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  • eatveggiesdrinkwine 3:10 pm on January 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Adventure 39/52: Joining Reverb 10 and Adventure 40/52: Baking for my neighbor 

    Adventure 39/52: Joining Reverb 10
    What does one do on a Sunday afternoon when suffering from a cold and dreading last minute holiday shopping? Join Reverb 10 to reflect on this year and manifest what’s next, of course! Each day’s prompt was posed by a different person and focuses on a particular theme (e.g., Community, Wonder, Party). I joined mid-month and played catch-up the whole time–I can’t ever imagine myself as a daily blogger–but it was a powerful exercise nonetheless. Read my three-part series of responses starting here.

    Adventure 40/52: Baking for my neighbor
    This adventure required the most courage and motivation of any others I’ve completed this year. It’s not coincidental that I fulfilled it during the last few hours of 2010; without question, I was avoiding it. Let’s just say that this adventure (or rather, the reason behind this adventure) forced me to acknowledge some hard-to-face truths about myself. So, with a pounding, open heart, I knocked on my neighbor’s door to deliver a plate of cookies and a loaf of cranberry bread. This is the first of many, many things I need to do to become a better neighbor and community member, but it’s a start. And, while DP was a great support to me, one of my students was the true inspiration. Without our conversation a few weeks ago, I’m confident that I would have continued to blow off this much-needed adventure.

    Cheers to an end, and to a beginning…
    The Year of 40 Adventures has a decent ring to it. Sure, I wish that I’d finished 52 so I could become a card-carrying member of the club, but to be honest, I completed about 37 more than I would have without inspiration from Kimberly Hula and the adventuring community she developed. My achievement comes not from the number I completed, but rather from the new, active role I’ve taken in creating a more interesting life for myself. This may be the official end of the Year of 52 Adventures, but it’s just the beginning of a lifetime of adventures for me.

    I plan to continue blogging weekly at eatveggiesdrinkwine.blogspot.com in 2011 and beyond. Please stop by and say hello … I’d love to continue connecting with fellow and aspiring adventurers. Thank you, Kimberly, for the support and enthusiasm you’ve provided throughout the year. You, my friend, rock!

    • yearof52adventures 9:31 pm on January 2, 2011 Permalink

      Such kind words! I am so impressed by your energy and ability to really live life in ways that inspire others and continue to inspire yourself!

      You flatter me, darling, but know that of this would be possible without the ongoing support of this adventure community. You, YOu, YOU are the heart and soul of this operation and for that, and so much more, i thank you.

    • blueskiesinva 8:30 pm on January 10, 2011 Permalink

      I have to say that you seem to have the most tremendous heart! Best wishes for everything wonderful in 2011!

  • eatveggiesdrinkwine 11:59 am on December 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Adventures 28-38/52: Autumn round-up 

    I know it would be WAY more fun to write adventures one at a time — not to mention more fun for you to read them individually — but it’s another catch-up round for me. I fear I’ll need to ask Year of 52 Adventures for an extension into January, but this being the season of hope and wonder, I may just find a way to complete 14 adventures during the next 26 days. Here’s what I’ve been up to for the past few months…

    Adventure 28: Learning to knit.
    Last year I agreed to serve as an advisor for the student organization Knit for the Needy. Group members meet weekly (and work on their own) to knit scarves, hats and gloves for people experiencing homelessness in Cincinnati. I adore the students who started the organization and appreciate its mission, but I just couldn’t find the energy to stay on campus for their late evening meetings. This year, thanks to an earlier meeting time, I stopped being an absentee advisor and started knitting. I’m still working on my first scarf, and … well, I can only get better. I think I’ll donate my second scarf.

    Adventure 29: Hosting a casual dinner party.
    One item from my original list of potential adventures was hosting a four-course dinner party with recipes I’d never attempted. However, with more thought, I realized that it wasn’t going to lead to the kind of relaxed and enjoyable evening I’d envisioned for myself or my guests. So, with mostly new recipes that could be served family style and an invitation to two new friends, I felt just enough challenge to make this an adventure. Maybe it was the huge pitcher of Sangria we drank, but I think the evening was a success.

