I have two pictures of the post-race Tumblr gathering because not all the Tumblrs were at our house at the same time.

Top picture: Ross (who got a PR), Jordan, Becky, Heather (holding Joss), me, Anh, Sheila (with Ella) and Jessica.

Bottom picture: Jessica, Anh and Joss got traded for Brooke (who PR’d) and two draft picks to be named later. Brooke is wearing a TC Marathon finisher shirt. The finisher shirts are even brighter in person than in that picture.

Ross and Jessica stayed the weekend at my house and we had a lot of laughs and pizza Saturday night.

Sunday evening was a lot of fun too. Near the end of the evening Jordan entertained us with a dramatic reading of her most disgusting Tumblr post ever.

I laughed until my stomach hurt as much as my legs.


My first ever trip to the Minnesota State Fair was amazing. I have lived here since I was 9 years old, but have never gone. I honestly had a blast and met so many fantastic Tumblr peeps today!!! 

My favorite foods were: the wine slushy, deep fried olives, the funnel cake, and the wild rice burger. Okay, I lied. It was all delicious. We walked over 5 miles, and had some great conversations. Tumblr is seriously such an inspiring community. It was an awesome time meeting you all! I definitely think we should do it again next year :) 

Thanks Bob for the great group shot! 

Sarah, Jason, and I also saw probably the best fireworks I’ve ever experienced. We were heading out and were literally right under them. The booming and vibrations just made it sweet! The best photo I got: 


Minnesota Tumblr meet-up tonight at the State Fair.

We ate, drank and were merry. The food at the fair is either deep fried or served on a stick. Often both.

Mac & Cheese? Available on a stick. Spaghetti? Also available on a pointed wooden stick. Pizza? Sure, on a stick if you want. Summit beer on a stick? Well, that’s what the sign said.

Sheila and I tried deep fried olives (on a stick). It was very rich but delicious. I had a deep fried Snickers (on a stick). I am not kidding. It was terrific though I won’t eat sugar again until 2014.

Thank you to Sarah (sarahspeaksnow) for organizing this.


Tonight was Minneapolis’ Runblr Meet-Up.

Holy-fricken load of awesomeness.

Katie and I met up before the rest of the gang got together. We’ve been phone friends for a while, texting and sharing pictures and the like… It was great to finally meet in person. She and I had planned on walking around one of the lakes and getting our chat on, but after feeling the Minnesota humidity, we voted for a Dunn Brothers’ stop instead. It was air-conditioned and we still got to talk for a solid 45 minutes :)

After meeting Heather and Melinda (and Lojo, out in Oregon) I’ve had high hopes for these meet-ups… I have yet to be disappointed. I got to meet DaleBob, Erin, and Jason for the first time tonight. All seriously cool people. 

I’m the youngest of the bunch, but there wasn’t a moment where I felt out of place due to my age. I think that’s part of the beauty of creating yourself online before meeting in person… Not that each of us is really that judgmental, but I’m guessing under normal circumstances I’d have had a hard time creating a relationship with such a diverse group of people. I feel honored to be part of this community, and I think that this meet-up was exactly what I needed to get my butt back in gear.

The people reading (and liking and commenting on) the things I post are unlike those who read what I post to Facebook. The people who I’m friends with on Facebook are there because I’ve met them, they’re there waiting for something interesting to happen, they’re keeping tabs on me. Tumblr is different. You’re not here because you have to be. You follow my blog because you’re interested in my successes. You want me to succeed. You want to hear about my journey and everything that comes with it.

I want to thank you all. Those of you who I’ve met, and those of you who I’ve yet to have that privilege. Thank you for giving me a chance. Thank you for supporting me, listening to me and pushing me. 

Tumblr fo’ lyf, bitches!

Yoga in review

A couple of folks have asked how the yoga experience went for me yesterday and I’m happy to say it was wonderful. I did not in fact break in two and I was able to do most of the poses (or something that resembled the directed pose) and I felt great afterwards. I did learn that my left hamstring is particularly tight.

And I just remembered something that happened during class. There was one stretch where we were on our back and extending our legs and feet, and our arms stretching above our heads. Someone grabbed hold of my big toe and tweaked it the way someone would tweak your nose. In my yoga fog I didn’t look up to see who did it and by the time class was over I had forgotten. I couldn’t tell if they were being playful, flirty or pissed. I’ll go with playful, but it was kind of strange.

