I have not posted in quite some time now and I know exactly the moments to blame. I've decided that the best way to explain this event is via a comparison to Mario Kart, everyone's favorite Nintendo themed racing game. Periodically during the race your character (in my case, Peach or Daisy) will encounter boost strips in a certain area of the path. If you can manage to get your kart over to pass overtop the strip, you'll get a short boost of speed, so hopefully you can pass up your siblings for the win. I somehow managed to navigate myself to a fabulous CouchSurfing festival in Edinburgh and was given a giant burst of speed and excitement! Edinburgh Rocks 7 opened my eyes to a whole new side of the CS experience!
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
|Olympic NP, July 2012. Holds the distinction of|
being my FAVORITE NP.
The National Park Service does a lot more than just manage the 59 recognized national parks in the system. They also look after national lake shores, battlefields, historic sites, heritage areas, sea shores, rivers and so much more (get a full list here)! But, as that bring the count of parks to see way (way) up, my goal is just to see the 59 official parks. As I am writing this, I can say I have been to 16 parks and driven through another two, though I don't plan to count those unless it comes down to the wire. I have plans to visit Alaska, which boasts a high score of 8 national parks, once I finish my PhD. So, between then and now, I guess I have to see the rest!
Friday, July 5, 2013
|Weekly Farmer's Market haul!|
- 4pm- Begin simultaneous watching the clock and repeating the mantra "Be productive, stupid." (Note: graduate school not always the best for increasing self-love.)
- 4:30pm- Start to feel like I'm really hungry and, I mean, it's almost time to go anyway. Desperately try to make final progress on whatever task I have been attempting.
- 4:45 pm- Give up. Start filling in my OCD meal planning spreadsheet and making my shopping list.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
|This is my little sister, Sara!!!!|
Never really known for moderation, my sister doesn't just decided to go camping for a few weeks. No, no. She decides to hike about 600 miles of the Appalachian Trail. And, because I think a big portion of this blog should always be dedicated to enjoying nature, I've asked her to write a few guest posts along the way. So here you go. Two girls, two hammocks, one dog, and about a million trees. What could go wrong?