    Adventure 30: Taking a drumming class.
    Working at UC has its benefits, especially when those benefits include a free class at the College-Conservatory of Music. For the past six weeks, I’ve been taking a Drumming for Stress Relief course with a fantastically diverse and interesting group of women from across the university. After a somewhat timid first week, we really found our drum circle groove and have been having a blast together. I’ve always been a little wary of drum circles–they seemed just a tad too hippie-ish for my taste–but I’m a convert now. I’m still going to skip the Patchouli, thank you very much.

    Adventure 31: Going to an NFL game.
    I’m sure there’s something I care less about than professional football, but that one thing escapes me at the moment. However, when a generous friend offered to take me to the Bengals-Dolphins game in October, I was able to see some intriguing possibilities … there’s tailgating (I eat food! I drink beer!), there’s cheering (I can stand up and yell, even if I don’t understand why!), and there’s Dhani Jones (I like Dhani after he gave a presentation to UC Honors students about social entrepreneurship and his Five Star Ties!) The clincher was a great forecast for game day; I would not claim to be anything other than a fair-weather football fan. The verdict? Football games are kind of fun. Good company, sunny skies and lots of cash for expensive stadium beers are a must. Thankfully, a victory is not.

    Adventure 32: Dining solo at a restaurant.
    I’m an introvert, so one would think I’m cool with eating alone. Not so. Even when DP and I are at a restaurant together, I get a little anxious when I’m the only one sitting at the table … do I look at the other diners, do I continue eating, do I pretend like I’m deep in thought? Clearly, social awkwardness is a natural skill. I faced my solo dining fear straight on by confidently walking into Wine Guy Bistro and asking for a table for one. (No, my book did not need a seat.) My goal was to focus on the food and the personal time, and I was feeling so confident that I even asked for a serious modification to the one vegetarian dish on the menu (kindly and with no expectations, of course). I don’t know that dining solo will be a frequent event, but I do feel more comfortable about taking myself out for a nice dinner once in awhile.

    Adventure 33: Designing and mailing invitations to Friendsgiving.
    In the tradition of Festivus, Friendsgiving is an annual celebration DP and I host for those who would like to give thanks without the marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes and family drama. I usually send an email invitation, but this year I wanted to go old-school and send a print invitation. I loved designing the simple postcard, and many people told me how much they enjoyed getting something in the mail besides catalogs and credit card offers.

    Adventure 34: Restoring a cast iron pan.
    If you’ve stopped reading, I don’t blame you; this is not one of my most exciting adventures. I wish I could tell you a great back story, like it was my great-great-great grandmother’s pan, or I bought it for a nickel at an antique fair. The truth? Several years ago, shortly after my mom bought it for me, I left it soaking in the sink for about five days too long. And it’s been sitting, rusty and unusable, on a shelf in my kitchen ever since. When getting our house in order this summer, I nearly placed the pan in the box of things destined for Goodwill; but in the year of 52 Adventures, I saw rust as opportunity. With a scouring brush attachment on a power drill, muscle, grapeseed oil, and a hot oven, I was able to return the pan to its glory days. Sweet, boring success!

    Adventure 35: Making a PostSecret.
    Don’t you love reading PostSecret? (If you’ve never visited, do yourself a favor and check it out!) Last week, after years of reading, I was motivated to create my own. After realizing that I had quite a few secrets to share–most of which are incredibly mundane–I settled on one of the more intriguing secrets that I thought would resonate with readers. I felt giddy and excited, clutching it in my hand as I took my usual walk through Mariemont. After I dropped it into one of the street mailboxes, I spent the rest of my walk imagining how many people might read the card as it traveled to Maryland, and of course I hope that many others will see it one Sunday on the website.

    Adventure 36: Submitting my This I Believe essay to NPR.
    I’ve shared the essay on my blog, and now it’s on NPR’s website. Woo-hoo! Sure, they publish everyone’s, but still…

    Adventure 37: Taking a hot yoga class.
    I’m surprised by how long it’s taken me to complete this adventure. Every time I’d decide on a class, I’d find some excuse for not going. I don’t mind sweating, but I do tend to overheat fairly easily; I think that I was afraid I’d have to take a break and that might make me look “weak.” (That truth is really painful to admit and sheds light on a troubling double standard I hold: I encourage yoga students to listen to their bodies, and I NEVER think that they’re weak when they rest in child’s pose or savasana–in fact, I think they’re incredibly wise and strong. So why don’t I feel that way when I’m practicing yoga?) I finally found the way to hold myself accountable to this adventure: I invited a new friend to join me, and I pre-paid for the class online. The class was fine; being in a hot room on a cold and snowy day was nice, but I didn’t find the practice to be any more engaging or detoxifying than one in a 70-degree room. Glad I did it, and I might try another studio and teacher, but it didn’t rock my yoga world.