Thanks, Katie, for asking me to join you. It was bonus day, too, because Heather, Joost and a non-tumblr friend of Katie’s were there. All such kind, funny and charming people!


I ran in the Ragnar Great River relay Friday and Saturday. 

[I know some of my readers haven’t heard of this.  Ragnar relays are ~200 mile foot races run by teams of 12 people.  The Great River relay starts in Winona, MN then goes through parts of western Wisconsin before finishing at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.]

It was a lot of fun though I’ve had about three hours of sleep in the last two days.  I’ve never run at night before and found that to be interesting.  It’s not something I’ll take up on my own but I will consider another Ragnar relay in the future.

Our team of twelve was divided into two groups.  I was in the second group.  I knew three of the people; the other two were strangers but turned out to be very funny and interesting people.  Having a team with a few people I didn’t know turned out to be fantastic.  We passed some of the down time by taking and getting to know each other.

I had never heard of keeping track of “kills” in a race.  I learned a kill is when you pass someone.  I had thirteen kills and was killed four times.  I guess that puts me ahead in the big game of relay foot racing.

We all got pretty slap happy by 4 AM on Saturday.  Teammate Jordan was in a festive mood and wanted to decorate us with glow in the dark necklaces.  When people didn’t show enough enthusiasm Jordan “accidentally” broke one of the liqud-filled necklaces and made the ceiling of a Chevy Suburban glow like a cheap motel bedspread under a black light. 

Not one to rest on her artistic achievements Michaelangelo Jordan took another liquid-filled necklace and - things get a little fuzzy to me at this point - did something with it resulting in the necklace bursting in Jordan’s face.  I was too tired to think of snapping a picture.  Trust me, it would have been awesome.

Jordan’s eyes glowed a golden hue.  It was a little frightening at that dark hour so I took a bottle of water and poured it in her face to wash out the glowing liquid.  Jordan thanked my prompt first aid by spitting water in my face.

A huge thank you to Heather who was our team captain and did a lot of work getting our team set up.

Who would have thought that starting a blog would lead me down such an amazing path? The internet is a beautiful place and I am honored to be a part of this incredible community. I can’t put into words how Tumblr has impacted my life in the last eight months. Instead, I’m going to do my best to describe one incredible experience that happened purely because I decided to open myself up.

The Ragnar Great River Relay: 198.5 miles, 12 people, 2 vans, 32 hours.

My Ragnar experience started at 9:30pm on Thursday night. I couldn’t sleep. I was nervous about the upcoming morning… Instead of spending an extra hour rolling around in bed I decided to drive over to target and get some extra food supplies. By the time I got home it was already 10:30 and I was doing the math in my head: Definitely not enough hours of sleep between me and the start line… 

I flipped back and forth until 3:30 when my alarm went off. Immediately up and feeling totally frazzled I zipped our bag, grabbed my pop-tarts and got in the car. We headed to Eagan to meet up with Heather, Nick, Melinda, Bobby and Megan. I was already buzzing… I don’t need coffee to get my day started, just 2 hours of sleep and knowledge of a race.

We loaded up our secret service vehicle and headed toward Winona. Some of the team got some sleep on the way over, but I couldn’t keep my eyes shut. I might as well have had some 5-hour energy… We got to Winona and decorated our van. Can you tell we’re from the internet?

(Heather, me and Melinda)

We zipped through our safety briefing, got our pre-race swag and headed to the start line. Being runner 1 I was extra nervous… I looked over my route, changed into my running clothes and we headed down to the start line.

We had quite a while as a team before I was set to begin, so we took a few pictures of our van and I got in the zone with my headphones…

At 9:00 I was off. Like a boss.

The whole leg is pretty much a blur. There were water stops and semi trucks and my teammates honking at me… I was wearing Heather’s garmin, so at least I have my stats to prove I actually ran it:

At 10:25/mile this was by far my slowest leg. Not knowing how little sleep I was about to get, I’m glad I didn’t push it any farther. The Ragnar shirts say: Run. Eat. Drive. Sleep? Repeat. They’re seriously not kidding when they put that question mark after sleep. Holy-tired-ness.

Anyway, my hand-offs were always to the beautiful Mrs. Heather. The first one was awkward… I fumbled with the relay bracelet and with the watch.

