Friends, if you’ve never seen a northern’s teeth, they’re impressive. 🙂
Wyatt’s son is the cutest little fisherman. He was a good role model for me- by the end of the day, I’d touched wax worms (gross) and put a hook through two different minnows. Be impressed. This is a big step!
After I got off the ice, I headed over to a fly fishing show in Menasha. It was my first show, and I was rather outnumbered. One Heidi, many fisherman. I was meeting up with my friend Tim, from Tight Lines. He put together a couple helpful fly tying sets for me, and we worked out a plan for some promo photos for the shop. Come May, I’ll be up north shooting fish and guides! I think it will be a great time. 🙂
On my way back into town, I saw my favorite sign at Checks yet…

It was almost sundown, but I had enough time to squeeze in a short run to family video. It turns out that most fisherman (and women!) have seen this movie…

A River Runs Through It. The snow and wind picked up on my way home, making me feel even more crazy for running home with my debit card in one hand and a movie in the other,

I arrived home about the same time as B, and he thought it was very sweet that I suggested a movie night, but informed me that we actually own that movie. Ha! I guess now I am out of excuses as to why I haven’t seen it. It has a young Brad Pitt, how bad can it be? 😀
See you soon, friends. Stay warm out there!

P.S. onion update…


Miles this year: 9.25

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