    Adventure 38: Completing a two-day raw food cleanse.
    Using the word “completing” is very intentional, as I’m beginning day two of the cleanse. (I nearly gave up last night, after a very disappointing raw broccoli mash that tasted nothing like mashed potatoes, as the recipe suggested.) My initial goal was to follow a program–there are lots of 3-day cleanse books available–but I didn’t have enough time or interest to research the pros and cons of each. Rather than limiting my intake of food, I decided to focus on eating raw, whole foods for my cleanse. Unfortunately, I’m rather food-obsessed, and the second I woke up yesterday, I started thinking about all the foods I “couldn’t” eat this weekend. Not a good way to start. But I’ve worked my way through those thoughts–allowing myself a cup of coffee this morning helped–and I’m trying to focus on the opportunity to drink more green juices (they really are delicious if you find the right combination of greens and fruits) and to reset my eating habits/patterns after a few months of consistent overindulgence and mindlessness. I’ll admit–knowing that warm soup awaits me on Monday is helping me through the day, too.

    • blueskiesinva 7:23 am on December 27, 2010 Permalink

      I really love your adventures!! So many of them are focused on others, and I really admire that. I seem to have fallen off the adventure wagon (or maybe I just haven’t taken the time to think about the “adventures” I have been having). At any rate, you’ve given me the poke I need. New year, new opportunities!

  • eatveggiesdrinkwine 7:50 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Adventure 27/52: Dancing in a flash mob 

    I have officially entered the second half of my year of 52 adventures, and I think this is an appropriately outrageous (for me) adventure to mark that milestone. May I present to you my debut as a flash mob dancer at University of Cincinnati’s new student convocation on Sunday, September 19, 2010:


    I’m most visible toward the end of the video … I’m the short, bespectacled dancer wearing a short-sleeved gray T-shirt, and at the end, you’ll see me in my very best Mary Katherine Gallagher “Superstar” pose.

    Dancing by myself or with friends makes me ridiculously giddy, but I was a little terrified about learning a routine and performing it in front of a few thousand people. However, after six hours of rehearsals with the group and a Saturday night of entertaining DP by practicing on my own, I was ready. I wasn’t perfect, but I was 100% blissed out afterwards. And, as one of my fellow dancers noted, I am so ready to dazzle people the next time I’m out clubbing 🙂

  • eatveggiesdrinkwine 10:22 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Adventures 24/52 & 25/52: Road-tripping with DP (my husband) and Veganizing my favorite summer cake 

    In my rush to post all of my summer adventures, I forgot to add one of the best …

    Adventure 24/52: 24 hours in Indianapolis with DP (my husband) and Jack Johnson
    In a whirlwind road trip to Indianapolis in July just for fun, DP and I had dinner with one of his former students at ZING, rocked in a mellow kind of way with Jack Johnson, enjoyed the downtown canal walk, felt the magic at Hinkle Fieldhouse, and got a big dose of LOVE at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The original plan was for a group road trip, but it turned out to be a fun 24-hour vacation for the two of us … we’ll definitely repeat in a different city sometime soon.
    And returning to a more recent adventure…
    Adventure 25/52: Veganizing my favorite summer cake
    Lime Cream Torte. Sounds and looks fancy, but it’s pretty simple to make. Especially because it uses boxed cake mix, which I realized was a little weird the last time I made it. If I’m going to the effort of whipping real cream for the frosting, why am I relying on Duncan Hines processed cake mix? That was the first spark in wanting to try a makeover on this Taste of Home recipe.
    Before I go on, let me assure you that I believe in the sacredness and importance of dessert. At a restaurant, I’ll take the chocolate raspberry cheesecake over a fruit cup any day. Sure, at home I’ll satisfy my craving for something sweet with a slice of watermelon or a square of dark chocolate, but I wouldn’t call either of those options dessert. Additionally, though I find myself leaning more toward a vegan diet these days, I don’t like to use soy-based butter and whipped cream and egg replacers when I bake. So, this adventure was more about challenging myself to find less-processed options for making this tasty cake.
    The final result definitely tasted more on the “healthy” end of the dessert spectrum than I would have liked, but for my first attempt at recreating a dessert recipe, it stood up to the challenge. I substituted coconut oil and flax seed for the butter and eggs called for in this key lime cake recipe, then I made a cashew-nut based “cream” frosting (using lime juice instead of water) thanks to directions from this lovely blog I discovered. (Note: you should really soak the cashews for 2 hours or more. I was too impatient and I think the texture of the cream was impacted.) I took it to a family gathering on Sunday, and this is all that’s left:
  • eatveggiesdrinkwine 10:11 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Adventure 26/52: Leaving a hope note for a stranger to find 