Whatever, though. I was proud to have finished:

In our van, we had 6 runners. I was first, then Heather, Megan, Nick, Brady and Melinda respectively. I have very few iPhone pictures of any of the others running except Brady… Most of the inbetween time was spent worrying about what I could eat without shitting myself and trying to fall asleep. Here’s Brady before his first run:

Before the race we’d all posted our projected 10k race times, Brady hasn’t done any competitive running in a very long time, so he assumed he’d be around a 9:00 mile. We took that into account when prepping Melinda for the first exchange. He got there FIFTEEN minutes before we expected him, and ended up standing awkwardly for a minute or two. Regardless, never trust this boy to estimate his pace. He ran 7:40s.

The time between Brady’s first leg and my second leg is pretty blurry. We exchanged with and met all the runners from van 2 and then headed off to exchange 12 where I’d be running my second run. I was incredibly tired at this point, having not slept well the night before the race. I laid out my sleeping pad and bag and absolutely passed out. There was a break-down and some stressing out before my second leg… but our team survived it. Our night runs were done with reflective vests, headlamps and flashing back lights. I wish I would have done a training run (or two…) to test out the gear, but in the end it all ended up fine.

I did have to stop and take a dump at mile 2.7’s water stop. The volunteers graciously gave me kleenex which I used as toilet paper. Seeing that I’d have to pass off the wristband to Heather at the next exchange, I stopped around mile 5 to ask for hand sanitizer. The whole team was thankful. I finished leg 13, 6.6 miles, in 1:05:40. An average pace of 9:57.

The night running was exhausting for everyone. We had tired legs and tired eyes. I managed to snap one picture while the sun was down:

While Melinda ran her second leg, the rest of our team had some time to hang out at one of the major exchanges. I was excited to have time with the rest of the team and tried to share the glory of the glow-in-the-dark necklaces we had… I happened break one of them INTO MY EYE at which point Bob’s paternal instinct kicked in. He poured a bottle of water on my face, to which I responded by spitting it back at him. Rather than being upset or complaining, my sleep deprived brain turned to laughter. I laughed uncontrollably until it was time to go see the first-aid tent and ask for saline. Of the moments our team spent together as a whole, this was definitely one of my favorite moments. Even if it hurt.

Between then and my next run we got a whole two-hours of rest at a local high-school. Two hours is not even a standard Jordan-nap… Needless to say, I was excited that we were planning on pancakes for breakfast.

My third leg was bright and early on Saturday morning. Our team, as a whole, was an entire hour ahead of schedule. Basically, we were kicking ass. 

My hand-off was with Stefan, and we attempted to make it as epic as possible:


I got on my hands and knees and worshipped Stefan (our fastest runner…) He definitely appreciated it. It’s great to see someone come in from a run like that and have a smile on their face. 

I took off Olympian-style and absolutely dominated my last 3.27 miles.

The route was primarily down hill, which made it fast even though I was incredibly tired. I came into the exchange hot. I was so proud of myself… 

Is that an epic shot, or what?

Anyway, I was the first one on our team to acquire all three tally marks. Who’s a proud runner?

(I mayyyy have sent this to some of the van 2 runners… They’d just finished their second legs and I was finished. Muahaha.)

By Brady’s last leg I was basically to a point of IDGAF. I was tired and sore, but then… so was the rest of my team. I stood at the exchanges and took as many pictures as I could. This one is one of my favorites:

And here’s Melinda taking off:

Between Melinda’s finish and the team’s finish Van 1 all had the luxury of heading home to shower and eat salt and vinegar chips (oh wait, was that just Brady and I?). I didn’t even feel bad about it since Van 2 got to meet in Eagan at 10, rather than 4:30 am.

Anyway, when Stefan came into the chute, it was awesome. We crossed the finish line as a team. Myself and 11 others became Ragnarians:

Running Amuck, 2012:

Tumblr made a great showing:

Heather and I with our bottle-opening medals:

And, finally… Ragnar: The day after:

TLDR; Ragnar-photo-spam, I ran fast, My team ran fast, we finished and it was awesome.


What a magical couple of days it has been.  I know I get a tad quiet on my blog when Sarah comes to town, but I do my best to enjoy every minute of time I have with her to the fullest extent. I know the blog suffers a bit but I am okay with that.  She is also great about posting all the fun stuff we are up to so if you follow her as well, you will be in the loop as much as I am, LOL.  But on that note I thought I would fire out a nice recap of the past couple days.

