Insanity is Insane

I mentioned that Deal & I are doing the Insanity (NOW) workout to get in shape for Mount Rainier. We are only on day 12 and I cannot believe we have 48 more days of this insanity. But we are feeling good about our progress and I definitely think we can make it to base…

Ringing in 2013

Our kindred spirits visited us. Yes, we have our very own kindred spirits, another couple who spends as much time outdoors and reuses foil & saran wrap just like we do. Unfortunately, they live all the way up in NH, so we don’t see each other very often.  Any visit with Paul/Second Nature and Kristen/Gr8ful…

Christmas in Newtown

My sister has lived in Newtown for the last 10 peaceful years. We have spent Christmas at my sister’s for the last 10 years (give or take a few). You can imagine that this year was quite different. The black cloud lingering over Newtown is not going anywhere anytime soon. You just feel the sadness…

Bottom Line: Don’t Get Sick.

Everyone has a horror health insurance story. And everyone has a political view on health insurance. I am just going to tell you our experience of getting individual health insurance and you can make your own judgement. My opinion is that it’s neither a horror story, nor political, just kind of comical. Deal and I…

An Extended Visit

During the last week in October, my mother-in-law, MamaF, scheduled a 4-day trip. It turned into a 7-day trip because of the storm and flight cancellations. For most people, 4 days with their MIL is a nightmare, let alone 7 days. For me, it’s only a bad dream. KIDDING. I am one of the lucky…

Six.

Today is Deal and my 6th anniversary!! I can hardly believe we’ve been married for six years. I can remember our first year of marriage like it was yesterday. Although we had been together for 4 years before getting married, being married was so new and exciting! The whole year was like a whirlwind honeymoon…

40 is the new 20.

My big sis (Janice/Quick Question) turned 40 last weekend! To celebrate, we ventured to sunny and hot Florida–Captiva Island to be exact–with 4 of her girlfriends. The agenda included a whole lot of nothing. Five out of six of us have kids, a job and a very busy lifestyle. I don’t have nearly as many…

Welcome Fall

What I love about BD is that no two days/nights are the same. Thursday night, we had 3 very quiet hikers who hibernated in the hostel. So we carved pumpkins while “working”!!!!!!! I believe Deal was an artist in his former life. He is so meticulous and creative. He carved a hiker in one pumpkin,…