    The purpose behind last week’s Mondo Beyondo secret mission was simple: “There’s nothing like putting something good out into the world to give you the courage to believe it yourself.” I was invited to leave an affirmation in a public place for someone else to find and enjoy.

    However, for someone like me who gets caught up in the rules (e.g., what if I’m not allowed to put tape on this wall?!), the execution was not so simple. I was excited but nervous about where I’d place the notes (because I wanted to share two messages) and wasn’t sure I’d be able to snap a picture afterwards in case I needed to make a quick getaway from the tape police. (I’m only partly kidding …)

    The first note is from a Valentine’s Day postcard my husband and I sent a few years ago. Cincinnati readers might be able to spot the location. I hung the second note near a few benches. I hope that someone eating lunch or taking a few moments to reflect will see it peeking through the leaves.

    • adventurechaser 5:41 pm on September 27, 2010 Permalink

      LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I’m a rule follower too and can completely relate (that in itself is an adventure for some of us 🙂 Good for you for taking on the tape police for such a worthy cause.

  • eatveggiesdrinkwine 9:25 pm on August 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Adventures 14-23/52: Summer fun 

    Candlelight dinner for one

    Where has the summer gone? I’m still behind on adventuring, but not as much as my lack of recent postings might indicate. Here’s a speed-round update of all that’s happened:

    14/52: Making a multi-step pizza dough recipe to enjoy during my personal candlelight dinner (pictured above) while DP was away for a golf weekend. Totally worth weighing all of the ingredients and waiting hours for the dough to rise.

    15/52: Finishing my first quilt. I love its fabrics as well as its imperfections (there are many).

    16/52: Offering on a whim to quit my job (or really, just work part-time.) This offer was respectfully declined and led to the discovery that the director of my program reads my blog (Hi Raj!) … he asked me if this was one of my adventures. I told him I didn’t intend it to be, but it made sense to count it as one after the fact.

    17/52: Repurposing old hiking socks into an iPod arm band (aka, Socking it to the Apple man or, I’ve already spent $200+ on an iPod, I don’t need to spend $30 more on something that’s going to get sweaty holding it).

    18/52: Inviting a new friend to dinner to discuss leaps of faith, cooking for a career and living a purposeful life.

    19/52: Admitting—out loud and with tears—that I can’t do it all. And finally believing it. And finally letting myself be okay with it.

    20/52: Moving my relationship status with (not on) Facebook to “it’s complicated.” I ignored it for a few days and found out that it seems to be creating rather than filling some void in my life. I’m not deactivating my account just yet, but I’m still reflecting on other ways to meaningfully connect with people.

    21/52: Putting our house up for sale, in anticipation of another adventure.

    22/52: Becoming a morning walker, even before I have a sip of coffee. I never thought I’d be a person who wakes up early to exercise, but I’m three weeks into the routine and feel too good to stop–until the mornings get colder and darker, at least.

    23/52: Registering for the Mondo Beyondo online class to begin exploring my dreams and reclaiming my happy place in life.

    I sense lots of adventure possibilities in the next few months, and my goal is to better about blogging … so, stay tuned!

    • yearof52adventures 1:15 pm on September 13, 2010 Permalink

      Looking good lady!
      I am so.very.inspired by you!

    • Zavrina 12:33 pm on May 4, 2011 Permalink

      You’re a real deep tihkner. Thanks for sharing.

