Dramatic Experiences Category

I’ve Clearly Missed My Calling


I don’t often talk about my uncanny ability to predict the future, but I have a great example to share from a recent experience. A couple of weeks ago I was at a Mariners’ game with my dad. We had a really fun time eating garlic fries, hoping (some of us more than others) that […]

Read More

And we’re rolling…


During a terrifically long training ride on Saturday, my group leader said, “Don’t be discouraged, this is way harder than the STP will be.” Which was a huge relief, as I told her, “I desperately need that to be true with every fiber of my being.” And then I’m not sure what happened, I just […]

Read More

Overcoming Incompetence – My Road to Recovery


I’m terrible with money. The worst. Being thrifty does not come the least bit naturally to me. It’s true, I do so enjoy perusing the aisles of grocery stores, but not with the purpose of comparison shopping. I can’t explain my love of the neighborhood grocer, it’s just one of those inexplicably charming things about […]

Read More

I Hear Alaska’s Beautiful This Time of Year


My spring break in Alaska was, in a word, stupendous. As noted in a previous post, it was full of some of my very favorite things. There was beautiful water, mountains, plenty of sunshine. I expanded my horizons both through reading a couple of fantastic books about life, love and international development, and through some […]

Read More

uh-LAS-kah


Are you feeling listless? Melancholy? Easily distracted? Are you experiencing an inexplicable sense of emptiness? Do you find yourself wandering, searching, but you don’t know what for? Don’t worry, it’s going to be OK. I’m just on vacation for a week. I’ll be back soon, so don’t give up hope. Yes indeedy, it’s true. I […]

Read More

Sunshine, by the Bucket.


The place is the edge of Jackson Lake, in the shadow of the snow-capped Tetons. The time is dusk, early June. Pebbles crunch underfoot while tiny waves lap upon the shore. A young woman is inspired to burst into song: I’ve got a bucket Got a bucket full of sunshine I’ve got a love And […]

Read More

Time to Get Moving


Believe it or not, I have now been back in Seattle for a little over six months. Interesting fact: this is the longest I have been in seattle since I graduated from high school in 2005, a fact which has been true every day since sometime in October. I love being in Seattle. It’s colder […]

Read More

Portland, Here I Come!


Well, I recently signed up for the STP. And I’m quite excited about it! The Seattle to Portland is a 200 mile bike ride (the location is self explanatory). This is the 32nd year that the ride has taken place, and I’ll be participating for the first time along with a variety of relatives. I […]

Read More

[WGF:11] Living in Pursuit of Adventure


Back in October I was unemployed and generally unimpressed with my life of job searching, so I booked myself a little vacation to – where else? – the Midwest. My bestie, Ash, moved to Chicago in May, and I hadn’t seen her since we graduated from Chapman in May 2009. It was high time for […]

Read More

/Running on Empty/


On Tuesday I went to a new dermatologist. She does not mess around. I respect that. We zip through a couple of main issues. We’re seeing a lot of redness in this area. Yeah no kidding. As she checks between my toes for melanoma (we’re all clear) I mention that I’ve had this weird callous […]

Read More