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Touring Universities Near and Far

My oldest child, my baby, is touring universities. It’s not possible for him to be preparing to leave home in just fifteen short months. College tours started last summer with Madison, Wisconsin. Followed by Montana State, Iowa State, and University of Minnesota is right around the corner. North Dakota State University, University of Seattle, University of Iowa…all of these potential next ‘homes’ for my baby. I suppose at this point I should stop calling my football playing, taller and bigger than I am, legal driver a baby. He’s a young…

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I Used to Dread the Winter: Then I Had Kids

Winter. The time when most people hunker down, find a warm place to hang out, and dream about the summer months ahead. Not my family. We live in the upper mid-west where snow may arrive in November and stick around through the end of March. Yet my family…we seek more snow. And bigger hills. Mountains. Our spring break falls in towards the end of our winter season. After months of cold, we load our gear, download some podcasts, and start driving. Seventeen hours to our home away from home. The Mountains….

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PTSD Sucks

My husband had surgery in mid-December. He got hurt snowboarding. I didn’t deal well with any of it. PTSD sucks. Seeing him semi-conscious pre-surgery with a nasal cannula, hooked up to an I.V., with blankets covering him to his chin put me back to a place I never want to return. His eyes were closed, his breathing was slow, and I was helpless. It wasn’t the same thing. He was going to wake up and be just fine. Not have to learn to walk again. Not have to be in…

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Bumps, Bruises, and Breaks OH MY!

When you walk outside this time of year it’s more possible than ever to experience bumps, bruises, and breaks. Icy walk ways, slippery paths, and snowy roads present challenges not present in warmer months. Enter Winter Sports—skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, hiking—all the trappings that make winter wonderful, fun, and exciting…and also increase the risk of injury. Accidents are typically unpreventable but taking precautions may lessen the extent or severity of any sustained injury. I present for you a series of personal examples: Wear protective gear. I…

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The Science of Black Friday Shopping

There’s this thing we do as a family. We approach it in a scientific manner. Research is done and comparisons are charted and documented. A route is developed, a driver and vehicle assigned, and the location of coffee shops along said route scouted. Black Friday Shopping. Yes, that is Shopping with a capital “S.” Thanksgiving Day we overeat and stuff ourselves on all the foods, watch so much football and so many holiday movies that our eyes should fall out, play board games galore, and ENJOY LIFE as a family….

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