@ Wednesday
I picked up Sarah after work from the airport and we bolted to Red Robin for dinner with the kid. I was able to try the bun less burger and it was great. I loved the fact that I didn’t feel super stuffed afterwards like I do when I normally eat one of their massive bugers.

After dinner we dropped Daniel off at my sister’s house and then headed home, after a quick stop at Walmart for groceries, to get our race gear ready and also to try our hand at making Apple Pie Salsa. The salsa didn’t turn out too bad after I over cooked the apples a tad -  it smelled great and the cinnamon tortilla chips were awesome.

@ Thursday (Thanksgiving)
The air was nice and chilly as we headed to St. Paul for the inaugural run of the St. Paul Turkey Trot and our inaugural run together as well.  Sarah and I have kind of decided that this will probably be our yearly race since it was both our 1st race together and the 1st race for the location.

We met up with my sister (cookiegirlrunnergirl) and brother in law (theendguy) before the race and heading to the port-a-potties and start line.  En route we ran into Rachael (rachaelfightsback) but only for a moment and poof she disappeared.  Sarah was shivering from the start and I had a fear she was going to freeze solid in the frigid 20-something temps, LOL.  After emptying our bladders we walked over to the starting area and started moving around to keep warm.  The course for the 5k runs along Sheppard Road near the Mississippi River so there isn’t a ton of room to start with much less when you fire 4,000+ folks down the street.

We had to do a ton of bob and weaving, and the run felt like a Pole Position flashback more than a run. But we prevailed and ran true and finished and someone even PR’d.  I can only imagine how fast they would have been if there wasn’t so much congestion and flip flopping.

After the race, and after grabbing a couple bottles of chocolate milk for the kiddies, we ran into Jen (kickingupthepace), said a quick hello, and then raced our cold sweaty asses back to the car to head up to my parents’ house for turkey.

Shortly after we arrived and had our showers done, I didn’t exactly have time as I had to fire up the grill to get my turkey cooked and then seemed to find job after job to keep me busy until folks started showing up.

It was great to see everyone that made it and we probably had about 40ish at the house so it wasn’t too bad a showing.  I had fun introducing Sarah to all my relatives when I could although I wasn’t the best at it as many times she was just bouncing around and doing the meet and greet on her own. My gal is not a shy one in the least.  But all and all it was a ton of fun and I even got Sarah to walk out on a frozen lake.  Sure it was only about 20ft off shore, but she was not digging it at all, LOL.

After a nice drive home, we popped in “The Santa Clause” and worked on Sarah’s fleece blanket.  It was a nice way to end the day as watching the movie has been a tradition for Sarah for a while and I was glad to be a part of it this year.

@ Friday
Finally a day we could sleep in…  Once we dragged ourselves out of bed, we enjoyed lunch at World Buffet in Apple Valley and then ventured to Target and to Minnehaha Falls to check out a couple possible ceremony locations for the wedding.  The locations weren’t too bad and seeing the falls frozen was pretty cool as well.

After the falls, we headed over to IKEA and did a little house dreaming and wishing.  We ended up picking up a nice new pot rack for the kitchen and then went home to chill before the game. On the way home, we got an added surprise as Rachael (rachaelfightsback) was able to stop over for a while and chill out with us.  We enjoyed a cider and great conversation but before long it was time to go.  We took a couple famous Tumblr selfies and then we made our way out to the State Football Championship at the Metrodome.

I can’t express what a proud Uncle I was to get to root on my niece’s football team as she cheered her heart out on the sidelines during the game.  Although the outcome was not as we had hoped, she and her fellow cheerleaders never showed a frown and cheered on till the final gun sounded.  They all did their school proud.

When we got home, Sarah, I and the kid attempted to watch Hunger Games, but the old man (Me), ran outta gas halfway through and Sarah told me it was time for bed.

@ Saturday
Up with the crack of dawn we finished off the last half of Hunger Games and a light breakfast.  We then all piled in the Jeep and raced down to Lakeville for the 10:40am showing of Catching Fire and a massive bag of buttered popcorn.  The movie was GREAT and I would comment more but many still may want to see it so I will leave it there….GO SEE IT!!!

After the movie, we took another stab at Red Robin as once for this trip was not enough.  We again enjoyed different bun less burger and an endless supply of steak fries.  After we had our fill, it was time to drop Daniel off so we headed out to his mom’s and dropped the runt off and then headed back home.  We made a quick stop off ad Walmart again to get our groceries for Sunday (we really wanted to make nachos!), and then on to home where we got ready to head over and introduce Sarah to the neighbors.

