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Bad news first, or good news?

Hey, friends.
It’s been a heck of a long week over here.
My water pump and thermostat went out in my Stratus, so we’re down to one car until we can come up with a grand to have it repaired 😦 If you see me cruising around in Brian’s rusty blue Subaru with a dent in the front from a small deer collision, please give me a wave and send some positive vibes our way 🙂 Also, if you’re in Point and in need of a car shop, go to Auto Select. I love the one on Hwy 10- they are so nice and provide really good service.
Did you know that a car can overheat, even when it’s -4 degrees outside?

I also had a dentist appointment that didn’t go quite as planned- there was a problem with how my body was processing the numbing shots, so it was a very painful filling. I was supposed to have two cavities filled, but I postponed the second one until next month. Ouch!

Our back door is frozen shut, so we have to carry Abbie out the front door to take her out.

And last but not least in my list of depressing news, yesterday was the one year anniversary of losing Rachael. I’ve been truly amazed at how much God can heal a broken heart in a year’s time…

I certainly miss her smile and positive attitude. We were kindred spirits, like that.
In positive news, I used my cast iron skillet (thanks, Jean!) for the first time to make cornbread!

I’ve also been able to get our humidity in the house up to a comfortable level, leading to some crazy curls…

I had the Safelite guy come out and take care of the chip in my windshield. Yay!


Our guest speaker for our Trout Unlimited meeting this month was James Card. He spoke last night about his guiding experience in South Korea and he showed us amazing pictures of the different types of fish! My favorite was this fish called a cherry trout, with cute little stripes!

I got my hands on the sheet music for Rhythm Song, and I’m relearning it. It’s like reuniting with an old friend. I tore my hands open already on those mallets. Good memories!

I zipped over to Adventure 212 this morning for a photo shoot with their new chef in the bistro. Delicious food and good company- I had a great time!





Yeah, I ate that cupcake. Coconut. Delicious.
Brian and I are just getting ready to head over to O’so for their special bottled release of Bourbon Barrel Night Train. I’m in heaven. Catch you later!

Miles this year: 21.25

Onion update…


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A storage unit, lots of photos, and serious thoughts on BMI accuracy.

Brian and I rented a storage unit. Finally. Our tiny house has been filled to the brim with our treasured possessions, and I am VERY happy to have the extra space. Of course, I forgot to take a photo of said storage unit, but I can proudly say that our items in storage are neatly packed away in labeled Rubbermaid containers. Yay for that! I now have a functioning office, a functioning music room, and a functioning laundry room!
We had a fun weekend. On Friday, we spent our evening shooting the engagement portraits of the adorable Ashlee and Nick. They are planning a local fall wedding, and we’re so excited to be working with them! 🙂 I even got shy Nick to smile in a few of the photos. 🙂 Here’s a few images from that shoot.




On Saturday, we shot the wedding of a gorgeous couple: Bry and Sam. We had so much fun with this couple- their ceremony was at Neuman in Stevens Point, we took outdoor photos at the private Noel residence, and we finished the evening at the Ridges golf course in Wisconsin Rapids.


How cute are her shoes?!





Sam is a lucky boy- he has six sisters!

Thank you for sharing your day with us, Bry and Sam! When things settle down, let’s go on a double date! 🙂
We played in the chapel worship band at Woodlands on Sunday morning. We had a great time working with our friends Doug and Devon, and we met some awesome new people! We hope to do it again sometime soon. 🙂

I had a beautiful run this morning.

The Green Circle really is beautiful. I’m so blessed to live so close! I took that photo less than a 1/2 mile from my home. Happy Mother’s day, sweet protective geese!

I stopped for lunch with my friend, Bill, and returned some equipment of his that I’d borrowed, then headed off to the gym for some core, back, and upper body work. While I was there, I was pondering an issue that has been plaguing me for some time- my body mass index (BMI).
The CDC used to indorse using a BMI chart or calculator, saying it is a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people. I don’t know if they still stand by that stance, as many other reliable sources think that BMI measurements fall short of expectations. In my personal experience, BMI measurements are widely inaccurate because it only takes into account the height and weight of the individual. It doesn’t take into account their fitness levels, or muscle mass, or age, or build, or waist size…
Do you know your BMI? You can calculate it here.
NPR covered this topic really well in a Weekend Edition story entitled Top 10 Reasons Why The BMI Is Bogus. I am particularly interested in how the BMI is used in creating statistics that describe what percentage of Americans are overweight or obese.
Do you have any thoughts on this topic? For what it’s worth…

20120514-191424.jpg…this is what overweight looks like. According to my BMI.

Miles this year: 268.8


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A lazy Sunday.

Last night was almost like something out of a dream. I was able to play marimba for a couple hours. Up until now, I was mostly working on technique exercises and starting to get my chops back. My favorite projects on marimba have been taking pop music or musical theater tunes and arranging them for marimba and voice. I’ve had a few of Adele’s songs on my mind lately, so I headed over to my favorite local music store, Mitchell Piano Works, and picked up some music. They were sold out of Adele, so they are keeping her books on hold for me in the next order, but I picked up my very own copy of The Last Five Years. (That takes me back to when I first borrowed Joe Stillwell’s copy, somewhere around 2007!) I’ve found that Jason Robert Brown’s instrumentation really lends itself for marimba.
I came home and did a little transcribing of the Adele stuff that’s been in my head. I forgot how difficult it is! 🙂 I practiced marimba until I got my signature marimba blisters. They’re like an old friend, returning for a visit. 🙂
This morning, I woke up and wanted to make Brian a delicious breakfast. I had two ripe bananas, so I began my recipe search and found this one:
1 cup uncooked rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 bananas, mashed

Place the rolled oats into the jar of a blender and blend until the texture resembles coarse flour. Whisk together the blended oats, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl; set aside.
Whisk together the egg, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Stir in the mashed banana. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir just until moistened. Let the batter stand for 5 minutes.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle over medium-high heat. Drop batter by large spoonfuls onto the griddle, and cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry, about 2 minutes. Flip, and cook until browned on the other side. Repeat with remaining batter.

I think this is his favorite pancake recipe that I’ve experimented with at this point. I’m keeping this one!


Later today, we’re meeting with our friends Bobbi and Kenny to sign some paperwork and shoot some engagement photos. I love it when our friends get married! 🙂

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