    • Iffi 3:32 pm on October 8, 2012 Permalink

      When I use my search engine to look for blogs to read yours has come up several times on different categories. That just made me want to read it more, I can see why. It is excellent. Keep up the awesome work.

    • Kimberly Hula 3:18 pm on January 2, 2013 Permalink

      Thanks Iffi! That means a lot!

  • eatveggiesdrinkwine 8:32 am on June 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    12/52: Calling my state senators & 13/52: Finishing the Flying Pig Half-Marathon 

    After finishing the 2009 Girls on the Run 5K with many other tiara-wearing runners (who were 25-30 years younger than me, I admit)

    I’m clearly so very behind on my year of 52 adventures, but considering all the other things I could be behind on–taxes, mortgage payments, reading for a class, etc.–I’m pretty fortunate that my penalty is devoting some serious time in the coming months to making up adventures! Here are two adventures from the past I’ve not yet shared…

    Calling my state senators
    As I was walking toward yet another food booth at University of Cincinnati’s much-anticipated annual International Festival, I was stopped by someone who asked if I had a few minutes to talk about clean energy. Of course I did, even in our pre-BP disaster days. What I did not anticipate is that this someone really wanted for me to talk to my senators, not to her, about clean energy. She asked if I would be willing to call both of them, and I agreed without hesitation. I’m embarrassed to admit that I have a phone phobia, and though I would have walked back to my office really WANTING to call my senators, I really would not have done so. She was a seasoned organizer and knew that most of the people she talked to would make that same empty promise, so she then asked if I wanted to use my phone or hers. BUSTED! I didn’t have my phone with me, so, yes, I would need to use her phone. I’d like to tell you that I had long, thoughtful conversations on clean energy with both of the people I called, but I read a short script and they thanked me for my call before hanging up. Did I make a difference? Who knows. Am I slightly less petrified to call my state senators about important issues? Yes.

    Finishing the 2010 Flying Pig Half-Marathon
    After two years of participating in the Pig on a four-person relay team, I thought it was time to step things up. However, I did not step up my training until two months before the half-marathon. (I’m sorry, Hal Higdon … I really wanted to follow your sensible half-marathon training schedule that hung faithfully on my refrigerator door, but terrible weather and lingering sickness got in the way.) Thanks to a slightly more disciplined running friend, I spent most Friday nights in March and April wine-free so I could wake up early on Saturday mornings to train. We decided to use interval training: we ran 9 minutes and walked 3 minutes. This worked so well that we ran the half-marathon in intervals too. (Walking was a huge concession for me at first — I ran cross-country growing up, and though I was never fast, I comforted myself with the thought that at least I never walked during a race. However, I’m a convert now and plan to continue running intervals even for shorter races. That 3-minute recovery time is too fabulous to give up.) I didn’t break any records with my 2 hour 36 minute finish, but I can work to improve my time in next year’s half.

    • blueskiesinva 1:48 pm on June 13, 2010 Permalink

      I printed out the “sensible half-marathon training schedule”…which is now on *my* refrigerator 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

    • yearof52adventures 4:10 pm on June 14, 2010 Permalink

      WELL DONE!

  • eatveggiesdrinkwine 11:17 pm on April 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Adventure 11/52: Entering a short short story contest 

    For the first half of my life, I can remember giving only one answer to the question of what I wanted to be when I grew up: A writer.

    I’m not sure how this came to be, other than the fact that I was painfully shy as a child and writing was the one activity in which I felt inexplicably confident. I was first “published” in the third grade. My poem was a simple stanza on the benefits of being me, and it lacked any hint of irony or sarcasm. (This still fills me with pride, no matter how embarrassing the content.) As a 10-year-old, keeping a journal was second-nature, and like many teenagers, I channelled my angst and confusion into poetry which remains, thankfully, unpublished. At 16, I didn’t hesitate to enter my local newspaper’s Halloween horror story contest and was the youngest, by far, of the three winners. I experienced a minor set-back in my dream career when I watched “All the President’s Men” and realized that my intended college major of journalism didn’t seem to be a good match with my introverted nature. In a panic, I ended up majoring in Public Relations, for which I was equally unsuited, but its curriculum left much time to continue writing, through elective classes and my involvement in student organizations.