We each cracked a Woodchuck Amber Cider and I packed a booze cooler and we headed next door.   We walked on in and had a blast.  The drinks and shots of Jameson were flowing and before we knew it we had ordered sandwiches and I was eating a tomato.  Before long, it was time to go and we trekked back across the driveway to our house and shortly thereafter called it a night.

@ Sunday
This was slated all along to be out mellow, do nothing but lounge in our PJ’s day.  This was going all well and dandy until the guilt trip police showed up and coaxed we out of our cave and to go to the evil know as “Hot Yoga."  I am kidding about the guilt trip as the arm wasn’t twisted very far at all to go.

We geared up, grabbed some water, and headed to Edina for class.  Heather (iwillrunforfood) was the ringleader and Sarah and I met her and Katie (katiegirlchasesinfinity) for class.  This class was crazy, the room alone has you sweating like crazy and that’s from just saying hello the person next to you.  Then you bend and twist all over the place and try not to slip and fall in the lake that has formed below you from all your juices dripping outta your body.  Somehow I managed to survive and then the four of us headed over to Starbucks for coffee/tea time.  It was so much fun and I am glad we went.

Afterwards, we headed back home, had a little dinner, and watched a little TV and then started on my fleece blanket.

@ Monday
We had a little breakfast and talked about January’s trip and the fact we still have not made the damn nachos we talk about every trip.  We then finished up my fleece blanket, snuggled a bit and then packed Sarah up and drove to the airport where I put the love of my life on a plane back to the coast where she will be until our next adventure in January.

anonymous asked:

Can you post some links to your favorite blogs? I'm always looking for more inspiration :)

The people I have currently been stalking following the most: 

  1. sarahspeaksnow
  2. iwillrunforfood
  3. iamrunner
  4. 26bytwentysix
  5. kat-rd2be
  6. lindsaydoeslife
  7. shortmom
  8. joshbuildshealth
  9. fromlazytolively

I can’t just pick my favorites. I love so many of these people and consider them friends. Some of them I have met in real life, some of them I talk to daily, and some of them I just admire from afar with casual communication. If I could, I’d visit them all. 


Sheila and I had a very nice party last night.  Actually it’s almost not fair to call it “our” party.  So many of our neighbors helped us out it was amazing. 

Rain was a possibility so we had to prepare to use the garage.  Next door neighbors Brad and Kerri let me put almost the entire contents of my garage into their garage this weekend.  Chris, Wendy, Tom, Linda, Mary and Armondo let us take all their patio furniture for the party.  My father-in-law Bill and my brother-in-law Billy did all the cooking.  My mom and dad brought salads and other food.  Sheila’s friend Bunky worked overtime setting up things.

Early in the evening there were a lot of kids - friends of my sons, neighbors and relatives.  As one of my kids gets ready to move out it was fun seeing a bunch of little kids running around in our backyard like mine used to do.

I finally got to meet one of my RAGNAR teammates when Melinda stopped by.  It was really great to meet her. She didn’t know anyone there yet fit in like she lived across the street.  Melinda brought interesting beer with her so she’s forever invited to any party we have.

Some of my other RAGNAR teammates couldn’t stop by because one of them was running her first half marathon.  What the hell, Heather and Jordan ;)  If you had gone from the finish line immediately to the car, drove extra fast and didn’t make any pit stops along the way you could have made it from northern Minnesota to the Twin Cities in time.  Just sayin’.

After all the kids left for the evening a group of us stayed late around a bonfire in the backyard.  I had to drive Jack to a 7:00 AM soccer game this morning.  Luckily I felt pretty good.  I credit proper fueling and hydration. Nuun at night and again first thing in the morning works very well keeping me feeling tip top.

The internet is an amazing thing.

Somehow, it managed to bring a bunch of us to the same city.

I’m still trying to process the whole thing.

