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Month: January 2021

(Transition to Grey) 1/30/2020

(Transition to Grey) 1/30/2020

It’s been about 9 weeks since my last color. I swear my hair grew faster when I was dyeing it and has now decided to slow down without the constant onslaught of chemicals. I bought a few hats/beanies to wear when it reaches a couple inches in new growth, but by then, it will be too warm to wear them. Hiding my demarcation line will become difficult. I still worry about how “old” I will look with my new grey…

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{Field Experience} Cheyenne Botanic Gardens

{Field Experience} Cheyenne Botanic Gardens

We decided to take a quick day trip to Cheyenne, WY. There are many free things to do in Cheyenne and today we decided to visit the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. There is no fee to enter, but there is a donation box (and if you have the means, please donate, it is a beautiful building and garden). My favorite plant was the bunny ear cactus. It looks like little bunnies running through the desert. My 13 yo wanted to know…

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(Running) 2020 in Review

(Running) 2020 in Review

The Dopey Challenge–4 races, 4 days, 48.6 miles–was an amazing way to start 2020! We had been training most of 2019 to prepare for the race, including completing several half marathons, some shorter races, and hundreds of miles of training. Our last 80-100 miles of training was in November and December in Colorado, so we experienced some rather cold weather. This would prove to be a challenge to us, as we found ourselves racing in HOT weather (above average for…

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{History Nibbles} Reformation Day 10/31

{History Nibbles} Reformation Day 10/31

Did you know that not only is October 31st Halloween or All Hallow’s Eve, but it is also Reformation Day? Why should you care? Do you enjoy church service in your own language? Do you enjoy singing Hymns in your own language? Do you participate in the Lord’s Supper, or Communion? These are all traditions begun by Luther in the west, when the Catholic Church services were only in Latin (not the native language), Hymns were sung in Latin by…

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{Books} My booklist from WIA

{Books} My booklist from WIA

Have you ever decided, last-minute, to attend a conference that you weren’t even confident you understood the content–but you had recently become familiar with members speaking at the conference and thought “why not?” I really like those speakers, so it should be good. And then, less than a week later of discovering said workshop, you found yourself in this conference and feeling like these people were YOUR PEEPS? Have you ever just felt like Jesus led you to a place…

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(Life) Peri-menopause

(Life) Peri-menopause

I’m not even sure where to start. This isn’t a subject that gets mentioned often; in fact, I didn’t even know what it was until about fourteen months ago. I was 48, healthy, training for a big run series (48.6 miles in four days) and I suddenly found myself laying in bed with a racing heart and waves of heat. I have a great running watch that monitored my pulse; it was 85 resting in bed (high for me), and…

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{Science} Intro to Virology College Course

{Science} Intro to Virology College Course

When I was working on my undergrad, my focus was chemistry and biology. Those courses included the standard Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, and Biochemistry, but they also included Virology, Immunology, Mycology, and Biology of the Cancer cell. I remember my employer—a private physician and psychiatrist for whom I organized charts, transcribed notes, and did general clerical work while in college—telling me that he was impressed at just how much specialized education I am receiving in my…

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(Home) repurposing a cabinet

(Home) repurposing a cabinet

In November, I found myself with a lot of time on my hands. We have some old entertainment center shelves made of solid oak that I wasn’t fond of, but I love the sturdiness of them. I decided to convert one of them to a wine cabinet, as well as to hold our teacups and cookbooks. The before photo is actually the other shelving unit, but is almost identical and the mirror image. I’d forgotten to take a before photo….

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(Transition to gray) 1/15/2020

(Transition to gray) 1/15/2020

The last time I dyed my hair was just before Thanksgiving. I’ve been feeling uneasy about the chemicals used every month and I finally decided I’m done! After 30ish years of dying my hair, I am done. Here is progress after about 7 weeks of growth

[Colorado History] Fort Collins, CO

[Colorado History] Fort Collins, CO

I have lived in Colorado most of my life.  That means I have lived here for more than 45 years *gasp!*.  When I decided to have a family, I thought I knew just about all there was to know about Colorado.  Then I started home educating my children, and in CO the students are required to learn Colorado history in 4th or 5th grade.  I can tell you as a student in Colorado (Denver Public Schools for 18 years), I…

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