    However, this once-pleasurable activity soon became a source of frustration. Accustomed to praise and support for my writing, I was ill-prepared for the critiques I received from professors and peers. One of the most painful experiences of my life was listening to faculty advisors and fellow executive board members of the campus literary magazine bash my blind submissions for its upcoming edition. I had plenty of company in the reject pile, but that was of little comfort after what I’d heard. (More …)

    • yearof52adventures 11:24 pm on April 25, 2010 Permalink

      This adventure takes an INCREDIBLE amount of strength and will and I applaud you for it. A wide-eyed (see: terrified) writer myself, I am just so very proud of you! This is just the first of many future words! (and if they are at all like your posts, let the words keep coming!)

    • eatveggiesdrinkwine 8:11 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink

      You are so kind, Kimberly! You are a fantastic writer … your posts amazing. And, really, everyone’s posts are so inspiring and lovely. I adore this community’s adventuresome spirit.

    • blueskiesinva 9:10 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink

      What a wonderful post – and what fantastic determination! It takes a lot of strength to keep persevering. I admire your spirit, eatveggiesdrinkwine!

    • uncleneil 9:45 pm on February 18, 2011 Permalink

      I also admire your spirit. It shines through all of your adventure stories. It would show regardless, but a very important part of the “shine” comes from your sparkling prose. It’s a real joy to read. Please do keep it flowing because it nourishes all of us lucky enough to share your fine wines.

  • eatveggiesdrinkwine 9:45 pm on April 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Adventure 10/52: Slow i n g d o w n 

    vacation mode

    If only I could be in vacation mode all the time...

    So, I haul a$$. There’s just no other way to say it. Doesn’t matter if I have a destination or not, I walk like I needed to be there FIVE MINUTES AGO, people. Outta my way!

    If I had to pinpoint where this all started, my guess is college. Far from overprotective parents, I could finally walk places after dark, all by my lonesome. Since I’m five feet tall on a good day, I realized I needed to adopt a don’t-mess-with-me glare and accompanying pace. It also helped me get to my 8 am Calculus class, give or take a few minutes.

    A few weeks ago I realized that this mad rush is not limited to my gait … it’s taken over my entire life. It’s not unusual for me to drive 20 miles over the speed limit on my way to work. I practically attack the keyboard when I’m typing emails. I often find myself taking the first chance to end a conversation, in person and on the phone. This is a rather embarrassing discovery for a yogini to make. It’s not like I can’t be mindful and move through life with intention, but it’s sadly just not my default mode.

    In an effort to reset my internal speedometer, I spent a few weeks in slow mode. (Because just a few days would be rushing things, right?!) I intentionally picked the slowest grocery line, walked behind the slowest person possible on the path from the parking garage to my office, lingered over a discussion, and drove the speed limit. When I remembered, and when I felt like I could do so without losing my mind.

    This was by far the toughest adventure I’ve undertaken, and probably my least successful one in terms of accomplishing my goal. I did make some important observations: (More …)

    • yearof52adventures 10:03 pm on April 12, 2010 Permalink

      I love this post because I do EXACTLY the same thing. I even had a mantra “slow down, you die” but, but, but at the end of the day there is nothing wrong with taking a moment to take it all it. This is an inspiration and I thank you for taking the time to tell us about it.

    • lisa 7:20 am on April 19, 2010 Permalink

      You have made me slow down, if not for just a moment. I am going to have people blowing the horn at me and giving me middle fingers and such because i’m slowing down on the road. I’m going to do the speed limit. I’m going to walk when it is possible and i’m standing in the longest line in Walmart in stead of rushing. Thanks for the inspiration with not persperation!

  • eatveggiesdrinkwine 7:35 am on March 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    9/52: Documenting Birthday No. 37 

    My initial draft of ideas for 52 adventures included “Document a day and its adventures in photos and reflections.” I decided my 37th birthday would be a good day to try.

    I enjoyed taking pictures–I felt like I was on a mission–but adding them into my blog was exhausting (I’m not all that tech-savvy) and diminished my desire to reflect on the day.

    Adventure completed, lesson learned. You can read about my day on my other blog.

    Those beautiful flowers were a birthday gift from my mother- and sister-in-law. Fresh flowers in my  house make me oh-so-happy!

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