I will give you a quick run down before I slip into my comfy bed and sleep for 10 hours…

  1. Melinda has a stuffed owl named Hooey. She also likes beer. Like, a lot.
  2. Katie is a trooper. She slept on a ledge. And dealt with me. And we got lost/found together. It was pretty great.
  3. Heather has a being inside of her. She carried it 26.2 miles this weekend.
  4. “Ermagherd! Merathern!” was an intensely popular sign. 10/10 would do again.
  5. Chicago has way more people than Minneapolis.
  6. Canadians have (intense)psychic connections.
  7. The Internet, as a whole, has a crush on Lojo.
  8. Claire is just as talkative as you’d think. She also gives great hugs. And has pizza, apparently. Unfortunately I did not get to test this hypothesis. 
  9. Shortmom doesn’t love me as much as I love her.
  10. It is impossible to have casual conversation with people who know way too much about you from reading your blog. (I’m looking at you, Laura.)
  11. Next time Tumblr runs a race, we need to run in a rinky-dink town so that we can all stay in the same hotel like Becky, Bailee, Melissa and Betsy. Then we can actually find each other during/after the race. 

Brady just gave me “the look” that says, get the eff off the computer so we can go to bed. I guess I should listen.

Sleep well, Tumblrites

My workout plan for January, as I mentioned in an earlier post, is to take three spin classes a week, run twice a week, list twice a week (or lift once and climb once) and one yoga class.

So far, I have hit all my goals, having climbed, take spin twice, run and now tonight, yoga. So far so good and I can really feel it in my upper body, which is sorely needing this attention I’m giving it.

I attended a candlelit yoga flow class tonight with Katie and Heather. When I got there I went to hug them and Katie warned me off saying they were very sweaty. I wondered how you get sweaty walking from the car in minus 15 degree weather. Turns out they just finished a sculpt class, immediately followed by the candlelit class we were taking together. Holy crap these two are yoga machines! The sculpt class actually scares me and here that was just Act I for for them for the evening. Amazing.

Now it’s time for Downton Abbey so good night and stay warm!


Ragnar River Relay 2012. A perfect blend of love and hate. One of the most challenging things I have ever done. But I loved it.

My first leg was 7.6 excrutiating miles. It was designated “very hard” in the course book. It was. My bitches were screaming well into the first 2 miles.it was hot. I was major road kill. I stopped a lot. I cried a little. I screamed profanity approaching the exchange point. But I finished.

The second leg was 5.6 miles. At 1 a.m. It was dope. It was cool, the stars were out and I had no complaints. I was singing to Tesla ( OMG) at the top of my lungs at points. I was having fun. Again, I was road kill. But I raced everyone of those MFs and made them work for my kill. I nailed it. I loved it.

My third leg…ooo so tough. Sleep derpived, tight as shit and pedometer on the fritz. It was 4.1 miles. And a moderate course. My only inspitration? That my dad would be at my final exchange cheering me on. Heather’s dad came back to watch me also. Mission complete.

Today I sit a bit sore. Places I havent’t hurt before. But reeling in the great experience it was. I had so much more fun than I thought I would. Maybe it was the great friends I was with. Or the adrenaline. Or knowing that you are not alone in the circumstance of stench, no sleep, and lack of nutrition and that this is a crazy ass testimony to bad ass!!!

I can’t wait to for next year. We learned so much & accoplished great things, individually and as a team. There were a lot of firsts, which is super cool. But next year, I am DEFINITELY doing more hill training. A LOT more!!

Friday afternoon. End of my work week.  I was productive.  I felt good about work but didn’t feel like running.  Call it a rest day.  Just like yesterday.  That beer of the night afternoon was on my desk.  You remember it, I posted a picture on Tumblr earlier today.  Didn’t it look good?  Of course it did.

That’s about the time I decided to catch up on my Tumblr dash. What the hell, Heather and Jordan?  Running 11 miles first thing in the morning?  My Ragnar teammates made me feel so guilty that I didn’t drink that afternoon beer and instead went for a run.

I didn’t do 11 miles like Jordan and Heather.  No, I just did 7.5 miles.  Why not 11?  Because you’re not the boss of me, Heather and Jordan.  You can make me feel guilty but you can’t make me run as far as you did.

Nonetheless I had a fantastic run around Lakes Calhoun and Isles.

And now that beer will be even more rewarding than ever.  I guess I owe you two thanks for that.

After peeking out of my comfort zone and sticking my toe in the pond of the unknown…I am MUCH more excited and less anxious to start my adventure up north!  

This is in direct correlation to the wonderful Tumblrs (and their significant others and adorable offspring) that I got to spend time with tonight!  

Heather, me, Dale, and Brooke

(picture stolen from Brooke :))